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Displays for the Great Outdoors

outdoor displaysWhich outdoor display you decide to go for will greatly depend on the time you expect your stand to be in use for, and of course your budget; but the most important consideration should be your objective. For instance, you might wish to draw attention to your business via the pavement outside your business to increase passing trade; in this case, an A-board can be ideal. Not only do A-boards represent an extremely economical display solution, but they are highly portable and the printed material that you choose to display can be changed quickly and easily, making them fit for a huge variety of purposes. If you expect to use your A-board outside for extended periods of time, or in particularly harsh weather conditions, heavy-duty versions with increased weather resistance and protective graphics covers are also available. A-boards also serve as a great way to advertise special offers or display directions, for example to your premises’ entrance or car park.

For outdoor exhibitions and events, or for situations where a more high-impact display stand is required, a banner stand could be a suitable alternative to an A-board. Banner stands can be single- or double-sided, and are printed with your graphics. Plus, they are designed to withstand even British weather conditions!
Wind breaks are ideal for use as dividers or for indicating boundaries outside of premises, and this makes them popular with restaurants, cafés and similar establishments. Wind dancers make for eye-catching displays, and their telescopic pole means that they can be useful for crowded areas where extra height is necessary for them to be visible.

For more information on any of our outdoor displays, or to pick our brains on the most suitable display for your business or event, email us now at, or call us on 020 8507 1612.

Going Green

environmental printingIssues of sustainability and the environment have enjoyed increasing popularity over recent years, but can seem difficult to translate to the events arena. Here we have looked at three areas that may be cause for environmental concern, and have come up with some simple ways to earn yourself back some green points.

Promotional materials: it may not always be possible to produce marketing materials whose validity remains intact after the event, but creating your collateral with future events in mind can be beneficial. For example, if it’s not necessary to include the name or specific date of the exhibition on your brochures, then don’t; this will allow you to use any leftovers at future events and minimise waste. Of course, if you really have to throw your unused promotional materials away, it makes sense to recycle them.

Display solutions: try and opt for a display or exhibition stand that has been made with the environment in mind. For example, purchase a high-quality pop up stand that will last for years, rather than posters that will wear out quickly and require frequent replacement. Many displays – such as our direct to board options – use environmentally friendly UV printing, rather than traditional methods that give off volatile organic compounds, and options such as Correx fluted display boards can be fully recycled after use.

Exhibition staff: you could cut the carbon emissions from your staff’s travel by laying on transport to events from one central location, using staff that are local to the event, or, for longer events, allowing staff to stay in local hotels overnight, thereby reducing the number of trips to and from the venue.
If you would like to find out more about how to make your stand as environmentally friendly as possible, email the Exantia team now for advice on, or call us on 020 8507 1612.

Choosing a Conference Venue?

1. Location. Where in the country (or the world) you hold your conference is likely to have a very serious effect on who shows up. For example, your head office may be in the Scottish highlands, but holding your event locally when you are trying to attract a national audience might not work very well!

2. Transport Links. Following on from the above point, think very carefully about where your clients/target audience will be coming from. Events that are difficult to get to can easily put people off, so holding your conference at a venue with nearby train stations – or even airports if it is likely that lots of people will be coming from overseas – can be a good idea.

3. Onsite Amenities. Often, conference venues are out of the way or in industrial areas, making lunchtime more complicated than simply popping out for a sandwich. With this in mind, check what catering and other facilities the venue has to offer – if your clients are happy and not distracted by hunger they will be much more interested in what you have to say!

4. Branding Opportunities. Think about how best to get your message across, and look for a venue that will be able to aid this most effectively. For instance, hotels can make great conference venues, but not all of them are kitted out to allow you to place large placards or stands in their lobby!

5. Cost. This one is pretty self-explanatory, but make sure you look at the big picture and consider all the add-ons that come with venue hire (catering, overnight accommodation, etc). Many venues offer great package rates, and it can be well worthwhile speaking to them in person to see what deals they can offer you.

Board Printing – Aluminium Composite

hoardingHaving already looked at Foamex and Correx (see 5th December and December 11th December blog posts respectively), it’s now time to move on to the hardier, more long-term-solution member of the direct to board family – namely, aluminium composite board.

Aluminium composite board is also known as Dibond, Dilite, Dibond Digital, Raybond and Raynobond, and consists of an aluminium faced board with a polyethylene core. Despite the fact that it is very rigid and robust, it is extremely lightweight and has a flat surface and consistent thickness.

As with Foamex and Correx , we use 8 colour UV inks on our aluminium composite board displays, which ensures that the graphics and logos printed on the surface of the board look striking and clear, whilst also being durable, fade resistant and waterproof.

Because the aluminium composite board itself is weather resistant and won’t rust or crack, it is ideal for creating long-term – even permanent – outdoor signage. It comes in thicknesses of 2, 3 or 4mm, and can be easily drilled or riveted, and fixed to posts or walls. In addition, aluminium composite board can be printed on one or both sides, so it is ideal for uses such as traffic signs, corporate signage, construction hoardings, real estate signage and other long-term displays.

Of course, aluminium composite board can also be used for indoor displays – though alternatives such as Foamex or Correx may be more economical for this, depending on your individual needs.

If you would like further guidance on any of our direct to board materials with respect to your specific requirements, please feel free to get in touch with us by dropping an email to, or by calling us on 020 8507 1612.

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Exantia are situated in East London, on the borders of Essex, and offer delivery of our high quality banner stands, popup stands, exhibition display acessories, replacement graphic panels, direct to board prints, and pvc banners throughout the UK, to the following UK cities and surrounding areas:

Aberdeen, Bangor, Bath, Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Cardiff, Carlisle, Chester, Chichester, City of London, Coventry, Derby, Dublin, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, Ely, Exeter, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hereford, Inverness, Kingston upon Hull, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester, Lichfield, Lincoln, Lisburn, Liverpool, Londonderry, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newport, Newry, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Ripon, Salford, Salisbury, Sheffield, Southampton, St Albans, St Davids, Stirling, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea, Truro, Wakefield, Wells, Westminster, Winchester, Wolverhampton, Worcester, York.

Contact us now with your exhibition stand and other exhibition display requirements for a professional service and quality display.

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