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Everything you need for your University and College Open Days

All throughout summer, schools, colleges and universities all over the UK are organising their open days. Have you got everything you need for yours? We offer bespoke packages with all the printed promotional materials you might need, from canopy tents and large feather flags to T-shirts, banners, table cloths and display stands.

We offer:

  • High quality printing processes and materials;
  • Discounts on packages and volume orders;
  • Free artwork design on all orders over £ 300.00

Do you have any special requirements, or do you need a bit of advice? Talk to our expert sales team. We are happy to help. Email us at sales@centralflags.co.uk or call 0121 582 7730.

A Straightforward Order Process

Step 1: Choose your products
Step 2: Send us your artwork
Step 3: Approve all designs
Step 4: Your order goes into production
Step 5: We deliver your order to any UK address (Lead time: approx. 7-10 business days)

Not sure what combination of products works best for you? Let us put together a bespoke package for you, tailoring exactly to the needs of your university, college or school. From a campus-wide set up with 10 canopies and multiple types of flags and banners to a simple welcoming or sign posting package: we are happy to help you make the most of your day.

A good investment

Our products are all made to be used time and again. The polyester flags and tents are sublimation printed, ensuring a clear, crisp print that doesn’t fade.  Flag poles and canopy frames are all made with strong but lightweight aluminium, so they will last you for years. Invest now in the essentials and you will be set for your open days for years to come.

Pop-Up Tents: 3 Golden Rules For Street Food Vendors

It might still be cold and dreary outside, but now is the time to get ready for spring and summer. Whether you are an experienced street food vendor or you are new at the game, it is important to think about the gear you need.  And the most essential thing you need, is a pop-up tent or canopy.

Of course, a canopy will protect you from wind, rain and sun. But that is not the main reason you need one. Want you want your pop-up tent to achieve for you, is to make your business:

  • stand out;
  • be memorable and:
  • be recognisable.

Stand out

Your tent can stand out by having a bright colour and a clear, crisp print. Passers-by will be curious to see what’s going on under that tent and come over to have a look. Hopefully, you will then be able to convert those passers-by into buying customers. Your food is delicious of course, so those customers will want to come back in the future.

Be memorable

This is were being memorable comes in. Your food must of course be memorable, but don’t forget how important your canopy is. It gives you the opportunity to really brand yourself. Print your logo and name clearly and in big letters on as many sides of your pop-up tent as you want. People will want to know your name and remember it, so make that easy for them. If you can, make sure your name is catchy and easy to remember.

Be recognisable

Finally, you need to be recognisable. Having a red canopy in a sea of red canopies won’t do you any favours. If your customers remembered you from a former event and want to seek you out again, you should make that as easy as possible for them. Use colours that stand out, and more importantly, use a very clear and recognisable brand logo. Often visuals are easier to remember than words. It’s not for nothing so many wine bottles have pictures of animals on them: it is far easier to search for ‘that one with the cute little duck on the label’ then to remember you really liked that Sauvignon Blanc from that New Zealand place, what was it again?

At Central Flags, we can print your canopies in any way you like. Just a logo and name at the front, or your logo on all sides, or maybe you want a real stand out all over design: it’s all possible, and all for the same price. We offer free artwork, so our design team is on hand to help you out.

Furthermore, pop-up tents or canopies are very easy to set up. They come in a handy carry bag, too. Have a look at this video to see exactly how easy it is erect your tent.

 

Call us today at 0121 667 8701 or email sales@centralflags.co.uk to get a quote and find out all the options. Plus, quote PROMO CODE CF172FF and get 2 FREE fully printed feather flags when you order your canopy! Offer valid until March 21st.

 

The Best Canopy For Your Event

When you are planning an outdoor event, a canopy is a vital accessory. These tents are great for a whole range of activities, from weddings, parties, outdoor fairs and exhibitions, to trade shows and street food events. Providing shelter from both sun and rain, canopies are a versatile accessory and a must have for any outdoor event. And of course the big advantage is that these tents are light and easy to set up. Plus, you can have them printed any which way you want.

With all the options in printing, size and the choice of walls, how do you know what is the best canopy for your event? Here is our 3 -step guide to buying the perfect tent.

