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Make the Most of Your Retail Premises with a New Shop Sign Sheffield

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As professional shop sign makers in Sheffield, Image Sign Studio has put together a list of the top 5 reasons to enhance your retail premises with a new shop sign Sheffield.

Increase Your Sales with a Great Shop Sign!

A professional looking and well designed shop sign Sheffield can effectively increase your sales by attracting more customers and increasing your potential audience. They can also educate your target audience about the goods and services you have to offer, encouraging them to buy.

Keep Up With the Competition

There is often a great deal of competition between retailers in heavily populated urban areas, making it really important to ensure that your retail premises keeps up with the competition. If you’re surrounded by well presented, professional looking shops, you need to make sure that you have a chance of standing out from the crowd with a great shop sign.

Brand Promise

Your shop sign is a direct reflection of the brand message that you are trying to convey. A professional looking well made shop sign will effectively convey the promise of your brand, and the high standards of your business. On the other hand, an old sign with a worn appearance and faded images or lettering will send out a negative message to your customers and potential customers. A poor sign will give the impression that your products and services are also poor, but a great sign will give the impression that your products and services are great too.

Attract New Customers

Shop signs for physical premises are effective because they act as a guidepost to guide your customers to your shop. A good shop sign will be eye-catching and have the ability to draw in new customers, whether on foot or driving by. Passersby will be immediately drawn to your premises, and if they like what they see, they will be more likely to browse and buy.

Shop Signs Sheffield

Image Sign Studio have the skills and experience to design and manufacture a wide variety of shop signs in Sheffield, from illuminated shop signs to 3D shop signs. They offer a range of business and commercial signage solutions to businesses all over the city, and they can help you too. Call us on 0114 261 7617 to get in touch and chat to a member of our friendly team.

Shop Signs Sheffield Announce New Shopping Area in Sheffield

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As shop sign makers in Sheffield, we’ve commented before on the many plans that Sheffield Council have dreamt up and then shelved over the past few years. It will be interesting to see if this project gets off the ground, as many others have fallen to the wayside for various reasons. The reaction from Sheffield residents is understandably cool; they’ve seen plans announced before that have never materialised, and many are sceptical about the future of these new developments.

According to a recent article in the Sheffield Star, new plans have been announced for a £480 million shopping district that is set to transform Sheffield’s city centre. Streets such as Pinstone Street and Cross Burgess Street will be home to new contemporary fashion stores, setting the tone for the whole of the city centre. In addition, there will be a new anchor department store, along with plenty of new retail and leisure outlets.

Shopping Area in City Centre

Simon Green, who is Sheffield Council’s executive director for place commented on the plans, saying that they will provide a new, attractive shopping area for the centre of Sheffield. “The design merges with Sheffield’s award-winning public spaces and world renowned cultural assets – including City Hall, The Crucible and The Lyceum theatres – and links key retail pitches in the city centre from The Moor through to Fargate. This will complement the new shopping facilities and provide food and drink, office and residential space to extend the city centre’s attraction as an evening entertainment option.

Sheffield was ranked as 43rd in the UK in a recent retail study, alongside towns such as Northampton and Stoke on Trent. But the new plans will hopefully see it jumping to 32nd. The scheme is also expected to boost business for other popular shopping areas in the city, for example the Devonshire Quarter and The Moor. According to the newspaper, the council is currently in conversation with potential strategic development partners, and is hoping to announce their chosen partner in autumn of this year.

Sheffield Shop Sign Makers

As professional manufactures and installers of shop signs Sheffield, Image Sign Studio are hopeful that the new plans will materialise and the centre of the city is given the attention it really needs and deserves. It would also be a fantastic opportunity to help the businesses get started with professional, quality shop signs, something which we are experts in!

Specialist Shops to be Replaced with Flats on Devonshire Street Sheffield

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According to the Sheffield Star, the specialist shops on Devonshire Street will be replaced with flats and other shops, which has caused massive public outcry in opposition to the plans. Objectors to the demolition say that the impact on the area means that the street will become ‘like every single high street in the country’ and that it would be ‘utter madness to demolish one of the truly individual parts of Sheffield.’

