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Ready for social distancing?

 

Before businesses are permitted to get back to work, it’s likely they will need to have taken steps to become a ‘covid-secure’ environment.

 

This might mean signage and floor graphics to reinforce social distancing procedures, installing protective barriers, or providing face masks to staff.

We’ve put together a collection of products to help businesses reinforce social distancing methods, so they can get ready to reopen in a safe and practical way. Find our top picks below, or browse the whole range at http://prt.cm/101659f.

SNEEZE GUARDS

Help to protect workers and customers in shops, newsagents, post offices, pharmacies and other retail environments with a portable sneeze guard. They feature an acetate window to aid communication and a cut-out area at the bottom for handling transactions.

BRANDED FACE MASKS

Wearing a face mask helps to reduce the distance that droplets can travel via breathing, talking, coughing, or sneezing. Printed in full colour with your logo or branding, these masks are a great addition to workwear. Please note: these are not medical grade masks.

FREESTANDING SIGN POSTS

These freestanding sign posts can be accessorised with an A4 plastic wallet or snap frame on the front and reverse. Alternatively, a permanent message can be printed on both sides. Use in busy spaces like shops, pharmacies and factories where important safety messages need to be reinforced at ground level.

FLOOR STICKERS

Encourage customers to stay a safe distance apart and reinforce important safety messages with instructional floor stickers. Choose between indoor or outdoor variations. The outdoor option is made from an aluminium based substrate and can be recycled.

All in this together

Being in business is often about adapting to adversity. Coping with the unexpected. Responding to change.

There will be disruption of course. But when we pull together, we can rise to the challenge. Every business across the country has a role to play. It’s business as unusual. But we need to keep the wheels of commerce in motion and together we’ll get through this. Below are some ideas to help you navigate these unusual times.

SELL MORE PRODUCTS ONLINE

Keep trade routes open to more customers with an eCommerce site. Plus, get one year’s SSL certificate for £1.
Renews at £29 each year anniversary. Deploy your website during April in order to qualify.

Clearly display information

Use large format posters to tell people you’re open for business, have temporarily relocated or changed opening hours. Let customers know how to get in touch. Advertise your phone number, social media and web address.

Navigate every visitor safely

Do you need to change access to your premises? Maybe your team are now working from home. Or you have new check-in rules. Use wayfinding soft signage. Help people understand what to do and where to go.

Be your 
second best

We know gatherings are getting cancelled and postponed. Follow up every lead, enquiry or quote request with a printed pack. If you can’t deliver your message in person, trust a printed presentation folder to get the deal over the line.

BRANd YOUR BOXES

Lots of businesses are moving swiftly to offer home delivery. Generic packaging can be ordered quickly.
Don’t allow your carton to be inconspicuous. Adorn bland boxes with branded stickers.

sEND DIRECT MAIL

With more people working from home, residential leaflet drops make even more sense. Post folded leaflets, without even needing an envelope. 170gsm premium silk paper is one of our best sellers. Choose from a variety of sizes and folds.

Biodegradable Laminated Print

Since we watched Sir David Attenborough on the BBC presenting Blue Planet 2, it’s been impossible to ignore the impact of single use plastics on our oceans and wildlife.

We thought it was time to consider what we could do better.

Biodegradable Laminated Print

On 1st August 2018, we switched all of our matt and gloss laminated print to a new biodegradable laminate. That’s every business card, flyer, folder, booklet cover, appointment card and postcard. It looks like regular lamination and feels lovely. When the print reaches the end of it’s useful life, it composts. Within two years it’s gone. Without leaving any contaminants in the soil.

Your Favourite Products, But Better

Now, when you choose any product from our Starmarque Bio, Luxury Bio or Fabu-gloss Bio ranges, you’ll know that it uses an eco-friendly lamination which won’t end up damaging the environment.

Up To £20 Off In March

Now is the perfect time to give it a go. Try our StarMarque Bio Spot UV Business Cards or our Luxury Bio Matt Laminated Business Cards for less until the end of the month.

Positive Outlook 2014 Update

The signs are still positive.

At the start of the year, the news was filled with positive reports about the UK economy. The recovery now appears to be taking hold and more companies are starting to benefit from this. The signs have remained positive throughout the first half of 2014 and there has been continuous media coverage about the UK economy.

