Great British Bake Off? Mode Magnificent Bakers!

winning cake

As our Mode family has grown over the last year, we all realised that we all shared a common passion. OK, well we share two passions; one for providing our customers the best service in the industry, but in order for us achieve that, we all need cake!

So we were delighted when Rob Clarke our Managing Director challenged all of us to a bake off. Some were excited at the competition and were determined to win, others had never even cooked an evening meal before so were nervous about even being able to mix a cake.

Over a period of months, each week, a member of the team had to bring in a cake and we all had to secretly mark it out of ten and make comments on the texture and taste. It was extremely nerve racking when it was your term, but absolutely delightful to each week come to work and think about what type of cake we may get that week (obviously this has not aided any of our waistlines!).

Over the previous weeks we have eaten chocolate logs, chocolate orange cake, fruit cake, Guinness chocolate cake with salted caramel glaze, ginger cake, victoria sponge, we even sampled a gluten free cake, and cup-cakes – the list is endless and the waistlines have expanded!

However, it has to be noted that our proudest moment was when our baby baker (Our Service Co-ordinator) Hayley, who had never baked before produced the most amazing cup cakes with fabulous decoration. Amazing achievement Hayley we are proud and we expect more cake to come into the office soon!

However, the winner without a shadow of a doubt was Natalie our HR Manager with an amazing Malteser Marble cake. It won an overwhelming majority and we all enjoyed sampling it many times until it had all been eaten! Well done Natalie!

Last week Natalie was presented by Rob, a top of the range mixer to help Natalie provide even more cakes for Mode, so we look forward to having a cake made with her new kitchen tool soon!

Developments in Secure Printing for Business

'Security' in print

In our last blog we discussed the evolution of secure printing, citing examples in the last five years of security breaches as well as the current data on number of breaches and the expense this is causing organisations in the UK.

Why Invest in Security Printing?

Security breaches are not only expensive and fatal to businesses; they represent a breach in the legal requirement of many industries to maintain data security. Secure printing is an integral part of sound business security practices.

What is Being Offered in Security Printing

A number of security options are available in the field of secure printing. Toshiba offers options that are simple to use, including user authentication, self-encryption HDD, security pattern printing, access logs, access controls, IP/MAC address filtering, private print, data overwriting and encrypted PDFs.

Xerox holds a job in queue until you release it with a passcode. It also has a Print Security Audit Service, which can monitor whether company printers are used in alignment with company policy. Other options include overwriting, data encryption, embedded faxes and removeable hard drives.

Ricoh is another secure printing option, offering FlexRelease servers, a cord authentication package, an enhanced Locked Print NX, and a Smart Device Monitor for auditing and reporting on usage.

PaperCut also offers secure printing that can be released only by the user. It tracks and records what is being printed and by whom through user based reports.

Lexmark features a secure print release with id card, or by entering credentials. It has document accounting tools which can measure print quotas, and the printer can restrict access to users.

First Steps in Security Printing for Business

The first step in security printing for business is to work with a reputable, experienced print and digital technology agency to come up with a print management solution that satisfies your business requirements and security obligations.

Security can be a problem in this expanding technological world. Fortunately, there is a solution waiting for your business.

At Mode Print Solutions, we are always available to help develop a print management solution that will enable you to have secure printing within your business, as well as the peace of mind that comes with it.  Contact Mode to get started today.

The Merits of Stone Based Paper

stone based paper

First developed in the 1990’s, stone paper has been expanding and improving ever since. Stone based paper is made from the remnants of mining; it is powder ground from stone and has some amazing benefits.  Read on to find out more.

What Is Stone Based Paper?

Stone based paper is made when nontoxic resins bond with calcium carbonate, creating a naturally white paper that is durable and eco-friendly.

Environmental Merits of Stone Based Paper

Environmentally, this paper is sound.  You can make it using 30% less power than recycled paper and there is no timber pulp needed for its manufacture.  That said, it solely uses electric power- there isn’t a washing and drying process which can add harmful particles to the air.

Calcium Carbonate is naturally white, so there isn’t a need for acid bleaching, chlorine, or any other whitening processes.  It’s also recyclable, yet no waste water is produced when it’s recycled.  Plus, it can be recycled with your paper recycling.

General Benefits of Stone Based Paper

Water resistant, durable, and silky to touch, stone based paper has a lot to brag about.  It promises that you won’t get a paper cut, while you’ll still be able to make an excellent paper airplane.  You can find stone paper marketed under a variety of trade names- it’s printable, grain free, and burns cleanly with no toxic fumes expended into the air.

There are other additional benefits to stone based paper.  It has a weighty feel that conveys a sense of luxuriousness, while being super strong and tear resistant.  You can write on it when it’s wet; divers use it underwater for their notebooks for this reason.

There are some drawbacks to stone based paper. You wouldn’t want to use it for large mailing campaigns due to its weight.  Its natural whiteness will also create some colour variation, which is something to bear in mind.  Print projects using stone paper are impressive and great for presentations and projects meant to impress.  Stone based paper is not meant to replace tree based paper- it’s more like a new, occasional alternative with some very appealing benefits.

For information on print based solutions, contact Mode Print Solutions today.

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