“I’ve barely got a couple of ha’pennies to scratch together, but my life is very rich. I spend every day doing what I love most, in beautiful surroundings. I’m a very lucky dude.”

Andrew Grundon believes a good sign outside a business is, literally, a good sign about what lies inside. “If they’ve taken care on that, people figure they’ll get the same integrity inside.”

It may be a business choice for his clients, but for Andrew bespoke sign-making is a passion. A portrait and landscape painter for 15 years, in 1998 Andrew got a job at a brewery as a sign writer.

After two years he left to start his own business and now has clients across the world – although British pub signs remain his bread and butter. “It’s a great way of getting your work to a wider audience,” he says.

Photography by Francesca Jones