New retail fit out top tips for success

To succeed in a crowded retail sector, it’s no longer enough just to have a practical shop interior with plenty of shelving – retail fit out is much more about branding and image than it ever was in the past.

A stylish shop interior with the right colours and materials creates a customer experience that people can really enjoy and, crucially, will want to come back and enjoy again in the future.

Here are five top tips for retail fit out that can help you to stand out and secure more of that all-important customer footfall.

1. Identify your challenges

The variety of challenges for retail fit out is vast. Maybe you have a direct competitor next door, or a very limited amount of shop floor space to work with.

In any project, but especially when planning commercial fit out, identifying the obstacles at the start can help you to overcome them, instead of falling at those hurdles when you reach them later.

2. Technical fit out

While the aesthetic is what appeals to customers, your shop needs to function well too. At hebs Group we always make sure the technical fit out gets equal priority.

That can include mechanical and electrical installations, as well as the merchandising units you’ll need to display all of your products at their best.

3. Flexible space

While some of your fixtures and fittings may be permanent – or at least semi-permanent – it can be beneficial to incorporate flexible space into new shop fit outs.

You can reconfigure that space as and when you need to, allowing you to accommodate seasonal product lines and occasional sales or special events in a way that seamlessly blends with your store interior design.

4. Materials and marketing

The materials you use need to be durable and hard-wearing to cope with significant levels of customer footfall, but also aesthetically appealing.

Natural materials like dark woods have been particularly popular in recent years and can be lit brightly so your interiors are bright and airy, complete with illuminated branding and logos.

5. Fabric and finish

Finally, hebs Group’s engineers and marketing team bring it all together with a cohesive interior fabric that both looks and works great, now and for the future.

The finishing touches seal the deal with high-quality attention to detail, and all that’s left is to stock your new shelves with your product range ready to open your doors to a new generation of customers.

 

To find out more about our retail fit out services, please contact us today. You can call hebs Group on 0151 236 0707 or email info@hebs-group.co.uk and a member of our team will reply to your enquiry as soon as possible.

The difference between PAT and Fixed Wire Testing

When it comes to checking that electrical appliances are safe to use, there are several options, including PAT testing (Portable Appliance Testing) and Fixed Wire Testing.

These two techniques are very different. In fact, they test completely different parts of the system, from the electrical wiring through to the appliances you plug in and use.

It’s important to choose the right method of electrical testing. For example, if you want to be able to unplug an appliance and use it elsewhere, you’ll need to PAT test the appliance itself and not just the electricity supply it is currently connected to.

What is PAT testing?

Portable Appliance Testing, more commonly known simply as PAT testing, looks at electrical appliances in their own right to make sure they are safe to use.

It can detect electrical faults that are not visible to the naked eye, such as internal wiring problems that do not show as external damage.

PAT testing should be carried out in line with the potential threat posed by the appliance. As such, equipment like power tools that has the potential to cause severe injury will probably demand more regular testing and inspections than everyday office equipment and desk lamps.

What is Fixed Wire Testing?

As the name suggests, Fixed Wire Testing does not test appliances, but rather checks the condition of the fixed wires that they plug into.

It’s a way to look for faults in your mains electricity supply circuit, so that you can have any necessary repair work carried out before a short circuit or power surge occurs.

However, Fixed Wire Testing does not necessarily mean that the connected appliances will be safe if you plug them into a different mains supply elsewhere – it only checks the condition of the wires in the wall.

Choosing between PAT and Fixed Wire Testing

The choice between PAT and Fixed Wire Testing is a relatively simple one, but it’s important to be aware of both methods of checking electrical safety.

PAT is better suited to appliances and under health and safety laws, it’s likely that you will be legally required to carry out PAT testing at appropriate intervals.

Fixed Wire Testing is suited to testing the mains supply itself and should also be carried out periodically by a competent person, typically a qualified electrician.

 

Contact hebs Group by calling 0151 2360707 if you would like to know more about our PAT and Fixed Wire Testing services, including comprehensive inspection and testing of your mains supply and portable equipment as part of an overall electrical safety audit.

