Earlier this week I went along to the Sussex Sign company in Portslade to meet the MD, Norman Mayhew, and others working there, and to get an idea of what they do as a business.
It was Norman who came to greet me and to offer me some tea while the morning meeting was finishing off. Then Mike came to show me round. The company was started by Norman with his father in law almost 21 years ago. When the older man retired in 2007, Norman took it on and since that time it has moved premises from Newhaven to Portslade and expanded.
Essentially the company produces all types of signage, including wraps for vehicles, and they have established a very good reputation as an efficient and reliable company whose turnover last year was around £1.2 millions. They have 25 people working there, some of them out on the road, and others in the comfortable and tidy offices in Foredown Road. There are also 8 people working at the sister company on site, Sussex Promotions.
The most significant factor I noticed on entering the building was just how tidy and well organised it seemed to be, with extremely neat noticeboards and highly organised and visible work schedules. Even in the production areas, where materials were being cut and prepared using the latest machine technology, there was a certain tidiness and neatness, with everything packed and stacked with great precision and care.
The company produces all kinds of signs, some of which are designed beforehand and some of which they are asked to design. The team of two, sometimes three, design experts worked alone in another space using computer graphics to produce digital images. Their work takes them all over the country and into Wales and Scotland too.
Among many satisfied clients, they have done work for both local universities, the Brighton Centre, Legal & General, Glyndebourne, Sussex Police, a number of estate agents and several local secondary schools. They are, along with Sussex Promotions, the sponsors for Juice Radio Breakfast Club. In all business is going very well for this company, who have been members of the BHBPA now for almost two years. My thanks go to Norman, for inviting me down, and to Mike, for showing me around, but respect too to Julie, whose tends the work schedule boards with such fastidiousness, and all the staff for their welcome.