Noted in Style, a Kent-based manufacturer and supplier of customised and branded products, has taken on a new production apprentice as it continues to grow.
Rhea Jordan started at the Folkestone-based business two weeks ago. She will be following an apprenticeship provided through the BPIF and her coursework will begin in the new year.
The business operates three Marshall foiling devices as well as letterpress machines and guillotines.
Noted in Style creative director Gerald Glover said: “We’ve got two people in production and we wanted somebody to join and come up through the ranks so that, as the business grows, we have someone else who can take over or work alongside the production manager.
“Everything we do is done by hand so we wanted someone to go through the hoops of learning the skills of foiling, learning which foils work on what substrates and learning the tips and tricks of how to make things work.”
Glover said the firm is increasingly being asked to do more specialist jobs and that the workload is continuing to increase and diverge into new areas.
He added: “Rhea is working across everything on production. She’s picked it up very quickly and wants to be part of a growing and successful company.
“We’ve established a space in the market and proved that we’re good at what we do and I think Rhea wants to be a part of that.”
Noted in Style, which has nine staff and is also about to take on an additional sales person, turns over just under £1m. The firm operates out of two industrial units and serves clients including multinational companies, agencies and small businesses.
The company is hoping to soon bring more of its production in-house to enable it to have more control and experiment more with projects. It is planning to invest in additional machinery in the near future.
Last month the business produced a run of 500 notebooks for Outsmart, the new marketing body for the out-of-home industry, to use as marketing collateral. The notebook was based around a ‘powder burst’ image and the Outsmart logo.
The notebooks were produced on a Mimaki UV LED flatbed and aimed to “inform, educate and inspire people to do wonderful things in out-of-home”, said Glover.