Birmingham Science Park Aston
0121 359 2444
A loan from ART (Aston Reinvestment Trust) has enabled Camp Hill based D3 Display to grow significantly in the past year, in spite of the challenging economic conditions.
D3’s Managing Director, Steve Dent, explains: “We offer a full range of specialist design, print and sign services and wanted to consolidate the business by bringing everything together under one roof, with room for further expansion. A loan from ART enabled us to put down a deposit on new premises. The unit we chose was just a shell, which needed all the services put in to it, so we required quite an investment.”
That investment paid off. In a little over a year, D3 has been able to build the business sufficiently to enable it to take on more staff and buy the unit next door. “We have had a variety of funders,” says Steve, “but the loan from ART was a vital piece of the package that enabled us to follow through on our plans to grow the business.”
D3 Display now offers everything from full colour UV printed exhibition graphics and CAD cut vinyl lettering to silkscreen printed metal name plates and correx site boards. The company also fabricates plastic point of sale items and heat bends pre-printed items in vast quantities. He adds: “By working in a range of specialist areas we’re in a better position to ride out economic ups and downs.”
Steve Walker, Chief Executive of ART comments: “This is just the kind of business ART is here to help. D3 now employs 25 full time staff and up to 40 casual workers, so our loan has helped to support business growth and create local jobs for local people.”
ART’s approach is less formal than the banks’ and its terms and conditions are more flexible. Applications are assessed personally and ART is able to act quickly when cash is needed urgently.