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Top Tips to Save Money on Office Supplies

Whether you’re a small business owner or a multinational corporation, the chances are you’ll spend money on office supplies like stationery. And like most other businesses in the current economic climate, you’re probably looking for ways to shave down your bills and keep your profit high.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of the top five ways that you can save money on office supplies which are easy to implement and don’t involve huge sacrifices:

  1. Buy in bulk

There are certain office supplies that you can almost guarantee will get used up quickly. Whether it’s pens and notepads or tea and coffee, buying in bulk allows you to make great cost savings and ensures you don’t run out of essential items.

  1. Monitor usage

Whether it’s intentional or not, sometimes employees can end up taking office supplies home. While there’s probably no malicious behaviour behind it, over time it can tot up and cost you a significant amount of revenue. Try and set up a stationery or office supplies monitoring system to keep track of what’s what.

  1. Set up a supplier account

Setting up a business account with an office supplies company can mean you’re able to access exclusive discounts that you wouldn’t otherwise be privy to. You’ll also be able to save orders, repeat orders and receive rewards.

  1. Go for compatible cartridges

If you’re spending a lot on computer toner or ink, compatible cartridges may be for you. If they’re sold by a reputable source, they often work just as well at a significantly reduced price.

  1. Do all your shopping in one place

As the adage goes, time is money. And searching around for hours on end for office supplies can be a time-consuming task. Purchasing all your office supplies from one place leads to exclusive discounts, free delivery and is much quicker.

At Discount Office UK, we sell a huge range of office related products. From furniture to filing to desktop essentials and cleaning supplies, we offer low prices every day of the year.

For more information on how we might be able to save you and your business money, please call us on: 0800 298 57 42.

Encouraging Employee Wellbeing This National Work Life Week

On the 2nd of October, the start of National Work Life Week, employers and employees around the country are being encouraged to focus on wellbeing at work and how they can retain a good work-life balance.

desktop essentials

There are many things employees can do to help with their own wellbeing at work, such as utilising their lunchbreaks, getting up from their desk regularly and ensuring they plan activities outside the office environment, but as an employer, what can you do to help things along?

We’ve compiled a list of how you can take part in National Work Life Week and what you can do to encourage wellbeing in the workplace.

  1. Encourage flexible working requests

Highlight some examples of staff who work flexibly in your office, whether it’s because of childcare or caring responsibilities or progressing towards retirement. While flexible working might not always be possible, have an open-door policy where people don’t feel afraid to ask.

 

  1. Have some rules on digital devices

Try and create some rules on using digital devices so that staff don’t work around the clock. If someone needs to be on call, have a designated ‘on call’ phone. It can be very tempting to expect your staff to answer emails when they’ve gone home from work, likewise it can be extremely tricky for them to switch off and relax if their phone is always bleeping.

 

  1. Put on a time management event

Pick staff in your business who manage their time effectively and put on a presentation lunch where they share their tips and tricks with the rest of the business. This can help others plan their time better and help reduce their stress levels.

 

  1. Make sure the cupboards are stocked and desks are tidy

Keeping office desks clean and tidy is often underrated. Being comfortable, organised and in a clean environment can have untold benefits to both your office and your employees. It can make people feel empowered at work, increase productivity levels and make it easier for staff to focus on the task in hand. Encourage staff to organise their desks by providing a range of desktop essentials like lever arch files, desk tidies, pens and wall planners. Having the cupboard stocked with free catering refreshments like tea and coffee can also be a nice touch.

  1. Keep the office clean

The average person spends more time awake at work than they do at home, so it’s important to try and keep the office as inviting and comfortable as possible. One of the key things you can do to improve happiness and wellbeing is to keep the office clean and to encourage staff to take pride in their workspace. Having cleaning supplies to hand makes it easier for your employees to do this, so make sure you’ve always got the cupboards stocked up.

 

At Discount Office UK, we offer a wide range of office supplies – from packaging and mailroom goods to stationery and catering products. If you need assistance with your purchase, or if you can’t find something you’re looking for, call us today on: 0800 298 57 42.

Our Top Office Savers

The average business spends up to £500 per head on office supplies each year. To help you keep costs down, we have some great money saving products in stock.

