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Fire Risk Assessment in Cardiff shop

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We have three shops and were recently inspected by a fire officer, he pointed out we needed a fire risk assessment Cardiff was the first of three needed. We had not realised we were at risk of some big fines for not having some things in place at all three of our shops and it was a bit of a shock to learn just how far short we fell from compliance.

Dads a dinosaur when it comes to things like this

Its no excuse but Dad’s always been a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to things like this. For years I have been trying to bring all this stuff up top date but like many other don’t really know all the legislation around things like fire safety.

It was a bit of bad luck that has highlighted some issues as we had a fire next door to our shop in Cardiff and the fire officer had popped in to check our building. A chance call led to a fairly long list of things we had not being doing and that needed to be done. He was a decent c hap to be fair and has given us some time to get it all done and we are already onto that via a company I was recommended to.

We met the team at Twenty 4 Fire and security the same week after a friend recommended them as a good company to work with. The quote was good and they allowed us to spread the cost over a twelve month so that has really helped ease the pain of the total bill. They have also signed us up to a regular plan so they can take care of all this stuff for us across all three shops and allow me to get on with more pressing matters. Its a real weight off my mind and I am now able to focus on the million other things I need to get done.

Fire Risk assessment is completed in Cardiff and Bristol

We are now two down and one to go on the works needed. Although Cardiff was the only one checked we have plans in place to get all three compliant by next month and have the plans in place to have no issues should we ever get another visit.

Having this done for us and splitting the cost to a manageable monthly sum is also a bonus it certainly gives me less to worry about and allows me more time to get on with other stuff. The real icing on the cake was Dad’s seal of approval  I think our little visit even shocked him!

If you have a business no matter what type I would urge you to get your own house in order and get someone in to help with you fire safety obligations. It does not cost the earth but could end up saving you a lot of time and hassle in the long run. Our fire risk assessment Cardiff store cost less then £200 and was an investment we certainly do not regret.

Getting engraved plaques done for the doors

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We went for engraved door plaques
I have been tasked with organising the new engraved plaques for the doors of our offices. with so many changes in staff and positions within the company it is long overdue as many of the offices have the wrong name on the door with some even up with staff members that have left the business to go elsewhere.

My boss approached me about getting this organised a few weeks ago and asked me to get straight onto it as we have some important visitors coming to the office and he wanted to create the right first impression for when they arrived. With so many important people coming the list of to do’s was growing so I got a company to come in to meet us and show what we could have in the timescales I had to get everything done.

Company showed us a range of engraved plaques to choose from

The company I got in brought lots of samples and images of past works and after taking a long list of names we agreed on slate as the material we wanted to use for them. As well as door plaques we wants directionals and the areas signposted around the place.
They came back with the quote on the same day and as time was short we ordered from them straight away to give them the time to get the engraving done and also come in to do all the fitting. The fitting date was arranged for three days before the visitors were due to arrive and on the day everything was going swimmingly until they unwrapped one of the signs and found a hairline crack in it. They called the workshop and ordered a replacement and although I was sceptical about them getting it done in time they came back the following day with the new one and got it done.

The engraved plaques looked amazing

With only a day to spare the job was completed and I have to say they look great. As well as really lifting the place they look so professional and the fitting we have chosen mean changing them in future should be far easier than the ones they replaced. Everyone at the office was very impressed and my boss was over the moon with the results.
The visitors came and that went well too I am sure they were impressed with us and hopefully my little part in that would have helped create the right first impression with them.
Now that the internal signs have been done I have been asked to look at some of the more tatty ones outside too. I have asked the guys that did our internal engraved plaques to come back next week so we can look at the brief for the outside ones we are looking to replace. http://www.stonesign.com