How to Come Up with Ideas for a Personalised Number Plate

Aside from flashy car brand symbols like BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Porsche and Jaguar, personalised number plates are one of the biggest status symbols on UK roads. People buy personalised number plates to add that touch of personalisation like their name, initials or nickname to their car, or simply to upgrade an older car and hide its age with a dateless plate. Whether you want to upgrade your existing car,  you’ve just got a new ride and want to pimp it out as much as you can, or you just want a plate for show to display in your garage, coming up with ideas for a personalised number plate can be tricky. Here are some tips that you might find helpful. 

Use Your Name

What defines you better than your own name? There are plenty of ways to incorporate your name into a private number plate. You can use numbers for letters, too, like 3 in place of E, or 4 in place of A, to spell your name out using a series of letters and numbers in the plate. If your full first name is too long or short, or you can’t find a plate available that matches, you can also consider using a nickname too. If you’re just getting a number plate for show and don’t have to worry about making sure it’s legal to register to your car, you can choose anything you like without worrying about the dates. Check out the range of show number plates to find one that matches your name at Number 1 Plates. Their helpful staff will assist you in finding a suitable plate using your name. 

Your Job

The driver’s job is another popular choice when it comes to buying personalised plates or registration plates for show. If you’re really proud of your job, there are plenty of ways that you can incorporate into your number plate. For example, doctors often have ‘DOC’ as the last three letters of their number plate or a builder might have ‘BU11DER’. This is a great idea if you run your own business, too, you could incorporate ‘CEO’ into your number plate or even use your business name for the plate if it fits. 

Your Car

Your show plates will be displayed on the front and back of your car, so why not take the make and model of your car into account when coming up with ideas for your new registration plate? If you have a flashy car that you’re really proud of, you could consider ways to fit the make into the plate, like ‘JAG’ for the last three letters on a registration plate for a Jaguar, or ‘BMW’ on a BMW. 

Your Birthday or Other Special Dates

Registration plates are a series of letters and numbers, so you can incorporate your birthday or another special date when coming up with ideas for your new plates. If you don’t want to use your own birthday, you could use your wedding day anniversary, or the month your child was born; the possibilities are endless and it’s completely up to you what you go with. 

When it comes to choosing a personalised number plate, there are so many different options available to choose from to really make your registration plates your own.

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Trying to keep your child’s brain active during the long months of lockdown in a way that is not linked to school work is not the easiest thing to do, especially if you are struggling with that school work, but MentalUP, the award winning brain app for children aged 4-13 years old is certainly one thing that could help.

The award winning brain app has 5 million users worldwide and was developed by game designers and academics incorporating innovative teaching methods to offer dozens of mind games with suitable difficulty levels to improve cognitive skills in a gamified format to engage children. The idea is that children are training their brain and learning and developing, but think that they are playing a game, hence they enjoy the activity and continue to ‘play’, all the time improving their ability to think.

The app addresses five key skills: Attention, Memory, Problem Solving (Logic), Visual and Verbal and includes sub-skills such as counting skills, and geometry.  Importantly it provides a safe space for children as it does not include any adverts, harmful content or in-app purchases. The premium version of the app, which usually costs just £20 for an annual subscription, provides access to over 120 games (compared to 20 on the free version) and includes reporting systems which MentalUP believes is important in the current situation in order to help parents monitor progress, provide skills analysis and highlighting strengths and weaknesses so that they (and teachers when they return to school) can easily track children’s cognitive development and compare with same age groups.

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The role of the high street post Covid-19

As non-essential shops in the UK reopen, it’s fascinating to see what the new normal on our high street and in our stores looks like. We’ve relied on the online space for the last few months, so what are our attitudes now? Will we be returning to the shops as normal to browse the rails and shelves, or will we stick to online orders from the safety of our sofas?

There’s been no end of news stories for years that physical retail and the high street is suffering at the hands of online. Stores that we’ve known of for years have been slowly going into administration and disappearing from our city centres and retail parks. With this in mind plus the shut down of all physical retail stores on the high street, what does the future look like for retail?

Love it or leave it?

It has to be said that there’s something about going on a shopping trip that you’ll never be able to replicate online. Grabbing a few friends, browsing the shops, getting a coffee and enabling each other’s purchases can’t quite be beaten. There’s a social element to shopping that we love. 

Plus, retail stores are becoming more and more engaging. It’s not always just a case of walking around retail displays; innovative retail store design immerses you within a brand and it’s identity when shopping in-store. From the music and lighting, to videos being played in-store, to interactive pop-up shops; retail is often where a brand can really shine.

On the flipside, online shopping is convenient, open 24/7, flexible and during these times, much safer. You can browse product descriptions online, look up reviews and compare prices. Availability for stock may also be much higher. Some people just don’t enjoy the experience of shopping in a brick-and-mortar store, but that didn’t stop the excitement when non-essential shops reopened after lockdown on June 15th.

The Covid-19 effect

We all saw the queues for Primark on the 15th of June on the news! Even though shopping online is more or less all we’ve been doing lately, people are still keen to return to the high street – so there must be something keeping us all coming back. The phrase ‘you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone’ springs to mind. 

But taking the retail giants out of the equation, consumer drive to support local retail coupled with the pent up need to shop has really increased since Covid-19 which is likely to encourage many back onto the high street. With many retail business owners struggling to make ends meet with their doors closed for business, consumers feel compelled to do their bit to help and community-minded spirit is on the rise. This has included shopping at local fruit and vegetable stalls during lockdown instead of the supermarket, purchasing vouchers for local businesses and now that they’re open again, making a conscious decision to shop local instead of retail chains. It looks as if the pandemic has renewed an appreciation for our high street, which can only be a good thing.

But how long will this last? Retailers are going to need to provide shoppers with more reasons than ever to visit shops. Even though much of the public is keen to be back out there, many are staying put at home so retailers need to continue to make social safety a priority with limited numbers of people within the stores at any one time and heightened hygiene measures.

Alongside this, it’s time to really remind shoppers of the importance and joy of bricks-and-mortar retail. Many people will be looking forward to simply being around people, so customer service is vital right now. People have been shopping online with no interactions so the more we see happy shop employees making people feel welcome, the better the experience.

People certainly are excited to see the return of the high street and their freedom to shop. Perhaps physical return isn’t in as much trouble as we’re led to believe? Long may it continue as with physical retail and the high street, you get back what you put your money into. The more we spend and revive our bricks-and-mortar shops, the better they will be.