A businesswoman is hoping international recognition will usher in a ‘reel’ new era for her film poster business.
Clare Rawlings, of the Best Little Film House, has been awarded sponsorship status by industry regulators for people who deal in film posters and other movie memorabilia.
The seal of approval means Clare, who launched her business from her Poulton home, can trade internationally in vintage posters and will allow her to expand her business.
Clare said: “This is very exciting. We have been confirmed as an official sponsor of Learn About Movie Posters (LAMP).
“LAMP are the only global industry regulators f set for a or vintage film poster dealers.
“To be accepted as a sponsor is a huge achievement and one for which industry references have to be taken into account.
“It means customers know they are buying from a trusted, reputable and certified seller.
“There are so many people out there selling bootlegs it is important for customers to know you are a trusted seller.”
She said as the classic film posters are being phased out and the digital era is seeing fast advancement in non-paper displays in cinema, the vintage film poster is seeing a huge boost to sales.
“People are becoming more aware of the value in vintage film posters and their security as highly valuable investment pieces.
“I have big plans for 2015 and will be expanding the business so this is a great start to my year.
“I have been trading for four years and this is the next part of my five year plan.
“I have two people working on a part-time basis with me, doing admin and helping out at the shows we go to.
“To be in profit in my second year in business was amazing, now I will be looking for investment to expand.
“I am hoping to look at warehousing and a gallery in future.
“I spent a lot of time at the start with my mentor at UCLAN defining my business goals and that has been a great help.
“I would definitely advise anyone thinking of launching their own business to give it a go.”
Clare is now planning her stand at the Manchester Comic Con starting on July 25 and has a regular slot of BBC Radio Lancashire sharing her movie and posters expertise.