Signs are good for start-up as advice pays off
ALTHOUGH his business has only been up and running for four months, Simon Sherratt has already had to expand into a bigger venue.
He launched STS Signs in September after identifying a gap in the market for specialist sign makers in the motor trade.
The business, based in Burslem, now offers window tinting and vehicle prints, as well as writing signs for a range of businesses.
The company also produces personalised merchandise, gifts and workwear.
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Father-of-four Simon worked with the BES to make the move into self-employment four months ago so he could spend more time with his family.
He secured cash for the venture from the New Enterprise Allowance and the firm has already worked with several clients.
Simon, aged 32, of Bentilee, who is dad to four girls aged 16 to three, said: "I worked in retail previously, in the motor industry.
"A couple of people asked me about signs so I thought there must be a gap in the market.
"Although we have only been going for four months, the business is doing well. "We have carried out work for a number of taxi drivers as well as a salon, a furniture shop and provided the signs for the OCIS community cafe.
"We have also just completed a deal to supply the merchandise for a Volkswagen enthusiasts club which was really good."
Simon hopes to employ additional staff within the next three months.
He said: "It's really good to be self-employed. I am able to spend time with my girls instead of being stuck at work nine to five."
STS Signs can be contacted by searching for the business on Facebook.