A print and design company in the Swansea Valley is celebrating a remarkable turnaround since it changed ownership six months ago as investment in new equipment pays off for its new owner.
Bow Design was acquired by Neath-based entrepreneur Matthew Anderson in September last year. He rebranded the business and invested more than £50,000, which included buying a state-of-the-art new printer.
He is reaping the rewards of that investment. The company is on track to turnover £250,000 in 2018, has created several new jobs and has won a number of blue chip companies as clients including Tesco, The Ministry of Defence and Specsavers.
The cornerstone of the company’s success has been its investment in a new Roland DG TrueVIS VG-640, which now complements its 14-year-old Roland VersaCAMM SP-540 – which is still going strong – plus a laminator and a CNC router.
This extra printing capacity has allowed it to go after bigger clients. As a direct result of the TrueVIS installation in February, Bow Design is now producing work for seven supermarket branches, including window graphics, point of sale, internal hanging signs, filling station graphics and more – with new Easter displays about to be installed.
“I wanted to go after large accounts. A contract with one of the UK’s biggest retailers Tesco Plc depended on upgrading our printing capacity. Since upgrading we have been successful in winning these larger contracts and has resulted in creating two new roles within the business.”
The next step for Bow Design is to open a showroom for potential customers and partners, inspired by Roland’s Creative Centre. With media samples from Metamark, the company is using digital wall coverings, window graphics and other signage and display work to create an inviting space with the wow factor.
And Anderson says his ambitions for the business have only just started.
“My ultimate goal to is become one of Wales’ leading sign and display companies. We will continue to invest in state of the art plant; within five years I want to be turning over £1 million a year.”