The PPL Group (Branding, Media and events), has expanded and launched a video division after a £2m investment.
PPL Sport specialises in the design and manufacture of match day programmes, branding, signage and video for the sports and commercial industry and is moving its Liverpool HQ from Brunswick Business Park to Estuary Business Park in Speke.
The move is supported by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, which provided a £1.8m funding package.
The new site will give PPL room to grow, boosting capacity by 20%, and will include a studio with state-of-the-art video facilities.
PPL needs space to accommodate its growing video production department, which it recently launched. It offers same-day turnaround on video shot at sporting events, which it supplies to broadcasters, organisers’ websites and social media.
The group produces match day programmes for major events including the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships, which start today and where PPL also provides scoreboard services, the Rugby Football Union Six Nations Championship, British Athletics and The Open Golf Championship.
The £5m turnover business has 29 staff in Speke, and Epsom, Surrey.
Sales and marketing director Paul Kimberley said: “The new premises has excellent rail, road and air links and the move out of the city means we will be less impacted by traffic congestion. The size of the property will enable us to improve production flow and will increase our capacity, as well as enabling us to grow our range of products.”
He added: “We have seen a growing number of requests for bespoke signage and construction of items, such as kiosks and retail units, which the extra space will greatly assist.
“The move will also support the creation of some additional intern and graduate roles planned for this year.”
PPL also received a Regional Growth Fund grant of £200,000 after being introduced to the fund by Alistair Pike, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking relationship director.
He said: “PPL is a dynamic and innovative business. I’m sure its new headquarters will give PPL the growing space it needs as it enters the next chapter in its growth story.”
PPL was founded in 1946 by an ex-naval commander and is today owned by directors, Philip Butcher, Carl Biggs and David Kelly.