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Nothing Is Impossible

July 28, 2017


John Anthony Signs Ltd, selected in Ones to Watch in Construction, are a premier UK based sign and graphics manufacturer with 49 years of industry experience both nationally and internationally. They offer a complete solution - from consultative advice and research and development - through to final installation and maintenance. We profiled the firm’s work to ascertain more about their remarkable scale and depth of expertise in signage.

John Anthony Signs work in every market sector from small to medium size projects - through to the very largest national and international rebranding programmes for the most critical of clients. As well as specialising in large national rebranding projects, the firm regularly carries out major international and global programmes. Their work has taken them to every part of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, USA and Asia Pacific.

Companies such as Accenture, Accessorize, Amtico, Bank Muscat, the Body Shop, BP, Hong Kong Airport, DFDS Seaways, Disney, EDS, Howrey, HSBC, La Senza, McLaren, Monsoon, Shoe Studio, SNR Denton, Wyeth and Xaar have all entrusted John Anthony Signs Ltd with their signage around the world and in locations as far apart as Iceland, Moscow, Cape Town, Kuwait, Virginia, Shanghai, Bucharest and the Philippines.

The firm’s scale and depth of global experience means that if your branding programme has any kind of international dimension, you can count on John Anthony Signs Ltd with confidence.


In regards to the firm’s consultation wok, it is worth asking yourself the following questions. How many people listen properly to what their clients want? How many understand all the inter-related issues? How many have the depth of experience to be able to provide the right advice on all the options – from material and size to construction, fitting and siting?
For John Anthony Signs, this is a way of life. They treat every client as an individual, and approach every new job with fresh eyes and an open mind. Best of all, their consultative advice is free.

They combine their years of successful experience and practical knowledge - with a willingness to explore and test new signage ideas - from alternative materials, adhesives and fluid polymers to imaginative options for forming and shaping.


When it comes to installation, John Anthony Signs Ltd take just as much care over installing your signage as they do with its design and manufacture. Their experienced in-house crews – supported by a trusted and proven network of installation engineers covering the UK and the globe – ensures that every installation goes smoothly and
on time, with everything looking great and fitting exactly as it was intended. Routinely working out of hours to avoid any disruption to business, the firm are seasoned professionals when it comes to critical tight deadlines.


Moving to the subject of research, a world leading entertainment company was once rolling out new stores across Europe. They had an idea of the look and the effect they wanted for the store fronts. It involved an illuminated arch portal to produce a constantly changing array of colours with random sprays of fibre-optic light that created a magical effect.
This is certainly not your everyday brief – but in many ways, it is not so different from many others - in the sense that John Anthony Signs Ltd often goes to great lengths to meet the most challenging and unusual demands.
Their R&D team relish complex problems like this. They take them in their stride – finding new materials and production methods, building prototype models for close-up inspection, and coming up with results that deliver not only high impact signage but impressive savings for clients.


John Anthony Signs Ltd produces every conceivable kind of bespoke signage and graphics, as well as painstakingly produced individual letters that can be moulded, flat cut, engraved or built up. Their starting point is that nothing is impossible – but the
firm never makes a promise that they can’t keep. They regularly take on and successfully deliver the jobs that others turn away.
The firm’s factory in Rayleigh has twenty thousand square feet of space, with all the in-house facilities that they need: acrylic department, metal working, spray shop, screen shop, digital print and router cutting. This means that they have the resources under their own control to be flexible and always able to respond fast.
Additionally, they use cutting edge technology in many parts of their manufacturing process. And yet it’s also true that the quality they insist on – for example achieving perfectly formed and bevelled individual letters that correspond exactly to the type face – often calls for traditional handcrafting skills. What matters to the firm is the result: that is beautiful, perfect and hard wearing signs that remain as good as the day they were made for many years to come.

Project management

Finally, concerning the firm’s project management work, it is true to say that you want to feel that your project is in safe and reliable hands. You want to be sure that any issues get resolved quickly and effectively, without being a drain on your time. That’s where John Anthony Signs Ltd’s professional project managers come into their own. They’re there right at the start when the concept is being created, all the way through to handover when the signs are installed and looking great - on spec, on time and on budget.

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