Double expansion puts Lincoln signage firm in the frame

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Lincoln-based vehicle livery and sign making specialist Allen Signs has doubled in size by acquiring a local printing firm. 

The acquisition of the printing division of Double Red has come after an investment of around £30,000.

Former owner of Double Red, James Wright decided to sell the print division due to the photography side of the business experiencing rapid growth.

With a small modification to the company name, Double Red Print Ltd will now be based at the Allen Signs’ premises on Whisby Way in North Hykeham, which has recently been extended to incorporate the building next door.

The additional 8,000 sq ft space has made room for a bigger workshop, a dedicated vehicle livery area and new machinery including a 2.5m wide Mimaki printer and two Canon printers that use water-based ink, which is safer for the environment.

It has also allowed to company to recruit new staff and accommodate Double Red employees Matt Ryder and Rob Hodgson.

David Allen Managing Director of Allen Signs said: “Allen Signs and Double Red both have excellent reputations locally and nationally within the industry.

“When James asked if we were interested in taking over the print side of the business, it was clear to us that it would be a logical step to continue the development and growth of Allen Signs, especially as we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year.

“Having access to Double Red’s wide-format printers has massively boosted the services we are able to offer our clients. For example, being able to print large higher quality photos will enhance the existing exhibition side of our business.”


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