What to know about fitting out a new gym

At hebs Group we are proud of our specialist leisure and fitness fit-out services and ongoing collaboration with some of the fastest growing gym chains in the country.

Gym membership is a competitive market, and while the spike in registrations over the New Year period shows fitness is still a priority for many people, the drop-off by the time February arrives really highlights the importance of customer retention in this sector.

A focus on quality and customer service when fitting out a new gym can play a big part in ensuring your premises are as appealing as possible to keep new users coming back again and again.

With hebs Group’s help, you can cover all the bases and create a venue that really competes in this crowded but lucrative market – here are just a few things to consider.

Use of space

Making the best use of the space you have available is essential, and we can help from the initial design stage right through to installing your fitness equipment.

Sensible division and partition of space can maximise the area available for gym equipment, free weight areas, side rooms for classes, changing rooms and so on.

We can work with you to understand exactly what you need from your facilities and ensure the shell of the building creates the various different zones as required.

Colour and design

People no longer want to work out in a boxy room with mirrors on one wall – gyms and fitness centres need to offer engaging interior design that is enjoyable to visit on a regular basis.

Use of colour is one method that has often been neglected in the past in gyms, but can help to reinforce positive perceptions of your brand and even encourage people to exercise harder or more consistently.

Again, we can help you with any decisions regarding colour schemes and interior decorations, which can influence the initial layout plans in terms of straight or curved walls, partitioned vs. open-plan spaces and so on.

Washrooms and HVAC

Finally, don’t forget the specific facilities you’ll need to complete your premises to a high standard.

At hebs Group we install shower rooms and other wet areas, and commission HVAC equipment for effective and efficient operation.

To find out more about any of these capabilities, get in touch today by calling 0151 236 0707 or email info@hebs-group.co.uk and we can help to ensure your new gym fitout is completed to the highest standard.

The advantages of UV LED pipe lining

When you need to line or repair a buried pipeline, whether it is gravity-fed or driven by pressure, there is often no need to dig up the pipe and suffer all of the cost and inconvenience of excavating a trench.

Trenchless pipeline installation and trenchless repairs are made possible thanks to ultraviolet light emitting diode (UV LED) pipe patches and liners.

Instead of digging up the ground, laying a lined pipe and then burying it again, directional drilling is used to bore a hole under the surface without disturbing the top layer of earth.

This is an ideal solution where there is above-ground infrastructure that cannot be disturbed or which would be difficult or expensive to reinstate after the work is complete.

But it’s also a convenient and cost-effective way to carry out all kinds of pipeline installations, from water pipes and sewers to utility pipes, without excavation costs.

And it’s all made possible thanks to innovative UV LED pipe lining and cured-in-place pipes, known as CIPP for short.

How does CIPP work?

CIPP is possible because of UV LED pipe lining technology. Instead of lining the pipe before it is put in place, the pipe can be inserted below ground first, before it is sealed against any minor leaks.

After the pipeline is complete, a liquid resin is injected into the interior, coating the inner walls of the pipe.

The resin is applied very quickly with good control over where it is deposited inside the pipe, making CIPP a process that offers excellent efficiency and relatively easy management.

Once the interior of the pipe is coated in liquid resin, UV LED light is used to activate the curing process. Again, this gives excellent control over curing, making CIPP resin very easy to work with.

CIPP can be used to patch leaking pipes once the location of the leak is known, or it can be used to line new pipelines that have only just been laid.

It can even be used as part of an auger boring process to upsize existing sewers and other pipes to handle greater capacity, again with all the advantages of trenchless technology.

 

At hebs Group we use cutting edge technology for both, including Pipe Aid LED Patches for straight pipe repair and Sewertronics SpeedyLight+ UV LED Curing Technology for new pipe installations.

Find out more about hebs Group’s use of trenchless technology and UV LED pipe lining. You can call us on 0151 236 0707 or email info@hebs-group.co.uk.