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How Choosing the Right Door Knobs and Door Knockers Can Enhance Your Home

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    door knobs from Handsome Handles UKYou should never discount the importance of the small impressions that can go towards ensuring visitors to your home leave impressed. Minor details can transform your home; and even become the features that most stand out. To ensure that the initial impression left by your home is striking; door knobs and door knockers can be utilized to great effect – evidencing how significant they can be as details within your home designs.

    The range of door knobs and door knockers that is out there on offer to customers is extensive; giving you plenty of scope to choose the ones that are most suitable for your homes. The material used to produce the door knobs and door knockers you want is the crucial factor on which you must decide.  The choices that are available to you enable you to find a product that fits in with traditional or contemporary home designs. The finish is then equally important, as it helps ensure long-term satisfaction.

    Achieving the Style of Home You Desire

    The door knobs and door knockers that you choose can help you further the impression of a historically-tinged traditional home or a strikingly-contemporary home. Even if your home is a mix of the two there is always a product available to suit you.

    Black iron and antique brass are great choices to help further the impression of tradition within your home. They both resonate with that style and encompass the qualities needed to leave that traditional impression within your home. Similarly, for modern homes, you can leave a desired impression through the clever use of more contemporary materials. Polished chrome and satin chrome products are perfectly placed to help you do this. As slickly-stylized pieces, they can provide impressively stark beacons of design.

    Handsome Handles Delivering Endless Satisfaction

    Here at Handsome Handles we stock an entirety of door products; from the unique to the unusual. If there is ever a time where you may be after something you can’t find with us, we can often source it for you. To get in touch with us you can visit our contact page; or, alternatively you can reach us on 07961832812.

    With so many of these products available at Handsome Handles; you can always trust that we are the best supplier of an array of door handles, knobs and knockers. We are vastly experienced in delivering only the highest quality of products; and are confident that within our extensive ranges you will find the products best suited to you.

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      Written by Chris

      May 29th, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Shop Sign with Perspex Letters for Sheffield Based Estate Agents

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        Image Sign Studio recently manufactured the shop signs for the Sheffield based independent estates agents Whitehornes, who have acquired a new premises at Banner Cross in addition to their existing branch on Chesterfield road. As professional shop sign makers in Sheffield, Image Sign Studio has designed and manufactured shop signs for a variety of businesses all over the city and the Yorkshire region.

        The letters for the Whitehornes sign were cut from white Perspex using our in house, state of the art CNC routeing machine. The CNC machine allows us to cut simple or very complex shapes with perfect accuracy from a wide variety of materials. It really is brilliant technology, as it gives an incredibly flawless finish to all types of business signage. The 3kW spindle means it can fly through materials with ease.

        Illuminated Sign using LED Trough Lights

        Whitehornes were looking to create a sleek, professional image that would project the image of quality through their new shop sign. Aluminium back boards in blue were used as a backdrop to the lettering, keeping in line with their branding and creating a flawless surface upon which to mount the letters.

        The Perspex letters, which were manufactured in white, were then mounted onto the blue aluminium backboard using studs so that they stand proud, raising them slightly to create a 3D effect. The sign was then illuminated using LED trough lights for maximum impact.

        We were also asked to produce a digitally printed banner which has been hung vertically above the primary shop sign. All our banners come finished with high quality hems and eyelets so that they can be hung from buildings and ceilings, and can be securely attached to fences and poles too. This banner is made from PVC which has been printed using UV stable ink in order to prevent fading when exposed to sunlight, as this sign would be.

        Additional Printed Banner for Outdoor Use

        We also fabricated brackets to fit on the side of the building which the printed banner has been attached to using eyelets. Printed banners such as these are great for additional signage as they are very durable and hardwearing, making them suitable for prolonged outdoor use such as on the outside of buildings like this one!

        If you want to make a good first impression with professional business signage, our bespoke shop sign making service in Sheffield is just what you need. Give us a call on 0114 261 7617 to chat with our team.


