Further to the recent Government announcement of another national lockdown, we are pleased to confirm that SMART GRAPHICS WILL REMAIN OPEN for business as usual. As part of the manufacturing industry, we will continue to follow government advice to ensure the safety of our clients, suppliers and staff.
As a key supplier to public transport, logistics, retail, hospitality and construction industries, we have a duty to maintain our supply to our customers to ensure projects continue to progress as far as possible. We understand that many of our clients play critical roles in a lockdown situation and that our small contribution can help to make a difference. During previous lockdowns, we have supported clients with branding for vehicles carrying essential goods, supplied public transport providers with social distancing materials and helped food retailers with vital signage.
Enquiries and contact can still be made via our website, phone or email. Nationwide delivery will be carried out by UPS, our dedicated courier or our installation teams.
Our Sales and Technical teams are contactable as usual by phone/email. Meetings can be conducted by Zoom or a socially distant meeting if desired or permissible within your own guidelines and policies, so please do not hesitate to contact us with your requirements.
Safety remains of paramount importance in order to stay open and we will continue to provide the best service possible in these challenging times.
Please stay safe and we look forward to working with you in this new year.
END OF YEAR STATEMENT
Like most businesses, 2020 has proved challenging for Smart Graphics. With the whole of the UK caught in the wrath of the Covid pandemic, it changed the way that we worked and lived. Few would have predicted the virus and the impact that it would have on plans for the year.
At the end of 2019, we were planning to exhibit at all of the key industry events – Commercial Vehicle Show, ALBUM Bus Conference and Truckfest. We were also looking forward to the TCS&D Awards and launching a number of exciting new products. One by one, we watched the events fall like dominos as restrictions put paid to large gatherings and our plans to meet customers and suppliers crumbled. Many non-essential businesses were forced to close but as key suppliers to both commercial vehicle and bus operators, we were fortunate to be able to stay open during lockdown.
Bus operators played an essential role in keeping key workers and the general public mobile as the country was in the grip of the pandemic. We were delighted to be able to assist them by printing social distancing materials for use on buses across the UK. Commercial vehicle operators kept the flow of foods and essential goods to supermarkets and retailers. Many had to add to their fleet to cope with demand and we were pleased to be involved in supplying essential legal graphics for the vehicles as well as branding. During the height of the pandemic, we were delighted to partner with Radio Clyde as we printed rainbow stickers to help to raise funds for Cash For Kids (who were helping families who had experienced financial challenges as a direct result of Covid).
Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, we have achieved many of our goals for the year. We have forged an excellent relationship with CJ Lang as we broke into the retail sector and develop our signage arm of the business. While vehicles remain at the heart of what we do, we have expanded our client base to include several retailers, a motorbike dealership, an events company and we have even wrapped a few boats! One of our highlights of 2020 was Lomond Foods being awarded “Livery Of The Year” at the TCS&D Awards. When we nominated Lomond for the award, we knew that they deserved recognition for their efforts to make their livery stand out from the crowd. It is always rewarding to see a client achieve a prestigious industry award…
Our work with local and national charities continues. While Covid has had an impact on our plans to help Prostate Cancer UK (our national charity partner), we are hopeful that they will be able to enjoy a presence with us at industry events in 2021. We continue to work with local organisations including schools and Renton Craigandro FC (community football team for youngsters). Many charities have suffered terribly as a result of the pandemic so we hope to be able to do more to help in the new year.
As we make plans for 2021, we have several exciting product launches in the pipeline and a variety of new clients who will make up part of our portfolio. Perhaps the news of a vaccine will mean that the landmark industry gatherings will take place in the new year and we can once again enjoy the privilege of meeting our customers and suppliers again. In the mean-time, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year on behalf of the whole team!
Best wishes and stay safe,