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  • Top display ideas that we loved at Autumn Fair

    Autumn Fair was great! What Spring Fair’s little sister lacks in size it makes up for in ideas & inspiration (and enthusiasm). Each year we are amazed at the thought, hard work and dedication that goes in to creating so many stand-out stands!

    As the masters of retail display & Point of Sale display we use Autumn Fair as a guide to what’s hot in the world of display. So here are some of our favourite things from this year’s exhibition.

    1. There’s a whole load of faking going on

    Faux plants are everywhere this year. We’ve been using then in lots of interior displays and this years Autumn Fair confirmed this a definite trend for 2019. There seems to be no end to the types of faux plants and flowers on offer – so realistic, so colourful and such a great finishing touch to the display of lots of different products.

    1. Rustic Renaissance

    Perhaps it’s a concern for the environment, perhaps its another retro trend or perhaps its just because it simply looks so good, but the rustic look is in and everywhere. From subtle display touches to all over concepts, rustic displays are adding a touch of Arcadian elegance to lots of different window & interior displays.

    1. Deep and Warm & Hot

    Following on from the above, the hot colour trends for the season are deep earthy tones. This palette adds warmth and richness to any interior or display, creating an aura of calm and connecting with the customer on an organic way. Use in blocks or add subtle touches of these tones through fabric, paint or products used.

    1. Down Mexico Way

    Again, not unconnected with the above two trends for the organic & authentic Mexican-inspired designs are also much in evidence. From the wisdom of Mayan civilization to Freda Khalo modernism Mexico offers a rich colour palette and patterning that simply inspires eye-catching displays.

    1. Black is where its at

    Has white become passé? After so many years of high gloss, high sheen clean cut white displays, display may be shifting in the opposite direction and embracing the black. Again the look is more low-fi than ultra slick with a strong use of matts and low sheen finishes that seem to work well with lots of product ranges – from low tech & organic to hi-tech & funky.

    Were you at Autumn Fair as an visitor or exhibitor? Do you agree with us or did you spot some other display trends? Was the Fair worth attending? We’d love to read your take on the event.

  • Outdoor Leaflet Holders means you keep selling 24/7 - even in the winter

    outdoor brochure holderOutdoor leaflet holders are a great way to promote your business 24/7. After a sweltering summer, winter is on its way but these leaflet holders protect print from the worst of the British winter. Unique water resistant design that automatically closes after a leaflet is removed, they are easy to install and come in all standard print sizes.

    No business can be open 24/7 so an outdoor leaflet holder is a low cost promo option for lots of business. Use them for menus, promotional leaflets, special offers, sign-ups for loyalty schemes, promoting events etc etc. Made from clear & durable acrylic, they are smart enough to be fitted next to almost every business and the design means the print can be seen clearly at all times.

    Made by us in the UK, our outdoor leaflet holders are manufactured to last – even in the busiest locations.

    Outdoor Leaflet Holders Now Reduced In Price

    And there is even better news – just in time for winter we have reduced the price of most of our bestselling outdoor leaflet holders.

    economy outdoor leaflet holdersOur Economy Outdoor Leaflet Holders range has been reduced by over 30%. - Chose from

    - 1/3 A4 (DL Trifold) leaflet holder from just £7.50

    -  A5 leaflet holder from just £7.95 &

    -  A4 holders at just £10.60

     

    We also offer two further ranges

    -   Premium Range in DL, A5 and A4 sizes with prices starting from £6.05. We also offer discounts for bulk buys – ordering from as few as 10 will see savings across the range.

    -   Outdoor brochure & leaflet holder boxes with sturdy black lids & clear durable central viewing front.

     

    Don’t let the rain or winter weather stop you from promoting your business – add an outdoor leaflet holder today to keep the sales and activity hot, even when the weather is not!

     

    Don’t forget – spend £85 in one transaction & get FREE NEXT DAY DELIVERY

    (All prices exclude VAT. Subject to availability)

  • New Look, New Website for Mid West Displays

    Our sister company has unveiled a smart new look – and all ‘all singing, all dancing’ new website.

    Mid West Displays, a specialist in display products and services, has a new logo as part of a Group wide rebranding, first rolled out at Wrights Plastics.

    The new logo reflects the companies continued growth & their development of new services such as interior design for estate agency branches or developing a range of top-rated digital advertising display screens.

    For the first time their website is fully eCommerce. Previously users could add items to a basket & were then contacted for payment details. Users can browse 1000s of display, signage and Point-of-Sale products & buy using credit/debit cards, PayPal Express Checkout, Google Pay or BACS. Credit customers can also opt to pay by invoice. There a number of delivery options including Next Day Delivery.

