The amazing world of ball bearings

When I was in junior school, we didn’t have mobile phones, tablets, or any other technology for that matter. When it snowed, we had snow-ball fights and when it didn’t, we played games like ‘tig.’ They were simpler times and almost unrecognisable to modern children 35 years later. One of my favourite games – and one I discovered I had a particular aptitude for – was ‘marbles. Firstly, we agree on a hole to use and then negotiate which marbles from my collection would be wagered against which marbles from my opponents’ collection. Finally, we’d tip the marbles out and take it in turns to try to get them in the hole. If you got one in the hole, you got another turn. If you didn’t, it was your opponents turn. The one to get the last marble in the hole won the lot. And I still have my marble collection to this day! The value of marbles was not set in stone but rather something that you’d negotiate over using factors such as rarity, size or material. The most common glass ones may be worth ‘2’ and, for example, rarer, larger black glass marbles may be worth over a hundred each. One of the most valuable types of marble, however, was the ball bearing. All different sizes and values, and I can’t remember for the life of me where we’d get them in first place, but we coveted them, and they were invariably worth a lot!

This was, however, the sum of my experience with ball bearings. I suppose in the back of my mind I know you’ll find them everywhere from car wheels and roller skates to machinery and space shuttles. Turns out there are many different types and uses for them and also many innovative companies continually developing newer and more efficient bearings. Example types of ball bearings available – besides the ones a 10-year-old may play marbles with -include deep groove, double row, self-aligning, and thrust ball bearings. Just goes to show you learn something new every day!

Memories of the Microwave Oven

Recently on Radio 2 (here in the UK), Sara Cox talked about her memories of the microwave oven, in particular, when she first used one and could make a baked potato in 2 minutes exclaiming to herself ‘what a time to be alive!’ Yes, that was a great time to be alive but technology has continued its relentless march way beyond electronic ovens. I remember watching old shows like the original Star Trek series when I was much younger and marvelling at the technology there’d be in the future, never for one moment actually believing it would be within my reach only a quarter of a century or so later. For example, pocket-sized communicators are now in all our pockets and we don’t even consider the technology at work when we use them. Speak to anyone, anywhere in the world, at any time (provided their awake and their phone isn’t on silent) or browse the sum of all the worlds knowledge from the bus stop on the way back from the pub – it’s up to you. I remember when I was young, if you had a difficult question, there was virtually no way to find out the answer. Not even in a library! Now I simply ask Google and I get my answer (usually) in seconds.

Another one of the amazing pieces of technology we’re all so used to these days are tablet computers. Not so long ago, no one would’ve believed that they’d be so ubiquitous and available to anyone, but they are now. In fact, screen technology is now everywhere, mainly thanks to LED technology. Dynamic LED screens can now be found everywhere from takeaway menus and road signs to advertising hoardings. The adverts around the pitch at big league football matches can be remotely controlled and food menus can automatically update themselves when breakfast service finishes. This really is an amazing time to be alive!

How to pick a great sign for your business

If you’ve ever had to squint when looking at a sign you’ll probably know just how important size and lettering is. It’s important for your new sign to be able to grab the attention of potential customers and get the desired message across. At Image Sign Studio in Sheffield and Rotherham, they help you to create the most effective, eye-catching and professional signage for your business. From assisting you in choosing the type of sign to the material, the size, shape and even the finer details such as the lettering options e.g. acrylic letters and acrylic cut out letters. They are here to help every step of the way.

Important Considerations When Choosing the Sign Size

First of all, the size of your sign makes a big difference, to help determine the most effective option for your specific needs have a think about the following:

  • The distance you want the sign to be seen from
  • The shopfront size (or size of the preferred location for the sign)
  • The available shape space

What Material Should I Use?

At Image Sign Studio, they offer a range of sign materials including aluminium, stainless steel, Perspex and wood and they are able to create a broad selection of styles. Below is a brief overview of some of the key sign materials that they use:

Aluminium

Aluminium signs are very popular. They are affordable, strong, professional in appearance and versatile. Aluminium is easy to customize making it a great option for your signage needs.

Dibond

Dibond is polythene encased in aluminium. It is lightweight, rigid and holds its shape.

Stainless steel

Signs made from stainless steel are highly durable, weatherproof and are an excellent option for use outside.

Perspex

Perspex is a very versatile material that creates signs suitable for indoor and outdoor use. It is durable, lightweight and easy to cut into the desired format. Perspex is great for use in illuminated signs such as light boxes.

Wood

Signs made from wood are often heavyweight, can tolerate all weather conditions and are very strong and durable. They are also very versatile and look great.

Choosing a Letter Style

They offer a range of lettering options including acrylic cut out letters, 3D lettering, illuminated lettering and more. The lettering you decide on makes a big difference to the final look of your sign.

Acrylic Letters

Choosing acrylic letters is not only a great option for adding dimension to your sign but is also very affordable and fully customizable. The acrylic cut out letters are created with precision and are long lasting and durable.

Letters for Illuminated Signs

Choosing lettering for an illuminated sign such as halo lighting or illuminated letters is a great way to ensure your sign is advertising your business 24/7.

Top Tips When Choosing a Sign

A sign is a great way to attract customers to your business. It is important to use a professional sign maker to ensure your business has an effective, professional and well-designed sign. Below are some of our top tips when choosing a sign:

  • Remember your audience
  • Stay on brand
  • Simplicity goes a long way
  • Sign size and lettering are very important

Call Image Sign Studio today on 0114 261 7617 or visit their website at www.imagesignstudio.com

 

 

 

 

Sheffield business sign manufacturer

Get your business noticed with a professional business sign

Standing Out from the Crowd

Having great signage is a business essential but why choose a profession sign manufacturer? Read on to find out. Imagine Sign Studio is an expert sign manufacturer based in Sheffield and Rotherham. For top tips, expert advice and more information don’t forget to check out our latest blog posts. In this post, we take a look at why it’s important to use sign professionals and pay attention to detail.

