Tray signs

Budget-friendly versatile tray signs to suit every business

Creates a 3D effect
Low maintenance and weatherproof
Custom sizes, finishes and designs

Tray signs: a versatile, cost-effective way to make your business stand out

If you’re looking for a versatile sign that can be made to fit your shop’s face or wall perfectly without breaking the bank, a tray sign could be ideal.

A tray sign is a flat aluminium composite panel that is folded on all four sides to create a 3D box (think of it like a cake tin lid!).

These totally adaptable signs are hardwearing and available in different colours, finishes and depths. They look neat and sleek when mounted on any surface because all of the fixtures and mounts are hidden within the sign itself.

Tray signs are perfect for shop fascias, warehouses, commercial properties or on the side of a building wall.

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Illuminated tray signs ensure you’re visible after dark

If you need a sign which also lights up, then illuminated tray signs are the perfect way to ensure your business is seen after dark.

Instead of a flat metal front, a fret-cut sign tray with your logo or design is created and backed with acrylic, ready for your chosen LED lights to shine through. As with a regular tray sign, the lights, wiring, and outdoor-rated power supply are hidden within the tray, ensuring it’s neat, weatherproof, and safe. 

Illuminated tray signs are a popular choice for restaurants, bars, and warehouses open 24 hours a day.

Why choose Motive Graphics

We blend friendly service with knowledge, expertise, and decades of experience, readily offering ideas to give your business a competitive edge. One of the things we’re best at is really getting to the bottom of our customers’ problems – we’ll find solutions to your pain points no matter how challenging they might be.

Our process from enquiry to installation is collaborative but well-honed – we work quickly, but thoroughly. After you’ve got in touch, we’ll listen to your ideas, look at your space, and advise you on available options. Some exterior tray signs might require landlord approval, so we can talk you through that too.

We’ll advise you on the installation process (including any disruption that might be caused to the public), and then once you’re happy, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive quote and project plan.

You’ll work with our in-house design team to customise your tray sign. The depth, letter spacing, materials, finish, colours, and LEDs are all adaptable, so you can create something unique to your brand.

We want you to get the most out of your investment, so we’ll provide expert advice on maintaining your tray sign to keep it looking tip-top for as long as possible.

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Why choose a tray sign?

If you choose one of our tray signs, we can promise you:

  • Typically 1 to 2 weeks week turnaround
  • Cost-effective and quick to install
  • Large choice of materials, thicknesses and finishes
  • Custom sizes from one to six metres

  • Illuminated and non-illuminated options
  • 12 month guarantee
  • Suitable for internal and external use
  • Weatherproof

What tray sign options are there?

With illuminated and non-illuminated and literally hundreds of colours to choose from, tray signs offer you the ultimate choice for bespoke branding.

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Illuminated tray sign

Our popular illuminated tray signs can be combined with push-through lettering. Your logo or lettering is fret cut and backed with high-quality acrylic, then lit from behind with LED light modules. Our acrylic range comes in hundreds of colour options, so you’ll definitely find the perfect option for you!

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Aluminium Tray sign

Our aluminium composite material (ACM) full-colour graphics are lightweight, versatile and a great way to transform your signage. Their hidden fixtures and fittings create a sleek finish.

With a range of finishes, including vinyl, these non-illuminated tray signs are cost-effective and can be made to any size. Larger signs may have visible joins, as the sign will be constructed using different sections.

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Projecting tray sign

Tray signs don’t just need to be attached to the front of the building!

A projecting tray sign does exactly as you would expect – it projects from the building and makes your brand stand out at a distance or on a street corner. These can be branded and illuminated, and you have a choice of materials to select from.

Just some of our happy clients

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Do you need permission for a sign?

If you work in a listed building, residential area, high street, or shopping centre, you may need planning permission before fitting an external tray sign – especially if you opt for an illuminated option.

We can point you in the right direction or check with your local council if you’re unsure.

Where can I use a tray sign?

Tray signs and illuminated tray signs can be used inside and out. There’s pretty much no limit on where they’re suitable for.

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