Leeds-based FaberExposize UK, sister company of Northern Flags has invested more than £500,000 into further expansion of their new print facility. The investment has led to partnerships with local schools and colleges as well as creating new jobs within production and sales.
Now operating within a two-unit site in Leeds, both brands have partnered with Agfa UK to supply their new wide format print equipment. They now operate a second Dye Sublimation printer alongside another roll-to-roll UV printer within their 1,394sqm facility. Whilst continuing as an expert in print production on a variety of materials, they aim to expand their presence in the POS, exhibition and interiors markets offering tension fabric, free standing display units, custom vinyls and display graphics.
The expansion follows a £1 million investment at the end of 2017 relocating from Matrix Court in Leeds, to a premises three times the size, just 2 miles away. The nine-month investment plan aimed to not only expand their print capabilities but created opportunities for their sister company FaberExposize UK to move into non-flag markets.
Iain Clasper-Cotte states, “Northern Flags remains one of the UK’s most popular brands for outdoor and flag work, but it was not proving to be ideal for those conversations around exhibition and retail work that we were hoping to have which is why we are bridging the brands.”
Due to a decline in the fabric print industry within Yorkshire, there is a shortage of skills within sewing and finishing. This has created opportunities for apprentices and young students to work across all disciplines of the business. Now employing over 30 members of staff, FaberExposize UK have been working with local schools and colleges offering apprenticeships, training and work experience within print production, graphic design and sales. With Leeds being the 3rd largest manufacturing centre in the country, they have partnered with the Leeds Manufacturing Festival, who’s aim is to raise awareness of the manufacturing industry in Leeds.
Jessica Kwok, completing a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship with Northern Flags, commented on the opportunities of her training. “The expansion and relocation has given me some hands-on experience of project management and working within a fast-paced environment. It has also helped shape my coursework and given me some great insight into how a manufacturing business operates”.
With support from Leeds City Council, they have continued investment into a variety of finishing equipment due to be revealed shortly.