3 Reasons to Choose a Professional Sign Maker

A survey carried out by the University of Cincinnati revealed that nearly 8 out of 10 people have entered a store they’ve never visited before based on their signs. Many businesses overlook signs or doubt their significance which is a huge mistake. Having high quality, well-designed signs gives your potential customers a glimpse into your business. Below are 3 key reasons why your sign and sign quality are so important:

Increase Exposure of your Brand

Your signage will work around the clock, showing customers where your business is and who you are. Your signs will encourage new customers and the return of old customers too. That’s why you need your sign to reflect your business, you want to impress customers from the start.

Stand Out

There’s no doubt that your business has local competition, by having clear signs that are unique to your business you can catch the eyes of potential customers. A professional sign manufacturer will be able to work with you to create the most effective and eye catching sign for your business and location.

Cost Effective Option

A sign is a cost effective way of marketing and by buying from a specialist sign maker you can ensure the quality and longevity of your signage. The last thing you want is for your sign to look old or worn before its time and you certainly don’t want it to look cheap.

Don’t be Overwhelmed by the Options

There are so many signage types and options available to choose from. Each has its own benefit and use, if you’re unsure simply ask one of our team and we’ll help you create the perfect signage for your business. One aspect people don’t tend to think about until the last minute is the lettering options. Get the lowdown on the most popular lettering options below:

Flat Cut Letters

Flat cut letters are letters that have been cut from the material of your choice using CNC cutting machines in order to produce a three dimensional and more premium sign. Benefits of this type of lettering:

  • Provide complimentary detailing
  • Stand out & catch people eyes
  • Various fonts and shapes available
  • Modern
  • Various materials can be used to create the lettering including aluminium and acrylic

Aluminium Letters

  • Very popular
  • Cost effective
  • Various fonts and shapes
  • Intricate detailing possible
  • Resilient & sturdy

Flat cut lettering is very cost effective and produces great results. Sign manufacturer, Image Sign Studio, create everything in house meaning your made-to-order sign will be ready for your store-front in no time. If your business needs a fresh, new sign don’t hesitate to contact Sheffield and Rotherham based sign maker, Image Sign Studio today.

Reasons to get a virtual tour for your business

Not everyone is sold on creating a virtual tour for their business but the below reasons will show you why they are definitely worth your time. 360 Virtual View are a professional virtual tour company operating in and around Sheffield, Derbyshire and the Peak District and they’ve helped many businesses showcase their properties, businesses  and showrooms using virtual tours. Don’t shy away from this technology as it can provide you with so many benefits.

Increase the likelihood of receiving bookings

A virtual tour allows potential customers to get a more accurate feel for what you have on offer, increasing their confidence in you and your product and making it more likely for them to visit. Google shows that businesses who have a virtual tour on Google My Business experience an average increase of 85% in on-line bookings so by helping your customers get to know you better from the comfort of their homes definitely boosts your bookings.

Increase interactions with potential customers

It can be difficult to engage with new customers and attract people to your business using social media and on-line tools. This is where a virtual tour comes in. Virtual tours offer an excellent, natural solution as they provide an engaging post that can be accessed by anyone and at any-time. A virtual tour generates more interest and once it’s been created and posted on-line you don’t have to do anything else but sit back while potential customers enjoy the opportunity and experience of touring your business before actually visiting.

Showcase your business around the clock on-line

As mentioned above, once your virtual tour is posted it is available to potential customers at their convenience. This means even when you’re closed for the day your virtual tour can still be accessed and viewed 24/7. This increased exposure helps your business sell more and gain more customers.

Reach more customers with little effort

Having a virtual tour available is a natural draw for people, you’ll experience an increase in the number of customers visiting your site as well as your store. A virtual tour is an interactive experience and people will like, comment and share encouraging others to take a look too. Your customer reach will naturally increase and people will find the virtual tour a more personal and inviting touch.

Give your business a competitive edge

By having a 360 virtual tour you can get your business displayed on Google Street View allowing potential customers to find your location and take a look around your business before actually visiting. Many people take a look at nearby businesses using Google Street View so there is no doubt this will give you a competitive edge and will generate more custom.

Find out more

360 Virtual View is a professional virtual tour company, working around Sheffield, Derbyshire and the Peak District. If you’re looking for a Sheffield virtual tour or would like to find out more about our stunning virtual tours then do not hesitate to contact us. 360 Virtual View offer a range of services suitable for all business types. Call us today on 0114 383 0711

Worldwide metals sector report

Of particular interest to many Sheffield companies in the steel and metals sector are the recent protectionist moves and volatility worldwide as the trade-war looms. According to recent research, the worldwide metals industry, valued at 2,700 billion USD, is currently a high risk for investors and enterprise following lack of credibility in management of overcapacity (steel), commodity price volatility, and exposure to environmental and sustainability issues. Notable events in sub-sectors include Iron ore price rises late 2017 and early 2018 on the back of demand switch, but Chinese port inventories stand at record highs, global overcapacity but the high level of import taxes protects some specific markets such as US and Canada, and the non-ferrous sector has returned to earnings growth on the back of strong price recovery. The LME Index has risen 17% in 2017.

The key players in the metal markets are China as the world number one producer and the world number 2 consumer, and Germany as the number 2 producer, the number 2 exporter, and the number 1 importer. The market is capital intense, low profit, and fragmented leading capital investors to err on the side of caution.

Strengths include the recovery of the European automotive sector, successful restructuring in the US, and strengthened cash flow generation in the mining sector. Weaknesses continue to be lack of credibility in management of steel overcapacity, commodity price volatility, and exposure to environmental and sustainability issues.

Within the sectors relating to metals other than steel, prices have increased due to strong demand – in particular, copper, nickel, lithium and cobalt (Especially those particularly used in batteries and electronics). Restraint on supply expansion is likely to lead to a continuation of demand growth exceeding incremental supply. Companies like MetaConcept (bismuth ingots suppliers and suppliers of soldering sticks) continuing to do well.

