Discover some of the latest products and services available in the retail industry….


JS Air Curtains

New Insect Prevention Air Curtain

JS Air Curtains is launching a new air curtain, the Fly, specially designed for insect control. It is a hygienic alternative to plastic strip or chain link curtains, as it removes any potential for COVID-19 cross surface contamination.

By creating a high-velocity air barrier across a doorway, flying insects are prevented from entering food preparation areas in butcher shops, supermarkets, hospitals and nursing homes, as well as food production premises. This allows doors to remain open, further reducing the risk of surface contamination through staff or customers needing to touch doors or handles.

As well as insects, the air curtain can also discourage rodents from entering an entrance. Research has shown that rats, mice and other furry intruders do not like the sensation an air curtain creates on their fur and will avoid passing under a fast moving barrier of air. Dust, pollen and airborne pollutants are also minimised, to help maintain a safe and healthy indoor environment.

JS Air Curtains provide expert advice and supply an extensive range of air curtains for all commercial and industrial applications. You can find out more at


Rapid Scan 

Rapid Scan, the leading provider of thermal imaging and bio solutions, today launched Rapid Scan –  its flagship product which is the first line of defense against contagious illnesses. Rapid Scan has been developed to help companies protect their business from loss due to the spread of viral diseases. It is an intuitive thermal biometric camera solution that combines body temperature detection, access control, and facial recognition technology to create an added layer of protection for customers and employees from COVID-19 and many other contagious viruses.

Rapid Scan’s temperature screening system detects fevers in real time. Accurate to within 0.54F, the thermal scanner is the perfect addition to a biosecurity setup. This hands-free, automatic body surface temperature screening device uses advanced facial recognition and infrared temperature screening technology to identify staff and visitors with elevated temperatures enabling them to be quickly excluded from premises, consequently preventing the spread of disease to other employees, contractors and customers.

It is recommended to couple Rapid Scan with Xtreme Bio Disinfectant, a highly effective and safe disinfectant. Xtreme Bio is scientifically proven to kill Coronavirus, Bird flu, Herpes, Hepatitis and HIV.


GE Current, a Daintree company 

GE Current, a Daintree Company, Launches its Smallest 24V LED Module: the Tetra® Atom

Powerful, miniature module extends Current’s portfolio into a range of new, compact signage applications

GE Current, a Daintree company, announces the European launch of its latest 24-volt product, the Tetra® Atom. One of the smallest LED modules on the market, the Tetra Atom has been designed for use in shallow channel letters measuring as little as 25mm, as well as halo lit and routed acrylic letters used in smaller format signage.

Small yet mighty, Tetra Atom delivers market-leading light output and efficacy, and features Current’s signature build quality, offering sign-makers confidence that their signs will shine brighter for longer. Each module emits an average of 610 lumen/m at an efficacy of 124 lm/W, creating a bright, crisp light for a perfectly-uniform illumination, helping signs stand out, without increasing energy bills.

Up to 300 Tetra Atom modules can be connected to a single 100W power supply; double the loading of some of the Atom’s closest competitors; dramatically reducing the bill of materials and potential points of failure in the system to minimise implementation, maintenance and disposal costs at end of life. The 24V nature of the modules is also significantly more energy-efficient than 12V systems.

Tetra Atom is available in Europe through authorised Current signage distributors.


Bindatex Slitting and Sheeting

Bindatex Slitting and Sheeting helps to get the country’s retail industry back to work

Slitting and Sheeting have recently completed and shipped their first order of cut protective film to be used in homeware shops up and down the country to enable shoppers to “try and buy” new furniture.

The sheets of protective film empower retailers to allow shoppers to sit on a piece of furniture whilst minimising the risk of spreading covid-19. The sheets can be easily disposed of after use.

Bindatex Slitting and Sheeting provides a bespoke service, cutting suitable materials to any dimensions. In this instance, the company cut a durable, protective film that protects upholstery and prevents transmission of infection.

The order consisted of sheets of protective film cut to precise dimensions to match the retailer’s ranges of furniture and shipped direct to stores and distribution hub. Bindatex Slitting and Sheeting was able to turn this requirement around within one week from initial enquiry to delivery.

