We offer a contract cleaning service

In accordance with Government guidelines, we strongly recommend an increased level of daily cleaning and sanitisation throughout your building and in particular on high risk touch points and communal areas.

Working with our cleaning partners we have developed three distinct service offerings to minimise the ongoing risk of infection and to support your business in the event of a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus.

PREVENT

Highly visible, sanitisation cleaning to frequently disinfect all touch points and communal areas.

Reduces the risk of virus and bacteria transfer.

Enhanced daily option using market leading virucidal applicating equipment – 10 x faster than manual methods. All treatments fully effective within 60 seconds.

Fully compliant solution providing reassurance to customers and employees.

PROTECT

Up to 30-day protection from coronavirus for all your surfaces using an antimicrobial protective coating.

Fast and effective application using market leading equipment (often referred to as fogging/misting).

Experienced technicians to guarantee effective treatment.

Environmentally safe, non-corrosive and IT friendly.

Scientifically proven solution.

No disruption to staff and customers.

REACT

Deep decontamination treatment in reaction to suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Delivered by experienced technicians with full PPE.

Fast and effective application using market leading equipment.

Virucidal disinfectant is proven to be effective against 99.99% of all known bacterial, viral & fungal pathogens including the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Chemicals meet all necessary standards including EN1276:1997. (Bacterial) and EN14476 (Virucidal).

Treatments effective within 60 seconds and once completed, areas are ready for use.

Option to add the Protect service.

Want to find out more? Contact us today.

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HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SPEND YOUR KEEP IT LOCAL WEEK? 15-21ST MAY

Get Organised MONDAY Post-it Notes

Being properly organized is one of the foundations of life. Being organized goes beyond knowing where and when things are, it’s good for the soul. Not only does it offer health benefits by cultivating a healthier lifestyle with better sleep and stress relief, but it also helps you make the most of every day and be more productive during working hours. Our range of Post-it® Products can help you to get organised, which will lead to a more enjoyable, more manageable, and a more productive workday. But more importantly, a happier you.

One of the best ways to maximize your time and get the most of your day is to properly organize it. Do you have a busy week coming up? An easy thing to do is to monitor a big day’s small successes by harnessing the power of writing things down. Try writing each item onto a Post-it® Super Sticky Note, and then removing them as your day progresses. This will help give you a sense of accomplishment.

By writing out your daily agenda or project tasks on individual Post-it® Super Sticky Notes and moving them from “To-Do, In-Progress, Complete” you can be sure you’re giving attention to the most important things on your list while managing your time and tasks easily and effectively.

Meet-up TUESDAY

For many office workers, after a day of organising, Tuesday is one of the most popular days for arranging meetings with clients. Now that does not always mean jumping in the car and travelling for hours, more of us are taking advantage of the ability to hold meetings from just about anywhere using Microsoft Teams, Google Meet or Zoom…The Cambridge Dictionary now features the noun Zoom: “a brand name for computer software that allows a group of two or more people to see and talk to each other over the internet using their computers, tablets, or smartphones.” Who would have believed that pre-pandemic?

Video conferencing has transformed the way we meet, but there is nothing more frustrating than a camera that doesn’t come on or a poor-quality picture when you are trying to portray a professional image. Fortunately with the Kensington Professional Video Conferencing ecosystem we can supply you with a powerfully cohesive range of cameras, plug & play software and accessories to ensure you look and sound your very best.

Ask today about our current offer of a FREE bicolour ring light (produces optimum office lighting) when you buy a Kensington Pro VC web camera and a Pro VC Mount.

Work comfortably WEDNESDAY

After starting the week with the best intentions, by the middle of the week for many office workers best practice goes out of the window – the ‘sit/stand’ desk spends most of its time on ‘sit’, the straight back posture is replaced by a slump and the ergonomically designed wrist rest has become buried beneath a pile of papers. Stop! You are only halfway through the week, let’s get this right. Incorporate the Fellowes Four Zone Approach into your workspace today, to help mitigate health problems and improve employee wellbeing.

Zone 1: The Back

To boost back support and help maintain a good sitting position, provide lumbar support cushions. These attach easily to any office chair. When used alongside a foot support, they can greatly improve posture and help ease back pain

Zone 2: The Wrists

To help reset the way we work at our computers, wrist rests can help reduce the strain. A wrist rest’s job is to align your wrists and redistribute pressure points to alleviate pain.

