"We would recommend businesses contact the Marches Growth Hub if they are looking for support or information. The team has put us in touch with contacts which have directly benefitted our company."
Erwin van der Stap, Managing Director, Magiboards
Leading manufacturer of whiteboards and notice boards in the UK
Grant support received to take on new apprentices
Hub support has helped reduce waste costs and increased recycling
Magiboards, in Telford, has been manufacturing visual display products in the UK for more than 50 years. It is the leading supplier of long lasting, high performance presentation products to a number of industries and sectors and the company boasts an unrivalled support package of service, quality and experience.
The company has 15 employees working at its Stafford Park base. As a manufacturer everything is offered in standard and custom sizes and customers include trade resellers, blue chip manufacturers, hospitals, schools, businesses and construction companies.
The business challenge
As part of its growth strategy, the company was looking to increase its headcount and keen to consider both graduate trainees and apprentices, but what was important to them was recruiting the right people with a positive attitude. With growing sales, the company was looking to fill multiple roles in different departments.
The company was also keen, having just obtained ISO14001, to look at ways it could reduce its waste and meet recycling targets.
How the Marches Growth Hub helped
The business support team at the Marches Growth Hub Telford & Wrekin put Magiboards in touch with a training provider to support its apprenticeship needs. It also worked with the company to develop an application for funding support for its apprentices with Magiboards receiving an Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) and an additional Telford Job Box Apprenticeship Grant.
Erwin said: “We recruited Joe Charley and he’s been a fantastic asset to the business right from the start. The reason he’s been such a great fit is that he had the right personality, plus a great attitude and a willingness to learn and progress. As a result we are very open to looking at more apprentices in the future.
The business support team also put Magiboards in touch with local charity, Scrappies, which could use left over production material which in turn helped Magiboards reduce its recycling costs and help meet recycling targets.