Christmas signage – all wrapped up

With Christmas fast approaching, it won’t be long until popular Canterbury bar and restaurant ‘The Pound’ reveals its dramatic Christmas window decoration. For the past three years, SEC Work’s firm Gordon Engraving has designed and created the amazing Christmas ribbon window graphic which looks so striking for passers-by.

These kinds of graphics are also known as window manifestations and are great way of making an impact whilst also providing safety, as the window can be seen.

Gordon Engraving provides a range of engraving and signage services and has also provided The Pound with vinyl signage for A boards and blackboards along with engraved brass plaques and a hanging sign.

The Pound is located in a 60ft-high Medieval Gate which is over 600 years old. The building has found a new lease of life as a pub, bar, museum and escape room.

Gordon Engraving’s ‘one-stop signage shop’ service has created a stunning selection of signs for The Pound which have struck just the right balance between respecting the building’s history and heritage whilst also communicating its new modern purpose.

Meet Louise Clayson, general manager at C&D Fabrications

180925aAt SEC Works Group, we’re very proud of the calibre of our people and we invest a lot of time supporting staff through training and apprenticeships.

Louise Clayson is general manager at C&D Fabrications, our company that specialises in commercial vehicle alterations. She thrives in what is an essentially male-orientated industry.

She studied mechanics at Canterbury College and volunteered at our firm South East Coachworks in Faversham for work experience. They soon recognised her skills and energy and eight years ago offered her a full-time job.

Louise is now a qualified Level 3 mechanic with experience in metalwork; metal fabrication; coachbuilding; woodwork and light vehicle repairs. As if that wasn’t enough, she also completed a course in business management – all of which makes her extremely well qualified for her role running all aspects of C&D Fabrications.

Louise excels at her job because, in addition to being extremely proficient at all the technical elements, she is also very good at working with people. She says: “I love dealing with customers who really appreciate the quality of C&D’s service. I also work with dealers and salespeople from around the country and of course the team of coachbuilders at the workshop. I really enjoy how varied the job can be, no two projects are the same. We all work very hard to make sure projects are finished on time and to a high standard. And that all finished vehicles meet DVLA requirements. I’m very proud of what we achieve as a team which makes my role very rewarding.”


180921aWith a touch of SEC magic, an old, retired fire engine has become a state-of-the-art display vehicle and the team at SEC Works have really enjoyed working on this lovely old truck.

She’s an end of service fire engine which has been converted on behalf of the Fire Brigade Union. The fire engine has undergone a bespoke conversion and is now equipped with many modern features, including:

  • Sophisticated sound system housed in the internal lockers
  • External TVs fitted into hand-made cabinets
  • Staff catering facilities and sleeping area
  • Roof platform for presentations and speeches

Teams from SE Coachworks and SEC Signworks worked together on this project with Coachworks providing structural and electrical work and Signworks fitting the snazzy graphics and reflecting hatching. The truck is a great example of how the high standards of workmanship across SEC’s different teams come together to produce a beautifully converted vehicle.

The Fire Brigade Union is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018 and this beautifully converted truck will play a key role in helping the Union carry out its important work on behalf of members.

SEC Spices Up Famous Bus!

180828aA double-decker sized piece of Spice Girls history has been brought back to life by SEC Works! The bus, which featured in the film Spice World has been refurbished in time for the world's largest exhibition of Spice Girls memorabilia called 'Spice Up' in London.

The bus was a welcome sight for the team at SEC who created the original bus in 1997. For the last few years, the bus had been kept on the Island Harbour Marine on the Isle of Wight and was looking rather sorry for itself. The lads were very happy to give the bus a new lease of life.

The bus was given a full restoration by a team including an electrician, carpenter and coach-builder. The vehicleís floors and windows have been restored and its inside upholstered and painted. The upper windows have also been covered by the SEC's team at SE Signworks in a special vinyl which enables passengers to see out.

For the original film, the interior of the bus was shot in a studio. But Spice Up! exhibition organisers asked SEC to replicate some of the filmís features such as a bike for Sporty Spice, playhouse for Baby Spice and a catwalk for Posh.

SEC's managing director, Paul Chapman, says: ìWhen the bus turned up here, it had been parked for quite a long time on the Isle of Wight. I think someone had been using it as a feature of their cafe. It was nice to get it back. Most of the buses we do are quite fun and a bit different. And this is just another one of those lovely jobs we get.