Supporting Our Military – The Sussex Sign Company Signs The Armed Forces Covenant

Military personnel including veterans have a new ally in their search for employment after The Sussex Sign Company has pledged its support by signing The Armed Forces Covenant.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

Businesses can choose to adopt it as a demonstration of their support for the armed forces community and, with so many of the armed forces struggling to adapt to civilian life, The Sussex Sign Company has done so.

It means the award winning Sussex Sign Company which employs 24 staff and is based in Sussex, will uphold the covenant’s key principles across its operation and advocate these practices to its customer base of 5,000 SMEs.

The principles of the Covenant are twofold – first that no member of the Armed Forces, past or present, should be disadvantaged compared to any other citizen in providing public and commercial services and, secondly, that they may be due special treatment, especially if injured or bereaved. The Sussex Sign Company has also committed to support any member of its team who are also in the Armed forces reserves.

In practice, the signing of the Covenant means The Sussex Sign Company will promote itself as forces-friendly, help Armed Forces personnel seeking employment recognise the transferrable skills they have. Support employees who choose to be Reservists and educate the company’s customers about the benefits of employing reservists and cadets.

The Sussex Sign Company is one of just over 1,000 companies in the UK to have signed The Armed Forces Covenant.

It was signed in Brighton by the company’s Operations Director Linda Edwards.

Linda said: “The service men and women of the UK’s armed forces are not assured an easy transition back into normal life when they leave the military. All veterans both Long and short serving often have to take a huge leap from their experience in military employment to whatever they do next, and it is rarely easy. We at The Sussex Sign Company are committed to supporting wherever we can.

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5 Ways To Update Your Current Signage

Update your signage! Is your fascia looking a little tatty or does your signage no longer reflect where you are as a business? There can be several different reasons for needing to update your signage – so here are 5 ways to help you keep your signs looking fresh, to stay ahead of the competition.

Try rebranding

Even the biggest corporations undergo regular rebranding, no matter how subtle. How you handle a rebrand can turn it into a useful marketing opportunity and allow you to create a cohesive look for your commercial premises that might even extend to your vehicle fleet.

Whether you keep it as subtle as an overhaul of your colours and fonts or go for a full-scale change of logo, a well-executed rebranding exercise can generate sales, increasing revenue to pay for the change of look.

Update materials

The chances are that, since your signs were installed, the materials used have advanced significantly. Investing in premium quality signs is your ultimate marketing tool. If your signs can withstand extreme weather conditions and come up shining, then they’re worth the investment.

Coupled with a planned maintenance programme to keep your exterior signs in good condition, you’ll boost brand awareness and business reputation. When your signs look good, your premises are more attractive to your customers.

Expand your signage

Instead of replacing your existing signs, you can update your signage and rejuvenate the look and feel of your premises by adding extra signs that benefit your customer. Additional wayfinding signs can direct customers to promos and retail opportunities that enhance the customer experience while boosting your revenues.

You could also consider adding point of sale signs and displays that direct customers to a time limited promotion or a new product you’re keen to bring to their attention. The sales you generate with additional signs can offset the costs of your investment.

Add illumination

An illuminated sign means that you can truly maximise your marketing appeal, 24/7. Energy efficient LEDs have made sign illumination a feasible choice for any business and there’s no doubt that well-constructed halo letters with a strong illumination effect will set you apart from the competition and give your signs an instant update.

A cost-effective trough light is a quick and easy way to add a different dynamic to an existing sign. From halo lighting to the use of large scale monument signs packed with LEDs, ask your sign designer for their expert advice and add the power of illumination for a quick facelift.

Rethink design

If you want to create a whole new signage suite, then you’ll want to rethink everything from the ground up. Working with a professional designer is the savvy way to focus your ideas and maximise your return on investment. After all, a set of new signs may not come cheap, but as your biggest marketing asset, they offer surprisingly good value for money.