Compatible Ink Cartridges

If your business often uses one or more office printer you will know how quickly ink cartridges run out and how expensive brand name replacements can be. Our range of compatible ink cartridges are compatible most modern models and considerable savings.

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Recycled Pens

No office item disappears with quite the alarming frequency that pens do, so they are usually the first on a stationary re-stocking list. We have a great range of recycled pens at heavily discounted prices, offering a great saving and an opportunity to help the environment!

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Computer Cleaning Products

Desktop computers and laptops are often the most expensive equipment in an office and the most difficult and costly to replace. Keeping modern PC units clear of dust and debris is essential to maintaining performance and longevity, so computer cleaning products can save businesses money in the long run.

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Q Storage Boxes

If you’re looking for an inexpensive storage solution for keeping important business documents safe and tidy, look no further! We are currently offering a 50% discount on a pack of 10 high-capacity Q Storage Boxes, perfect for transportation and big enough to hold suspension files and transfer cases.

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Nescafe Partners Blend Coffee 500gm

If you are forever nipping down to the shops to buy a new jar of coffee for the office, this could be the special offer for you! We currently have a limited number of Nescafe Partners Blend Coffee 500gm Catering Tins in stock, available for less than £20 and capable of keeping even the most voracious coffee drinkers satisfied!

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If you would like to talk about your office stationery needs please give us a call on 0800 298 5742.

How to Keep Your Office Stationery Supplies Safe

The occasional missing pen or notepad might not be worth your serious attention, however, if you have serial stationery thieves amongst your ranks it could be costing your business valuable time and resources each year.

 

It’s been found by Office Genie that millions of UK companies are victim to office supply theft, with nearly a quarter of employees stealing from their workplace:

 

  • Workplace theft is highest in the East of England, with 34% of staff admitting to it.
  • Creative companies – watch out. 45% of employees in the creative sector admitted to stealing items, which makes them the biggest culprits.
  • The top five stolen stationery items are pens, envelopes, Post-Its, markers or highlighters, and sellotape.
  • If caught red-handed 53% of staff believe that they’ll receive a warning from their employer, though 33% believe that there will be no consequences.

 

Why might people steal from you?

 

Sometimes office theft isn’t just about needing an extra supply of paper or printing supplies at home. Stationery theft often relates to the employer/employee dynamic as a whole, such as how trusted or valued employees feel. For instance, locking away and restricting stationery supplies to a minimum may create frustration amongst your workforce as it minimises trust. If a member of staff feels underpaid or undervalued, they may resort to behaviours like stealing to gain an upper hand.

 

What happens if your staff are stealing your supplies?

 

The Fair Work Act and Fair Work Regulation considers employee theft as a serious misconduct.
Following the National Employment Standards, serious misconduct can be remediated by terminating your employee’s employment without notice. But you may be thinking that stealing 5 pens is far less punishable than thieving £5,000 worth of product, right?
The seriousness of the offence will depend upon many factors, such as the circumstances of the act and what evidence you have; whether this is the employee’s first theft; what level position they are employed in; plus, the possible impacts of the theft on your business.

 

If it is not a serious misconduct, then there are a few things you could do to remediate the issue. Depending on the circumstance you could offer verbal warning or written warning, or agree on appropriate action according to the terms in their contract.

 

Preventing stationery theft in the workplace

 

Regardless of what it is or the amount that has been stolen, theft is still a misconduct and costs a business time and money. In order to prevent workplace theft, you’ll need to clearly set out appropriate policies which are consistently applied:

 

  • Assess the purchase and distribution process of office supplies to minimise potential for theft. Look at the company spend on office supplies – making set monthly or quarterly orders instead of having an ‘as-and-when’ approach will help you better control costs. Perhaps you may also assign a specific member of staff to purchase office supplies and require employees to sign for particular items.

 

  • Open engagement with staff by asking them about suggestions for preventing theft. Clearly setting out your expectations and applying procedures fairly will ensure a more trustful relationship.

 

  • Policies on office theft should be simple, with office supply items listed clearly. State what counts as theft, what measures will be taken if employees are caught stealing, and how employees can report suspected theft confidentially.

 

  • You may want to limit accessibility to stationery supplies by using locked storage, however remember to be open about your reasons for this action so as not to create frustration among staff.

 

For any more advice on streamlining your office supply costs you can speak to the team at Discount Office UK. We provide office product and planning services to help businesses save on all their office needs, and by setting up a simple business account you can have access to our extensive range of office supplies at the best prices.

