A business that has manufactured hand-crafted jukeboxes at its Leeds factory for more than 40 years has secured funding to bring production of large-scale artwork in house. Still family owned, Sound Leisure remain one of only two traditional jukebox manufacturers in the World.
Sound Leisure has secured £5,000 of digital technology funding from the government-backed Digital Enterprise programme, which helps businesses in the Leeds City Region to upgrade their digital technology.
The company, which currently outsources the large-format printed elements of its jukeboxes, plans to invest in a £20,000 large-format printer, enabling it to improve its efficiency and diversify its range to expand into new markets.
The £5m turnover business, which employs 80 people at its Leeds production facility and a further five staff in Nottingham, has more recently been commissioned to design and produce a variety of bespoke jukeboxes for high-profile clients. They include a limited edition Sergeant Pepper's vinyl jukebox for Apple Music to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the release of the album, and a model styled on the Norton Commando motorcycle.
Sound Leisure director Mike Black said: "The new large-format printer will be a game changer for us. We currently have to buy in all the printed elements of our products but if quality issues occur this can cause time-consuming delays which have a massive knock-on effect with our production schedule. "Having the capability to design and reproduce all our own artwork in house will finally give us full control of the production process, guaranteeing consistently superb quality and significantly speeding everything up. Our Digital Enterprise funding is a catalyst that will open up all sorts of possibilities for new product lines, as well as for our one-off customised classic jukeboxes, which are becoming incredibly popular."