Happy Christmas from the team!

We’re dropping in to wish all our clients and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We’ve had a great year working with you and look forward to making 2017 one to remember! Thank you for your continued support.

We will be closed from the 24th December until Tuesday 3rd January when we will be reopening our doors to you.

Have a peaceful, relaxed break and see you all in the New Year!

Christmas Fireplace

 

Back to School…

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This month saw the annual return to school after the long Summer holidays, there were tears and sighs of relief as our little ones scurried back into class. I don’t know about you but as a child the Autumn term always bought with it a trip to the local stationery shop to purchase a vast array of the latest pens, notebooks and most importantly the must have pencil case!

 

Stationery continues to hold a firm place in our hearts even as adults. Despite Stationery being our business,  we can never resist the charms of a small independent arts and stationery shop. There’s something about September that feels almost more of a new year to us than January. New stationery, new uniforms, a fresh start, turning over a new leaf…Are we the only ones to feel this way?

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If not do take a look at our online store where there are some lovely new ‘back to school’ products ready to be snatched up!

If there is something that you’re particularly after then don’t hesitate to drop us a line, we’re always up for receiving suggestions!

 

 

 

 

And the winner is...

As a little light relief from all the rather heavy news of the last few weeks we set our team and clients a little questionnaire…with only one super easy question. Which stationery item could you not do without during your daily routine? The one thing that makes your life at work easier, simpler and less stressful. Want to know what the resounding majority voted for? We know it surprised us too!

 

Yes it was the humble staple remover…

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The one item that always gets ‘borrowed’ but never returned by your colleagues, the one item that employees hide away deep in their drawers so others can’t find it. It saves your nails, protects you from the dangers of sharp sissors, the staple remover was King of our list!

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The stapler came in a close second followed closely by the pencil sharpener. Highlighters came in above writing pens whilst one big surprise notebooks came down the bottom of the list.

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What could you not do without in the office?

Ever run out of stationery or order too much? Read on...

There’s no denying that flicking through a stationery catalogue or website can be a lot of fun, though the temptation is to over order then be left with a cupboard full of products that gather dust for years until you reach a point you forget what’s at the back of that drawer!

That’s why we came up with Imprest. You only pay for what you use after you’ve used it so rather than having a stationery room full of stock and your finances tied up, you’ll have a room with only the items you need. Your finance people will be happy and so will you as there’ll be no more wasted time stock taking, we even do that for you!

We will visit on a monthly basis to stock take ensuring you never run out of your most used items. If we get it wrong we’ll get those items out to you on a same day delivery service and we’ll take the rap for it. Yes no more getting into trouble for your boss for running out of A4 photocopier paper.

It’s a really simple system that works so well. Here’s the process:

 

  1. We pay you an initial visit to check what what you have in that cavernous cupboard, discuss the stuff you can’t do without and agree prices.
  2. We deliver.
  3. We visit on a monthly basis to stock take
  4. You never run out of what you need!

See easy!

 

Office stationery

What your office says about you?

Offices come in all shapes and sizes, some are vast spaces accommodating thousands of people whilst others are simple makeshift home offices occupying an alcove or an understairs cupboard.

Our upcoming office move has got us thinking about what inspires a work space. Should it reflect your business, your brand or should it just be a working space? What are your priorities when designing an office? What does your office say about you?

For us an office should obviously reflect the kind of work you do, but also show to the visitor how efficient your company is. Co working spaces have become more and more popular influenced by the creative industries and the trend for the more transient technical start ups. With the advent of the internet allowing more people to work remotely, the working population seems to be moving around a lot more. Hot desking has been a twenty first century phenomenon but has that meant a loss of personality in the office as employees are encouraged to work at paperless, impersonal desks? Do paperless, open plan offices make working life easier as people are crowded into small spaces, or do they breed discontent?

Employers have become increasingly aware that  providing inspirational work spaces and certain home comforts make for a happier workforce. Small details like a Nespresso machine or a Water dispenser, colour and good LED lighting make all the difference in creating an effective working environment. Taking pride in your office translates to good working practices and productive employees.

We had a look through the internet for images describing how we work today…

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Airbnb head office in San Francisco
Californiaad
Advertising agency in California
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Tree office Pop up in Hoxton, London
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A home office
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UBS Trading floor, USA

We loved this list of the coolest offices around the world, some fantastic spaces.

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One of our favourite finds, a waiting room constructed inside a shipping container at Cape Town’s branding agency 99c designed by In House Brand Architects.

Opening to much fanfare the London Google office seems to have a little of every thing for their staff – Fun, quirky, corporate and creative. There are quiet break out areas, sporty fun areas for lunchtime breaks but above all it is a visually inspiring building – take the tour here. It would seem the designers have thought of everything!

What kind of space do you work in? We’d love to hear all about it.

Keeping us amused…

You’ve heard all about our sense of humour and how it keeps us all going during the day. Days at an office can be mundane when you’re ploughing through admin so we do like to make work as fun as possible. On a day like today after the long bank holiday weekend we all need cheering up!

Providing office goods can be perceived as being a rather straight laced kind of business but that really couldn’t be further from the truth. We like to amuse ourselves during the working day and it would seem our clients like to do the same…

Only last week we sent an email to a client asking which kind of presentation stand they’d prefer. This was their reply…

 

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or

 

Product 938554, Description: 5 Star Literature Holder Angled A4 Clear

A very unexpected response that made us all giggle! Which one do you reckon we sent them?

