One thing that is always constant in an office? Paperwork. Although most workplaces have moved to a more electronic way of working, it does not eliminate the use of paper; especially considering we need it for printing, writing, sketching, note-taking, invoicing, and so on. With all this paperwork being used, it raises the questions as to whether or not your workplace is securely disposing and filing the necessary papers in a way that benefits the environment.
After a tough 2017 for many in the UK OP industry, 2018 will be the year of consolidation as acquisitions and mergers across all sectors of the industry rise. It seems clear to me that the largest players will be aggressive, especially if cash rich, to invest in small to medium size enterprises in order to build sales and realise new customers and opportunity. That said, it would seem that diversity will be the key rather than buying more of the same traditional companies that are struggling.
Maintaining our inboxes can sometimes be a struggle, especially when it becomes the last thing on our minds in the working day. However, with this mind-set, we could suddenly see ourselves dealing with an overflowing and unorganised mess of an inbox making it difficult to use. As much as this won’t be the case for some of us, we are all guilty of having emails in our inbox that could easily be deleted or archived.
Christmas is nearly here, and we all probably have many expensive presents lying around the home or office waiting to be given to your relatives and friends. However, it is important to remember that security isn’t just a case of locking up your premises and keeping the gifts out of sight when you are out partying the night away. Running a business means you should also review the safety of your premises, equipment and confidential information too.
It’s that time of year where focusing on anything other than Christmas can be difficult. However, whilst you’re winding down for the year and counting down the days to your festive break, there’s another important thing you should be thinking about – a plan for 2018.
It’s Fire Safety Week (8-14th October) and while the focus is mainly on preventing residential fires, it is also a good time to consider workplace fire safety and prevention. The UK’s fire and rescue service attended 161,000 fires in 2016-17. On average, 16,000 of those were recorded as being in non-residential buildings - the majority of which were workplaces.
There are a number of good reasons for rebranding of a business and with the changes we're introducing to our strategic model over the next 12-18 months that involve stakeholders of all types - members, suppliers and the internal team - we feel it's the time to look at the identity of Advantia and clarify its direction. Here's the thinking behind what you see in a subtle but impactful change in brand image.
Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle: Everyday items you would not think can be disposed of in an eco-friendly way
Many of us are guilty of throwing things away with our general rubbish without checking first to see if there is a more eco-efficient process we can stick to. When people think of recycling, it is often we just think of plastic, paper and glass.
There are a surprising amount of people, businesses and communities that would like to do more to conserve and protect our natural resources, but they don’t know where to begin with becoming more environmentally friendly.