The material is durable, non-absorbent and is easily replaced after each use, making it ready for the next customer

The sheet of material has the ideal dimensions to be draped over a chair or sofa, hugging the contours.


Gx Glass

Gx Glass Launches Flexible Hygiene Screen System

Premium glass producer Gx Glass is helping workplaces safeguard against coronavirus with its new range of safety glass hygiene screens and sneeze guards, suitable for a wide variety of office, retail, education and hospitality environments.

Toughened to BS EN 12150, Gx Glass’ range of float glass screen products will not scratch or discolour over time, providing a more durable and long-lasting investment when compared with plastic or acrylic alternatives. The glass can also be covered in a specialist coating which offers effective protection against staining and discolouration as well as the adhesion and growth of micro-organisms.

The innovative systems allow for multiple configurations with both freestanding and mechanically fixed options available in a variety of sizes for both desk and floor level. A wheeled option is also available. The screens are fully customisable and bespoke cut outs can be added for till points where necessary as well as company branding, coloured panels, and even magnetic notice board options. Finally the range is easy to self-install, however survey and installation services are also available.

For more information on Gx Glass and its range of products, please visit:


SmartQ by Adactus

First universal UK ‘take-a-ticket’ app enables retailers to ensure safer and smarter customer queuing

Retailers can eradicate long physical store queues and ensure safer, smarter and fairer shopping for their customers thanks to the launch of the UK’s first universal ‘take a ticket’ social distancing SmartQ app by Adactus, specialists in booking and reservation systems.

Offered free to consumers and with the first four-weeks free for all retailers, SmartQ by Adactus guarantees less physical queuing along with shorter, safer distancing queues to reduce users’ physical interaction and improve the overall shopping experience in the new Covid-19 world.

The simple app, which requires just an initial mobile number registration, allows consumers to pick a convenient time to join the queue at their chosen store. Consumers can also do this via text or for those without phones, from a store staff member at a safe distance.

The customer then receives a retailer branded ticket on their phone or at the store, with estimated wait time and number of people ahead of them in the queue so they can wait safely at home, or in their car. When it’s time to check-in, SmartQ will send a second alert advising the customer to proceed to the store’s entrance.

Queue times can only be requested for the same day to prevent people block-booking future advance slots, while if consumers have to change plans they can re-release their booked slots by cancelling their ticket at any time.



‘Connect’ Glass Divider Range Offers Peace of Mind for New Normal

‘Connect’, a new range of high-quality, bespoke 6mm glass divider screens; available now to help retail environments reopen and prepare for the ‘new normal’.

UK-based showering solutions manufacturer Impey has announced the launch of ‘Connect’, a brand-new range of nine glass divider screens ideal for installation into retail spaces and shop counters.

‘Connect’ is available for immediate order and will be delivered within two weeks. The range comprises 6mm transparent, tempered safety glass encased in an aluminium frame; forming a physical barrier to help protect staff and customers in these difficult times.

Offering quick and easy installation, the ‘Connect’ range will help to form an essential part of workspace adjustment, enabling businesses to work safely and prepare to welcome customers.

Manufactured using sustainable materials, ‘Connect’ is available in a variety of heights and widths.

‘Connect’ provides a sturdier, sleeker and less scratch-prone solution than a plastic alternative. Each precision-engineered unit is provided with full mounting kits included and features adjustable aluminium bases fitted with double sided tape.

Said Impey’s Natalie Paley: “In these difficult times a safe workplace environment is imperative. We hope that this new product range will help overcome some of the challenges currently associated with reopening businesses.”

Prices from £168.33 +VAT (Inc UK mainland P+P). Delivery within two weeks of order confirmation.

Visit: or tel 01460 256080.



UX Global 

Innovative digital signage solution launched to enable retailers to operate safely 

An industry-leading digital solutions provider has launched a state-of-the-art occupancy management system to help retailers faced with new Covid-19 requirements measure the number of customers in-store.