1. Custom Printed, Custom Designed

Have a think about how you will be using your canopy. Does it need to attract the attention of passers by? Then you probably want big lettering and a clear logo. Bright colours work well, too. Is it for a birthday party? Why not have a huge photo of the birthday boy or girl printed on there? Or keep it simple and just use their favourite colours. A wedding? Maybe you want the canopies printed in a romantic flower print?

Anything goes, and the good news is you don’t have to be an experienced designer to create a great canopy. We provide all the artwork for free. So no need to worry about how to create a good design: you simply provide us with the logos, images and colours you want and our team will come up with a great custom made design for you.

Furthermore, all our canopies are digitally printed on very strong fabric, which means the prints are clear, bright and weather proof.

2. No Walls or All Walls

The most basic canopy tent consists just of four legs and a roof. This simple set up is perfect if you are on a budget, or if you want your tent to be accessible from all sides. Consider how you are going to use your tent. At some business events or at fairs you might want to place a table in there. In that case it is a good idea to have at least the back of the tent closed so you have a backdrop. Or maybe you are using your tent as a DJ booth at a party? Then you might want to close the tent off on three sides. And maybe you want to be able to close the tent off completely and you’ll opt for a full walled canopy.

Whatever option you choose, from one wall, four walls or even a few half walls, we can print all the fabric, both inside and out. So however you set up your canopy, the design will look great every time. Plus, the walls offer good protection from wind, rain and sunshine.

3. Size Matters

A standard canopy tent has a single peak and measures 3 meters by 3 meters. That is plenty of room for a lot of uses: as a street food tent, as a DJ booth, as a bar, or as a stand at fairs, markets, and sporting or business events.

If you want to go larger, you can opt for a 3m x 6m tent. This kind of canopy is great for big outdoor parties and weddings. Not only does this size offer space for a great dance floor, it is also perfect for a sit down meal. A double peak 3m x 6m canopy comfortably sits up to 15 people at tables. If you need seating room only, there is plenty of space for up to 30 people.

Have a look at our canopy page to see all the options. And the best news? If you order your canopy  before spring and quote our promo code CT172FFB you will get 2 fully printed flags absolutely free. Offer valid all through winter.

Call us today on 0121 667 8701 or email us at sales@centralflags.co.uk. Our team are happy to help. If you are looking for a quick quote, just fill in the form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

 

 

 

 

Planning to exhibit in 2017? Here are 6 ways to make sure you stand out

When you take your business to a trade fair or exhibition, you want to have as many people visit your stand as possible. But with all those other traders around it isn’t always easy to stand out. Here are our six tips on how to make sure you make a great impression.

1. Have signs and flags to let people know you’re there

Just having a stand isn’t enough. People need to be able to quickly tell who you are and what you do. Having signs created will really help draw attention your stand. Consider having a printed banner made for your table with your business name and logo. Or place the banner at the back of your stand and use a custom printed tablecloth. To make sure people notice your business from a distance, have one or two printed feather flags at the corners of your stand.

Your banners and flags don’t need to be flashy or expensive, but they need to communicate who you are and what your company does.

2. Don’t forget the good old business card

You might think that in this digital age, old fashioned printed business cards are a thing of the past. But they are still the quickest and fastest way to exchange details with a potential customer or client. Business cards are cheap to print and come in all different kinds of shapes and sizes. Make sure you bring plenty.

3. Free Giveaways!

If there is one thing you can count on, it’s that people love getting free gifts. It can be anything you like: key chains, stress-balls, pens or USB-sticks. Just make sure they are branded with your company’s name and logo. These freebies don’t just attract foot traffic to your stand, they also spread your name around and make sure your business will be mentioned and remembered even after the exhibition has ended. And of course, they create a great way to start a conversation with someone as they approach you about picking up their free gift.

4. Run a Competition

Another great way to draw people to your stand is to have a contest or raffle. Make sure the prize is worthwhile: the better the prize, the more people your competition will attract. Have anyone who wants to enter register with their name and email address. So even if you don’t get a chance to personally speak to everyone who registers, at least you can contact them later.

5. Have a Visual Display

People are more attracted to images than to words. How about creating a video or photo slideshow of your business and products that you can play on a loop at your stand? Or place a few pull up banners in your stand with some great images. Make sure you use a variety of promotional products to make a great visual first impression.

6. Have your website on display

People expect businesses to have a website and to be active on social media. Having a laptop or a tablet at your stand that displays your website can help show that your business is professional and active online. Of course a laptop or tablet also makes it easy to quickly gather contact information from people.

