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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.

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

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

Illuminated Shop Signs Sheffield and Beyond for Help the Heroes

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Illuminated shop signs can have a dramatic overall effect on the look of any retail shop. Modern LED lights are cheap to run, low maintenance and long lasting, making them perfect for use on shop signage and business signage.

Stainless Steel 3D Letters for Retail Shop Sign

As professional sign makers in Sheffield, Image Sign Studio is lucky enough to be manufacturing and installing a number of illuminated retail shop signs for the charity Help for Heroes. They originally carried out the manufacture and installation of the Help for Heroes shop sign in the shopping centre Meadowhall last year, and are now manufacturing and installing signs for the shops all over the UK including Birmingham, Peterborough, Essex, Wimbledon and Bromley.

Shop Signs Sheffield and the Use of Dibond

To manufacture the shop signs for this charity, Image Sign Studio used Dibond, which is an aluminium composite material consisting of a polyethylene core and aluminium cover sheet. Dibond is a lightweight yet rigid material, and there are many advantages to using it in sign making. The aluminium alloy is corrosion resistant, making it an excellent choice for shop signs that are likely to be exposed to the elements.

Dibond is also great for printing on too, lending itself especially to digital printing, which is a popular choice for many shop signs Sheffield. Although Dibond is extremely lightweight, it is also very rigid and achieves a perfect flatness. Just what you need for a shop sign!

3D Illuminated Shop Signs from Image Sign Studio

Image Sign Studio was pleased to be able to be involved in this project for Help for Heroes as it is a great cause. Help for Heroes is a tri-service military charity which provides support to full time, reservist Servicemen and women and veterans from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force. They support veterans and serving personnel who have been wounded, injured or become sick as a result of serving their country, and offer support to their families and dependants as they care for their loved ones.

For more information about having an illuminated shop sign designed, manufactured and installed for your business, contact Image Sign Studio on 0114 261 7617 to speak to a member of their team.

Advertise your Business with Vehicle Livery and Shop Signs Sheffield

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Vehicle livery is a fantastic way of reinforcing your business branding. By making your vehicle unique and extending your branding through vehicle livery, you’re sure to get noticed. Your shop sign Sheffield will inevitably make an impression on customers and potential customers, and car or van graphics will help to reinforce this impression when people see your business vehicles travelling around the local area. It’s a sure fire way to make sure your business sticks in their minds!

Reinforce Branding Through Company Vehicles

The consensus among the general public is that people tend to have a more favourable opinion of a company if they have seen their branding through company vehicles. Not only does it establish a sense of trust as potential customers can see that the business is active in the area, people feel that the company is well established and being used by local people.

Signage Sheffield and Vehicle Livery

The expert staff at Image Sign Studio are professional sign makers Sheffield, and their high quality vehicle graphics are available in a wide range of colours. They can also be made to fit any vehicle, whether it is a car, van, truck or lorry. We can produce full colour logos that are printed onto vinyl and then applied to the vehicle, or we can use vehicle wraps to wrap your entire car or van in vinyl for full coverage. This method includes wrapping the sides, front, rear and roof of your chosen company vehicle.

One of the great things about vehicle signage Sheffield is that it is an incredibly cost effective way of advertising your business. Vehicle graphics from Image Sign Studio are high quality and reasonably priced, ensuring maximum exposure and a great advertising opportunity. As your business vehicle is likely to be seen on the roads by thousands of people, the price of vehicle livery is a relatively small outlay when you consider the amount of advertising it will provide your business with.

Compliment your Shop Sign Sheffield

As professional shop sign makers, Image Sign Studio has plenty of experience creating a variety of signage for a range of local businesses.  Shop signs are a great way of attracting customers and making an impression on the high street, but vehicle livery is another great way of using signage to reinforce the branding of your business and compliment your existing shop sign Sheffield.

Written by Chris

August 28th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Shop Sign Sheffield for Meadowhall Clothing Alterations ‘Sewfast’

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Sewfast is a small shop on the lower Arcade in Meadowhall, very close to Marks and Spencer. It offers a clothing alteration and repair service, as well as an express alteration service for jobs that just can’t wait. They also offer a full dry cleaning and laundry service for clothing, and a specialist cleaning service for household items such as curtains and duvets.

CNC Routered Shop Sign for Sheffield Businesses

The shop sign for Sewfast was fabricated using a state of the art CNC routering machine. The letters are fine and exceptionally detailed and there are ornate flourishes to the letters, a stitching effect on the word ‘fast’ and a fine sewing needle completing the sign with an interesting underline.

LED Shop Sign Sheffield

The use of white LED lights behind the lettering creates an attractive and eye-catching shop sign, which really stands out in Meadowhall despite the fierce completion from a number of high street brands.

This computer numerically controlled system uses computer software to control the movement of the CNC machine, resulting in a high quality, professional and flawless finish to any shop sign. It can fly through a variety of materials including aluminium dibond, plexiglass, Foamex, correx, aluminium, Perspex, plastics and even wood, and is, therefore, perfect for cutting panels, cutting shapes, stencils and fret cut sign trays.

The level of accuracy attained using a CNC routering machine is above and beyond what could be achieved by hand, making this method a fantastic option for any shop sign Sheffield.

CNC Routered Shop Sign Maker Sheffield

Image Sign Studio’s sign making services include design and manufacture in a variety of different materials and a range of different techniques. As professional sign makers Sheffield, they have an on-site flat bed CNC routering machine that can be used to make beautiful shop signs. They also have extensive experience designing and manufacturing shop signs Sheffield, including CNC routered signage and LED illuminated shop signs.

If you are starting a business and want to stand out from the crowd with a great shop sign Sheffield, or you are an established business thinking of a refurbishment or rebrand, Image Sign Studio can help. For more information about the options available, or for some friendly advice and guidance from their expert team, call Image Sign Studio, professional shop sign makers in Sheffield on 0114 261 7617.

Written by Chris

July 31st, 2014 at 11:26 am