Whether your business needs an overhaul or your nearest competitor in West Sussex has signage that’s putting yours to shame, we can help. At The Sussex Sign Company, we make it our business to help you maximise your ROI with bespoke signs that help you utilise this piece of prime marketing real estate to its fullest potential, so contact us today.

What’s The Truth About Branding And Signage?

What is the truth about branding and signage and branding.

Want to stand out from the competition? Need greater brand recognition? Then you need exterior and interior signs that are clear, coherent and well-designed. Of course, you’ll have to do that yourself because no sign company is capable of creating the great design you need to differentiate yourself in a crowded market.

That’s a myth. In fact, a professional sign company can offer you the ultimate solution to your branding and design dilemmas. By having your sign company design, create and fabricate an entire custom sign package, you’ll maximise efficiency, streamline costs and minimise hassle.

Branding: art or science?

Branding is a unique blend of research and design that leads to the development of clear and imaginative marketing. Impactful signs are central to any coherent branding exercise and a strategic signage partner will guide you through the process, helping you explore the design options and make the right decisions on materials. Your partnership will lead to the fabrication of cost-effective signs that form a central part of your branding strategy.

Business led branding

Ever hear the expression ‘less is more’? Your business should dictate the marketing and design strategy for your brand. For some businesses, minimalism reflects their business values – think Apple design. But for your business, you may prefer to take a more playful, colourful and maximalist approach, because it chimes with your branding.

But you should also beware of keeping signage to a bare minimum. Again, let the customer experience dictate the number and type of signs that you need, from exterior illuminated signs to interior wayfinding services. Don’t compromise the customer experience because you feel you need to conform to a certain design stereotype. Let your sign company lend their expertise to your evaluations and needs analysis.

Beautiful branding vs the real world

There’s a common misconception that conforming to accessibility standards for signs is anathema to great design. In fact, so-called great design or branding is no such thing if it’s not flexible enough to be accessible to all.

Working with a sign company is the smart way to combine form and function in such a way that style doesn’t compromise readability and vice versa. Through consultation and thoughtful design, your branding can stay on point, whatever the style of signage, to deliver clear, consistent and clever branding.

In fact, paying attention to the use of pictograms and being sparing with text can help you to create signs that are inclusive, effective and visually appealing. When it comes to words, less is very definitely more and signs are no place for verbal overload. Use short headlines and keywords and be sparing with words – leverage the power of imagery to tell your brand story and focus on the quality of images to create an impression and sustain brand recognition.

Find your strategic signage partner

Rising above the visual noise can be particularly hard in a major city like London. But it’s not impossible if you partner with a sign company with the expertise to help you leverage your signs to create that all important brand recognition. At The Sussex Sign Company, we’ll help you maximise your return on investment and help you get the best out of your branding, so contact us today.

Creating Killer Vehicle Livery For Your Food Truck Is A Piece Of Cake

If you want to stand out in the East Sussex food truck scene, eye-catching vehicle livery is a smart investment. Using van graphics is a great way to drive brand recognition, engage your customers and boost your sales – and your truck will look pretty enticing, too!

But how do you create vehicle livery that gets the message across and doesn’t get lost amongst all the other well-dressed food trucks? These are the key questions you need to answer to create a killer vinyl wrap that your customers will look out for.

What’s your point of difference?

You might know five other trucks that are selling the same cuisine as yours. So what is it that sets your food truck apart from the rest? It might be the authenticity of the ingredients you use, or an iconic dish you focus on, or even the way you serve it up.

Whatever your point of difference is, that should be the starting point that drives your design forward,

Who are you?

For most people who run food trucks, it’s a real labour of love and you’ll have thought long and hard about your business ethos and core beliefs. Imparting the unique vibe behind what you do is another way to differentiate your graphics from the rest and thinking about your values really gets the creative juices going!

Is there a design you love to hate?

If there’s a truck out there that already has the ‘ideal’ design, don’t despair. A good designer will use anything and everything as the inspiration for an improved version of a favourite design. So don’t be afraid to include rival trucks in your inspiration mood board.

Is your food mouthwatering?

