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The delivery of my scale rulers to New Zealand was excellent. I can highly recommend doing business with Building Link Ltd, these people know the value of a customer; I will be coming back.

John Oliver HIANDRI Solutions Ltd, New Zealand

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Christmas closing

Christmas closing

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for their support throughout 2017. Over the Christmas period we’ll be closing down – shutting at 12.00 on 22nd December and re-opening at 9.00am on 2nd January.  Customers will still be able to place orders on our websites during this time, but they won’t be actioned until we open up again in January. Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!... More

Scale card for Ordnance Survey maps

Scale card for Ordnance Survey maps

The Rulex Map Scale Card is a handy miniature scale ruler specially designed for Ordnance Survey maps. When out walking, having located your position on an OS map, rather than judging that the path you want is ‘just down there on the left’ - and then walking right past it – the Map Scale Card will give you the distance to within 25m (at a scale of 1:25000). Made from durable flexible plastic, the handy credit card size makes it easy to carry in your pack, pocket or wallet.&nb... More

Custom laser engraving on coloured carpenter pencils

Custom laser engraving on coloured carpenter pencils

We now offer a custom laser engraving service for our coloured FSC wood carpenters pencils. Your logo is engraved into the actual wood of the pencil with the resulting design showing through as the natural colour of the wood. The available engraving area stretches almost along the entire length of the pencil, giving you plenty of space for your design.  Laser engraving is permanent and won’t rub or scratch off over time. To see a sample of laser engraving, or for more information, ... More

Imperial and engineering scales

Imperial and engineering scales

The Rulex range now includes scale rulers aimed at engineers.  Available in 150mm and 300mm versions the rulers feature the following scales (No.2 engineering scales): Side 1 – 1:5, 1:50 & 1:10, 1:100 Side 2 – 1:20, 1:200 & 1:500, 1:1000 A new triangular ruler featuring imperial scales has also been added.  Supplied in its own individual rigid plastic case, the ruler includes the following scales: Side 1 - 3/8”, 3/4” x 11/2”, 3” = 1 ft Sid... More

Travel mugs shipped really quickly!

Travel mugs shipped really quickly!

We are now able to supply travel mugs, printed with your company logo, on an express service.  The quickest is a Same Day shipping service – so order today and you’ll have the mugs tomorrow! There are three express print options to choose from: 2 Day Despatch - the mugs are printed on the second working day for delivery on the third working day (eg place the order on Monday, the mugs are despatched on the Wednesday for delivery on the Thursday). Next Day Despatch - the mugs a... More

Metric vs Imperial conversion rulers

Metric vs Imperial conversion rulers

Two new products have been introduced to the Rulex range. Our conversion rulers are designed to allow the user to convert readings from a drawing that’s been created in imperial units to metric – and vice versa.Metric readings from an imperial drawing – our ref 0811.44 will convert measurements from an imperial scale drawing to metric units.Imperial readings from a metric  drawing – our ref 0811.45 will convert measurements from a metric scale drawing to imperial un... More

Re-usable drinks bottles

Re-usable drinks bottles

150 million plastic water bottles are sold each day Worldwide, but only 25% are ever recycled.  It is estimated that 10% of the rest will end up in the sea, with the remainder ending up in landfill. Not surprisingly there is growing pressure from environmental groups for retailers to charge extra on these bottles with the ultimate aim of an eventual ban.  Some outlets such as London Zoo have already banned the sale of single use water bottles. A way to encourage environmentally frien... More

Concrete volume calculators - new design

Concrete volume calculators - new design

We have now added a concrete volume slide chart to the Rulex range. The slide chart is designed to calculate the volume of readymix concrete required to fill a hole.  All you need to do is line up the dimensions of the hole and the calculator will work out the volume of concrete needed to fill it. The calculator is a convenient 200mm x 50mm pocket size and is made from durable plastic which means it can be used in all weathers. Our Rulex concrete calculators can be bought individually th... More

Slide charts and data discs - printed in full colour

Slide charts and data discs - printed in full colour

Our range of promotional slide charts and data discs can now be printed using full colour digital printing.  Basically that means that we can print your full logo, regardless of how many colours or tints and graduations it has. All of our data charts are made in the UK from durable plastic.  Manufacturing them from plastic makes them hard wearing, weather proof and suitable for medical applications. We have a large range of standard designs including concrete volume calculators, metr... More