Celebrating National Stationery Week 2017 – ‘Writing Matters’

National Stationery Week

This year, National Stationery Week runs from the 24th April until the 30th April. Whilst digital technology is becoming increasingly important to us for daily use, this yearly event promotes that writing by hand continues to be as valuable as ever and encourages people to put pen to paper more often. At Discount Office UK, we love everything stationery and know that ‘writing matters’, so we are always excited to help promote National Stationery Week.

Although many of us make use of a computer every day, both at home and in the workplace, research commissioned by National Stationery Week is providing very promising results that most people still believe that it’s so important to be able to write by hand:

  • 91% of children aged between 8 and 15 think it’s import to be able to write by hand
  • 86% of business managers still expect candidates applying for jobs to be able to write proficiently by hand, as well as have keyboard skills.

Why ‘writing matters’

There’s absolutely no doubting that digital technology has many advantages and makes life much easier in so many ways, but this doesn’t take away from all of the benefits we gain from writing by hand. Writing by hand might be seen as old fashioned, but it will always be a relevant skill.

Here are just 3 of the most important reasons why choosing pen and paper is good for us:

pens#1 Writing by hand helps our memory

Research suggests that writing by hand helps to increase our memory and help us retain more information than when we type. Writing with a pen helps to stimulate the part of the brain known as the reticular activating system, which helps filter down everything that the brain needs to process. The RAS helps to bring the most important information to the fore.

#2 Writing is good for stress relief

The physical act of writing with pen on paper can be a great stress reliever and can help to improve focus and attention.

#3 Writing keeps our brain sharp and helps creativity

Choosing to write by hand regularly helps to foster deeper thinking and creativity, helping to keep the brain sharp.

There are also many reasons why the practice of writing by hand is important for businesses. It can be tempting to rely on technology, but there are certainly some aspects of using a computer or mobile device that can also be a distraction and can detract a sense of humanness that can be valuable in business.

  • Paper doesn’t bombard you with push notifications – Computers and mobile devices can be really distracting. At any moment, a push notification can take our focus away from what we are working on and in many cases, the information that the notification is providing isn’t relevant or important. Using pen and paper helps you stay engaged with what you are doing and helps things get done faster.
  • Writing by hand is much more personal – When it comes to communication, there are some times when a hand written note can be much more powerful. A handwritten card, compliment slip or invitation to a client or customer often has a stronger effect on the recipient.
  • Writing helps you think more about what you are saying – When we type on a keyboard, it’s so easy to delete what’s been written. Writing with pen and paper makes us think harder about what we are saying, so we either take more care to get things right first time, or writing can encourage us to go through more drafts until work is the best it can be.

If you are inspired to take up pen and paper and promote the mantra that ‘writing matters’ to your co-workers or employees, Discount Office UK should be your first point of call for all your business stationery needs. We can supply everything you need in terms of paper, pens, pencils and writing equipment.

Call today on 0800 298 5742 and our friendly team will always be happy to assist you.

Top 10 must Have Office Supplies

Desk chairs

Having the right kind of desk chairs for your employees is very important. Your workers are in their seats between 9-5, five days a week, which means that there are bound to be some kind of health implications. So, it’s your duty as the employer to make sure that you provide comfortable seating that provides the right support.

Computer cleaning equipment

Believe it or not, if we were to swab your computer equipment, we can almost guarantee that we’d find all kinds of bacteria. It has even been claimed that some keyboards are dirtier than a toilet!  So stock up on some computer cleaning gear for your employees and make sure they clean equipment regularly.

Ball point pens

Is it just us, or do pens just disappear and at the most inconvenient time? You can never have enough pens, so make sure your stationary cupboard is full of them.

Box Files

Keeping organised plays an important role in managing your workload. So, we included box files in this list. Make sure you’re ahead of the game and your work is maintained appropriately.

Letter Trays

Having letter trays at your desk can help improve the quality of your work as well as help you keep organised. In our opinion, they’re an office must have.

Janitorial supplies

Maintaining cleanliness at your office is a legal requirement. So, to make sure you’re able to stay on top of things, have a cupboard full of janitorial supplies, ready for any messy situation.