Contrary to popular belief, the precious metals, gold and silver, are not traded on the London Metal Exchange, but on the over-the-counter market usually referred to as the London Bullion Market, by the members of the London Bullion Market Association. Platinum and palladium are traded on the London Platinum and Palladium Market. Both members of the LBMA and LPPM trade the precious metals spot market on. Many companies involved in minor metals are members of the Minor Metal Trade Association. The LME used to provide trade matching and clearing services to the London bullion market and distributes gold, silver, and gold IRS forward rates on behalf of the LBMA.

Get a Great Virtual Tour with These Questions

Virtual tours are becoming increasingly sought after as effective marketing material. With the realization of their online value for potential customers, many businesses are now investing in virtual tours. With the sudden growth comes misunderstandings and uncertainties about what you can expect from a virtual tour company. As an experienced and highly regarded virtual tour company operating in the Sheffield, Derbyshire and Peak District areas we wanted to help customers get the most from their virtual tours, so below are 4 questions to ask your virtual tour company before hiring.

1) What equipment will you use for the virtual tour?

It’s important to ensure the company you choose is experienced, there are a lot of amateurs jumping into the business and if you don’t use the right equipment you won’t get the high definition that is needed for a virtual tour. Ideally, a DSLR camera should be used in order to get the image quality that’s necessary. A gimmicky camera will not produce the same level of quality and will not impress your potential clients so make sure the virtual tour company is using high quality and professional equipment.

2) Can I see some of your previous virtual tours?

Find out how many virtual tours the company has done before and take a look at their previous work. You can often find some examples of the companies work on their website so it is definitely worth taking a look. You can get an idea of how experienced the company is and by reviewing some of their work you can know the standard of the tours they offer. Pay attention to detail as if you were reviewing your own business’s virtual tour.

Not sure what to look for in their tour examples? Below are some top tips:

  • Lighting is very important for photos and this remains true for virtual tours. The lighting needs to be right otherwise you miss important details or your eye is drawn elsewhere.
  • Transition between rooms. You want the transitions to be smooth, it shouldn’t be clunky or feel unnatural.
  • Are your eyes being drawn to the right features?
  • Unwanted features. Are there features in the tour that take away from the experience? e.g. bins, faces, personal information etc.

3) What rooms will be photographed?

It is important to ask this so you can be clear on what will be included in the tour. This is an important question as sometimes photographers pick and choose which rooms to include, this can be for good reason and produce an effective end product but if the photographer isn’t experienced it could just be them trying to simplify the project.

4) Should the business be empty for the tour?

The virtual tour company will be able to offer suggestions on whether staff or clients should be around for the virtual tour. More often than not, the virtual tour is more effective when there are no people so the focus can be on what your business has to offer customers.  There can be occasions where there are benefits to having people around so it’s definitely something to discuss with the photographer. If you’re looking for a virtual tour Sheffield, Derbyshire or Peak District then 360 Virtual View will be able to help. Experience is key to producing seamless virtual tours, if you’d like to see our previous work, get in touch by calling 0114 383 0711 or via https://360virtualview.co.uk
Sheffield virtual tour

Businesses stand out with virtual tours

With so much marketing and promotion now happening online, businesses are looking for new ways to catch customers eyes and stand out from the competition. This is where the innovative virtual tour comes in, by bringing the best aspects of your business to the spotlight you can grab customers attention and increase sales with ease. Read on to discover what a virtual tour 360 actually is and the benefits for your business. If you are in need of a virtual tour company and you are based around the Sheffield, Derbyshire and Peak District areas contact, 360 Virtual View for more information today.

Taking a closer look

A virtual tour is basically a simulation of a location created using photography, 360 panoramas with the photographs carefully stitched together and narration, sound effects or text added in. This allows potential customers to see and experience your location before actually going there, giving them a sense of the location. The customer can explore the location as they’d like by clicking or dragging on the screen. This interactive take can benefit a range of locations from restaurants and hotels to estate agents to theatres. Hospitals have even used them to make kids feel less nervous about visiting the children’s ward. The goal of an interactive tour is to create a realistic representation of the establishment to truly immerse the customer in the experience.

Benefits of getting a virtual tour

Increase Exposure

An interactive tour catches people’s attention, it generates interest and impresses potential customers. The virtual tour will bring more traffic to your website and your establishment will appear on Google Street View.

Packed full of visual information

A photograph simply does not do your business justice; a 3D tour immerses the viewer and allows them to appreciate what you have to offer.

Around the clock “open house”

Once your virtual tour has been created it will go online and can work its magic whenever someone goes on your website. It is a revolutionary marketing tool that is available for your potential customers 24/7.

Cost effective

By having this feature you are likely to increase sales as the more information you offer, the more confident the customer will be in your product. A virtual tour 360 is a cost-effective way to increase traffic to your website, increase sales and help grow your business.

Interactive and engaging

A potential customer will spend more time on your website if you offer a virtual tour. It separates your business from the competition and brings a unique interaction between your business and your customer.

Why use a virtual tour company?

On first glance, you may think you’ll be able to create your own virtual reality tour without going through a company but this is a very difficult thing to achieve. A virtual tour 360 requires professional photography, editing and mapping in order to work effectively. A virtual tour company will often use specialist cameras and software to create the finished tours you see. In fact, if you work with Sheffield virtual tour provider, 360 Virtual View, your tours will be made with 4K photography meaning they will be of the highest quality.

Get in touch with 360 Virtual View today on 0114 383 0711 or via the website www.360virtualview.co.uk to get started with your virtual tour

Business Spotlight is on Bertin Instruments

Today the Business Spotlight is on Bertin Instruments

Bertin Technologies (Instruments), a subsidiary of the CNIM Group, is a company you’ve probably never heard of; however, they boast some quite amazing statistics.

For example, although based in the Paris region, they have a presence in 50 countries worldwide, including 5 offices in 3 containments. Within their worksfored they employ over 300 engineers & technical experts looking after 60,000 items of equipment in operation all over the world. Through 60 years of refining their expertise in instrumentation they have built a portfolio of over 40 instruments and systems.