Image Sign Studio recently reported on the plans to demolish a number of shops on Devonshire Street in Sheffield, a popular area of the city centre with an eclectic mix of independent retail shops and quirky boutiques. As experts in the design and manufacture of shop signs Sheffield, they have been keeping a close eye on the developments of this story, and are sad to announce that the Sheffield Star have reported that despite nearly 20,000 objections, the shops will be knocked down.

The Devonshire Quarter

A report to the planning committee says “Though occupiers of the existing retail units perfectly reflect the city’s aspirations for the Devonshire Quarter and undeniably have a part to play in creating an attractive, viable and varied city centre, the planning system does not exist to protect the private interests of one person against the activities of another. Provided a retail frontage is retained, the loss of the specific businesses is not a planning matter.”

Opposition to Planning Application

Coda Planning, agent for the developers Primesite Ltd insist that the development would ‘rejuvenate’ a block falling into ‘disrepair’ and improve the area. According to Sheffield Council, the online petition was the largest ever connected to a planning application since the Council began keeping logs, and raised a huge 18,337 signatures. Unfortunately, planners say that according to the law, only views based on ‘material planning considerations’ can be given weight, meaning that the buildings will be destroyed and replaced regardless of the signatures received in opposition.

Shop Signs Sheffield

As professional makers of shop signage Sheffield, Image Sign Studio thinks it’s a great shame that this vibrant and eclectic area of the city will be replaced with flats and other shops. The director of Coda Planning has assured Sheffield residents that the building’s design will respect the street’s character and allow occupancy to continue. For help and advice on the manufacture and installation of your new shop sign Sheffield, get in touch with Image Sign Studio on 0114 261 7617 or email them at rich@imagesignstudio.com

Refurbishment Project for Spital Hill’s Shop Signs Sheffield

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The regeneration of certain areas of Sheffield comes after a citywide strategy approved by Sheffield City Council that aims to support and promote local shopping centres. Because Darnall shopping centre was identified as having an unwelcoming environment, with a high number of badly-maintained, empty shops, money given to Sheffield Council by the Local Growth Fund was allocated to improve the area.

Spital Hill is the next area of Sheffield to receive money from the Local Growth Fund to help to smarten up the area. There are several shops, restaurants and takeaways in the area that have run down shop signs Sheffield. Sheffield council’s spokesman for neighbourhoods Councillor Harry Harpham said “Spital Hill could be a thriving and successful district shopping centre. It has a strong community, a good range of shops and community facilities, and access to transport links – but it needs a helping hand to reach its full potential.”

Refurbishment Projects in Darnall and Spital Hill

Image Sign Studio have recently been involved in the regeneration of 47 independent shops signs in Darnall, a suburb in the east of Sheffield. As it was a £300,000 refurbishment project they really had their work cut out for them, as many of the shop fronts were in a poor state of repair, which was having a knock on effect on the area as a whole.

The scheme aims to smarten up the frontages of the businesses to improve the overall look of the area. The idea is for the scheme to start the improvements off with the shop signs and frontages, and then encourage the local residents and businesses to get involved and invest in the community themselves.

Shop Signs Sheffield from Image Sign Studio

Image Sign Studio are delighted to be involved in the regeneration project in Spital Hill where they will be manufacturing and installing over 70 shop signs over the course of the next six months. They’ll be talking to businesses individually to find out what they want from their new shop sign Sheffield, and then making and installing signs for a variety of different businesses in the area. From illuminated shop signs to projecting outdoor business signs, their aim is to get the area looking smart and welcoming for what will hopefully be a new wave of shoppers coming into the area.

