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Have you ever needed a debt collection agency?

If you’ve been running your own business or involved in company accounts for any length of time you’ll know how difficult it can be to keep up with all the different financial tasks that need to be kept up-to-date. Even more so if you’ve ever run a small business you’ll certainly understand what it’s like managing the sales, the marketing, the invoicing, the bookkeeping, the VAT, the admin, the purchases, the accounts, etc. And this is even before we get to dealing with overdue invoices! It’s a fact of life that we’ll all one day have one of those customers who simply won’t pay for whatever reason – and this is where you may need the services of a debt collection agency. Maybe your customer is just doesn’t want to pay or perhaps they’re just one of those irritating companies that avoid paying anything they can get away with. Whatever the reason, it might be time to type ‘debt collection Sheffield’ or ‘debt collection agency near me’ into the search engine.

B2B Debt Collection Sheffield

B2B Debt Collection Sheffield

Even if you’ve never needed to use the services of a debt collection agency, it’s very likely that one day you will. A debt collection agency is an independent company who job it is to recover money owed to your business on your behalf – agencies that specialise in collecting debt where the original creditor cannot get arrears paid by themselves.

Business to business debt collection agencies can take the stress out of chasing your debtors. And problem debtors are a big problem according to a recent report – it’s been estimated that 63% of small businesses are struggling with late payment issues at any one time and this is only likely to get worse during the Coronavirus lock-down as unemployment rises and businesses increasingly struggle here in the UK and further afield. It has probably never been more important to stay up to date with invoices by making sure they are constantly paid on time. Small problems can sometimes snowball and cash-flow problems are something that can cause even the most profitable businesses to struggle.

If you do feel you would like some help chasing your debtors, and need a debt collection agency in Sheffield, give Collective Solutions 4 Business (CS4B) a call on 0114 231 6080. With many years’ experience providing the full range of bespoke debt collection agency services such as debt recovery, credit control, debt collection, invoicing, tracing, and company reports, they’re on-hand to help you get your finances back on track.

Dehumidifiers in industrial applications

I was working in London in late 2000 when the capital was hit by extremely heavy rain that caused disruption on a huge scale with the inevitable flooding that followed affected numerous parts of the city. At that time, as noted by a subsequent report by the Greater London Assembly, around half of residents living in flood-prone areas were unaware to the danger that flooding posed to them so it came as a shock to many. Add to this the quantity of basement and cellar conversions in zones where land is flood prone, and you can envisage the wide-scale disruption that this extreme weather caused many Londoners – both businesses and residents the same.

industrial dehumidifiers used in the food industry among others

At that time, I was working with a company that, among other things, leased dehumidifiers for industrial applications such as drying out properties and buildings. Normally used for things like drying plaster or decorating, there was suddenly a massive demand for these machines by homeowners, once the waters had subsided and people were able to see the damage that had been caused.

Dehumidifiers work by reducing the humidity in a room. They remove excess moisture from the air by drawing it over the refrigerant-cooled coils using a fan allowing the excess moisture to condense. In works in a similar way to how the moisture forms on the glass of a cold drink on a hot day. Warm air holds much more moisture than cold air. You cool the air and it lets go of the moisture.

Dehumidifiers are important not just for homes where they’re often used to remove moisture from the air to tackle damp and mould, but they’re also very important in the workplace. Too much humidity, or simply excessive variation in levels of humidity in a workplace and you can end up with big problems. They used in many diverse industries such as the agri-food and food processing sector; industrial bakeries & pastries; the pharmaceutical industry; the chemicals industry; and all companies involved in the process of seed storage. The
industrial dehumidifier provides a fast and efficient way of moisture removal on an industrial scale. Without them, many of the foods and chemicals we use on a daily basis would be much more expensive or even not able to be produced in the first place

From a Sheffield SEO company – why organic content creation is important

Generating more, genuine, high-quality traffic to your website – the type that actually converts your visitors into leads – should be one of the main aims of a successful SEO campaign. So, when planning out your SEO strategy, you should at minimum take into consideration two main factors which will help you to achieve this; organic content creation and transparent link-building (preferably done by those engaging with your website copy). This article talks about three reasons, according to Seven Creative (a web design and Sheffield SEO agency) why this is the case. With that in mind, we’ve put together a guide to help explain why organic content should continue to form the cornerstone of your SEO campaign

Seven Creative are perfectly placed to help with your search engine optimisation either as a one-off or on a longer-term basis. This Sheffield SEO company have been providing SEO services for many years.

