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From celebrity footballers’ sports cars to life-sized cows, this company has it wrapped up

PUBLISHED: 14:58 02 November 2018 | UPDATED: 08:22 05 November 2018

A custom-designed wrap for a Ferrari 458 Premier Signs of Colchester, a family business, is celebrating 20 years of growth. Back, left to right, Jake Bell, Sean Aldous, Harry Longhurst, Danny Wilkes, James Johnson and Chris De Gidts. Front, Scott Thorburn, Koba (the bulldog) and Grant Thorburn.  Picture: JAKE BELL

A custom-designed wrap for a Ferrari 458 Premier Signs of Colchester, a family business, is celebrating 20 years of growth. Back, left to right, Jake Bell, Sean Aldous, Harry Longhurst, Danny Wilkes, James Johnson and Chris De Gidts. Front, Scott Thorburn, Koba (the bulldog) and Grant Thorburn. Picture: JAKE BELL

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Most of Premier Sign’s customers come to them looking for a makeover for their car, but its amazing what else they can wrap up - including a life-sized cow.

The Colchester company is run by brothers Scott and Grant Thorburn, and Scott recalls the life size cows as being the most memorable wrap in his 20 years in the business. “It was just such a random request,” he says.

Cows wrapped in front of the shop  Picture:  PREMIER SIGNSCows wrapped in front of the shop Picture: PREMIER SIGNS

“We’ve also wrapped a £365,000 Lamborghini Aventador for Arab royalty in chrome, two Mercedes for former England goalie Joe Hart, and West Ham footballer Marko Arnautović’s car too.”

Danny John-Jules of Red Dwarf fame, who has been strutting his stuff lately on Strictly Come Dancing 2018, got a Range Rover wrapped with pink branding for a charity trip.

Halloween printed wrap Range Rover, for a local customerHalloween printed wrap Range Rover, for a local customer

And the company also decked out a DJ stand for David Guetta.

Home appliances, furniture, lifts, mobility scooters and a variety of beer pumps have also been the focus of their wrapping talents.

Blue chrome Tron style wrap to orange Lamborghini Aventador  Picture: PREMIER SIGNSBlue chrome Tron style wrap to orange Lamborghini Aventador Picture: PREMIER SIGNS

Scott claims wrapping is becoming increasingly popular, and their usual backlog of a four-week wait for orders has now doubled to eight weeks.

So is stand-out wrapping just part of a general trend for Essex bling?

DJ Stand for David Guetta with Kelly Rowland  Picture: PREMIER SIGNSDJ Stand for David Guetta with Kelly Rowland Picture: PREMIER SIGNS

“I think it has really taken off since the wrapper Yiannimize started doing a lot of wrapping on his TV show - that made people more aware of the possibilities,” says Scott.

Other celebrity clients include Harvey Nichols, Jon Culshaw and Tim Westwood.

One of the wraps in Top Gear Studio   Picture: PREMIER SIGNSOne of the wraps in Top Gear Studio Picture: PREMIER SIGNS

The company now operates from a 3,000 sq ft unit in Whitehall Industrial Estate, with dedicated dust free wrapping bays with specialist heating and lighting, and it now employs nine staff.

Interiors can be decked out too, and not that Premier Signs is developing a line in personalised car designs, the sky’s the limit - “we could do out the interior with a planetarium-like star theme,” says Scott.

Printed golf buggy wrap for Red Dwarf  Picture: PREMIER SIGNSPrinted golf buggy wrap for Red Dwarf Picture: PREMIER SIGNS

The brothers have just launched a new website and social media platforms especially for vehicle wrapping.

Their first post on Facebook was of a rose gold chrome wrap on a Range Rover Velar, reaching more than one million people within two weeks.

Range Rover wrapped for Danny John-Jules charity trip  Picture: PREMIER SIGNS
Range Rover wrapped for Danny John-Jules charity trip Picture: PREMIER SIGNS

“At this time of the year we get some Christmas versions,” explained Scott. “We once did a Mustang for Ford in red for Christmas.”

Its not just about image - other people have alternative reasons for getting their wagon wrapped. “We wrapped a white BMW in white to protect it so the owner get a better re-sale value,” explained Scott. “It cost a £1,000 and added £6,000 to the value.

Red satin chrome wrap to Porsche 918  Picture: PREMIER SIGNSRed satin chrome wrap to Porsche 918 Picture: PREMIER SIGNS

“Sometimes people like a car but get bored with it. With a wrap, they can love it again.”

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