Team from Alderley Edge Cricket Club takes part in 100 mile charity cycling trip

Sales director completes charity bike ride

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A few days ago, Egan Reid Group sales director Charlie Reid took part in a gruelling charity bike ride on one of the hottest days this year so far. The challenge took 14 friends from Alderley Edge Cricket Club on the 100 mile round trip to Neston Cricket Club on the Wirral and back in …

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A few days ago, Egan Reid Group sales director Charlie Reid took part in a gruelling charity bike ride on one of the hottest days this year so far.

The challenge took 14 friends from Alderley Edge Cricket Club on the 100 mile round trip to Neston Cricket Club on the Wirral and back in one day. Headed by Ben Lambert, they were raising funds for East Cheshire Hospice and highlighting the amazing care and support the hospice provides to communities in Macclesfield, Buxton, Congleton, High Legh, High Peak, Knutsford, Poynton, Wilmslow and the surrounding areas. East Cheshire Hospice has helped people with life limiting illnesses and their families for over 30 years and relies heavily on charitable donations and fundraising activities. As well as an inpatient unit, the hospice also offers a range of home services, complementary therapies, children’s services, counselling and a 24/7 palliative careline.

To date, the team has raised over £5,000 and you can still donate via the dedicated JustGiving page.

East Cheshire Hospice is a registered charity. Registered Charity No: 515104.

Man's back hurting without a sit-stand desk

Invest in your team’s wellbeing with sit-stand desking

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With more and more businesses adapting their workspaces to benefit their team, the pressure to provide a cutting-edge work environment for your employees has never been higher – and for good reason. Say gooodbye to those aches and pains On the forefront of this need to create better environments for staff, sit-stand desks provide an …

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With more and more businesses adapting their workspaces to benefit their team, the pressure to provide a cutting-edge work environment for your employees has never been higher – and for good reason.

Say gooodbye to those aches and pains

On the forefront of this need to create better environments for staff, sit-stand desks provide an innovative and simple solution to many long-recognised issues commonly found in the average workplace, such as neck pain, back ache, and wrist strain.

The problem has often been that no matter how healthy your lifestyle is outside work, your efforts are often lost when you step into the office, and you remain susceptible to injuries and conditions such as back pain or even elevated cholesterol. In fact, according to research committed by Fellowes, for every two hours of sitting, you cancel out a substantial 20 minutes of exercise, and with a full office working day potentially eight hours long you stand to undo over an hour of exercise (equal to an average session at the gym or perhaps a long run).

This is the least of your worries, however, as prolonged periods of sitting over time can lead to higher blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, which in turn can lead to unwanted health consequences. With a sit-stand desk, you remove these prolonged periods of remaining seated, and also reap the benefits of standing up to work. For example, whilst standing up to work, you burn 30% more calories than when sitting down. This may not seem like a lot, but this extra activity can actually reverse the effects of staying seated for too long.

The health benefits don’t end there…

Of course, physical health isn’t the only concern for an office space, and rightly so. The mental wellbeing of any team is crucial to a positive working environment. Research shows that workplace productivity sees a significantly valuable increase of 46% simply with the ongoing use of sit-stand desks. With that level of additional work rate and yield, the challenges your business faces can be easily overcome, allowing for a more resourceful and efficient team atmosphere.

Considering all of the above, are sit-stand desks for you? With benefits including reducing health risks and increasing workplace productivity, there’s a clear argument for integrating sit-stand desking into your workplace. For more information, get in touch with our team today and we can discuss how sit stand desks can help you and your team today!

Egan Reid grows with further acquisition

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Egan Reid are proud to announce the acquisition of the goodwill and customer base of Burslem Stationery Supplies following owners David and Karen Armstrong’s retirement in a deal that sees the leading independent dealer further strengthen its position in the North West. Burslem Stationery Supplies has a strong and loyal client base in and around …

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Egan Reid are proud to announce the acquisition of the goodwill and customer base of Burslem Stationery Supplies following owners David and Karen Armstrong’s retirement in a deal that sees the leading independent dealer further strengthen its position in the North West.

Burslem Stationery Supplies has a strong and loyal client base in and around Alsager, Cheshire, developed over the past 40 years by David and Karen Armstrong.

Andrew and Martin Reid, Egan Reid’s joint managing directors and owners, commented:

“This is Egan Reid’s second acquisition this year, the 6th in the last 7 years. These are challenging times for the office supplies trade, even more so for the smaller independent dealers who may not be able to offer the complete range of products and services we do, and we are always looking for opportunities to grow through further acquisitions.”

Swagelok Manchester and Egan Reid Team Up to Help Out!

Swagelok Manchester and Egan Reid Team Up to Help Out!

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Swagelok Manchester and it’s stationery supplier, Egan Reid, teamed up to help local school Cadishead Primary with a £400 donation of much-needed craft supplies. Speaking about the support from the two local businesses, Headteacher Neil Hargreaves said, “Cadishead Primary is extremely grateful to Swagelok Manchester and Egan Reid for donating these materials to us. This …

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Swagelok Manchester and it’s stationery supplier, Egan Reid, teamed up to help local school Cadishead Primary with a £400 donation of much-needed craft supplies.