Leeds-based UX Global (UXG) has created Auto-Q, a bespoke digital signage solution which allows retailers to measure the number of customers inside their store at any given time. It also provides a ‘traffic light’ system for automatic control of entry to the store, along with the additional ability to advertise key information to waiting customers.

It operates using 3D sensors installed at store entrance and exit points, which provide an accurate, real-time measure of exactly how many people are inside, with programmable email and push notifications alerting staff at key capacity thresholds.

UXG’s industry leading capabilities mean it is distinctively able to develop and integrate the complete system along with digital displays and housings, creating bespoke units which can be positioned internally or externally in line with store requirements.

The digital display can also be used for advertising purposes and to communicate real-time store information to customers, such as estimated waiting times and safety guidance.

UXG’s Auto-Q solution is immediately available to retailers. For more information, visit and to get in touch, email



Notcutts choose Eurobrick for its interiors

Eurobrick Systems has been leading the brick slip cladding sector for 30 years. Its specially designed interiors system I-Clad offers a space saving, lighter weight, real brick alternative to traditionally laid masonry. I-Clad is a popular choice for creating stylish interiors, so it’s no surprise that the successful garden centre chain Notcutts has chosen to use it on their fit-out projects in recent years.

Eurobrick first supplied Notcutts in Jan 2014 for an interior fit out at their garden centre in Pembury, Tunbridge Wells. Since then they have supplied a further 5 projects with the most recent being for a new 300 seat restaurant in Ditchling, West Sussex, completed in summer 2019.

Eurobrick supplied around 150m2 of their I-Clad system as part of the Ditchling refurbishment. The system was installed by one of Eurobrick’s approved installers, ML Brickwork (Southern).

For all 6 Notcutts projects Eurobrick supplied Whitby Red slips from their Classic Range. Whitby Red is an attractive, tumbled brick which adds character and warmth making it a popular choice for interiors.

For more information on I-Clad and other Eurobrick systems and products please visit


Flourish Trading

At Flourish Trading we have a variety of faux plants and faux flowers for wholesale customers. Faux plants can even be delivered potted to add a fresh sense of energy and nature to any room or display. Ideal for long term use in window displays, visual merchandising or other retail arrangements. 

Pots range from ceramic to metallic with everything in between with faux foliage and plants including Cactus, Eucalyptus sprays, Ivy, Ferns, Grasses and Yuka plants.

Please contact for further information or call +44 (0)208 640 0354.



At Northbanks we work with you to make a difference – to stand out from your competition and engage your shoppers through captivating and innovative retail environments, fixtures and displays.

We know what makes your customer tick – what they think and feel. It’s integral to the building blocks of the retail environments that we design and deliver, encouraging shoppers to shop and adding value to your brand.

By consolidating the design, manufacture and installation we can reduce the time and costs of projects, freeing up your time for the things that you do best!


Plan 2 Install

We’re at the tip of your finger…

Your investment in display stands is wasted unless they are well positioned, assembled correctly and fully compliant. So, when planning your next project, call Plan 2 for a different perspective on installation anywhere in the UK

From the installation of a single display stand to a rollout to support a major product launch, Plan 2 Install will not be beaten on service or price. For more information please call Mike Kirchin.


Doro Tape UK Ltd

When it comes to Aslan metallic films, there’s two sides to the story. From polished rose gold to brushed aluminium, specialist films supplier Doro Tape stock Aslan’s full range of double-sided metallic films. Perfect for window displays or any glass decoration, these polyester films have an exterior life of 3-5 years, adding a touch of luxury combined with excellent durability. These decorative films are also available in six printable versions too, making them a great choice for the retail and sign making industry where creating a big visual impact is key. 



 Hacel Lighting 

Azuma® Power Spot by Hacel Lighting 

The commanding Azuma® range combines a contemporary design and powerful performance with formidable form and functionality. Designed and manufactured by Hacel in the UK, the Azuma® delivers impressive outputs up to 6010 lumens, features state of the art Zhaga single point modules and outstanding colour rendering properties, optimal in retail and spotlighting applications. 

Available in Surface, Single and Three Circuit Track versions with standard colour options of Black, White and Urban Graphite (corporate colours are available on request).


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