Every banner I produce is as unique as the customer who commissions them. There are a few questions that seem to come up quite often, though, so if you take a minute or two to read these, it might save an email…
What size are your banners?I work to a standard size of 2.4m X 1.5m.
How much are your banners?The price is dictated by how many hours I will have to work on producing your banner by hand. The costs could be anywhere from £200 for a relatively simple design that might take me 2 or 3 evenings to produce, up to £400+ for a very elaborate logo, coat of arms or design. I am happy to provide a no obligation quote if you let me know roughly what you are looking for. Please also see the pricing section of the website where I have illustrated the costs of some of my previous work.
How long does it take to receive my banner when I place an order?This depends on how many orders are already on the books – it can be anything from 10 days to 8 weeks at busy times. At very busy times, I keep a waiting list and will contact you when I have capacity again. I will try my best to put you in the picture when you place an order. Please remember I am working alone with just a couple of hours a day to commit to banners, and I have a full time teaching job, so my students must always come first.
Can I have the same as your “Crowned Champions” banner?No you can’t, and the answer is the same for every other design. To be honest, I can’t understand why anyone would even WANT to have the same flag. It is important to me (and to the traditions I am working to preserve) that each banner is unique and a one off. Repeating flag designs is not something I’m interested in doing, and I’d rather turn away work than do it. The Kop would look ridiculous if everyone turned up with the same flag. It is the beautiful mishmash of styles, ideas and designs that makes our supporters so unique. If you don’t agree, I’m not your man.
Can you do a mock-up of my design?Yes I can, but only after you have paid a deposit to place your order. I have been stung one too many times by unscrupulous people wasting my time and stealing my designs to have printed on a cheap polyester flag. Once you have made an order, I will work with you to fine tune the design until you are 100% satisfied.
How do I place an order?In the first instance, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and give me an outline of what you are looking for. I will let you know an estimated lead time, give you a quote and, if you wish to go ahead, I require a 50% deposit paid by bank transfer (I will email you back with the necessary details). You will pay the remainder when the banner is complete.
How do I hang my banner?All my banners come with two possibilities for display. Incorporated into the top seam is a colour-matched rayon cord which runs across the full width of the banner, so it is always ready for hanging. Sewn into each side will also be a sleeve to accommodate poles, so you can display it in that way at trophy parades etc.
How do I care for my banner?Essentially, don’t wash it and try not to get it saturated as the red colour can bleed into the white letters. A little rain is fine, but don’t leave it out in the rain overnight. If the worst happens, a bit of chalk can whiten the letters (I speak from experience!). You could consider spraying it with Scotchgard or a similar water repellent.
Are your banners fire treated?Many stadia require a certificate or label to prove that your banner is fire retardant. I do not have the capacity to do this myself at the moment, but I can recommend a company – Red Dragon in Cardiff – who have treated my own for a small cost. You just have to post it to them by recorded mail and they will send it back. It is also possible to do this treatment for yourself using a product called Flametect Nitro D, which can be ordered along with the necessary certification and labels. This is a service I am looking into providing in future for an additional fee.
Disclaimer: While I have had good experiences of the above services, I am not working with or for them, and I am not responsible for the service you receive from them. I have just provided these links to try to be as helpful as possible.