Annex Signs & Design was founded in 2011 by owner Joshua Weaver, a sign making and printing company based in mid Wales. Annex started as a company of only 1 employee (Joshua himself), working from home. Hard work and determination has seen Annex grow, and move to an office unit based in Welshpool. We Are Promotional Products has been the brand extension to Annex, a company selling a range of over 1000 items of printed and branded promotional merchandise such as; pens, mugs, bags, USBs, keyrings, clothes and much more. With the existing loyal customer base built up through Annex, We Are Promotional Products has already got off to a flying start and the addition of Jobs Growth Wales employees has supported this.
Much of the growth and expansion has been facilitated by the help received from 3SC and Jobs Growth Wales. The scheme, funding wages for the first 6 months, initially enabled the employment of one young man, Oliver Higgs, who injected fresh and innovative ideas that assisted with the aspirations of Annex and moved them forward. This position was closely followed by two further employees, Jade Turner, a recent marketing and management graduate from the University of Manchester and Dean Jones, an expert in online marketing and ICT. Their skill sets have successfully merged together and assisted the start-up of We Are Promotional Products.
The current goal for We Are Promotional Products is to finish and launch the new fully ecommerce website within the next couple of months. This will allow customers to quickly and conveniently obtain quotations and make instantaneous purchases of the promotional merchandise they require. The company's mission is to "provide a quality service at a competitive price, aiding customers to strengthen their brand identity and maintain an eye-catching, professional image."
The recent successes of the Annex Group and the future completion of its ambitious goals is solely dependent on having a successful team behind it. Joshua said:
"3SC worked very closely with myself to assist with the search for young people to employ through the Jobs Growth Wales scheme. They offer support with every step of the process from CV sifting to interviewing, this ensured that the most suitable candidates were selected. Not only do 3SC aid the employer, they also offer support to the employees. This meant that the new employees started their role in the initial stages, full of confidence and excitement."