Monday, May 23, 2022

National Awards the Next Stop for High-Flying Grantham Business

Staff at leading Lincolnshire sign manufacturer Viking Signs will find out on January 27 if theirs is the UK’s best small manufacturing business.

The Grantham-based firm won a place at the national Make UK Manufacturing Awards when it was named Make UK Midlands & East SME of the Year in October last year.

Managing Director Darren Joint will be at the awards dinner at East Wintergarden, London on Thursday to find out if Viking Signs has won the national award, along with his parents and company founders Simon and Michele Joint.

“Winning the Midlands and East Manufacturing SME of the Year was a fantastic achievement for the whole Viking Signs team,” he said.

“To be considered as a national winner of this prestigious Make UK award is a huge endorsement of all the hard work my team has put in over the last few years and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of them!

“We believe that our manufacturing on demand model offers huge advantages in terms of speed, service, choice and contribution to achieving net zero. If being shortlisted and maybe even winning this award gives us a platform to share these advantages with our UK manufacturing peers then it’s a double win for us.”

Since he became MD in 2007 Darren has grown Viking Signs 20-fold and the business now offers the UK’s largest range of safety signs, manufacturing more than 50,000 signs and labels every month on demand, for free next day delivery.

Viking Signs, a pioneer in lean, on-demand manufacturing, is also a supplier of sign, label and engraved components to many other local Lincolnshire and national manufacturers with a website specifically designed for these customers:

Make UK is the manufacturers’ organisation for the UK. To find out more about the national awards visit

Watch the video here and follow the awards on social media using the hashtag #MakeUKAwards.

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