Chicken and Duck Heaven on Earth!

If this Spring, you are walking in a West Country field and see the most beautiful Chicken Coop, or walk past a pond and see some very satisfied ducks basking on a Floating Duck Lodge, it most certainly is a “Flyte so Fancy” creation,  a Dorset family run wood working enterprise.

Phillip and Anne Weymouth, and their Dorset based team of craftsmen (and women), build and decorate the most extraordinary range of eco-friendly Poultry Coops, and we all know there’s nothing quite like keeping our feathered friends happy.

Of course, to make sure potential new customers know how to contact the company, an elegant oval green and gold aluminium label was needed. And Phillip asked Southern United to provide them, and now these long lasting labels adorn his luxury avian homes.

So, whatever you create, isn’t it about time you got all your ducks in a row, with a durable, weatherproof elegantly designed label, from Southern United?

Now that’s a shed load of labels!

Established 30 years ago, Elfords of Chichester is now the market leader in the manufacture and supply of Garden Sheds, Summer Houses and Wooden Workshops in West Sussex and Hampshire. Tony Harris, the Managing Director and son of the founder, says “You’ll be amazed by the number of enquiries we get for Beach Huts from people walking past the ones we supplied years ago”. The durable and ultra-long lasting aluminium labels Tony describes as “cheap advertising”, with the orders they provide him with year after year.

Tony chose Southern United to supply another 1000 labels for 2017 as a repeat purchase, having found these signs very effective. We wish him and his team in Chichester the very best for 2017.

Our friendly sales team at Southern United are happy to answer any queries or quote you for some “cheap advertising”, though of course we prefer the phrase “Very competitively priced”.

Call us and find out!

“Forget Me Not” Labels. PPK Aldershot Case Study

For 16 years the team at PPK Aldershot have been manufacturing hydraulic hoses and equipment, as well as refurbishing cylinders, separators and pumps on a nationwide basis. With all of this work an efficient system was needed so that customers knew how to get in touch for refurbishments and new parts. In the words of Mark Staples, CEO of PPK: “keeping track of our equipment and maintaining contact details of PPK refurbished equipment is an essential part of the marketing of the PKK business”.

PPK hydraulic equipment

Southern United is happy to provide PPK with tough, durable Melinex labels, which we have printed to meet their exacting requirements. In this particular instance it was decided that a polyester material would work well, and the details of this can be seen below.
Southern United PPK

We would like to wish PPK all the best in their continued success as their branded equipment travels throughout the country.

Southern United PPK Services Label

If you need labels for your equipment to make sure everything is clearly identifiable as one of your products then call our friendly team today to find out more. Southern United offer a huge range of different label materials to suit any kind of of environment. Call us on 01273-418636 or get in touch here.

Southern United PPK Services Label

“Don’t let me down”, Britain’s Oldest Umbrella Manufacturer!

When Richard Ince, the managing director of a 6th Generation, 210 year old Umbrella manufacturer needed to change his metal label supplier, Southern United was delighted to help out. The company is based within a stone’s throw of its beginnings in Spitalfields, just around the corner from Liverpool Street Station, London. And the Square Mile is still their biggest market where they supply many professional firms and businesses.

With a new export order of premium branded umbrellas due to be shipped to USA in 10 days, any delay was not an option. Richard needed help ASAP with 100 units of formed aluminium etched and then filled with black ink to complete the order.

With Southern United always holding a wide range of metals in stock, we managed to supply the highly polished anodic aluminium Paul Stuart branded labels, in time for the deadline to ship to USA and the Christmas Season.

We wish Richard the very best as he breaks into the North American Umbrella market.

If you would like more information on our metal labels or any other type of labels then get in touch with our friendly team today. Southern United are able to provide a huge range of labels for every kind of use and environment.


Southern United was a part of it!


Our thanks to Great Southern United Bake Off Contestants, with their tasty contributions to the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Louise with her Red Velvet, Corinne with her Vegan Banana Cake, Jenny’s Carrot Cake, Mourad’s girlfriend’s Brookie (Brownie Cookie), Carol’s mum (top scorer for number of cakes) with a Mint Aero Brownie and Lemon and Coconut Tray Bake and Darren’s wife with the Cup Cakes.

