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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.

Celebrating the Power of the Written Word – National Stationery Week

National Stationery Week
At Discount Office UK, we’re passionate about all things stationery, giving businesses the opportunity to maximise their efforts with the essential tools. That’s why we’re delighted to be celebrating National Stationery Week this month, highlighting the key importance of stationery and its role in powering the written word.

Running from 25th April – 1st May, National Stationery Week promotes the value of writing and being able to write by hand, showing that writing and stationery – the products that make it possible – are still relevant in our evermore digital environment. In fact, research carried out for the event by YouGov research, found that 92% of adults think that writing by hand is important and more Brits still take the time to send ‘thank you’ notes by hand as opposed to texting or emailing.

We believe that in the business world, despite the increase in emails and the use of smartphones, writing by hand is extremely important:

  • It’s a much more personal form of communication – where strong relations are key, clients or contacts will much likely appreciate a written note more than a quick impersonal email.
  • The act of jotting things down, instead of typing them, has been found to help you remember information more clearly and for a longer time.
  • Opening numerous apps and typing on a small screen can be a fiddly process – instead writing things down can in many cases be more efficient.
  • With a pen and pad you are much less restricted in terms of how you can lay out information – writing often gives you the opportunity to be more organised and creative and as a result, more productive.

Organised by the London Stationary Show, the national event aims to share these benefits on a global scale, getting people to talk and write about stationery. As such they will also be launching their second World Stationery Day on April 27th, inviting people to send more letters and cards, instead of purely messaging via text or email. Major retailers such as John Lewis, Tesco and the Post Office are also helping to support this cause, emphasising the importance of stationery for children especially. As an office stationery supplier we’re excited to be able to advocate this important event and thepleasure that stationery and writing can give to so many.

If you’d like to get involved in National Stationery Week, you can promote it to staff, customers or through social media. On Twitter and Facebook you can post an update on your favourite stationery product or pen, your favourite stationery brands or your favourite stationery retailer. Why not also see our wide range of pens, paper and other stationery products to boost the power of the written word in your office?

 

Make Sure Your Stationery Stock Cupboards are Full this New Year

The New Year provides an excellent opportunity for new starts and this applies to businesses as well. As staff come back to the office feeling refreshed, businesses can focus on driving productivity and getting the year off to a great start, as well as making plans for the rest of the year. The start of a new year is also a great time to fill up your stationery stock cupboards to make sure the office is well prepared for the coming months in terms of everyday essentials.

We have compiled a list of the business stationery essentials that you will need for your office:

If you are looking to make sure your office is fully stocked with the stationery you will need on a day to day basis, now is a great time to do so. Discount Office UK are well equipped to fulfil all of your business stationery needs, so to get prepared for the year ahead, you can call us on 0800 298 5742.

Why Buy Washroom Supplies and Kitchen Essentials from Your Office Stationery Supplier?

In the British economy, it’s always important for businesses to save money in any way they can. Whilst in some cases, this can mean making cuts, what many people don’t realise is that they can save money by doing something as simple as ordering all office supplies from the same supplier.

Whilst it’s highly likely that your business will buy common stationery items from the same place, at Discount Office UK, we can also provide other important supplies such janitorial products and kitchen essentials. By ordering all office products from the same supplier, especially when buying in bulk, your business can stand to save quite a lot of money, particularly when delivery costs are involved.

Whilst you may wonder whether a stationery supplier would have all you need in terms of washroom supplies, office washroom needs are quite standard and we are well equipped to provide you with all you need:

  • Toilet rolls – Toilet tissue can be provided in rolls of either 320 or 200 to suit your office needs, and toilet roll dispensers are also available. All toilet rolls are provided in packs of 36, preventing small businesses from buying on a regular basis, but also in a large enough batch to suit large offices and workplaces. All toilet roll is also supplied as two-ply and is soft and strong.
  • Hand towels – As well as providing standard single ply paper towels in blue or green, we can also provide centre-feed rolls in blue or white, depending on the style of hand towel dispensers that your business’s washroom has. As centre-feed hand towels are supplied in rolls of 150m long, these may be better suited to busier washrooms than standard single ply towels.
  • Janitorial cleaning products – We can provide a wide range of different cleaning products for washroom, kitchen or general office use.

As well as washroom supplies, Discount Office UK can also provide a wide range of general office janitorial supplies and kitchen essentials:

  • Square bin bags – Square bin bags are well suited to office, kitchen and washroom use where square wire mesh bins are common. Square bags allow you to use the maximum amount of space in the bin, allowing you to use fewer bin bags and save money in the long term.
  • Black bin liners – For larger kitchen bins for food and drink waste and packaging, heavy duty black bin liners are essential. However, for lighter litter, medium or light duty bin liners may be perfectly suitable. As well as general waste, black bin liners can also be very useful for collecting recyclable waste.
  • Tea and Coffee – By buying tea and coffee from your stationery supplier, you can save yourself the time of having to search for a separate supplier and avoid any separate delivery costs.
  • Cups and cutlery – At Discount Office UK, we can provide a wide range of plastic cups and cutlery that are ideal for office catering and buffets at meetings and conferences.

If you have specific janitorial needs, you can call Discount Office UK on 0800 298 5742 and we will be happy to assist you with your queries.

