About us

Two market leading companies in the field of signage systems for strategic highways, urban road networks and rail sectors have joined forces.

The integration of Variable Message Signs Limited (VMSL) and Techspan Systems brought together two of the leading UK LED display suppliers, creating a stronger business with a broad product range and an extensive technical capability.

Following the acquisition of VMSL in 2014, Hill & Smith Limited realised the opportunity to create a world class provider of variable message signs and systems as part of its HS Roads Technology Division. The new combined business now operates under the name of Variable Message Signs and can comfortably claim to have one of the largest installed bases of equipment in the UK highways sector.

VMS delivers the highest levels of service and support from two locations in Hebburn and Aylesbury.

Variable Message Signs (VMS) provides the design, manufacture and installation of a comprehensive range of LED based technology solutions for both road and rail applications, and with a combined workforce of over 70 people, it operates out of two locations in Hebburn, Tyne & Wear, and Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.

The integration of these two businesses has resulted in an organisation that provides the highest levels of service and support to customers and delivers products which meet the increasing requirements for higher levels of reliability and availability.

At the core of all our products is ground-breaking and unique LED technology, supported by advanced electronics, powerful software and flexible communication techniques. In addition to tried-and-tested designs, we offer bespoke solutions, responding to the exact requirements of a worldwide spectrum of customers.

Our depth of expertise enables us to deliver complete solutions, from design and development, through manufacture, test and installation, commissioning and after-sales service; all to a level worthy of a world-class company.

VMS products fall into two main categories: Highways - with a product range covering applications in the strategic, urban, and traffic management equipment sectors, and Rail, where our new super lightweight range of rail LED trackside signals and LED long-distance signals are breaking the mould in this sector.

Variable Message Signs

Monkton Business Park, Mill Lane, Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, NE31 2JZ, UK. Tel: +44 (0)191 423 7070
Griffin Lane, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP19 8BP, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1296 673000

Hill & Smith Ltd trading as Variable Message Signs |  Registered in England No: 01270322 | Registered office: Westhaven House, Arleston Way, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 4LH