I hope that everyone likes my new mask? It takes me back to my acting days. For those of you who don’t know, I actually starred in the movie – “The Mask” with Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz. I played Mylo the Jack Russell (spelled my name differently with a “y” as a stage name as I kept getting requests for “pawtographs”). Don’t tell Bella, but that Cameron Diaz took a real shine to me! Had to tell her that I was married with pups…
It has been great to get back to some normality over the past few weeks with shops, restaurants and pubs opening back up. The humans all seem to be happy that they have got to socialise again. Personally, I am just delighted that Greggs is open again! Some of the humans are continuing their lockdown hobbies and others just happy to return to the pub…
As we all adapt to the new normal, we continue to print material to help to curb the spread of the virus. Regular visitors to the site will know that we are specialists in the bus and commercial vehicle sectors. However, after a targeted marketing campaign, we have worked with a diverse range of new clients including pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and even a motorcycle dealership. It has been great to expand our horizons and build relationships with new clients.
Several of our commercial vehicle clients have taken advantage our new indoor fitting bay. As transport hubs tend to be busy, it is sometimes difficult to find physical space to let our teams work on an installation. Therefore, our fitting bay is a perfect solution for those who would prefer to have their graphics fitted off site. The fact that the bay is indoors means that we are not subject to the unpredictable Great British Sumer!
Over the past few months, we have been helping several of our clients from the bus operation sector with Covid related safety materials. More recently, we have seen a return of “mainstay” type work which is encouraging and a good sign of a return towards more normality.
Our work to help local organisations and charities continues. We printed a series of social distancing banners for Renton Craigandro FC. Coach, Raymond Keely said, “It has been a challenging few months for the kids during lockdown as they have not been able to train and enjoy the social aspect of the game. We approached Smart Graphics to see if they could print some banners to place on the pitch to remind the youngsters of the importance of social distancing. I am delighted that we are able to train again and hopefully it will not be too long before matches can resume”.
We have also printed some “NHS Thank You” banners for a local primary school as the pupils and staff were keen to show their appreciation for the fantastic work that the NHS have done during the Covid crisis. Helping within the community is very important to the team at Smart Graphics and we will continue to support local causes as well as our national charity partner – Prostate Cancer UK.
With the humans starting to return to the office, I am getting a little bit of a rest. I’ve been out fitting (up and down ladders and climbing scaffolding is tough when you have short legs), answering the phones and operating the printing machinery. I am going to take a holiday. Bella has been barking on about going abroad but I don’t fancy 14 days in quarantine so I have suggested “Labrador Bay” in Devon but she wants to go to “Woofferton” in Shropshire.
Someone said that I should try boxing to keep up my fitness during lockdown…it’s working well. I can see why Tyson Fury loves it. I reckon that I could be world champ!
Craig’s annual pike fishing trip to Loch Ken which normally takes place in September but due to baby Wilson’s pending arrival he took the trip early this year. Unfortunately, nothing was biting apart from the midgies on this weekend! As you can see, Craig does dinner properly on the Saturday night and took his pub sign from the man cave for a laugh. Got a few people chatting to him!
As we begin to return to the “new normal”, we have been busy helping other businesses to be Covid safe but have also introduced stringent measures to make sure that our own premises are safe for the return of clients, staff and suppliers.
Helping out in the community with banners promoting safe social distancing for the teams at Renton Craigandro FC and with banners for a local primary school who wanted to thank the NHS for their fantastic efforts during the crisis.
A great sunset captured by Lucy on a recent walk…
Xander’s low mileage classic Mini continues to take shape with the addition of new alloys, spotlights and a new Mini Cooper leather interior.
Paul has been busy building a canoe from scratch using 6mm plywood and the stich and glue method. The vessel is 4.8m long with a 1.1m beam. The plan is to paddle to work instead of using his Land Rover if the Great British Summer rainfall continues…