In April 2012 we were lucky enough to grab Shop of the Month featured in Trophy and Engraving News. For us the shop is our on line shop through our websites www.brunelengraving.co.uk and www.bruneltrophies.co.uk and our retail outlet. Our retail outlet is a place for customers to get one to one help and service but it also provides a showroom for customers to see the range of products we sell.
Shop of the month
Name and location of Shop
Brunel Engraving Company Limited – Britannia Way, Clevedon, North Somerset, BS21 6QH
When were you established and by whom:
Brunel Engraving Company was formed in 1989 by Martyn Wright
Number of employees:
Brunel Engraving Company currently employs 19 staff, 6 office and 13 workshop based.
What do you specialise in:
There are 5 main specialist areas of engraved/printed products marketed either through our web site, email marketing or through the retail shop,
- Trophies and corporate awards
- Commercial and Industrial engraving
- Chemical Etching
- Office signs
- Sublimation and UV print processes
Trophies and corporate awards, from the one off sports medal sold through our retail shop to blue chip multinational companies buying their annual sales awards.
Commercial and industrial engraving, small electrical labels to control panels for power stations, Memorial plaques for a pet through to commemorative plaques for Royalty.
Chemical Etching, highly complicated fine detail logos through to high volume multiple serial and identification plates.
Office Signs, Office door nameplates, to directory boards in Spandex-Slatz sign systems, Bar and restaurant licensee plates to table numbers.
Sublimation and UV print processes, sublimation printing of metal labels ceramic mugs, badges etc to UV prints onto aluminium and acrylic signs to reverse printed stand off signs.
Day to Day Activities:
My (Martyn Wright) day to day activities mainly include the marketing of the business, Quotations, Job and product costing and overseeing the day to day operation of the business
Trophy and corporate awards production:-
2 x Newing Hall Apex computerised engraving machines
2 x Gravograph Manual Pantograph engraving machines
2 x Crystal Galleries Engraving Cabinets and associated mask making equipment
3 x Epilog Laser engravers ranging from 600 x 300mm to 800 x 500mm
5 x Vision 2413 engraving machines (3 fitted with 60000rpm spindles)
1 x Mega Electronics Automatic FAPC Process Conveyor System
1 x Mimaki DyeSub TCP1000 Sublimation Print machine and associated equipment
1 x Mimaki UJF-3042FX flat bed print machine
1 x Direct Color Systems 2413 solvent inkjet printer
Do You Sell Any Other Items?
Other than trophies and awards we do sell a range of giftware , nameplates and plaques, Office signs, badges, bar and restaurant signs, asset, identification and serial plates and Slatz sign systems. We also offer a trade engraving service to other Trophy shops and sign makers.
What is the most popular award you sell?
Our most popular range of awards is glass plaques. The range of products we supply is so varied it is difficult to itemise any one specific most popular award.
Do you have any famous clients?
We do not have any famous clients as direct customers but we have produced work for many indirectly. We have produced numerous plaques for opening ceremonies that have been commissioned for many members of the Royal Family, including the Queen, Politicians, MP’s, and civil Dignitaries. We have also manufactured and engraved items for Vivienne Westward, Stella McCartney, Anya Hindmarch, Mulberry and other designers. Sports Clubs, Manchester United, Aston Villa and England Squash plus other clients such as Aston Martin, The Royal Parks, Rotary Watches, Jamie Oliver and many more.
What is the most Unusual Request you have ever had?
We have had many unusual requests but I think the most unusual was to produce a trophy for the “Golden Toast Awards”. We took toasted bread, varnished and sprayed it gold; we then mounted it and engraved an inscription.
The History and Future of Brunel Engraving Company
Brunel Engraving was established in March 1989 working out of a small shop that extended under the seating of the historic Curzon Cinema in Clevedon, needless to say we received many complaints of engraving machine noise during the matinees. Within 9 months the business had moved to larger premises where it continued to grow up until 2002 when the commercial engraving was moved into an industrial unit of 1600 square foot. In 2010 the trophy and awards and the commercial engraving businesses were brought together in one unit. This 5000 square foot unit has given us the chance to operate the business in a more structured way. We now receive orders from our web sites, email, fax, letter and via the retail shop. The vast majority of these orders are processed in the office prior to being directed to the production workshop. On receiving an order the customer is sent artwork, on his authorisation we convert the files to suit which machine will be used in the engraving/manufacturing process. It is at this stage that the engraver retrieves the files from the server, this process alleviates down time on the machine and enables the engraver to operate up to three machines at any one time. All this is a long way from 1989 when the engraver would serve the customer, program the machine, engrave the item, wrap, pack and despatch the goods.
The future for Brunel Engraving Company and all other engravers will be very interesting, machine technology linked with IT will change the way in which we process/engrave/print in the future. We will continue to adopt, adapt and invest as these changes take place enabling us to provide the best service, quality and prices to our customers. We now offer a trade engraving and etching service to the smaller trophy shops supplying brass, stainless steel, aluminium and plastic nameplates. This we believe will become a much larger proportion of the business as the smaller businesses use our techniques to enable them to offer a wider range of engraved products without the need for investment.