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11 May 2010

Overseas success for Wiltshire Graphics Company

Overseas success for Wiltshire Graphics Company

Wiltshire-based manufacturer, Fascia Graphics®, is launching a new export division with the support of Lloyds TSB Commercial following an increase in demand for its products from international customers...

A Wiltshire-based manufacturer has launched a new export division with the backing of Lloyds TSB Commercial, after seeing an increase in demand for its products from overseas customers.

Established in 1994 and based on the Bath Road Industrial Estate in Chippenham, Fascia Graphics® specialises in the production of membrane keypads and graphic overlays.

The company has seen a 20 per cent increase in orders from customers in Europe, Asia and the US over the past year and is now on track to take turnover from £2.5 million in 2009 to £2.85 million in 2010.

To capitalise on growing demand, the company has established a dedicated export division using specialist guidance from Lloyds TSB Commercial’s international business team, which has also introduced the business to several international trade agencies across the globe.

The business is now aiming to increase its exports by 10 per cent over the next year.

The firm, which celebrated its 15th anniversary last year, also experienced a boost to its expansion plans in 2005 when Lloyds TSB Commercial supported it with a £130,000 loan to purchase its 15,000 sq ft offices. The company currently employs 60 staff and runs its own apprenticeship scheme.

Paul Bennett, managing director and founder of Fascia Graphics®, said:

“Exploring new opportunities abroad will enable further growth and strengthen our position as the UK’s market leader of membrane keypads in the printed graphics industry.

Lloyds TSB Commercial has provided us with specialist cash management guidance and trade services which are allowing us to operate with confidence when trading with new overseas customers and suppliers.”

Alistair Scott, relationship manager for Lloyds TSB Commercial in Bristol and Somerset, said: “Fascia Graphics® is succeeding in a niche market and it has the drive, experience and expertise to meet the growing demands for its services across the world.

For most businesses, entering new territories can be a daunting process but specialist support and guidance is available.

By working closely with the management, we were able to provide the company with a tailored financial package and specialist guidance to help them navigate the international market and provide the security needed in completing transactions abroad.”

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