Are you going to an exhibition soon? Get in touch with our sales team. We are happy to help you, whatever your budget is. Email us at sales@centralflags.co.uk, or ring us on 0121 667 8701.

 

In Retail? It’s All About Foot Traffic

It’s obvious, really. If you are running a brick and mortar shop you need foot traffic. More traffic means more chances to engage with customers and most importantly, more chances to sell.

This is why you should always keep trying to increase foot traffic, even if you think you are already doing quite well. There are always more potential customers out there and there are always things you can do to get existing customers to come to your shop more often.

So how exactly do you do that? Here are our 3 tips on increasing foot traffic:

Got curb appeal?

The look and feel of your shop from the outside is very important. Make it as good as it can be and keep it tidy, clean and well maintained. Nobody wants to walk into a shop that has greasy windows or peeling paint.

Don’t forget to step outside every now and then and try and see your shop through your customers’ eyes: does it look appealing? Is the lighting enticing and welcoming?

Also, don’t stop at the window displays: use the pavement, too. Are you making sure you are attracting the attention of passersby? Placing a few printed flags outside can make all the difference. Either simply print your shop name or type of business, or use them to shout about some great sales you have going on. Or how about promoting an event you have coming soon? Custom printed flags are more economical than you might think: once you have the full set of feather flag, pole and base, all you need in the future to change up your messages is the fabric flags itself.

Furthermore, have a think about adding curbside elements that can be of use to your customers. There’s a bike shop in Atlanta for instance that set up bike racks outside their shop where customers can park their bikes while shopping. Can you think of anything your shoppers might find useful? Set it up outside and see what happens.

Use social media traffic to increase real life traffic

Do you have any in-store promotions going on? Got an event coming up? Keep your customers posted via email and social media. Make sure you come up with some offers that can only be redeemed on site.

Also, target your posts well: someone on the other side of the country is not very likely to drop in, but a Facebook post targeted just at your local area might get you some great foot traffic and new customers.

Hold events

Organising events is a great way to draw people to your shop. Events offer your customers a fun, social experience that they won’t find online or in other shops. Maybe you can even work together with other shops or brands. Organise a designer showcase, a talk by a local artisan, or a fundraiser: whatever you can think of to draw people in, meet new customers and grow the relationship with your existing customers.

And don’t forget to promote and dress up your event! Use custom printed banners, flags, and customised bunting for example. Also, make sure you have some free give away items: they are sure to get your shop mentioned after the event, too.

Curious about our promotional products and prices? Request a quick quote, or call us on 0121 667 8701. We are happy to help you find the products that suit you best. You can also email our experienced sales team at sales@centralflags.co.uk.

Black Friday Deal: 2 FREE Flags With Every Printed Star Tent

Black Friday is only days away. So don’t miss out on our great deal: get your order in for your custom printed star tent and get 2 full size, full colour, custom branded flags absolutely free! This means a give-away worth more than £ 150.00.

This offer runs on Black Friday only, so contact us now to make sure you don’t miss out.

Have Any Flags You Like

You can choose from our full range of promotional flags: besides feather flags we also have paddle or beach flags and forecourt flags. All flags come as a complete kit and include a carry bag, the pole and a free cross base or ground spike. All our products are sublimation printed, colourfast and Pantone matched. The offer is for single sided print. Would you like to have double sided print, you only pay the surplus.

Our Printed Star Tents

Branded star tents are perfect for parties, festivals and all kinds of promotional events. We print the tents exactly how you want them: from a simple company logo on a single colour back ground to a full colour all-over design.

Our star tents are all digitally printed, making sure the artwork is crisp, clear and colourfast. Furthermore, we can print the fabric on both sides, so that you can maximise your branding potential. Prices for a 12 meter star tent (which can seat a whopping 74 people at 10 tables) start at just £ 1295.00 and include:

  • A FREE carry bag
  • FREE pegs and peg removal tool
  • FREE artwork design
  • and FREE shipping.

Get In Touch

Contact us today on 0121 667 8701 or email us sales@centralflags.co.uk to get a free quote on your printed star tent. Remember, this offer must end Friday November 25th. Get in touch today to discuss the options. As long as your order is in by Friday, you’ll qualify for the offer.

