How Hi Viz Can Get You Noticed

Karen Griffin - Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Hi Viz is great for safety clothing.  But although it gets you noticed, does it really get YOU noticed?  That is you as a company, not just a person working in a high risk area?

Fan of Nick Knowles?  Have you noticed how many of the volunteers on the Big Build wear personalised clothing?  Sometimes the camera man is really on the ball and pixels the logos out, but often you can still make them out.  And why not?

We stock both Dickies and PortWest Hi Viz clothing. Both do polos, vests, jackets and hoodies. Lots of sizes, lots of colour choices. For more information check out our printed workwear clothing

So don't follow the hi viz herd.  Stand out, be noticed!

Picture your company in hi viz? Contact us today. 

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How to Get Noticed Whilst Staying Warm and Dry

Karen Griffin - Friday, October 19, 2018

It is not always easy to achieve these three things.  Especially if you work outside.  Maybe on a boat, or landscaping, or even mobile sign writing!

Now we work in our lovely cosy workshop, but for years staying warm and dry as a mobile sign writer was a real problem.  We needed clothing that allowed for easy movement, but we also liked to keep our hands warm without wearing fingerless gloves which got the fluff under the vinyl.

Then we found Result jackets.  There are so many different styles to choose from.  There truly is a feature to appeal to every trade. They are really hard wearing and the price starts from £45 with the personalisation.

Click on the picture below to see these wonderful jackets - you are going to wish you were cosying up in one of these too!

Result workwear clothing

For enquiries or more information, please do not hesitate to contact us

Personalised Christmas Aprons!

Karen Griffin - Friday, October 12, 2018

No this isn't a post about Turkeys!  It is aimed at restaurants and caterers who are gearing up for the festive season.

Have you thought about having an apron with your staff members name on?  As opposed to badges that can get dirty (or even worse fall off)? Or even putting your own logo on a seasonal apron.

We have a lovely range of two tone aprons at £14.50 for just one off (discount for larger orders) and that includes the personalisation. And they come with adjustable neck straps so they will fit staff of any size.

They certainly will make you stand out from the crowd. Lots of colour choice too.  What is not to like? 

Check out our printed workwear to see the variety of clothing that we have to offer. 

To find out more about our personalised aprons contact us today!

two tone personalised apron

Personalised Hoodies Galore

Karen Griffin - Wednesday, October 03, 2018

As the winter kicks in, what better than a hoodie to keep you warm at work.  Even if you are office based these amazing hoodies by American brand AWDis come either with full zip and pockets, or over the head with a kangaroo pouch.

All for just £29 including the personalisation.  You just cannot go wrong.  And there is definitely a colour way for you!

But what are those little loops for? Click on the image to find out exactly what these hoodies have to offer!

video of AWDis hoodie

Get in contact with us for a personalised hoodie today!

Do I Need a Work Uniform?

Karen Griffin - Friday, September 28, 2018

As Autumn draws well and truly upon us, and we are looking at our cooler- weather wardrobe, have you ever thought of investing in work wear?  Even if you work for yourself there are many benefits to having a 'uniform'.  

  1. It takes less effort to get ready of a morning
  2. You can save your own clothes for civvy street
  3. You are effortlessly proclaiming to the world the work you do
  4. Chosen well, work wear can look very classy
There is no need to have a big shouty logo.  Many of our customers choose to have a small breast decal on their clothing.

Entry to this world, if you have never put a toe in before, is with a t-shirt. Great quality, heavy duty cotton, in a wide range of colours from a great label (Gilden).  And the price is better.   Just £10.50 including the branding.  No set up fee. No minimum order.

Cheaper in fact than many poor quality t-shirts available on the high street.  Why not give it a go?

If you want to find out more about printed workwear clothing, please contact us.

personalised gilden tshirt

Sexual Inequality in Signage

Karen Griffin - Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Unusually for the industry, we are an all woman team.

There is me, Karen, the founder.  General dogsbody, tea maker and jack of all trades.  Provider of mad ideas and promiser of tight deadlines.

Lissie is the design whizz.  The voice of sense, calm of head, absolutely capable of producing all of our products to any deadline as long as no packing is required. Lissie works mostly on - our sister company producing amazing wall stickers.

Wendy is the workshop queen.  Tidy, organised and oh-so neat, observer of the slightest imperfection, packer extraordinaire, master of stock control.

Seriously though, how many sign or vinyl houses have any women except perhaps in accounts, or in the office.  Very, very few.  In fact, it would be hard to name one.  Its not that the work is particularly physical.  Sure vinyl wrapping can be, but we don't offer that.  Yes the rolls of material can be very heavy (and I have personally twice dropped a roll on my foot to break a toe!), but its not anything that a woman could not cope with.

So why is the industry so unattractive to half the workforce?

