Year: 2017

Mode’s Team Hunt for Treasure on Their Latest Team Weekend!

It was a blustery winters weekend in November, where Mode’s operations team descended on the North Norfolk coast for their annual team gathering. As a people centric business, the focus of these events is always to enjoy each other’s company away from the day-to day running on the business, and to push our boundaries in the chosen activity. It’s an opportunity for us to be with our excellent service team who are always permanently based in London and for us all to spend time with other members of the team that we don’t necessarily work with every day. Our destination this year was the fabulous north Norfolk coast, where on the first evening we were treated to an amazing meal read more...

GDPR: Is Your Business Ready?

GDPR is coming into force in 2018 – is your business ready? The new legislation applies to any company that collects and processes personal data within the EU. You have to be compliant by May 25th.  

What Do People Prefer, Print or Digital?

This has been an ongoing debate for over a decade, the efficiencies of digital versus print. So many articles, studies, reports have repeatedly either championed the age of digital, or the need to retain print. Reviews of ROI, costs and other KPIs have all looked at print. In fact, two things have been ignored: the need for both to live in harmony for smarter business efficiency and what people prefer. Recently a survey commissioned by Two Sides spoke to 1,000 UK consumers about their preference for reading in print or on digital. The survey looked at what people considered as trusted digital sources, along with looking at whether people wanted to choose how they received communications. These are the results: ·     78% people read more...

What’s the Best Type of Paper for Your Business Requirements?

Believe it or not, just like the quality of your goods and service, the type of paper you choose to use as a business is also incredibly important. First impressions are a big deal and if you’re sending printed documents to potential clients, you need to make sure they are presented correctly. After all, there’s no point putting in a lot of time and effort into the content if the paper is not right. Here is some advice regarding the type of paper you should opt for, according to the job requirements. Copier Paper The type of paper you invest in largely depends on what it’s going to be used for. For example, if you’re printing a high volume of read more...

What Should SMEs Do? Buy or Lease Their Managed Print Solutions?

SMEs always must consider the financial burden of the essential equipment they need for their business, and print solutions are one of the most important necessities for the smooth running of operations. Aside from the initial capital of the machines needed, there is the maintenance and servicing and purchasing.  This can stretch operational budgets beyond feasible limits. Leasing machines is therefore financially attractive for SMEs alleviating the burden of up front capital. Mode reviewed the benefits for SMEs leasing their print solutions: Financial Advantages Capital is always an issue for small businesses, as it is rare that there are disposable financial resources to purchase print solutions. Avoiding large purchases like this, keep essential capital available for other significant business needs. read more...

GDPR? Metadata? Mode Makes It Simple

Do you ever wonder why complicated words and acronyms are used to explain new laws and processes?  Things could be explained so simply without the use of complex words, and in the particularly grey and challenging era we are entering with GDPR, it is necessary to clear the fog and try and make thing as simple as possible! Does anyone really understand Metadata or GDPR? GDPR is becoming a real enforceable law on the fast approaching 25th May 2018. Every business needs to be ready! What does Metadata mean? Metadata is “data that provides information about other data”. Put simply, from metadata, you can understand what data you hold as a business and the way it is used within your read more...

Paper is Environmentally Friendly!

The paper industry has sustained consistent criticism over recent years that its practises are imperilling the environment by destroying forests to boost profits! This accusation that making paper is a danger to the environment has become increasingly loud, particularly as society has become more digitised. On the other hand, the paper industry has a strong counter argument: Its practises are environmentally sound and it boosts a commitment to sustainable forestry. This is an argument promoted by paper and print advocacy group, Two Sides, which ran an advertising campaign in 2015 that featured in the National Press promoting the sustainability of paper and print. Key messages of their campaign were that Europe recycles 72% of paper consumed and European forests have read more...

Mode Chosen as an Ideal Business Model for GCSE Business Revision

A leading GCSE resources company, Murphy Resources, recently got in touch with Mode. They had identified us as an ideal business model for test questions on operations and management. As Mode discusses a broad range of topics on our website including the environment, efficiency in Print Management and politics, to name but a few, Murphy Resources decided that we were an excellent example to shape economic questions around. One of the papers challenges the student to consider the cost of raw materials after Brexit within the print industry and the impact on clients. The other paper defines our business model and asks students to answer questions on the challenges of managing a business through economic changes and the strategy that read more...

MODE Supports Together for Short Lives

49, 000 children and young people are living in the UK with conditions that are life-limiting or life-threatening. Together for Short Lives is a fantastic charity which MODE proudly supports because of the amazing care and support that they provide to these children and their families. Recently the charity produced an Impact report for 2016-2017, summarising how much money has been made and how it has been spent. Mode is proud that we feature on the page as one of their supporters as we have had a long standing relationship with this fabulous charity, one which we will continue into the future.”