Their mission and aims, according to them, is that they ‘are committed to providing state-of-the-art sampling and measurement devices to meet the advanced needs of states and quality-driven industries. A global presence with a wide network of local partners’ and their ‘R&D teams also provide on-demand technology systems and turnkey integrated solutions to meet demanding environmental or industrial needs.’ Their ‘added value’ is that though their customer-centered organization, they are proud to sell spearhead instrumentation solutions that offer superior performances and up-to-date ergonomics.’

With nearly € 88 Million of turnover, and nearly 750 employees the group works in 4 major areas: Systems and Instrumentation, Consulting and Engineering, Information Technology, Pharma and biotechs. Examples of products that Bertin offer is the Tissue Homogenizer. Tissue homogenization involves giving scientists the ability to prepare any type of soft or hard tissue samples in seconds. The large range of lysing kits, based on different bead materials such as metal, ceramic, glass and garnet beads, make it suitable for multiple biological applications.

The CNIM group was founded in 1856 and is a French equipment manufacturer and industrial contractor operating on a worldwide basis. The Group supplies products and services to major public and private sector organizations, local authorities and national governments in the Environment, Energy, Defence, and high technology markets. Technological innovation is at the core of the equipment and services designed and manufactured by the Group. They contribute to the production of cleaner and more competitive energy, to limiting the environmental impacts of industrial activities, to making sensitive facilities and infrastructures safer and protecting individuals and nation states. CNIM is listed on the Euronext exchange in Paris. It relies on a stable family-based majority shareholding structure committed to its development. The Group employs 2,500 staff and had revenues of €539.9 million in 2016, 54.6% of which was from exports.

On Trend Wedding Décor

Giant Light Up Letters Hire

Giant Light Up Letters Hire

It’s the finer details that really bring a wedding together, the décor you choose will help to set the tone and shape your event. Planning a wedding is a big undertaking, that’s why we are here to help you with some wedding ideas. Below are some of the latest trends that are the perfect addition to any wedding. Brighten the day and give the photos of your special day an edge with these gorgeous props.

Light Up Your Day

Make a big statement and add some wow factor with incredible lit up letters. The 5ft LED letters provide a visual centrepiece and a breathtaking feature to your wedding. This trend is fast becoming an integral part of many weddings, most commonly couples want to keep it simple with the word “LOVE” illuminating their special day. You can choose to have the words MR & MRS / MR & MR / MRS & MRS too. Whatever design you choose, there is no doubt these letters will add a spectacular backdrop to your reception and will illuminate your venue.

Giant wedding letters hire is available from Fun 4 Hire, these letters are excellent quality and made from steel with built in LED lights to set the romantic mood. When looking for giant letters hire near you, beware of cheap MDF imitations of these beautiful letters.

Dance the Night Away

Want to bring some life and party spirit to the reception? An LED dancefloor can get your guests up and moving all night long while the lights of the dancefloor sparkle underfoot. This is an elegant and appealing approach to the dancefloor, one of the key features of any wedding. The lights of the floor twinkle like stars on the clearest night, giving you a romantic and intimate setting that will leave your guests in awe and ready to dance. Dancefloor hire allows you an affordable and easy way to add that little bit extra to your day.

Why Lighting is So Important

Lighting is an incredibly important aspect of wedding planning. The lighting can be stylistic and is essential for bringing ambiance to your special day. In addition to the main lighting scheme, you can use props to provide soft lighting without the need for obvious and unsightly lighting instruments. Adding your own take on the lighting can help to make the day yours and will bring some magic to your photographs.

The wedding ideas above (LED dance floor and giant LED letters) are both ways to add some mood lighting to your wedding while keeping the style and romance on point. When looking for ways to add lighting to your wedding without being to over the top, these props provide the perfect opportunity. The best part of all is that dance floor hire and giant letters hire are affordable options that’ll add so much to your day. Even when the lights go down the dance floor will be inviting and the specially chosen lettering will be glowing.

For more information on giant light up letters hire, call Fun 4 Hire on 07903 973 963 or visit their website at www.fun4hire.net

 

 

The Perfect Wedding Dance floor

The Perfect Wedding Dance floor

The Perfect Wedding Dance floor

Are you looking to add an extra sparkle to your wedding day? If you are hoping your guests will get up to dance and enjoy the happiest day of your life by your side, take a look at hiring an LED dance floor for the occasion. Weddings take a lot of time and effort to organize so take some of the stress away by letting us handle the dance floor. There’s no doubt that the dance floor is an essential part of the party and dance floor hire with Fun4Hire makes it even easier to guarantee a great dance will be had by all.

What is an LED dancefloor?

Perfect for weddings and events, an LED dancefloor is a fun and easy to fit portable dancefloor that twinkles with star lights. It creates a romantic atmosphere and the perfect area for dancing, no matter what the size of the venue. These dancefloors are low maintenance, quick and easy to install and look divine. They add a modern, stylish and inviting twist that people absolutely love.

Why choose LED dancefloor hire?

Hiring a dance floor is an affordable way to ensure your special day has a clean, appealing and eye-catching space for your first dance and for your guests to enjoy. The first dance is such a special and intimate moment, why not use the romance of stars underfoot to bring even more magic? This dance floor gives a beautiful effect for you wedding photos and can be enjoyed day and night. Dance floor rental is incredibly popular as it is easy, stress free and completely customizable. You choose what you like and what best suits your occasion and Fun4Hire will deliver it to you, it’s as simple as that.

Benefits

Dancefloor rental easily transforms any space into a sleek, stylish and wedding-ready venue. It’s become one of the latest wedding trends for a reason and all you have to do is glance at photos of a wedding with an LED dance floor to see why so many brides are over the moon dancing amongst the stars.

  • The versatility of the LED dance floor hire is incredible, the dance floor is made up of tiles which are secured together meaning you could use them to create a gorgeous walkway or dance floor. You can create the perfect dance floor to suit any space.
  • The tiles lock into place, are durable and very easy to clean so no shoes or spillages will damage the dance floor.
  • Creates a fun environment where the dance floor becomes a centrepiece and encourages the party.
  • Perfect for photographs – the effect the LED dance floor brings to wedding photographs is stunning. Couple even decide to place the wedding cake in the centre of the dance floor purely for the gorgeous photo opportunity the dance floor creates.

