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Exhibition Stand Designers, Quadrant2Design Launch New War on Cost Blog

Poole, Dorset (PRWEB UK) 14 October 2013

Poole based exhibition and design contractors Quadrant2Design have launched a new series of blog articles aimed at exposing the hidden costs passed onto exhibitors by event organisers, contractors and venues.

Written by Design Consultant Chloe Anderton, the new blog series will educate exhibitors on the 'Stealth-Costs' Show Organisers and exhibition Venues, directly and indirectly impose on exhibition stand projects, and show how to avoid or minimise them.

In recent years UK shows have been burdened with increasing costs, mostly as a result of unnecessary regulations and extra costs imposed by venues, trade bodies, show organisers and their 'on-site' contractors.

These costs act as a 'stealth tax' on exhibiting in the UK, as all the costs are passed onto the end customer, exhibitors. As a result the UK exhibition industry is increasingly under effective competition from foreign exhibition destinations who typically impose fewer unnecessary regulations and costs.

Take electrics for instance, where every individual plug socket is charged at up to £120. Recently, a minor change in a BSA guideline resulted in increased electrical inspection costs. Unfortunately this has little effect on the safety of the exhibition stands but only increases costs for exhibitors.

Chloe Anderton said: “It seems that UK exhibitors are at breaking point with the absurd cost of stand electricals. I believe we're at the point now where exhibitors are actually voting with their feet, and choosing to take their exhibiting overseas”.

Likewise, organisers have in recent years begun imposing extremely short build-up and break-down deadlines on exhibition contractors. Whereas in other European countries contractors can work 24 hours, UK halls sometimes require large exhibitions to be completely assembled in a single day between 8am and 6pm.

For large shows with numerous exhibition stands this means contractors inevitably have to use significantly more workforce labour to get the job done on time. Again this only has the effect of inflating costs for the exhibitor.

So while Show Organisers benefit from lower venue cost, the exhibitor simply pays extra.

Managing Director of Quadrant2Design, Alan Jenkins, said: “We can’t understand why these stealth costs are being imposed on UK exhibitors. We would understand if there was a genuine safety, or other sensible reason, but all too often there isn’t. It’s not fair on our customers, and we are going to do our best to help our customers avoid or offset these costs being imposed on them”

“Unfortunately we can’t change the rules, but we can point out the flaws and hope Organiser and Venues see sense.”

To help with costs, Quadrant2Design will often work with customers to design an electrics plan to reduce usage. Other popular solutions are for customers to ‘self build’ their Prestige Events System stand. The modular stand is easy to assemble, so removes installation costs. Lastly customers can take advantage of Quadrant2Design’s popular ‘free hire’ scheme, whereby they only pay for the graphics they use, not the hire of the exhibition kit. This has been found to save around 20% to 30% on costs.

Chloe comments: "This new Blog campaign will focus on beating these costs, or if you can't beat them, minimise them as much as possible"

You can view the first entry to the blog here, with more to follow:

Quadrant2Design's 'War on Cost'

Any exhibitors looking for further advice on cost, please do get in contact with a Quadrant2Design Design Consultant via: phone +44 (0)1202 650 333 or email designteam(@)


Exhibition Design Stand Company Join Forces with So Pure Coffee

(PRWEB UK) 2 October 2013

Arcade Design, a Midlands Exhibition Design Stand company has been elected to refit a showroom and reception area for high end coffee machine company So Pure.

So Pure produce high quality Swiss brew systems through their affiliate, Etna Coffee Technology. The continued partnership was confirmed after Arcade Design created the So Pure stand for the AVEX Vending Show 2013 which received positive feedback.

Allan Ward, Managing Director at Arcade Design, says: “The AVEX Vending Show was a resounding success. We’re delighted to continue our work with So Pure and design their showroom and reception area.”

“We will be incorporating and expanding on our original designs. So Pure are a luxury brand with a high end finish on all of their machines so the stand design and refit reflects the exclusivity of the brand”

The Avex Vending Show is the largest UK exhibition for vending and water. The event takes place every two years with over 150 exhibitors and visitors from the world's major manufacturers, operators and service companies.

“Many of the other stands at the Avex show have loud graphics and are somewhat gaudy. We built a stand that resembles a sports car showroom; it exudes class and style in a minimalistic way that really catches people's eye,” says Allan Ward.

