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8:15 AM 30th April 2021
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Widd Signs Announces Four Appointments

Leeds and St Helens-based Widd Signs has made four appointments to its team following a host of new business wins.

The traditional and digital signage specialist has hired Jonathan Hitch as group buyer. He is responsible for negotiating the best rates for the Widd Signs Group across the supply chain, supporting the growing sales team with detailed estimates for high-value tender enquires, and enhancing the company’s customer relationship management tools.

Jonathan Hitch
Jonathan Hitch
Jonathan is joined by Gary Tomlinson, who has been appointed as operations manager. Gary brings a wealth of industry experience and expertise to the team and will operate as the link between the sales and production teams, ensuring the efficient processing of orders through the factory and the highest standards of delivery for customers.

The team is further strengthened by the appointment of Claire Mullen, who has taken up the position of sales administrator to support the sales and operations team. She joined the company from Bensons for Beds where she was a project administrator.

In addition, James Frodsham has joined the company as a vinyl operative, working on the company’s busy factory floor.

The appointments have come as the Leeds-headquartered business continues to experience strong demand for its signage services, which include consultancy, design, production, installation and maintenance.

The company recently completed a £175,000 investment at its 20,000 sq ft St Helens factory, which included a full-scale office refurbishment and the purchase of new technology to further enhance the firm’s capabilities. As part of the refurbishment, Widd Signs purchased the boardroom table from Liverpool football club’s former training ground at Melwood, along with the sofa which sat outside the manager Jurgen Klopp’s office.

(L-R) James Frodsham, Gary Tomlinson and Claire Mullen of Widd Signs.
(L-R) James Frodsham, Gary Tomlinson and Claire Mullen of Widd Signs.
Commenting on the appointments and recent investment, Widd Signs managing director Gary Williams said: “We acquired our St Helens base at the start of 2020 and since then we’ve invested significantly in the site and its people, hiring over a dozen people in a variety of roles to further boost our capabilities and skills set.

“We’ve had a good start to 2021 delivering sizeable projects across the retail, construction and leisure sectors, and we’ve made these four hires to further strengthen our team across our two bases and ensure we’re best placed to meet the strong demand we’re seeing for our services.

“Our hiring plans don’t stop here and we’re already looking to recruit for three new roles on our factory floor as part of our strategic plans for further growth.”

The company, which was established in 1888 and is now looking to recruit the following new roles - a sign fitter, factory labourer and signage welder.