Written by Chris

March 10th, 2015 at 10:14 am

Flex Face Shop Sign Makers and Installers in Sheffield

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Outdoor flex face light boxes are effectively illuminated signs that are especially suitable for outdoor signage for retail parks, businesses signage, and shop signs Sheffield. In addition to being very robust and incredibly durable, they can be manufactured in a variety of different shapes to suit the branding of the business. They can also be used to create large illuminated letters for completely bespoke large format illuminated signs.

Flex face signs are a great option because they are really cost effective. The system used to make them is simple and versatile, and unlike ordinary banner signs, they don’t need eyelets, which cuts maintenance down giving them a long service life. The banners are printed using a process that achieves high quality colour, which hold their intensity even when the LED lights are shining through them. The flex face ‘skin’ is tightened in such a way that it gives the impression of being one flat piece of panel signage.

Shop Signs Sheffield

As experts in shop signs Sheffield, Image Sign Studio recently had the pleasure of manufacturing and installing a flex face sign for the exterior of Sheffield and Hallamshire County Football Association on Meadowhall Road in Sheffield. They also had the pleasure of meeting Uriah Rennie, the retired English football referee who was born in Sheffield. Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA were formed in 1867, making them the first County Football Association in the country to be established.

Flex Face Illuminated Signage

Our expert shop sign makers made the sign from a fabricated aluminium box. A special machine called an aluminium bender was used to create a circle from the metal, in order to create the logo for the football association. A flexible printed PVC banner fascia was then used to stretch across the front of the light box and clipped in position to create a skin over the aluminium frame. This ‘skin’ was then lit from behind with a number of low energy LEDs to illuminate the banner graphic from the inside. The LED lights are cheap to run and create an outstanding effect for a high impact sign.

For more information about the design and manufacture of a flex face shop sign for your business or shop sign Sheffield, contact Image Sign Studio on 0114 261 7617 to speak to a member of their friendly team.

Written by Chris

March 5th, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Shop Sign Makers in Sheffield Comment on New £500m Retail Development Set to Transform City

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As Sheffield shop sign makers, Image Sign Studio were understandably delighted by the news of a new shopping centre in the heart of the city. Residents of Sheffield will know that the city centre has suffered in the period since the recession, with shops closing down and significantly less people visiting it, therefore new plans were encouraging for the future of the area.

The future of Sheffield’s city centre has looked uncertain in recent years as new ideas are thrown around and existing plans are scrapped. In a previous post on our Sheffield shop signs blog, we discussed how plans for the Sevenstone shopping centre were frozen last year, only to find out that Sheffield Council are fighting to buy the designated area back from the previous developers in order to restart plans, possibly as early as next year.

“A World Class Team of Sheffield People”

Spokesman John Crowther, who is an ex-chief executive of Vickers Defence Systems, chairman of the Amateur Swimming Association and non-executive director of Sheffield City Trust, said: “This is a world class team of Sheffield people who care about Sheffield and can deliver a scheme that will transform the city centre.”

“We have identified half-a-billion pounds of funding. We want Sheffield people to know there’s a local bid that’s oven-ready to go.” Mr Crowther has also commented that as the plans are a market-led solution, the council will not have to take the risk of diverting money away from other areas, especially at a time of spending cuts.

New Sheffield City Centre Retail Quarter

The latest news from the Sheffield Star reports that a group of Sheffield business people have announced £500 million plans to develop a new city centre retail quarter. Sheffield Retail Development Group says that they have the expertise, financial backing and the passion to ‘transform’ the city centre with a 650,000sq ft development on a five-acre site by the end of 2018. This ambitious date is a year ahead of Sheffield City Council’s plans, and is set to include a range of shops, offices, cinema, restaurant and bars.

Shop Signs Sheffield

Whether the city centre is rejuvenated by the private sector, or with help from the council, shop sign makers Sheffield Image Sign Studio are excited about the plans. They have a passion for helping businesses succeed starting with great signage, and are experts in the manufacture and design of shop signs Sheffield.