    The site also aims to offer ‘insights, ideas & inspiration’. There are ‘behind-the-scene’ looks at completed projects, updates on design & technology trends & info on how to use display, signage and branding to boost sales across sectors such as estate agency, salons, retail, food-to-go restaurants, and signage & display etc.

    mid west displays logoThe company-wide new logos aim to show that, while the companies in the Wrights Plastics Group, have their own identity & USP, across the Group we offer joined up services that range from off-the-shelf leaflet holders to bespoke Point of Sale display manufacturing as seen in leading High Street stores such as Marks & Spencer. Mid West Displays became part of the Wrights Plastics Group in 2016.

    Here at Wrights GPX we are loving the new website & the new look logo – rumour has it that we will be unveiling our new logo soon so watch this space.

  • Acrylic Magazine Racks prove bestsellers

    clear acrylic magazine racksOur range of acrylic magazine racks has proved a best seller across our marketing channels.

    Customers visiting the Wrights GPX website, our Amazon shop or eBay store have been buying these smart acrylic magazine racks in record numbers.

    And what’s not to love?

    Made by us in the UK, they are the perfect finishing touch at home. The sleek contemporary design works well with minimalist or modern layouts, but the clear acrylic finish enables it to work with vintage and traditional looks as well.

    It’s a great place to keep and store fave magazines and books and can be used in living rooms, studies, bedroom and kids’ rooms. Our acrylic is shatterproof and durable, and easy to maintain & clean.

    They are perfect for lots of commercial uses too – ideal for hotel bedrooms or lobbies and an easy way to add a touch of class to waiting rooms & reception areas.

    Sturdy and smart the acrylic magazine racks are also sensational value.

    We offer two options in our acrylic magazine racks range

    Our Premium acrylic magazine rack is made from durable 8mm acrylic – perfect for any environment and excellent value at £14.95.

    Our Budget acrylic magazine rack uses a thinner acrylic but is still great for everyday use – and at just £10.36 you cannot find any better value magazine racks online.

    Both options measure 330 (w) x 170 (d) x 260 (h)

    For commercial customers we also offer discounts for bulk volumes – and for everyone there is free delivery on all orders over £85 (+vat)

    You can lots of other great value items in our furniture and homeware range here

    It’s clearly time to treat yourself to a handy little looker from Wrights GPX.

  • £50k jewellery display clearance launched by Wrights Plastics GPX

    jewellery display clearance bannerToday, we've launched a massive £50,000 jewellery display clearance event across our range of jewellery stands, racks, sets, risers, and display block. There are savings of up to 92% and prices start from as little as 10p.

    Display items in the clearance event include

    The complete jewellery display clearance can be viewed here

    Jewellery Display Clearance ends July 27th

    The clearance event is on for a limited period only - and ends on 27th July 2018. But there is some good news

    • There is no MOQ for individual items - all we ask is that you spend a minimum of £20 + vat per transaction
    • FREE UK mainland delivery is available on all orders over £85 + vat

    Most of the items in the clearance have been made by us here in the UK so you can be assured of the highest possible quality - even at these incredibly low prices. We use high quality material and finishes to make sure these jewellery display stands will last and last.

    So stock up & save today!

    Jewellery Display Clearance Terms and Conditions

    1. No further discounts allowable. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.
    2. Prices exclude VAT & delivery
    3. Min order value £20+ vat.
    4. Online orders only
    5. Subject to availability
    6. Free delivery to mainland UK addresses only
  • New Wrights Plastics Website

    Wrights Plastics website and new logo has been unveiled.

    Part of the Wrights Plastics Group which includes Wrights GPX and Mid West Displays, the West Bromwich-based acrylic fabricator specialises in retail display point of sale and plastic machined components for industry and the automotive sector.

    The new look includes a new logo, corporate colours and typeface - part of a suite of new logos across the businesses in the Group that emphasise their own identity but shows they belong to a family that share the same brand values and offer a joined up service and product offering for many clients.

    The new look website packs in a lot of content.

    More about the Wrights Plastics website

    The website details the huge service offering from the company. This includes plastic forming and acrylic fabrication services suitable for the manufacture of a large range of products including vacuum forming, thermoforming, drape moulding, line bending etc. The website sets out in detail the retail display services that have seen them work with some of the largest retailers and retail design agencies in the UK and Europe, and there is a section on the signage, graphics and print arm of the company with products that include illuminated signage, wayfinding and directional signage, window graphics and vacuum-formed fascias.

    The new Projects hub features insights into recent work for clients such as Marks and Spencer, Chanel, Morgan Cars, Jaguar Land Rover, Radisson Hotels and many others.

    You can also keep up with the latest company news and find out about their ongoing investment programme.

    You can also sign up to & join their mailing list for more updated content.

    We love the new Wrights Plastics website – and hope you will to.

  • We've updated our website privacy and data protection policy

    wrights gpx privacy and data protection policyWe take your privacy seriously and so we have updated our website privacy and data protection policy.

