Blog posts of '2014' 'September'

Planning the Perfect Fete

Event Signs & Planning the Perfect Fete fete signs First Call Signs creates and manufactures temporary signs for many uses but one of the most fun applications is for fetes and festivals. 

We are often asked for guidance by  first time organisers of these events, and while we can advise on much of the safety and way finding aspects, our expertise is limited to the event signs. However, we have come across this great guide from an Australian website called . On there is an in-depth guide to planning the perfect fete. We have selected just part of the guide to share with you, to give the basic starting points.

Fetes and festivals require a huge time commitment. If you’re going to make the most of all those people passing through, all those volunteer hours and all that planning, you’d better make sure it pulls in lots of cash.

You're thinking of having a group fete (or you have a fete every year and you want to make this year's one the best ever). How do you do it? 

Here are four essential first steps in creating the perfect fete.

1. The people

  • Your first step must be to form a committee, designate tasks and schedule regular meetings.
  • You probably already have a fundraising committee, but you will probably need a committee solely for your fete or festival.
  • Schedule regular meetings that become increasingly frequent as you move closer to the event.

2. The format

  • Settle on key aspects as early as possible in your planning. Consider:
  • Themes
  • What sort of stalls or attractions you would like to include
  • Who will be invited (including special guests and VIPs)
  • Potential stallholders (including whether there will be people from outside your organisation supplying stalls or rides, and if so, who).
  • These are the things you need to decide early and lock in early (or risk missing out). Start keeping lists (see below for a download that will help you out with that) and assigning tasks for fleshing out the detail.

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3. The budget
  • Start sketching out a budget. Paint some broad brushstrokes at this point – you can start filling in more of the detail as you go along.
  • Your budget should include both money and time (the latter may be in short supply and needs to be protected as carefully as your cash reserves).
  • When it comes to income, try to set realistic but ambitious targets. If you’ve held this event (or one like it) before, use your figures from last time to set a stretch target for this event (say, your best past result plus 10%).
  • With expenses, it’s always better to overestimate – and have funds left over – than to underestimate and run out of money. Conventional wisdom advises that you should overestimate your budget by 20-50%.
  • When it comes to estimating time, use your best judgement and try to factor in any possible hold-ups or hiccups.

4. The documentation
  • Start researching all the documentation – licences, permits (food, alcohol, etc.) and other paperwork – you will need to run your special event.
  • Allow plenty of time to apply for and receive these documents, as some can take a while to be processed.
  • Start thinking about risk management and insurance as well.
  • Of course we believe that great signage can also help the success of the event. Professional well thought out signage, can help promote your event, improve logistics and organisation and more importantly help keep your visitors safe. 

Call 0800 652 6270 or email to find out how our event and festival signs can help your occasion to be a success.


New Updated Temporary Signs Catalogue Out Now

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When Stocksigns created the business stream for First Call Signs, we knew that there was a huge demand for temporary site safety signs in the construction industry. 

We expected the up-take to be good, the product is good, the sales proposition and service is good, so naturally we expected construction companies to get on board. What we didn’t expect was the scale of First Call Sign’s success in the construction and wider market place.

As a result we have already had to reprint the 2013 First Call catalogue and with that we have taken the opportunity to extend the range. Due to popular demand from our existing customers we have extended the range of construction signs, including products like the ‘Principle Contractor Boards’. However First Call Signs have been received so well they are no longer exclusively requested by construction companies. The new catalogue reflects this extended marketplace and we are now serving the events and services market, estate agents and property management companies to name but a few. First Call Signs is fast becoming a major player in the temporary signage arena covering:

  • Temporary health and safety signs
  • Display Banners
  • Point of sale material
  • Exhibition and display graphics
  • Promotional flags
  • Site boards
  • Artists impression boards

If you would like more information or would like a copy of our new temporary signs catalogue please contact
Essential Signs Starter Pack for Construction

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To help the smaller construction companies with the 'essentials', First Call Signs have produced a signage starter pack.  This pack consists of the 5 most vital temporary site safety signs in durable 10mm correx and is ideal for smaller construction site set ups.

Larger construction companies have long understood the importance of site safety for their clients, their staff and the general public, which is reflected by an increase in the level of signage seen at building sites.This has started to filter down to the SME builder marketplace who wish to ensure that they are covering at least the basic signage requirements. 

The First Call Signs starter pack, consisting of the 5 most vital signs, together with FREE logo inclusion, provides safety with a level of company branding usually reserved for the larger corporate companies, conveniently made available for the SME builder.
 For more information please call  0800 652 6270 or email our Sales Team

‘Safer Sites’ Initiative reveals Safety Check Failures


The 'Safer Sites' Initiative

‘Safer Sites’ Initiative reveals Safety Check Failures Picture During this Septembers “Safer Sites’ initiative the HSE has revealed that over 1,100 construction sites failed a safety check.

The nationwide campaign involved the HSE visiting 2,607 sites, where refurbishment or repair work was taking place. Inspectors found that on 1,105 sites basic safety standards were not being met. 