Of course it is – and if it looks as good as it smells and tastes, you might be tempted to use a mouthwatering image on your food truck. If this is the right choice for you, make sure you use a professional photographer and submit a high resolution image for the best results.

Is your vehicle livery design over complicated?

If it is, step away from the truck and think about ways that you can strip everything back. Simplicity and minimalism in design always creates a great impression, because it says that you’re confident enough in your product to let the flavour do the talking.

On the other hand, let your designer unleash their creative flair and never shy away from using vibrant colours that pop – they might create just the tasty vinyl wrap you’re looking for.

Collaborate with the professionals

At The Sussex Sign Company, we offer an end to end vehicle livery solution that takes your ideas from design to execution. We understand how important your brand and your ethos is to your business, and we’ll work with you in a creative partnership to create the tastiest vinyl wrap and graphics on the block.

For the best possible return on your investment and food truck vehicle livery that will whet any appetite, why not contact The Sussex Sign Company today?

Commercial Wayfinding 5 tips to make your signage a success

Good commercial wayfinding signage is all about putting your customer at ease in an unfamiliar space. Wayfinding should be intuitive and consistent – there’s nothing worse than allowing your signs to develop into a mash-up of styles, fonts and colours. If you’re renovating or remodelling, then now is the ideal time to reconsider your wayfinding strategy using these 5 top tips to success.

Keep it simple

You don’t have to spend a fortune to create a suite of informative and user friendly wayfinding signs. In fact, this is one area where digital isn’t better. It’s virtually impossible to set digital signage to please all customers – some will be frustrated if information scrolls too quickly, others if it’s too slow.

Make it easy for your customers to process information and get to where they’re going. Put yourself in their shoes and walk the building – how many times would you have to ask for information because a sign is unclear? Are signs displayed at the right height? And are they accessible for all your customers? By keeping your signs as simple as possible, you’ll satisfy more of your customers.

Pictures not words

It’s still true that a picture get the message across much more quickly and easily than words, and we retain that information for far longer. Pictograms are also the smart choice if you have a multilingual customer base, which is why they’re in common use for toilets, waste bins, cafes and restricted behaviour – why bother writing ‘No Smoking’ when the pictogram does the job?

The customer experience

In commercial spaces, things are often in flux and that can negatively impact on the customer experience. Designing for interchangeability is a smart way to save time and money and ease customer frustrations. Creating clear and concise signs is an easy way to enhance the customer experience and drive repeat business, while giving your customers the information they need.

Tried and tested commercial wayfinding

It’s tempting when revising your wayfinding sign strategy to go digital or try and get overly creative. Don’t – save the creativity for shop floor displays and stick with tried and tested sign solutions like colour coding. However old school it might seem, it works in a way that digital can’t match – there is a pre-established visual vocabulary that lets the customer see at a glance what the sign is for.

Don’t forget branding

Although commercial wayfinding signs are always designed with a purpose, that doesn’t mean you have to neglect your branding. Keeping consistency throughout your entire suite of signs from shop front to toilets helps to establish a pleasing aesthetic based on your brand colours, fonts, logos and other key design elements.

Commercial premises often overlook it, but this is an opportunity for branding that you shouldn’t miss. Reinforcing your brand package looks smart and attractive and gives your long term customers added confidence.

Ask the experts

At The Sussex Sign Company, we have plenty of expertise is creating suites of signs that deliver the kind of customer experience that will keep them coming back for more.

We can advise your West Sussex business on every aspect of signage, helping you to create a memorable visual aesthetic and maximise the return on your investment. Contact us today to talk about your project.

Is Vehicle Wrapping Effective For Branding In London?

The short answer? Vehicle wrapping is effective for branding anywhere. After all, anything your business owns is a platform for branding – from business cards to vehicles. In fact, your van or car can reach potential customers that your shop front or office signage can’t reach, letting you push your message out to your target audience.

