How to beat the January blues?


January is commonly known as a depressing month, everybody is short of cash, the nights are long, the festivities are over and it’s cold outside! How do you beat the blues, bring in the customers and keep your spirit (and profits) high.

Think of a promotion it could be 2 for 1, a free glass of wine with a main meal or kids eat free. Whatever the deal the right kind of POS is needed to make sure your efforts aren’t wasted and your promotion is a roaring success.


Printed PVC banners are a great way to shout your offer from the hill tops! Not only are they economic, bright and colourful but they can be displayed outside on a wall or fence and seen from a distance.


Chalkboards and blackboards are a necessity all year round, but really come into their own during a promotion.

Blackboards are available in a variety of forms including wall mounted and counter standing, for internal and external use, you will be sure to find one that suits your needs.

Chalkboards have the edge on posters, they can be wiped clean in seconds and re-used as and when needed, you can change your offers as demand dictates. If you run out of Leek & Potato Soup you can offer the Duck Pate!

Snap Frames

Snap frames can be wall mounted almost anywhere, are economic and are available in a variety of colours.

For additional advertising display your offers on the back of toilet doors, in your entrance and behind the bar!

Leaflet and Menu Holders

Promote your message from early December to encourage your Christmas visitors to return in January.

Display your leaflets in a simple acrylic holder, these can be positioned on the tables, at the bar and on the wall of the entrance.

Don’t forget to place in rooms if you have a hotel or guest house. Multi-faceted holders are perfect for displaying promotions and provide a cost effective solution for all business.

Blackboard & Chalk Board Paint – Let’s You Create A Chalkboard Anywhere!

Video Transcript

How to make a chalkboard anywhere
Welcome to BHMA. Today we are going to show you ‘How to’ make a chalkboard anywhere, using Blackfriar paint supplied by BHMA. WE have chosen a wallpapered wall to show a blackboard can literally be anywhere.

Patrick Shows the tools necessary. Some blackboard paint, some masking tape, used to form the outline, and a roller and tray. Sponge rollers are best, they give a nice even texture to the paint.

The wall is being measured to ensure the blackboard will be the right size and nice and level.

Apply the masking tape to form a square, or indeed any other shape you fancy.

Pour some of the blackboard paint into the roller tray, making sure not to drip onto anything that might matter. Wipe the edge of the tin with a cloth, paper is best, and then dispose of that.

Prime the roller with the blackboard paint, and off you go! Perhaps not quite so quick as this ‘speedy version’. Once the whole area is covered, even out the paint with some even light pressure strokes in both directions. Once you are happy it looks good, remove the masking tape whilst the paint is still wet.

Watching paint dry can be boring so, whilst that is happening in the background we will paint a heart on a wine bottle, that can be used as a table number in a restaurant.

Firstly cover the area with some masking tape, and draw on a shape with a pen.

Use a sharp craft knife to cut out your shape, and then simply apply the paint with your roller.

Pull off the masking tape to leave your blackboard shape, and leave that to dry.

To make your shape stand out, you can outline it with a blackboard pen.

Add a table number, and not its ready to start its life as a table number in a restaurant, perhaps with a candle in the top.

Our chalkboard on the wall is now dry. Watch how simple it is to plan a message using a chinese white pencil from BHMA.

Using a waterproof posterman pen, write over your pre-planned text, add a shadow for effect, and perhaps a few more touches dependent on your taste.

Once the pens are dry, wipe over the text with a damp cloth. The planning lines will wipe away, and the lettering ‘scribed’ with your blackboard pen will stay on. There are 42 colours to choose from on the BHMA website.

Thanks for watching. Now you can literally put a chalkboard anywhere!

Please follow these links if  you would like blackboard pens, a Chinese white pencil and blackboard paint.

Patrick Huggins, Director for BHMA Limited.

The History of the Blackboard Chalk Board

Blackboards-Chalkboards of different sizes

The blackboard was invented by James Pillans, headmaster of the Royal High School in Scotland. He used it with colored chalk to teach geography.

The chalkboard/blackboard was in use in Indian schools in the 11th century as per Alberuni’s Indica (Tarikh Al-Hind), written in the early 11th century. They used black slate tablets for the children in the schools, and wrote on them like we writon on our books today. They used calcium sulphate (chalk) as we would have done before the explosion of the chalkboard pen.

The term “blackboard” dates from around 1815 to 1825 while the newer and predominantly American term, “chalkboard” dates from 1935 to 1940.

The chalkboard was introduced into the US education system in 1801.

Compared to Whiteboards chalkboards have a variety of advantages:

  • Chalk requires no special care; whiteboard markers must be capped or else they dry out.
  • Chalk is much cheaper than whiteboard markers.
  • It is easier to draw lines of different thicknesses with chalk than it is with whiteboard markers.
  • Chalk has a no smell, whereas whiteboard markers often have a pungent odour.
  • Chalk writing often provides better contrast than whiteboard markers, which helps people read at a distance.

Patrick Huggins – Director