How to make your own pegboard.

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By popular demand we are now supplying our pegboard tiles.  These little 152 x 152mm square tiles are what we use to make up our quick change retro pegboards and perfect for using on their own to advertise prices or for you to assemble and make your own custom size pegboard.

Our traditional peg boards offer a unique way to advertise your menu with removable letters and numbers that simply push into pre-formed holes. They offer the perfect solution for signs that need to be regularly changed, ideal for opening hours, price lists and church service times to name a few. The tiles create a solid black message board; and when partnered with our contrasting white characters give a striking sign that is very easy to read from a distance.

Our pegboard tiles are manufactured from thermoformed plastic, which is a process that creates hardened plastic, resulting in a durable board with precise holes, that will give years of use.

Also new to BHMA is our handy storage box, complete with 18 sections and a tight fitting lid to ensure your characters stay where they are supposed to! We offer a selection of characters in variety of sizes from 13mm to 47mm to give you endless opportunities. Larger sizes are perfect for headings whilst the smaller characters are generally used for text and menus; all sizes fit neatly into the storage box.

If you’re feeling adventurous and would like to create your own pegboard, you will need to use two clips per tile as our image below demonstrates, if you are constructing a larger message board I would recommend mounting it on to hard surface such as hardboard, for smaller boards simply fix to your wall for stability.

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If you’re struggling a little and need some friendly advise please give our sales team a call on 01353 665141, they will be happy to help 🙂

Why pay for condiment holders?

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Are you feeling left behind with major establishments displaying their condiments in fancy holders? Are you wondering why they are spending their profits when a bowl will do the same job!

If this is you then you are missing a trick. A premium brand of sauce displayed in a good looking holder will give your customers the perception that your establishment serves premium quality food.

Everybody knows that Heinz is the daddy of all sauces and as such will put a smile on your customers faces if they see a well know recognised brand, alternatively locally sourced condiments are also a winner. Stokes is an up and coming winning brand who use ‘real food ingredients for a real food flavour’, they are well packaged and are perfect if your menu features locally sourced produce.

Unless your business is the greasy spoon down the road you will not get away with placing jars and bottles on the tables, you will need a holder that fits your brand and enhances your condiments.

Condiment holders or caddies as they are sometimes referred to come in all shapes, sizes, styles and colours. You can opt to have your logo printed or engraved on the front for maximum brand awareness, something that I would always recommend if budget allows, remember brand promotion equals brand awareness and familiarity which equals success!

Before purchasing your condiment holder you need to work out what type of holder is required. When your customers place an order do they order at the bar or at the table? For orders placed at the bar it is a good idea to offer condiments that can be carried to the table, this allows you to hand out the correct amount of cutlery and ensure your condiment bottles are always wiped clean and well presented. With this in mind you will need to choose a holder that is not too large (but large enough to house your sauces, cutlery and serviettes) and is easy to carry (preferably with a handle).

For table service the world is your oyster! You can choose any style that suits your décor and brand. You could choose a rustic crate type appearance to blend with a vintage themed interior and locally sourced produce or for a more contemporary look why not choose metal bucket, these can be partnered with a smaller bucket for serving fries.

If you are struggling to choose the best condiment caddy for your business, then please give us a call on 01353 665141, we have years of experience and know what will work for you and your business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Dibond?

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What is Dibond?

Dibond is an aluminium composite material consisting of two aluminium sheets with a centre core of polyethylene. This was originally invented by the former “Aluminium Walzwerke Singen GmbH” back in 1965 who had patent protection for their invention calling it Alucobond, and is still being used today in architectural applications.

Based on the same technology, Dibond was born in 1992 and is now the leading brand in the Signs & Display industry.

Dibond is a very rigid yet relatively lightweight material with a thickness of 3 mm.

What is it Dibond used for?

It is mainly used for display and sign applications including retail & shop front signage. It can be drilled, riveted, screwed or nailed to almost any surface, and as it will not rust or crack it is ideal for both long and short term advertising displays. Dibond is also suitable for direct digital printing and has been used frequently in art exhibitions.

Can it be used outside?

Dibond weathers extremely well, with high UV resistance and excellent stability within a range of temperatures. It offers the same metallic finish as other metals without the weight or the risk of rusting. It is the perfect metal substitute for all weather conditions.

Is it easy to install?

Dibond is very easy to work with and is similar to using acrylic.  It is a strong, rigid material, and can be hung with screws through drilled holes, double sided Velcro, double sided tape, double sided adhesive pads and stand off fixings.

Is Dibond recyclable?

Dibond is fully recyclable with the help of a technical procedure that separates and processes the aluminium & polyethylene.