Of course, these dance floors are ideal for any event. If you’d like more information or you’d like to book LED dance floor hire for you wedding simply contact Fun4Hire today on 07903 973 963 or via their website www.fun4hire.net. The team are more than happy to discuss the dance floor options with you and can deliver items across Yorkshire and beyond.

Mr Rubble’s Pledge for the Planet – Recycling Waste

Sheffield skip hire & Rotherham skip hire

Sheffield skip hire & Rotherham skip hireSheffield skip hire

Mr Rubble’s Pledge for the Planet – Recycling Waste 

At Mr Rubble Skip Hire they’re passionate about doing their best, not only for their customers but also for their community and the Earth. They do this by making recycling a top priority, in fact if you hire a skip with them you don’t need to spend time separating the waste or worrying about where the rubbish will end up. Back in 2006, their state-of-the-art recycling centre opened allowing them to efficiently ensure they recycle as much of the waste as possible.

Their team care about the environment and are committed to doing what they can to keep the world clean. They pride themselves on the quality of the service they provide and ensure this continues even after they’ve taken the full skip away, so rest assured knowing that all of the waste is dealt with in a legal and environmentally friendly way.

They recycle to help:

Lessen pollution – recycling and reusing materials is a great way to reduce pollution by avoiding new products being unnecessarily created.

Avoid landfills – By recycling they can reduce the amount of waste that is going into landfill. Landfill is very damaging to the environment and wildlife so if the waste doesn’t have to go to landfill they make sure it won’t.

Reduce costs – When you consider recycling from a financial standpoint, it costs considerably less to repurpose materials than to create products from new materials. Large scale recycling = big savings for businesses. If landfills continue to increase in size then communities will be taxed more in order to cover the fines and landfill taxes associated with exceeding landfill allowances. I’m sure you’d agree this is something we’d all like to avoid so choose a responsible skip hire company to help meet your skip needs. A responsible skip hire company does not mean an expensive skip hire company – take a look at www.mrrubble.co.uk for their competitive skip hire prices.

Why are they so passionate about recycling the waste they receive?

With waste, and the way it is being disposed of, causing problems around the globe they are committed to leading by example at Mr Rubble. Reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill is a priority, DEFRA reported that, in 2016, 45.2% of household waste was recycled and outlined the 2020 target as 50% or more. Despite their cheap skip hire they don’t skimp on quality, efficiency or responsibility and that is why they recycle a huge 93% of the waste that comes to us.

If you’re looking for Sheffield skip hire or Rotherham skip hire, Mr Rubble offer easy, stress-free booking on-line or by phone and always ensure their customers are happy with the care and services received.  Not sure about what skip you need? Take a look at their on-line hire guide where they answer the most frequently asked questions.

What is a backlit sign?

What is a backlit sign?

What is a backlit sign?

An important consideration for any business, event or promotional drive should be signage. Signs can be used to not only help spread your message but also attract customers and set yourself apart from your competition. Investing in a sign is a significant step towards reinforcing your brand but it is not surprising that many businesses aren’t sure where to start when deciding on a sign that suits them. If you’re asking yourself what kind of sign is best for your business then we can help. There are various formats available in order to ensure you can create the eye-catching impact desired in every circumstance, but today we are going to focus on just one: the backlit sign.

One of the most popular sign types (and one that we absolutely love) is the backlit sign. Ultimately, these are signs that are illuminated using a light source behind the design in order to draw peoples eye and spread the desired message loud and clear. The backlit sign is highly versatile and works in your favour around the clock, something many signs are unable to do after sunset which results in your business losing out on valuable marketing time.

backlit sign is great for use both inside and outside and are often seen in shopping centres, airports, bus stops and building signage. There are many benefits to choosing a backlit sign including:

  • Increased visibility at night
  • Clear and easy to read – even from afar
  • Colourful and eye-catching
  • Stand out from the crowd
  • Perfect for promoting your business or message

The sign is created with a light source behind and the printed graphic over the top. LED lights are most commonly used as the light source due to their effectiveness. On top of this, they are also incredibly energy efficient; the LED lights provide an impressive level of brightness while using small amounts of energy, this makes them an excellent choice for businesses of all sizes. Your design will not only stand out but will also be full of detail and clarity. The back lighting even helps your sign design to appear enhanced.

Printing backlit signs is becoming more and more versatile thanks to the technology available today and this means you can literally create exactly the kind of sign you require without breaking the bank to afford it. The combination of the durability and the eye-catching vividness of backlit signs plays a vital part in their ever-increasing popularity.

If you have an idea in mind for a backlit sign, contact Image Sign Studio today for professional, high quality and carefully designed signs that will help you spread your message in a loud, clear and refined way.  We operate in the Sheffield and Rotherham areas and pride ourselves on helping businesses realize their creative goals.

For more information on Backlit Signs, get in touch

4 Ways Your Business Can Make a Great First Impression

4 Ways Your Business Can Make a Great First Impression

4 Ways Your Business Can Make a Great First Impression

First impressions count. We all know it and we are all guilty of making split second judgements. We judge books by their covers and businesses by their signs, it happens and that is why we want to help your business make a great first impression. Positive customer experience brings with it; more sales, increased customer loyalty and the further building of your brand. If you’re in the Sheffield or Rotherham areas, Image Sign Studio can help your new customers feel welcome and satisfied from the get go (making them much more likely to come back to your business time and time again!).

Read on to discover 4 key ways your business can make a great first impression:

1. Have an outdoor sign that is easy to read and can be seen from a distance

This allows you to attract customers who are passing by and lets them know that your business is close, however there is more to attracting customers than just ‘putting up a sign’. In order for the potential customer to want to use your business the sign needs to be aesthetically pleasing, easy to see from a distance and easy to read. Stylish simplicity is often most effective.

