Hardy Signs is a multi-award-winning professional traditional and digital signage company founded in August 1993. The company provides quality products and services to a wide range of business sectors in the United Kingdom, into Europe and beyond. Hardy Signs have showcased its commitment to developing its people by joining The 5% Club, an industry-led initiative focused on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

The 5% Club, initiated by Leo Quinn Group Group CEO of Balfour Beatty in 2013, is a movement of more than 300 employers providing ‘earn and learn’ opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need to become more employable and create meaningful careers. Companies joining The 5% Club commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within five years. Members are also asked to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report. Existing members range from SMEs to FTSEs and cover a number of diverse industries, from engineering through to the legal sector.

Supporting young talents is one of the core values of Hardy Signs. The Managing Director Nik Hardy was himself provided with ‘earn and learn’ opportunities for 7 years before setting up Hardy Signs.

We try our best to ensure that our staff not only enjoys working here but also create a career for them.

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In partnership with Burton and South Derbyshire College, Hardy Signs launched the ‘Sign and Print’ Academy, a dedicated department at the college to develop apprentices through work placements. We are currently supporting the training and development of over 20% of our workforce.

Daniel Nikolla, Marketing Manager of Hardy Signs said, “We learnt about The 5% Club through one of our customers. After reading about what the club stands for and promotes, it became obvious there were mutual goals between both our organisations.’’

Gill Cronin, Director of Operations of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome Hardy Signs Ltd into membership. The 5% Club provides a fantastic network of HR professionals, sharing and learning from each other.  All our members share an ethos of creating a skilled workforce through ‘earn and learn’ development programmes, helping people develop meaningful career paths.”

We are committed to providing a platform for continuous learning for our apprentices and full-time staff.

We recognise that training apprentice and upskilling our staff provides a great platform for growth for both them and Hardy Signs.


To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit www.5percentclub.org.uk or get in touch by emailing [email protected]. Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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