IT was a hard decision to leave sunny South Devon to return to Northamptonshire and open a sign making business in Corby.
Thirty years later, Ian Day's start-up company, Brunel Signs has grown into a thriving, well-regarded sign making enterprise working with all types of businesses from national companies to sole traders.
Brunel Signs, based for the last 15 years in St Mark's Road, Corby, offers a wide range of services from eye-catching logo signs adorning the fronts of buildings from factories to sports centres and schools.
The experienced team focuses on working with clients mainly in the Corby and Kettering areas which means time can be spent on maintaining standards and meeting deadlines.
Ian said: "We never say 'never' but have found by concentrating on Corby and Kettering we can offer clients a wide range of signs and a high-quality service."
Brunel Signs now boasts an impressive portfolio of clients, but Ian admitted in the early days there were times when the telephone did not ring at its first location in Brunel Road, Corby.
Ian, who had helped his brother establish a sign making business in Devon, said: "I decided to move back to Northamptonshire, which is where I was born and bred, and start up in Corby where at the time there were grants available through the town's Enterprise Zone status.
"I had nothing to lose but was well motivated. At the start in 1987 it was very hand to mouth," said Ian, who was supported by his late father Joe. "He was a great help and encouragement in the early days, and worked with me until his 80th birthday."
Now Ian works with Rory, Josh and Jen who put their experience and creativity into meeting the needs and imagination of clients looking for signage to help them stand out from the crowd. For some it could be an A-board to advertise a hairdressing salon or a cafe while other clients will be putting together plans for an office or factory re-branding.
"We do not specialise in a particular type of sign, which means we can supply any type of signage from the one on the front of the factory right through to the fire exit sign on the back door," said Ian, who still takes a hands-on role in the company's day-to-day operations. Site work is undertaken by the team to ensure personal attention from design to installation.
The range of signs include, factory and industrial signs, post-mounted signs and architectural lettering, outdoor advertising, food hygiene signage, product labelling and vehicle graphics.
Despite their local focus, Brunel Signs have recently been working with selected clients to develop a new signage product which has been selling successfully throughout the UK over the past 2 years. "This is another string to our bow," said Ian.
To discuss individual requirements, contact Brunel Signs which has extended opening hours from 7.30am to 5pm each weekday. Call 0800 0933 484 or see the website at www.brunelsigns.com