2. Use lighting to give your business 24-hour advertising

By lighting up your business signage you attract peoples eye no matter what time of day it is. This complete visibility gives you a huge advantage over your competitors, but it is very important you keep your signs well maintained. There is nothing more off putting for a potential customer than seeing an old, broken or half lit business sign. In order to reap the rewards, you need to keep your signs looking smart. Lit sign options include a backlit sign, lightbox sign, LED sign and using fret cut illuminated letters.

3. Be welcoming

A customer’s experience begins as soon as they hear about your business. Maybe they have been online and visited your website, maybe they were driving in the area and saw one of your signs – whatever way they found you, you need to make sure the experience is top notch from the start… Is your website clear? Are the contact details easy to find? Is your business sign clear and easy to read? Does the customer feel welcome at the door? Think about these things. What does your customer see when they are about to enter your business? Your customer doesn’t want to walk into a shop with big stickers on the door saying “NO” maybe you have door signs saying “NO DOGS” or “NO FOOD OR DRINK ALLOWED”, this can give off a negative vibe early on so you may try to make the first impression better by simply changing the signs. Maybe you could use signs that say, “Come in, we’re open!” or “Yes we accept credit cards” to make customers feel welcome.

4. Make sure the entrance is obvious

By having a well-designed sign at your entrance, you can not only give clear direction to your shop but you also make a fantastic first impression. Your sales revenue could increase by close to 5% just from the use of one powerful sign. Your signs are all about first impressions and guiding potential customers to your door. By using signs to their full potential, you allow a customer to feel confident in your business and product before they’ve even stepped in the door. Always make sure your sign is easy to read for the best impact – there are many different material and lettering options available so find one that makes your message pop: your sign letters could be acrylic, flat cut, aluminium or perspex.

Find out more

For more information about getting a new sign for your business from Image Sign Studio – including backlit signs – give them a call on 0114 261 7617 or contact us through their contact page 

Funky & Fun Wedding Ideas for 2018

Funky & Fun Wedding Ideas for 2018

Funky & Fun Wedding Ideas for 2018

The biggest day of your life is on the horizon and it needs to be picture perfect. With so much to organize and book it’s easy to overlook some of the finer details, which is why we’ve put our favourite fun wedding ideas together in one place. These details may seem small on paper but they will help you to make your wedding day truly unforgettable.

Mr & Mrs Giant Letters

Elegant and beautifully lit giant letters can be used as a stunning focal piece for your special day. These large letters stand at 5 feet tall and create a fun vibe that your guests will L O V E. This is super creative and will give your wedding photos an amazing edge. The quality of your signs is essential, avoid cheap MDF imitations as these will lack the WOW factor desired. Fun4Hire Giant Letters are made from high quality steel fabricated in the UK so high quality and class is guaranteed.

You can choose from a range of designs to create the look you want with available options including:

  • MR & MRS
  • MR & MR
  • MRS & MRS
  • LOVE

See the fun4hire website page on Mr & Mrs giant letters for more information

LED Dance floor

LED DANCEFLOOR for hire

LED DANCEFLOOR for hire

We don’t know about you but we hate an empty dance floor! You can make the dance floor the place to be using our innovative LED design. Transform the day by adding a special starlight sparkle with our strong, low maintenance and easy to install LED dancefloor for weddings. The maximum floor size is 16ft x 16ft square giving you and all of your guests more than enough space to dance the night away.

See the fun4hire website page on dance floor renatal for more information

Photo booth

Add a fun, memorable and entertaining aspect to your wedding day by including a photo booth full of amusing props that will keep everyone laughing. This is a really great way to break the ice and to capture special moments in a lighthearted and enjoyable way. Our photo booth provides excellent quality photos in flattering lighting with creative backdrops. The best part is you can enjoy your wedding day without worrying about the booth working properly as one of our fun4hire attendants will be there to encourage guests to snap some pics and make sure everything runs smoothly.

See the fun4hire website page on Photobooths for hire for more information

These are just a few of our favourite wedding fun ideas for you and your guests to enjoy.

Whether you choose to include funky giant letters, dance floor rental or a photo booth to give your special day that extra oomph contact Fun4Hire on 07903 973 963 for high quality products, excellent service and competitive prices.

The Shop Signs Manufacturer with a Difference

The Most Popular Business, Shop Signs, and Letter Types

The Most Popular Business, Shop Signs, and Letter Types

Image Sign Studio design and manufacturer the highest quality shop signs here in their Sheffield workshop. They manufacture a huge range of type of shop signs & business signs to suit every business from high-street shops to warehouses – in fact They’re still to find a job they can’t do! However, it’s always useful to have a list of our their popular shop sign types – you never know when you’ll be in the market

Image Sign Studio’s Most Popular Business, Shop Signs, and Letter Types

  • Fret cut signage – fret cut signage, also sometimes known as fret cut lettering or computer cut lettering, is where the letters and images are cut from a sheet of material usually using a CNC router or laser cutting machine
  • Aluminium tray sign – aluminium tray signage is where the business or shop sign is cut from or attached to an aluminium tray. The fixings are usually hidden, and the sign stands proud from the wall
  • Backlit sign – our signs can be easily backlit, usually using LEDs, to create a slick and modern looking sign. In other words, the sign is placed in front of a light-source. The light can either create a ‘floating’ effect or can shine through translucent areas to make the sign more visible at night.
  • Fret cut illuminated signs – fret cut illuminated signs are often made from aluminium panels. They often comprise of front and back trays which can be any colour and usually used when illumination is required. Great to create a lit 3D effect
  • Acrylic letters, flat cut letters, sign letters, acrylic cut out letters and aluminium letters – these letter types are created in our workshop and used for many purposes including in conjunction with the other types of signs
  • Perspex letters signage – letters cut in our workshop usually using a CNC router are used to create this popular and cost-effective signage. Good for back-lit or internally lit signage such as aluminium composite tray or aluminium tray sign
  • CNC signs – CNC signs are cut from material using a CNC router which is computer controlled. As such, these signs can be intricate and use images as well as standard letters
  • Light box sign – a lightbox sign is a type of illuminated sign using a frame and lighting source
  • Directional signage – this type of signage is used everywhere from shops and warehouses to schools and hospitals. It’s designed to be practical and clear giving people instructions and showing the way
  • Sign tray – a sign tray is used very commonly in shop signs and business signage and can be made from a wide range of materials. Often backlit or internally lit, this type of sign is a very popular choice for many businesses
  • Aluminium composite sign tray – similar to the aluminium tray sign, this sign is made from composite material and can be used for many purposes
  • Dibond signs – dibond signs are most commonly used when strength is an important factor. These signs provide resistance to physical impact and heat and are most commonly used for shop signs, wall signs, information and directional signage.