        Read full case study here: Estate Agents shop signs in Sheffield

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          Written by Chris

          May 29th, 2014 at 12:44 pm

          Swann Morton Providers Keep Sharp Eye on News

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            Chief Scout in the UK – Bear Grylls – has suggested that it is important to encourage children to use knives from an early age. The man behind recent reality TV survival show ‘The Island’ cause serious controversy with his comments; telling the Radio Times that children should learn ‘how to embrace and manage risk’. He also inferred that parents should assume more responsibility for educating their kids on knife safety.

            Grylls has previously been seen helming the global TV success show ‘Bear Grylls: Born Survivor’; which sees him pit his wits against the most daunting elements in the world to teach audiences how to survive in extreme survival situations. The national press has taken real interest in this latest story; with The Telegraph and The Independent sharing their views on his controversial comments.

            TV Superstar

            The popularity Grylls commands in the UK means that any comments that he makes are analyzed to the extreme. Mixed with his laid back attitude; many have responded negatively; resulting in the received response.

            One of the standout quotes from those latest comments included Grylls suggestion that handling a knife as a child could be ‘empowering’; if done under the appropriate constraints: “Sometimes in life we get cut,” he was quoted as saying. “My six-year-old recently cut himself on a knife, and came in with blood pouring everywhere, but, you know what? He’s not cut himself again. He learned how to handle a knife.”

            Some of the UK media felt that this was an insensitive and ill-informed view on the situation. Grylls has also said, however, that knives must be treated with the utmost respect and that children are taught how to use them properly: “When I say to budding adventurers, ‘Listen – a blunt penknife is a dangerous knife. Make sure it’s really sharp’ – the kids’ faces light up. Like all kids, they want a mega-sharp penknife – great, but teach them to respect it and use it properly,” he said.

            Swann Morton Knives

            The topic is certainly up for debate; but we at Knife Point are glad to simply stick to delivering the best possible knives for both new and existing customers. As a company; we deliver both our own specifically-tailored knife blades; and also branded knives from established industry businesses such as Swann Morton.

            Our experience and dedication is the key. As leaders of knife production in the industry for decades; we have worked tirelessly to deliver only the highest levels of customer satisfaction for many years. We achieve this through the application of our care and attention; ensuring that customers come to us for their knife needs time and time again.

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              Written by Chris

              May 27th, 2014 at 3:16 pm

              Kitchen Showroom Sheffield Hosts Fantastic New Artwork

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                Liam Jacobi – a South Yorkshire artist based in Sheffield – now has a series of 5 paintings on display at our kitchen showroom Sheffield. The paintings can be viewed and purchased by any one of our customers.

                Liam specializes in the commercial side of art and design; and has done work across a number of varying business platforms. His previous clients have included Chaobaby Thai Banquet and Players Bar; evidencing the versatility that he is able to establish successfully through his work: ‘I’ve known Kieron (at Traditional Furniture) for a while; and he was really keen to help bring my work to more people in Sheffield.’ he said. ‘We both felt the paintings would work well with the bespoke kitchens produced by Traditional Furniture. I’ve done lots of commercial work; as well as producing muriels and feature walls for residential clients.’

                On Permanent Display

                The initial stages of the partnership have seen Liam produce a series of 5 paintings which portray iconic figures from history through a unique spray-painted style. The partnership that we now have with Liam means that if you choose us to produce one of our fantastic bespoke kitchens for you; you will resultantly receive one of Liam’s paintings –which typically retail for three-hundred pounds – for free.

                We’re delighted to bring this offer to our customers; and are convinced that new audiences will be successfully obtained for Liam in the process. Most importantly; we think that this unique opportunity evidences our dedication towards bringing unique ideas to our customers.

                Match Your Painting to Your New Kitchens Sheffield

                Following on from the initial series currently on display; Liam is now producing another 5 paintings. This time; they will portray iconic British images – including Big Ben and the Queen – through a quirky style of painting: ‘For the British theme there’s going to be images produced in a stencil style; including a postage stamp. The colour scheme will use appropriate tones of blues and reds,’ Liam said.

                Come and See Our Work

                We will work with you as the customer to ensure that you gain access to the kitchen of your dreams. We combine the careful sourcing of materials with our decades of experience to leave you with a product that delivers only the highest levels of quality and satisfaction.

