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Funding helps Lincoln design firm expand

A Lincoln design and print company is expanding and employing five new members of staff after securing £30,800 of funding.

By working closely with the University of Lincoln, the support from the Lincoln Growth Fund will allow Visual Print and Design to create new job opportunities for graduates.

In addition, the company recently invested in a £40,000 printer and guillotine that will allow the team to print in house.

The company, which was founded in 2009, is based at The Think Tank in Lincoln city centre and has since grown from a solo venture to a five strong team.

The company will be looking to work with the University of Lincoln to recruit skilled graduates.
The company will be looking to work with the University of Lincoln to recruit skilled graduates.

The team will recruit five new employees in the graphic design, production/consumer services and sales and credit control field.

The company were able to invest in a new printer and guillotine thanks to the funding.
The company were able to invest in a new printer and guillotine thanks to the funding.

Over the next few years, support from the LGF, personal investment and bank lending will be used to fund Visual Print Online – which is due to launch in May 2014.

Founder and Managing Director Graham Hunstone said: “We want to be able to offer our clients a quick turnaround on all printing orders and having this top of the range print machine in house will enable us to print the same day for clients who need it.

“The Lincoln Growth Fund and bank support means we can invest in the latest technology which will really benefit our clients who need high quality printing and design quickly.

“The Lincoln Growth Fund grant opportunity has greatly assisted our growth plan and will help us achieve our objectives of becoming a leading print and design company.

“This investment we will lead to greater job opportunities for local people but it will also mean we can increase our efficiency, production capabilities, and sales and keep our technology up to date.”