Personally, I think it comes down to education.  There is not much in the way of training courses for sign makers.  You can do apprenticeships in graphic designs but to work in a sign shop you need to be prepared to get down and dirty, or up a ladder.  A lot of companies are run by private owners rather than big companies, and, dare I suggest, a lot of them are suspicious of women wanting to do work that is considered to be traditionally male.

So how to change perception?  We have never had a customer refuse us access to install because we are female.  Quite the opposite.  It is such a novelty we have people ringing up asking if we are the female team.  And I like to think that we bring attention to detail.

Do you work in a traditionally male or female industry?  We would love to hear your comments.

Do We Archive Your Artwork?

Karen Griffin - Thursday, September 13, 2018

This is a common question from customers returning from a year or longer ago.  Yes, with a few exceptions, we do keep all our artwork going back to 2005 when we started in business.

We use a file back up system called LiveDrive and we have three networked computers here.  As there are now four of us, it does mean that we also have to sometimes hook up a laptop as well, but mostly at least one of us is hand finishing jobs in preparation for despatch.

So how do we ever find files?  Trust me, on a weekly basis you will hear one of us muttering 'where did I file that?'.  The key is in choosing the customer name.  Often it is easy - a business name works well.  A registered charity name.  But what if it is an individual who wants something for themselves?  Or a volunteer group for the local Church?  These are the ones that challenge us.

The 'one-off' project that turns into a regular requirement or add on.

So bear with us if we take a little time to find your files, but rest assured, we will!

Get in contact if you require one of our services in reusable banners, vinyl lettering and rubber stamps.  

Do We Offer Free Designs?

Karen Griffin - Tuesday, September 04, 2018

We do offer a free designs service for our re-usable banners.  Why?  Because without good artwork we cannot make our banners and we think the design skills are the big barrier for many customers to order.  

Also, we have many years of experience in making banners that work.  And that is what keeps people coming back.  Banners that work.

But what other banner maker takes this view?  Or what other industry, come to that!

Many on-line businesses have enviable software packages that allows customers to design their own banner.  Have you done that?  And then it arrived.  Not as big as you thought? Need your glasses to read it?  Banners do need to be seen and our designs are there to get you noticed.

Most trades want customers to pay up front for the design service.  Architects, engineers and even graphic designers quote before they design.

We have to design before we quote in many cases.  Nearly every customer knows the information they want on their banner, but they are often unrealistic about the size needed to display it properly.  Often this goes the other way.  A 3m banner can often turn into a 2m banner as that is the size the design 'best fits'.

Hopefully this won't change in the future because we know our customers love delegating this onerous task, even if the banner is a couple of £'s more.

If you would like a reusable banner designed please get in contact with us.

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The Vinyl Design You Can Install Yourself

Karen Griffin - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Etch is a really popular product.  It is a vinyl, but one that is not totally opaque (blocking out light).  It comes in a number of colour ways and has a light, slightly glittery, effect.  It gives privacy without losing light.

There are other products on the market - mirrored one way film for example - but what they all have in common is that they really need a professional to install it.  It is devilishly difficult to apply.  It used to be applied using a trade application fluid (and there are those of us that still prefer that method) but the new modern vinyls have anti bubble adhesive.  Sounds easy, but it really isn't.  Its one of those 'Generation Game' type challenges regardless of the number of YouTube videos you watch.

As a mostly mail-order business, we often have to manage customers expectations of their skills in applying etch.  Often, as a subtle window sticker rather than a full covering works just as well. 

What do you think? These pictures look pretty stunning. If you would like an etch design created please get in contact with us.

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What's the Difference Between Pre-Spaced Vinyl Lettering and Vinyl Posters

Karen Griffin - Thursday, August 23, 2018

So what is the difference?  And for once it probably won't be price!

Cambridge Weight Plan wall sticker

Pre-Spaced Vinyl Lettering is where you apply a sheet of lettering that is on a backing sheet. When you peel the backing sheet off, you are left with individual letters all spaced out perfectly.  No backing sticker at all.  In fact, using the right vinyl on wood or a textured substrate means it can look hand-painted on.

The lettering can be cut to go on a substrate (such as wood or metal) but it can also be reverse cut to go on the inside of windows.  This is the best option for shops.  It is less likely to be damaged but it still allows the glass to be cleaned.  And the window will still have a display in it that won't be obscured by posters.

school works wall stickerPosters whether printed on paper or vinyl is exactly that.  A poster.  A shape of printed material.  But posters don't have to be square (or even A4, A3 etc sized). Vinyl posters can be profile cut (so cut around the edges into shapes).  Vinyl posters have a lot of uses that paper prints don't have.  They are semi permanent in that they adhere all over rather than just at blu-tac points.  And they can be reverse printed to go on the inside of glass, which is a great benefit for cafes and restaurants.

All vinyl can be removed with gentle heat.

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
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
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 11s
 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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