Re-Usable Banners | Vinyl Lettering | Rubber Stamps | West Sussex

Sign Writing Apprentice

Karen Griffin - Friday, August 23, 2019

How do I go about becoming a sign writer?

We get asked this a lot.  In fact there is no specific apprentice training for this post.  A couple of the installation companies and the Association of British Sign Writers does a lot to promote training and apprenticeship positions but the truth is that many people end up at college or university learning design and then the rest 'on the job'.  In reality, design can be learned either online or on the job.  And if working in an agency, most designers have to tow the corporate style or go freelance.

We have been lucky to get Government funding for our first apprentice, so please meet Nick!

Apprentice sign writer

Nick attends Highbury College in Portsmouth once a week on a Business Administration HNC - this is the learning part of his course.  Highbury College run the course continuously so students can enrol throughout the year.  They start when the next module starts and keep attending until they have completed them all.

He is also doing an NVQ level 4.  This he does in his own time and uses evidence and learning from the workplace. His tutor from Highbury comes out to assess him and so far it is really working well.

As an employer, we are learning so much through Nick.  All the modern software systems, lots of new policy implementation at the moment as well as re-evaluating things we have done for years.  He is already suggesting new niches we might adopt and we have adopted a few new working practices too.

For Nick, it means he has no educational debt but he will have an educational qualification valid in any type of business (not just limited to the sign industry) as well as proven hands on experience in the sign industry.  Business Administration can be taken to degree level standard.

Vinyl Lettering for Blackboards

Karen Griffin - Monday, August 12, 2019

A-Boards or pavement signs are a great way for business to pick up passing trade.

But how can you make them more dynamic so they reflect your offering for the day or season?  Fully printed swinger signs are great, but there is no flexibility to change the message at all.  Poster A boards do allow change, but just purchasing one or two posters is not only expensive, it requires planning and time.

An A board made out of blackboard material could be the answer.  These are easy to make yourself or you can purchase them.  Just get a few chalk pens and write your offer for the day immediately, meaning you can be totally dynamic to the weather, or to surplus stock.

But your company name and logo - why would you want to hand draw that?  Can you even hand draw it?

Vinyl lettering can come in useful here.  Our flexi vinyl adheres well to blackboard paint and is easy to apply.  Why not try it?

black board a board

Making Vinyl Environmentally Friendly

Karen Griffin - Thursday, August 01, 2019
GEF vinyl

Vinyl is a hugely practical material that comes in many forms and is used in many different applications from flooring to coverings to sign writing.

It is just not possible to make vinyl recyclable nation wide at the moment so the majority of it goes into landfill, yet it is a product that we all need and use.

But there are things afoot to make it more environmentally friendly and our major supplier, Grafityp have developed a new range called GEF (Grafityp Ecological Film).  This vinyl doesn't contain chlorine, plasticizers or solvents, so it doesn't release harmful gases if it burns.

This new vinyl meets the ever stricter environmental regulations so it was with no irony that our first customer was Final Straw Solent. The logo you see here is made from GEF vinyl - lovely vibrant colour that won't fade.




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
I have received my print thank you so much for such fast delivery.

Fantastic 


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 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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