According the the Office for National Statistics the economy expanded by 0.8% in the first quarter. This follows growth of 0.7% in the final quarter of 2013. The Federation for small businesses reported that UK small businesses show a sustained recovery and “confidence among small businesses rose to its highest recorded levels in the first quarter of 2014”.

Britain’s economy will return to its pre-recession peak this summer, according to revised economic figures from the British Chambers of Commerce which upgraded its growth forecast from 2.8% to 3.1% for 2014.

Are you ready to take advantage of the UK’s growing economy?

Now is the best time for many years, to promote and grow your business. That’s why for July we’ve put together great offers to help you do just that.

The economy is now reaching pre-recession levels and all the indicators remain positive.

Start planning the next steps for your business and promote your services.

Positive Outlook Headlines 2014

printing.com moves to Coronation Street set

printing.com have today announced they are close to reaching agreement on a historic deal to move the printing.com hub on to the set of Coronation Street, Salford.

The soap opera – on air for over half a century – completed it’s move to Media City, Salford Quays, in November 2013. The entire set exteriors and interiors were painstakingly rebuilt and all episodes are now filmed in Salford:

printing.com will move their Trafford Park factory to a new purpose-built 50,000sqft facility located to the left of The Rovers Return:

The new location is less than a mile from the current facility:

In what is believed to be a first in TV history, the factory will become part of future storylines as well as producing live print work. Although The Street has championed local manufacturing with a Mike Baldwin-owned knicker factory for many years, the printing.com hub will be on a much larger scale. Frequent viewers will know that the current printing.com hub has been used by an exterior location many times, but cameras have never been allowed inside until now.

ITV bosses are believed to be in talks to return old favourites Reg Holdsworth and Curly Watts to the cast, as Factory Manager and Prepress Supervisor. The hapless duo will be reunited for the first time in 17 years:

To fit with Coronation Street’s gruelling filming schedule, printing.com production team members will be trained as TV extras, although ITV casting have requested that rotas are changed for team members who are not photogenic.

Last year, Corrie bosses announced they’d allow product placement on screen for the first time. Nationwide Building Society have used this opportunity for marketing purposes:

As part of the deal, printing.com will be included in future storylines such as “Roy Cropper gets new StarMarque menus” and “Kevin Webster designs 5000 MOT flyers for £99“. Scenes already filmed see Rover’s Return landlady Liz McDonald erecting a Pacific banner stand with ease and Audrey Roberts being guided to an uncoated reverse for her salon appointment cards:

We’ll keep you updated of our progress. If you have any queries about this move, please contact:

April First, Head of Dramatic Posts
april.first@printing.com

 


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Your 2014 Positive Outlook Stories

In our recent survey, customers told us that business confidence is on the up.
Here’s what some of them had to say about their outlook for 2014.

Breckland Orchard, Cambridge

Claire Martinsen founded Breckland Orchard in Spring 2009 after the birth of her children. Epitomising the business confidence for 2014 Claire said “We’re still small, but growing fast. We expect to take on another full-time member of staff this summer. We feel very upbeat about our prospects in 2014. As a result, we’re increasing our already wide range of Posh Pop flavours from 8 to 10.”

Claire Martinsen

1-80 Training, Leith

Adam White started 1-80 training at the start of 2013 in the height of the recession. Like many of the businesses that took part in the survey, Adam is looking to expand the services he offers “This year I’ll be launching my nutrition mission course and a new bootcamp class twice a week.  I am now moving my business to a bigger and better gym to be able to grow to twice the size by the end of this year!”

Adam White

Experience Liverpool, Liverpool

Harriet Gilmour of Experience Liverpool characterised the type of optimism that seems to be growing across the North West: “Tourism in Liverpool has been identified as a growth sector; this year it has been listed as Rough Guide’s third best place to visit in the world.”
In 2013 she took a leap of faith and became self-employed – feeling that the time was right and that the economy was at a crucial turning point. Experience Liverpool has also invested in a website launch in 2014, and plan to increase city tours.
Harriet Gilmore

View the full results of our Positive Outlook Survey here.


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