Speaking about the support from the two local businesses, Headteacher Neil Hargreaves said,

“Cadishead Primary is extremely grateful to Swagelok Manchester and Egan Reid for donating these materials to us. This will help us to make learning even more fun for our children. We are always trying to give the children the best possible experience in school but we cannot always afford the resources we need.”

Managing Director of Swagelok Manchester, Jon Hall, said,

“We are delighted to be able to help local children have access to materials that will inspire creativity and contribute to a fun learning environment. Special thanks must go to Charlie Reid and the team at Egan Reid, who have been fantastic in helping us to support the school.”

Egan Reid Welcome Todds into the Group

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We are pleased to announce the acquisition of a majority stake in Todds Group, the Lincoln-based office supplies, furniture and fit-out specialist. This deal will be our 4th in 7 years and is a significant step in our group’s growth strategy as turnover heads towards £20 million. It brings together nearly two centuries of expertise …

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We are pleased to announce the acquisition of a majority stake in Todds Group, the Lincoln-based office supplies, furniture and fit-out specialist.

This deal will be our 4th in 7 years and is a significant step in our group’s growth strategy as turnover heads towards £20 million. It brings together nearly two centuries of expertise and innovation in workplace supplies and interiors, guaranteeing a bright and exciting future for both businesses. Shane Beesley will continue as Managing Director and shareholder of Todds Group.

Shane commented:

“I am really excited to become part of the larger Egan Reid Group and continue to develop Todds working with my existing team in Lincoln.”

Andrew and Martin Reid, our joint Managing Directors and owners, commented:

“This is another exciting stage in the company’s history. TODDS Group and Egan Reid complement each other very well, with the same values and aspirations. The acquisition is about much more than geographical expansion, it’s also an opportunity for our teams in Stockport, Bradford, the Isle of Man and now Lincoln to share knowledge and best practice and grow stronger together.”

5 top office interior design trends for 2019

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A new year always brings new trends in office furniture and interior design, as well as emerging trends from the previous year which are set to make it big and enter the mainstream. We’re really excited by 5 key trends that we predict will leave their mark on 2019 … Greener offices There’s been a …

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A new year always brings new trends in office furniture and interior design, as well as emerging trends from the previous year which are set to make it big and enter the mainstream. We’re really excited by 5 key trends that we predict will leave their mark on 2019 …

Greener offices

There’s been a growing interest in biophilic design in recent times, with research highlighting the benefits of bringing elements from the natural world into offices. So, expect plants to feature heavily this year, both real and replica, from traditional potted displays to ‘living’ walls or planters built into storage furniture. Likewise, we will see exposure to natural light or creating the impression of natural light become a key element of many projects. Add to that a mix of furniture, décor and flooring colours and textures borrowed from nature and you will have completed a space making the most of the health and wellbeing impact of connecting with nature.

Re-inventing spaces

The days of static, single purpose spaces are well and truly gone. Office interior design in 2019 is all about flexibility and collaboration, as we reported after our visit to Orgatec in the autumn. With office space often at a premium and more and more of us working increasingly ‘away from the desk’, furniture design has vastly evolved in the last few years to shift its focus towards multipurpose pieces offering a choice of use and layout. We’re witnessing the birth of second generation ‘space within a space’ solutions either taking the popular booth to the next stage with a greater focus on communication and connectivity or exploring new concepts such as curtain enclosed modular rooms.

Working well

Unsurprisingly, wellbeing remains a key driver behind most office design. We all know that sitting too much harms our health and productivity, and it’s crucial that we introduce more movement in our work day. Growing numbers of workplaces are choosing sit-stand desks and we’re seeing furniture manufacturers refine their design and functionality. So what’s next? We’re predicting a rise in dynamic seating solutions promoting balance and core strength, challenging the ergonomic seating norm.

Acoustics with a difference

Collaborative office design undeniably helps with communication and teamwork, however it often makes retaining good levels of visual and acoustic privacy problematic. We’ve shown in some of our recent projects that acoustic solutions can be rather creative. Sound absorbing foam panel or brick systems are easy to install, move or reconfigure and come in a wide range of attractive designs. We’re also loving acoustic decorations, from wall-mounted panels to suspended displays or lighting shades – a perfect combination of both style and function.

Making a statement

There are many ways to add personality and individuality to your office interior, and make a statement that won’t be impractical or too costly. Splashes of colour – be it on the walls, floor, accessories or stand-out pieces of furniture – always work well against a neutral palette and can be aligned to your corporate branding or design trend (why not embrace the Pantone colour of the year?). Feature walls will create a focal point and again can become an integral part of your brand if you choose well: vinyl graphics featuring client testimonials or company mottos, story walls, floor-to-ceiling photographic murals reflecting specific company values …

Have you been inspired to update your office interior and adopt some of our picks from this year’s design trends? If so, contact us today and let’s discuss your project.