Scale selector

Scale selector

Oval flat scale rulers: Our digital printing service allows you to customise the scales shown on our oval flat range of scale rulers for no extra charge (150mm and 300mm).  This basically means you can select which scale goes on which edge.  This is only available on orders that are digitally printed (which means they're printed in full colour) and it includes the Rulex range. The most popular scales are Architectural: Side 1 - 1:1, 1:100 & 1:20, 1:200. Side 2 - 1:5, 1:50 & ... More

Extra pen colours added to our express pen service

Extra pen colours added to our express pen service

Lots of new pen colours have been added to our Really Quick Express pen range. A wide range of bright and vibrant colours have been added to many of the pen ranges along with new finishes including clear and frosted variations. Our express services allow you to have promotional pens, printed with your logo, delivered to you really quickly.  There are three main express print services - just use the one that gets the pens printed and delivered to you when you need them: Needed tomorrow N... More

Promotional brollies - no minimum quantity

Promotional brollies - no minimum quantity

There is now no minimum quantity for promotional umbrella orders – so if you just want one brolly, printed with your company logo, we can do it! There are many other personalised products that can be supplied in low quantities, please just call us on 01206 272020 or e-mail us at sales@buildinglink.co.uk ... More

How far will a pencil write?

How far will a pencil write?

The average round HB pencil will draw a line 35 miles long - which is enough to write approx. 45,000-50,000 words!   In comparison, the average ballpen writes approx 900m - 2,000m (depending on the brand). Bic say that their ballpens will write for between 2-3km (1.2-1.8 miles) - or six Eiffel Towers laid end to end! So for a giveaway with long lasting impact, a personalised pencil is perfect.  There are many shapes and styles to choose from including hexagonal pencils, triangul... More

New website - promotional travel mugs

New website - promotional travel mugs

Recent trends in the popularity of outdoor activities have resulted in a surge in demand for promotional travel mugs. Travel mugs, or thermal mugs, printed with your logo are an ideal giveaway that people will use both in their business and their personal lives.  They are an all year product - ideal for keeping hot drinks hot during the winter and cold drinks cold during the summer. There is a huge choice of styles and colours available, so we’ve launched a website that’s dedi... More

New promotional catalogue

New promotional catalogue

Our new promotional catalogue is now available! It’s packed with promotional ideas from a wide range of product areas, each offering an effective and cost efficient way to promote your company. The range of promotional merchandise available is huge and as such we are unable to squeeze it all into a 162 brochure – so if there is something you’re after, that isn’t shown in the catalogue, please let us know and we’ll be happy to source it for you. You can view the c... More

Why are golf tees getting longer?

Why are golf tees getting longer?

Golfers are only allowed to tee the ball up on their first shot on each hole and from within the designated teeing area. Traditionally golf club heads were much smaller than they are today, but modern technology and new man made materials have enabled manufacturers to create larger golf club heads without increasing the overall weight of the club. The new larger club heads are more “forgiving” and easier to use which helps golfers to play better. Today, golf’s ruling body (T... More

Carpenters pencils - colour matching service

Carpenters pencils - colour matching service

Our promotional carpenters pencils can now be colour matched to your chosen choice of colour.  Simply give us a reference (ideally a pantone reference) for the colour you’re trying to match and we’ll then coat the pencils with your chosen colour.  The pencils are then personalised with your logo or other design in the usual way. Exact pantone matches can’t be guaranteed, but we’ll get them as close as possible. The minimum quantity for the colour matching ser... More

'Buff' style neck tubes

'Buff' style neck tubes

‘Buff’ style neck tubes have long since been a ‘must have’ for outdoor enthusiasts. Colourful, fashionable and practical, neck tubes are ideal for all outdoor activities from walking in the park to snowboarding down a mountain. Made from breathable, machine washable, elastic microfibre material, they are now available to the promotional market. They can be custom printed with your bespoke design, either in vibrant single solid colours or as a full colour ‘photogr... More

Laser engraved carpenters pencils

Laser engraved carpenters pencils

We now offer a laser engraving service for our natural wood carpenters pencils. Using a laser, we engrave your logo into the actual wood of the pencil.  The resulting design shows through as the natural colour of the wood - no extra colour is added.  This produces a subtle look with a high quality feel . Laser engraving is also available on many other promotional products including metal pens where it offers a permanent alternative to printing. For more information about laser engra... More

