Investment in state-of-the-art equipment sparks further growth at Graphix

Stephen Ward with new team members at Graphix.

A second wave of investment in just two years at Graphix has resulted in jobs and growth and rocketed the full-service design agency into the premier league.
Graphix, the company behind the new-look for 2017/18 at Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium, is scoring major growth in the design, build and installation of large scale print projects.
It follows a six-figure investment in a Mimaki JFX large format flat-bed printer, a Mimaki JV160 large format printer and latest high end Rasterlink RIP Multi-Platform at Graphix’s Norton-base, along with the appointment of six new members of staff.
The latest in print-technology means that Graphix, headed by bothers Stephen and Simon Ward, has the capacity to handle any size of print or design project in-house.
“We are a growing business and the level of equipment that we have allows us to complete large format print work as well as traditional business printing to a very high standard and fast,” explained Stephen. “We have also grown our team. Graphix now has four senior level designers, a new production manager and additional demand has led to the employment of two full time sign fitters. A new apprentice has also started his career in our print room.
“Many people will be familiar with our work, although some perhaps won’t know who we are, Graphix is the business behind major design and installation projects for bet365 and Stoke City FC. This included another extensive project, at the bet365 Stadium, over the summer to ensure everything was ready for supporters in the new Stoke City corner stand at the start of the football season. The 16 new hi-tec accessible bays were part of our branding remit.”
“We provide all branding at both the bet365 Stadium and Stoke City’s Clayton Woods training complex. There was an extensive programme of work needed to get the new corner stand ready for the start of the football season, involving designing and printing over 750 signs over a short time period.”
Other well-known clients include Novus, Towergate Insurance, Help for Heroes, One Sure and Holdcroft Heating.
New staff members include Faye Adams, who has joined the firm as Studio Manager & Senior Designer. Faye, from Alsager, returns to her home area after a successful spell with a leading design agency in Lancashire. Experienced signs and graphics professional Mark Wood joins Graphix as Accounts & Production Manager, Kelly Greaves has been appointed as Graphic Designer, Maggie Sanders joins the team as Office Manager and John Beech assists the sign installation team. Meanwhile, Theo Mattinson has joined as an apprentice in the print, production department.
“We have also invested heavily in our business systems with large interactive ‘live’ screens around the building giving up to the minute information on work flow and production,” said Stephen.
“It is fantastic to give a start to Theo, our new apprentice. We recognise the value of quality ‘on the job’ training and Theo will be working alongside our team to gain a valuable insight to our business. He will team up with Adrian Austin, who came to Graphix as an apprentice and has forged a long-term career with the business.”
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