What is an originators fee?

Karen Griffin - Thursday, April 19, 2018

So you have set up in business on your own.  You need perhaps two polo shirts, one hoodie and maybe a coat if it rains.

Budget of £100.  But what the heck is that £36 originators fee?

This was a question asked of us last week, by a lovely guy just setting up in business for the first time as a plumber.

It was difficult to explain to him that the traditional methods of making personalised clothing required a lot of artwork preparation.  In the case of screen printing, this was to make the screen.  Very cost effective if you are looking of a run of 100 units of the same size.  Ditto embroidery, although once set up, I believe the size can be adapted.

Either way, no use to the single trades person wanting just a few units.

This is where the new clothing vinyls win out. Not only is there no extra cost for artwork or origination.  But you could order single items and have a different effect on each.  Glitter? Definitely!  Foil? If you want it! Glossy? Why not! Embellished in snakeskin? Weird but possible!

In fact, from our training course, we managed to get all these lovely effects from just one make of clothing vinyl. And it works on fleece, lycra and waterproof jackets as well as polo shirts.

tshirt vinyl printing

What would you choose?

Workwear Clothing: Embroidery vs Vinyl

Karen Griffin - Monday, April 09, 2018

What is the difference between embroidery and vinyl personalised on workwear clothing?

Embroidery is the art of sewing a design into a piece of clothing.  These days it is all done by machine, and can be multi coloured, large or small.  It needs a good quality garment to start with and pricing is dictated by thread count.  Personally I have never understood how jackets and other waterproof pieces stay waterproof once a needle has been piercing it several thousand times, but that might just be me being daft.  I can't even sew on a button!

But vinyl . . well they don't call me the Vinyl Queen for nothing (though we did laugh at a recent Royal Mail missive address to Dear Ms Vinyl Queen).

We have been offering personalised workwear clothing for a while now, and we are jolly good at it.  Full colour, block single colour, we can now do it all.  Modern vinyls are truly amazing and very soft.  There are SO many different effects, which I might have to cover later.

So vinyl is cut to shape and/or printed.  It is then heatpressed onto the garment.  It takes a bit of skill to learn all the different heat settings for both garment and vinyl, but the end result is a fabulously soft, bright and impressive decal. 

It is not hard to see why screen printing for short runs is all but dead.  

But the main difference between embroidery and vinyl print is the difference it makes to the wearer.

Wash a product too hot and the embroidery can shrink and go stiff, pulling on the clothing fabric.  It used to be that vinyl cracked - but that is so last century. As you can see in the picture below, the arm embroidery has gone still and shrunk in the wash.  The rear vinyl print looks good.

difference between embroidery and vinyl

So give it a try . . . you will be amazed at the result and the price.  Especially with our satisfaction guarantee.

Urban Decay - its no April Fool

Karen Griffin - Sunday, April 01, 2018

Ever come back to your parked car to find a leaflet under the windscreen wiper?  

Bet that hasn't happened in a while now you think about it! That practice fell into the Government's fly-posting rules, and the fines are huge - up to £1k per offence.  It is not just about the litter (and that would be the liability of the car owner if they simply threw it on the ground).

Any posters, banners or boards found on railings and lampposts are now classed as fly-posting under new rules to prevent 'urban decay'. 

If, like me, you recognised this phrase in relation to a make-up brand, top marks!  But it is a real problem in urban areas - exactly the place where it works to display your temporary advertising material.

Some authorities are much more likely to take action than others.  We know that Manchester City Council has the largest number of successful fly posting  prosecutions of all areas.  Many of the London Boroughs have delegated their powers to Street Wardens to remove any signs they deem to be offence without giving notice.

Roadside advertising continues to be very cost effective, whether or not you retain your banners or boards after the event.  With a banner measuring 200x50cm currently costing in the region of £62, yet a small advertisement in a local weekly newspaper costing upwards of £150 you can see that on an exposure basis, it is often worth taking a risk.

With so many districts short on man power, the best advice is to keep your roadside advertising material attractive, inoffensive and clean.  If no-one complains, the Local Authority is less likely to take action. And always, always remove the material immediately after the event has taken place.

And check the spelling - carefully!

