Posted on 23rd May 2017
Burgess Hill Company shows no signs of slowing down
One of Burgess Hill’s most established companies, Art D’Signs, is celebrating four decades in business next month.
Established in June 1977, the organisation has since become one of the most successful sign-writing and production companies in Sussex. Yet despite its long history in Burgess Hill, it shows no signs of ageing.
Graham Harriott and Steve Wick, who run Art D’Signs from their workshop in the Victoria Business Park, recently won ‘Wrap of the Year 2016’ at the British Sign Awards for sign-wrapping a car for Gatwick Diamond Business, and the company remains the first port-of-call for car enthusiasts in the local area.
Sally Brown, Office and Event Manager at Gatwick Diamond Business, congratulated the organisation on its success: “We really enjoyed working with Art D’Signs – forty years is no mean feat, and we wish them every success moving forward.”
Graham, who has been with Art D’Signs almost since its inception, said: “It makes me feel old looking back on four decades of memories. We’ve had some interesting jobs during that time – wrapping a Mini Cooper for the Millennium Time Vault, sign-writing the side of an aeroplane or hanging off the side of a car ferry to apply graphics to the bow, it’s definitely been memorable!”
Nick Broom, CEO of PVL UK Ltd, which acquired Art D’Signs in 2013, attributes the success to their customer focused service, approachable staff, and an unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise.
“There’s no doubt about it, four decades in business equates to four decades of experience,” said Nick. “We chose to acquire Art D’Signs a few years ago because we realised that no one else can do what they do.”
To ensure that none of their knowledge is lost, Art D’Signs has recently announced plans to introduce apprenticeships to the business, with employees from PVL UK being offered the chance to get the inside track on sign production.
Art D’Signs will be holding a special 40th Birthday party at the end of June to celebrate their business longevity and success in the local area.
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."
"As the local hospice for the area, it’s great that we receive so much support from the BHBPA. Last year the members raised an amazing £2150 through activities such as Bake Off and the BHBiz Awards. Each well planned members meeting enables good networking opportunities and speakers that are relevant to the present climate and local issues. We are proud to be members of BHBPA."
"The BHBPA is an energetic and vocal organisation that connects and empowers and informs the local business community acting as an effective conduit to local authority and other organisations. We are proud to be part of that community and the association."
"If Carlsberg did networking they would do it the BHBPA way. Each event is packed with great ideas, thought provoking presentations and fun. As a small business we feel supported and part of the community. We have built friendships and business relationships and there is always plenty of advice on hand to benefit us all so don’t hesitate to join whatever the nature of your business. "