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Over £5,700 Raised! Dingle Dash Completed

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The Stocksigns team have been fundraising for various charities over the years. This has involved sleeping rough for the night for the YMCA, cycling to Lapland (not literally), the 3 Peaks Challenge, climbing Mount Toubkal, and this year the team have successfully hiked up and down the mountains of Dingle, Ireland.

The Dingle Dash Challenge, as we like to call it, took place on the 8th and 9th June 2019, which saw the team hike for 22 hours covering 46miles and reaching a total elevation of 9,000 ft. The team hiked and climbed their way through heavy downpour, sunburn inducing sunshine, downhill bogs and scrambled up and across rocky terrains, and successfully raised over £5,700 for RoSPA and St Catherine’s Hospice!

The team of 17 included 7 staff members from Stocksigns, 2 from Gatwick Airport, 2 from RoSPA, 3 from Messagemaker Displays and 1 from Service Plus. We also had Pete and Nigel as our support team from the Stocksigns and Messagemaker Displays team.

Day 1

Distance: 26.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 6,107 ft
Time: 12h 25m

Our 12.5 hours hike began at the Brandon View Point with an easy start along the road side with a few rainbows to admire. This was short lived with heavy downpour and rocky terrains soon to follow.

The climb up Mount Brandon was in the clouds with some steep boulders to climb, and slim un-even paths to follow. The team made it to the summit, exhausted and wet but with a great sense of achievement. The journey down was cold and wet for a few hours until they emerged from the low clouds into beautiful sunshine and a rewarding view over Feohanagh before the 10 mile hike and to the finish line.

Day 2

Distance: 20 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,977 ft
Time: 9h

The distance for Day 2 may have been shorter, but the team had started the day trying to lessen the pain in their feet and legs. After a few stretches the team began their hike to Eagle Mountain. Walking through Dunquin up and down steep hills, we had a highly varied weather again with periods of downpour and sunshine (80% of us are sun-burnt!)

The team made it to the top of Eagle Mountain with fantastic views all around them. After a quick break to re-fuel the team set off down the other side, with their knees crunching all the way down!

The fantastic views most certainly helped the team ignore all their aches and pains, but the challenge proved more difficult that our previous 3 peaks challenge!

The hot sunshine, downpour, slippery bogs, boulders and rock climbing put the team through their paces, challenging their physical and mental strength, but they never stopped smiling! At every peak the team proudly flew their banner with all our sponsors and our chosen charities.

Dingle Dash Day 1 Charity Stocksigns
Dingle Dash Day 1 Charity Stocksigns

A big thank you to our sponsors

Cellular Solutions
RGC
metamark materials
Innova solutions
Ontrac Training
ANSWERPAK
Service Plus Redhill
arcom it
Righton Blackburns
Heron Painters and Decorators

The Hiking Team
Gavin, Adam, Rob, Keith, Tom, Danny P, Santosh, Neil J, Danny A,
Daniella, David, Lillian, Dave, Neil Price

The Support Team
Pete and Nigel

Dingle Dash RoSPA St Catherine's

This Year’s Challenge : The Dingle Dash

Dingle Dash Banner Stocksigns St Catherine's Hospice and RoSPA

Our team at Stocksigns love two things; fundraising for great causes and a challenge, so this year we will be taking on the Dingle Dash!

Last year, we conquered Mount Toubkal, where the treacherous snowy mountain had some of us shaking in our boots, we’ve slept rough to fundraise for YMCA. This year we’re off to Ireland, to tackle a couple of mountains along with some rain.

On the 8th of June 2019, a team of 15 men and women from Stocksigns, Gatwick Airport and RoSPA, will be hiking across Dingle for 2 days to fundraise for RoSPA (Royal society for the Prevention of Accidents) and  St Catherine’s Hospice.

Dingle Dash Summary
Dingle Dash Training 1st Session in the snow
Dingle Dash Training Rain
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St Catherine's Hospice Logo

” St Catherine’s Hospice was established in 1983 and we are experts in end of life care. We’re the leading provider of hospice care in Sussex and East Surrey, helping around 2,100 terminally ill people, their family members, friends, and carers each year.

We’re a local charity with a big ambition: to help everyone face death informed, supported and pain free. Providing expert hospice care, we’re there for people in West Sussex and East Surrey when life comes full circle.

We also pioneer standards in end of life care through collaboration, research and training, reaching even more people facing death and bereavement.

We provide completely tailored care. It could be a bath, a favourite meal, or helping someone manage their pain. For us, hospice care is whatever our patients and those closest to them need it to be.
We also give emotional, spiritual and welfare support to anyone affected by death and bereavement.