                If you’re interested in our products why not call us on 0114 2852762. Alternatively; you can find us at our kitchen showroom Sheffield at Bralea Court on Bamforth Street. We’re open 9-5 Monday to Friday, 10-3 Saturday and by appointment only on Sunday.

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                  Trimming Knife Blades Manufacturers Learn From History

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                    We live and breathe knives here at Knife-Point. Manufacture of knife products – and news related to them – is of huge interest to us. We have been in the industry for over 3 decades; so our history is intertwined with knife development over time. News surrounding knife history is something we are particularly interest in; and so this story really resonated with us:

                    At a Canvey museum in Western Esplanade; a historical piece of WW1 memorabilia was recently stolen. The theft took place on Monday 5th May – the most recent bank holiday weekend. The item concerned is a trench knife/dagger; which was taken from a display case within the museum.

                    Producing Products for Our Ever-Expanding Customer Base

                    The knife is a great example of how knives have played their part throughout history; albeit in a different way to the ones that we have on offer at Knife-Point. Technological advances now mean that knives are now produced in a different way to the time of the First World War; but the hard work and dedication that would have been applied back then remain just as important now; and we understand that. By staying true to the factors that have enabled us to become a leader within the industry; we are able to produce fantastic products – such as our trimming knife blades – for our extensive and constantly expanding customer base.

                    With all this considered; it is easy to see why such value is placed on the theft of the knife in Western Esplanade. With so much history attached to the stolen knife; it is easy to understand the view of someone like Allan Reed; who is a volunteer at the museum. He was quick to play up the significance of the occurrence in the aftermath of the event.

                    Only the Best Service

                    Police are still searching for the knife; and PC Lisa-Ann Gore of Essex police told The Enquirer: “The museum would like to get the piece back as it is very important to them. It is also a weapon and we would like to get it back in safe hands. I would urge anyone with any information to contact me as soon as possible.”

                    That information may include knowledge of the incident itself; or someone finding themselves being offered the knife to buy. The case continues to develop.

                    We have a number of ideals that we adhere to here at Knife-Point during the production and delivery of a whole host of knife products – including our trimming knife blades. High quality product delivery, only the best service and competitive pricing are all factors that help us to stay ahead of the competition. You can view our products at

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                      Written by Chris

                      May 27th, 2014 at 10:26 am

                      Age UK and Kitchens Sheffield Manufacturers Traditional Furniture Company Working in Tandem

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                        It always gives us great satisfaction to know that people feel reassured when choosing us as a company. Recently; we have finished the initial design work for the new Age UK offices in Sheffield. We are delighted to be producing the work for Age UK; which will provide another example of the sort of high quality work that we are associated with producing.

                        We are delighted that this project gives us a chance to showcase our work to the Sheffield public. With our work in the public eye, visitors to Age UK Sheffield will see first-hand the quality of work that we regularly produce. The bespoke, experienced touch that we bring to all our pieces of furniture are what help to set us apart as a company.

                        Delighted to be working with Age UK

                        With many elderly people feeling vulnerability and isolation as part of their everyday lives; Age UK work to reduce these factors in people’s lives; helping them to get the most out of life and increasing their levels of independence in the process. We’re delighted to be working with Age UK towards the final production of this work; and are extremely excited to see it take shape.

                        As a company; we use SolidWorks and 20-20 Fusion FX to produce the design work for our customers. SolidWorks enables us to create 1:1 images; which can then be sent to the factory so that a cutting list can be developed. Fusion FX enables us to create the office plans that go alongside this. We also use Blue Print design methods; and all of these factors combine to allow us to produce the best design work possible for those that choose to take us on.

                        Long-Lasting Customer Satisfaction

                        We understand why the customer is the most important factor in every single project that we take on. It is vital to us that every customer leaves with long-lasting satisfaction; so we always strive to meet any design requirements that may be asked of us. If you have an idea, we can produce it for you. We love the exciting challenge of each and every project that we take on; and this will be exactly the case with Age UK.

