While the past 12 months have proven challenging across the board, it’s been an extremely adaptive time for us here at H&H Reeds. Our Managing Director Andy Jackson shares his take on the year we’re leaving behind, along with some thoughts on what 2022 may hold.
“After implementing short term measures to reduce our print capacity in-line with demand, we brought forward our ambitious plans to expand into Digital Marketing services. This move was largely triggered by our previous acquisition of another firm native to Cumbria, Dotcom Associates. As we incorporated web development, hosting and design skillsets from the acquisition, we soon realised that there was an extensive range of further digital media services to consider. We began to develop our online presence to reflect this too, launching a brand-new website that better demonstrated our brand”.
“Our Signage team have expanded throughout the year, taking over more space in the factory after outgrowing the original space. At the start of the pandemic, we were providing lots of clear Perspex screens for a multitude of clients in close contact services & hospitality, as well as the NHS. The team has made key advances over the past 12 months by securing significant contracts, and they’re on track to have a record-breaking successful year.
To help facilitate this, we’re currently on the lookout for new signage team members, and you’ll find further information on our website”.
“This year we have put a lot of time and effort in to training and development — we have had three people trained as mental health first aiders, and we’ve set up a mentoring programme. All of the Directors attended a Transformational Leaders Course, and three managers took part in the Future Leaders course throughout the year. We’ve also ensured that our new starters are encouraged to take these courses up, creating the building blocks for a company culture that supports our dynamic teams.
We’ve shaped our values as a business this year too, drawing a lot from the recent COP26 Summit. The event heightened public awareness around climate issues, however, this is something we’ve been focused on for a number of years. During 2021 we have added more ‘environmentally friendly’ products to our print and signage material offerings as well as changing to a carbon neutral website hosting provider for our web/digital services. All of the changes that we make will in turn, help our clients to improve their carbon footprint.