Norwich’s LJ Create eyes international expansion
LJ Create based in Bowthorpe, Norwich an educational products manufacturer, has revealed its plans for the next 12 years, and are working to increase their turnover “substantially” to £6.5m by the end of 2015; future plans for the company are to break into the Chinese market and strengthen the business in the USA and South America.
It comes in the wake of a Management Buy-out deal with its former Dutch parent company Infinitas Learning Group, which snapped up LJ Create in 2012 to gain its expertise for an apprenticeship contract in Germany. Finalised on July 24 the buy-out sees the business coming under the direct ownership of the senior management team, including managing director Chris Rowe who founded the company with his father Larry Rowe in the late 1970s.
The father and son team first expanded the business back in 1979 when they won a competition with the Eastern Daily Press and the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce to take up a year’s free office space, which allowed them to move the business out of the family home.