 

 

 

 

3 tips for designing printed flags that attract customers

The way you create your printed flags or banners can make a big difference when it comes to acquiring new customers. American giant Best Buy for example found out that about 17 percent of its customers didn’t set out to shop there, but came into the store just because they drove by and saw the signs. And really, haven’t we all made a spontaneous shop or food stop like that before?

To make sure you get the most out of your printed promotional flags and banners, stick to these three important design principles:

1. Choose the right colour

Colour is a very important part of a well designed flag or banner.  It really helps establish your brand identity.  Think for example of Ikea’s bold blue and yellow or Easyjet’s orange. Studies have shown that 80 percent of the recognition of a trademark is due to its colour.

This doesn’t mean of course that you have to use a bright, bold colour. Maybe as a business owner you want to show a bit of your personality and use colours that really match what your brand stands for. This is fine of course, but be careful with very trendy colours: you don’t want to look hopelessly out of date a few years down the line. Not to mention the cost and effort involved in a full re-brand.

So try and find colours that both match what your business stands for (think ‘warm’, or ‘cheerful’ or ‘serious’ or ‘trustworthy’ etc.) and that can withstand the test of time.

2. Readability

You might have a beautiful colour pattern in mind, but what happens when you add text? Will half of it disappear into the background and become illegible?  Contrast is crucial when designing your printed flags and banners. Most businesses will use a continuous background colour and then put text and graphics (like a logo) in the foreground.

The easier it is for a passer by to take in your message, the bigger the chance that they will remember it.

If a simple contrast like black on white or dark on light isn’t a great option for you, there is another trick you can use: enhance the contrast by outlining your text or giving it shadow. Putting a border around your text or logo can also help. It is all about reading speed.

Remember, in a lot of cases people will see your flags whilst driving. They will not have the time to take in a lot of information. Not sure about the right amount of text? Have a drive around yourself and test which flags and banners you easily take in, and which are a bit of a blur.

3. Size matters

It seems so obvious, but size really makes a difference. Not just the size of your flag or banner, but the size of your lettering, too. Like we said before, people drive by in their cars and have just a second to read your message. Or maybe you are using your printed flags as signposting at a trade show for instance.  The larger the letters, the easier it is to read.

There is a good rule of thumb to use here: 10 feet per inch. That is ten feet of distance per inch of letter height for the best readability and impact. So if you think your customers should be able to read your flags or banners from 100 feet away, make sure your letters are 10 inches tall.

Besides the size of your lettering, the font or typeface you use also matters. Maybe your brand really suits romantic, curly letters, but how easy to read is that from a distance?

If you have any question or would like some more information on our custom printed flags and banners, please get in touch. We are happy to help you design the product that works best for you. Call us on 0121 667 8701 or email us at sales@centralflags.co.uk.

4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Christmas Promotion

Christmas is a very important period for retailers, and it is not always easy going… Businesses have to fight hard for their position in a season that sees big spending volumes, but also fierce competition. So how can you make sure that you are well prepared for Christmas?

Retailers and other businesses are often so busy getting their Christmas stock in place in time, that they forget a vital component: you need to stand out from the crowd. And to do that, you need to think about your premises. Atmosphere is never more important than at Christmas. Are you really giving your business that Christmas feel?

Let us help you out with these 4 tips on making the most of the festive season. And don’t worry: it is not too late. Most our products can be delivered well within 2 weeks.

1. Draw them in

This has to be at the top of the list. Make sure you draw the attention of passers by and entice customers to come in. Have you thought about replacing your existing outside flags with Christmassy ones? Can you promote your special Christmas offers on pull up banners by the door? It is an investment that will easily pay itself back, because you can use these flags and banners year after year. Have them printed in warm wintery colours and add your own special Christmas message. Lastly, finish with some fairy lights and your business will look lovely and inviting. Do it well, and be sure your customers will talk about you!

2. Inside and out

Now that you have persuaded people to step into your shop or business, you want to make sure that the inside looks just as lovely as the outside. Why not drape some custom printed table cloths over your counter? And how about bespoke bunting? You can have as many different designs on the flags as you like. Go for a standard Seasonal message, have different December offers on the flags or go a bit mad and print the faces of your staff on the bunting: if you can think it, we can print it.

