Links, Signs and Graphics are looking forward to the future in their new production premises – which also means that a well-known Blackpool factory will be brought back into use once more following a complete re-fit and conversion.
They have bought what was the Boococks Glass Factory, which has stood empty since the company closed in late 2013. Now, it’s a clinical and clean environment, home to the large format printers and state of the art equipment which are the tools of the trade for this growing Blackpool sign and graphics company.
Links Signs and Graphics are one of the success stories of the Get Started programme, which still runs today, supporting people into starting their own business.
Now, eight years later the family company employs nine people and, with a significant investment in the building and its conversion, is making the move to the new 4000+ square foot premises on Coleridge Road.
Managing Director Shaun Bennett is excited about the future, saying “Obviously it’s a big thing for our business – through referrals and confidence in the quality of our work we’ve expanded our client base significantly.
“In less than eight years we’ve been able to create a growing business so that we can buy rather than rent the premises, and carry out a complete conversion to create a superb working space for our staff and showroom for clients.”
“The move will also enable us to offer an even better service to our many clients, the majority of whom are based right here on the Fylde Coast.
“We’ll be able to offer more product lines, and have the space for increasingly sophisticated manufacturing equipment, like our flatbed digital printer and routing machine which can print and cut any shape you can think of.”
The move by Links Signs and Graphics is also good news for the local residents and businesses in the area as it brings a previously unoccupied building back into use, with positive knock on effects in the local neighbourhood.
Shaun finished by saying “Ninety per cent of our business comes from the Fylde Coast so it’s important to keep our base in a central and convenient location for all of our customers.
“It also means we can we can give something back to the area which has supported our business by investing in the local community too.”