About Seven Creative – Sheffield SEO company

Seven Creative are perfectly placed to help with your search engine optimisation either as a one-off or on a longer-term basis. This Sheffield SEO company have been providing SEO services for many years. Focusing on the production of shareable, engaging website copy, they have a proven track record when it comes to successfully ranking sites across a wide spectrum of trades.

Any New Website Content Can Be Carefully Optimised

A steady stream of carefully-optimise, valuable site pages will come as a result of continued organic content production. Each new page presents a chance to for you to integrate search terms that you wish to be found for; whilst the accompanying meta data you can fill in is another factor the search engines will be weighing up when debating the value of your site.

For each page of copy that is written for your site, you can add in relevant images, which when added correctly can also give your site a boost. As long as you consistently stick to good practices, you’re sure to see an improvement for your website in the search engine ranking positions.

Useful Information Will Increase Website Traffic Engagement

Focusing on the production of content that offers genuine value to your target website users can benefit you in a number ways. Primarily, it will ensure that you’re providing your potential customers with useful information; that will ultimately persuade them to choose your services. As a result of this, it’s likely that those users will engage with your site for a longer spell of time.

Google will look fondly upon this; as the longer a visitor spends on your site, the more the search engines will flag it as a valuable source of information. Finally, if the traffic you receive likes the content, they’re more likely to delve into the deeper structure of your site. This means a reduced bounce rate and more subsequent points scored with the search engines.

Seeing Value Means People Share

If people see value in the content of your business blog, they may feel compelled to share it across social media and other bookmarking sites; which can only have a positive effect. Not only will the links built back to your site by this activity act as golden flags to the search engine algorithms, they will also raise exposure of the shared content you’ve written and get in front of more potentially high-value website visitors.f and when other web users start to link to your site, the subsequent SEO benefits can see you rise further up the ranking positions.

Profitable, Long-Term SEO Investment Strategy for Your Business

SEO can become a profitable long-term investment for your business – as long as your strategy is carefully-planned out. To speak to one of the SEO experts in Sheffield at Seven Creative about tailoring a campaign to suit your needs, give one of their team a call today on 0114 383 0711.

Sheffield SEO services help your website reach its potential

To make sure that your website indexes will within the Google search results, its content needs to be well-optimised. This is vital when it comes to the implementation of successful SEO strategy – which needn’t be a tiresome process. When done right, it can generate plenty more genuine traffic to your site, so it’s well worth your consideration. As Sheffield SEO experts, Seven Creative are well-placed to help and have put together a guide surrounding their top tips to make sure you do it right.

The Importance of Long-Term SEO Services in Sheffield

For monthly campaigns in particular, patience is vital as SEO needs to be something that you invest in for the long term. A website rewrite can improve your positions fairly quickly depending on how competitive your keywords are, but if you then don’t continue to add regular, organic content -whilst your competitors do – you’ll soon find yourself sliding back down the SERP’s.

Get Blogging with Valuable Content

When optimised correctly, business blogging content is perhaps the most important factor with relation to how the Google Algorithm deciphers your website. Engaging news articles, case studies and blog articles are the best way to show the search engines that you have something of value to offer on your site, so this really is an opportunity not to be missed.

Decide Your Focus

Always plan how you want your SEO campaign to pan out. If you work within a competitive trade, for example, you’ll be more likely to see page 1 results by targeting one of your niche services. Similarly, adding a geographical focus to your activity can also help you maximise the benefits of SEO.