    The new policy makes it even clearer what data we gather from you and how we use it. It details why we need certain data, how it is stored and who it is shared with.

    Remember we NEVER share, lease or sell data for marketing purposes with anybody else.

    In our new policy we set out your rights as an individual.

    For marketing purposes, we only ever keep details that you have clearly given your consent to - and we make it easy to unsubscribe from future marketing. There is an unsubscribe at the end of each marketing email or you can contact us at sales.gpx@wrightsplastics.co.uk to ask us to remove your details.

    If you buy from us we retain some details that help us fulfill your order and that we are required by law to retain. These details are held securely and only retained for as long as the law requires. All this information is set out in our new policy.

    You can see our updated policy here

     

     

  • We’re Highly Polished after our latest investment.

    We’re investing again – this time in the world’s first fully automated polishing machine.

    The Bermaq Ami-C diamond edge polisher promises “a perfect high quality finish” for acrylic and similar materials – that’s the kind of language we love.

    We use diamond polishing on a range of standard Point-of-Sale retail display products as well as bespoke display and signage items for our clients such as Marks and Spencer, The Arcadia Group, dciArtform and loads of other retailers and retail agencies. The process provides a clean-as-glass finish to acrylic and similar plastics and the Ami-C enables bevels up to 60º lean.

    It’s great to see the Bermaq Ami-C up and running. As with all our investment in cutting edge technology, this machine will enable us complete this process more efficiently, faster and to a higher quality – and that’s good news for our growing customer base and great news for UK-manufacturing as it allows us to remain competitive in a global market place.

    And less waste is always a great idea and is an element of our ambitious sustainability plans.

    For the geeker among you the Bermaq Ami-C offers

    • Working length: 3100mm
    • Maximum thickness: 120mm
    • Cutting depth: from 0.05 to 4mm
    • Maxium feed speed: from 0 to 3.5m/min
    • Total electric power: 5,5kW.
    • Milling angles range: -5º a +60º

    This latest purchase cost approx £40,000 and follows our £300,000 investment in the Cutlite Penta Plus LM3020 laser cutting system.

  • Christmas Jumper Charity Fundraiser 2017

    Friday 15th December saw us wearing Xmas jumpers for two great causes.

    We were raising money for St Basil’s Big Brum Sleepout appeal and Birmingham Dogs Home. Our Christmas fundraising event has been an annual event for a number of years with many of the staff wearing jumpers and t-shirts that range from the witty & smart to downright offensive. While some wear a new jumper every year, others simply dust the mothballs of the same Xmas jumper each year – in fact some don’t even bother to get rid of the mothballs. It doesn’t matter – they are all worn to raise much needed funds & have a good laugh at the same time.

    Those that don’t (or won’t) wear Xmas jumpers or t-shirts, raise funds in other ways or simply donate to help us collect as much as we can.

    Our efforts are helped by Mike Wright’s very generous match funding. This year we raised £310 in total and the amount will be split between our two chosen charities.

    St Basil's works with the young and vulnerable homeless across the region by providing accommodation and support.

    Birmingham Dog's Home works across the region to rescue and rehouse dogs.

    Take a look at our gallery of photos from the day – thanks to Lorraine and Izzy for expert camera work.

  • Slatwall Shelves Specialist Offers Solutions

    Slatwall shelves for sweater and jumper displayWrights GPX has established an unbeatable reputation as perhaps the UK’s leading name in Slatwall shelves and accessories – and they believe they have a display solution for almost any product.

    The Slatwall shelves are manufactured by Wrights Plastics at their UK West Bromwich manufacturing base, as well as a massive range of point of sale display and retail display products.

    The acrylic fabricator produce a huge range of Slatwall shelves and accessories and the range is updated to include new products and take account of changing consumer behaviour. Some Slatwall shelves incorporate ticket holders and sign holders to allow branding and promotions to be easily included.

    Slatwall remains perhaps the ideal shop-fit solution providing a totally flexible merchandising platform with an instant makeover of the previous decoration. It is probably the most versatile way of transforming plain walls into effective and maximised merchandising areas and is easy to install, versatile, economical and available in many different colours and finishes. In addition, there are now literally 1000s of Slatwall display products that can help any retailer make the most of their product lines. Hard to display and awkwardly shaped items are no longer a display nightmare as there are Slatwall display solutions to hand. There is even more good news. The vast majority of Slatwall display products offer exceptional value. Not only is the cost low, but buying from the right manufacturer means you are investing in products that are made to last and can be used again & again, season after season.

    Why choose Slatwall Shelves from Wrights GPX?

    We are one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of Slatwall display products. From our base in West Bromwich we make 1000s of products using high quality material. We have developed and prototyped lots of specialist display products – responding to changing markets, new product launches and the needs of our client base of specialist and general retailers across the UK.