What are its advantages?

•Increased corrosion resistance.

•The super-polyester lacquered surface is perfect for screen printing & digital printing.

•UV resistant.

•High rigidity and perfect flatness, even with thin sheets.

•Excellent exterior stability within a range of temperatures from – 50 to +80°C.

What colours are available?

Our Dibond signage is available in a range of solid colours, brushed finish gold & silver and also mirror gold & mirror silver.

What is Foamex?

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What is Foamex?

Foamex is a PVC foam sheet that is fabrication friendly, it is also known as Foam PVC, Foamalite, Forex and Palite; it is not to be confused with Foamcore, which is a different material used for mounting pictures. The word ‘Foamex’ is very misleading, foam indicates a soft, spongy consistence however Foamex PVC is a rigid, robust material of superior quality.  Foamex is easy to cut, drill and glue and can be treated the same as a solid acrylic sheet and is available in four thicknesses 3mm foam PVC, 5mm Foam PVC, 10mm Foam PVC and 19mm Foam PVC.

What is it Foamex used for?

It is mainly used for signage, sign letters, banners and exhibition display panels and is the preferred choice for professional digital printers due to its fine cell structure and high quality smooth finish.

What are its advantages?

Foamex is easy to cut, bend and shape, allowing designers to create attractive graphic panels for exhibitions and advertising applications. It is a cost effective alternative to plywood, Dibond, MDF and aluminium, and actually looks far more expensive than it is. Foamex is extremely durable and has a life expectancy of 5-7 years.

Can Foamex be used outside?

Absolutely! Foamex is water repellent and weatherproof.  It is resistant to moisture and perfect for external applications, although I would recommend 5mm or thicker for wind resistance externally when being used for larger signs.

Is it easy to install?

Yes very easy! Foamex is a strong, rigid material, and can be hung with screws through drilled holes, double sided Velcro, double sided tape or double sided adhesive pads.

Is Foamex recyclable?

Yes, Foamex has been classified as a recyclable material as with all types of plastics.

Are you ready for the dark nights?

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Autumn is officially here! That means cooler temperatures and darker nights are just around the corner. Are you ready for this time of year or could your business be missing a trick?

It is well known that the summer nights increase trade due to longer, lighter evenings but that doesn’t mean your business has to hibernate in the winter, careful customer and business analysis will ensure your business keeps it’s cool!

Put yourself in your customers’ shoes. Is your business inviting? The first thing that lets the world know you are open and welcoming is lighting. Make sure your signage is illuminated either by means of the latest LED illuminated letters or simple spot or trough lighting.

Can anybody see your menu in the dark? If not you really need to address this problem, you will never sell what nobody can see. An excellent idea is to light up your menu, invest in a menu case or menu box, these are not as pricey as you may think and are a definite asset to your business.

Once inside, your premises need to be warm; there’s nothing worse than sitting in a cold corner and freezing, I can guarantee this will not bring returning visits. If you are lucky enough to have a fire (natural or man-mad) make the most of it! Make sure it is lit and looks neat and tidy, why not add a few ‘homely’ items such as a companion or fireside set.  A fire not only make your guests feel at home but creates a cosy ambience too.

Make sure your menu reflects the season, why do you think the larger brands have dark and light night menu changes? It’s because they have done their homework. Do you really fancy a Chicken Caeser when it’s snowing outside or would a Sausage, Chorizo & Bean Casserole fit the bill a little better? Think winter warmers and you’re on to a winner!

Last but not least, make sure you add a few specials to your drinks list. Offer a Baileys or Cognac with coffee, serve a gourmet hot chocolate and remember to add a little taster on the side, maybe a brandy snap or a ginger biscuit, you will have them eating out of your hand and coming back for more! Good Luck 🙂

Are you displaying your signs correctly?

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Did you know it is an offence to intentionally mislead the public with your signage? For example the sign above can only be displayed if there is a dog in residence or attendance, you cannot display this sign to put off potential trespassers if there isn’t a dog around.

If a sign is erected at the point of access on a public right of way by a landowner there are laws which govern the words that can be used. They must be accurate and not misleading in any way and if you choose to disregard this rule you could be reported and find yourself in hot water.

Many people believe that you can add a sign to your land without any consequences, unfortunately this isn’t true and the guidelines are quite strict; only small signs and notices not exceeding 0.3 of a square metre in area, are allowed to be displayed without application being made to the planning authority. When I say ‘small signs and notices’ this has to be either a means of identification, warning or direction, such as the number or name of your house, a field sign saying ‘Please shut the gate’, a private sign saying ‘No parking please’ or the ‘Beware of the dog’ sign as above. Small notices are not allowed to be illuminated without prior consent.