The power of vehicle wrapping

Whether you opt for a vinyl decal with your contact details or a full wrap, vehicle signwriting is a powerful marketing medium with a lifespan of up to 8 years. There are no ongoing costs, because you own the vehicle, and there’s a positive impact on your professional reputation when you turn up to do a job in a branded vehicle.

A well-designed wrap not only puts your advertising right where you want it to be, but it can really grab the attention. Bold and eye-catching, your mobile advertising delivers a return on investment that no other channel can match.

Grand designs

Unless you opt for decals on your side and rear doors, there’s no denying that designing a full vehicle wrap can be tricky. That’s why working with a company that offers an end to end service is a savvy choice.

Designing in 3D gives you the opportunity to do something different with your marketing that really piques your customers’ interest. But unless you’re a skilled graphic designer, you need a professional to do the best job and maximise your vehicles’ potential to create brand awareness wherever they go.

The bigger the better

Any vehicle can benefit from wrapping, but there’s no doubt the bigger the vehicle, the stronger the impression.The most effective wraps in terms of costs per impression are lorry wraps – these vehicles cover long distances and move at a slower pace, making them an ideal showcase for your brand.

However, if you’re a local business and have a fleet of vans and cars, a vinyl wrap can effortlessly draw attention to your products and services, raising your professional profile and creating brand awareness, whether parked outside a job or in front of your office.

The point is, cost-effective vehicle branding makes the most of one of your underused business assets. With infinite options for customisation, it’s a marketing channel with costs per impression that make more conventional forms of advertising look expensive.

Highly effective

The bottom line for any business expense is the return on investment. Vehicle wrapping is easily one of the best investments you can make – not just in London, but anywhere in the country.

A well-executed wrap turns a neglected business asset into a mobile billboard, delivering costs per impression as low as 4p per 1000. That makes this channel ideal for startups and small businesses who may not have the budget for a big advertising splash.

Tie your social marketing campaign seamlessly into your vehicle graphics by adding your website or social media contacts – but remember to only do so if you truly are a social company who’ll respond to queries via Twitter or any other channel.

At The Sussex Sign Company, we can help you maximise the ROI on your vehicle wrapping, so why not contact us and turn your vehicles into your most effective branding weapon today?

Interior Signage Is Something No Retailer Can Ignore

Want to attract customers and drive sales to your London retail premises? High quality interior signage can do that and so much more. Think of it as an extension of your website, with clear navigation and eye-catching design that help your customers to navigate your bricks and mortar premises and make the most of any offers and promotions.

Narrowcast to target your audience

Narrowcasting is all about putting the right sign in the right place. That means being specific about location or a product, and keeping the message itself simple. With interior signage you can aim to convey the main themes of your sign in 5 seconds or less. If you miss the mark, narrow the focus down to just one key message or use a series of signs to get the full message across.

Hit the headlines

When you’re pinpointing the messages you want to narrowcast, try writing in headlines. In other words, be as punchy and concise as possible and then see whether you can take out any unnecessary language.

Observe the strict hierarchy of interior signs by following the following structure: headline, explanatory text, call to action. An effective sign will have the goal of getting the customer to do something, so make sure you create a killer call to action.

Finding your way

Also known as directional or informational signs, wayfinding signage is designed to help your customer navigate your premises. Make it is easy for them to find what they’re looking for and they’ll appreciate the convenience and return another time.

These types of signs need to be bold, concise and eye-catching, so think about the fonts and colours you need to use for customers to understand the message of the sign at a glance.

Using directional signs has another benefit when you’re laying out your store. You’ll quickly establish what signs need to go where and whether your layout is easy to navigate. It all helps to create a satisfying customer experience.

Persuade with signage

Do you want to draw your customers’ attention to a particular product or promotion? Do you want to influence consumer behaviour or highlight an unloved product?

Effective persuasive signs can create a hidden gem or raise the perceived value of an item. They can increase the awareness of certain brands and drive retail sales, so make them eye-catching and witty.

Be inclusive

Creating a customer experience applies to all customers equally, which means paying attention to the inclusivity of your signs. For example, you may need to use certain high contrast colours or legible fonts and provide Braille or tactile alternatives to certain signs.

