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It’s no secret that technology is slowly but surely transforming our lives. From the entertainment we watch to the groceries we can so conveniently order. Naturally, these advancements are also having a significant impact on the way we work and the environment we work in. The humble office workplace, with the exception of a few key trends brought about by Google and the creative industries, has gone largely unaltered for 20 years. But all that is about to change, and the clue is in the little device you take with you every day. The Role of The Office Innovation in mobile...Continue reading »

While furniture is obviously an important part of your office, it’s easy to get caught up in the big picture stuff and forget about the little things – which can really shape the workplace environment. It’s no use having a nice desk if there’s nothing on it, or no way of lighting it. Employees and visitors alike will appreciate a more filled-out office. Certain items can make the place seem more homely and warm. Here, we have compiled a list of accessories that you should consider buying for your office. Rubbish/Recycling Bins While maybe not the most attractive...Continue reading »

In every workplace there is a need for office stationery to help and complete the day to day running of business activities. Pens, pencils, paper pads, mugs, mouse mats and many more office products are used for executing daily tasks and all will need replacing at some point in their life cycle. Drawing into this issue we have been asking what is a better option for businesses, general office stationery or promotional stationery i.e. plain stationery or stationary branded with your artwork. Let’s take a look at the various factors which can influence decisions. Weighing...Continue reading »

Back in 2011, PCG (the UK association of freelancers) estimated  that 1.35 million people in the UK worked freelance as their main occupation. Another 200,000, they reported, were working freelance as a second job. In the three years since the publication of PCG’s ‘UK Freelance Workforce’, tens of thousands more people have given up on the insecurities of employment to take their livelihood, and their lifestyle, into their own hands. But if you’re about to take the leap, what are the basics that you’ll need around you to be able to operate effectively as a...Continue reading »

With the first commercial 3D printer recently becoming available (and affordable) recently, and with the deluge of articles just like this one capturing our interests and imaginations for the past year or two. The novelty of 3D printing has almost worn off by now despite the fact the great majority of us have never made use of one or even considered the long-term implications in every field. Any office, being that the business world endeavours always to keep up with the most up-to-date technology, usually mirrors the cutting edge of invention in its resources. You may...Continue reading »

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 »