Perfect Stocking Fillers!

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It’s finally here, we’re reached December. It’s time to step fully into the Christmas spirit, whether your workplace is fighting over who gets to open the advent calendar today or if you’re already sick of hearing Slade (Could you ever get sick of that?) we can all agree that once December 1st hits – we’re fully into peak Crimbo.

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It’s finally here, we’re reached December. It’s time to step fully into the Christmas spirit, whether your workplace is fighting over who gets to open the advent calendar today or if you’re already sick of hearing Slade (Could you ever get sick of that?) we can all agree that once December 1st hits – we’re fully into peak Crimbo. But, while Christmas lists are being made (and checked twice) in your personal life, have you considered your customers?

Lucky for you, we’re here to make your Christmas season more pleasant. Whether you’re looking to express gratitude to your employees and customers or wanting to sustain awareness of your brand throughout the festive season – we’re going to show you the top ways print can be used this Christmas.

Ice Scrapers

The secret to successful promotional print is usefulness. While visions of plush toys and mugs come to mind, seasonal products are perfect for keeping your message relevant. Dishing out useful yet unusual products help to get you noticed and lengthens customer’s interest (win win!).
Products such as ice scrapers are the perfect gift paired with direct mail or giveaways (especially within the motor or insurance industries). Useful promotional products evoke positive feelings towards your business. So, while the trudge of de-icing your car on those dark winter mornings isn’t fun – you get to make it that little bit easier for your customers, and your logo makes sure that they remember.

Thermo-Mugs

Americano? Latte? Maybe even a hot chocolate? Cold mornings mean you’re more likely to be persuaded to visit a coffee shop on your commute. As the use of plastic continues to dominate the headlines, offering your customers an alternative to disposable coffee cups has the added benefit of broadcasting your company’s eco-friendly ethos. Thermo-mugs can be used every day and broadcast your logo in the process. With many high street coffee chains offering incentives for customers wanting to use their own mugs, thermo-mugs can also be a nice little perk for on the road sales teams.

Money Boxes

Wanting to save a little more money next year? A study with the Telegraph shows that money saving is the 3rd most popular new year’s resolution. In the name of usefulness, money boxes are the perfect gift going into 2019. With several different shapes and the ability to add a message or logo, this option is personable and makes sure your gift is being used all year round.
From personal home use to the office change bank, placing your logo onto an item with a constant presence in people’s lives helps to organically increase your brand recognition over time.

Our print team are poised and ready to bring the perfect holiday cheer to your business, just give us a call on 0161 406 6000.

Wrapping tips

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Whether it’s Christmas, a birthday, a wedding celebration, (or any other excuse!) everyone loves opening a present. With the festive season approaching it’s important to know that gift giving should also be just as fulfilling, but we know all too well how easy it is to become stressed when things don’t go to plan. But before you call it a wrap, never fear! With our tips and tricks, gift wrapping will be a breeze and a fun festive activity.

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Whether it’s Christmas, a birthday, a wedding celebration, (or any other excuse!) everyone loves opening a present. With the festive season approaching it’s important to know that gift giving should also be just as fulfilling, but we know all too well how easy it is to become stressed when things don’t go to plan. But before you call it a wrap, never fear! With our tips and tricks, gift wrapping will be a breeze and a fun festive activity.

The right tools

The first step is to ensure you have the right tools for the job. Let’s start with the basics: you’ll need a sharp pair of scissors, some Sellotape, and some wrapping paper. But where and how are you sending it? You may also need an envelope and to consider how you package your item; our range of padded mailers will ensure nothing gets damaged in sleigh transit this year. Next, look at your workspace: is it cluttered and disorderly, or tidy and systematic? For the best result, you should aim for the latter and make sure your tools are easily accessible. If you’re using ribbon you might want to try curling it. For this, it would be useful having an extra pair of scissors that are dull as this makes the process easier.

Finally, never be afraid to add too many embellishments! When you’ve chosen a brilliant gift, the perfect paper, and wrapped it beautifully using our tips, you’ll want to add the cherry on top and decorate the outside of the package. Whether it’s a bow, tinsel, or a bough of holly, allow yourself to get creative and have fun.

The next level

Are you ready to take your wrapping to the next level? Go beyond the basics and use double-sided tape and a ruler when cutting and sticking your paper for a seamless finish that’s guaranteed to impress. For the very best in stationery supplies, check out our range today. Unusual shapes? Embrace them! If you’re really struggling to wrap something, try using a gift bag or an appropriate box and then wrap that. This makes most awkward objects easy to wrap and saves you any trouble, but what if it’s too big for a gift bag? When a gift bag or box isn’t an option, it’s still not time to panic; it’s time to get creative! Other props such as tinsel or baubles can also be used to disguise your gift, or you could simply embellish the item with decorations instead; the possibilities are endless!

We hope that with these tips you’ll soon be on your way to creating a masterpiece, whatever the occasion. It’s important to not become stressed and ruin the fun at Christmas. That’s why you can get all your wrapping essentials from us this year. We’re your one-stop shop: there’s no need to rush around searching for the best prices, we’ve got you covered. For further help feel free to call us on 0161 406 6000 or drop us an email to hello@eganreid.co.uk.