 

The beauty of LED lighting in Design

LED lighting is being employed more and more in the home and not just to replace spotlights. Interior designers are increasingly working with them as they offer more flexibility with the vast range of colours available.

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Fairly common now in retail and commercial use LEDs are finding their way into our homes and gardens up and down the country. There are countless online examples of how effective they are in illuminating our spaces.

Cost was always an issue in the past however prices have come down in recent years whilst the savings they make in the long run are now widely accepted. You can even use an app on your phone  to turn lights on or off so you need never fear they are burning up energy if you’ve had to leave in a hurry.

Kitchen island floating effect with LED strip lighting under all units in front of plinth. #kitchenisland #kitchen #lwkkitchens:
Found on Pinterest via www.lwk-home.com

 

Software can also be used to create a different mood in any room by switching colours  or highlighting a particular corner of a room to light a wall or staircase. They really come into their own in a kitchen lighting your worktops or an island from the ground up.

 

 

 

 

Colorful House Ideas Yazgan Design Architecture amazing stair with LED lighting:
Found on Pinterest via theluxhome
Stair lighting.:
Found on Pinterest
Found on Pinterest
TV Cabinets Hyperion-Furniture:
Found on Pinterest via decorfacil.com

First introduced in 1962 by the American Nick Holonyak LEDs are now the eco friendly choice for Architects and Designers. Not just for inside the home they are perfect for lighting your garden. Once dark or dully lit gardens now come into their own after dark as you can see in the photos below.

We offer an installation and supply service which you can check out here. Heals employed us to install the lighting in their flagship shop in Totteham Court Road as you can see in the photo below. We’re pretty passionate about LEDs here at Stock In Trade so do give us a call if you’d like to know more about how we can help with your project.

 

 

 

The moment you’ve all been waiting for…

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Now you’ve met our key members of staff, it is time to reveal their Lies. Tricksters that they are!

Here we are their final answers, do click on their names for their biographies if you missed any:

 

Will Anjos I did the London to Brighton cycle ride

“I cycled from London to south of France via Newhaven once, but despite living in Brighton for over 20 years I’ve never cycled the London to Brighton”.

 

Tsar Crew My nickname at school was “Jordan”

“No, I was called Tuna. Because I like fish and am fair skinned.”

 

Tracey Howard & the Famous Bella Ran a half marathon

“The only marathon I enjoy is the chocolate eating kind…..”

 

Samira Pakfetrat I dressed up as a clown in Richmond charity fund raiser

“Never did.”

 

Karen Lee I’m a closet case Miley Cyrus fan 

“Wouldn’t have a clue what she sings, or if it’s a woman or man for that matter :0)“

 

Fariba Rezvani  Played basketball for Kent County Council

“I like to think I was a bit of an expert but no, I never played the council team. Not sure they even had one…”

 

Rupen Joshi I’m a ¼ Kenyan

“I’m not ¼ Kenyan, but I do have family from Africa, though I’ve never met them”.

 

Paul Murray As a student I was arrested for polishing the horse’s testicles of a tarnished brass statue in Hull
“The gonads were buffed to a high lustre during my time at Hull University, but not by me”. Interestingly the rest of the office were quite suprised by this admission of Paul’s!

 

So were any of these a surprise to you? Our bets are on Paul…

 

Last but not least is Paul Murray

Our final introduction to you is Paul Murray our Technical Director.

Paul Murray

As Technical Director he’s responsible for keeping all the information the company needs safe, accurate and available. It’s a fairly wide ranging job involving software design and development, network, database and telecoms management.

Much of the tricky stuff is done overnight so he occasionally ends up working through till the early hours when he can safely tinker with things that are being used during the day. This is usually accompanied by a take-away and a glass of wine. Or two…

His preference is for a pint of Real Ale but sadly our HQ is in a bit of a desert for pubs let alone decent ones. If his evening is not too punishing and the weather nice there is somewhere within walking distance that usually serves decent vittles but he usually ends up ordering in food and pops to the corner shop for something to wash it down with.

Usually evenings go smoothly and he can get his head down at some point, dozing off to some comedy on the radio. He says the combination of Radio 4 Extra and the BBC iPlayer Radio have transformed his listening habits…’It’s wonderful to have such a huge resource at ones fingertips. Or should that be ears’. If you haven’t come across these two radio stations before Paul can’t recommend them highly enough. As you may have gathered Paul also has a knack for keeping us all amused in the office with his great sense of humour, funny T shirts and tales of his life in Suffolk with his three children (including twins!).

2 truths & a lie

• I have made over 50 blood donations.
• As a student I was arrested for polishing the horse’s testicles of a tarnished brass statue in Hull.
• I was a fireman in a West End theatre.

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Always making us laugh!

 

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The Naked Chef has nothing on Paul!!

 

 

Introducing Rupen Joshi

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Rupen Joshi is our Warehouse Manager.

Each and every product that passes through our warehouse is managed by Rupen. More often than not it can be quite physically demanding work so he feels pretty justified in rewarding himself playing darts in the office every couple of hours instead of a tea break! Its a little hobby he’s kept from his childhood days when he could often be found practicing in his room after homework, a little treat for all his hard work.

The extra practice in the office comes in handy when he and his friends get together of an evening for a mini tournament An event they take very seriously indeed!

2 Truths and a lie

  •  I’m a ¼ Kenyan.
  • I’ve driven illegally in America.
  •  I’m lactose intolerant