The 7 Stages To Create A Stunning Fitout

The 7 Stages To Create A Stunning Fitout

After much consideration you have decided to push forward with a Shopfit for your business. However where do you start, especially if it is your first time to engage the services of a fitout firm? “There are seven steps that you will have to undergo, starting from creating a fitout concept to walking through your newly fitted store,” says Liza Ricioppo, Director at Blue Insignia. Knowing each stage and what comes before and after each will help prepare you for the weeks of work ahead.


Step 1: Concept

The fitout concept is finalised. You may already be flowing with ideas on what you want your store to look like, but it is always beneficial to consult with the experienced designers. Blue Insignia offers a complimentary design service & work closely with clients to further refine their concept and make sure it is something that can be built on time and within budget.

Step 2: Location

The location is finalised. If your business is a totally new project you will need to decide where will the store be located? The site will also play a big role in the final store design to accommodate factors such as the type of customers passing by and the habits of customers that will be frequenting the store.

Step 3: Design

Once the concept and location details are ironed out, a fitout design is then created through a collaboration between yourselves, the design team and the shopfit firm. It is a common mistake to want to rush this step, being keen to get the construction started but spending more time here will save you money and effort in the long run. Sometimes it is best to take a little longer in the design process to get it right which allows for a smoother flow throughout the rest of the project.

Step 4: Approvals

The fitout design is approved by the client before fitout construction begins. This makes certain that all parties are clear as to the expectations of the project. When it comes to scheduling your fitout, clear and realistic timeframes are essential. Timeframes vary depending on the individual fitout requirements. We find that the planning and approval processes are often the lengthiest dependant on the relevant bodies particularly if the local authorities are to be referred to.

Step 5: Actual fitout

The actual fitout is constructed according to the approved design plans. You may think that this will take up the biggest chunk in the fitout schedule, but Blue Insignia point out that this can actually be the quickest part of the process, especially if the planning and design were done well.

Step 6: Certifications

This is when the certifications related to building regulations are finalised, covering all the bases so that the client and the store are ready to start serving customers and safely open for business.

Step 7: Handover

The final step of a fitout project is officially handing it over to the client, a culmination of weeks of meticulous planning and execution. From experience clients should allow approximately 8 – 10 weeks including concept design to handover as an average, although individual project requirements may shorten or lengthen this time average.

Call our Friendly Team Today to Start Your Project on 01254 702010

Shopfitting Industry; Improving Sustainability

Shopfitting Industry; Improving Sustainability

In the UK, it is becoming increasingly common for large contracting and shopfitting companies to take a more in-depth approach when considering the type of material, they want to use when constructing their products. Why you ask? Sustainability is the answer. Sustainable construction embraces the preservation of the environment as well as adhering to ethical standards within a supply chain.

In the world of construction, the concept of sustainability has the capability to make a major contribution to a more sustainable environment for our planet’s future. Sustainable construction is often referred to as ‘green building’. Using sustainable construction materials is not only good for the planet, it can also benefit your company in a number of ways.

The main purposes of sustainable construction are:

  • Use energy more efficiently,
  • Reduce the damaging effects production may have on the environment such as pollution and waste and;
  • Ensure that the product you are selling is healthy and meets the client’s requirements.


Firstly, customers are becoming aware of what impact their buying habits have on the environment. It is said that buildings consume around 20-40% of energy consumption and physical resources in their own environment. Once built, construction products can be one of the main sources of pollution because of the emissions produced by them. Due to this, large companies are therefore forced to re-evaluate their manufacturing process.

Over the years, the use of green building materials has become a common way for construction companies to save energy and money. At the same time, your company can become eco-friendlier due to the reduced CO2emissions. For example, using recyclable materials such as metal and plastic will result in reduced waste and pollution. With the continued global exposure of the use of non-recyclable materials, manufacturers must consider the impact of what they produce and how they produce it in order to meet the demand for less damaging products to the environment.

With this in mind Blue Insignia, use sustainable timber which has the lowest environmental impact on its production and life-cycle. We only aquire materials from suppliers who are accredited by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) which is a global forest certification system, allowing consumers to identify, purchase and use wood that has been produced from well-managed forests and/or recycled materials.

Exhibiting & Staying Safe with BluXpo

Exhibiting & Staying Safe with BluXpo

Now having received the ‘Green Light’, Blue Insignia have been confronting the challenges which lie ahead and have introduced BluXpo, a fixed price flexible exhibition stand solution.

We believe exhibitors need peace of mind whilst moving forward in these uncertain times and now offer an all-inclusive stand which delivers a complete hassle-free experience along with the required hand sanitising and social distancing options:

✔️ Prices start at £2,200 fully installed in the UK & all-inclusive with no hidden extras.

✔️ Hand sanitising stations, floor stickers and safety signage. (Branded available POA).

✔️ All of your plans & paperwork submitted to the venue for approval, (risk assessments,

method statements, electrical & structural plans ).
✔️ Installation, design, hire and de-rig included.

✔️ No Storage Costs.

✔️ Custom build look – seamless and smooth, (no ugly metal frame on display).

✔️ Manufactured in the UK by time-served craftsmen.
✔️ Tailored to your exact needs with structural options, extras and accessories

available for hire or purchase.
✔️ Eco-Friendly – return to base models whereby graphics are recycled if no longer

required helping to reduce carbon footprint.

✔️ Scalable – can be used at various shows & spaces, all our stands are reusable.

✔️ Multi-show discounts available – planning your marketing schedule? Receive a

discount if you book three shows!

✔️ Stock transportation available, (POA).


We believe we can make the future exhibiting experience easier for everyone. Getting you back out into the marketplace with a professional and safe presence is what we do best.


Call our friendly team on 01254 702010 discuss how we can guide you through your next live event process from beginning to end.  

Prime Minister Confirms Start Date for Exhibition, Trade Shows & Live Events

Breaking News: Prime Minister Confirms Start Date for Exhibition, Trade Shows & Live Events

Following the announcement by prime minister Boris Johnson on 17 July Business exhibitions, events and conferences have now been given the go ahead to reopen on 1 October adhering to social distancing.  New guidelines published by the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Association of Event Organisers (AEO), will assist event organisers and participants in the UK to be clear how they can deliver a safe and successful event. There will be a number of pilot events taking place at event venues to plan for a safe return prior to large-scale events.