History of the Notice Me Company
Notice Me was started by Russel Steward in the later part of 2007. Drawing on 12 years experience in the office supplies sector. It was there where he took a particular interest in display products and especially notice boards. Simply by recognising and responding to a growing market demand for cut-to-size notice boards and a desire for a wider choice of felt colours. The stationery company he was working for at the time was a relatively early adopter to the internet. With their backing of his market observations, they began to advertise these specials services and colour options and the demand was almost immediate.
Such was that rapid growth and demand, the company even found itself exporting many of the specials. There was clearly a customer need for custom made display products. A wider choice of basic products such felt notice boards, cut to size whiteboards, and more designer and executive products.
So, from those humble beginnings a seed was planted that some years later led to the formation of Notice Me.
From the outset, Notice Me was set up to provide three basic missions.
Provide a made to measure service for noticeboards & whiteboards
Offer a larger range of felt & fabric colours for pin boards
Offer a wider choice of notice board & whiteboard frame colours and materials
With those fundamentals in place and already proving successful and popular, it was time to grow the philosophy even more. The new catchword for the company was ‘choice’.
The company expanded and became a partnership based on increased family input. The product range also grew to include even more display items that could be made to the customer’s specification. Specifically, the whiteboard product range had grown considerably. Notice Me could not only offer just simple magnetic dry wipe boards in made to measure sizes but began to offer vitreous enamel and projection whiteboards in custom sizes. Later we introduced wood frames and coloured aluminium frames as additional options. With the powder coating option came the chance to offer more colours and even the possibility of matching school and corporate colours on the frames. Customers could now specify a RAL colour and we could produce a custom coloured frame on many of products.
Again we expanded our range to include custom printed whiteboards. Initially we employed a lower cost digital print onto film solution, the film would be bonded to the whole board surface. That was then covered with a choice of two protective films. Although the technique is still used by some suppliers today, Notice Me dropped this method in favour of the superior dye sublimation process. This process allows the print to be applied to the actual board surface at a molecular level. The results are long lasting and rather impressive.
After the popularity of our indoor (open) notice boards we included a range of glazed lockable indoor and external notice boards. Again, custom sizes and extended ranges of frame and fabric colours were included. We continue to expand this area even to this day. A recently added range of external notice boards includes 17 standard frame colours and four felt colours. Importantly, this fabulous range of colours are available in just 5-7 working days. A lot quicker than we have previously been able to offer.
Notice Me is a Multi-Source Supplier
As we expanded our range of display products, Notice Me sought partnerships with a number of manufactures. This was hugely successful as we were able to widen our range and even head into new but related areas. But it also meant we had more choice around a basic product such as felt notice boards for example. Just take a look at our range now and you will see what we mean. More recently we have expanded our range of mobile whiteboards and freestanding dry wipe products. Giving our customers even more choice and even including some industry and factory floor whiteboard products.
This is part of our philosophy and mission statement, to give our customers more choice. In parallel with that is to always offer a discounted price. In fact we have never knowingly sold anything at the Recommended Retail Price. When we quote, we automatically apply quantity discounts so you receive the best value. We also have a statement that says we will beat competitors prices, wherever possible, on production of evidence of a lower price.
Based in Middlesex (just west of London) we serve not only our local area, but offer deliveries on a national basis.
Give it Some Colour
Notice boards are a great product aren’t they! Exciting? ..Well perhaps not. But they are easily obtainable and mostly do what they are supposed to do very well, – display notices & posters. Historically you had just a small handful of basic colours and sizes and that’s it! That’s where Notice Me started thinking what if you had more choice, more colours, more sizes & more frames, in short a much more expandable and personalised product? So that’s what we set about creating.
You will find that many of our products can be customised, it’s what we have become known for. So we now offer custom sizes on many products, plus a huge range of fabric & frame colours. Of course we still supply many off the shelf standard products, with many budget priced models for when cost is a prime concern