“We have had a variety of funders, but the loans from ART have been a vital part of the package enabling us to follow through on our plans to grow the business.”
D3 Display, based in Camp Hill, Birmingham, 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. “Everything we offer comes with a personnel service, ensuring the customer receives exactly what they want, when they want it,” says Managing Director Steve Dent. “That’s what makes us different. We can help in the design development and production process – ensuring all budget targets and deadlines are met. Working in a range of specialist areas also puts us in a better position to ride out economic ups and downs.”
D3 Display has received ongoing loan support from ART over a number of years, enabling Steve to keep on growing his business and expanding his work force. It was a loan from ART that enabled Steve to put down a deposit on new premises, for example, when he wanted to consolidate the business by bringing everything together under one roof, with room for further expansion. “The unit we chose was just a shell, which needed all the services put in to it, so we required quite an investment,” explains Steve.
That investment paid off. In a little over a year Steve had built the business sufficiently to allow him to take on more staff and buy the unit next door. This acquisition enabled D3 to diversify into another specialist area – the manufacture of heater bands, cartridge and ceramic knuckle heaters. “You would probably be surprised by the wide range of applications for these products,” says Steve. “They are used in just about every industry from plastic extrusion to formula one, and as we manufacture in house, we can turn most breakdowns and orders around in just 24 hours.” The business continues to flourish.