Lewis to ‘flex muscles in new premises

David Lewis: turnover is on track to rise by 25 per cent. Picture: Contributed
David Lewis: turnover is on track to rise by 25 per cent. Picture: Contributed
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A DESIGN agency that counts Hunter Boots and ScottishPower among its clients is looking for bigger premises in Leith after enjoying a surge in work.

Lewis, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, began as a printing business in the Borders, producing brochures for fashion brands such as Pringle, but expanded into the digital arena following a sharp downturn in Scotland’s knitwear industry.

The business was founded by the father of managing director David Lewis, who bought out the business in 2013. He said: “The final three months of last year were the best we’ve ever had as a business, mainly down to work with existing clients.”

That momentum has continued into this year, Lewis said, adding that turnover is on track to rise by 25 per cent. Recent contract wins include the rebranding of See Me, Scotland’s national campaign to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.

The firm has a long-standing relationship with Scottish Provident that dates to 2002, when the firm was asked to produce online animation for the life insurer. ScotProv, now owned by Royal London, was once part of Santander and the design outfit continues to work with the Spanish-owned banking group.

“We were very lucky that we didn’t suffer a big downturn during the banking crisis – we seemed to sail through that fairly unscathed,” Lewis said.

“When I took over there were six of us and now the headcount stands at 27.”

Lewis said the firm is searching for new offices to give its team more space to “stretch their creative muscles” and is keen to remain in Leith.