Optimise, Always

If you’ve hired an SEO company for one-off site work but now want to try it yourself, it’s essential to maintain good practices such as adding descriptions and alternative title text to any new images you add to your site. Whenever it comes to adding new content to your site, make sure that it’s optimised for the search engines.

The Company You Work with Should Provide a Report

If you’ve had a bad experience with paid services previously, that will only be heightened. A company that provides you with detailed monthly reports can be worth their weight in gold; and you’d be wise to choose such a firm to carry out any SEO work that you need. The mystery surrounding SEO needn’t be a problem, as the right company will be fully transparent.

Contact These SEO Experts in Sheffield for More

Seven Creative’s SEO experts in Sheffield can provide you with engaging web copy; that will stand the test of Google updates to fire you up the rankings – and then keep you there. Call them today on 0114 383 0711 to find out more.

The Coronavirus & the effect on oil & gas production

We’re currently in the midst of world Coronavirus pandemic meaning that many countries have had to ‘lock-down’ their residents – especially here in Europe – to stop the spread of the virus. Here in the UK, workers have been told to work from home if possible, and certainly not travel unless necessary & important. As a result of this, many factories and other industries have simply had to close down for the foreseeable future, either following the government advice, to protect their workers or simply because their customers aren’t using their services anymore. However, one of the effects of this huge slow-down in manufacturing and industry has been a massive reduction in pollution.

residents of Punjab in India are able to see the peaks of the Himalayas for the first time in 30 years

For example, on the news today, apparently residents of Punjab in India are able to see the peaks of the Himalayas for the first time in 30 years, after a massive drop in pollution caused by the country’s Coronavirus lock-down (implemented on 22nd March 2020). In China, NASA and European Space Agency pollution monitoring satellites have detected a significant decrease in nitrogen dioxide over China. The evidence points to the economic slowdown following the outbreak of Coronavirus. And here in the UK, some cities have seen levels of nitrogen dioxide plummet by up-to 60% compared to the same period last year due to people simply not using their cars since the country went into ‘lock-down’.

According to the website Offshore Technology, one important impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on the downstream oil industry is that the price of crude oil has fallen significantly in a short time

However, has this also had an effect on oil producers? According to the website Offshore Technology, one important impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on the downstream oil industry is that the price of crude oil has fallen significantly in a short time, taking billions off the stock prices of major oil and gas companies. Demand has dropped, oil workers travel has been restricted, and infections from Coronavirus have been found on some oil rigs. However, what about the long-term effects of this? What happens when this is all over? For example, in recent years, many oil & gas companies have been looking towards more non-traditional methods areas of oil production such as deep-water offshore exploration. On the one hand, these unconventional resources are said to contain at least as much as the total conventional oil reserves extracted since the start of the oil industry, so the potential profits are there. However, on the other hand, developing these new, large-scale sites comes with significant cost associated with R&D and the new technology required for extraction. What happens if demand for oil never goes back to pre-Coronavirus levels? If, for example, many workers simply find they prefer working from home and continue to do this even when they have the choice to commute? This, in conjunction with things like the ongoing development of alternative forms of transport and the large-scale changes to government policies on things such as home heating may mean this is indeed the beginning of the end for the traditional oil industry. Whatever happens it’s going to be an interesting time!

A quick guide to grinding media

Some days, certainly in my line of work, you learn something new and interesting about a new industry. On the other hand, sometimes when you investigate a new industry you’re simply overwhelmed and inundated with new, apparently meaningless phrases, words, acronyms, jargon, and lingo simply leaving you confused none-the-wiser. If you consider yourself to be someone firmly based in the former camp, now might be a good opportunity to go and make yourself a cup of tea with a biscuit. For fans of the latter, you’re in for a treat as we delve fearlessly into the subject of grinding media!

