About Appletons

Denis Appleton painting a van by hand
Old Appleton Signs Branded Van

Appletons started in 1967 by Denis Appleton using just a paint brush and paint. It has since evolved into a successful printing and manufacturing company in Southampton, with the Appleton family still at the heart of the business.

Appletons have been producing all types of signage and printing for over 50 years. With our expertise and broad experience, we truly believe our range of options, techniques and formats are unmatched in the printing and signage industry.

Our policy of continuous investment in technology and state-of-the-art machinery means we can achieve outstanding results and fast turnaround times for all your signage requirements. Speed, capacity, efficiency and expertise are all part of the Appletons service.

Denis Appleton 1944 – 2014

Meet the Team

Julie Appleton

Julie Appleton

Managing Director

Julie is our Managing Director and has worked at Appletons for over 40 years after joining the company at the age of 16. Julie takes care of all things finance and the running of the company. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to watch Southampton FC & socialising with friends.

Luke Appleton

Luke Appleton

Production Director

Luke has worked at Appletons since leaving college at 18. He is now our Production Director and loves to take on new signage challenges! In his spare time, Luke enjoys running his two teenagers around, watching rugby and walking his dogs.

Paul Saunders

Sales Director

Paul is our Sales Director and has worked at Appletons for over 30 years. With a fantastic knowledge of signage, Paul enjoys interacting with customers and organising all sorts of different jobs come to fruition. When Paul is not working, he enjoys completing DIY projects, watching his son play professional golf and spending time with his family.

Jason Pomery

Jason has been with Appletons for over 20 years, where he began working within the print department and is now one of our account managers. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, listening to records, cycling and running.

Natalie Gerrard

Natalie Gerrard

Natalie has worked at Appletons for over 10 years and is a part of our artwork and design team. Natalie enjoys creating bespoke artwork for clients and loves a design challenge. When Natalie is not working, you will find her looking after her two young children and socialising with friends.

Rose Appleton

Rose is a part of our sales team but also has knowledge in our artworking department. When not at work, Rose enjoys spending time with her dogs, creating design ideas and travelling with her partner.

Mike Bulmer

Mike works in our artwork and pre-press department. He has been a part of the Appletons team for over 10 years. Outside of the office, Mike enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, motorcycling and socialising with friends.

Kevin Sawley

Kevin has been with us for over 10 years and is a great asset to our sales team who brings humour to the office. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, cooking and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Lee Bennett

Lee Bennett

Lee is the key member in our Dispatch Department and has worked for Appletons for over 20 years. Lee sees everything that gets sent out from us every day and ensures that it is packaged correctly. Outside of Appletons, Lee enjoys training in Taekwondo and spending time with his family.

Robbie Diaper

Robbie Diaper

Robbie has worked for Appletons for over 35 years and leads our vehicle department producing all kinds of creations. In Robbie’s spare time, he enjoys car racing with his family.

Dave Bennett

Dave Bennett

Dave has been at Appletons since 1999 and manages two key digital machines for the company. Outside of all things digital printing, Dave enjoys spending time with his family, especially cycling with his son at the weekends.

Martin Viney

Martin Viney

Martin works in our fabrication department and creates all sorts of unique signage. When Martin is not working, you will find him spending time with his family or finding his next spot to go birdwatching at various nature reserves.

Jackie Brown

Jackie works as our office secretary and supports Julie in keeping everything as organised as possible. When Jackie isn’t juggling the switchboard and paperwork, you will find her getting lost in a new book or exploring new places.


Richard Tudor

With industry signage experience, Richard is one of our fitters and is always filled with enthusiasm to take on new challenges. On his days off, Richard enjoys spending time exploring new places with his family with a spot of fishing when he has time.

Brett Woodley

Brett is a member of our install team and has been with the company since joining in 2018. Brett enjoys installing large fascia signs and specialises in illuminated signage. When Brett is not working, he loves to spend time with his family and enjoys kayaking at all the best spots.

Nick Saunders

As a part of our fitting team, Nick installs all sorts of signage from vinyl to large fascia signage. When Nick is off, he enjoys going on cycles with his son and exploring lots of new places.

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About us

Originally established as a small family business in 1967, Appletons has evolved into a successful printing, signage and manufacturing company with the original family still at the heart of the business.


Unit 1
Waterloo Industrial Estate
Flanders Road, Hedge End
Southampton, Hampshire SO30 2QT

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