18,000 Signatures on Petition to Save Shops on Devonshire Street, Sheffield

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Developers have recently submitted a planning application to Sheffield Council to demolish the string of independent retail shops on Devonshire Street and replace them with flats, restaurants and cafes. The application seeks to replace 162 to 170 Devonshire Street, which would result in the closure of the Natural Bed Company, Rare and Racy, the Rag Parade Vintage Store and Syd and Mallory.

Vibrant Retail Quarter Faces Possible Demolition

As professional shop sign makers in Sheffield, we like to keep our eye on what is going on in the various retail areas of the city. The recent news about the possible demolition of a number of shops on Devonshire Street comes as a blow to this vibrant independent retail quarter of Sheffield, and there are many that oppose the plans. Devonshire Street is a popular area of the city centre with an eclectic mix of independent retail shops and quirky boutiques selling everything from vintage jewellery and clothes to second hand books and records.

Petition Handed to City Planners

The petition against the demolition has now been handed in to city planners, which has over 18,000 signatures. Sheffield poet Jonathan Butcher, who stocks his books at the independent book store Rare and Racy, set up the petition. He said: “Those signatures on that petition just show how much people value this area of Sheffield. Students choose to come to Sheffield for the underground music scene and the independent vintage shops and emporiums. People are going to forget what Sheffield is all about it if developers keep building complexes. It’s becoming more and more corporate.”

Comment from Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield visited the shop owners to discuss the plans from Sheffield business Primesite Ltd. He said: “I’ve had a lot of constituents get in touch with me and they are really concerned. I share that concern, because I think shops like this on Devonshire Street really make the character of the city centre, it’s not just about the big chains. We want small, independents that give life to the city. I’m really worried that, not only the development but the change in the uses for these units so restaurants and bars can move in will fundamentally weaken the city centre.”

Sheffield Shop Sign in Aluminium for Poppies Bakehouse on Ecclesall Road

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Image Sign Studio gets lots of requests for signs in all different sizes, shapes, colours and materials. Whether you’re looking for a modern shop sign for your retail shop in Sheffield, or you’d like to create a rustic vintage feel, their expert Sheffield sign makers can help.

Professional Shop Sign Makers in Sheffield

As professional shop sign makers in Sheffield, they were asked to provide a shop sign for Poppies Bakery to reflect the image that Natalie was trying to project of an informal, vintage inspired eatery. They used an aluminium backboard with a wood print effect to achieve the look of wood, giving it a natural, rustic look. They then mounted aluminium standoff letters in pink italic letters using studs onto the backboard, adding a funky, feminine twist.

Poppies Bakehouse in Sheffield

Owner Natalie told the Sheffield Star “I could not be more thrilled to be opening my very own bakehouse in Sheffield, my home city. It has been a long-standing dream of mine to open a food-based business and thanks to this University scholarship and support it has assisted me in the process of making this happen.”

Leeds Beckett University Vice Chancellor, Professor Price commented: “Our 2014 student and graduate scholarship finalists were of an extremely high standard and Natalie’s determination and commitment to achieving her goals, coupled with her innovative and exciting business plan, made her an exceptional and worthy recipient. This scholarship will be a real lifeline to help establish Poppies Bakehouse and I wish Natalie every success with her business.

Shop Sign Sheffield and Vinyl Window Graphics

In addition to the shop sign Sheffield, they also provided vinyl window graphics for the front window of Poppies Bakery, featuring butterflies and a picket fence effect to give a quaint, outdoorsy feel to the window. The colour co-ordinated bunting and shabby chic tables and chairs that can be seen from outside finish the look perfectly, and it looks fantastic!

Poppies Bakery is the newest addition to the busy Banner Cross area of Ecclesall Road in Sheffield, offering a range of savoury dishes and freshly baked cakes and tarts. Ecclesall Road is a great mix of eclectic boutiques, independent shops and cafes, restaurants and eateries, so the new bakery will be the perfect addition to this popular street.