And that’s not everything! Outdoor advertisements must also comply with five ‘standard conditions’.

They must:

  • Be kept clean and tidy.
  • Be kept in a safe condition.
  • Have the permission of the owner of the site on which they are displayed (this includes the Highway Authority if the sign is to be placed on highway land).
  • Not obscure, or hinder the interpretation of, official road, rail, waterway or aircraft signs, or otherwise make hazardous the use of these types of transport.
  • Be removed carefully where so required by the planning authority.

Before you install your sign and to make sure you stay on the right side of the law visit the link below for further information.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/outdoor-advertisements-and-signs-a-guide-for-advertisers

Introducing the Sign with a Difference! Our New Multi Board.

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Our brand new Multi Board™ is the true multi-functional board, it has endless connection possibilities and can be used in a number of ways.
You can use one single board suspended from the ceiling or mounted on a wall for the perfect chalkboard sign; add feet and voila, a free-standing double sided sign is created!
You can make a triangle, square or hexagon, which are perfect for placing around a tree or hiding an ugly rubbish bin and gives you 360° visual communication.
If you fancy an alternative design to the traditional café barrier simply make one long line of boards, using a collection of multi boards and feet. The list goes on and the opportunities are endless.
The Multi Board™ connect system is strong and very simple to use, resistant to all weather conditions and engineered to last. Use our waterproof chalkpens designed for outdoor weather conditions to create your sign; start connecting today with the Multi Board™ and provide intelligent communication to your customers with ease.

How to Introduce Al Fresco Dining with Café Barrier Screens

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Increase your sales and profits with ease, by simply creating an outdoor dining area with our very affordable café barriers. What better way to entice customers in the warmer weather than to sit outside, enjoy the summer and your hospitality.

It wasn’t long ago the British boozer suffered a blow with the smoking ban, which led to an increase in sales of Café Barrier Screens and in turn helped publicans and landlords create a comfortable area for smokers to keep customers (and profits) happy.

Café Barrier Banners are now an important addition for any hospitality establishment and with the inclusion of patio heaters you can give your customers an area that can be used all year round.

It’s incredibly easy to order Café Barrier Banners, first you will need to decide on your area and whether this is to be joined to your building or it will all be standing alone.

Measure the outer edge of your area and then divide by 1200mm, 1500mm or 1800mm, this will give you an idea of how many sections you will need.  You can mix and match widths and remember to allow for an opening to enable your guests enter!

Once you have an idea of how many sections you require you can then establish how many poles/stands you will need, (2 per banner is usual unless fixing to a wall) and whether your budget will allow two cross rails per banner or just one.  It is a requirement of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) to have two rails, but if this doesn’t apply to you then you can opt for the Eco Barrier and fix the bottom of your banner with cost effective bungee fixings.

Banners are a great way of getting your name out there! We print onto three types of banner material including a mesh PVC for the same cost, all are suitable for our good ole British weather, you will just need to choose your preference and decide what you would like printing on them.  Logo’s, name of your business or simply coffee cups all look great, don’t go for promotions or special offers as you will need to change your banners too often.

Our wonderful sales team is always on hand to help, if you have any problems please give them a call on 01353 665141, they will be happy to hear from you and advise 🙂

Crosstown Doughnuts go crazy for interchangeable signs!

crosstown doughnuts signsCrosstown Doughnuts is a rapidly expanding gourmet doughnut brand from London that prides themselves on hand made doughnuts that are not only delicious but made fresh everyday.  They rotate their flavours daily and with over 40 stockist in the London area that take a select range of flavours, they needed a range of premium signs that could be updated quickly, look traditional and fit in with their brand.

They decided that our Interchangeable A-board & Pegboard ticked their boxes!

Our interchangeable double sided A-board is crafted from steel and powder coated to withstand the wonderful British weather and provide years of service. The interchangeability magic is provided by magnetic vinyl slats that adhere to the metal board with ease.

The style of the a-board largely depends on the board colour you choose, brighter primary colours tend to be in keeping with modern brands like McDonalds whereas traditional colours are perfect for Harrods and Barbour. The magnetic slats can be matched to the colour of the board and the text printed in any style or colour you choose, making this sign completely bespoke and tailored for your business and brand.

The perfect partner for the interchangeable a-board is our quick changing retro pegboard, which offers a unique way to advertise your menu with removable letters and numbers that simply push into pre-formed holes. We offer a selection of characters in variety of sizes up to 47mm tall to allow your imagination to run wild and create the menu of your dreams and whilst you are being creative why not check out Crosstown Doughnuts and order some of their delicious gourmet doughnuts 🙂

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