A company specialising in vehicle graphics has moved into a popular Teesside business centre to meet increased demand from customers that include former SSI employees setting up their own businesses.
MK DeSigns, started 18 months ago by Keith Edwards, provides a wide range of signage and vehicle graphics.
The move into new workshop and office premises at UK Steel Enterprise’s Innovation Centre on the Kirkleatham Business Park in Redcar has brought his growing business under one roof for the first time.
“I started the business at home in Eston, hiring the workshop and unit space I needed from friends and acquaintances,” he said.
“I have wanted to be in the Innovation Centre for some time as it’s an ideal location for me with a lot of my business within a five mile radius.
“Part of our recent growth is down to former SSI workers opting for self-employment and we have done the signage and vehicle graphics for new businesses in property maintenance, landscaping, valeting and even mobile gaming.”
Keith, who has more than 16 years’ experience in the sector, had wanted to set up his own business for some time.
With demand growing steadily from larger customers such as courier firms as well, his wife Michelle is now spending more time working with the business.
MK DeSigns is one of the few businesses to provide an on-site service for customers if they want to save the time involved in delivering and collecting vehicles.
Elsa Weatherhead of Sign Art, the signage company that has now moved to a larger unit at Stokesley, said: “We are delighted that Keith has moved in and wish him every success.
“UK Steel Enterprise helped us out at just a few hours notice when we were suddenly made homeless in 2011.
“We have loved being at the Innovation Centre and UKSE are great landlords but we have just outgrown the space.”