According to their marketing material, the Magotteaux Group are the global solution provider to ‘high abrasion extracting industries’ with their unique ‘grinding media’ brand Ecomax. You’ll also be pleased to discover that Magotteaux has also recently extended its offering to ‘Ecomax Forged’ meaning their grinding media is now available in both cast and forged!

As solution provider to high abrasion extracting industries, they start with a cross section insight into their customers value chain before combining all relevant levers from expert advice, service, resources, products & equipment to help their customers save money and optimise cash generation. Although it’s hard to believe, some people don’t yet know that Magotteaux developed their first cast chromium balls in 1950 in in their foundry in Vaux, Belgium. Roll on to 2020 and the firm now, according to their website, produce more than 250,000 tonnes of grinding media per year! Apparently, grinding media, or in this instance, grinding balls help reduce wear in some crushing and grinding processes. Coupled with special chemical compositions and heat treatments, they can now remove 150 alloys.

These ‘grinding media’ are used in a very diverse range of industries such as mines, cement plants and quarries all over the world including far-flung places like Alaska, Southern Africa, China and Chile.

What is aesthetic medicine?

We’re all familiar with general medicine, however, a subject along the same lines that not many of us know a great deal about is aesthetic medicine. This broad term covers specialties that focus on improving people’s cosmetic appearance through the treatment of conditions such as scars, excess skin, wrinkles, moles, liver spots, excess fat, cellulite, unwanted hair, skin discoloration, and spider veins. This branch of medicine includes dermatology; oral & maxillofacial surgery; reconstructive surgery; and plastic surgery. Aesthetic medicine includes such procedures as liposuction, facelifts, breast implants, radio frequency ablation, radio-frequency skin tightening, non-surgical liposuction, chemical peel, high-intensity focused electromagnetic field, radio frequency and fat removal. Practitioners will often use a combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures. Aesthetic medicine procedures are typically elective and have been often been show can significantly improve people’s quality of life, their psychological wellbeing and their social engagement.

A well-known company at the forefront of the production of machinery used in aesthetic medicine (such as the aesthetic medical machine) is Deleo (established in Saint-Raphael, South of France). They produce machines used in aesthetic treatments such as the treatment of cellulite, anti-aging procedures, facial contouring procedures, body contouring procedures, the treatment of scars, the reduction of stretch marks, the treatment of alopecia, and dynamic phototherapy.  

An example of one of the machines produced by Deleo is their Medisol – a high powered LED lamp used for Photobiomodulation (the cytochrome stimulation of mitochondria by photons emitted by LED’s.) This process leads to an adenosine triphosphate production that allows cellular renewal. This process stimulates the neocollagen in the skin.  This technology is used to treat a number of pathologies such as post-operative and repair treatments e.g. scars, burns, and stretch marks, dermatologic treatments e.g. acne, and other aesthetic medical treatments e.g. anti-ageing treatments and alopecia. For more information about Deleo, visit their website at deleo-medical.com

Inspection cameras

If you’re a homeowner, you’re probably already familiar with the concept of inspection cameras. A relatively recent application of modern camera technology, the inspection camera is able to provide an inspector with the ability to visually inspect in real-time things like drains from within by introducing a digital camera. Probably something you’re less familiar with are the inspection cameras commercial applications such as on building sites, by law enforcement, by utility companies, and for industrial applications. The problems with drains and pipes is, once they’re buried in the ground (or even encased in concrete), it’s often not economically or even physically possible to access them when there is a problem.

An example of a manufacturer and supplier of visual inspection equipment is VisioProbe, a company based in Montbrison, France and Paris. They have a very wide range of equipment such as a remote inspection camera and a radiation tolerant camera.