Ensure that signs are installed at the correct height for your disabled customers – if you have accessible facilities and you’re not promoting them, then you’re marginalising your customers.

Optimise interior signage

At The Sussex Sign Company, we can help you create a suite of interior retail signs, including decals and digital wallpaper, that can boost brand awareness, give your premises pizazz and delight all your customers, while maximising your return on investment. Contact us via phone or email to get the ball rolling.

Contact The Sussex Sign Company today to see how we can help you.

Digital Wallpaper Signage and The Benifits For Your Business

Digital wallpaper is used when  you need to move beyond internal wall graphics to make a splash, you need digital wallpaper. This form of signage can bring texture and colour to a space, as well as cementing your brand personality.

This type of large format printing is ideal when you want to create a showstopping display, perhaps by creating a fotowall of your brand achievements for a particularly eye-catching look.

1. More scope for creativity

Whether you want to cover your walls with product images or create a calming atmosphere to welcome your clients, digital wallpaper gets the job done with ease.

Whatever style you choose, you can create a unique aesthetic for your premises, directing your clients’ attention towards your products and your brand in a creative way. That level of personalisation can help to differentiate your business from the competition by creating a unique identity.

2. Always look on-trend

Because digital wallpaper can be printed on-demand, you can always be at the bleeding edge of new marketing trends. That’s because digital wallpaper manufacturers don’t sit on their stock and they can be more responsive to changes in marketing.

If you’re a business that relies on your visual branding being top notch and totally responsive to the latest marketing trends, your digital wallpaper can change with every marketing campaign. That way, your fashion or beauty business can always look on-trend.

3. Instantly memorable signage

Imagine walking into your hotel reception or a fashion boutique and discovering a stunning high definition fotowall that instantly sets the tone for the premises.

By creating images unique to your business, you can set the tone as soon as your customers arrive. That kind of attention to detail can also be instantly memorable.

4. Boost your brand

Have you ever seen something so amazing that you had to photograph it and post an image on social media? If you want your premises to take advantage of the fastest growing social media platform and be Instagram worthy, then this kind of decoration creates that instant wow factor and boosts the profile of your brand.

The interesting thing about your personalised digital wallpaper design is that it’s your brand that attracts the attention as much as your wallpaper.

5. It lasts longer

Digital wallpaper is the signage that lasts. You don’t get the chips, dirt and marks associated with traditional forms of decorating and you won’t need to redecorate in a couple of years because that expensive wallpaper or paint is looking a little dull.

Instead of paying the hidden costs of constant redecorating, investing in digital wallpaper means you’re investing in durability and a long lifespan. Digital wallpapers are fully resistant to wear and tear and look fresher for longer – which saves you money in the long run.

Digital wallpaper can get you inspired to take your business signs to the next level, with semi-permanent displays including high definition fotowalls. Want to know more about the ways that digital wallpaper can boost your London business? Get in touch with The Sussex Sign Company today for more details, and we’ll help you maximise your return on investment with internal signage.

Call The Sussex Sign Company today on 01273 424900 or email us here

Internal Wall Signage Makes Good Business Sense

If you think that a coat of paint can equal a premium brand experience, then stop reading now. Internal wall signage are a savvy and cost-effective way to create a positive impact and they make excellent business sense when you’re creating a B2B or B2C purchasing experience.

Purchasing decisions are emotional

Imagine immersing your clients in an environment that’s creative and packed with brand-enhancing graphics. Immediately, you’ve put them in the right mood to consider your product and to associate it with the atmosphere you’ve created.

There’s no limit to where you can use internal wall signage either. Create a lobby area that engages your client from the outset with informative and stimulating graphics. Plaster the walls with images of your mouth-watering treats, your innovative graphic design ideas or your happy and productive staff and you’re already opening the conversation with your client in a way that delivers an experience they’ll enjoy and that will make them keep coming back for more.