Offensive road side sign

My Re-Usable banner has disappeared

Karen Griffin - Wednesday, March 28, 2018

You would be surprised how many times we get a call with 'where is my banner'?  Having gone to the trouble to purchase a re-usable banner, it is very annoying not to have it to remove.

Most often it has been displayed without the Landowner's permission and they have exercised their legal right to remove it.  In the case of roadside advertising, many signs are removed by the Local Authority, and put in their depot until they collect a sizeable amount when they dispose of them.  Very few Councils are able to recycle vinyl products at the moment, so they are usually sent to landfill.  

We advise customers to firstly ring the Council Depot.  It is very often possible to grab them back, with little more than a promise not to display them in that place again.

Correx event boards displayed on stakes in the grass verge are often removed in the summer by contract verge cutters.  A top tip here is to display the boards for just a week or two, timing it if possible to be put out just after the verge is cut!

And what about lamp post signage?  Bear in mind that both the AA and RAC charge for their event signage, so local event boards are often removed by Parish Councils to avoid blocking visibility or to keep the area looking less cluttered.

Roadside advertising board

Our advice?  Don't make take the mickey.  Only display your boards and banners for a couple of weeks, and remove them promptly as soon as the event is over.  And if you put your contact details on the rear, it increases your chances of being asked to remove them yourself if they are causing any offence.


Hanging a banner across a road or precinct

Karen Griffin - Friday, March 23, 2018

Seen banners hanging above your precinct or local road?  Wondered  how they got there?

Banner across road or precinct

It certainly isn't the sort of thing you nip out after dark and do, is it?

Rules do vary between Local Authorities.  Some of them have the man-power to deal with this and see it rightly as a valuable income stream.  Balanced against that, is the need for that Authority to have the right equipment, knowledge and insurance to hang them safely.  Some of them even have very specific rules on the manufacture of these banners.  Not one from Vistaprint for sure. They usually have reinforced channels, through which chains or armoured rope hangs.

This does add to manufacturing costs, so the advice from us is to start at least six months in advance of your event.  Find a spot where banners are already used regularly. Much easier to deal with an Authority who already have a system in place.  Book your space, pay your money, and get a full specification for the banner manufacture.  It can still be a re-usable banner - you just need to send the spec to us and we can handle it from there.

Rules for displaying your banner

Karen Griffin - Friday, March 16, 2018

Over the last couple of blogs we have been trying to work our way though the confusion of rules that apply to re-usable banners and boards used to advertise local events.

Government advise that, when vinyl advertising banners are used on Local Authority owned land, an advisory telephone call is made to the Grounds depot of your local Town or District authority first. This is so that staff can advise where and how to erect them safely.

The five golden rules are really just common sense:

● be kept clean and tidy 

● be kept in a safe condition 

● have the permission of the owner of the site on which they are displayed (this includes the Highway Authority if the sign is to be placed on highway land) 

● not obscure, or hinder the interpretation of, official road, rail, waterway or aircraft signs, or otherwise make hazardous the use of these types of transport 

● be removed carefully where so required by the planning authority

You can read the Government ruling in full here

Displaying your banner roadside - rules

Karen Griffin - Monday, March 12, 2018

The previous blog tackled the rules of displaying your re-usable banner across Highways Authority roads.

Today, we look at Local Government and their take on displaying banners roadside.  You have all seen them.  Hanging on railings near a mini roundabout, or outside the local superstores.  Flapping in the wind, out of date and generally looking tatty.  Is that your Authority?

They all have different rules, and some Authorities openly state they don't have the manpower to police roadside advertising, be it boards or banners.  Some delegate the authority to Parish Councils - all of whom are volunteers and some are more zealous than others.

Current Governmental advice is that banners  with a "total area of all such notices must not exceed 1.2 square metres in aggregate and no individual notice is to exceed 0.4 of a square metre. They may be displayed only for a period of six months in any year."

Roadside advertising banners

Now we know, from speaking to our customers, that often banners and boards are taken down much sooner than this. We all know of examples of much larger signs that have been around for years (and why do you need A level maths to work it out anyway!).

In any case, the Local Government Authority (that is District, Town or County Council) can serve a notice requesting that any signage be removed immediately.  These are usually followed up by threats of fines. 

Remember, historic areas and sites of Special Scientific Interest need planning permission for every single piece of signage, temporary or otherwise.