Are you up to date with your office germ hotspots?

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Studies have shown that a messy workplace can have various negative effects on the mental and physical wellbeing of employees. As well as looking unprofessional, a messy workstation is the breeding site for various germs and can become a graveyard for productivity. In fact, statistics show that sick days alone cost the UK economy over £77.5 billion a year!

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Studies have shown that a messy workplace can have various negative effects on the mental and physical wellbeing of employees. As well as looking unprofessional, a messy workstation is the breeding site for various germs and can become a graveyard for productivity. In fact, statistics show that sick days alone cost the UK economy over £77.5 billion a year!

Much of this could be saved if all workplaces were clean and germ-free, and it is easier to do your bit than you think. By tackling the office germ hot spots, you can be sure to stay productive all year long. Read on to learn how to banish those sniffles quickly and efficiently…

Dirty Desks

Some of us work at them every day, and with the rise of hot desks in addition to sharing office equipment, you are at a high risk of being infected by other people’s germs!

  • Regularly clean your desk with specialised products.
  • If eating at your desk, make sure to wash your hands before and after.
  • Have a pack of antibacterial wipes handy to banish cold and flu viruses from shared objects, such as the phone and pens.

Keyboard and Mouse

Studies show that more than 3,000 micro-organisms can be found per square inch on keyboards, and over 1,600 bacteria per square inch on a computer mouse!

  • Eating lunch at your desk? Move your keyboard away to remove the risk of crumbs (and clean up after yourself!).
  • Clean your keyboard and mouse weekly.

Bacteria-filled mug

Hands up if you’re guilty of leaving a used mug on your desk overnight? Yep, us too. Office mugs can look a bit worse for wear quickly, and a simple rinse may not be enough to remove a colleague’s germs.

  • Using your own mug consistently reduces the risks of spreading germs and viruses.
  • Make sure to wash up your own mug every evening.

Whether it’s simply keeping the office toilets clean, maintaining food hygiene standards, or dealing in specialist sectors such as housekeeping or healthcare, we can help you purchase smarter.

You are guaranteed superior value over individual product ordering with Egan Reid. If you are still ordering individual janitorial products, make your £ go further by ordering our 5L containers of any janitorial product, and you can get an impressive 166 trigger spray bottles (or 44 buckets).

Our range of cleaning, hygiene and ancillary products is one of the largest and most diverse in our industry and big enough to satisfy the requirements of most business sectors. For more information contact our team today on 0161 406 6000 or drop us an email to hello@eganreid.co.uk.

Ultimate Printer Guide

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Choosing the right printer can be confusing, but which one is best for your business? With our guide we bring you the best printer for a range of office types. From home office to large businesses we will take your through the steps to obtaining the perfect printer for you!

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Choosing the right printer can be confusing, but which one is best for your business? With our guide we bring you the best printer for a range of office types. From home office to large businesses we will take your through the steps to obtaining the perfect printer for you!

Mono or Colour?

Colour printers have always been regarded as the more expensive option, but technology has improved and reduced in cost which allows colour printer prices to sit within reach of mono printers. Mono printers are less expensive to buy and run, whereas colour uses four toners in comparison to just one with a black and white printer. This means that the cost per page for colour is significantly higher. However, a colour output looks better and has a larger impact. Using colour makes prospect 80% more likely to stop and read a message!

Multifunction

MFP (Multi-Function Printers) or AIO (All in One) printers are packed full of features – bringing together all the functionality of several machines into one easy to use device … saving time, money and space! They are a combination of a scanner, copier and printer in one machine, available in both inkjet and laser.

Inkjet or Laser?

If you’re printing up to 1,500 pages per month, a laser printer will prove more cost effective, however business inkjets now offer a cost comparable solution and crisper print.
Inkjets are ideal for home use, they typically produce higher quality photographs than a laser printer. Ink cartridges for these printers tend to be cheaper than laser, so you will be saving money when it comes to running out of ink.

Laser printers are designed for frequent use, they can print large batches which ensures processes are productive and efficient. These are best for text documents and high-speed printing. Although toner is more expensive than an inkjet, you get more prints before a replacement is needed. While initial costs may be high, the cost per page works out cheaper over time.

Eco-friendly

Whilst you are sitting at your desk, what can you do to help save the environment? Think about the equipment you use every day! Eco-friendly credentials on printers such as power-saving operation to auto-sleep modes help to control print overheads and create an environmentally friendly office environment.

3D printers

These types of printers have been on the scene for a while but have only just recently made a big impact. Should you be in the business of needing prototypes and small-scale manufacturing these are great for creating a design and testing, before building the real deal.

Wireless Printing

With people working on the go all the time, this is an important feature in modern society. Wireless connectivity allows you to print from a smartphone, tablet or laptop without the need to plug into the actual printer itself.

Pick your perfect printer today. For guidance call us on 0161 406 6000 or drop us an email at hello@eganreid.co.uk.