Refreshments

You can’t have an office without refreshments. Although it may not be against the law, we think it should be! Having tea and coffee during a mundane day really can lift moods and increase motivation. So stock up now.

Notice Board

A notice board is a way to communicate with your employees. Let them know what’s going on in the company, or let them tell you.

Storage boxes

All offices have things they like to store away, so keep it neat, organised and out of the way with a storage box. A necessity for every office.

Memo pads

It goes without saying that memo pads are a basic office necessity. Regardless of offices going paperless, there will always be a need for the old fashioned paper and pen.

To talk to us about your office stationery needs, you can call Discount Office UK today on 0800 298 57 42.

Why You Should Be Switching To Self-Inking Stamps

In any business, it’s usually the small changes that can make a big difference when it comes to saving time. It may be an old cliché, but “time is money” so it’s always important to be looking for ways to make better use of time. Self-inking stamps are one way cut to cut down the amount of time spent filling in paperwork, forms and mail. At Discount Office UK, we supply Colop self-inking stamps and refill pads to help improve efficiency in your office.

Here are some of the biggest benefits of using self-inking stamps:

self-inking stampsThey can be custom made

Colop self-inking stamps can be custom made to suit your requirements. A large selection of different colours are available to choose from and there are a large selection of sizes. If you prefer, you can choose just one stamp to use for a variety of different documents, or you may prefer to keep large and small stamps, depending on the size of the document, envelope or package being stamped.

Colop self-inking stampsThey are long lasting

Self-inking stamps are designed to be used thousands of times before they require an ink refill. The ink is contained within the stamp, so unlike traditional rubber stamps and ink pads, there is no need to worry about ink drying out quickly if accidentally left out.

There’s no need to carry around ink pads separately

A key problem with traditional rubber stamps is that you also have to carry around ink pads. When you need to carry more than one part, it can be pretty easy to forget ink and bring a stamp or vice versa.

Colop self-inking stampsThey give a quality image every time

One of the key problems with using traditional rubber stamps is that if you don’t get a sufficient covering of ink on the stamp, the image may be appear unclear and messy. On the other hand, if you get too much ink on a stamp, this could make a real mess of paperwork or mail. In contrast, Colop self-inking stamps produce a clear image every time, even when used in quick succession. This means that you can stamp a pile of paperwork, or mail in one go.

The advanced technology used to produce self-inking stamps allows for much more intricate designs, from addresses, dates, or even brand logos. Rather than barely legible prints, the impressions are practically laser printer quality.

For further information and pricing on Colop self-inking stamps and ink refills, please call us today on 0800 298 57 42.

We also supply date stamps, rubber stamps and free proofs.

self-inking date stamp

Top Ways to Buy Office Stationery on a Budget

With all the necessary parts of your business you’ll want to ensure that you’re saving as much money as possible whilst keeping things running productively. This is especially true for your office stationery and all the essential supplies that you’ll need for smooth operations. With some forward planning and consideration there are many ways you can quickly cut the costs of your stationery supplies without compromising on quality.

Here are our top tips for buying your office stationery on a budget:

Be organised

With so much to focus on, stationery might not be at the top of your priority list, however leaving it till it’s an emergency to place an order will only bump up the costs of delivery and contribute to rushed choices which may not be so cost-effective.

Be sure to purchase your office stationery before you completely run out, so that you can choose a cheaper delivery option and potentially save big over the course of the year!

Make bulk purchases

By ordering in large quantities for a longer period, instead of getting stationery as and when you need it, you could receive a good discount on your items as many retailers will give you a bulk buy offer. You could do this on a monthly or quarterly basis depending on your needs, meaning that you’ll save significantly on your necessary items as well as with delivery costs.

Set up a Business Account with your supplier

With a business account you’ll be able to set up a purchasing schedule to suit you, plus it will be less timely and simpler to place an order. Your supplier may also offer you exclusive discounts on your stationery and with a dedicated account manager you’ll benefit from better customer support, order tracking and returns processing.

Only buy what you need

Although bulk purchases may save you a lot of money, bulk buying unnecessary items like multiple different coloured packs of post-it notes or highlighters when you only need one, will add up hugely over the course of the year. Instead, cut costs and only get what you really need for productive office operations.

If your order is wrong, return it!