There are five good pieces of advice in the next blog, to try to avoid this happening.

Road Side Advertising Rules for Banners

Karen Griffin - Wednesday, March 07, 2018

One of the most common question posed by potential customers of our re-usable banners is that of permission.  Permission to display them roadside.

The general rule across the UK is that re-usable banners fall into the category of 'temporary signage'.  With the Landowner's permission, they can be displayed for up to 30 days before removal.

But what if the landowner is  The Highways Agency?  In England The Highways Agency has ownership of all the main arterial routes, mostly Motorways and A roads with double numbers after them.  They own the road, have responsibility for its upkeep, but they also own the pedestrian bridges that span their roads.  Just the bridges - the steps tend to be owned by the local authority.

Banner across a main road

So in the case of The Highways Agency, they NEVER give permission for banners to be hung on their bridges.  Which is why the only picture I could find was one from Canada!

Local Authority rules are a whole new blog!

Its a Railing wrap

Karen Griffin - Friday, March 02, 2018

Regular readers will know how much we like new things.  So it was a bit of a surprise when a customer sent us a picture of a clever bit of advertising on railings.

railing wraps

A bit of research later, and we found there is really only one large company installing these at the moment.  A fresh new idea from America, not only is the design require a particular set of skills, the actual manufacture itself is a series of angled flats that clip over existing railings, creating a seemingly moving image as traffic moves alongside.

If you have actually seen this new type of advertising, please send pictures. Would love to learn more about it.

Getting trendy with the hoodie

Karen Griffin - Monday, February 26, 2018

The most popular item of personalised clothing we sell is the Hoodie.  We favour an American brand called AWDis - which stands for All We Do Is.  Don't they just love their acronyms!  We can get lots of different brands from Craghopper to Asquith & Fox, but AWDis stands out.  

It washes really well.  The colours don't fade. The fit is really true to expectations.  There are a number of styles. We love the range of two-tone ones.  And at just £27 per hoodie, including your personalisation, they are an absolute bargain.  Don't forget you can order any number you like, including just one!

But what are those loops for? Click the image to find out!

Personalised hoodies

I got the vinyls on time and they were great! 
Thank you for your quick work, that was really appreciated!

LC, on receipt of her bespoke vinyl stickers

Thanks Karen, and thanks for organising this for me – I don’t know what I would do without you!

Fontwell Park Racecourse, EN
My order arrived safely today and I love it!

Thank you so much for providing such a fantastic service, I will definitely be back for more.

JP, on receipt of banner
Just thought I would drop you a line to say how impressed I am with your Cambridge Weight Plan car decals, when I went to development day earlier this year the car park in the hotel was taken over with the car decals and again at our convention 2 weekends ago at the Sofitel in Heathrow, the car park had loads of your decals.  

CL, Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant
The vinyl looks great Karen! Thanks so much!
JG, on Christmas Pop Up Shop Lettering

I can’t remember if I ever got back to you to say thank you for all the hard work you went to, to ensure my car decal was right?  I’ve now got it on my rear window; it looks great, and I’m extremely pleased with it – so a big thank you!

JR, Cambridge Car Decal

Thank you so much for the artwork, I love it! Wow if only all companies operated as efficiently as Griffin Designs!

JP, Cambridge Consultant
Excellent service - thank you so much.

LN, Church Administrator on her new stamp

Karen – They look fantastic!!! Thank you so so so much !! J xxxx

Sussex Pet Sitters on new signage
Hello, Decal received today, Fabulous, Thankyou. If only the rain would stop to apply it, Ha!Ha! Many Many Thanks
DS, on receipt of self-apply Car Decals
We have received the banner safe and sound, thank you. It looks fantastic! Thank you for all your effort in assuring it reached us in time.
MC, Arun District Council
Just letting you know i received the car sticker yesterday.   It more than met my expectations and i'm really pleased with it.

JW, on receipt of her Cambridge WP Car Decals
Thanks so much for the banner, it looked great at the Last night of the Proms on Saturday!

TJ, JC Solicitors
I LOVE the car decals!!! Thank you. The video online was very helpful and well worth watching.  You're right, it's addictive. I want them everywhere!!!!!

