A signs and graphic company has enjoyed “its best three months since opening” after a grant allowed it to invest in new equipment and take on an extra employee. “No 2 The Same” in Redruth, Cornwall, said it has seen a huge increase in demand over the past three months, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
The company, which creates graphics for everything from vehicle wraps to shop fascia, redeveloped its in-house production facility and hired an additional member of staff after receiving the Enterprise Small Grant last year.
The money enabled the company to purchase a latex printer and a hot laminator, allowing staff to take control of the entire printing process.
Andy Doherty, joint owner of No 2 The Same, said:
“We’ve been very lucky as we haven’t been affected negatively, in fact, we’ve had the best three months since opening.
“We are growing very quickly and are currently so busy that we aren’t actively looking for more business.
“We are even talking about employing more people in the future.
“Things might have been very different if we hadn’t received the financial support to take control of our own production processes.”
Andy said that for many businesses already trying to adapt to a changing world, interruption to their supply chain can have a devastating effect.
He said: “If we’d still been having to order printed materials from a supplier, our business would have been impacted massively.
“Without our new in-house equipment, we would have been unable to produce signage at the speed called for.”
The grant was secured with the help of Community-Led Local Development, an EU-funded programme helping to enhance the local economy using structural funds from Europe, including the European Regional Development Fund.
Andy added: “The grant helped us hit the ground running when we received requests to produce social distancing stickers for shops and businesses.
“You have probably spotted one of our signs without even realising they are produced right here in Cornwall.”
NO 2 THE SAME
TOWN MILL FOUNDRY
TOLGUS PLACE, REDRUTH