Ben Grist started a small business designing and manufacturing luxury, bespoke chicken houses during his gap year. He purchased his fist vinyl cutter as a way to add a custom appearance to his coops.
With a strong passion for water sports, Ben and Sam started to use the cutter to make other stickers for their toys at the time (windsurfing boards, surf boards, sails and skateboards).
Ben’s business direction went into designing personalised wall art for the public sector. www.oakdenedesigns.com. With the extremely fast growth and success off this through Not On The High Street, he was able to purchase more equipment and broaden the range of products.
During Sam’s placement year at University he set up a commercial signage company as a side project of Oakdene Designs. With the available resources, expertise and top of the range equipment this proved to be a successful avenue for them both.
South East Signage is currently based in Ockley, south of London near Dorking and Reigate in Surrey. We have a lovely studio workshop where we make all of our products, including signs and vinyl stickers.
Customers are always welcome to visit us at our workshop to discuss projects and to see what we do in person over a cup of tea.
With a practical and hands on upbringing, owing to his father being a successful builder (www.qualitybuild.info), Sam has always had an inquisitive mind for design, technology and how things work. Having previously windsurfed for Team GBR and then competing semi-professionally during his design degree at university, Sam has always been an organised and self motivated individual with an attitude to work hard and play hard.
Childhood friend of Ben's. Sam is a music composer (Motion Audio Productions) and generally a technical whizz with a natural mind for business and a background in retail. Sam helped Ben run Oakdene Designs from the very start.
Strong passion for animal wellbeing and anything pink! Rhianna's hands on approach to art and creativity is the perfect match for our fabric products.
Hannah's constant positivity and humour is perfect for running one of our newest and busiest departments. Also a very talented free hand artist.
Surrey bred entrepreneur and product designer. Ben used Oakdene Coops as a learning platform to lead onto the hugely successful personalised gifts business, Oakdene Designs. Also has a strong passion for water sports.
Typography specialist, Maddy has a great eye for design and a natural understanding of what clients and potential customers want.
Gill is Ben's lovely mother. She runs her very own successful curtains and textile company. Huge passion for arts, crafts and collectibles.
Fellow product design course partner of Ben's whilst at university, Steve has an extensive knowledge of the workshop and equipment in use. Some of Steve's graphic design has also proven to be the most successful wall stickers produced at Oakdene Designs.
Harriet has a graphic design background and is also a YouTube vlogger. With great understanding of brand awareness and social media.
Piers has a history of running successful businesses. He has a keen eye for ensuring everything is running smoothly. Hobbies also include martial arts!
A large portion of our clients come from the water and extreme sports industry, owing to personal passions in these sports. Because of this, we like to give something back to the sports we love and support top athletes in the country. It is also a great way for us to test and develop products to ensure they are fit for purpose.
If you would like to help promote and push South East Signage further please get in contact.
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