We celebrate our 29th anniversary this month. Founded in 1993 by Nik Hardy, the company have become the UK leading professional and digital signage supplier to a wide range of sectors.

In our 29th year of business, we count over 1,200,000 signs designed, manufactured, and installed for customers across the UK and beyond. This year has seen Hardy Signs supply to over 500 new companies across the UK, from Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 to Amazon UK, Generation Next, Alstom, We Buy Any Car, Bet365, Holland & Barrett and more. 

Over the last decade, we have seen huge investments in sustainable machinery, manufacturing techniques, and recycling, leading to the recent publication of a five years green vision for the future.

Initially starting the business in his home garage, Nik then rented the first unit in 1995. Early projects primarily consisted of hand-painted signs and vehicles, predominantly for breweries and pubs across Burton-On-Trent. When Hardy Signs started working for national and international organisations such as the NHS, Plastic Omnium, Muller, Nestle, etc., the team changed several units until they moved to our current headquarters, Hardy Place, in 2011.

Key to the long-term mission of Hardy Signs has been high-quality customer service, investment in people and a close connection to the community. Over the last 36 months, 100% of the company’s young professionals have been training with a view to strengthening ‘homegrown’ talent.

Our team has won numerous awards in the last ten years, including ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ in 2019 and 2020, respectively, at East Midlands Chamber and Staffordshire Chamber awards. In 2021 and 2022 they were also finalists for ‘Excellence in Manufacturing’ with the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce.

Key milestones of the last decade include:

  • 2012, we run the ‘Resuscitation Grab Bag Appeal’ campaign in support of Burton Hospital to raise £10,000
  • 2016, we founded the Hardy Signs ‘Signs and Print Academy’ in partnership with Burton and South Derbyshire College. The partnership’s mission is to train and develop young talents in all areas of the sign and print industry.
  • 2016, 200 solar panels were installed on the roof at Hardy Place.
  • 2018, our team completed the first installation in Brussels, Belgium for the French automotive giant, Plastic Omnium.
  • 2020, our team completed the first digital signage project in California, the USA. 

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