WJ featured in a local Staffordshire newspaper The Sentinel, The article can be found via links detailed.
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WJ, which has its national headquarters in Knutton, has consolidated its regional businesses under the single brand of WJ.
The business employs around 100 staff in North Staffordshire and has doubled turnover since 2008 to more than £40 million.
It has received funding from Lloyds Bank to support the expansion of its operations in the South West, with a new base scheduled to open in Somerset, this year.
Wayne Johnston, group managing director of WJ, said: “Investing in new premises in the South West is a clear demonstration of our commitment to our future in the region and provides us with a solid platform from which to grow even more.”
WJ specialises in the application and removal of permanent and temporary road markings, road studs, high friction and safety surfacing, asphalt repair and surface retexturing. It is also involved in the manufacturing of road marking materials and specialist custom built vehicles used for applying road markings.
It has spent more than £10.5 million on capital expenditure projects in the last three years, with a further £3.5 million committed this year.
Its work has included successfully delivering 120km of temporary lane markings at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The contract, which was the largest single temporary marking scheme ever awarded in the UK, also boosted the business’s presence within the Transport for London highways regions.
Under the rebrand, WJ now consists of: WJ North in Staffordshire and Elland, WJ South in Milton Keynes and London, WJ Products, also in Milton Keynes, and WJ South West in Taunton.
The South West arm of the business opened four years ago, but a boom in trade means its needs larger operating premises.
WJ’s new funding package with Lloyds Bank comprises a property loan as well as a significant uplift in existing working capital and asset finance facilities.
Paul Hainsworth, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial, said: “WJ has been on an upward trajectory for a number of years now, and it is showing no signs of stopping.
“The announcement of the Government’s Road Investment Strategy in December 2014, and ongoing Highways Agency plans for a smart motorway network, means that WJ is already set for a record few years ahead.
“The business has a management team with dedication, experience and vision, and we are committed to supporting WJ flourish in its next stage of growth.”
Under the strategy, investment of more than £15 billion is planned for more than 100 schemes across the road network between 2015 and 2021.
Mr Johnston, who formed the business with Martin Webb in 1987, said: “Having worked with Lloyds Bank for over two decades, the team really understands our business and what it needs to succeed.”