A FORWARD-thinking design agency from Belper has got the backing of a prominent MP for a morale-boosting initiative.
Graphic Results, which is based on Bridge Street, announced that it would be providing free design and artwork on a selection of products to help those affected by the recent job losses throughout the local area.
The idea would see free design and artwork provided on selected printed products to help the individuals and suppliers who have been affected by the job losses and structural changes at Egg, Thorntons and Bombardier over the past few weeks.
Now, the initiative has gained the support of Chris Williamson, the Labour MP for Derby North.
Mr Williamson said: “We are extremely grateful that local businesses such as Graphic Results are using their skills to help play a part in regenerating Derby’s economy.”
The proposal follows the recent news that Derby-based train-maker Bombardier had lost out on a UK government contract, resulting in uncertainty for suppliers and employees alike.
The firm is scheduled to shed 1,400 jobs.
Graphic Results says it is hoping that its offer will encourage local companies affected by the recent news to market themselves effectively in order to help win new customers and expand their client base.
The company says the offer will also provide invaluable support to individuals who decide to set up their own businesses following redundancy.
Commenting on the incentive, Mike Handley, director of Graphic Results, said: “We strongly believe that local businesses should offer their support to the community, particularly in times of difficulty.
“We wanted to demonstrate our commitment to helping local businesses by offering free artwork on a selection of products to play a small part in helping to get Derby back on its feet.”