Although it may seem a hassle to return a box of pens that aren’t quite right or notepads in the wrong size, holding onto it and not making use of the supplies isn’t cost-efficient. By returning it you’ll be able to get the most value from your order, potentially save money and save on storage space for the products you really need.

If you’re looking for office stationery on a budget, why not browse through our wide range of quality office essentials, or contact us to find out more about the benefits of a Business Account? Simply call our team on 0800 298 5742, or use our contact form here to get in touch.

Why We Will Always Need Pens and Paper in the Office

Tablets, touch screens and wireless devices are commonplace in the home and office in 2016, but simple pen and paper still remain staples of the office.

We take it for granted that all of our electronic devices are connected. We can open up our emails on a browser, on a tablet, or even on our smartphones when we are on the go. Through digital technology, we can be connected to as many people as possible at all times and come to expect all information as fast as possible. However, whilst a large percentage of people are very comfortable with digital devices and would consider themselves tech savvy, it’s fair to say that we all like to keep a pen and paper at our desks.

paper notebookWhilst a lot of technology has quickly gone out of date or out of favour (think of a floppy disk, or even a laptop that is more than a couple of years old!), pens and paper have been with us since ancient times. We are always competitive about having the latest technology and it can be embarrassing if you haven’t got the latest iPhone or Windows update, but this is never the case when reaching for a biro, fountain pen, or even a paper notebook. Pen and paper have never been out of fashion.

Trusty pen and paper

There’s something old fashioned, yet comforting and human about jotting down important information on a piece of paper. If we have to remember an important date or write a to-do list, we often choose to write this down on paper even if we have also inputted it into our phone or tablet. Most likely, the reason for this is that we don’t fully put our trust in technology. Although digital devices make our lives much easier, they can still let us down if they run out of battery, lose internet connection or break.

ball point penAlthough technology will be on our side 95% of the time, when it does fail, we can rely on a trusty pen and a piece of paper to come to our rescue. In an office environment, we can’t afford to lose important notes or miss important meetings, so traditional pen and paper will always be a mainstay of the office. As much as we are driven forward by technology and commit to keeping up to date, we will always rely on the good old desktop essential that has been with us throughout history.

If you are short of pens, paper or other essential desktop supplies, you can call Discount Office UK today on 0800 298 5742 and we will be glad to assist you.

4 Benefits of a Tidy Workspace

Most of us ten to let our desks build up with papers, files, to-do lists and various pieces of stationery over time. Eventually, it becomes a chore trying to find your keyboard without moving things. In a busy job, keeping your workspace tidy often doesn’t quite make your daily to do list, but there are many benefits to releasing your inner clean freak.

Mess can be related to stress

For some people, just looking at a messy desk or workspace when they get into work can be stressful. For others, an untidy desk is bearable for a while, until it gets harder to find important files or papers, slowing you down when you are in a rush. By keeping your desk tidy, there is no need to panic when you need to find something important.

KF10041_1Buying essential office stationery such as desk tidies, letter trays and magazine racks can help you to keep your workspace much more organised. If you have a place to put things, they will be easier to find when you are under pressure at work.

A tidy desk limits distractions

Keeping your workspace clean and tidy limits distractions and makes it easier for you to focus on the project at hand and work more efficiently. A tidy and clutter free desk also provides you with more space to work in, so there will be nothing to slow you down. Take time to re-organise your desk and it’s likely that you will walk away at the end of the day feeling happy with what you have achieved with fewer distractions.

A messy desk can have a negative effect on your health

KF04504Many offices employ a cleaning service, but in many cases, cleaners aren’t permitted to touch desks or move items in workspaces. This could mean that most of the surfaces of your desk may be untouched for weeks, bearing in mind that you may have had a cold or illness, eaten at your desk or spilled a drink. Workspaces are often harbouring germs, so keeping your desk stocked up with some eco friendly cleaning supplies and computer cleaning products is a good idea.

Impress your boss

If you have a clean and organised desk, this is a simple way to impress your boss or other superiors at work. A well organised workspace portrays you as an organised and productive worker. In contrast, a messy desk could have a negative effect on your reputation, as it could suggest that you are disorganised and show a poor attitude to keep on top of things.

At Discount Office UK, we specialise in providing the stationery and office accessories to help keep your workspace organised and tidy. For more information, please call us today on 0800 298 57 42 or visit our website.