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Friday, 29 November 2013

Movember 2013

We're still counting the cash generated but more importantly Movember is about raising awareness and changing attitudes, Heads will have been turned by this splendid array of tashes.  Well done chaps!

Howard (fake tash - wife gave him £20 to shave it off early), Tim, Tony, Barry, Konrad, Bernard, Matt 

Cute Kitten deceives black and white bunny

Trust me. Purrrrr.
Identity Theft?

Although the term "identity theft" was first coined in 1964, ironically it is the digital age that has perhaps made this form of fraud a bigger problem today than it was say 20 years ago. Identity theft involves a person pretending to be someone else in order to access resources or credit.  Organisations as well as individuals can have their identity "stolen" and can fall victims to this potentially very damaging and costly crime.  There is more than one type of identity theft:

  • Criminal identity theft (posing as another person when apprehended for a crime)
  • Financial identity theft (using another's identity to obtain credit, goods and services)
  • Identity cloning (using another's information to assume his or her identity in daily life)
  • Medical identity theft (using another's identity to obtain medical care or drugs)
  • Child identity theft.

When you think about it it quickly becomes apparent that wherever data exists - whether on paper or electronically on hard drives or CD-ROMS - their is an opportunity for the crook. The criminal that probably springs to mind first is the rubbish bin rummager, followed by the stealer of debit/credit cards and identification documentation such as passports and driving licences. But their are others, from the opportunist to the organised criminal. Business espionage is real.

Why shred?
All businesses as well as private individuals have the occasion to throw out confidential data. If in doubt, SHRED IT".  Business have an additional burden of responsibility - complying with data protection regulations.  Do you print cost-price lists or quotations?  Ever stopped to think how valuable these would be to you competitor or how damaging it could be to trade if your customer somehow got hold of them?  What about that salesman who just left.  Has he made off with a briefcase stuffed with customer quotations?  Does he have cost price lists? Customer and supplier lists?  What does he have on that USB stick?  He's not going to a competitor of yours?  Frightening eh?

What you should shred
Financial records, payroll records, personnel files, legal documents, cancelled cheques, account ledgers/records, competitor information, computer print outs, medical records, advertising misprints, lottery tickets, maps and blue prints, new product proposals, inventory lists, confidential correspondence, customer lists, tax records, supplier lists, outdated business records, microfilm and fiche, invoices, price lists. 

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

The World's Toughest Shredders

Graduate Trainee Position - Commercial, Derby

Irongate was established in 1977 as a retail shop called The Irongate Copy Centre selling photocopying services. 36 years on and our hardworking team has helped turn the Irongate Group into the largest independent Business Services provider in the midlands with a turnover of £17 million.  

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 Business Services help businesses to operate more efficiently and cost-effectively whilst our Managed Communications services ensure businesses communicate with their customers effectively and profitably.

Over the last year we have run a Graduate Training programme, where the Graduate Trainee has spent time across all functions of the business over an 8-12 month period. Having successfully completed the programme the individual has been assigned to a permanent role within one of our Sales teams. The Graduate Trainee scheme here at Irongate has been a real success and we have developed a valued and integral member of the Irongate Team. Following the success of the programme in 2013, we have decided to run it again for 2014.

We are interested to hear from individuals who would like to undertake training to commence their career in a Commercial role.

We are looking for a dedicated, hardworking and motivated individual, with a strong desire to
succeed and ability to use their initiative to deal with a variety of different and challenging situations on a daily basis. The successful candidate will be confident, driven and able to learn in a fast and demanding environment. You will be a highly self-motivated individual with a proven track record demonstrating perseverance, focus and self-disciplined hard-work. The following additional skills, qualities and abilities are essential:

- Positive attitude
- Resilience
- Ambition
- Excellent attention to detail
- Excellent presentation and communication skills
- Commercial awareness
- Genuine interest and appreciation of all aspects of business
- Excellent rapport building skills

We are keen to hear from Graduates who want to pursue a successful career in a commercial role and fully utilise this excellent opportunity.

This is a full-time position, and is based at our Kingsway Park Close site in Derby. The studying of business/commercial related qualifications is desirable, but not essential.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

How To Keep Your Business Safe this Winter

According to a recent article in The Express, Britain is braced for the ‘worst winter in decades’ with the first major snowfall expected in just weeks while heavy wintry showers are expected to cause widespread chaos with below-average temperatures possibly lingering until February!

