Allen Signs acquires Lincoln wide-format business
National sign-making company Allen Signs is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with the purchase of Double Red's print division and the expansion of its Lincoln office. Amongst the equipment making the move are a 2.5m Mimaki printer and two Canons from the imagePrograf range.
Double Red and Allen Signs have, according to the owners, collaborated on several projects successfully, which prompted James Wright to approach David Allen about a potential takeover. "It was clear to us that it would be a logical step to continue the development and growth of Allen Signs," explains Allen. "I am confident that the two businesses will continue to develop and thrive with our combined leadership and experience."
The move will allow Wright to focus on his other, rapidly growing business area of photography. "Selling the printing division of Double Red to Allen Signs felt like the right decision as I can now focus all of my attention on the photography side of the business," he states. "I firmly believe that combining the expertise and skillsets of the Double Red printing staff and Allen Signs will be beneficial to both sets of clients."
Under the Allen Signs banner, the print house will now be known as Double Red Print and will be based in North Hykeham, where the sign-maker has taken over a neighbouring building. The enlarged premises will allow for the creation of a dedicated vehicle livery area – one of Allen Signs's largest output areas – and an expanded workshop.
Two current Double Red employees, Rob Hodgson and Matt Ryder, will move into new roles at Allen Signs's new acquisition. "We've worked with them in the past and have been impressed by the excellent reputation they have within the industry and the attention to detail they pay to their work," adds Allen.