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Learn About Flash!

Flash Design was founded in 2016 as a soultrader company, In 2021 the company went limited as it started to grow and the sole trader wasn't working out for the bigger clients. We now have multiple staff and a sister company Ultimate workwear who deal with all PPE supplies and Custom uniform. Both Ultimate workwear and Flash design are family run companies.

Flash Design was founded by Essex-based Joe Smith in 2016, at the age of 15, using a Graphic plotter that had been left unused for years by his older brother. Smith began his work at Flash by producing shirts for local football teams.

He left college in September last year, and is now preparing a revamped version of his firm’s website, which will support e-commerce. Once live, he hopes it will draw in customers nationwide, enabling him to expand his client base beyond his home area of Canvey Island, off the south coast of Essex.

“I do all sorts of jobs really, I still work on football kits but, for example, recently I put together some posters for a local fish and chips shop,” Smith said. “In the future, I think my dream clients would be clothing brands and outlets, such as Foot Asylum.

“Over the next year I want to focus on picking up contracts and expanding my customers. I know that can be hard, so, I hope a new website will help me get that reach across the country. I also want to make sure I learn a lot more about printing and the industry.

“It’s good to be able to commit to Flash now. I left college because the entrepreneurial course I was taking didn’t really benefit me, plus it was taking up a lot of my time so I was having to turn down orders at Flash.”

Visiting Sign & Digital UK 2016 in Birmingham, Smith purchased a Roland DG TrueVis VG-640 to upgrade from his old Graphtec plotter. The 1.6m-wide inkjet printer and cutter, which was installed in November 2016 and now runs alongside the Graphtec CE5000-60, which is used for heat flex vinyl work.

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