North East-based JMF Group has invested in a new office in London to support its growing client within the capital.
The Islington office is the first for the company to have a presence outside of the North East.
The company – a full-service agency delivering in-house solutions including design, print, digital and signage services – is currently celebrating its 30th year in business.
Production and manufacturing will continue to operate across its four factories on the Sands Industrial Estate in Swalwell but chairman Michael Foggin says the company has been looking at a number of locations across the UK.
“We’ve been looking at sites right across the UK for a while but felt now is the right time to have a London base to serve our high street retailers and blue-chip companies, many of which who have head office operations based in the city,” he says.
“Since the introduction of our signage division, we have experienced significant growth and felt that we needed to have a presence in the centre of London to serve many of our existing clients but also to attract new clients. The London operation opened at the beginning of May and will initially be staffed by three senior members of staff, offering clients a full-service solution to their design, print and signage requirements.”
JMF has recently invested £1m in new technology and equipment, staff and training. It has a growing number of clients in the capital including Barclays, Mercedes, Poundland and has recently completed a full site survey, manufacturing and installation of an entire site in Sutton on behalf of client Easy Coffee.
Michael added: “We work with some major high street retailers and a lot of our new business is generated through word of mouth. The full site installation for Easy Coffee came about because of a recommendation from another one of our London-based clients.
“We can remain competitive compared to other signage companies based in London and all manufacturing will continue right here in the North East. It is one of our commitments to sustain local employment but still continue to provide a competitive, first class service right across the country.
“We have a healthy order book over the coming months with jobs booked in from clients as far as Cornwall in the south to Thurso in Scotland. We even have clients in some of the most remote parts of Ireland so we can deliver and install anywhere.”
Michael continues: “Our factory units in Swalwell showcase the latest products on the market including metal and plastic fabrication facilities, along with vinyl, large format and digital print capabilities. All this is supported by an experienced team of project managers, a national installation service including our maintenance division.”
Earlier this year, the company announced plans to increase its workforce by almost a third, from 30 to 45 people with roles specifically in sales and marketing, digital and signage.