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Thursday, 27 September 2012

I Know, It's Only Copier Paper But ...

 I like it, I like it, yes I do!

In virtually every office, organisation, den, student flat and home you will somewhere find a box or two of A4 80 gsm white copier paper.   It might only be copier / printer paper, but its a staple. A bread and butter essential.
So what, I hear you thinking ....  well  .... has a special offer of just £1.90 a ream which means only £9.50 for a box of five.

We won't try to mislead you by advertising a special offer price on a pack of A4 paper which turns out to be a pack of 250 sheets. NAUGHTY!

Neither will our Google Advertisements claim one price while the site actually lists a higher price. Tut Tut.

Neither will OfficeThingy upload into Googlebase (that's where the shopping results come from) prices which exclude vat.

There's never been a better time to stock up and save.


Office Furniture Increases Employee Efficiency

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Happy Birthday to Glue!

Today, on September 26, 2012, Henkel will celebrate its 136th anniversary around the world. The motto for this year’s Henkel Day is sustainability, and a variety of activities will encourage employees at the various sites across the globe to get involved. What’s more, the new “Henkel Sustainability Video” will be released to mark the occasion. 

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Ask Irongate, “How do I choose the right envelope?”

The key considerations when selecting an envelope are:
Size                                                   – see table below
Opening edge                                      - Wallet (open long edge) or pocket (open short edge)
Window or plain
Quality/weight of paper
Colour                                                  – usually either white or manila
By seal                                                – gummed, press seal or peel & seal
By pack size                                        – ranging from 10 to 1000 per box
Environmental considerations                - 100% recycled envelopes are readily available

Extra strong polythene envelopes are also available.  These are much lighter than typical paper equivalents and have the additional advantage of being waterproof, strong, burst, tear and puncture resistant.
Padded envelopes and mail bags offer additional protection from shock for fragile contents.  They typically have a bubble wrap or shredded newsprint lining whilst board backed envelopes help protect the contents from damage as a result of bending.      
Envelopes are most commonly used for enclosing and sending mail through a prepaid-postage system.
Window envelopes have a hole cut in the front side that allows the paper within to be seen. They are generally arranged so that the sending address printed on the letter is visible, saving the sender from having to duplicate the address on the envelope itself. The window is normally covered with a transparent or translucent film to protect the letter inside, as was first designed by Americus F Callahan in 1901 and patented the following year. In some cases, shortages of materials or the need to economize resulted in envelopes that had no film covering the window. One innovative process, invented in Europe about 1905, involved using hot oil to saturate the area of the envelope where the address would appear. The treated area became sufficiently translucent for the address to be readable. As of 2009 there is no international standard for window envelopes, but some countries, including  Germany and the UK, have national standards
The "envelope" used to launch the Penny Post component of the British postal reforms of 1840 by Sir Rowland Hill and the invention of the postage stamp, was a lozenge-shaped lettersheet known as a Mulready. If desired, a separate letter could be enclosed with postage remaining at one penny provided the combined weight did not exceed half an ounce (about 13 grams). This was a legacy of the previous system of calculating postage, which partly depended on the number of sheets of paper used.
Up until 1840 all envelopes were handmade, each being individually cut to the appropriate shape out of an individual rectangular sheet. In that year George Wilson in the UK patented the method of tesselating a number of envelope patterns across and down a large sheet, thereby reducing the overall amount of waste produced per envelope when they were cut out. In 1845 Edwin Hill and Warren de la Rue obtained a patent for a steam -driven machine that not only cut out the envelope shapes but creased and folded them as well. (Mechanised gumming had yet to be devised.) The convenience of the sheets ready cut to shape popularized the use of machine-made envelopes, and the economic significance of the factories that had produced handmade envelopes gradually diminished.
As envelopes are usually made of paper, they are intrinsically amenable to embellishment with additional graphics and text over and above the necessary postal markings. This is a feature that the direct mail industry has long taken advantage of custom printed envelopes have also become an increasingly popular marketing method.

Dimensions (HxW mm)
Dimensions (in)
Suitable for content format
110 × 220
4.33 x 8.66
1/3 A4
81 x 114
3.2 x 4.5
1/3 A5
81 x 162
3.19 x 6.4
1/3 A5
114 × 162
4.5 x 6.4
A6 (or A4 folded in half twice)
114 × 229
4.5 x 9
1/3 A4
162 × 229
6.4 x 9
A5 (or A4 folded in half once)
229 × 324
9.0 x 12.8
324 × 458
12.8 x 18
125 × 176
4.9 x 6.9
176 × 250
6.9 x 9.8

Friday, 21 September 2012

ISO 27001 for Irongate Group!

