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Boards Direct experiences most successful year to date
Last year was anything but a wipeout for Boards Direct after the company experienced its most successful year to date.
The firm, which supplies schools, universities and businesses with whiteboards and noticeboards, achieved a 21 per cent increase in sales and a turnover of £2.65 million.
Director Paul Pinder, who expects to break the £3 million barrier this year, said: "We are very pleased with the direction the company is moving in and are delighted with the success we have seen in 2015.
"This really has been our most successful year to date and has allowed us to further establish Boards Direct as one of the leading UK suppliers of high quality visual display products and a highly successful e-commerce retailer."
"In order to cope with this growth and to take Boards Direct further, we have made two senior appointments in 2015, which has taken our team to a total of 11 and has enabled us to plan our international expansion in 2016."
Boards Direct – named runner-up in the sales and marketing category of the Nottingham Post's Business Awards last year – counts big names such as Fortnum and Mason, Lloyds, Barclays Bank and Nottingham Trent University among its clientele.
It also sells its own range of award-winning Casca glass noticeboards which are manufactured in Nottingham.
The Lenton-based company now has its sights set on the US and German markets, with plans to expand into the two countries this year.
Director David Shaw added: "Although we have already launched the brand in New York, we are now looking to make further progress in the US by launching the company in key regions, including Baltimore, and the Tri-State region of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, and are looking forward to taking our Nottingham-made Casca noticeboards to an international audience.
"Based on the growth that we have seen in the first five years, we have the potential to reach a £10 million turnover by our tenth anniversary."
Boards Direct appointed Kate Willett as business development manager and promoted Robin Smith to managing director last year.
The company plan to make two new appointments in 2016, a senior commercial manager and an additional sales executive. These are expected to be appointed in the summer.