The findings revealed that: 644 sites had practices so poor, enforcement action was required to protect workers. 539 prohibition notices were served ordering activities to stop immediately, and 414 improvement notices issued, requiring standards to improve.

The most common problems identified included failing to protect workers during activities at height, exposure to harmful dust and inadequate welfare facilities. 

David Urpeth, a partner and expert in workplace injury at Irwin Mitchell said: "The high number of construction sites found to be unsafe during this initiative is simply unacceptable. The building industry is one of the most dangerous sectors for employees, yet the findings of this campaign show that lessons are clearly not being learned by the business.

"The dangers of failing to adequately protect workers cannot be overstated, as we regularly see cases when victims of work accidents have suffered serious, life-changing injuries as a result of basic failings such as a lack of training or vital equipment." 

Sandy Barnes, First Call Signs commented “This is disappointing news, as the Construction Industry has made great progress over recent years with its safety record, this HSE report serves as a reminder that ‘safety’ must continue to stay at the top of the construction Industry’s agenda, we cannot afford to take the eye of the ball”

Steve Murphy, general secretary of construction union UCATT said: "These figures expose the truth about construction, which is that many employers are prepared to gamble with workers lives rather than ensure their sites are safe."

He added that the most common problems are "basic safety requirements", and that the campaign demonstrated why the HSE should be given resources to increase their level of inspections. 

For more about the ‘Safer Site’ initiative, visit or more on this article visit . View our site safety signs.

Construction Death As Building Site Collapses

Construction Death As Building Site Collapses - Construction Safety 

Sydney Morning Herald South Africa building site collapses, one worker dead, 50 trapped Reuters UK If safety regulations are found to have been breached, the accident could sour already fraught labour relations in South Africa's construction sector...

Stocksigns Group's insight: Tragically Construction sites still provide some of the most hazardous working environments today. Construction Safety has to stay at the top of the industry agenda. See on

Top 5 messages to communicate with your temporary construction fencing signs

Site safety signs Using Your Construction Site Boundary Signs and Site Access Signs to Communicate Important Messages

Construction sites are notoriously dangerous environments and safety concerns start at the boundary of your site. While temporary, these fences mark the entrance to the project and will be viewed by site staff, contractors and the general public, and serve as an excellent communication channel. By careful planning, your signage can be used to communicate 5 key messages to staff, contractors, suppliers and the wider community.

1. Safety

Safety signage is used to make workers or visitors to the site aware of the dangers present at a busy site. Safety signs at the fence boundaries can help to reduce the risk of accidents. A multi-message access or site safety sign can communicate a number of safety messages clearly and efficiently.

PPE – Use these signs to remind workers of the necessary personal protective equipment required to work on site.

Authorized Personnel – A warning to curious passers by that no-one without proper authorisation may enter the site.

Hazards – These signs can be used to highlight any general and more specific hazards found within the site.

Instruction – Use your boundary signs to communicate any additional site specific instructions, like speed limits, site office reporting and delivery information.

2. Wayfinding

During a build, access points may change or facilities may move locations. Use directional signage on your boundary fences to help workers and visitors orientate themselves around the site. Use your wayfinding signage to help the site run more efficiently but also compliment your safety procedures. Moving through a busy site poses significant safety issues and the more efficiently vehicles and pedestrians are directed through the site the lower the risk. Highlight key points such as Site office, Facilities, First aid stations and delivery reception points.

 3. Notices

Notices keep workers, vendors, visitors and the general public updated on licensing, ongoing project management and basic information about your project. Notice signage can also serve to lessen the amount of commotion surrounding the length of time your project is taking, pavement or road closures and other inconveniences to the community.

Notices can be used to inform the local community. Naturally members of the public who are essentially your neighbours will be curious as to what is happening in their local area. Use your noticeboards to keep them updated on progress, the nature of the project and of course safety information.

By advertising the event of major deliveries to the site will ensure workers are aware of the delivery, your suppliers will be reassured that you are ready to accept the delivery and the general public will aware of any potential disruption in the area. This can also be extended to advertising the event of any major works that pose any specific threats i.e. highlighting any activity that may require additional PPE such as ear defenders. These noticeboards could even be used to show the expected weather conditions for the day.

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4. Advertising

Your boundary fences provide a blank canvas for advertising. An ideal medium for branding and advertising. Your name and logo repeated at intervals looks professional and will enhance brand recognition. In some circumstances it may also be possible to offer advertising space to local business to get maximum return on this medium.

5. Public Relations

In addition to your advertising signage why not promote your commitment to ethical business practices. Environmental notices highlighting your commitment to reducing your carbon footprint, considerate contractor notices. Advertise your safety records and perhaps how many employment opportunities you have brought to the local community. Take this opportunity to thank suppliers and contractors for their contribution to the project and of course this is the ideal place to apologise to local residents for any inconvenience caused and to thank them for their patience. If you are members of the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) why not include the logo on your signage.

Your boundary fencing is an essential part of the project but make sure you make the most of this communication opportunity by planning your signage to cover these top 5 messages.