Kettering-based signmaker Artisan Signs has appointed Jake Davey as business development manager of the company that was founded by his grandfather and father.
Davey has joined his mother and father, Alison and Graham Davey, who have run the 24-year-old business since grandfather Geoffrey retired in 2007.
“Being a family business Jake has been around it and helped out during holidays for a long time. It’s in his blood I think and we’re really excited to have him on board. It’s a great step forward for everybody,” said mother, Alison Davey.
“We are seeing lots of new and exciting opportunities so this is just the right time for us. Jake will help us take advantage of some of these opportunities that are starting to present themselves to us and take the time to build our profile,” she added.
22-year-old Jake joins the business following a four-year apprenticeship that earned him a degree as a quantity surveyor.
His skillset will help him maximise opportunities for growth, secure new business and increase seven-staff Artisan’s visibility in the marketplace, she explained.
Sustainability will continue to be a key area of focus for the business, Davey said.
“We’ve been working on our own sustainability and practising what we preach but it is becoming more and more important to our clients, as it should.
“Pricing on sustainable products has improved over the last decade so making these vital changes is much more accessible and people are really realising how necessary it is to focus on the environment,” she added.
From a traditional signmaker, Artisan Signs has grown to specialise in printing and finishing large-format print, displays, including fabric and banners, retail and exhibition graphics as well as offering nationwide delivery and installation to its customers.
The business runs a range of kit at its 700sqm facility, including a 2.5x3m Canon Arizona 550XT flatbed, an HP Latex Designjet 560, a Mimaki UJV-320, a Zund cutting table and router as well as a laser cutter, laminator, mounting table, plotter and sewing machine.