But you don't need to worry about the disruption caused by potential snow this winter. Plan ahead and weatherproof your business by taking advantage of our wide range of winter products including grit, shovels, spreaders, heaters and everything you need to keep your car moving!

Contact us on 01332 614602 or email:

Friday, 15 November 2013

Dont' Tell The Bride Bridesmaid Digs Deep Again

This time for Children In Need

If you thought you'd seen Kirsty, pictured in her onesie in our previous blog post and below, somewhere else, you might have seen her in the BBC 3 season finale of Don't Tell The Bride. Kirsty had to dig deep as a bridesmaid but has chosen to dig deep today by making some of her wonderful cakes to support Pudsey Bear. We last enjoyed these when Kirsty baked for Comic Relief. Yummy!

Children in Need

Good luck to everyone involved with and supporting Children in Need today!  Here at Irongate Group we have cakes and a dress down day with some of the bravest coming in their pyjamas and onesies. Have a fun day!

#Pudseybear  pj party. Clive Mason was spotted in a cheerful shirt, Konrad crouches like the tiger, Jenna and Faye chill out, Steve grins and bears it, Beth and Kirsty look warm in onesies, Karen and Baz both looking Super, man.  

Pudsey cake by Gemma Killer, spotted cup cakes by Kirsty Hadfield.  Mmmm. Looking too good to eat!

Savoury and sweet goodies courtesy of Jenna Brightwell, Faye Morrow and Charmian Boddy

Monday, 11 November 2013

Works Christmas Parties - Potential HR Disaster!

“In the current economic environment with people under increasing pressure at work, there is an added risk that people will drink too much, let off steam, and do something they might regret in the sober light of the next morning.”  Have fun but be safe.

You've been framed

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Friday, 8 November 2013

Irongate Group expands its portfolio of Business Services to Records Management

Irongate Group is delighted to have launched its new Records Management service - in partnership with PHS, one of the UK’s leading document and archive storage companies.

Adam Noble, Managing Director, explains “Irongate is passionate about helping its customers control their business costs effectively and this new service will help our customers to securely store and manage their information throughout its lifecycle, freeing up office or warehouse space, time and money, allowing them to concentrate on their core business activities. As well as these increased efficiencies for their business, it will keep them legally compliant and ensure rapid and accurate records retrieval. We will help our customers to manage their information on a life cycle basis, constantly reviewing retention dates, so we can help them to save money by not storing items which can be securely and safely destroyed within appropriate time frames”.

Promotional Products are a waste of money

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Fantastic Production Opportunity at Irongate

Production Operative - Wide Format

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Production Operative – Wide Format to join the Print Production team. If you think you’re the person for the job please email Sarah Wilson – HR Director at: for an application pack.

The successful candidate will have full responsibility for accurate and high quality Wide Format production, ensuring full and efficient utilisation of printing materials and optimisation of production to ensure multiple deadlines are met and job bags are prioritised accordingly.

You will have excellent attention to detail and knowledge of job bag processes. Due to the nature of the work you will have the ability to prioritise jobs based on a number of different factors, and use your initiative and have the confidence, to challenge issues identified within the production process or job.

It is an advantage if you have worked with Digital Print Technology previously, but this is not essential.

Full training will be provided on the new equipment which Irongate has recently invested in, and full support will be given throughout the first few months of production.

Deadline for applications: 5.00pm on Monday 11 November 2013

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 13 November 2013

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

148 People Killed at Work.

HSE annual figures – The people behind the statistics

iStock_000006141230XSmallIt’s that time of year again. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have released their annual figures for 2012/13 and once again the numbers show a slight drop, this time down to 148 people killed at work. Which is good news, isn’t it? As health and safety professionals we can all slap each other on the back and reach for the champagne, right? Read more of this post

Friday, 1 November 2013

It's Movember again at Irongate!

Day 3 in the Mo Bro house; l-r Konrad Nowacki, Barry Pearn, Howard Forton, Tim Gent, Tony Millburn, Bernard Gillespie, Matt Mellor 

And a snap of last year's bro's ...  

Have a break, have a KIT KAT, Yorkie, Aero,

If you already order your office supplies from Irongate, why not add your catering supplies onto your orders at the same time?

• Delivered next day

• No more trips to the supermarket or cash n carry during work hours

• We always have a special offer up for grabs on selected tea and coffee products

• All your favourite chocolate snack products too

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