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Fed up of clutter? Then you need to get Blooming Organised!


Ok, I confess. When I moved to where I live now, I had unopened boxes on my landing for two whole years. Every night when I climbed the stairs to bed I would cringe, and the longer I left it the worse it got.

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F3E Fitness in Ivybridge – Not Your Average Gym

F3E Fitness in Ivybridge – Not Your Average Gym

Once, twice, three times … more? Come on, how often have you joined a gym only to give up after the first or second try? Lots of good intentions but lost the motivation to follow through? Or fed up of queueing for equipment and the lack of professional guidance?

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Laser cut signage in the South Hams – Your questions answered

Laser cut signage in the South Hams – Your questions answered

Could your shop front do with a face-lift? Want your fascia to stand out from the crowd? Then laser cutting could be the way to go. We talk to Ross Borne of Kingsbridge based graphic design, sign writing and web design company, FutureClient, about the advantages of this highly visible technique.

Q: First of all, what is it and how is it different from conventional signage?

A: Basically, it's signage in three dimensions instead of two. Letters, numbers and logos or icons, for example, can be cut out and mounted individually as in the signage we did recently for Lilburn & Elliott at Torr Quarry (above). Alternatively, the process can be reversed, with the letters and so on cut out of one or more long sheets for mounting.

Q: How durable is it?

A: Typically we'd use 6mm acetate for signage so there's no reason why it shouldn't be as long-lasting as standard types of signage out there, if not more so.

Q: How big can you make the lettering?

A: 500mm long or wide depending on which way you're running it – that's pretty big! We can also double-mount it, use different colours, the choice is yours.

Q: It's going to cost a lot more, right?

A: Well, for sure it's going to cost more than flat panel signage but it's like everything else – you get what you pay for. It's difficult to give an exact price comparison because it depends on what you want done, so come and talk to us and we can give you an idea. Laser cut signage is a premium product, a point of differentiation from the competition and, apart from the high visual impact, it's a long-term and worthwhile investment in your business – it's not something you're going to have to replace every day.

Q: How long does the process take from point of order?

A: It's unbelievably quick. The laser cutting process only takes a couple of days. Getting the finished product mounted can take a little longer but only a little – we're pretty quick!

Q: What do you need up front from me?

A: If you've already got text and artwork you can send us, we're probably good to go. If you need design work done, no problem, we can help with that, too.

Q: What other applications has it got?

A: Well, that's the beauty of laser cutting; there's very little it can't do. Take a look at the image gallery below. You can have acetate, slate or wood engraved, specialist promotional material made up, business cards etched, templates made, the list goes on. It's an incredibly flexible process and, thanks to the wide range of needs of our clients, we're thinking up new things to do with it all the time!

  • ​Business cards
  • House signs
  • Swing tags
  • Wedding stationery
  • Packaging

For more information on this and other services on offer from FutureClient, call them today on 01548 853214, or contact them here.

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Moyseys move a great success

Moyseys move a great success

It’s always a bit risky moving premises. Especially when you run one of the longest established family businesses in town. Moyseys Interiors has been a solid presence in Kingsbridge town centre since, well, forever, so it was with some trepidation that Alice and Roger Honeywill took the plunge and moved to Lower Union Road in the new year. ‘And you know what? It’s been one of the best decisions we’ve made!’ declares Roger.

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Kingsbridge Hire Centre – a new year, new premises ...

Kingsbridge Hire Centre – a new year, new premises ...

… and a new look. ‘And we couldn’t be more pleased!’ says Jamie, joint owner of this highly regarded plant and machinery hire, sales and repair centre now based at Torr Trade Park just a couple of miles outside Kingsbridge.

Limited display space was a key reason behind the move. ‘Whilst we are stockists for most major brands – Viking, Bosch and Stihl to name a few – we lacked the room to do justice to their ranges,’ continues Jamie ‘What we haven’t got in stock we can always order on short notice, but people tend to want to buy what they can see in front of them.’

This doesn’t apply to just tools and machinery either. Just recently a regular customer came in and bought some rain suits. ‘We’d always stocked them but he didn’t realise until he saw them prominently displayed in our new showroom,’ adds co-owner Gwyn. The centre’s Autoglym products have been another success story since the move, with delighted customers promising to return thanks to the extensive range now available under one roof.

The move to the new Torr Trade Park at Torr Quarry has also brought a welcome upsurge in passing domestic trade. ‘We put it down to our proximity to the recycling centre plus our fantastic new branding and signage,’ claims Gwyn. With the new premises taking up four industrial units on the way to the recycling centre, it’s fair to say you’d be hard pressed to miss it.

The new sleek branding, signage and entrance decals are the work of Kingsbridge based graphic design and sign writing company, FutureClient. ‘Whilst the branding we’d inherited was ok, we felt the move of premises was the perfect opportunity to up our game and create something more identifiable and memorable,’ says Jamie.

The end result stays faithful to the original signage familiar to regulars, but a simple but striking ‘K’ icon replaces much of the original wording. ‘The challenge lay in creating more impact without alienating long-term customers,’ says FutureClient’s Ross Borne, ‘and judging by the increased levels of business Jamie and Gwyn have reported since the move, we’d say it’s been a great success for them,’ he continues. The new image is reinforced by the smart co-ordinating hoodies for the staff, all provided by FutureClient.

Kingsbridge Hire Centre, TQ9 7FA is open weekdays and Saturday mornings with ample car parking right next to the show room. For more information you can ring them on 01548 853679 or contact them here.

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