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Friday, 22 March 2013

Top tips for making your office greener

original article from the fab'  PA Life News

25 January, 2012
Are companies neglecting their environmental responsibilities?
In this age of austerity, it seems that all too often that being eco-friendly is seen as an unnecessary hassle that will cost time and money. However, if implemented efficiently and effectively it can save your organisation cash, improve staff morale and also generate positive PR.
Kellie Allan, PA to Logistik Group’s Joint MD James Wilkins, gives her advice on how this ideal can become a reality in your work place.
Kellie’s top 10 tips for a more sustainable office:
1. First and most importantly have a positive attitude; it will achieve a lot more than a tentative approach.
2. Secondly, you embrace the multitasking. Look at sustainability as a few more balls to juggle. Break it down into bite sized chunks, make a plan, keep the records, get your colleagues involved and you’re half way there.
3. Start analysing the elements – environmental, economic, and social. Then you’ll find that it’s easier to tackle. You’ll also find that you’re doing a lot if it already and being able to demonstrate this really helps you win over colleagues.
4. Once you’ve identified what you can already do start to add in some new areas whilst carefully monitoring what the team around is good and what they’re terrible at. As we all know from years of experience, a tricky job is easier and quicker done if you just do it yourself; don’t be tempted, get those areas tackled first or they’ll just hang over you and get even worse.
5. If you want to fit sustainable practices in with your already packed diary then you have to make it easy on yourself, don’t pick up on people’s tasks but rather engage and educate – find a way to make it work. Find a way to make it important and on their agendas.
6. Use the company’s social media outlets to communicate the businesses proactive and diverse approach to sustainability. This will appeal to clients as well as keeping employees informed.
7. When you’re researching for a new stationery supplier you ask for their sustainability credentials as well as getting them to come and collect their empty toners and scrap paper and card for recycling. Next thing you know you’ve got ‘sustainable procurement’ ticket off your list and you don’t have to worry about what to do with the waste.
8. The move to becoming a sustainable office can be as easy or as hard as you make it. Treat it like any other long term task, engage your project management skills and before too long you’ll get it running like clockwork.
9. When reviewing your current cleaning or researching for a new one, ask them how they incorporate sustainability to practice what makes their service sustainable – products, supplies and method? Club together with your suppliers and ensure you are all working in tandem towards becoming more sustainable.
10. Speak to your marketing manager and have your sustainable approach added to the website and internal/external newsletters.
What are your views on sustainability in the world of business? Let us know on our discussion forums.

Stationery and the Revival of Handwriting?

Posted by Chris Leonard-Morgan

Some would have us believe that letter writing and writing by hand is dead, that sending thank you notes is dead, that keeping a diary is dead. In fact, does anyone even remember how to hold a pen properly any more? It sounds extreme because it IS extreme. The media on both sides of the Atlantic has for the past few years been whipping up a frenzy of anxiety and disbelief at the apparent demise of handwriting – it’s as if no one does it any more.

The problem with this is that it simply isn’t true. It’s a bandwagon that has been jumped on to perpetuate the belief that the iPad killed the planner, that email killed the handwritten letter, that video killed the radio star!

The truth is, technology has merely distracted us from the joy of writing. It hasn’t replaced it. We’ve been led astray by shiny new gadgets that promise to make our lives easier. And I’m certainly not knocking that. But as the organiser of next April’s National Stationery Week, we want to remind people about the joy and importance of putting pen to paper. It’s not just about the physicality of holding a beautiful pen and languorously pouring out thoughts on paper, it’s about stopping what you’re doing, and taking time to enjoy the task in hand. Writing, in whatever form it takes, is a therapy that counteracts the speed of modern life. It forces us to slow down a little and focus on what we want to say. And yes, I know it’s been said a hundred times before, but it’s so much more pleasurable and personal to receive a handwritten note or letter from a friend than an ephemeral text or email. It doesn’t have to be one or the other.

Even the British government recognizes this with its recent decision to re introduce handwriting to secondary schools’ curriculum.
The proof, as they say, is in the pudding, and what better proof than US online stationery company Paperless Post, who made their name creating well-designed e-cards and who have recently introduced customisable paper stationery – yes, PAPER stationery! The digital stationery company that has gone old school, because everyone loves real pens and real paper.

We experienced this at first hand in April this year when stationery addicts came out of the woodwork in droves for the first ever National Stationery Day, to share their passion for paper and pens with fellow stationery fans. We were staggered by the number and goodwill of those who got involved – both the industry and the general public who embraced the idea of championing stationery to the nation, in stores, in the national print press, on radio and on social media. It’s one of the reasons we have extended it from just one day to a whole week next year, to allow retailers longer to promote and celebrate their stationery, and to give the public longer to submit to their inner stationery addict. There’s just too much stationery love out there to fit it all into one day!

