Minuteman Press, Stockport
BounceBack Stockport

  90 Lower Hillgate, SK1 3AL

sales@minutemanpress.uk.com 


Window privacy film

Window privacy film

Contact us to organise a survey or quote.

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Shop signage

Shop signage

Our in-house studio will design your signage.

Appointments needed.

Pavement signs

Illuminated signs designed

Illuminated signs.

Phone 0161 480 0585 to arrange a survey.

Design of signage

Pavement & bollard signs

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Phone 0161 480 0585

Noticeboard

Notice boards

Design, build & fixing of noticeboards.

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Wall signs

Wall notice boards

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Phone 0161 480 0585

Signage seems to be one of the top considerations when opening up a retail or commercial premise. The same applies to vehicles of course and when not wanting to apply permanent signage a magnetic sign makes a great contribution to getting the companies name out on as many vehicles as possible. Signage always requires a site visit to check on the condition of the premises, seeing if planning regulations will affect the installation and ascertaining how difficult it is going to be to install the displays. Permanent signs tend to be expensive partly because of the skill involved in their production, skills of design and skills that allow the technician to draw on their years of experience and their knowledge of the market and latest techniques. Some premises classify themselves as short term or popup shops. It would be difficult to justify a massive outlay on signs in these circumstances so perhaps a vinyl banner or waterproof poster might fit the bill in these circumstances.
Related to shop signs are pavement signs and wall signs. Restaurants and pubs use wall signs that include menus to entice the passerby. Pavement signs often include permanent signage and the facility to add a poster. The poster is usually protected behind a sheet of transparent plastic. Polyester prints don't require the same protection and will display a more impressive vibrancy because they have no plastic cover to reduce the intensity of colour. The other main factors to consider with pavement signs are their weight. Heavy ones have the advantage of not disappearing because of vandalism or wind. On the other hand they are likely to cause the owner an injury if they want to keep the sign inside when the premises are closed. One other factor is the size, they are usually sold in standard metric sizes, A2, A1, A0 and so on. A1 is a good compromise.

Minuteman Press, Stockport, Blog

Sign & Signage


‘A sign is an object, quality, event, or entity whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else’. Thanks Wikipedia. The world is awash with signs shouting out to be noticed. Several things spring to mind; firstly: my memory of looking down an American (USA) street, (probably in the same town as American Airline’s hub) and being unable to fathom the signage… it was so chaotic; in the sense that there were lots of them and all I could see was a sea of signs. The other thought is that I find places awfully hard to find, even though I know they are there. When I visited Minuteman Press, Ashton; a way down the M60 ring from us; I knew the colours of the graphics, I knew the street name, I knew the name of the shop, but I had difficulty finding it. Think I drove past a couple of times before giving up, parking and reconnoitring on foot. The A board outside our shop has been destroyed a few times by vehicles over the years, but I do believe it’s important to help customers find us. I’m not quite sure if that has any effect; I always try and see things from the customer’s point of view and standing down the road, by the traffic lights; looking up towards Minuteman Press, there are two wall attached illuminated signs; along with the ‘A’ board. The latest A board is the biggest so far and hopefully will have some effect; perhaps helping passing trade to realise there is a design and print shop on the road. The other signs that are particularly impressive to me are the digital displays that are springing up in Manchester. One appeared over the Mancunian Way some time ago and cycled through various adverts as one approached. Another appeared near Manchester United Football Ground, on the main road into town. The third digital sign I recall, because I pass it fairly regularly, is the one over Market Street at the Arndale Centre. Saying which I would struggle to recall contents of any of them. For me the top use of a sign must be name of the building and the tenants. Like the large cheeky Gorvin’s sign along-side the M60 by Stockport; cheeky because Gorvins solicitors only occupies one or two floors (I think) but the sign gives the impression that the whole building is owned by them. Other impressive signs are blimp signs fixed to the side of balloons or, in the same vein, signs drawn in the sky by aerobatic planes. Not that I see many of the latter signs. Signs painted on roof tops are clever, round here, anyway, because visitors to Manchester airport get to see large adverts as the planes descend or take off on route to holiday destinations. Some signs are fixed to the sides of large vehicles such as vans, they get left in the middle of motorway bridges for passing cars to notice. The number of huge signs on the backs of flat back lorries has declined somewhat because they were paid for by Government organisations. Their budgets were cut some time ago so, NHS sponsored messages about cutting smoking have, by and large, gone. Visitors to YouTube will find impressive signs around the world, signs the size of football pitches; laser light signs and signs fixed to some of the world’s tallest buildings. Paid for by well financed corporates who pay for equally corporate marketing agencies. Some will remember the time a few decades ago when our street furniture started attracting signs. The most exciting graphic a bus shelter might have attracted would have been a time table until the French company JCDecaux moved in and started paying for bus shelters, on the proviso that the sides would be used for advertising. Bus shelters are now more attractive and interesting objects; many have also grown digital signs with the times of approaching buses included. A few months back we included a special offer, for signs that would cover street bollards; that seemed like a no brainer to me, and I noted whilst delivering a job a while ago, a business down a side street was attempting to let everyone know of their presence with bollards covered in advertising and directional signs. There are many such examples in Stockport’s centre, for Stockport has lots of bollards. A very common sign in Stockport are the ‘TO LET’ signs fixed to side of empty buildings. Many of them have Impeys name on, they are our landlords, and so it is always better to see the other type of sign ‘LET BY’. Impeys use the business up the road to manage the signs, printed in Impey’s black and red onto Correx and the nailed in a most crude way to the building. Signage isn’t cheap so I was a bit puzzled that one of depressed streets of Stockport, Underbank, had attracted two hairdressers who seemed to have spent a fair bit of cash beautifying the shop fronts. Perhaps they were being sponsored by the Council who often spend loads of money on stuff of less than the ‘most pressing’. The Council has decorated a few of the shop fronts in aft-for-mentioned road on huge window signs depicting thriving businesses. The window displays do look very nice. How about the banks? The amount of money spent by Lloyds bank must have been quite substantial as they replaced all the signage on their rebranded banks from Lloyds TSB to Lloyds. RSB are going through the same process and many of their branches will be re-signed as William & Glyns. Installing signs can be a massive task, one of the first tasks will be surveying the site; if the site isn’t at ground level we are looking at special vehicles and scaffolding. We did notice the building opposite had new signage installed using just people-power and ladders. Not the safest of options. Thankfully we have expertise at hand with all the proper clobber, equipment and expertise; I’m certainly no height freak and happily delegate sign installation to others.