History of the promotional umbrella

History of the promotional umbrella

The word ‘umbrella’ has evolved from Latin ; the derivation is either ‘umbella’ which is a similarly shaped flower or ‘umbra’ meaning shaded. Either way, most ancient cultures claim to have invented the umbrella (or ‘parasol’ derived from the latin ‘para’ meaning shade and ‘sol’ meaning sun) and references are plentiful in many cultures around the world. The first references from Ancient Greece date back to the 5th Century B... More

New twelve sided £1 trolley coin keyring

New twelve sided £1 trolley coin keyring

With the introduction of the new £1 coin, companies have been busy making sure their products and equipment are capable of accepting the new coin shape. Our new £1 twelve sided promotional trolley coin keyring is now available.  Manufactured from 100% recycled plastic and available in eight standard colours, the keyrings are printed digitally in full colour. The standard lead time is 10 working days, but the white ones are now available on our 3 day express service for no extr... More

7.5m (25ft) custom tape measure - now available in black

7.5m (25ft) custom tape measure - now available in black

An all black version of the TT7.5m (25ft) tape measure is now available. The professional quality tape measure comes with a rugged ergonomic rubber casing and features both metric and imperial measurements on a 25mm metal blade. Your customised design can be printed in full colour on a label protected by an epoxy dome.  For more details please click here or contact us on sales@promotionaltapemeasures.co.uk... More

Classic pencil: minimum qty 150 & 17 different standard colours

Classic pencil: minimum qty 150 & 17 different standard colours

Our range of customised hexagonal pencils and our Classic range of promotional round wooden pencils are now available in 17 different standard colour options. Available with or without eraser, the minimum quantity is just 150 pieces for orders customised with your company logo. A mix and match service is available for the pencils with an eraser.  This service allows you to choose the colour of the barrel, the ferrule and eraser and mix them up into any combination you want - for no extra ... More

National Pencil Day - 30th March 2017

National Pencil Day - 30th March 2017

Many years have passed since a mystery black substance, which we now know as graphite, was discovered in Borrowdale in Cumbria.  The metallurgists of the time thought it to be a form of ‘black lead’ and the name stuck. It was quickly discovered that black substance could be cut into strips and used to mark things.  The drawback with it was that it was very soft and broke easily, so people started to wrap it in various materials including string and hollowed out pieces of w... More

Rulex metal scale ruler with rotating scales

Rulex metal scale ruler with rotating scales

We have now added a 300mm metal scale ruler (rotarule) to the Rulex range.  Made from aluminium, it features a 1:1 scale along a fixed edge and six different scales (see below) on a rotating metal tumbler.  Scales: 1:2.5, 1:20, 1:5, 1:50, 1:10, 1:100 We also offer the rotarule, in both 150mm and 300mm lengths, for the promotional market – for more information please click here, call us or e-mail sales@rulex.co.uk... More

New promotional mug website

New promotional mug website

Our new promotional mug website is now available to view – please click here. In addition to a wide range of mugs and cups, the site also features glassware and tableware (including cereal bowls, plates and even egg cups). All of the products can be branded with your custom design.  Many of the cups and mugs can be branded in several positions including inside the rim, on the handle and even on the bottom inside the mug. We now also have a website dedicated to personalised travel m... More

Recycled CD pencils - available in 2 days

Recycled CD pencils - available in 2 days

Recycled CD case pencils are now available on our express printing service.  Made from recycled CD cases, they come in 13 different colours and are available on our 2 Day Despatch service.  So if you order before 10.00am on a Monday, the pencils will be printed and despatched on Tuesday for delivery to you on the Wednesday. if you have any questions or there's any other promotional product we can help with, please call us on 01206 272020 or e-mail us sales@pencilsdirect.co.uk... More

The Printed Bag Guide, 2017

The Printed Bag Guide, 2017

The 2017 ‘Printed Bag Guide’ is now available for you to order free of charge. The Guide features a wide range of promotional bags in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours.  All of the bags can be personalised with your company logo, many in full colour. The 80 page guide also contains details of some of our best selling notepads and conference folders. To order your free copy, please e-mail us at sales@promobagsdirect.co.uk or call us on 01206 272020.... More

Pencil leads - what does HB, 2B etc mean?

Pencil leads - what does HB, 2B etc mean?