    Established in 1969 we are a family-run business committed to UK jobs and manufacturing. Our history of investment in people and leading-edge technology has helped ensure we remain competitive in a global economy. Our bespoke division provides retail display solutions for big name brands such as Selfridges, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Arcadia Group and many others. Buying direct means customers are assured of the best value – and we offer massive discounts for bulk purchases.

    Need some ideas on the best Slatwall shelves and products to display your product ranges? Look no further as we have a brief guide to help you make the most of almost every product range from the 1000s of Slatwall shelves and Slatwall accessories to choose from.

    Accessories. It is a wide term so many trays and troughs may be perfect for a range of smaller accessories but there are also a good range of display products for specific items such as hats, purses & bagssunglasses and fashion jewellery and charms.

    Books.   Coming in lots of shapes and sizes but often a big money product range, there are is a range of book display supportsracks and multimedia Slatwall shelves that can be used to display and store a wide range of books.

    Slatwall shelves gift wrap dispenserCards. Greetings cards and seasonal card sales are potentially big sellers for general retailers and fortunately there is a comprehensive range of Slatwall products that are made specifically for this sector. Card racks can be combined with gift wrap racks, troughs and dispensers to maximise gift card and wrap sales.

    Cosmetics. In 2015, the UK cosmetics industry was valued at £17b and ranges include everything from high-end to organic brands, fun ranges and men’s products. There are a range of Slatwall shelves that can be used. Shelves with ticket price holders will help support brands and customer communications and specific cosmetic trays will enable retailers to lots of products in a clear and eye-catching way. Distinctly shaped shelves will add interest and appeal.

    Crafting. This is another sector that has seen massive growth in recent years and many ranges are easily introduced into a retailer’s product range. The subject covers lots of products but standard shelves, trays and troughs should offer all the display options needed and Slatwall stationery items can also be useful.

    Fashion. More and more retailers are adding fashion items to their general ranges as these become cheaper and more widely available. The Slatwall range is up for the challenge, with specialised products to help retailers make the most of ranges including hats, caps, gloves, shirts, sweaters & jumpers. Touch here for more details.

    Food & Drink. A staple ‘diet’ for most retailers so it is not surprising that there are plenty of Slatwall options here, with lots of trays, shelves and troughs. Heavy duty shelves will support weightier food items and a bow fronted tray offers space and appeal.

    Gifts. The term covers a wide variety of products so it is a handy that there is a wide variety of Slatwall solutions, from trays and troughs in a variety of sizes. Additionally Slatwall shelves often include useful lips to retain goods and many also offer a price ticket holder for you to add that all important branding info. A useful display item is the 2way shelf. It can be used as a flat shelf when needed or turned over for use as a handy tray for gifts – a perfect 2-for-1!

    Gift Wrap. As with gift cards (see above) Slatwall offers loads of products designed to make the most of your gift wrap sales, and they can all be found here. You’ll find racks, dispensers, boxes, rails and containers for all your wrap, bows, ribbons and cards – brilliant for all year round sales or to boost seasonal sales such as Xmas and Valentine’s Day.

    Jewellery. Jewellery ranges keep on selling. From high end lines to fun fashion jewellery as well as the demand for charm bangles & bracelets, many non-specialist retailers are adding jewellery ranges either as standalone lines or to upsell with fashion, gifts, accessories & cosmetic ranges. We have put together a selection of jewellery display products here.

    slatwall shelves for magazines and newspapersMagazines. Despite the rise of digital access, magazines remain a core range for many retailers and there are plenty of products to help you display magazines and promote new issues, special editions and seasonal print. In addition to magazine racks in a variety of shapes, there are standard Slatwall shelves with deep lips that can be used to display magazines.

    Mobile Phones. Usefully many Slatwall cradles for phones also include pockets for pricing & product info to make it really easy to sell the benefits of the latest must have mobiles. Touch here to find out more.

    Spectacles & sunglasses. Again another Slatwall range that appeals to specialist retailers & opticians, as well as general retailers adding a high margin product line especially during the summer season. There are plenty of options to suit the number of lines sold. Find them here.

    Sports Equipment. Sports equipment sells but is often difficult to display – until now. There is now a range of high quality low cost display solutions for everything from footballs to tennis rackets, golf clubs to golf umbrellas and lots of clothing and sporting accessories in between and now our Slatwall sports equipment range is gathered in one handy location.

    Stationery. With strong sales all year round and lots of season boosts such as Back to School and Christmas, stationery items are a must-have for most general retailers. Often difficult to display, we have overcome that issue by putting together a range of Slatwall stationery display products that offer effective display solutions at unbeatable value. The range includes dispensers, trays, bins and even complete units.

    Why not download Guide to Slatwall Shelves, Racks and Point of Sale Display for easy reference?

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