                        Why not come and visit us at our showroom ; where you can see our kitchens Sheffield as well? You can find us at Bralea Court on Bamforth Street, Sheffield. We’re open 9-5 Monday to Friday, 10-3 on Saturdays’ and on Sundays’ by appointments only. Alternatively; call our team on 0114 2852762. They will always be happy to take your call.

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                          Transforming Your Home with Brass Door Handles

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                            Home improvements can be expensive business; so when you see an opportunity to incorporate luxury into your home at an affordable price, it makes sense to take it. At Handsome Handles we can provide that affordable luxury; through products that provide you with a great opportunity to enhance your home and impress visitors.

                            The door handles that we provide come in a range of sizes, shapes and materials. The requirements of the customer always come first; as we aim to provide variation throughout our products to aid us when delivering satisfaction to buyers. Brass handles from recognized manufacturers – including Carlisle Brass – are a particularly popular choice for many homes. If you have decided they are what you want; you can then start getting more specific; dependant on whether you’re creating a traditional or contemporary home.

                            Antique Brass and Polished Brass Door Handles

                            For contemporary homes; polished brass door handles could be just the tonic. Polished brass is tarnish-resistant; thanks to the use of an advanced lacquer which protects the material and ensures its longevity. You should always take care to care for polished brass products after they’ve been purchased; and this can be achieved through the use of a cloth moistened with soapy water or with beeswax. Avoid the use of metal cleaner and aerosol sprays when carrying out any after-care. The polished brass handles you choose can blend beautifully with beech or pine doors; helping you to achieve a stylized modern feel within your home.

                            For more traditional homes; antique brass door handles would be more appropriate. The distressed finish of antique brass is deliberate – emanating an aged appearance right from installation. This is further emphasized by the colour variations between sets; helping deliver a unique feel with every door handle produced. When installing; you should consider blending the weathered appearance of the antique brass with woods such as oak – emphasizing tradition as a theme within your home.

                            Doing That Little Bit Extra for Our Customers

                            The choice we provide at Handsome Handles ensures that we are confident you will find the right product for you. If you do need something that may not be in stock; we will always try and source it for you. Put simply; we like to do that little bit extra for our customers. You can call us on 07961832812 to speak to one of our dedicated team; or alternatively, visit our contact page to get in touch.

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                              Written by Chris

                              May 22nd, 2014 at 3:16 pm

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                              Company Spa Install Biomass Boiler for Hot Water and Heat

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                                Did you know that the retail giant John Lewis has a company spa in Snowdonia? This brand new company spa and wellness centre is located at their partnership hotel and activity centre on the banks of Bala Lake, and includes an outdoor spa pool which overlooks the mountains, a sauna, a vitality pool, a swimming pool and two therapy treatment suites.

                                Payments from the Renewable Heat Incentive

                                According to the online sustainable energy news site Business Green, the building is eligible to receive £5,500 a year from The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), government lead payback scheme. The installation of the biomass boiler at the spa means that an estimated 27 tonnes of CO2 will be saved per year compared to the use of a system fuelled by oil.

                                The spa and wellness centre also include a water harvesting system which is used to process waste, and the entire building conforms to Excellent BREEAM standards, the world’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.

                                50kW Wood Chip Biomass Boiler

                                The spa design and concept incorporates specific requirements for eco operations, including a biomass boiler. The 50kW wood chip boiler heats the water for the swimming pool, spa pool and the general heating systems for the spa building including under floor heating. The system will use approximately 26 tonnes of wood chip per year, and will be locally sourced from the woodland surrounding the spa, which is also owned by the John Lewis Partnership.

                                As biomass installers Yorkshire, we think that the John Lewis Partnership have set an excellent example by installing a biomass boiler here. Not only are they helping to cut CO2 emissions and ensure that their energy use is sustainable for the future, the payments that they will receive from the Renewable Heat Incentive are very impressive. All in all, it looks like a really fantastic place, of course made even better by its renewable energy use!

                                If you want to find out more about how your business or home could benefit environmentally and financially from using sustainable fuel such as biomass, Phaseline Renewables offer free quotes and advice. Call us on 0114 294 5500, or email us at for more information about sustainable energy, biomass boilers and the renewable heat incentive.