Ladies thank you for your delightful culinary skills, men get baking for next year!

No less than 8 cakes to share between 21 staff. My, my do we love our cake!!!

No one’s cake was judged the best, but Macmillan won, with our contribution of £61.41


Hartley Boats Summer Sailing Success!

Hartley Boats of Derby have been designing and manufacturing an exciting range of sailing dinghies, from sports trainers to high performance sports competition racing skiffs, for the past 26 years.

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) require an aluminium, anodised nameplate, detailing specifications and the manufacturer on sailing dinghies. Southern United is delighted to supply Hartley Boats with these plates, and we wish Richard and Mark Hartley every success in the future.


Southern United are delighted to present this YouTube video showing Hartley Boats latest action-packed performance in a twin trapeze, lightweight skiff, aptly named “Rebel”. Designed by Phil Morrison and Derek Clark, the Rebel is a high performance, two-person, lightweight skiff. With a hull weight of just 40kg and length of 4.5m, it’s ideally suited to lightweight crews.



If your company has a special requirement for labels or nameplates and you need advice, please call our friendly sales team for a no obligation chat.

Southern United passes the AS 9100 audit – Plus more Car Club news and photos

First of all this month we would like to share with you our good news. Southern United have passed the AS 9100 audit. Although this is a quality management system for the aerospace industry we believe that this is something that is beneficial to all of our customers. This is because it means that we have stringent requirements for both quality and delivery turnarounds, and these requirements are applied to every label and nameplate that we make.

On another note, as summer has now fully arrived the Car Club Events are getting into full force and so we would like to repeat our good luck message to all of the car enthusiasts who have upcoming events. Thank you to everyone who has sent in photos, and we have a few we would like to share with you this month (thanks to Jeff Boysen, Jazz Productions and Keith Talbot). If you have any amusing photos or rib-tickling stories that you would like to see on next month’s blog then please send them over to us (

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Good Luck To All Our Car Club Customers

As summer is here we would like to wish all the car clubs and enthusiasts the best of luck with their upcoming events. We love to hear the excitement when talking to our customers, and so if you have any entertaining stories or funny photographs please feel free to send them over to us ( Once you have, make sure that you keep your eyes peeled for the next blog, as we will be looking to post a few of our favourites for everyone to see. To get the ball rolling we have shown below a few of our favourite designs.

The drawing office and factory have been keeping busy designing artwork and creating Monte Carlo Rally Boards, labels and nameplates for all of our valued customers. The great news is that thanks to our investment in equipment and staff training our lead time is currently 2 – 3 weeks, and of course if there are urgent requirements then we will always do our best to accommodate these.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more about our stainless steel, brass and plastic name plates.

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Southern United Ltd awarded the AS9100 certification

Southern United Ltd are pleased to announce their valued customers that we have obtained the AS9100 certification in September 2015 (Copy of certificate can be downloaded from our website) and will pursue our commitment of manufacturing excellence. The AS9100 will benefit our clients from the Aerospace sector as we have got access to best practices from across the aerospace industry.  Our Quality Management System is now operated in conjunction with internal and third party audits, therefore AS9100 will be used as a tool of improving our quality level and on-time delivery within our supply chain.

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We would like to take this opportunity to inform our customers of our Christmas shutdown, it will be from 24/12/2015 until 04/01/2016. All the team at Southern United wish you a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

An Eventful Friday!

On the 29th of August Southern United Ltd had the honour of welcoming the Chancellor of the Exchequer to our factory, along with local MP Mike Weatherley and new Conservative candidate Graham Cox.

We met with the Chancellor and Cabinet members; we were most pleased that they all took such an interest in our business. They spoke to a number of members of staff, including our Apprentice Louise. We have some wonderful photographs to remember the occasion by.

The Minister and MPs then toured the factory to see Southern United in action. The Chancellor was able to get stuck in with some piercing for one of our local customer’s order!

A warm thank you again to the Conservative party for their interest in our business and the time and effort they spent with us at our production site.

Our doors are always open for visitors!

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