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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.


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 Paper Desk Diaries and Wall Planners Still Reign Supreme Over Digital Diaries

wallplannersIn the modern age, to some extent we all embrace digital technology. Digital helps to make our life a lot easier and ensures we live at a much faster pace than in the past; if we need information, in most cases it’s right at our finger tips and we are impatient if we can’t find exactly what we need. For example, Sat Nav systems can help us to get around much easier, and online shopping allows us to buy almost anything with the click of a button, with next day delivery increasingly available.

In a lot of ways, digital technology helps us to get the information we need quicker than ever before, but when it comes to being organised as quickly as possible, in many ways, paper still wins. On average, people who choose to use electronic calendars to stay organised, take as much as six times longer just to scribble down some simple notes.

Whilst it is easy to open up a desk diary and write down important notes and dates, or even walk over to a wall planner and scribble in the appropriate box; using a diary on a computer, tablet or smart phone usually involves a lot more moves. The user must navigate their way to the diary app, find the right date, which may well be a long way into the future, before then having to choose an option to add an appointment or notes, type them in and then save it all. When it comes to choosing extra options like setting an alarm or a reminder for a particular event, the whole process takes even longer.

A5 desk diaryIn most cases, it takes as little as 5 or 10 seconds to write a date into a paper diary or planner, whereas it is more likely to take a minimum of 15 to 30 seconds to do the same using a digital device. In such a fast paced world where we expect everything straight away, surely it makes sense to choose the faster and more efficient organisation option and stick with paper?

Other advantages of good old fashioned paper desk diaries and wall planners

As well as sheer speed, paper offers a number of other advantages over digital technology when it comes to staying organised:

  • Paper doesn’t suffer from technical difficulties – you never have to worry about paper running out of battery, or freezing on the wrong page. Whilst a smart phone, tablet or computer may sometimes seem to miraculously delete an event from your diary, all events stay on paper unless you scribble them out


  • You know where you are with a traditional diary or planner; whereas it can sometimes be difficult to find the information you are looking for when using a digital device, paper allows you to see a whole day, week, or even month at a glance, so there is no need to set hundreds of annoying reminders that will continually pop up on your screen


  • Paper is as private as you want it to be – In many workplaces, diaries are cloud based and can be seen by everybody in the office, or company, not to mention Google itself has direct access into your daily doings. A paper diary can be locked away in a desk or cupboard, whereas a wall planner can be put in an office where only certain people have access


  • Cost – At the end of the day, it is much cheaper for businesses to invest in paper than in expensive cloud systems. Buying a diary or paper planner provides a year’s worth of organisation at a very small price.



Whilst the digital world continues to grow, more and more people continue to return to paper, with desk diaries and wall planners making a comeback. If you would like to find out more about the range of organisational stationery products available from Discount Office UK, please visit our website or call us for free on 0800 298 57 42.

Why a Paper Desk Diary Continues To Stand the Test of Time

In today’s world, digital clearly rules the roost. Constant developments in technology allow us to hold a piece of it in our hands, bags or pockets at all times, with important information just a few button clicks or finger taps away. Handheld technology and universal access to the internet allows us to communicate and source information so much quicker than ever before.

In most cases, new technology wins over paper, for example; email is far superior to sending letters through the post as it is much faster, and there is less chance of them getting lost, and Sat Navs and Google Maps make it much easier for people to find their way around than an old A to Z. However, despite our reliance on electronic technology, there are still certain paper items that stand the test of time.

A4 desk diary

Paper diaries have been around for centuries, allowing people to write in important dates and anniversaries, amongst other notes and important information. For many businesses, although computers are absolutely essential to the smooth running of things, desk diaries continue to be in use by many employees, even if only to note down information before inputting it into a computer system.

It can be argued that a desk diary is superior to an electronic planner in many ways:

  • Trust – when you see information written in your own handwriting, you are often more likely to trust it. On the other hand, it can be harder to trust information stored on an electronic diary, not to mention, for many people, the idea of your important information being stored on the cloud is very stressful.
  • Speed – While new technology is all about being the fastest and most efficient, it can be argued that writing in and finding information in a paper desk diary is actually much faster than inputting or looking up information from an electronic diary on a phone, tablet or computer. In many cases, to be able to access an electronic diary, you have to input a security password before then having to go through a few steps to either find a date or note, or add a new appointment. With a paper diary, it only takes a few seconds to open it up to the write page and scribble in a note, or find a some previously written information
  • Privacy – It is universally thought of as rude to look in someone else’s diary, so you are likely to have a lot more privacy with a traditional desk diary. Most companies on the other hand have shared online diaries, so you are unable to write private pieces of information without your co-workers or employers seeing, even if by accident. Your colleagues can also see when you are free and take advantage of this by booking you into meetings an appointments, whereas with a paper diary, you have more control over your diary.
  • Physical – One of the best things about a traditional desk diary is that you can enjoy the physical object. You can choose a diary in a certain size, style or colour. If you prefer to keep your notes brief, you may prefer an A5 desk diary, or if you prefer to make more detailed notes, or are likely to have numerous appointments and events to write about on different days, it may be worth choosing a larger size such as an A4 desk diary.

A5 desk diary

Finally, one of the most important reasons for a desk diary having an advantage over an electronic diary or calendar, is that it encourages us to communicate. When information is displayed on a shared electronic diary, this takes away the need to talk. This can even be the case in a family that uses a shared diary; rather than having a conversation about what each person has planned, this information is already available, removing the need for the communication that is an essential part of family life.

To find out more about desk diaries and other essential office stationery, you can visit the Discount Office UK website.