Exeter Company Showing Strong Signs Of Growth
14th November 2011
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An Exeter media, signs and graphics company whose turnover has doubled in each of its first two years has expanded into a new base in the heart of the city’s business district.

Evado Media Signs and Graphics, set up two years ago by entrepreneur Sam Hembury, 25, has just moved in to an open-plan unit on the Marsh Barton Trading Estate. The firm specialises in signage, design, branding and printing.

The 2,381sq ft (221.2sq m) warehouse-style space means the team now have plenty of room to fully exploit their large-scale Roland printer, an industry-leading machine used for producing banners, vehicle graphics and posters on a variety of materials with solvent-based inks which are more environmentally-friendly and longer-lasting than traditional products. Mr Hembury is planning to turn an area at the front of the new building into a showroom and install a mezzanine office above.

Mr Hembury said the move came about after the business outgrew its original offices in two portable buildings at Clyst St Mary. He decided to bring production of signs, graphics and banners in-house to give the firm control over the whole process, from design to production and finishing.

The team are now hoping to make the most of being close to many of Exeter’s small and medium sized businesses on the Marsh Barton estate, and are inviting local businesspeople to call in for a coffee and have a look round their new premises at Unit 4, Forrest Units, Hennock Road East.

Mr Hembury said: “Being here on the Marsh Barton estate is important for us and is a major step forward with our plans for growth. There are a lot of potential customers for us on Marsh Barton, so it is fantastic to have new offices right in the middle of the estate, where people can come along and see our work, and find out what we can do for them.

“We realised that there is quite a niche in the market for a signs and graphics company that can offer good design as well. 

“Our turnover has doubled in each of the years since we set up two and a half years ago. Although times are hard at the moment for many businesses, we have found that it has actually been quite good for us. 

“We have found companies coming to us who haven’t marketed themselves before but have now decided they need to in order to compete more effectively. In times like this, we have found businesses are keen to switch to a new supplier if there is a cost saving and they can get better returns. They like our design skills, flexibility and fast results.”

As well as Mr Hembury, the Evado team includes signs and production specialist Chris Williams, designer Angus Elton-Miller, and Ian Page, who looks after accounts and administration. 

Evado’s recent work includes branding a car for computer, telephone and network supplier Cobalt Communications; a major rebranding exercise for disability social enterprise Pluss; and vehicle signs for specialist work equipment firm Ash Safety. Crealy Adventure Park remains one of Evado’s major clients.

Evado Media can be contacted via the website www.evadomedia.co.uk, by phone on 0800 6906372 or via email to info@evadomedia.co.uk. Its new address is Unit 4, Forrest Units, Hennock Road East, Marsh Barton, Exeter EX2

Evado Media are members of thebestofexeter and also do the vehicle signage on one of our minis. Read more here

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