A hugely important part of National Stationery Week is the initiative to encourage more people – and especially children – to put pen to paper. That’s why we will be promoting the concept of Get Britain Writing. We’ll be using the hashtag #GetBritainWriting as well as #LoveStationery and #StationeryAddict on Twitter in the run up to National Stationery Week as part of our efforts to inspire children and adults alike to discover and rediscover the joy of writing with pens and pencils, and not just keyboards. Despite the rapid evolution of mobile device technology, we know that handwriting isn’t dead in the water. We want to ensure it receives the attention it deserves to keep it thriving.

It’s just one month now until  National Stationery Week, so watch out for our future blog posts to discover how we’re going to Get Britain Writing!
National Stationery Week is organised by the London Stationery Show and Stationery Magazine and is sponsored by Sheaffer, Letts Filofax, Faber-Castell and uni-ball.
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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Children ...

Let’s get children writing!

Word for LifeNational Literacy TrustNational Stationery Week is working with the National Literacy Trust to promote the importance of writing by hand and why it matters to children, teachers and schools.

This follows the Government’s decision to reintroduce handwriting and letter writing onto Secondary Schools’ curriculum.

We want to remind them, and parents, of how important handwriting is and will be to their children when they are older and in jobs, and in developing creative and personal communication skills.

We want children to know that computers and handwriting are complementary, and that they need to be able to use both.

If you run a school or are a teacher, focus on the importance of good handwriting to your pupils and have some fun handwriting-themed activities in class during National Stationery Week.

If you have children, tell them why writing by hand is important and encourage them to write a card or letter to someone they know, such as a grandparent or a friend.

A wide range of resources are available from

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Monday, 18 March 2013

World's First Office Products Industry Harlem Shake?

Lead by Managing Director Adam Noble

We spent last Friday raising money for Comic Relief – in the process performing the Office Products industry’s very first Harlem Shake.

To raise money for the charity fundraising extravaganza, all staff donned fancy dress, while two members of staff had their heads shaved. Other events that took place throughout the day included chair bowling.

The culmination of proceedings was the production of what we think is the world’s first office products Harlem Shake, where staff created an Irongate Harlem shake, which can be viewed on YouTube by following this link
Over £500.00 was raised for the good cause so well done to all at Irongate.

Lets organise our facts ...

Friday, 15 March 2013

Red Nose Day - Irongate Official Photos - Who is your favourite?

Who's your favourite?

Red Nose Day 2013 - Fancy Dress at Irongate

Official photos to follow - but these snaps will keep you going for now ...

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery.  Awesome Clive.  I am flattered :-)

Taking the P, Clive Mason came as ME!

Doing a  Hilda Ogden? it's Carla Elwill 
Going gaga - It's Lady Kirtsy Hadfield!
Christina Lee, the Onesie for me.
Where's Nathan?
Shrek using the force? Ian Mellin and Viv Lydaite
Laura Waller with Adam Noble - MD - thanks for letting us all dress up for comic relief Adam!

The hills are alive with the sound of  Ann Perry
Coolest man at Irongate? Chill with Curtis Hill.

Waiting for the sunshine.  Mandy Palmer
 Lets Hoola! Emma Wright
Looking good, Hayley Rivers
Smile for the camera- Sadie Arscott
I am no mug! Sam Johnstone
A right bunch! Lewis Parkin, Tony Milburn, Alan Bull
Head shaving later for Steve Squires

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! Neil Blatherwick

Where's the rum?  Captain Fat Sparrow Howard Forton - (blog writer)

NHS cuts? Send for DJBAZ - . Barry Pearn

 Sir! Norman Bradley
 Allright daarlin - Gary Goodridge

I am having nun of this! Karen Milne

Loveley Jubbly. Austin Coyne

Leaving us soon, Steffanie Liggett - a flower in accounts

It's still Movember for Ryan Cummings

Jonathan Smith's Elvis sees Tony Milburn's Edward Scissorhands for a trim

Jon Rogers loosing at Chair bowling he he.. Matt Mellor, 1st, I came 2nd, Steve Smith came 3rd

Mad Nun Ann Perry shaves Steve Squires and raises loads! Who loves ya baby?

It's Number 1, It's Nick Wheeler, he's top of the crops!

And new-boy,  superstar in the making Mark Williams, shows he's a fast learner!

A quick run down of some of the funny stuff going on at Irongate  to raise funds for Comic Relief on Red Nose Day.  

Chair Bowls
Fancy Dress
Top Gear Racing Challenge
Head Shaving
Cakes ... yum!
Mystery guest

As well as raising funds for important causes it's generating a fantastic positive buzz about the place. Funny is good! 

What will you be doing?

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