Ash Ellison has only been running his business a few months but already he could have the East Lancashire Hospice’s 2018 Corporate Challenge all wrapped up!
The Colne businessman spends his entire working day doing just that – but with cars and various vehicles, amongst other things. Ash’s business Wrapped UK, based at Unit 3, Primet Business Centre, Colne, covers any vehicle from road-sweepers to Ferraris in a specially manufactured vinyl in bespoke patterns, pictures or simply unusual colours.
The most expensive car he has wrapped was a McLaren P1 worth £1.5million in the Gulf racing colours of light blue and orange. And now Ash is taking on another onerous task by entering the Corporate Challenge.
He explained: “At my BNI chapter meeting in Accrington Jennifer Quinn from East Lancashire Hospice told us about the challenge and I was won over immediately. “I will call on family and friends to help me raise the money and will use some of the activities I do in my spare time, like running, walking and rock climbing, to help win me some sponsors.“I’ve got to sit down yet to decide exactly my plan of action.
“I’ve seen what great services hospices offer and how much they need voluntary funding. I have done bits of graphics work for Pendleside in the past because they looked after my grandma, to which they were fantastic with her in her final moments, so I feel I need to give back to this fantastic service.”
Ash has worked in the vehicle wrapping business for 12 years before deciding to go it alone.
He said: “The best example of the type of work we do is a Sky TV van which is wrapped with full colour printed images”.
“Over the years I’ve worked on Lamborghinis and Ferraris, petrol tankers and road sweepers. On one Ferrari we wrapped it in a full colour tattoo for the Gumball Rally that went around the world.”
Some of his past clients have been footballers and one Leeds United player had his Porsche wrapped in a fiery orange colour. “It was quite loud!” said Ash.
Another reason some people have their lease cars covered in vinyl is to protect the body work when there are penalties for minor scuffs, chips and scratches.
Ash said: “Wrapping is an art that isn’t learnt over night, but when you know the correct techniques and have the right tools the vinyl wraps are quite quick to apply and quite easy to take off, leaving no damage. And they are very personal.”