Our care is only possible thanks to the generosity of our local community who donate to and volunteer with us. Each year around £7.5 million is donated by our supporters and more than 1,000 people volunteer to help give our tailored care when people need us most.

Community support means we’re there when life comes full circle. “

RoSPA Logo

Our Vision: Life, free from serious accidental injury.
Our Mission: Exchanging life-enhancing skills and knowledge to reduce serious accidental injuries.

Following a public meeting in Caxton Hall in 1916 it was decided to elect a London “Safety First” Council to tackle the “alarming increase in traffic accidents, and the direct connection therewith of the restricted street lighting which had been necessitated by the War conditions”.

So began the organisation which was to become the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

RoSPA offers a wealth of advice, information and resources in all areas of accident prevention: on the road, at work, at leisure, in the home and in schools and colleges. RoSPA is a registered charity and have been at the heart of accident prevention in the UK and around the world for 100 years.

Follow the team’s training progress on twitter with #TeamStocksigns

Constructionline Gold Membership Stoocksigns Ltd

Constructionline Gold Member

Just a month ago Stocksigns announced their Silver Constructionline membership. Now we are very pleased to announce…

We are Gold Constructionline Members

The membership is “an increase level of scrutiny and assurance”, which has been achieved through numerous validations assessments for our environmental management, quality management, equal opportunities, modern slavery act adherence, anti-bribery and corruption policies.

This accreditation will open many doors for Stocksigns, offering validated proof of our high level of Health and Safety in our both our installations, survey and in our day to day running of the business.

Stocksigns is dedicated to providing the highest quality product and service to every customer, for every project.

Constructionline Gold Certificate Stocksigns Ltd
Danger Slippery Surface A Board Sign

Slips, Trips and Falls Prevention

Wintery conditions increase the risk of slips and falls outdoors, leading to potentially serious and life-changing injuries.  On a national scale, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report that 31% of all non-fatal injuries are caused as a result of slips, trips or falls on the same floor level.

To combat these statistics, Stocksigns has a wide range of outdoor construction safety signage in preparation for the weather taking a turn for the worst. Those who oversee the control of any outdoor site, especially construction sites, must work together to manage the potential risks and eliminate these risks, allowing people to move safely around the site.

  • Slip, trip or fall on same level
  • Handling, lifting or carrying
  • Struck by moving object
  • Fall from height

The main causes for slips and trips on these sites include uneven surfaces, obstacles, trailing leads and cables, wet or slippery surfaces and unexpected changes in the flooring level. Implementing the appropriate signage in locations where risks are high is a crucial safety tool to save injuries and even lives.

Traditional signage can sometimes be taken for granted, but the are legal requirements by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) which requires employers to protect against these hazards in the workplace.

Stocksigns essential hazard signs help alert and warn of potential dangers in and around a site.  Hazard signs cover three main areas; Danger, Warning and Caution dependent on the severity of the threat.  Made available in aluminium and rigid plastic, the Stocksigns Group range of construction safety signage are fully compliant with ISO 7010.  The signage specialists are committee members of the Heath and Safety Sign Association, as well as being an active supporter and partner of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

It’s crucial for both employers and employees to be made aware of the risks when working in treacherous conditions outdoors. We have a duty as signage professionals to guide individuals in making the correct choices when implementing signage around a site, maximising the levels of safety and reducing the potential risks to themselves and others around them.

Putting a STOP to sign Vandalism

If all graffiti could be as artistic as Banksy, people might not have such a problem with it.  Unfortunately, a lot of graffiti is rude, unsettling or just unsightly and it is something that should be abolished.  Graffiti can ruin the family friendly feel of villages or the feeling of safety in cities and is associated with crime and bad behaviour.

The cost of vandalism…

Beyond this, vandalism can destroy personal, company and local government property.  Even if the attacked item is not destroyed, it nonetheless is very inconvenient and costly to remove.  Network Rail spends approximately £5million per year cleaning up graffiti, while the London Underground spends close to a staggering £10million per year, proving that vandalism is a huge problem. Markings that obscure the purpose of the sign can be dangerous so it is essential that the messages of road signs or warnings are clear to the public.

At the Stocksigns Group we aim to reduce the inconvenience and cost associated with graffiti by offering signage that is graffiti and permanent marker resistant. These qualities are particularly useful as removing graffiti rapidly has been shown to help reduce the likelihood of re-offending, as vandals thrive off the chance to showcase their work.