Zone 3: Neck, shoulders and eyes

It’s essential to have your screen set at the correct height to avoid hunching or constant twisting. Fellowes stocks a comprehensive range of lifting products to raise laptops, PCs and documents for maximum comfort and productivity.

Zone 4: Reduce Inactivity

Sit-stand desks give you the option to vary your working position. Standing up to work at least part of the day or at different points of the day, boosts circulation, adds movement while the act of standing burns more calories.

Take a break THURSDAY

Thursday is a notorious teaser of a day for the Monday to Friday worker – you are past the midway point and on the downward slope towards the weekend, but there is still a long way to go! Many find Thursday the most difficult day to get motivated which is why we are. Dedicating this day to our favourite coffee ranges – providing that boost to get you through the remainder of the week.

Whether you like yours simply black or flamboyantly flavoured, piping hot or ice cold, or indulging yourself with added cream or a splash of whisky, there’s a NESCAFÉ coffee to suit whatever mood you’re in. For those that like their coffee crafted with care, we are currently running a promotion offering a free pack of KitKats when you buy two tins of Nescafe Gold Blend (for connoisseurs that appreciate a well-rounded taste and rich aroma). – contact us today for details.

Did you know that you can find the origins of your NESCAFÉ GOLD BLEND by entering the batch code into the website at https://www.nescafe.com/gb/carbon-reduction/ and this will tell you where your coffee originated from and how it was made? Now there’s a way to spend five minutes on a Thursday.

Fix It FRIDAY

It’s the end of the week. It’s not the best time to start a new project and you have all your filing up to date. The only thing left is to carry out those repair jobs around the workplace that you have been putting off all week!

You might not be surprised to learn that since more people have started to work from home, the demand for our range of super glues from Loctite have skyrocketed! It’s not for us to debate what is a legitimate business expense and what is for home use, we are just pleased that more people are going to the effort to repair items rather than throw them in the bin. Possibly a sign of the economic times we live in, but we like to think that our customers are becoming more environmentally aware of the benefit of fixing rather than throwing.

Everyone can make a difference by giving old and broken objects a 2nd life: especially YOU as a fixer, doer or maker. And every saved object counts because it means one less item in a landfill. So, what are you waiting for? All it takes is just one drop of Loctite Superglue. If you need help choosing the right glue for the job, contact us today.

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Why Investing in Mental Wellbeing Support is Vital for Your Business

Did you know that around 1 in 4 of us experiences a mental health problem each year, with stress, anxiety, and depression being the most common ones? These issues can have a far-reaching impact beyond the individual, affecting the workplace with raised levels of absenteeism, reduced productivity, and increased staff turnover.

But here’s the good news: employers can take a proactive approach to support their employees’ mental health and wellbeing, and many do. Whether it’s through mental wellbeing courses for all or training for those who wish to offer assistance in the role of a ‘Mental Wellbeing First Aider,’ employers can demonstrate their commitment to employee wellbeing and create a more supportive and compassionate workplace culture that enables individuals to thrive.

By offering mental wellbeing courses, employers can help all employees develop an understanding of how to manage their mental health and wellbeing more effectively and gain awareness of how to recognise early signs of decline in themselves and others. This can promote a more

open and supportive corporate culture and help to reduce the stigma or silence around mental health in the workplace – a significant barrier to individuals seeking help.

So why not take a proactive approach to support your employees’ mental health and wellbeing? By doing so, you can create a happier, healthier, and more productive workforce.

As a responsible business leader, you wouldn’t operate your business without physical first aiders. So why would you fail to train Wellbeing First Aiders when you have a duty of care to the mental wellbeing of employees?

These individuals can offer invaluable support to colleagues who may be experiencing a decline in their mental health or emotional distress, perhaps even reaching a crisis point. Mental Health First Aiders are not therapists or counsellors, but they can listen empathically, signpost avenues of support, and suggest practical, real-life ways to help.

They may become a vital part of the individual’s support system, helping prevent the escalation of a mental health problem and empowering them to find a way forward that feels right for them, allowing them to function more productively.

The provision of Mental Wellbeing First Aiders can provide a safe and trusted point of contact for employees struggling with their mental health, breaking down barriers that may prevent them from seeking help. It sends a clear message to employees that their mental health and wellbeing is a priority, which can have a positive impact on employee morale and engagement.

