Butterfield group the incumbent signage manufacturer to McDonald's in the UK and a number of European destinations have produced various protective components to assist McDonald's with the planned reopening of their stores.
The product was manufactured and distributed to in excess of 1,500 stores over an eight-week period and consisted of a total of 22,000 separate items.
The items included 2,500 drive-thru booth window screens, 1,500 drive-thru counter collection screens, 3,000 screens for the till areas, plus 15,000 back of house free standing Kitchen screens in two alternative designs.
Butterfield adapted one of their factory areas as a temporary dedicated manufacturing plant for McDonald's adopting all the government's social distancing rules to ensure the safety of its management and factory operatives.
Other areas of the factory were then adapted to assist a number of our other clients with producing bespoke screens, graphics, barrier systems etc to meet their own individual social distancing requirements.
The materials used in the production of the safety equipment for McDonald's included 17,000 square meters of clear acrylic, this would cover an area of over 4 acres of land and 80,000 metres (50 miles) of powder coated steel tube.
All product was sanitized and protected prior to despatch, which involved in excess of 3500 timed delivery visits to sites throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland.
A spokesman for the Butterfield group, Tony Bairstow, Account Director stated it would have been a significant task during normal times, with lots of businesses closed and self isolating we had to obtain vast levels of materials from a number of nationwide sources, we provided specialist protection for our own factory personnel, whilst our extensive projects team worked tirelessly from their home offices to ensure the production and logistics/ distribution ran as smoothly as possible. McDonald's is one of the businesses key accounts, we have worked with them for in excess of 25 years, it is a fantastic feeling to know that they had the confidence and trust in our ability as a business to deliver what was a highly complex and significant project that assisted with the reopening of their stores.
In 2019 Butterfield Group were Winners of the Best Roll Out Project for the McDonald's programme Awarded by The International Sign Association.
A reduced Butterfield management and operational team have been in place throughout the lockdown to facilitate any site maintenance issues and provide an eclectic mix of social distancing products for a number of our existing clients.
Many social distancing products were of a bespoke design to facilitate the client's own retail environment requirement.
Social distancing products included the manufacture of 22,000 screen units supplied and delivered to in excess of 1000 Mcdonald's outlets throughout the UK and the Republic Of Ireland.
Various areas within the factory were adapted to facilitate a skeleton production team and meet all social distancing government requirements.
All areas of the factory have now been adapted to meet the social distancing requirements, and additional operatives have now returned as our clients are making contact and re-engaging with works.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our existing highly valued clients for their continued support.
We would like to reassure you that during this period of uncertainty in relation to the spread of COVID-19, we are committed to ensuring all of our customers receive our usual high levels of service as normal. Our team remains fully available for you via all the usual channels – phone, email and online.
One of our key responsibilities is to protect the health and welfare of our employees, customers, and partners; whilst helping to slow the wider spread of the virus.
To maintain an uninterrupted service, we have taken proactive measures in line with government advice. This will ensure we can continue to operate, delivering products and services on time, while managing the developing situation.
All Butterfield employees have the capability and systems to work remotely from home.
We have restricted travel to business-critical (both internationally and domestically) and are using other means of communication, such as video conferencing, to minimise face to face meetings.
Thank you again for your continued support. Our team remain here for you and we will continue to monitor the position and provide you with further communications as and when necessary.
Sneeze screens designed and custom-built to client requirements. Simple to install, with no mechanical fixings necessary, using hygienic acrylic and aluminium materials.
The video above provides a roundup of some of the new technologies exhibited at this year’s Integrated Systems Exhibition which took place in February at the RAI Exhibition Centre Amsterdam. If you are interested in anything contained within this video please feel free to contact us for further information.
Alternatively, if you have any current digital signage projects that you are looking to carry out, we would welcome the opportunity to assist.
We currently work with a number of high profile organisations and supply both exterior and internal digital signage including large-format LED display screens.
We can supply hardware, specialist bespoke fabrication works, we design creative content, Deploy content through our content management system, plus provide installation, commissioning, and after-sales care services through our nationwide field services operatives.
If you need any assistance in communicating important messages please do not hesitate to contact us, we can produce specialist graphics for glazing, walls or floors, in sizes to suit your requirement, we can also design to suit.
The newly invested Printing equipment utilises water-based HP Latex Inks which offer health and environmental advantages - compared to eco-solvent, solvent, or UV-curable inks – from the production work zones to the finished product.
The third-generation HP 831 Latex Inks and Printers include a number of significant innovations that take the benefits of HP Latex Inks to a new level.
The HP Latex Inks provide outdoor durability and versatility across all common media types used in sign and display applications together with high quality, odourless prints, low maintenance, and the reduced environmental impact of water-based inks.
HP Latex Printing Technologies address environmental and health concerns across a broad range of attributes throughout the entire life cycle of a print from production to disposal. The water-based formulation of HP Latex Inks fundamentally provides healthier print production without trading off performance.
The water-based formulation of the ink requires no special factory ventilation as they contain no Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs), they are non-flammable, non-combustible and Nickel Free.
Recyclability is an important component of the total environmental performance of used consumables. All HP 831 printing supplies—including ink cartridges, print-heads, and maintenance supplies are recyclable through the HP Planet Partners program.
HP 881 Latex Inks are supplied in 5-litre ink cartridges, where approximately 70% of the weight of the used ink cartridge is a recyclable cardboard container.
Latex Inks meet a range of stringent human health criteria represented by UL ECOLOGO® and GREENGUARD GOLD Certifications.5,6
The battery-powered, outdoor Digital A board, integrated with two sunlight-readable 43” 700 NIT high-bright displays, offers shop front digital signage, on a manoeuvrable and cordless wheelbase.
With a battery life of up to 14 hours, the LCD auto-dimming screen displays vibrant advertising content grabs the attention of passers-by (in either direction), drawing them instore, and increasing purchases on promoted items and goods.
The A board has a steel case and protects against liquids, airborne particulates, and physical impacts. Whilst interior environmental control will maintain a stable temperature even when outside conditions fluctuate between 2°C to 43°C.
The units are suitable for businesses in footfall locations, such as pedestrianised areas, restaurants, shopping malls, and retail outlets.
Units are secure when left unattended, on castors, braked in position and IP56 rated.
Butterfield signs have recently completed the new corporate branding Of Virgin Money at three high profile City Centre Flagship stores, located in Manchester, Birmingham and Kensington High St, London.
The new Brand Design was carried out by London Based Design agency I-AM, and our project team worked closely with the design agency in recommendation of materials, development and prototyping, to determine the correct look and feel.
We provided an eclectic mix of exterior illuminated signage, various illuminated and non-illuminated interior signage, window manifestations, interior graphics plus elements of associated marketing product.
The main external entrance features were formed by an illuminated welcome retro cinema readograph type sign with the main ID brand text being multi-layered stacked internally illuminated individual letters suspended within the large window spaces.
The Group Acquisition of Virgin Money.
On 7 May 2018, it was reported that CYBG plc had made a £1.7bn all-share offer to acquire Virgin Money plc. On 18 June 2018, it was announced that the takeover had been agreed.
Arrangements were then made for CYBG to license the Virgin Money brand for £12 million a year (later rising to £15 million a year) and to move all its retail customers to the Virgin Money brand over the following three years.
The acquisition of Virgin Money plc was completed on 15 October 2018. The assets of Virgin Money plc were legally merged into Clydesdale Bank plc on 21 October 2019.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year.
Best wishes from all the directors and staff at Butterfield Signs