Making a Difference with Sheffield Shop Signs

The Shop Signs Manufacturer with a Difference - Our 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

Written by Chris

June 14th, 2018 at 12:42 pm

Posted in Miscellaneous

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

Written by Chris

June 14th, 2018 at 12:32 pm

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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 with Image Sign Studio today to get a quote for your Aluminium Tray Cut Signs on 0114 261 7617

Written by Chris

June 14th, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Funky & Fun Wedding Ideas

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

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.

Written by Chris

June 13th, 2018 at 6:29 pm

Posted in Miscellaneous

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

Written by Chris

June 7th, 2018 at 2:28 pm

A break from the GDPR

With the advent of GDPR and the associated excitement, confusion and panic, it’s often nice to take a few moments to distract yourself to think about something different and learn something new – which is exactly what I’ve just done!

My job involved getting involved in many other businesses and organisations, learning about their clients, business practices, and sales processes and this will often throw up new and interesting ways of approaching problems. I’ll also often have to learn about new products and services – anything from burrito restaurants to stock metal merchants – and this is where you’ll often find the really interesting bit!

For example, do you know what a ‘flail chopper’ is? No, neither did I until relatively recently. According to Wikipedia, a ‘flail mower is a type of powered garden or agricultural equipment, which is used to deal with heavier grass or scrub which a normal lawn mower could not cope with. Some smaller models are self-powered, but many are PTO driven implements, which can attach to the three-point hitches found on the rear of most tractors. This type of mower is best used to provide a rough cut to taller grass where contact with loose debris may be possible such as roadsides.’

Apparently, the word ‘flail’ relates to the use of chains, spikes or blades that area attached to the rotating drum (also known as a tube, rotor or axle.) Standard flails are shaped like an extruded “T” or “Y” and a chain attaches to the bottom. These ‘flails’ are often simply referred to as knives or blades and are spaced along the drum. According to Wikipedia ‘The flails are attached to the drum using chain links or brackets, depending on the manufacturer. The rotating drum is perpendicular to the axis of the tractor. The PTO driveshaft along the tractor’s axis must make a right angle through the use of a gearbox in order to transfer its rotational energy to the drum. As the drum rotates, centrifugal force pushes the flails outward.’

 

Written by Chris

May 25th, 2018 at 11:17 am

Posted in Miscellaneous

The art of making leather: production of wet-blue

Preparing the materials from hide to the fine-quality leather is a long process requiring time, knowledge, equipment and precision. For those of you fascinated in the leather products this article will hopefully help you imagine what is going on behind the doors of leather manufactories.

Production process of wet-blue leather

Production of the wet-blue leather has its specific flow. First, raw stock is selected – the material is mostly acquired from the cattle hide. Secondly, unnecessary part of the skin is trimmed and prepared for weighting. Measuring the weight is essential since appropriate amount of chemicals needs to be used for fleshing, and it depends solely on the weight of the skin. The next step in wet-blue leather production is the soaking which consists in rehydration of preserved raw hides. You know the soaking is done when flesh side becomes slippery. Then it is time for liminig which involves treatment of soaked hides with milk of lime (CaO). At this state, the hair is removed from the skin to be next fleshed, weighted again and put into a chemical bath.

Next stage is deliming – done to remove the lime, swelling and plumping.

Chemicals used in this process need to have ability to reduce pH. The following stage is called bathing and it is really interesting since here is when we decided the use of the finished leather. Depending on it, we treat the hide with enzymes (weak, mid strong or strong) to soften it appropriately. Next, comes the pickling – we call it a process of treating delimed pelt with a solution of acid and salt. Among other advantages, pickling helps to reduce astringency of chrome tanned leather.

Wet-blue leather is chrome tanned using chrome tanning salts and this process (taking place after the pickling) leaves the hide with blueish color. Then, the skin is going through basification – done to increase the strength properties of the material. After that, the final stage of preparing the leather is draining out the chrome liquor and piling up the material for 4-7 days in order to complete the fixation and polymerization reactions. It’s important to note that chrome-tanned leather is generally stronger than vegetable-tanned leather, so has a wider variety of possible uses.