Investing in mental health support for employees is not only the right thing to do, but it also makes good business sense. By creating a workplace culture that prioritises mental health and wellbeing, you enable employees to thrive, which benefits the organisation by reducing absenteeism, improving productivity and staff retention, and promoting a positive working environment.

The two-day Mental Wellbeing First Aider course:

•             Equips delegates with confidence and competence to offer support to colleagues experiencing mental health issues.

•             Workshop-style course: Provides opportunities for discussion, practice, and questions.

•             No prior mental health training or knowledge required.

•             Delivered in person (for groups of 12-16) or online (in mixed cohorts)

•             Aligned with Health and Safety Executive guidance and best practice.

•             No formal assessment: The focuses is on practical learning outcomes.

•             Delegates are awarded a certificate, valid for 3 years, recognising them as a Mental Wellbeing First Aider (certified by SkillBase First Aid)

We are delighted to partner with Prima Voca Ltd, a company specialising in training Mental Wellbeing First Aiders for the workplace to deliver these courses. Their facilitators are qualified and experienced educators and mental health professionals whose delivery is inclusive, personal and engaging.

In the modern workplace, wellbeing is essential for efficiency, productivity and staff morale. Being a caring company enhances your brand reputation and makes you more appealing when recruiting or retaining talent.

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WORK SMARTER

Work smarter, not harder with reusable notebook – Rocketbook. The Rocketbook eco-friendly, cloud-connected products help busy professionals stay organized and reduce paper waste thanks to the unique blend of analog and digital technologies.

Founded in 2014, Rocketbook introduced a first-of-its-kind concept: a reusable notebook that can be erased, scanned, and reused multiple times. Since then Rocketbook is changing the way we take and organize our notes by designing products that help individuals work smarter and streamline their handwritten notes.

What started as a mission to create an out-of-this-world note-taking solution has grown into a goal of taking on the paper industry and transitioning the world to reusable paper. Rocketbook believes big ideas do not have to be single-use and specializes in creating reusable and innovative productivity tools that help users plot out their goals, plans, to-do lists, and more. Each is offered in a variety of styles, yet contains Rocketbook’s core reusable and cloud-connected technologies, making them the perfect place to share your
big ideas!

USING THE ROCKETBOOK SYSTEM

Rocketbook’s note-taking products are designed to sync with cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, etc. Users simply write on the pages using an erasable gel pen, marker, or highlighter and then use the free Rocketbook app to scan and save their notes to their preferred cloud service. Once the notebook is full, users can erase their work and reuse the same pages over and over again. Write, scan, and reuse — it’s that easy! This technology allows users to elevate their pen-and-paper note-taking experience while saving money, reducing paper waste, and optimizing their organization and productivity. Rocketbook products are perfect for students, professionals, and creative individuals who want to be more organized by combining the power of handwritten notes and digital technology.

Whether you’re working in the office or at home, Rocketbook makes it easy for professionals to jot down notes during meetings, brainstorm thought starters and share notes with coworkers from afar. Users can also organize their notes digitally using Rocketbook’s seven-symbol shortcut system which automatically shares your scans to your preferred, pre-configured cloud destination. In addition, Rocketbook users can easily search for their handwritten notes once stored digitally thanks to the brand’s transcription and smart search features like OCR handwriting recognition, Smart Title, Smart Tags, Smart Lists, and more.

Avoid the hassle of digging for your notes with Rocketbook’s smart features as your ideas become digitized, making them searchable and easy to organize. Optimize your productivity with the organizational tools Rocketbook has to offer and you will see just how easy it is to collaborate, share, and find information. Maintaining the authentic feel of pen and paper is possible with tools that help improve handwriting clarity, simplify document search and organization, along with empowering professionals to collaborate through cloud services.

Rocketbook is providing innovative solutions for our traditional habits. With the eco-friendly office supplies, you can reinvent your workspace and start working smarter, today. Once you start using their eco-friendly office supplies line, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without them!

Rocketbook/Industry Fun Fact

Did you know that you will consume a whole tree in your lifetime if you use traditional notebooks? The average tree produces 10,000 sheets of paper, which is about 100 standard 1-subject notebooks. As a Rocketbook user, you are directly helping to combat single-use paper waste and save trees!

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Social Media In The Workplace

Social media has become a huge part of our daily lives, we can debate for hours whether that is a good thing or not, but when it comes to the workplace, where does social media fit in?