The exhibition stand company highlight the importance of designing bespoke quality stands that can be re-used in showrooms in order to cut costs for clients.

Suky Matharu, Managing Director at So Pure, says: “We submitted a design brief to three suppliers in order to prepare for the industry trade show, one of the biggest in our calendar. Arcade Design were the company out of the three that got back to us quickly and provided an illustrated brief at our initial meeting.”

“Due to this prompt response and the time invested prior to meeting this company was selected as not only a supplier but a partner for all our future requirements. The expertise, knowledge, advice and professionalism throughout our first project far exceeded our expectations and we’re very pleased to have them as a long term partner. “

About Arcade Design

Arcade Design are an exhibition design stand company in Sutton Coldfield. They design and build exhibition stands for both large and small companies with stands designed for Claire's Accessories, LG and So Pure.


New, Hard-hitting Questions Exhibitors Should Ask Any Prospective Exhibition Stand Supplier

Poole, Dorset (PRWEB UK) 30 September 2013

Quadrant2Design, the Poole based exhibition design agency, has launched a new, innovative way to expose their competitors shortcomings.

It has launched a 'questions for our competitors' section on its website, posing the very questions many exhibition contractors don't want their customers to ask.

Quadrant2Design believe it's understandable that new customers like to shop around when choosing an exhibition company for a new project, or when they're looking for new ideas.

To help with this process, Quadrant2Design's new 'questions for our competitors' list suggests the 'blind side' questions that, although important, clients might not think to ask.

Alan Jenkins, Managing Director of Quadrant2Design said: "We are very confident in our Prestige Events System, our offer and service. If potential buyers ask our competitors the same probing questions we have asked of ourselves, we will win the business. This might upset a few sales people out there, but I'm not worried!"

Alan continues, "Competitors with 'cheap' exhibition stand solutions and inferior service levels, should be worried about well informed customers, who ask 'difficult' questions".

Quadrant2Design would like to challenge any competitor to match the Prestige Events System's capabilities and their service model. Does their system have seamless-effect graphics, curved graphic walling, integrated showcases and digital screens? Can their solutions be easily self-installed by a client, without tools or special knowledge?

Do other exhibition stand solutions have the Prestige Events System's flexible and modular characteristics, the ability to reconfigure for any exhibiting space?

And can they offer Quadrant2Design's Free-Hire Service, or their promise to pre-build every exhibition stand before it leaves the premises - the ultimate 'quality control check'?

"Our 'Questions for our Competitors' also highlights a disturbing omission on many exhibition contractors websites, the total lack of any photographs of 'real' exhibition stands that they have produced for clients, as well as any genuine sounding reviews," comments Alan Jenkins.

To see the list of questions go to: Questions for our Competitors.

For further information, please contact a Quadrant2Design Design Consultant: phone +44 (0)1202 650 333 or email designteam(at)quadrant2design(dot)com.

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Coming-Of-Age Psychological Thriller Dont Stand So Close Hits Stands In July Pre-Order Available Now

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 11, 2012

Every teenage boys wildest fantasy becomes his worst nightmare in this provocative erotic thriller debut novel from one of Hollywoods masters of suspense. SST Publications announced today the worldwide publication in trade hardcover, trade paperback and eBook of famed motion picture screenwriter and director Eric Reds first novel, the dark coming-of-age story about teenagers, Dont Stand So Close. The official release date is July 1st 2012.

Publisher Paul Fry says: From the very first time I read Dont Stand So Close I was hooked. Its excellently written, erotic, exciting and compelling. The book draws you in and doesnt let you go until the very end. Eric Reds writing is very descriptive and atmospheric, and once the book has you in its grip, its very hard to let go.

Plot Summary: When handsome 17-year-old Matt Poe moves to a rural town in Iowa, he is the new kid in school. An outsider who cant fit in, his only friend is his beautiful and sympathetic teacher, Linda Hayden. The older woman is the first to take an interest in him, helping him adjust to the community and keep his grades up. Matt cant help falling hard for Linda and what begins with a kiss becomes a torrid, secret affair. But his teacher is a lot more than he bargained for and the kids wildest dream becomes his worst nightmare. The only people who can save Matt are his two classmates, Grace McCormack and Rusty Shaw. But the three of them are in way over their heads against an evil adult trying to make sure they stay after class permanently.