 

National Stationery Week 2015 – Why We Will Always Need Stationery

Ever since we started our very early days at school, we were taught how to use a pen, crayon and pencil to draw on paper, and express how we feel. Traditionally, being able to create something from simply holding a piece of stationery seemed like an achievement – from drawing a picture to being able to write our name.  Although things are now more advanced, and the latest digital technology continues to expand and grow – stationery simply will never go out of fashion.

In a place of work wherever it may be, you will find that nearly all of us will carry around a pen and paper, as it is always handy to have. We can quickly use it to jot down important details, which we may need to refer to later, and it’s important that we rely on stationary to be on our side when it comes to remembering things – it simply just cannot let us down. Whilst technology is all about speed, most of the time it is much quicker to scribble a few notes down as opposed to finding a notepad app on a phone or tablet and typing out our thoughts.

National Stationery Week

April 27th – 3rd May will mark National Stationery Week 2015 – A time for the UK to celebrate all things stationery.  Perhaps you could use this week to organise your own stationery at work, and co-ordinate your desk so that all office stationery is readily available and easy to find.

You could even get members of your team to express themselves by drawing or writing something to really be a part of National Stationery Week!

national stationery week

Stationery is everywhere

Even in some of the most technical departments of a business – someone, somewhere will have stationery with them.  It’s something that we rely on to be there whenever we need it. Even if you prefer to embrace technology, you will probably find that you use stationery more than you think. For example, here are some examples of how we use stationery:

  • To write postcards whilst on holiday
  • To write on envelopes when sending something
  • When writing a birthday card
  • When writing a sick note to your child’s school
  • To write a shopping list
  • To make a daily to-do list on a notepad or post it notes
  • To write on a whiteboard or presentation board

The truth is, stationery is a big part of our home and working life and without it we would become forgetful.

 

 

Useful Tips for Keeping Your Desk Tidy and Organised

In a hectic office environment, it is easy to let things slip and in no time be left with a messy desk. Whilst an untidy desk is often seen as a good sign of creativity, when you are left spending periods of time trying to find lost items rather than being productive, it is time to find a way to keep your desk more organised rather than continuing to build a mountain of paperwork and stationery.

Once you get into a routine, it is quite simple to keep your desk clean and clutter free. Why not try following these useful tips?

First of all, before trying to work out the best way to store your important pens, pencils and bits of paper, it is important to clear the desk completely (except for your computer components, telephone, or anything else that may be plugged in). You can then go about putting things into different piles. If there are things that you no longer need, i.e. out of date documents or notes, bin them to make space for new bits and pieces. For things that do not need to be on your desk when not in use, find somewhere else to tidy them away.

As well as the top of your desk, don’t forget to clear out any draws or shelves and sort them out in the same way.

When beginning to reorganise your desk, prioritise your items by necessity. Make sure to put things that you will need to use on a regular basis within easy reach, and file away things that you are less likely to use very often.

DT9184 desk caddy

DT9184 Contemporary Ice Blue Desk Caddy

Designate a place to keep stationery such as pens, pencils, scissors, USB sticks and other items that you will use daily. A plastic desk caddy offers an excellent solution for keeping your stationery tidy and in good condition. Many desk caddies feature different compartments to keep pens, pencils, or even small notepads separate. By keeping these items together, your desk will be less cluttered.

LT9473

LT9473 Contemporary Ice Blue Letter Tray

Take a look at your filing system. Are you keeping relevant paperwork and documents together? A plastic letter tray, with two tiers can be used for incoming and outgoing documents, ensuring that they do not get mixed up. By stacking more than one tiered letter tray, you can split documents into numerous categories, so that you can always find what you are looking for.

If you need to access brochures, magazines or reference books on a regular basis, you can keep them tidy and organised by having a magazine file on your desk. AS vertical standing magazine file allows you to read the spine of a book so that you can always find what yopu are looking for without having to route through drawers or piles.

Once you have organised your desk in a way that is tidy, simple and easy to use, it is much easier to keep it that way. Simply tidy your desk to this state at the end of every day.

To find out more about items that can help you co-ordinate your desk, you can visit discountofficeuk.co.uk.

Why Honesty Is Always Our Policy When It Comes To Your Office Stationery Supplies

It is not uncommon for office stationery retailers to use tactics like offering low prices for goods that they do not currently have in stock, simply to gain the interest of potential customers and lure them in to the rest of the site. In addition to this, many stationery firms will also offer very low prices to new customers, whilst increasing prices for existing customers to make up for the losses of lowering prices.

At Discount Office UK, we are honest about our stationery. We do advertise our low prices, however, our products are in stock, and our prices remain the same whether our customers are brand new or have been getting their supplies from us for a long time. Rather than hooking customers in with clever price reductions, we simply offer our best price to all customers or potential customers.

We believe that just as important as offering customers competitive and fair prices for their office stationery supplies, is providing a friendly, professional, honest and transparent service. With nearly twenty years of experience in the office supplies business, we still pride ourselves on giving a personal and knowledgeable service. If ever you have any questions or are in need of advice about a certain product or line of products, we will be happy to help.

We offer a vast array of office stationery, from pens and pencils, filing goods, to office furniture, all of which we can guarantee are offered at our lowest possible price. By coming to us to supply all of your stationery needs, you can stand to save money by having fewer suppliers to manage, and therefore fewer shipping costs. A greater advantage of turning to one company to provide all of your office supplies is that all items will arrived at the same time if they are in the same order.

If you would like to learn more about what office stationery and supplies we have to offer, you can visit discountoffice.co.uk.