Nottingham stationery firm on the move with funding deal

A Nottinghamshire business specialising in the design and creation of stationery and greeting cards has secured funding to support its’ increased demand for international sales.

The Art File, which is owned by Ged and Karen Mace, was established in 1998. In 2013, the company opened its first shop – Behind the Red Door – at Weekday Cross in Nottingham city centre.

The business now exports to over 20 countries and was recently awarded the Queens Award for International Trade.

Managing director Ged Mace said: “We have been developing the brand in overseas markets for some time and have been successful in securing a number of new orders. This funding will enable us to gear up and fulfil these orders as we continue to expand the business further afield.”

Funding was supplied by Barclays. Alan Mele, relationship director for Barclays in Nottinghamshire, said: “I am delighted that during the company’s milestone year, they have been awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade which is testimony to the hard work The Art File Team have put into the business in identifying new markets overseas. Barclays is delighted to have been able to provide the funding that will support the company’s international expansion.”