Attract talent

If internal wall signage can engage and entertain your clients, imagine how they’ll impress potential employees? Creating a dynamic office or retail space is something that the likes of Google excel at, using digital wallpaper and internal graphics to showcase their creativity. It’s something that is filtering down, so that even young companies are harnessing the power of graphics to create the wow that their employees crave.

In a 2015 workplace review, 85% of respondents said that workplace design was important to their decision to stay with a company. Workplace design can be an influencer on job satisfaction, motivation and productivity, making it a must for talent retention.

A hassle free signage option

Yes, a coat of paint is relatively simple and straightforward. But even if you use a striking colour scheme and all the colour psychology theory you like, it still can’t match the power of the visual image. As humans, we retain information far more easily in graphic form, which makes internal graphics a smart way to transform your office or retail premises.

Vinyl wall graphics are a hassle-free option that transforms your space with the minimum of disruption. Painting leaves behind fumes and dust sheets can be a potential trip hazard, and a revamp of the physical workspace can be hugely disruptive and time consuming. However, adding beautifully-designed graphic signage can deliver stunning effects quickly and cost-effectively.

Achieve your objectives

If you want to build and enhance your brand, make employees happier and more productive, impact positively on the way that clients and customers approach your marketing and create the perfect decor for commercial or retail spaces, then wall graphics and signage can do it all.

At The Sussex Sign Company, we can wrap, print and otherwise transform your interiors with stunning wall graphics that make your shop or office a joy to visit and that create a user experience that positively motivates the purchasing decision. If you’re interested in enjoying the benefits of internal wall graphics and digital wallpaper for your business in West Sussex, contact us today and we’ll be happy to help.

 

What’s Hot In Vehicle Livery For 2018/19

The vehicle wrap industry is a dynamic and ever changing one, with new colours, designs and styles of wrapping emerging all the time. And while the latest trends may not be a match with your business now, trends have a way of filtering into the mainstream, making them more accessible and more affordable.

Go classic

This is a fun trend that’s becoming more mainstream and it might be a creative way to differentiate your vehicle from the competition. Go faster stripes, muscle car styling and even the tribal graphics made popular by the Ford Focus are being seen on different vehicles.

Colour crazy

Single colour wraps are giving way to colour changing wraps, pear finishes and even chrome – the kinds of finishes that are virtually impossible to achieve with a respray, but look sensational when achieved with vinyl wrap.

Matte finishes are most popular of all, giving what could be seen as garish a real subtlety and sophistication. Strategically designed to highlight curves and body detailing, these colour shifting wraps can look sensational. If your business is fashion or beauty related, this kind of wrap effect will certainly get you noticed.

Textured accents

Love the look of carbon fibre on high-end race cars? That look can be yours with affordable vinyl. This type of vehicle livery can add a huge amount of interest to your car graphics and can even be specific to your business – imagine wrapping your car in planks of ‘wood’ if you’re a carpenter.

Brushed metal, steel rivets, even leather, these are all textures that are being seen on vehicles and they can make a massive visual impact. There’s a texture to suit the image you want to project, whether that’s strong and tough or green and leafy!

Design and installation is critical

Texture, colour effects and even classic symbols all look better if they’re properly designed and installed. If you want to incorporate these elements into your vehicle livery, then work with a professional designer for best effect.

Design elements can be tricky to handle across the bodywork of a vehicle. That’s where your designer, with their knowledge of bodywork, marketing and design, can create a wrap that uses those elements for maximum impact. It’s easy to overwhelm your message with clever vinyl effects – a designer will help you take a step back and get it just right, with a less is more approach.

Once you’ve nailed the design, then high quality installation really delivers the goods when it comes to offering the longest lifespan possible. That in turn will maximise your return on investment and keep your unique and eye-catching design on the road for longer.

Leave your vehicle livery to us

At The Sussex Sign Company, our team of designers and installers offers a full spectrum service that maximises ROI and delivers your key messages with style and clarity. Contact us today and we’ll help you create vehicle livery that gets your East Sussex business noticed, whether your vehicles are parked up or on the road.