Image you’re Her Majesty’s Custom and Excise working at Dover and a suspicious lorry pulls up. A small camera on a pole which can view small areas would be an invaluable in helping to outsmart a drug trafficker hell bent on getting their illicit cargo into the UK. These inspection cameras can Pan & Tilt for 360° view, are tough and lightweight, have a long vbattery life, are lightweight being on carbon fibre telescopic poles, are compact and easy to setup & use, and allow photo and video recording which can be used in court to present the evidence. From their website: “[inspection cameras can] inspect containers, loads, look for suspicious items, explosives, weapons, packs, control trucks, boats, ceilings, cavities. VISIOPROBE pole camera combined with a large range of fibre carbon folding poles provides you with 360° vision in any situation. Designed to meet operational requirements in the most extreme working conditions. Visioprobe pole camera is among the most compact, robust and light weight with high end image quality.”

About Ash, Beech and Oak

Of the 32 species of trees native to the UK, three of the most recognisable and widely known are Ash, Oak and Beech. These three species are slower growing, deciduous and broad-leaved which distinguishes them from softwood trees such as pines. Hardwood is very well suited to furniture as it’s tougher than softwood, however, generally more expensive.

Beech wood is quite easy to identify – the wood is typically a pale cream colour, occasionally having a pink or brown hue. Preparing the wood with steam will often give it a more golden tone. Flatsawn surfaces tend to be very plain, while quarter-sawn surfaces exhibit a silvery fleck pattern.

Oak, on the other hand, has many different species, often introduced. Therefore, there are many colour variations seen in oak timber. To add confusion, not only dependent on the variety of oak, the growing conditions will also influence the appearance of the wood. The English Oak – also known as the European Oak – is common to most of Europe, Asia Minor and North Africa. The heartwood is a light to medium brown – often with an olive cast – though there can be a lot of variation in colour. Nearly white to light brown sapwood is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood. Quarter-sawn sections display prominent ray fleck patterns.

Ash is a light to medium brown colour, though darker streaks can also be seen, which is sometimes sold as Olive Ash. Sapwood can be very wide and tends to be a beige or light brown, not always clearly or sharply demarcated from heartwood.

Wood used in the production of furniture can be made from simple planks of wood or, more often, made from panels or sheets. A good example of a wooden panel producer is the Ducerf Groupe, based in France, who produce the Panoplot panel, which is made of solid full stave lamellas glued together on the side and in the width. See examples here: https://en.ducerf.com/products/solid-wood-panels-panoplot

The wonderful World of Ultra-Sound Machines

You learn something new every day in my line of work and today was no exception. We’re all no doubt familiar with ultrasound machines (no jokes about Mancunians, please!) as they’re a common feature in any modern hospital, used primarily as a very quick way to look inside the human body in real-time.

The potential for ultrasonic imaging was first recorded as being recognized by Sokolov in 1939, but techniques of the time produced relatively low-contrast images with poor sensitivity. Ultrasonic imaging, on the other hand, uses frequencies of 2 megahertz and higher meaning the shorter wavelength allows resolution of smaller internal details in tissues.

An example of an image taken by a medical ultra-sound machine

Ultrasound machines use sound waves with frequencies higher than the upper audible limit of human hearing. According to Wikipedia, “ultrasound is not different from ’normal’ (or audible) sound in its physical properties, except that humans cannot hear it. This limit varies from person to person and is approximately 20 kilohertz (20,000 hertz) in healthy young adults. Ultrasound devices operate with frequencies from 20 kHz up to several gigahertz. Ultrasound is used in many different fields. Ultrasonic devices are used to detect objects and measure distances. Ultrasound imaging or sonography is often used in medicine. In the non-destructive testing of products and structures, ultrasound is used to detect invisible flaws. Industrially, ultrasound is used for cleaning, mixing, and accelerating chemical processes. Animals such as bats and porpoises use ultrasound for locating prey and obstacles. Scientists are also studying ultrasound using graphene diaphragms as a method of communication.

If you own or use a modern medical ultra-sound machine it’s likely that it’ll breakdown at some point or other and you’ll need to get it repaired. For such complex and valuable machines, probe repair obviously needs to be carried out by experts – one of which is a company called PRS which is based in Lyon, France (a beautiful city I’m very familiar with) who specialise in GE Ultrasound Probes

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