Global boost for Grantham Firm
Amazon, the global e-commerce trading platform, is delivering a major boost to a Grantham signs supplier.
Viking Signs, which designs and manufactures the biggest range of safety signs in the UK, expects further growth, as it works towards gaining international quality accreditation standards.
The company, originally formed in 1986, has long used the internet to sell its products, having launched www.safetysupplies.co.uk in 2006.
Now, joining the new Amazon Business division of the online giant, Viking Signs says Amazon is now its main outlet, with it helping boost sales by 20 per cent over the past year.
Amazon bought a lot of stock to hold at its depots, but Viking Signs is also supplying Amazon customers directly.
Viking Signs managing director Darren Joint says Amazon is vital for his business.
â It continues to grow as an e-commerce channel and half of all product searches start on Amazon.â
The move to Amazon Business comes as Viking Signs has undergone ISO9001 quality accreditation, helped by grants and consultancy from the governmentâ s Manufacturing Growth Programme.
Such accreditation also makes it easier for the Dysart Road company to win larger orders, as the biggest deals increasingly seek suppliers with the accreditation.
The company has just passed a stage 1 audit of the ISO 9001, with full certification likely this year.
Such work has allowed the company to fine tune existing systems and introduce new processes, flexible working patterns and eliminate
Mr Joint added: â One of the key things behind our growth is how supportive the Viking team have been in this. We could not have coped without them accepting flexible processes to cope with this spike in demand from Amazon. We have had everybody in the team, sales staff, etc, doing shifts in manufacturing too. We have basically rotated everybody through working in the factory.â
The â spikeâ in sales has now settled down, but the company increased staff by several to 16 to accommodate the extra demand.
It has also installed new state of the art production equipment with it spending Â£100,000 to buy a third flatbed UV printer.
Mr Joint expects further â significantâ growth this year, with it gaining more market share in a â neutralâ signs market.