Written by Chris

February 11th, 2017 at 12:18 pm

Posted in Miscellaneous

Rise of Digital Print

As time has gone on and consumer’s tastes have developed and changed, leather world marketing has evolved with them. Wanting to maintain a strong position at leather market it has become essential for organizations to fully coordinate their marketing communication strategies to ensure they deliver clear, constant and competitive messages about themselves and the items they indorse. By having creative and innovative marketing communications that can reinvent new ways of interaction, which is something that could make a business the new leather market leader. Relationship marketing has generally taken a back seat for the past decades but not anymore. It has become a key in the marketing strategic plans and must keep up with its customer’s wants and needs.

Integrated marketing communications is a way in which a company can keep up its relations with its customers. There are a great deal of benefits to using IMC’s and this is becoming more and more apparent as you look around your surroundings and at leather world. IMC’s is now everywhere. You can pick up a product and the sales women will offer you a personal service due to product you have picked up. This is not something that has been missed by luxury brands.

More and more consumers are demanding personalised items and brands are giving it to them, as the leather market has to evolve along with other branches. Nike for years has given their customers the chance to customise your own pair of trainers. Prada has also jump on the band wagon by offering customers the chance to customise their shoe uppers and even the soles of the shoe. As brands start to follow this trend the technology of digital print starts to really show itself for what it is.
Digital printing is one of the ultimate personations as you can create your own pattern and have small details added that one couldn’t before.

The digital print era isn’t limited to footwear and leather world goods. Automotive and aviation have also taken it on board; KLM airline are replacing all their embroidered monogram headrests with digitally printed ones. This isn’t just increase longevity of the headrest but it is also more hygienic. The more bespoke car companies are also getting asked for customisation to a greater detail. With digital printing the sky is the limit, you can take a piece of leather and make it look as if it were a completely different material.

Feetz are an American company that have made the move into completely three dimensionally printed shoes. These are made to fully fit the customer to perfection. Modern Meadow are at the forefront for changing the way we think about leather. They have managed to grow defect free leather in a lab. Will their technology end the leather market as we know it? This is an ongoing experiment but one that looks promising in the way of saving the environment but doomy for the leather industry. As more and more consumers are becoming wary of where their items are coming from.

Will we one day be able to digitally print three dimensional leather shoes?

Written by Chris

June 20th, 2016 at 1:11 pm

Posted in Miscellaneous

Sheffield Café think its Thyme for a new Sign

This month, one of our projects, here at Image Sign Studio signage Sheffield, has been to do the signs at the highly esteemed Thyme Café, in Broomhill, Sheffield. Thyme Café had decided that it was time for a change and so they enlisted us to do just that especially for them!

We started the project of redoing the face of their café approximately two weeks ago. They decided that Aluminium Sign Trays and Digital Print with Aluminium Lettering with CNC Cut Out would be used for their new signage. Once manufactured, it only took us a couple of hours to fit their new sign, although we did get a little distracted by a rather delicious lunch, so we were onsite for longer than expected, but we shall blame Richard, one of the owners and talented Chef, for that!

Thyme to visit the Café

In 2003, Thyme Café was established by Richard Smith and Adrian Cooling. They had been so successful with ‘Smith’s of Sheffield’, their previous venture, that they decide to start the next chapter. The focus of Thyme Café is on ‘robust, hearty dishes’ which are ‘big on flavour’ which was the key to this new chapter. Their front of house is headed by Victoria Smith, Richard’s wife, and in the hands of this capable trio, another very successful venture has been created and maintained by them all, with a vast, enticing menu and welcoming atmosphere.

Commercial Shop Signs Sheffield and Retail Signage

At Image Sign Studio, they are experienced in retail shop signs Sheffield with the skills to provide you and your business with the perfect shop signage ensuring you have the best look. They can design, manufacture and install a large array of bespoke shop signs in Sheffield and are proud that they can offer a tailored, personal service, especially for you. As part of their bespoke shop signs, they can offer you services including Digital Printing, CNC Routered signs, 3D signs and illuminated signs, just for starters. Their materials range from aluminium to stainless steel, from Perspex to wood. Not only can they offer different shop signage Sheffield and a wide range of materials but they can also offer you their expertise, advice and direction should you need it, ensuring that you make a good and lasting impression on your customers, whatever your business.