About The Author: Eric Red is a Los Angeles based motion picture screenwriter and director whose films include The Hitcher, Near Dark, Cohen and Tate, Body Parts, Bad Moon and 100 Feet. He has had short fiction published in Weird Tales, Shroud, and Dark Delicacies III: Haunted. He was also the creator & writer of the graphic novel Containment for IDW Publishing. Dont Stand So Close is his first novel.

Please click on the links below to view the cover art on Flickr:

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For more information about Dont Stand So Close or to order directly from the publisher, please visit the official Book Site:


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Trade Show Display Company GLM Displays Extends Free Shipping on all Banner Stand Orders

St. Cloud, MN (PRWEB) June 05, 2012

GLM Displays, a leading provider of trade show displays, booths and graphics, has served their clients with competitive prices and great customer service for their various trade show displays and graphic needs and the addition of free shipping on over 50 products was a natural progression. Now, in addition to offering superior products and service, GLM Displays continues to remain competitively priced, staying ahead of their competition.

Shipping cost can be one of those forgotten items affecting ones budget, stated Matthew Lunser, owner of GLM Displays. Were hoping that by offering free ground shipping in the continental US, our clients will have the confidence to purchase through our web store. Theres no surprises when they finish the checkout process through our web store.

Retractable banner stands are still one of the most popular displays used at trade shows and events. Consumers are more willing to purchase larger items over the internet now than they were in the past. Free shipping is an added little benefit to help the purchaser feel comfortable with the transaction.

I offered free shipping for a few months and it seemed to help the decision process for our online customers. It really was a no-brainer to keep it in place, stated Matthew Lunser.

Exhibitors interested in learning more about GLM Displays free shipping policy, products or services can visit their website or call (888) 743-4564

About GLM Displays

GLM Displays offers a full line of trade show displays, pop up booths, banner stands, table top displays, banner stands, and more. Customers can find options, sizes and prices on their easy to use website, but also can find personable assistance by calling (888) 743-4564.

Whether its a small table top display or a full 20 foot booth, GLM Displays has the options for any budget or need.


European Distributors Increase as Interest in the Datapath x4 Stand Alone Wall Controller Soar

(PRWEB UK) 25 February 2012

The Datapath x4 stand alone video wall controller offers a flexible low cost way to building inspiring video wall with endless possibilities. This product has had increasing sales generating lots of interest; therefore Datapath Limited is expanding their base of European distributors. Joining Datapaths distributor portfolio are: Adissy in Russia, BlinkBlink in Belgium, Fineman A/S in Denmark and Sistem9 in Turkey.

Adissy, Russia:

Adissy develop solutions for building networks for Digital Advertising, LCD displays, run by a single centre on wireless communication channels through the internet. At Adissy they provide simple, low cost and reliable solutions, within different industries such as Retail, Finance and Transport.

BlinkBlink, Belgium:

BlinkBlink is a solid partner when it comes to a wide scale of straightforward and complex communications tools. Activities vary from digital signage, audio guides and multi screen setups to complex network infrastructures.

Fineman A/S, Denmark:

Finemans product portfolio covers all segments from home users to complex solutions to business. With over 25 years knowledge and experience within IT industry they provide excellent service to their customers, with a quick and flexible solution.

Sistem 9 Medya, Turkey:

Established in 2009, Sistem 9 Medya is now one of the leading companies in Turkey for Digital Signage. Covering Corporate TV systems and advertising networks, they offer their solutions quickly, smartly and economically.

Our focused marketing and sales efforts for the Datapath X4 continues to generate interest in more markets and industries, and we are pleased to announce partnerships with additional distributors across Europe, said Bjorn Krylander Managing Director and continued, We are looking forward to working with these new partners and together enabling new exciting applications.

To find out more about Datapath and our full list of distributors, along with our product portfolio please visit


IPEVO Restocks Cushi Pillow Stand in Charcoal Gray

Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) February 27, 2012

Due to brisk sales and continued high demand for the Cushi Pillow Stand for iPad, available stock of the item has been renewed. This includes the Charcoal Gray color, which quickly sold out upon introduction. Cushi's maker IPEVO, a designer and maker of technology products, now offers three colors for their popular pillow stand: Light Khaki, Charcoal Gray and Steve's Blue Jeans. All three colors are available for purchase through IPEVO's online store at at a price of $ 34.95 each.