Find Out More About Our Different Types of Business Signage and Shop Signs

Get in touch with image Sign Studio today through their contact page or call them directly on 0114 261 7617 for more information on their range of shop signs, business signage and manufacturing workshop

 

360 Virtual View - 3D Virtual Tours, 360-Degree Photography, and VR Experiences for your business

3D Virtual Tours, 360-Degree Photography, and VR Experiences for your business

Virtual tours are an amazing asset to many businesses and organisations including:

  • tourist attractions
  • stately homes
  • estate agents
  • letting agents
  • renters
  • cultural spaces
  • restaurants
  • hotels
  • and more!

However, in the current economic climate, getting the competitive advantage over your competitors is vital.

Below are 4 Ways a Virtual Tour Can Benefit Your Business

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A virtual tour is an immersive & interactive experience that allows on-line visitors to see inside your property without taking a single step outside of their home. Your potential customers can see inside your business in a virtual reality environment giving them a detailed look at the quality of your establishment and increasing the likelihood they will visit – it really is the next best thing to actually being there!

Here are 4 ways a virtual tour can benefit your business:

Generate more interest & excitement

Your potential customers get a glimpse into your business, it’s a new level of interaction that shows impressive effectiveness. The majority of people check out a business on-line before deciding whether or not to visit in person – you do it, I do it, almost all of us do it so let’s benefit from it!

Traditional photographs make it very difficult to see the real size and appearance of your property, it can appear very underwhelming even when your establishment is spectacular. That’s where the virtual tour comes in – people get to feel as though they’ve been in and seen how great it is for themselves before actually committing to physically going. A recent Google study found customers are considerably more likely to book a reservation if they see a virtual tour of the place first. This increased online activity and engagement generates more interest and brings more footfall traffic to your business.

Get the edge over your competitors

For some potential customers, a virtual tour is the deciding factor when choosing between competing businesses. People enjoy the experience of taking a virtual tour, it keeps them on your website for a lot longer than usual (an average of 40% longer), increases interactions as the customer will be clicking through products and photos on your site and it gives your potential customer the confidence to decide which business to choose. You can also incorporate your tour into your website, social media platforms and Google Business View too so you are likely to experience increased online traffic which will help to organically boost your Google rankings.

Increases business revenue

A virtual tour can increase your business revenue in multiple ways, the best thing about it is once it’s online you don’t have to think about it again. Time after time new customers will take your virtual tour, so while you focus on other things:

  • Your website will be viewed more frequently
  • Visitors will spend more time browsing your site
  • Your business is available to ‘see’ 24/7
  • Increased sales in less time
  • Potential customers are well informed on your services & more confident in decision making

Businesses in every industry are realizing the untapped potential that a virtual tour brings. Whether you have a beautiful stately home or a bustling restaurant the modern, dynamic visuals of a virtual tour could be your answer for increased interaction, interest and sales.

Get your business on Google Street View

Ever wondered how those other businesses get on Google Street View? Now you know! With every virtual tour that 360 Virtual View provide, and as a Google partner, 360 Virtual View can also put you onto Google Street view. Here’s how that will benefit you:

  • Trust – build trust with your potential customers by putting a ‘face’ to your business name. These days, anyone can go on the internet and say virtually ‘anything’ they want so adding a virtual tour to Street View will demonstrate you are who you say you are
  • Influence the research – according to Forbes, retailers state that 82% of new customers research online before visiting a physical premises. By allowing these potential customers to see inside before they decide, you’re influencing their decision – not to mention helping them to pre-qualify themselves first saving everyone time!
  • Humanise to connect – humanising your business puts a ‘human’ face to your name, showing your potential customers something they ‘recognise’ which will allow them to relate to you in advance. A virtual tour is a great way to do this!
  • Help customers make informed decisions – customers have a lot of questions before they visit – for example about parking or what the area looks like – so you’ll be helping them find the answers they need
  • Passive marketing – help your customers come and find you.
  • convenience – Google’s Street View works on any platform, even on the go, so your potential customers can find you and ‘check you out’ when it’s convenient for them, whether that’s at the bus stop, in bed, on holiday, or even over a cup of tea in the morning before work

However, timing is important!

There are many factors influencing your virtual tour so get in touch today to find out more and get prices. Call 360 Virtual View today on 0114 383 0711 or email info@360virtualview.co.uk

Aluminium Tray Cut to Fret Cut Signage - 4 Ways Your Business Can Make a Great First Impression

Aluminium Tray Cut to Fret Cut Signage – 4 Ways Your Business Can Make a Great First Impression

Read on to discover 4 key ways your business can make a great first impression:

Have an outdoor sign that is easy to read and can be seen from a distance

This allows you to attract customers who are passing by and lets them know that your business is close, however there is more to attracting customers than just ‘putting up a sign’. In order for the potential customer to want to use your business the sign needs to be aesthetically pleasing, easy to see from a distance and easy to read such as aluminium tray sign Stylish simplicity is often most effective.

Use lighting to give your business 24-hour advertising

By lighting up your business signage you attract peoples eye no matter what time of day it is. This complete visibility gives you a huge advantage over your competitors, but it is very important you keep your signs well maintained. There is nothing more off putting for a potential customer than seeing an old, broken or half lit business sign. In order to reap the rewards, you need to keep your signs looking smart. Lit sign options include a backlit sign, lightbox sign, LED sign and using fret cut illuminated letters.