Contact Image Sign Studio

If your business is showing signs of needing a facelift, then why not give Image Sign Studio a call on 0114 261 7617, email them at rich@imagesignstudio.com or alternatively you can click here to go directly to their website.

Contact Thyme Café, Broomhill, Sheffield

For all enquiries, please phone 0114 2670735, email them at mail@thymecafe.co.uk or to check opening times, daily menu and offers click here to go directly to their website.

Sign of the Thymes

Why not pop up to Thyme Cafe on Glossop Road, Broomhill, for a ‘robust and hearty dish’ that is always full of flavour and whilst you are there, you can admire signage from Image Sign Studios, too – We’re sure Richard, Adrian and Victoria won’t mind if you hang around a little longer!

Written by Chris

October 4th, 2015 at 11:08 pm

Blade-y Marvellous Swann-Morton

Sheffield based company, Swann-Morton, were founded in 1932 and since then have world leaders in the manufacturing of surgical blades, scalpels and handles. Their blades act as enabling tools for professionals in many areas, due to Swann-Morton’s consistency, reliability and combination of traditional blade making skills and latest technologies. The main professionals consistently using Swann-Morton blades are Surgeons, Chiropodists and Podiatrists, Dentists and Veterinarians.

 

Chiropodists, Podiatrist and Swann-Morton

Chiropodists and Podiatrists preferred products are the range of carbon or stainless steel sterile surgical blades which ideally suit them because they are both practical and hygienic. The most commonly asked for blade is the Swann-Morton ‘Sabre’ is a Chiropodists favourite tool – a uniquely shaped, ‘closed’ cutting edge tool used for ‘paring’ and ‘scraping’. This facilitates close, fine work, without gouging, leaving a smooth, rounded finish on desired areas.

Surgeons and Swann-Morton

Swann-Morton have a general Surgical Blade range which consists of 34 blade shapes and 12 different handles. These blades are used throughout many types of theatres, hospitals and practices, including Cardiology, Orthopaedics and Reconstructive surgery units. Surgeons choose their own blade size and shape, thus often dependent on their expertise and what enables them to be most flexible and dexterous in their specific medical area.

 

Veterinarians and Swann-Morton

Vets also prefer to use carbon and stainless steel sterile surgical blades during surgery. Type and size vary drastically owing to the animal size they are operating on and the problem in hand, more so than the surgical ability of the vet themselves. Blade versatility is apparent by reading the following:

  • Neurosurgery on a small animal, like a Rabbit, would require a 15 or No.20 Swann-Morton surgical blade.
  • A skin Incision on a large animal, like a Cow, would require a 22 Swann-Morton surgical blade.
  • Performing specialist vaginal surgery on a Horse would require a 3L or 4L Swann-Morton Handle.

 

Dentists and Swann-Morton

Like Chiropodists and Podiatrists, Dentists appreciate the carbon and stainless steel sterile surgical blades usually. Dentists use them in order to perform fine surgical techniques, including: implantology, labial fraenum, incising abscesses, periodontal surgery and raising skin flaps. The most prevalent Swann-Morton blade amongst Dentists is No.15 as it has the most ideal blade shape. This enables them to make short, precise incisions needed, which, amusingly, are the same size blades used for doing rabbit neurosurgery.

 

Where can YOU get hold of Swann-Morton blades?

As a leading supplier of Swann-Morton blades in the Sheffield area, it is Knife-Points intention to be your number one choice of blade provider. They aim to meet and exceed your requirements whenever you purchase tools from Knife-Point, working closely with you to aid you in obtaining anything and everything you need in order to get your job done well. With 30 years experience, they stock high quality products, are competitively priced, provide excellent customer service and their deliveries are extremely fast.

Written by Chris

September 23rd, 2015 at 3:05 pm