Designed not only for iPad and iPad 2, but for all tablet computers, ebook readers, and even traditional magazines and books, Cushi was released in response to changing behaviors in computing and digital media habits. As ebook readers and tablet computers become more prevalent, more and more time is spent away from the desk in favor of lying in bed or lounging on the sofa. Cushi is a soft stand that conforms to the user's body in order to provide better support and better viewing angles given these new realities in user behavior.

"We've been extremely pleased at the overwhelming response for Cushi," said Royce Hong, CEO and big head of design of IPEVO. "Traditional stands made of rigid plastic or metal are completely inadequate for more informal settings such as the couch, the bed or the carpet. Literally and figuratively, these stands fall flat. Our customers are asking for a better way to support their iPads and ebook readers when they're away from the desk, and we have stepped up production of Cushi to meet that demand."

Triangular in shape, Cushi is made from a soft foam and a machine-washable, 100% cotton fabric cover. A fold-out section provides for two configurations: extended and compact. In the extended position, the fold-out section offers room for a Bluetooth keyboard; this configuration is ideal for keyboard-heavy sessions while lounging in bed (in which case Cushi is laid across the body).

Alternately, folded together in the compact configuration, Cushi provides a slimmer profile and can be placed on the couch arm, on a side table, or in the lap while seated. In all cases, Cushi is broad enough to provide ample support and stability on a wide variety of surfaces, including the body.

"Cushi's ability to conform to the body opens up many possibilities for the user," added Hong. "For example, say you are lying on the couch surfing the web. Cushi can be placed on your legs, and you can find the perfect viewing angle by simply adjusting the bend of your knees. When it comes time for a separate keyboard for writing emails, fold out Cushi and use the extra section for the keyboard. There's no need to retreat to the desk. Cushi makes computing comfortable."

Cushi Pillow Stand in Charcoal Gray, Light Khaki and Steve's Blue Jeans is available from IPEVO's online store at


IPEVO designs and sells innovative products to enrich today's connected lifestyle. We recognize the immense potential of new technologies to help people create, teach, learn, and inspire. From classroom to living room to conference room, IPEVO is dedicated to making technology more available, accessible, and affordable for all.

For more information, visit

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Job Applicants Can Stand Out in Today’s Competitive Market With an Undergraduate or Graduate Degree From World-Renowned Florida Tech University Online

Job Applicants Can Stand Out in Today's Competitive Market With an Undergraduate or Graduate Degree From World-Renowned Florida Tech University Online

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) December 8, 2009

Today, more than ever, a college education from an accredited university is required for individuals who want to establish a successful career. In the latest College Board publication titled Education Pays, findings confirm that students who attend institutions of higher education obtain a wide range of personal, financial and other lifelong benefits.

With studies consistently linking advanced degrees to higher salaries and lower unemployment, professionals in the job market are looking to earn college degrees in record numbers. However, the current economy is making it impractical for many people to attend college on a full-time basis. As a result, students are increasingly opting to work and pursue an online degree from accredited universities such as Florida Tech.

Located on Florida’s Space Coast, Florida Institute of Technology began collaborating with the University Alliance Online in 2004 to create and deliver the most innovative online learning experience on the market today.

“Florida Tech students have the flexibility to choose from 23 in-demand associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs – offered 100% online – through a state-of-the-art e-learning system,” said Shawn Daugherty, senior brand manager of University Alliance, a worldwide leader in interactive professional education.

In addition to the associate’s degree in liberal arts, Florida Tech recently added the following online associate’s degrees: accounting, criminal justice, healthcare management, marketing and computer information systems (CIS). Bachelor's degree programs range from accounting and numerous business tracks to criminal justice and CIS. Master's offerings include six different MBAs plus an MS in information technology.

Although the university’s college of business just launched its online MBA program in May 2008 with 70 students, enrollment is now at 665. "This growth is remarkable," said Dr Bob Niebuhr, Dean of the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business. "We believe it’s due largely to our award-winning faculty members and high-quality online programs which are appealing to active professionals pursuing higher education."

Recently named a "Military Friendly" school by both GI Jobs magazine and Military Advanced Education Journal, Florida Tech is proud to offer the following military education benefits to servicemembers and their families:

    Special military tuition rates and book discounts
    Montgomery GI Bill, Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon program participant
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    Veteran's education benefits
    Leading participant in the Army Continuing Education System -

Details about Florida Tech’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at and in the recently published University Alliance 2009-2010 catalog.