How can graffiti resistant products help…

Although no sign can claim to be completely damage proof, we offer a wide range of graffiti resistant products. One of these products is Vitreous Enamel, a product that has been present for over 100 years and is renowned as one of the most hard-wearing, vandal resistant signage options.

The process of creating a Vitreous Enamel sign involves the fusion of an image onto glass coated steel in a furnace at temperatures up to 800oC, creating a sign with a lifespan of over 40 years. The finished sign has a high quality, vibrant, lustrous finish with fire retardant and fade resistant qualities,making them a popular choice for places where signs need to be long lasting in harsh environments.

Stocksigns can also supply a range of durable signs which provide many of the benefits of Vitreous Enamel. With vibrant colours, hard-wearing coatings and various metal options, they are robust and convenient vandal resistant signage and will last for over 10 years.

Extend the life of your signs…

Keen to offer products that are suitable for all applications, Stocksigns can also apply a protective overlay film (POF) on the majority of standard signs to extend the lifespan by up to 3 years. These are commonly used on construction sites and around local communities as the POF creates a surface which can be easily cleaned to rid graffiti with the use of specialist graffiti remover or just a simple microfiber cloth and water or acetone.

Managing Director of the Stocksigns Group, Danny Adamson said, “Vandalism always poses problems in society, so we aim to maintain and discourage damage to signage with our range of vandal resistant solutions, suitable for all levels of requirements. Recovering signs from incidences of graffiti creates a much longer lifespan making them more cost efficient.  Speed of removal also decreases time spent cleaning and restoring signage, diverting staff resources and money back to areas that require them.”

£10,000 reasons to say thank you…

This has been a fabulous week for everyone at The Stocksigns Group. On Tuesday 20th June, our Managing Director, Danny Adamson, attended the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gala Award Dinner to present a cheque for over £10,000, as part of our fundraising efforts for the charities Brighter Beginnings Campaign.

RoSPA Brighter BeginningsAs the official signage partner of RoSPA, Stocksigns have been supporting the charity for almost a decade and since the beginning of the year, we have been fundraising for the Mount Toubkal Trek which took place in May. The trip saw an intrepid team of 12 climb to the summit of North Africa’s highest mountain. What, from the warmth of a Surrey office, seemed a daunting prospect really was a test of both endurance and physical strength with the team tackling freezing temperatures and sheer drops on their route to the top.

We were thrilled with the support we received from so many of our suppliers, family and friends, all of whom contributed so generously.

ROSPA Guardian Angel

The fundraising efforts of David Cload, Projects and Survey Manager, who arranged and led the trip were also recognised when he received the prestigious RoSPA Guardian Angel Award at the dinner hosted as part of this year’s Safety and Health Expo 2018.

Our loyal customers also contributed to this fantastic total, which included donations made as part of our New Year sales promotion.

On behalf of all the team at Stocksigns, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in helping reach such a fantastic amount for a worthy cause.

To find out more about the work of RoSPA and the Brighter Beginnings Campaign, please visit their website www.rospa.co.uk.

Stocksigns Catalogue 2018

New 2018 Stocksigns Catalogue

We are pleased to announce the release of our new Edition 17 catalogue, with a fresher look, new products and updated safety signs.

We always ensure our signs are compliant with current legislation, so we have updated all the relevant signs in accordance with the new 2018 ISO symbols, as well as the introduction of new safety signs.

To offer our customers the best signs we are always looking at new products to increase our range, so we have introduced some new health and safety signs, as well as new Stretched Fabric Lightboxes, Frames Prints and Pop-up banners from our custom-made sign service.

From construction hoarding, to wall mounted lettering and illuminated signs, there are thousands of possibilities with our custom-made sign service, so we have included additional snapshots in the catalogue to provide a better taste of the wide possibilities of what we can do.

 

 

The Merstham Mix Cafe

New Look for Community Café thanks to Stocksigns

The Merstham Mix, a new ‘not for profit’ café based in the Merstham Community Hub, has been given a fresh look due to signage donated by local sign company, Stocksigns Ltd.

The café, located on Portland Road, opened its doors late last year with the aim of  bringing the local community together, while providing healthy and affordable meals, using ingredients donated from local supermarkets and food producers.

The Merstham Mix Cafe Inside

Stocksigns Project Manager David Cload explains how they came to be involved. “When Stocksigns were contacted and asked to support the project, we were more than happy to help. It’s a very worthwhile scheme and as a local business we are pleased to be able to support such initiatives. Not only that, but the café has now become a lunchtime favourite of the Stocksigns staff!”

