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Does it pay to be loyal to suppliers when the BEST deals seem to go to NEW business customers? Everyone supplying a product or service wants to win new customers but at what cost? I know in the office supplies industry many suppliers increase the prices on existing spending accounts to compensate for losses of the deals in place to  win new business. For a product you could easily buy from a number of suppliers pricing structures will be considerably lower as a “New Customer” than the pricing you would pay as an “Existing Customer”. You only have to look at your...Continue reading »

It is estimated that over 30% of our lives are spent in the office, so in light of that, it’s a good idea to make that time – which frighteningly equates to almost a third of our lives – as eco-friendly as possible for our own sakes. If you haven’t read our Part 1 of this piece, you can find it here. It contains step by step hints to encourage your workplace to adopt more ecologically friendly policies, and has some great advice on how to implement these. An environmentally friendly workplace not only benefits Managing Directors from a financial point of view,...Continue reading »

Every office should strive to be greener. From saving energy to putting more effort into recycling, there are always plenty of environmentally friendly improvements that can be made. Here are six top tips to help you achieve a more environmentally friendly office – and they’re much easier than you think. 1) Go paperless Think about the huge amount of paper waste your business throws away each week. Deforestation is a huge global issue and we can reduce this by reducing our paper usage. Achieving a paperless office is not as hard as you think. For example, you can...Continue reading »

There are so many suppliers to choose from it can be difficult to know which one to go with. So… Having flicked through a few of the thousands of websites selling promotional products, you’ve finally decided what product you like the look of. You may have noticed by now that many promotional products suppliers sell exactly the same stuff. Sure, they may change the names, and the pictures maybe ever so slightly different, but essentially they’re the same items. If you’ve never bought promotional products before and therefore never experienced the...Continue reading »

How Many Spare Desks In Your Office? Do you have spare desks in your office that nobody uses anymore? If so, could your company rent them out? These days it’s quite possible for employees to use a computer in their own home to keep in touch with their employer who may be in an office many miles away so businesses are renting out the spare desk spaces. Employers who encourage their staff to work from home are often able to reduce their overheads, and employees, especially those with families, typically enjoy more flexibility and a better work/life balance. Unnecessary,...Continue reading »

And they say size doesn’t matter, it does when it comes down to cost! Printers have come down in price and so has the amount of ink supplied in the cartridges. This is to make you think the printer is cheap to run. Many manufactures are supplying what looks like great deals on ink cartridges (5ml) they are only a few pounds, but as one reader said to me, they bought a printer which is an all in print/scanner/copier all for less than £25.00, but when it came to replacing the ink cartridge the “sting” became apparent. HP sell a really good printer for...Continue reading »

Stay Smart, Cool and One Step Ahead of Your Computer! From your teenagers coursework to the first pictures of them when they were a new born, your computer and phone likely hold a lot of data. Most of it would be devastating to lose. If you haven’t backed up your data yet, you need to seriously think about it now. Once your data is lost, it cannot always be recovered. Even the smartest computer or mobile phone engineer may not be able to recover your data and if they can it can run in to thousands of pounds. If this scares you, it should. We hope it scares you...Continue reading »

For most employees working in an office, the standard work day consists of following a nine-to-five routine – as well as sitting down for a good eight hours. But with back pain a growing concern among many businesses, more employers are actively seeking out ergonomic solutions in an attempt to promote a healthy working environment – through the use of back-friendly office chairs. Money is no longer an object when it comes to ensuring the wellbeing of the work community, with many businesses carrying out health and safety training workshops on a regular basis – covering...Continue reading »