About Florida Tech

Florida Tech is a regionally accredited university and world renowned for its distinguished faculty, comprehensive curriculum and unyielding innovation. Florida Tech continues to be ranked a best national university by U.S. News & World Report. It’s rated by the Fiske Guide to Colleges and named a best buy in Barron’s Best Buys in College Education. Among its more than 50,000 alumni include several astronauts, many CEOs of major corporations, Senior Executive Service (SES) members and nearly 50 generals including three four-star generals, four three-star generals, nine two-star major generals and three one-star brigadier generals. Florida Tech’s main campus is located in Melbourne, Florida.

About University Alliance Online

The University Alliance (UA) facilitates the promotion and online delivery of associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as professional certificate programs from the nation’s leading traditional universities and institutions. Powered by UA’s technology and support services, our university partners have surpassed 300,000 online enrollments — making UA the largest facilitator of e-learning in the country.


Sandy Levine, VP of Marketing Services

Florida Tech University Online/University Alliance Partner


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Reliance Foundry Bollards Stand In When Alarms Fall Short

Reliance Foundry Bollards Stand In When Alarms Fall Short

Decorative steel bollard covers help to protect building

Vancouver, Canada (PRWEB) April 8, 2010

Thanks to Reliance Foundry, a local Future Shop, one of Canada's Best Buy subsidiaries, can avoid "smash-and-grab" burglaries. Thieves intent on acquiring electronics in Surrey, British Columbia, recently tried a frontal assault. Despite the certainty of an alarm system, they attempted a smash-and-grab, backing a stolen pickup truck up a flight of stairs and through the store's front doors at 2 a.m. Though they fled as police sirens converged, they came close to success – the truck bed was full of store products.

While it didn't lose inventory, the store suffered over $ 100,000 in damages, and was forced to operate through an unattractive plywood entrance at the height of the winter holiday shopping season while repairs were completed.

Bollards spaced to prevent a vehicle assault quickly emerged as the best solution to prevent similar incidents. Bollards are an attractive and affordable way to prevent vehicles from being rammed into buildings by would-be thieves. Because they must be close to entries (thus highly visible) to be effective, decorative bollard covers enhance architectural interest, avoiding the bunker look that plain steel or cement barriers may create.

The first step in preventing a further occurrence, the installation of concrete-filled steel pipes, achieved the desired prevention, but gave the store entry an unattractive appearance. Future Shop found a solution from Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd., a bollard supplier from the Vancouver area, adding decorative bollard covers that create architectural appeal, thereby transforming the steel pipe eyesore into an asset.

"Security bollards are the simplest, most secure and least expensive way to protect structures from security vehicle penetration threats like break-ins. They are becoming a routine architectural feature in the design of new buildings, and additions to existing structures," said Brad Done, vice president of Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd.

Done said many designs use standard bollards in utility areas, but add decorative metal covers in public entry areas.

“Reliance Foundry's bollard division offers more than 35 styles with durable powder coated options that complement historic to new building styles”, Done said. Five finishes are used most frequently - textured black, dark green, statuary bronze, anodized grey metallic and anodized silver; all are available as standard options, with more color choices available to meet customer’s exact specifications.

"Decorative bollard covers are usually paired with concrete-filled steel anti-ram posts for maximum security and perimeter protection. Bollards also manage traffic by separating pedestrians from vehicles - while allowing easy pedestrian access to a designated property. Chains can be used between bollards to direct people and vehicle flow, without the unattractive and less adaptable use of fencing," Done said.

Adding still more flexibility, retractable or removable bollards are a good choice for areas where occasional maintenance and emergency vehicles need to access the building, Done added.

Visit for more information about Reliance Foundry's entire Bollard product line.

About Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd.:

Reliance Foundry ( has been a family-owned business since 1927. Bollards are one of its main product lines, along with industrial wheels, replacement parts and investment castings. Reliance sources products globally and offers quick and convenient delivery in the United States and Canada from its Vancouver-area location.


Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd.

Unit 207, 6450 - 148 Street

Surrey, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada

Postal Code: V3S-7G7



e-mail: brad(at)reliance-foundry(dot)com

e-mail: brad(at)bollards(dot)ca

Main Office: (604) 592-4333

Toll-Free: (888) 735-5680

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