About

Octink delivers creative display solutions to connect people with brands, anywhere, anytime. We have a reputation for being knowledgeable and enlightening, and upon being reliable with a quality of service that enables us to build trusted long-term partnerships with our customers.

Today we are one of the UK’s leading producers of display graphics, signage, events, exhibitions, interiors, marketing suites, site protection and safety signage, and our portfolio spans clients in the retail, event, leisure, property and construction sectors.

Whatever form of display or creative space you need, Octink seeks to innovate, offer unique solutions, and is the perfect partner to help you turn your ideas into reality.

 

An idea with legs

The curious among you may be wondering why we are called Octink and have an octopus for our corporate identity.

In our previous life as AllsignsGroup we recognised the limitations that we were facing as a company with the word ‘signs' in our name. While proud of our heritage, the reality was that we did so much more and we knew something had to change. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the detail of the everyday running of a business, and like anything we needed to take a step back from things to steer our company and brand back on the right track.



In 2009 we turned to Felt Branding, a long term client and leading branding agency who were doing great things for a wide range of clients both creatively and strategically. So we challenged Felt to evolve our brand into a more relevant offer and help us tell the story of what we actually do.

Felt were rigorous and thorough in getting to the heart of our world and what we do, and started with repositioning us strategically. We retained many of our existing values and added some new - knowledgeable, trusted, enlightening, flexible and adaptable. A new brand identity was key, through visual exploration of the strategy, we all embraced the idea of using an octopus to represent our flexibility to adapt to client’s needs, technology and fast moving markets. Octopuses are among the most intelligent and behaviourally flexible of all invertebrates, they have big brains; they can also change colour in the blink of an eye and because they don’t have a skeleton it means that they can squeeze through tight places. The Octopus idea informed a series of naming sessions where we arrived at the name Octink - an abstract idea originating in the idea of the Octopus and ink (a part of our heritage in sign writing).

Leading animal photographer Tim Flach was commissioned to shoot an octopus that we could use as part of our visual identity. The results were the amazing and striking octopus images that we still use today.

In 2014 we once again turned to Felt to help us refresh our visual elements and further evolve our memorable and distinctive brand, which captures beautifully our expertise and passion for display solutions.

Recognised as one of the UK's leading companies in the signage and display sector, we have attained a string of awards and standards.

Aligned with our commitment to service, the environment, operational excellence, and safety, we are proud that the recognition in every case has been based upon a company wide achievement and team ethic that we continue to maintain and promote today.

 

Octink is a member of the British Signs & Graphics Association (BSGA) and has met the code of practice standards required in terms of both product quality and customer service.
Octink is accredited to Achilles BuildingConfidence standard, designed to meet the increasingly demanding legislative and risk management needs of construction clients.
Octink has met the internal, customer and regulatory requirements of the ISO 9001:2008 quality standard since 2010.
Octink has met the internal, customer and regulatory requirements of the ISO 14001:2004 standard for environmental management since 2009.
Octink has met the standards set by the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) since 2012. View our certified products here.
Octink has been assessed and has met the bronze level requirements of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS). Read more about our commitment to the standard for construction logistics: managing work related road risk. WRRR - click here to download
Octink is accredited to Safecontractor, a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises the very highest standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

Our integrated and strategic approach to corporate responsibility and community investment means that we have, and continue to make a measurable difference to both our employees and the communities in which we work.

Operating in an area of deprivation, we actively work alongside local charities, social enterprises and educational establishments to promote youth training, employability, and healthy living. We place community at the heart of our business, creating a lasting social impact that has helped us achieve national recognition and standards along the way.

- See more at: http://www.bitc.org.uk/services/awards-recognition/communitymark/current-holders-communitymark-1#sthash.Efrsp1xo.dpuf

 

Best Companies have been producing the Accreditation standard since 2006 to acknowledge excellence in the workplace.
Committed to good people management practice, Octink first met the Investor in People standard in 2002. The Bronze higher level of accreditation was achieved in 2014.
Octink has achieved Business in the Community’s CommunityMark, which recognises businesses that are leading the way in supporting local communities. The sought after standard is given to companies who put community at the heart of their business. 

Our senior management team is committed making our customers feel special and valued. We strive to be innovative, to being knowledgeable and providing a service that adds value to every project through partnership.

Our expertise goes beyond digital print, and we are renown for developing long term relationships with major agencies and brands who demand we stay involved day to day, supporting our project management and installation teams to deliver a reliable service.

 

 

Will Tyler
CEO
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Will is the driving force behind Octink's transformation into one of the UK’s leading display specialists, and international supplier of construction and security products. He is an active member of the London Chamber of Commerce and on the judging panel for the Queen's Awards for Enterprise. His pioneering approach and passion for sustainability make him a sought after speaker and spokesperson for the industry.

will.tyler@octink.com

Mike Freely
Managing Director
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Mike directs Octink’s day to day operations, compliance and operational efficiency. Joining from a career in residential property, he has helped develop an enviable portfolio of clients alongside high profile events. He has spearheaded Octink’s corporate responsibility, environmental and community engagement programmes and is currently a Director of social enterprise charity, Cultivate London.

mike.freely@octink.com

Charlotte Tyler
Director
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Charlotte followed her brother Will into the business after graduating from university in 1992. Now as company secretary, she works closely with the financial team and has specific responsibilities for credit control and Octink's employee engagement programmes.

charlotte.tyler@octink.com

Simon Martin
Client Services Director
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Working in the graphics industry for many years has brought Simon vast experience and knowledge. He focuses on gaining insight and building partnerships with existing clients, and is responsible for directing the organisation's high profile marketing suites and commercial interior projects.

simon.martin@octink.com

Brad Candy
Operations Director
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Since 1999, Brad has expertly managed Octink’s production process introducing robust systems to achieve delivery effectively and efficiently. His vast industry experience gives him an encyclopaedic knowledge of substrate application and modern print technology. Brad also champions Octink’s environmental management systems.

brad.candy@octink.com

Terry Haxell
Sales Director
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Terry heads the business development team and is responsible for introducing new clients to the company and working with them to understand their display requirements. As a specialist in retail and display graphics, Terry has worked across the business and has a wealth of experience in print technology, production and design.

terry.haxell@octink.com

Tim Dance
PMO Director
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With over 15 years experience in signage and display industry, Tim has gained extensive experience in project and people management, building strong client relationships and managing risk within projects. Tim now leads our project management team and prides himself with having the best people around him within the roles.

tim.dance@octink.com

We are always on the lookout for talented people. If you are optimistic, energetic and forward thinking, and think you have what it takes for an exciting career with us, then send your CV to Gosha Kucharska at careers@octink.com.

Terms & Conditions - unless a separate written agreement signed by Octink already exists between Octink and the Customer, all sales are subject to our current Terms & Conditions which can be downloaded here - Terms & Conditions

Sign Maintenance Services - as a responsible contractor, Octink is committed to producing and installing high quality, durable, products to meet specified requirements. Further, it is our responsibility to ensure that all customers are aware of, and understand, their responsibilities with regards to the ongoing requirement of inspecting and maintaining signage following installation. A copy of our guide to signage maintenance can be downloaded here - Sign Maintenance Services