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                                  Renewable Energy Sector Including Biomass Boilers Now Support Over 100,000 UK Jobs

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                                    The Renewable Energy Association, in partnership with Innovas and PwC, has recently published a very interesting report which has found that the renewable energy sector now supports over 100,000 jobs in the UK. According to the report, the renewable energy industry has attracted nearly £30 billion of private sector investment since 2010. In turn, this generated a huge turnover of £14 billion in 2013, and delivered 4.2% of UK energy.

                                    The report is called ‘REview – Renewable Energy View: 2014’, and expands on the Renewable Energy Association’s report from 2012 titled ‘Renewable Energy: Made in Britain, the first industry-wide analysis of employment in the UK renewable energy industry.’ The paper itself is thought to be the most comprehensive assessment yet of the renewable energy market in the UK, and was formally launched in the House of Commons by Energy Minister Greg Barker on May 1st 2014.

                                    Biomass Installers Yorkshire

                                    As biomass installers in Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, Phaseline Renewables are obviously very interested in the renewable energy sector and the continued uptake of renewable energy sources such as biomass and biomass boilers.

                                    With the recent introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive, it’s never been a better time to consider the installation of a biomass boiler in your home or business as an alternative to fossil fuels. Not only can you reduce your reliance on fossil fuels and reduce your carbon footprint, you can also cut your energy bills by a substantial amount too.

                                    The Renewable Heat Incentive: A Success Story

                                    Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association, Dr Nina Skorupska said “This report highlights the close relationship between clear, stable policies and sustained growth and jobs in the renewable energy industry.” She also praised the renewable heat incentive, saying “The world’s first Renewable Heat Incentive is also beginning to spur positive growth in green heating. This is a tremendous success story.” The report has also found that renewable heat generation has also grown steadily, increasing on average by 11.3% year-on-year between 2009 and 2012 (the last full year for which data are available).

                                    If you would like to find out more about how you could be financially rewarded for having a biomass boiler installed, we are highly experienced biomass installers in YorkshireLincolnshire and Derbyshire and can certainly help. Please call us on Call 0114 2945500 or email for more information.

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                                      Rubbish Removal Sheffield Combats Fly-Tipping and Uncontrolled Waste Disposal

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                                        Dumping waste on unlicensed land and derelict sites is described as fly tipping. Not only is this practice illegal, it is also damaging to the environment and not very nice to look at. In theory, fly tipping can happen anywhere. The derelict site of Sheffield’s Ski Village has become a place to dump waste due its disuse and the lack of security on the site.

                                        Understandably, people that live near areas that are used for fly tipping are very unhappy about it, as it is not only unsightly but can be dangerous too. Uncontrolled waste disposal can actually be hazardous to the general public and their pets as it can include syringes and chemical waste, as well electrical items and other waste. This type of waste can also damage the environment, especially wildlife and waterways.

                                        Ski Village has Become ‘a Dumping Ground’

                                        The Ski Village closed in 2012 after a series of fires that destroyed the site. Since the closure, it has been hit by several arson attacks and also become a dumping ground for scrap vehicles, tyres, rubbish, and demolition material.

                                        According to Sheffield Council, the former open-air ski centre has become a prime location for a range of anti social behaviour including vandalism and fly-tipping. The now derelict site which is located just off Vale Road is becoming overrun with rubbish and waste. The Sheffield Star reported that people now describe it as an “eye-sore.”

                                        Rubbish Removal Sheffield Can Combat Fly Tipping

                                        Here at Clearance and Clean Up, we provide fly tipping waste removal service and rubbish removal in Sheffield and throughout Yorkshire. Our team are able to visit a site in a matter of hours, and take the correct action to remove the waste. We carefully clear the area, making sure that we dispose of any waste correctly, and we also endeavour to recycle as much as we possibly can.

                                        If you have been affected by fly tipping and are looking for a reliable, local rubbish removal service in Sheffield to remove the waste, we can help. All of our prices include labour and disposal fee, there are no hidden charges, and you can rest assured that your waste goes to a proper licensed disposal facility. For rubbish removal Sheffield, please contact Clearance and Clean Up on 0800 410 1086 or 0114 403 1021, or email us on

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