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Tuesday, 06 March 2012 16:44

People investment key to bright future for UK graphics business

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Amid a climate of general economic despondency across Europe, it's heartening to hear that at least one UK graphic solutions company is bucking the trend, winning work and reinvesting in new talent – and young talent in particular.
With new investment in technology and a solid order book, West Midlands-based Hollywood Monster has increased its workforce by 40 per cent to cope with demand. Nineteen new jobs, including apprenticeships for young people, take the workforce's strength to 80 at a time of rising unemployment. It's one of the achievements that gives managing director Tim Andrews huge satisfaction.
Annual turnover is expected to increase by around £1 million to £6.5 million this year. A business improvement project designed to provide clients with a better service but also make the company more efficient is paying major dividends. It is also working towards the quality assurance standard ISO 9001.
Andrews, himself a former apprentice, said: “While many businesses are unfortunately folding or making a some of their workforce redundant, we have been in the fortunate position to create 19 jobs.

“Some of these vacancies have been offered to apprentices as we want to recruit fresh new talent and allow them to train on the job. Many of the people we employ started this way. This approach will allow us to grow a strong, experienced workforce to help secure the business’s future.”

Besides offering apprenticeships, Hollywood Monster is also committed to working with young, creative students from local schools, colleges and academies, providing work experience placements and support with supplies for art projects.

“It’s a tough world out there for young people trying to get a foothold in their chosen career," Andrews says. "So we are delighted to be in a position where we can offer students work experience opportunities.”

The company has invested £2 million in the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment to enable it to widen its services to customers – a key ingredient in its current growth.

As well as working with renowned retail names such as Westfield and Next, and Hollywood Monster also has clients in the housing sector, including Lovell Homes, Redrow, Bovis Homes and, more recently, Barratt Developments. Barratt Developments, which includes Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes and Ward Homes, has signed a two-year agreement with the company, one of three preferred suppliers, to produce sales and marketing signage across the whole of the UK for one of the nation’s largest housebuilders.

Pictured at the company’s Birmingham headquarters are (from left) procurement and purchasing manager Daren Hollins, sales director Simon McKenzie, commercial manager Nick Fellows, and managing director Tim Andrews.


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