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If an installation involves working at height, it can be


particularly challenging. Originally working as self employed signage installation engineers, Chris Pitcher and Andy MacIntyre formed Abseiling Services and, as the name suggests, they provide rope access solutions and are instal- lation specialists where there are high level access problems. Andy says: “For the majority of clients it is the


overall savings that can be made by using our abseiling services that attracts them. There is no need to have road closures and costly access equipment such as fixed scaf- fold or cherry pickers and other expensive access machin- ery. With our equipment and skill we can reach places others can’t and install flex face systems, built up letters and all other aspects of signage including neon and LED, at a fraction of the cost.” “Our day to day work is general sign fitting more than abseiling


High flying by Abseiling Services in Fortnum & Mason, London. “At first, signmakers don’t always think about abseiling as a


and it’s our knowledge of signs and the sign industry that’s wins work for us when a job calls for abseiling expertise. Generally, abseilers aren’t sign fitters, they don’t have sign knowledge and we’ve seen this on jobs we’ve been employed to sort out installation that’s gone wrong, especially with flexface signage. For example, where we have been called in to sort out a new skin that has been installed but it’s wrinkled. Maybe who ever did it hasn’t got the relevant experience and working knowledge of applying vinyl, installing and maintaining neon, and more, that we have from sign fitting for years.” A perfect illustration of how abseiling can be an ideal solution


was at the new Metro Bank on Cromwell Road in West London. Abseiling Services was able to install all necessary signage high above the bank without any major disruption and the client avoided additional costs such as having to close a major road, assuming that would have even been feasible. Another prestigious contract the company is for the iconic retailer Fortnum & Masons in the heart of London. For the last three years, Abseiling Services have abseiled down the centre of a huge spiral staircase, not to install signage but to put up stunning Christmas decorations.


possibility but when they use us once and realise how much they can save, especially important in this current financial climate, they don’t forget about us again,” says Andy. Lou Birch of Birch Sign Services says what signmakers are


looking for when choosing an installation company is reliability, cost, reputation, engineer certification, and location. “The reputation we’ve built up over the years, the guarantee of


getting the jobs completed when they need them done, and the location of ours crews in the UK is what our customers want, and why they choose us over the competition,” says Lou. Birch Sign’s services encompasses installation, maintenance,


ground work, access equipment, neon repairs, project management, small manufacture works, abseiling, and surveying. Over the last 25 years the company has worked with small sign businesses, medium size companies and large corporations, as well as various local councils and construction companies. Birch Signs Services specialises in corporate roll out programmes, both short and long turnaround, and has completed a range of varied projects throughout the country and in Europe. The company has 12 crews with engineers based in Essex, South Wales, The Midlands and Surrey, and agreements with sub-contractors in the north of England and Scotland. ....continued on page 48


Birch Signs Services provides a range of sign installation and maintenance services. Birch Signs Services works throughout the UK and in Europe.


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