Signs of a New Generation

Horizon is bringing the younger generation into the workforce and training them up on the welding and fabrications side of the business.

The majority of Horizon’s work is based around creating bespoke signs and fabrication products for its customers. Those who have just left school or college bring with them fresh new ideas and skills thus driving this side of the company forwards. Danny Templeman is an example of this, he joined the company when he was 17-years-old and after four years of training him on the welding and fabrications side of the business, he is now one a key member of the Horizon team.

Horizon recently used this to their advantage with a job completed for Acis, a Real Time company, which specialise in providing solutions of real time location based intelligence systems for bus stops and train stations. Acis approached Horizon because they were having problems with vandalism affecting some of their units so they required a more substantial casing. With that brief in mind, Horizon produced a unit that houses their monitors securely, this proved a great success with Acis placing more orders.

Around 80% of all Horizon’s work is bespoke, this differs from the industry norm as the majority of sign companies and sign suppliers will only be able to offer the set sizes of the stock they keep which is generally bought in large quantities, often from abroad.. Horizon’s products are high quality, expertly constructed and because it has its own powder coating works, it can paint signs in any colour to suit the customers’ needs.

Ross Ball, Director at Horizon, commented: “Our partnership with Acis is just one example of how we work with our customers and produce bespoke products to fulfil their requirements. We are capitalising on a niche area of the market and bringing young people into the industry, helping them learn a trade and gaining innovative ideas on bespoke products for our customers in return.”

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