3. Make them remember you

Of course you don’t have to embarrass your staff to make sure you stand out. Have you thought about some lovely little give aways? People just love them and will often come back just to get another one or two. And they really don’t have to break the bank. Have a look at this cute little logo bug for instance, who wouldn’t want to take a cute snowman like that home? Tie them in with a minimum spend or offer present wrapping service and stick one on top of each gift. Your customers will smile (and remember you!) every time they look at the little creature.

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4. Start a tradition

Christmas is all about traditions. So why not start one? Get a custom printed star tent or canopy and put it up on your premises. A pub in Manchester has a Christmas tent every year in their courtyard all done up with fairy lights and decorations and it’s a big hit. People come back year after year. And it can work just as well if you are not a pub: why not put up a Christmas tent on your garage forecourt and treat your customers to some nice hot chocolate? Or have one at your sports club?

So, whatever way you want to go about it: capture that Christmas spirit and stand out from the crowd. Have a look around our website to see what we offer. And if you don’t immediately find what you are looking for, just get in touch. We are happy to help. Merry Christmas!

Call us on: 0121 667 8701 or email sales@centralflags.co.uk

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Branded Star Tents For Any Season

Branded star tents are very popular these days. No surprise there of course, because star tents are super versatile. They are used at festivals as bars and dance areas or as a cover for the DJ’s. You see them at dreamy summer weddings and at all kinds of events as meeting points or simply to provide a bit of shade or shelter. And they can have any print you want.

One great feature of a star tent is that you don’t feel as enclosed as in a full wall canopy, because it is open on all sides. Because of this, many people associate star tents with summer. But they can work great in the colder months, too.

Star tents with side walls

First of all, star tents don’t have to be open on all sides. You can choose to have a few side walls, or to close it off entirely to keep the wind out and the warmth in. You simply zip the sides in. The side panels can be custom printed, too.

Add lights to your star tent

For instant atmosphere and warmth add lights to your branded star tent. You can replace the traditional centre mast pole with an inflatable column that has an integrated LED-Band, which makes it possible to light your tent up in all imaginable colours. Or simply add outdoor fairy lights. Make them pumpkin shaped, add a heater and create the perfect spooky Halloween setting.

Be a true star tent explorer and brave the cold

For a truly original outdoors event, make your star tent the focus of a mid winter snow party. Build a big heater, set out some picnic tables and make your tent the bar and kitchen. Oh, and don’t forget to tell your guests to dress up warmly. Christmas garden party anyone?

Central Flag’s star tents come in all shapes and sizes and you can choose between single pointed ones and double pointed ones. Have a look at some options here. If you have any questions, feel free to ring us on 0121 667 8701 or email us at sales@centralflags.co.uk. We are happy to help and to give you a no strings attached quote.

The Many Uses Of Canopy Tents

Printed canopy tents provide a whole host of uses and benefits. They are a great a weather shelter for your guests at weddings, parties, and backyard dinners, deliver weather protection for cars, make a great product for backyard storage, and offer a portable shelter for selling items at markets, fairs and car boot sales. Holiday makers can take canopy tents along for campsite, beach, or poolside use.

Central Flags offer a wide range of printed tents, with options to suit every budget and any environment. Besides our canopy tents, we also offer inflatable igloo tents, marquees, gazebos and event tents, all custom printed with your company logo or artwork. Let us show you a few examples of the printed canopy tents we offer:

Printed Canopy Tents with no walls, single or double pointed

Open printed canopy tents with no walls are perfect as a meeting point or centre tent at events. They work great as catering, picnic or party tents. They are easily accessible from all sides and offer a lot of space. These canopies are a good option if you are working within a tight budget.

Printed Canopy Tents with half walls, single or double pointed

Printed Canopy tents with half walls create a real market stall feel, offering a branded space accessible for trading from three of the four sides. The full back provides wind protection and a great backdrop if you choose to have the fabric printed on both sides.

Roof and valance with full walls, single or double pointed

Printed canopy tents with full walls really stand out and are very well suited to the unpredictable British weather. All walls can be printed on one side or both sides. These tents are great for all kinds of events and parties, for catering, or for trading.

As you can see, there are many options when it comes to printed canopies. Have a look at our current offer, too: two FREE matching feather flags with all printed canopy tents. Stand out from the crowd and be immediately recognisable.

If you aren’t sure which option suits your needs best, feel free to contact us. We are happy to share our experience and help you decide on the right canopy for you. Contact us on 0121 667 8701 or email us at sales@centralflags.co.uk.