The signs are positive

The signs are positive

The signs are positive

A North Yorkshire family is celebrating 10 years of success after setting up their business in 2008.

Andrews Signs and Engravers now have their brass plaques unveiled by some incredibly prestigious names, including the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Anne to name but a few.

As well as beautiful brass plaques, the like of which are unveiled atceremonial openings of places like hospitals and universities, a large part of their turnover comes from the arguably less glamorous, but more rewarding, world of industrial signage and engraved labels.

For example, when an engineer opens an electrical or telecommunications junction box to fix a problem, he will know what’s what inside the box thanks to the engraved signage often supplied by Andrews. They provide similar services in utility, engineering and manufacturing facilities, in sports stadiums, concert arenas, and office blocks, and also upon the open seas.

“You’ll see our work on ferries and ships, including the Royal Navy fleet,” says James Andrews, who founded the business with his wife Jill in May 2008. “Other well-known institutions that feature Andrews signage include the BBC, London Underground, the NHS, Network Rail, Siemens and the grounds of premiership football clubs, such as Manchester City and Sunderland.

Despite their prestigious portfolio of clients, they haven’t forgotten their roots. The Andrews Signs team work relentlessly with the local community to provide their services. Whether it be with local football clubs, schools or businesses, Andrews Signs are experts in trophies, signage, banners and shop fronts.

“We outgrew our offices in Stocktonon- Forest and had to move to larger premises here in Rawcliffe, York, in 2015. Since then, the business has continued to grow year on year, so we will again be moving to larger premises in the near future,” says Jill.

There are no indications that demand is likely to decrease, which is one of the reasons why Jill and James have just invested in a brand new state-of-the-art laser engraving machine.

“This machine is much faster, cleaner and more accurate than doing it by hand, and it means we can increase our capacity and cater for more difficult and intricate jobs that use a wider variety of materials that weren’t available to us before,” says Jill.

She adds: “We are very excited at what the future holds for us, and our aim is to have doubled again in size within the next 10 years.”

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James and Jill Andrews celebrate 10 years of success. 

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