It’s a question many businesses are having to consider, and it is not as simple as you might at first think. If we are talking about employees sitting at their desk updating their Facebook profile whilst flicking through the latest Instagram stories then there is a time management issue to deal with, but what if there are legitimate business uses for social media or, more controversially, how much should an employer be viewing an employee’s personal social media activity?

The most effective way to avoid any uncertainty is to set out a clear company policy regarding social media (and indeed the internet and emails all together), that way, if any disputes do arise there is a point of reference to decide the rights and wrongs. The policy should give clear guidelines for employees on what they can and cannot say about the organisation that they work for. Any policy should be clear throughout about the distinction between business and private use of social media. If it allows limited private use in the workplace, it should be clear what this means in practice.

If an employee is representing the company online, then it is only right to set appropriate rules for what information they may disclose and the range of opinions they may express. It is important also to bring to their attention relevant rules and legislation on copyright and public interest disclosure.

There was a high-profile case a few years back when Huawei was working with actress and model Gal Gadot as a brand ambassador for the Mate 10 Pro android smartphone. A smart piece of marketing, until a small controversy ensued when she was caught tweeting about the brand…from an iPhone. Without forethought, social media posts could have an embarrassing impact on brand reputation, the complete opposite of what you set out to achieve (or is there no such thing as bad publicitiy?).

When it comes to looking at personal activity of employees on social media we are straying into mirky waters because friendships can be made in the workplace, but it is important not to let activity outside of the workplace influence views on the expectations and capabilities of an employee. If John has been out partying the night before posting selfies at 2.00am, but still arrives at work in time and performs his job, is that a problem? Equally if John called in sick one morning, how tempting would it be to check out his Facebook and Instagram to see when he was last socially active? Sometimes it is simply best not to know.

The same considerations come into play when looking to recruit. If developing a social media policy, some rules should be included about the recruitment process, which managers and employees should follow. When recruiting, employers should be careful if assessing applicants by looking at their social networking pages as this can be discriminatory and unfair.

Be honest though, who has not googled a potential candidate and/or a fellow employee to find out more about them? Social media in the workplace. Life was much simpler before it existed.

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PROMOTING ENVIRONMENTAL WELLNESS IN TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY WITH TRUSENS™

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, many have adjusted to remote work, education and entertainment, forcing them to spend more time indoors than ever before.  With all this time being spent indoors, TruSens™, a brand of air purifiers designed to improve indoor air quality, is focusing on environmental wellness by purifying the air you and your family are breathing. Since the air inside a home is contained for security and climate reasons, an air purifier provides a solution to help reduce indoor airborne pollutants.

TruSens air purifiers come in three sizes: small, medium and large, to cover different room sizes in your living space and have differentiating features from competitors, one being PureDirect™ Technology. PureDirect Technology utilizes bidirectional airflow, which has been proven to be up to 24% more efficient than traditional air purifiers with vertical stream. Cleaner air, distributed by way of PureDirect Technology, is made possible with multiple layers of filtration, including 360º DuPont™ HEPA filters to capture air pollutants in all directions. Finally, the UV-C light kills germs and bacteria trapped in the filter.

Air purification can be further customized using the following specialty filters.

  • Allergy and Flu Anti-viral True HEPA Filter: Captures 99% of airborne allergens and viruses, including the H1N1 virus;
  • Pet True HEPA Filter: Captures up to 99.97% of pet dander and eliminates common pet odors with special washable cotton pre-filter; and
  • Odor True HEPA Filter: Eliminates cooking and cleaning odors and reduces Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) with high-performance carbon pellets.

To further differentiate the product line from competitors’, the TruSens team combined exceptional functionality with a contemporary, minimalist design for an air purifier that effectively helps reduce airborne pollutants in the surrounding area and blends seamlessly into any indoor environment. This functionality combines the use of the air purifier itself and the SensorPod air quality monitor. Placed across the room, SensorPod communicates to the purifier so it can adjust fan speed, as needed. The SensorPod is available only with the Z-2000, Z-3000, Z-2500, and Z-3500 TruSens air purifiers.

Two new air purifiers have recently been added to TruSens’ portfolio that are Wi-Fi® enabled, keeping customers in complete control with the TruSens App and Alexa device compatible voice commands.  The TruSens Smart air purifiers include an enhanced SensorPod with a sleek new look that can measure particulate matter as small as PM1.0 that can be inhaled and get into your lungs. It also detects smoke, bacteria and viruses, as well as certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as formaldehyde and paint fumes.

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