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A Huddersfield signwriter launches Neon Works

A Huddersfield signwriter launches Neon Works

The former owner of a Yorkshire signmaker has returned to the trade with the launch of Neon Works, an independent business specialising in the manufacture of LED neon and illuminated lettering.

Founded by Mark Davies, who owned and managed the Huddersfield branch of a larger US franchise for 16 years, Neon Works will, Mark believes, provide the freedom to work creatively and independently. Thus, he sold the previous business for an undisclosed sum in June 2019 in order to return to the areas he enjoys the most – design and manufacturing.

Having travelled to Shanghai in September 2019 to learn about the latest LED neon and manufacturing technology and how it could be blended with Yorkshire craftsmanship, the initial launch of Neon Works was put on hold following the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic.

However, Mark has used the opportunity provided by the lockdown to thoroughly prepare the ground for his new venture and has used the time to acquire and fit-out a 1,100 sq.ft workshop in Mirfield, while also sourcing a range of local and international suppliers. The business was eventually unveiled earlier this month and has already received several orders from hospitality and leisure companies across the West Yorkshire region.

The lifting of lockdown restrictions and long lead-times from other PPE suppliers has also led to the introduction of an entirely new range of products, with Neon Works supplying over 30 clear acrylic ‘sneeze screens’ in recent weeks.

Explaining the rationale behind Neon Works, Mark said:  “I’ve worked in the sign industry for the whole of my professional career, but while my previous business was a success, I’d lost the opportunity to think creatively and do what I most enjoy – manufacturing. So, I sold up and went back to the drawing board.

“There were definitely some challenging times when it came to setting up a business, from scratch, in the middle of a pandemic. But now, being able to go into my workshop and think about how to bring someone’s idea to light, is what makes it all worthwhile and confirms that I made the right decision.”

With graphic design capabilities in-house, Neon Works will sell to both the trade and end-users, and work alongside business owners, shop fitters, architects, design agencies and homeowners to deliver a range of creative visual solutions.

While every product is handmade to order, over 200 off-the-shelf designs are also available from the firm’s website, as well as a ‘create your own sign’ tool, which instantly shows a visual mock-up of the customer’s bespoke logo.

LED neon lights have the same wow-factor as their traditional, glass neon sign counterparts, but offer the additional benefit of being far more energy-efficient and cost-effective. Furthermore, they can also be used to realise almost limitless possibilities in terms of design, colour and effects.

One of the main advantages of an LED neon sign is the cost saving it provides. As with the LED bulbs now commonly used in both domestic and corporate interiors, these lights require a much lower voltage than traditional neon lights, making them 80 percent more energy-efficient, and significantly cheaper to power.

 For further information on Neon Works’ full product range, visit: https://www.neon-works.co.uk

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