Greens the signmakers is very much a family company and was founded by Reg Green in February of 1963. Originally a signwriter by trade his first jobs involved hand painting logos onto coaches and doing commercial livery work. In fact, one of his earliest jobs as an apprentice was painting vehicle registration number plates for motorcycles.
From a small single fronted shop in Hull, Reg ran his signwriting business with just one employee. But though his shop and business may have been small his ideas were not, evident in him choosing “signmaker” over “signwriter” to be incorporated into the firm’s name.
Chris Green joined his father in 1973, heading straight to work the Monday after school finished. By 1976 he took over as Managing Director, knowing following in his father’s footsteps was always what he wanted to do.
With the same enthusiasm as Reg still driving the company, a move to larger premises was required to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for his products and services. In 1984 our purpose-built factory and offices were finished in Brighton Street with more than 26,000sq ft of space at our disposal.
Through the years Chris always embraced the latest technologies so he could provide the best products to his customers. Fibreglass, screen printing, signwriting and fluorescent tubes all making way for acrylic, aluminium, cut vinyl and LEDS.
Now in its third generation, Lawrence Green joined the business full time in 2008. Having worked on the factory floor during school holidays he slowly worked his way up through the company, learning the trade and the business as he went, becoming Operations Director in 2013.
With his Grandfathers way of working, “Modern thinking, traditional values” still ringing true, Lawrence has driven the factory forward to keep Greens up to date with the latest technology. The three-fold increase in our CNC and now laser cutting department increases capacity and nicely compliments the biggest improvement to our factory, the massively improved print department.
After refurbishing the new print room and with the new machines installed, we now have the ability to print direct onto any flat sheet material as well as onto roles of material 5m wide and up to 50m in length.
While celebrating turning 55 years in February of 2018 we praised the loyalty and service our staff have given us. At the time we had 19 members of staff with over ten years’ service each, 10 of which have been working with us for over 30 years. A special mention and presentation was also made for the two guys who have been working at Greens for 41 and 45 years each. Such commitment is much appreciated.
It was at this time that Lawrence Green took over the role of Managing Director of Greens the Signmakers with Chris Green moving to a more advisory role of Chairman. In this new role, Lawrence continues to guide the company into the future while still enjoying and learning from our history.
With these long standing, trusted and time served family of staff behind us, Greens the Signmakers are in a strong position to drive both our and your business forward.