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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.

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.

Things You Didn’t Know About Office Stationery

Understandably, office stationery isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fun facts and trivia, but even the most mundane and everyday items can have an interesting fact or story behind them – even your office supplies. Pens and pencils had to come from somewhere.

  • In most offices, paper is used in some form every day. What many people don’t know is that paper was said to have been developed in China by Cai Lun, a eunuch of the Han Court during the early years of the second century AD. However, the earliest found fragments of paper as opposed to papyrus derive from the second century BC, also in China. In the modern day world, China is the global leading producer of paper, with the United States of America in second place.
  • The modern legal pad evolved in the early twentieth century after a Judge asked for a margin to be drawn onto the left hand side of his paper, thus becoming the first legal pad as we know today, commonly found as a part of almost all business’s office supplies.
  • The first known stapler was made for King Louis XV of France in the eighteenth century and every staple was etched with the insignia of the royal court. During the nineteenth century, as the use of paper increased massively, the demand for an efficient form of paper fastener grew, leading to the stapler growing in popularity. In 1866, American George McGill created a patented precursor to the modern paperclip, with fellow America Henry R. Heyl creating the first machines to insert and clinch a staple in one step ten years later.
  • The pencil was created in the sixteenth century after a huge deposit of solid graphite was discovered in Cumbria. As this form of graphite was extremely solid, it could easily be sawn in to sticks and used to mark things. The first wood encased pencils date back to around 1560.
  • Before the rubber eraser was invented, many people used crusts of bread or breadcrumbs to remove pencil markings from paper. An English engineer named Edward Nairne is credited with creating and developing the first widely sold and marketed rubber eraser, after mistakenly picking up a piece of rubber instead of breadcrumbs and discovering its effective erasing properties.

If you have any more interesting facts or anecdotes about office stationery or wish to find honest priced office supplies, then why not contact us at Discount Office UK.

Why Pen & Paper Will Always Be an Essential Part of Your Office Supplies

In 2014, in an increasing number of office environments, tablets and smartphones are beginning to be seen as office necessities. In a modern office environment, a lot of business can be completed via a touch screen device such as a tablet or smartphone; emails, calendar entries, social media, even industry specific applications can be accessed. Not to mention, with the internet more readily available than ever due to these mobile devices, anything that we want to know is expected to be no more than a couple of clicks (or touches) away. Yet, with all of this technology at our fingertips, pen and paper remain amongst our top office supplies.

Whilst technology moves at an astonishing speed, constantly being updated and replaced to make way for something new and better, pen and paper have been around for thousands of years, since as early as Ancient Egyptian times when people scribed hieroglyphics onto papyrus manuscripts. Unlike computer operating systems, or android devices, office stationery likes pens and paper do not become outdated.

Amongst all currently essential office stationery and supplies, pen and paper are probably some of the only items that will not go out of fashion. Although computers, tablets and even phones can provide us software for making notes, such as notepad, or Microsoft Word, most people still seem to prefer jotting important notes, dates and bits of information down on a trusty pad of paper with their favourite biro or fountain pen.

With a paper copy to-do list in front of us, things seem more official and are harder to forget. It could be argued that people do not choose to note down their to-do lists using technology because there is still an element of distrust in technology; people trust themselves more to get things done if there is solid, paper proof in front of them. Even people that do regularly use their smartphone or tablet to manage tasks and events will likely have written them down somewhere too.

It can be argued that a pen and a piece of paper are the most essential of office supplies. If all technology spontaneously failed to function, pen and paper would still be able to do their job, so at least some work could get done, even if it was making notes, a draft, or a list of things that will need to be done.

Sometimes, it just feels good to physically write things down.

If you are in need of pens, paper or any other form of office supplies, you can visit Discount Office UK and browse our full range of office stationery supplies.

Buying Office Paper Supplies From A Local Office Supplies Company

Regardless of the business’s trade, it is almost always the case that they will require office paper supplies to some extent, whether it be printer paper, photo paper, photocopier paper or even envelopes. Despite an increasing reliance on email and efforts to be environmentally friendly, or even paper free, a large percentage of offices and businesses in general will require paper in some form on a daily basis.

Paper supplies can include all kinds of items, including printer and copier paper, note pads, post-it notes, till rolls, envelopes or even quality photographic paper. Due for the very high demand for paper products, they are usually easily accessible and reasonably priced. In many cases, all of these items can be order from one office paper supplies company online or over the telephone.

When purchasing office paper supplies, it can be clever to order them from the same source as their other office supplies, such as stationary, furniture, or even tea and coffee supplies. This way, businesses can save time and money by making only one order, often requiring one delivery.

As paper products are so widely available, it can often be beneficial to buy paper products from a local West Midlands office supplies company. In most cases, businesses will receive better, more personal service from smaller, local suppliers of office equipment. As there are such a wide range of paper products available, a West Midlands office supplies company can offer valuable pre-sales advice and if necessary, after-sales support.

Many West Midlands office supplies companies have many years of experience in their industry, with staff having built up great knowledge of their products. With this knowledge of products and the market, local office supplies companies are able to offer their best prices honestly, and help you to make the right choices to save your business money on supplies. Local, family run businesses will often work much harder for the customer, offering such services as free next day delivery for orders over a certain amount.

If you would like to find out more about the various office paper supplies available, feel free to visit www.discountofficeuk.co.uk