A review of Orgatec 2018

furniture & interiors

It’s clear to see from our recent visit to the Orgatec trade fair in Cologne, Germany, why the event – the largest of its type in the world – remains the number 1 platform for trendsetting in office interiors and a magnet for exhibiting companies….

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It’s clear to see from our recent visit to the Orgatec trade fair in Cologne, Germany, why the event – the largest of its type in the world – remains the number 1 platform for trendsetting in office interiors and a magnet for exhibiting companies and visitors alike. Where some high profile trade shows have lost their spark in recent years, Orgatec is definitely ‘alive and kicking’ with some 760 exhibitors showcasing their products and over 60,000 international trade visitors.

The key trends

Unsurprisingly, Orgatec 2018 was all about ever changing work cultures, with flexibility a key theme: flexibility to quickly change the layout or use of a space, flexibility to collaborate and communicate wherever you are, flexibility to reclaim traditional office space for time away from the desk. So, products designed for multifunctional areas were everywhere, always pushing creative boundaries further and experimenting with shapes and finishes – seating booths, meeting pods, personal storage lockers but also telephone booths, open shelving systems, meeting and office enclosures …

Wellbeing featured heavily too, something that was already a defining trend of the last event in 2016. Sit-stand workstations and tables are becoming more and more widely adopted as a solution to counteract some of the health risks of sedentary office work, and some of the best examples were on show, as were more dynamic seating options focusing on balance, strengthening the muscles and relieving the spine. For us though, the move towards a quieter, more peaceful office really stood out. Whilst more open, collaborative offices encourage better exchange and communication, they come with the challenge of how to maintain good levels of privacy and sound insulation. Many exhibitors were showcasing their acoustic solutions, from wall-mounted and mobile panel systems or more adaptable acoustic bricks to sound absorbing ceiling hanging panels, light fittings, floor finishes, ‘room in room’ concepts and more.

Seating and phone booths at Orgatec

Our personal favourites

We took so much away from the show that picking particular highlights may seem a bit of an impossible task. Belgian company BuzziSpace’s various takes on workspace acoustics certainly impressed us with their BuzziBracks curtain enclosed modular room concept, BuzziMood moss wall panels tapping into the biophilic design trend, as well as their striking chandeliers and light fittings.

Connectivity and smart working solutions are something we’re always looking out for, and there was plenty at Orgatec to get our attention, with so many manufacturers making access to power, data and comms an integral part of their furniture – and coming up with new, smarter, more intuitive ways to achieve that all important technological harmony. We loved Spacestor’s ‘California cool, London design’ Phonebooth and SBS Mobilier’s Seat Box and Stand Up Box.

We couldn’t help but indulge in some of the more informal and playful product ranges displayed by a few exhibitors, such as ball sports inspired chairs, unique pieces made of books or corrugated paper furniture.

Orgatec never fails to deliver a great show. Yes, some of the largest companies were absent. Yes, there were very few exhibitors from the United Kingdom. Our overwhelming feeling, however, is one of excitement, with a refreshed creative and innovative mindset that will be at the heart of our future projects.

3 reasons being the rise of ‘resimercial’ office

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Love or hate the name, resimercial – the coming together of commercial and residential or home interior design elements in an office environment – is fast becoming one of the hottest trends in workplace design. Is it a fad? What are the…

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Love or hate the name, resimercial – the coming together of commercial and residential or home interior design elements in an office environment – is fast becoming one of the hottest trends in workplace design. Is it a fad? What are the benefits?

1. It’s all about wellbeing

When you think of resimercial design, the first thing that comes to mind has to be the use in an office of interior finishes and styles usually seen in homes. The choice of more daring, warmer, more natural or sometimes more playful colours, patterns, shapes and layouts contrasts with the safer, somewhat colder and more rigid styles traditionally seen in office design. This allows a greater focus on creating happy, comfortable spaces that offer much more than a desk and chair to sit at, possibly tempting home workers who feel isolated back into the office, with the ultimate goal of improving staff productivity and retention.

2. The age of the agile office

Resimercial embodies the move away from traditional office design and the need to reflect how people work. With the rise in home, flexible and multi-location working, the office is no longer a place where each space has a clearly defined function, a move taken straight from domestic interiors, where, for example, the dining room often is a family room, an office, a craft room … In new office design terms, this means providing spaces that people can work, meet and relax in, hence the increasing popularity of collaborative pods or booths, bench tables that work just as well as desks or as canteen tables, sofas with built-in power and data etc.

3. Getting the balance right

For all it draws from residential environments, successful resimercial design is about adopting a well-balanced blend of home and traditional office, not making the office feel ‘just like home’. After all, are piles of cushions, ornate chandeliers or shagpile rugs really cut for the office? Workplace furniture and finishes need to remain practical, durable and cost-effective. Here at Egan Reid Office Environments, we partner with furniture and interior finishes suppliers who have adapted their product ranges to take inspiration from the residential world and retain their commercial properties – proving that the ‘best of both worlds’ is the way to go.

If you’d like to explore introducing that ‘home from home’ feeling in your office, contact the team at Egan Reid Office Environments and get your project started today!