LC, on receipt of rear window car decal
Just seen the A29 Banner up for Ladies Evening.It looks fantastic!
EN, Fontwell Park Racecourse
Decals arrived thank you what a great service you provide.
JT, on receipt of car decal
Just received the banner and just a quick note to say how pleased I am with it …stunning. So thank you very much for your quick turnover and if any of the other branches need anything like this in the future you will be top of the list.
MH, Bath on receipt of Royal Marines Assoc banner

Brilliant … thank you so much!

RW, Henry Adams on sponsored boat decal
Many thanks for your service. Now I have my order I feel free to tell you that you were not the first company that I was in touch with. However, you proved twice as efficient, twice the the quality and half the price. 
Sandy, Caithness Cheese Co on his vinyl lettering
Thankyou for such a great job, I agree with you that it looks fab
Adrian Hunt, on his applied car decals
It has arrived & it's blue & I love it !! Thank you so much !
Earth Seed To Bloom, on receipt of rubber stamp
We’ve got the stamp, which is exactly what we wanted
KL, Heritage Investments, rubber stamps
Hello Karen. Thank you very much for my vinyl lettering which arrived last week and is perfect!
KM, Romsey
WOO HOO!! Marvelous news. They just arrived. They look great! Thank you very much, we are very happy.
LB, Artificial Eye, London
 . .to thank you for your generous contribution towards the live music event at the Spotted Cow. The evening was an overwhelming success and raised the outstanding sum of £1200.
North Mundham Primary School, on their event banner
Thank you for the promptness of attending to our order for a stamp, the quality is quite amazing!
Paul, Ice Band
Yup, the A board is looking great !   Thank you for taking the time to create such an eye catching, elegant & informative board, & completing the branding image.
SF Arundel Acupuncture, on arrival of her new A board
I just wanted to say I had my first enquiry from someone that had seen our car last week. Lots of people comment on 'seeing it about' but this has been the first enquiry (which I am sure will be more than just that) from someone genuinely excited about the services we offer, and already recommending us to friends.
CB, Task Angels, on success of car decals
Did four of the banners yesterday and they really were quite painless and easy as you say.  Thanks for the instructions and encouragement, etc.
JH, on replacement of banner lettering
The lettering was perfect.  Thank you very much for helping me out over the Bank Holiday weekend.
SJ, Maritime Acoustics
Just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for getting the sign done for me so quickly.
Weight Loss & Beauty Centre, on window decals

I just wanted to email you quickly to say that the stamp came today - it is perfect! I'm so pleased with the end result, it really has surpassed my expectations. Thank you so much for your extremely swift service, and care and attention to the design.

RP on arrival of her rubber stamp
the rubber stamp is perfect
KC, Chappell Sports Cars
"Thanks for such prompt delivery of my address stamp.  Despite the snow & ice, my lovely postie delivered it today.  It's just the job :)
LB-J, Hayling Island
Fantastic Karen – I think it looks great Thank you for your excellent help and service.
MB, Cambridge Consultant
I love it I really do, its fantastic! Thank you so much for everything you have done for me.
Peek-A-Boo-Events, on receipt of banner
Just to thank you for my order.  The decal looks great on the car
CD, on her Cambridge Car Decal
"Received the stamp today and we are thrilled with it. The quality is fantastic and we will definitely recommend you."
IJ, Dog Togz on receipt of a logo'd rubber stamp
Thank you very much, the signs arrived this morning, and have already been put up. They match very well, and I was impressed how easy they went up. Thank you for all your help.
NM, Environment Agency, Wales on vinyl lettering
I would just like to know that I'm soooo happy with my stamp  A very big thankyou

Kaiser, Boxer Dog
Its fab!!!  Thanks sooooo much.
SF, CWP Consultant on her car decals

Hi Karen just to let you know decals arrived safe today and look bloody marvellous thanks have recommended you to another consultant .... Thanks for a great service and great decal will shout if I ever need any more thanks again from Alli

AG, Scotland on her Cambridge Weight Plan car decals
'WOW, it looks fab. I'm already noticing people checking it out as I drive around.  Well done, a brilliant service, fantastic customer service, and a fabulous price. You tick all the boxes.'