Irongate gains additional ISO standard

Irongate is proud to announce that it has been accredited with another prestigious Quality Standard, the ISO 27001 which is the most influential globally recognised standard for Information Security Management. This ensures quality procedures, guarantees that our clients personal data is managed with levels of confidentiality and integrity.
Managing Director Adam Noble says “the standard requires that we systematically examine our organisation’s information security risks, taking account of the threats, vulnerabilities and impacts and then design and implement a coherent and comprehensive suite of information security controls.”
Irongate is now registered to ISO 27001 (Information Security), ISO 9001:2008 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental).

About the Irongate Group

1977, the year that brought us Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee was also the year that our business was established. Irongate Group started out as a retail shop called The Irongate Copy Centre selling photocopying services. 35 years on and our hardworking team has helped turn the Irongate Group into the largest independent office services provider in the midlands with a turnover of £16 million. Our head office is based at Kingsway, Derby and is supported by our regional office in Birmingham.
We believe we offer something really quite unique; a suite of integrated business products and services, that deliver tangible benefits to our clients and their businesses. Our specialist Managed Services help businesses to operate more efficiently and cost-effectively whilst our Managed Communications services ensure businesses communicate with their customers effectively and profitably.
You can select these services on a standalone basis, or benefit from a complete single source package which embraces every aspect. We can do whatever your business wants or needs but the more of this total service you choose, the more you will benefit from procurement efficiencies and cost reduction (and of course, a first class service). This, combined with our on-going product and service development, sets us apart from our competition and has cemented our reputation as an established and trusted business supply partner.
Become an Irongate customer and you’ll be in good company – here are just a few of the clients we work with:
If you would like to know more about what Irongate can do for you and your business, please take a look around our website and if you require any further information please make contact by using our online contact form – alternatively, just give us a call on 01332 345950.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

4 Reasons to Share Inspirational Quotes on Twitter

1) You can't think of anything original to share
2) You don't have anything original to share
3) You have the misguided view that people actually want to read these quotes
4) You don't know what to tweet so you follow the herd  (baaaa)

But the one below I saw on Pinterest before I started work this morning is worth sharing.  It's not a quote I found on Twitter or Googled for, its a quote on a Tee shirt, on Pinterest.  Now that I do like! Pinterest is great and the best place for quotes is on Tee shirts.

Click here for printed corporate / promotional Tee shirts

Managed Print Services (MPS) is a Waste of Time

No It Isn't and here's why!

Printing documents within the office is one of the many hidden business costs with many organisations unable to determine what their cost of printing actually is. According to recent research, printing and imaging can account for up to 3% of an organisation’s revenue.
So, do you know how much you spend on printing documents?
Our MPS solutions will help you reduce your internal print costs, remove the hassle of having to order cartridges and reduce the amount of device downtime when broken.
Some of the key benefits of switching to a Managed Print Service include:
  • Fixed cost per page and short contract period
  • No minimum or maximum print volumes; you only pay for what you print
  • Competitive pricing
  • No capital purchase of hardware
  • Automated toner/ink delivery direct to the printer; cut the costs of holding toners and ensure the correct consumables are available for the correct printer at the right time
  • On-site intervention or on-site repair within the next business day
  • Monthly activity reports
  • Free UK technical support

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Irongate Group Launches Irongate Mail

With our IG Mail solution, sending your business letters has never been easier, quicker or more cost-effective. In fact, it can save your business as much as 60% on its current office mail costs.
In a typical business, the majority of posted documents are created in-house, which requires a number of processes all of which incur cost and time, using expensive resource and assets, e.g. people, post rooms, franking machines etc. Additionally, due to the lack of volume, limited discounts are available so higher postage costs are paid. This method can also raise issues around consistency of documentation, presentation and confidentiality.
IG Mail solves all of these problems by enabling your business to create and proof letters online, which are then centrally printed and posted – a much quicker and cost effective process than traditional mail creation and postal methods.
It’s simple; a user in the business uploads their Word document or PDF, along with their database of addresses, chooses their posting date and submits their mailing to us. We then print, insert the documents into an envelope and post the letters direct. You can submit your mailings in any quantity, anytime 24/7. There are no set up fees, no software to download, no artwork fees, no contract and you can be up and running in just 2-3 days. It’s that easy and it’s fully secure as documents are encrypted and sent via a secure connection to a highly secure production centre.
Additionally, with all of your mail template files (invoices, payslips, reminders, appointment confirmations, employee communications, newsletters, everyday letters, marketing mail shots and general office mail) stored in your template library, you can control the quality of letters going out the door, whoever they are issued by.

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