The company provided an array of branded internal signs, window stickers and displays in the vibrant café colours.

“We would like to thank Stocksigns for all their help” said Anna Rooke, Volunteer Manager at the café. “The signs look great and have really helped to put our café on the map”

The Merstham Mix is open at selected times, Monday – Saturday.

For more information on Stocksigns, please visit www.stocksigns.co.uk
For more information on the Merstham Mix, please visit www.mersthammix.org.uk

Save 20% on signage this No Smoking Day…

No Smoking Day is full of help and advice for those who want to quit smoking, and a prompt for others to consider it. With 79,000 deaths recorded in 2015 as a result of smoking, it’s no secret how damaging smoking is to a person’s health.

To help lower the number of smokers in England, a smoking ban was implemented in 2007 for all enclosed public spaces and vehicles. Today, many establishments are taking a step further and are opting for completely smoke-free premises to create cleaner outdoor environments and help people quit smoking.

Signs play a key role in communicating the smoking policies of your premises, and informing where it is against the law to smoke. The Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2012 requires that ‘at least one legible no-smoking sign must displayed in smoke-free premises’.

To help you keep in line with regulations, Stocksigns have a comprehensive range of no-smoking signs, including wall mounted, hanging and floor signs.

From the 12th – 16th March, all No Smoking signs bought online are discounted by 20%!
View the full range here.

For help on how to quit smoking, have a look at the advice from NHS here

Top Safety Accreditation for Stocksigns

Stocksigns has been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.

Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management amongst contractors. It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies. Stocksigns, one of the UK’s leading signage companies provide temporary and permanent signage for companies throughout the UK. Works is principally involved in the construction, health care and property sectors sector.

The company’s application for SafeContractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business. SafeContractor accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to win new contracts, and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

Gemma Archibald, Director of Alcumus SafeContractor said: “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.”

“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Stocksigns has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector. SafeContractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”

David Harbison, Project Development Manager for Stocksigns, managed the accreditation programme on behalf of the company. “I am delighted that the good practices we employ at Stocksigns, have now been recognised with this official accreditation” David commented.

“As a company, we appreciate the importance of Health and Safety across our manufacture and installation processes and having an official recognition such as SafeContractor provides our customer and potential customers with peace of mind when working with us.

 

National Three Peaks Challenge

This Friday we start our epic Three Peaks Challenge! This involves climbing the 3 highest peaks in the UK in 24 hours. We are raising money for our partner agency RoSPA’s  (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Brighter Beginnings campaign. This was launched as part of their centenary celebration after discovering that a third of parents felt they didn’t have enough information to protect their children . The appeal has already seen the launch of:

  •           A Parent Hub – with helpful information to keep children safe
  •           A freephone helpline –  providing 24 hour support on the phone and over email

As accidents continue to be the biggest killer of children and young people under 19 the work the carry out  is invaluable.

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The challenge begins in Scotland on Friday 23rd with our ascent up Ben Nevis at 4pm. The peak is the highest in the UK at 4, 411.18ft! We then descend at pace before cramming back into our mini bus and head south to England.

Next up is Scafell Pike, we start our ascent in darkness at the cringingly early time of 2.30am on Saturday! This mountain is the smallest but is the most technical in parts which will test our head torch navigation skills to the max! We then descend and make our way to Wales.

Finishing up with our 3rd and final Mountain, Snowdon, we aim to have completed the descent by 3pm no doubt exhausted!

Our Managing Director Danny Adamson, a solid member of our training walks, said “The team has worked incredibly hard and they have been dedicated to the training.  Conquering this technical and enduring challenge is equal parts exciting and daunting, however we are confident we can complete this in the narrow time frame of 24 hours.

“We would love to thank everyone for the support they have shown so far, and our incredible sponsors including Famous Publicity, Centaur Roofing, Windmill Tapes, Metamark and NEPlastics.”

Stocksigns Group Managing Director Danny Adamson said, “We are putting ourselves through this mighty challenge to help parents give little ones the best possible start at life.  Health and safety is at the heart of what we do and being able to support RoSPA in keeping children safe is a cause we are proud to support.

At Stocksigns safety is something we feel passionate about and we would love for you to join us in supporting our cause to help parents give their children the best start at life. Health and safety is at the centre of all we do so we are proud to be able to support and fundraise for such a worthy cause.

 

Our goal is to raise over £4000 for the cause. You can donate in 2 ways:

You can support us and follow our progress on Twitter! #TeamStocksigns

 

Metamark

Centaur Roofing

NE Plastics

Windmill Tapes

Famous Publicity