Be welcoming

A customer’s experience begins as soon as they hear about your business. Maybe they have been online and visited your website, maybe they were driving in the area and saw one of your signs – whatever way they found you, you need to make sure the experience is top notch from the start… Is your website clear? Are the contact details easy to find? Is your business sign clear and easy to read? Does the customer feel welcome at the door? Think about these things. What does your customer see when they are about to enter your business? Your customer doesn’t want to walk into a shop with big stickers on the door saying “NO” maybe you have door signs saying “NO DOGS” or “NO FOOD OR DRINK ALLOWED”, this can give off a negative vibe early on so you may try to make the first impression better by simply changing the signs. Maybe you could use signs that say, “Come in, we’re open!” or “Yes we accept credit cards” to make customers feel welcome.

Make sure the entrance is obvious

By having a well-designed sign at your entrance, you can not only give clear direction to your shop but you also make a fantastic first impression. Your sales revenue could increase by close to 5% just from the use of one powerful sign. Your signs are all about first impressions and guiding potential customers to your door. By using signs to their full potential, you allow a customer to feel confident in your business and product before they’ve even stepped in the door. Always make sure your sign is easy to read for the best impact – there are many different material and lettering options available so find one that makes your message pop: your sign letters could be acrylic, flat cut, aluminium tray sign or perspex.

Get in touch today to get a quote for your Aluminium Tray Cut Signs on 0114 261 7617

fret cut lettering manufacturer

Sheffield Sign Manufacturer Stands Out with Fret Cut Lettering

Promotion and marketing are incredible powerful when done properly but when corners are cut and things are skimped on it quickly becomes costly and ineffective. To avoid you throwing your money down the drain we want to take you back to basics for a second. It’s all well and good having your team working off the latest cloud technology but if your business signage is old, worn or damaged you are guaranteed to be losing out on potential customers on a daily basis. To help you, we’ve outlined some key ways you can enhance your business using signage. If you’re in the Sheffield or Rotherham areas and anything from want tailor-made signs to Fret Cut Lettering signage designing and manufacturing to enhance your business, contact Image Sign Studio on 0114261 7617.

Read on to discover how good quality signage enhances your business:

Increased visibility

Signs allow you to reach potential customers no matter what time of day. If your customer has seen your sign they will become familiar with your logo and your business making them more likely to use your services when they need something. Signs help to boost your brand so make sure your signs are easy to read and reflect your message/ product.

Signs bring people to you

A great sign will attract passersby to your shop, people you’ve never met but are interested in your product. Just simply seeing a sign for your business could lead to someone who’s never heard of your business before to come and make an impulse purchase. Without the sign to grab the persons attention in the first place, you could miss out on a lot of potential customers.

Around the clock advertising

By purchasing a good quality sign, you have invested in 24/7 advertising for your business. A sign does its job regardless of opening times, weather conditions or the time of day. Your sign has an ongoing impact as it is always advertising for you. You can choose to invest in backlit, illuminated or light box signage to make your sign stand out at night too. There are many different styles and types of sign available, so you’re bound to find one that suits your business image.

Gives you an edge over the competition

A great sign helps to draw people’s attention to your business. It makes you stand out over your competitors and people will remember your sign which will cause your business to seem more familiar. Great looking business signage such as fret cut lettering will raise awareness of your brand, bridge the gap between your online and physical presence and bring people to your door with clever and strategic marketing.

As you can see, there are many different reasons your business may want to invest in new, tailor made signage and Image Sign Studio offer a range of options, materials and designs to ensure they create the most effective and eye-catching sign for your business. They offer signs for every situation and have everything from fret cut signage to aluminium tray signs, from directional to CNC and dibond signs, whatever you need they have it so don’t hesitate to contact them today on 0114 261 7617

Skip Hire for Garden Waste

Sheffield & Rotherham skip hire

Sheffield & Rotherham skip hire

There’s nothing better than working in the garden on a warm, sunny day; however, the one dismay people have is dealing with the waste produced during a garden clear out or D.I.Y project. Whether you are a commercial gardener, a green fingered allotment or home owner, or you’re just tackling a long-awaited back garden project – Mr Rubble skip hire can help make things a lot easier to tackle. Our garden waste skip hire is designed to simplify your project by allowing us to take care of the waste for you… That’s right, say goodbye to countless trips to the local tip!

Benefits of Skip Hire for your Project

People tend to shy away from hiring skips due to their traditionally large size, the need for permits and the concern that you cannot put all kinds of waste in skips. When you hire a low-volume skip from us you can forget all these worries as:

  • The 3 tonne skip is much smaller than the commercial skips making them perfect for homeowner use. Here at Mr Rubble we provide skips of all sizes to suit all needs, we can offer advice if you’re not sure which skip is best for your project.
  • We can take care of organizing the permits for you.
  • No more continuous trips to the dump with car-loads of plant waste!
  • A 3 tonne skip can hold approximately 15-20 black sacks worth of waste making it ideal for smaller projects.
  • In our skips, you can dispose of all the common forms of waste found during garden D.I.Y projects including:
    • Organic waste; soil, grass, plants.
    • Wood
    • Domestic waste
    • Rubble (building/ foundation)
    • Plastics
    • Metal

If you are concerned about what waste cannot be put into a skip, contact us or take a look at our online skip hire guide for further advice. With Mr Rubble skip hire, you can save yourself a lot of time and frustration and you can rest assured knowing the waste is properly and appropriately disposed of. Did you know we recycle 93% of the waste we collect?

Larger Skips Available

We also have larger skips which are perfect for bigger projects or commercial use for gardening, landscaping and construction projects. This is the perfect skip hire for gardeners and landscaper alike, to get great skip hire based on the needs of your project, don’t hesitate to contact Mr Rubble today.

Affordable, Time Saving Solution

Organic waste skip hire is an affordable solution that will give you many benefits, the exact cost of hiring one of these skips depends on your project requirements, length of hire etc. but we pride ourselves on providing excellent service at the lowest prices possible.

As you can see, a 3 tonne skip could be the perfect solution for your gardening or D.I.Y project. If you are in the Sheffield or Rotherham areas, head over to www.mrrubble.co.uk to book a skip to suit your needs.