Ace new HQ for Wimbledon scoreboard provider

Ace new HQ for Wimbledon scoreboard provider

The firm supplying programmes and scoreboards for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships is banking on its new video division, investing £2m in new premises after outgrowing its old site.

PPL Sport specialises in the design and manufacture of match day programmes, branding, signage and video for the sports industry and is moving its headquarters from Liverpool to Brunswick Business Park in Speke.

The move is supported by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, which has provided a funding package worth a total £1.8m, and will give PPL room to grow, boosting capacity by 20%.

The group needs more space to accommodate its growing video production department, which launched recently.

PPL Group produces match day programmes for major events including Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships, 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 based in Speke and Epsom, Surrey.

Paul Kimberley, sales and marketing director at PPL, said: “The new premises in Speke 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.”

PPL has also received a Regional Growth Fund grant of £200,000 after being introduced to the fund by Alistair Pike, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Alistair said: “Lloyds Bank has a longstanding relationship with PPL and it has been a pleasure to support its evolution over the years.

“It is a dynamic and innovative business, as proved by its latest move into video production, and I’m sure that its new headquarters will give PPL the growing space it needs as it enters the next chapter in its growth story.”