Sheffield born Natalie Hall, aged 24, received support for the venture by Leeds Beckett University, which awarded her the Vice Chancellor’s Enterprise Scholarship worth £3,000. The bakery is a take away and a sit-in eatery with a vintage feel and a modern twist.

Written by Chris

December 3rd, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Tips and Tricks to Get your Retail Shop Noticed on the High Street at Christmas from Shop Sign Makers in Sheffield

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If you need some help with attracting customers to your retail premises, the shop sign Sheffield makers at Image Sign Studio can help. They design, manufacture and install fantastic shop signs that are sure to make you stand out on the high street this Christmas. But there are other things you can do too, and here are some of them.

Social Media Marketing and Newsletters

Ensuring that your marketing activity is sufficient over the festive season is a real must. From planning scheduled Tweets, to Facebook posts and competitions, social media is a fantastic way to get in front of potential customers, interact with them, and drive sales. Why not send out a Christmas newsletter letting your customer base know what you’ve got to offer this Christmas, or an incentive to visit your shop such as a voucher or free gift with any purchase?

Christmas Themed Display

Getting creative with displays can help your shop to thrive at Christmas time. Make your goods look as attractive as possible to your customers; think red and gold, fairy lights and snowflakes to create a winter wonderland effect. Make sure that your most popular items are prominent, and always place smaller items that are suitable for stocking fillers near the till. This will encourage people to make impulse buys and last minute purchases before they pay.

Run a Festive Sale

Christmas is a great time to promote a sale. It’s an expensive time of year for many, so everyone is on the look-out for a bargain. Not only can a good sale help to increase revenue and profit, you’ll also attract customers that may return to your premises in the New Year.

Hire Temporary Staff

During this exceptionally busy time, you may want to think about whether you’ll need an extra pair of hands. Employees will often want to take some time off over the festive season, so ensuring that you’re covered for this is a must. It may be worth approaching a local temping agent to find short term staff, as although you can’t predict the rush, you’re sure to be busier over this time.

So now that Christmas shopping is in full swing, retail shops need to act now to maximise their profits over the festive season!

Shop Sign Makers Sheffield Help with Regeneration of Darnall Retail Centre

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Two years ago, a citywide strategy was approved by Sheffield City Council to help support and promote local shopping centres.  This project is being paid for by the Local Growth Fund, which comprises of money given to Sheffield Council to be used for projects that benefit the local area and the community. Darnall shopping centre was identified as having an unwelcoming environment, with some buildings in a poor state of repair and a high number of badly-maintained, empty shops.

Image Sign Studio shop sign makers in Sheffield have recently been involved in a project helping to revamp the rundown shop fronts of 47 independent shops in Darnall, a suburb in the East of the city of Sheffield. The project started at the end of March this year, in an attempt to smarten up the area, boost the amount of shoppers using the stores, and attract investment.

Shop Front Makeover for Darnall

As shop sign makers in Sheffield, Image Sign Studio know the dramatic effect a new shop sign can have on the exterior of a retail premises, and were more than happy to be involved in the Darnall revamp. They were delighted to be involved in the £300,000 refurbishment project, which saw the shops on Main Road and Staniforth Road receiving impressive makeovers, including new retail shop signs which have been designed, manufactured and installed by them.

Sheffield City Council to Help and Support Regeneration

As well as the renovation of shop fronts with new shop signs, the wider regeneration framework for the centre of Darnall includes general improvements to the street scene to make the area cleaner and safer. In addition, training and support will be given to traders, and housing development will be enabled on nearby vacant sites.

Sheffield Council cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods Councellor Harry Harpham said before the start of the project in March: “Darnall has all the ingredients to be a thriving and successful district shopping centre – a strong community, good range of shops and community facilities, and access to transport links. But the quality of the shopping is poor in relation to a centre that serves such a wide residential area and many shops are in a poor state of repair. This will help the area become more attractive to shoppers and boost the centre’s potential.”

Written by Chris

November 7th, 2014 at 2:21 pm