TM, Middlesex on her Cambridge Weight Plan car decals
'Stamps received, very pleased with them and your services.  Thank you'
LW, JJD Skips
'Thank you for your work on the banner I saw it this morning and it looks great. '
TW, Lancastrian Infants' School, banner sponsored by Peugeot
received this morning, very pleased with purchase. Thank you
AH, Subaru Dealer, Loughborough
Just wanted to drop you an email to say thank you so much for doing the stamp for me. Its just as accurate and professional as I need it to be. Again, many thanks and I will be sending more business you way soon
AP, Purley
Fab job! Many thanks
AS, West Sussex NHS Primary Care Trust
Thank you for getting in touch, the banners were excellent, and I really appreciated you turning them around so quickly.
CC, West Sussex County Council, London 2012 Ahead of the Game
I absolutely love it, as does everyone else, thanks so much
CF, Foresters Lodge
Thanks for the banner. It's up and looks ok
CP, Chichester District Council
Many thanks for your help again

DB, TD Facilities, on repeat order of vinyl stencils
Many thanks for making these amendments. It now looks fantastic.
DL, Help for Heroes about a sponsored banner
We are writing to thank you so much for your donation of a replacement banner for our music Festival. It restores ones faith in human kindness. . . . we raised a staggering ��20,000.
Fundraising Office for 4SIGHT, West Sussex Association For the Blind, on their banner
I just wanted to thank you again for the banner, he loved it! Actually it is still hanging up two weeks later!
GC, Birdham on 60th birthday celebration banner
. . . thank you very much, it looks great
GJ, Great Dane Developments Ltd on advertising board
The logos have arrived safely. They are exactly the right size and just what I wanted.
JB, Internet order for Boat Decals
On this bleak and rather depressing Monday morning your concise and great info is like a breath of fresh air . . .
LC, Phoenix Rose, London
Definitely put me down as a very satisfied customer. I found you on a Google search. It was important to me to get a reasonable replication of the Jaguar logo.
MB, Kent
Thanks very much for the stamps, and for doing them so quickly
SM, sfmconsulting.co.uk
Cheers again for your excellent service. You will certainly be getting more of our work in the future
TH, Flexile Ltd
Order process was really smooth and the product was brilliant
TM, Lets Go Operate
Hi Karen. Received the stamp this morning, Bern is one very happy bunny, thanks so much.
VH, Liverpool
Stamps received today, these are great so much cleaner than the old fashioned way!
VP Vanila DPS
Just a quick thanks for another great stamper
ZH, Dynamic Osteopathy
A very belated thank you for the new banners. I put the first one up and everyone commented on how fabulous it looked. It is so much more noticeable than our old canvas ones and in the summer I will endeavour to get a sponsor sorted as you suggested.
MA, North Mundham School
We had lots of very positive comments on the wonderful design of the banners and they looked fantastic outside the school . . . this year we raised £2500 which we were absolutely delighted with.
MA, Treasurer, PTA North Mundham Primary School

Just received my replacement letters.  Thank you so much for sorting this so quickly

Kate, on receipt of Cambridge Car Decals
Thank you for the prompt service all arrived today!!
ACG Accounting on receipt of their vinyl bumper strip
I have received my print thank you so much for such fast delivery.


AB, on receipt of car decal

Just to let u know that I received the vinyls this morning ok, and they all look really good many thanks.

DE, Perth on his vinyl lettering for a Burger van
Two words :
Banner = fabulous.
Again, thanks for the quick turnaround - very much appreciated.

JT from www.theolivejar.com
Brill thank you so much i love it and thanks for taking the time to get it right for me so cant wait for it to arrive =]  thanks so much Karen
KC, on her new car decal
Thanks so much for the banners - the team were very impressed today!

MA, Whyke United Under 11's
 just wanted to write to say thank you very much for my wheel cover and lettering.  It looks fab!  I am hoping that people will see it around and that I’ll get lots of new customers.
SL, Cambridge Weight Plan
I have it!

That was extremely fast!!  I'm very impressed.

Thank you very much!

TS, Marwicks Brasserie, Bosham on receipt of banner

My dad has put the decal on and it looks great!  Too dark to take a picture now but will send one on soon. Thanks for your great customer service.

WF, on receipt of Hypnoslimmer Car Decal
Goodness knows what your workshop smells like, because these banners have rather an orange-y whiff to them now!
Wilderness Development, on receipt of re-stripped banners
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