Pencils are graded using the ‘Graphite Scale’ which measures the softness/hardness of the lead. A pencil lead is made from graphite mixed with clay.  Graphite is a naturally soft substance and clay is mixed with it to make it harder.  This means a lead with a high graphite content is known as a soft lead and pencils with a soft lead will make a dark mark when used. Conversely, a lead with less graphite and a higher clay content is known as a hard lead and will make a ligh... More

Rulex scale rulers - available to the promotional market

Rulex scale rulers - available to the promotional market

The Rulex scale ruler range is now available to the promotional market. As a retail range, it’s been available online through E-Bay, Amazon, www.scalerulers.com and directly from www.rulex.co.uk.  It’s now being offered to the promotional market which means that companies, universities, modelling clubs and other organistions will be able to have Rulex rulers overprinted with their own details. Rulex scale rulers are completely customisable – you effectively start with a ... More

Will the new £1 coin work in supermarket trollies?

Will the new £1 coin work in supermarket trollies?

In March 2017, the new £1 coin will be introduced. The main reason for its introduction is to make £1 coins more difficult to forge – it is currently estimated that 3% of all £1 coins in circulation are counterfeit. The Royal Mint is planning to produce 1.5 billion of the new coins which will allegedly be the most difficult coin in the world to counterfeit. The new design will have 12 sides (similar to the old threepenny bit), be made from two metals and even include a... More

US study of promotional bags

US study of promotional bags

A recent market survey about promotional bags in the US found that: Over 50% of the people surveyed own a promotional bag, of which the split is 53% female and 47% male. Promotional bags have an above average promotional lifespan, with most used for a minimum of 7 months. Over 40% of consumers look more favourably at products with ‘environmental credentials’ – so many types of promotional bag, eg cotton, jute, non-woven polypropylene are an ideal choice. For more details ab... More

Scale rulers for model railway enthusiasts

Scale rulers for model railway enthusiasts

Our British Model Railway Scale Rulers have always been a popular product with modellers both within and outside the UK. They feature the four most popular model railway scales (OO, HO, N & O gauges) and come in both 150mm (6”) and 300mm (12”) sizes. We have recently launched a new version of the ruler.  It still features the four favourite scales , but we’ve adapted the design so the scales go right to the edge of the ruler.  This means that it’s now easy... More

Galactic Astronomy - Redshift scale rulers

Galactic Astronomy - Redshift scale rulers

Redshift describes how light from objects in space (such as stars or galaxies) changes as they move away from an observer.  As they travel further away, the wavelength of their light increases ‘shifting’ it towards the red end of the spectrum. The further away a galaxy is, the more the light from it is red-shifted.  Scientists have used this to suggest that the whole universe is expanding and everything is moving away from everything else. We were asked by the Royal Astro... More

Back to imperial after Brexit?

Back to imperial after Brexit?

With today’s result for Brexit, does that mean we’ll be able to use imperial measurements again? While many people of a certain age still like to think about some measurements in imperial terms (myself included – tell me someone is 1.83m high and I’ll smile politely, albeit in a slightly puzzled way, tell me they’re 6 ft and I’ll know exactly what you mean), the younger generation appear to be quite happy with metric. So who knows what will happen now? ... More

Custom scale rulers for Narrow Gauge Modellers

Custom scale rulers for Narrow Gauge Modellers

We recently had an enquiry from the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers, who were looking for scale rulers to send to their members around the world. They needed the rulers to show specific scales that they use for modelling (1:19, 1:13.7 & 1:20.3) and the scales had to start at the very end of the ruler so that they could measure ‘from the ground up’. We were able to help by using our bespoke design service, which allows customers to have whatever scales they like print... More

Psychedelic scales

Psychedelic scales

Although they are unquestionably useful and a ‘must have’ for many professions, scale rulers have traditionally been somewhat functional and sensible in terms of their own design.  Given that many scale rulers are actively used in the creative design process, this has always struck us as slightly ironic. Of course in the past, printing technology wasn’t able to reliably print anything other than solid colours.  However, the introduction of modern digital printing tec... More

Made to measure - Bimbrix

Made to measure - Bimbrix

Bimbrix® is a range of model bricks that has been designed to replicate the size and features of a standard building brick and can be laid using all the traditional brickwork bonds.  Both horizontal and vertical joints are formed which allows the bricks to be used either ‘dry’ or ‘wet’ with an imitation mortar. It is a precision-engineered education and training product for the construction, engineering and architectural industries.  Engineered in a 1:5 sca... More

The Ruler of the Universe

The Ruler of the Universe

The University of Nottingham contacted us to help them develop a marketing tool based on a traditional scale ruler, but with a bespoke design tailored entirely to their unique requirements... "The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nottingham is always looking for new ways to engage the public with science, and excite the next generation about the possibility of studying for a degree in the subject. We came up with the idea of producing a ruler that shows both a normal c... More