Widdsigns’ move to St Helens

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The arrival of a multi-million pound business in the borough was welcomed.

Leeds signaling specialist Widdsigns moved to St Helens three weeks ago after finalizing the acquisition of Spectrum Sign & Display Ltd.

This has saved 17 jobs and created four more, which should lead to strong job growth in the coming years.

With annual sales of more than £ 16 million, Widdsigns has an impressive customer base, providing signage to a number of renowned retail giants, including Marks & Spencer and Primark.

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Before relocating to its new 20,000 square foot site on the Reginald Road industrial area in Sutton, key executives of the company established a working relationship with the Council of St Helens' economic development team, which is trying to '' Help support the growth of the business.

Adam Sanderson, an economic development officer for St Helens Council, was introduced to Widdsigns by Invest Liverpool, and assisted in their relocation to the St Helens area and helped identify funding opportunities.

He also put Widdsigns in touch with the council’s Ways to Work team - which seeks to secure employment opportunities for locals - to fill vacancies, ranging from CAD designers to paint sprayers.

"We have big plans for the place," said general manager Gary Williams, noting an investment of £ 50,000 already in new plant and spray booth heaters.

"We wanted to grow - we could instantly see the potential in the area, we could see the potential of the company (Spectrum) - so we made the deal, and we left. "

Gary added, "We now have 21 employees and we need more, and that will only increase.

"Since we have only been here for three weeks, we have had a good start, but we are not where we want to be at all - so it is great to have the support of the St Helens Council. "

Cllr David Baines Head of St Helens Council and member of the Cabinet for Economic Regeneration and Housing, Cllr Richard McCauley were invited to a recent factory tour to meet the team and see first-hand the specialized projects on which Widdsigns is working, including making graphics for the famous Grand Festival National d'Aintree in April.

Chief Executive David Baines said, "For such a successful city-based business, choosing St Helens as the location for growth and business development speaks volumes about the fact that St Helens is considered the place of business." economic activity - especially when it comes to industries such as manufacturing - and we will do our best to support them. "

Cllr McCauley added: "It is clear to see the positive impression that Widdsigns has made in such a short time, investing not only in the commercial sector, but also among workers who seem really happy and enthusiastic about their work and their future prospects. "

Founded in 1888, Widdsigns employs more than 60 people at its Leeds and St Helens sites, with plans to create more positions in St Helens by founding its sales and marketing team in the borough in the near future.

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