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.

First impressions count

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According to the latest research, it takes the brain only 7 seconds to judge a person after first meeting them. 7 seconds! This means that each time you meet someone, and perhaps unknowingly, you have only 7 seconds to shine. Harsh, right? But it’s something we all do. While this is important when it comes …

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According to the latest research, it takes the brain only 7 seconds to judge a person after first meeting them. 7 seconds! This means that each time you meet someone, and perhaps unknowingly, you have only 7 seconds to shine. Harsh, right? But it’s something we all do.

While this is important when it comes to representing yourself, it’s even more crucial when representing your business. If you don’t immediately come across as professional, modern, and engaging as your business truly is, then a potential customer will walk out of the door; you only get one shot at a first impression.

So, we’ve established that first impressions count, and they count for a lot, but what does this mean for your business? Keep reading to find out more.

The key thing here is learning how you sell yourself. You can have the best business in the world in every other aspect, but if you don’t make it clear to people what it is you do and how well you do it, then who’s to know? Since the advent of social media and recent advances in digital media technologies, marketing has never been more diverse and creative… so it should be easier than ever, right? Unfortunately, no. Now information is available so readily and services can be so quick, efficient, and easy, people’s attention has become much more illusive and difficult to get a hold of for businesses while patience has also shortened. There’s no longer time to explain why you’re great; there’s so much competition that people will go elsewhere. Instead, you need to make it clear who you are from the get-go; you really do only have 7 seconds. How do you do this as a business?

Firstly, branding shouldn’t be overlooked. As the adage goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words

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.