Mode Sponsors Hares Youth FC

Mode Print Solutions is once again adding its support to grass roots community projects right on their doorstep.

Hares Youth FC, one of the most ambitious youth football clubs in Hertfordshire, has become the latest local organisation to benefit from Mode’s generosity.  Originally formed in 2000, Hares Youth FC has seen its fair share of trials and tribulations, but is now back on its feet, with a total of 9 teams competing in local leagues in the 2017/18 season, as well as its own academy.  As if that wasn’t enough, Hares also commit to a series of very successful school holiday clubs for the benefit of children in Hertfordshire.

Mode has kindly contributed the kits for one of the Under 11 teams, and fortunes seem to be turning around.  The team bearing Mode’s name has in fact chalked up a total of 12 goals in the last 2 weeks!  2017/18 looks like it’s shaping up to be another successful season for Hares Youth FC, thanks in part to Mode Print Solutions.

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.”

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 increased in size by 30% since 1950. Two Sides also actively encourages people to go and visit their paper mill and see the day-to-day workings.

Print Week recently visited a paper mill owned by UPM in the Bavarian Town of Augsburg and discovered that much of Germany’s forestry (which covers around a third of the country) is certified to certain ecological and socio-economic standards, a level of accreditation that UPM demands from all its supply partners.

There is also a strong commitment within the industry to boost a variety of trees, allowing the forest ecosystem to adapt to environmental change, such as changes to climate. Furthermore, paper companies are persistent in ensuring that the suppliers they use are committed to recycling, with many ensuring that there are best practises in sustainable forestry and wood sourcing.

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 should be adopted.

Mode are delighted to be part of our future generations and shaping potential future business leaders.

Your Guide to Digital Success

Larger companies have always been regarded as having the competitive edge in being able to respond quickly to changing markets. However, due to technological advances, smaller companies are being given the opportunities to gain a foothold in markets that were previously unobtainable.

The Cloud, for instance, is accessible to all, flexible and has no upfront financial commitment. It is ideal for any business and allows you to explore new markets. There are no costly software updates, and it even has built in security, allowing mobility for businesses, reduction of office space required and accessibility on not only PC’s, but laptops and tablets and smartphones. This is allowing smaller enterprises to have access to better, faster and more productive technology with intelligent digital platforms.

The pressure is on for businesses to keep up with the emerging technologies and many are not utilising all the opportunities available to them. The lack of knowledge is one of the biggest barriers to achieving digital transformation.

Mode offers its top 10 tips for businesses to gain the tools it needs to help generate growth and allow smaller enterprises to build a framework to embrace digital change and drive higher results:

  1. Build digitisation into your business plan: What do you want your business to achieve? What tools do you need to help you do this? If you want to develop your customer relationships and build leads, you may want to consider a CRM system (Customer Relationship Management System). However, you must consider the new GDPR Regulation from the EU and consider ways you will need to protect that information.
  2. Let your customers dictate your communication: How do your customers like to be communicated? Email, phone, website? Which type of communications do they best respond to? Having this information will help you prioritise your digital tools and needs.
  3. Gather data from your customers: Are you able to place clever analytics behind your website to follow your customers browsing journey? This will help you gain valuable insight into your current customer/potential customer base.
  4. The Cloud: Cloud storage is a fabulous solution. It is cost-effective and accessible from any device. Also, if your business comes through your website, perhaps consider a cloud-based platform which brings together a wide range of innovative software and applications from ecommerce payment to shipping tools.
  5. How can your communications work harder for you: Being personal with your customers is vital to the success of your marketing communications. Once you have collected your customer data digitally and managed it effectively, you have the potential to deliver highly personalised, relevant communications.
  6. Be a Beta Trialist: Often vendors are on the lookout for businesses to trial a software platform. This may be an excellent introduction to new working practises.
  7. Consider the type of work force you want to develop: Do you have mobile workers, or would you consider flexible working? If so, you need to ensure that they all have the same tools and software as each other. Also ensure that any physical post is turned into email so that all can receive messages securely.
  8. Consider your infrastructure: There is no point investing in digital tools if you have an inadequate infrastructure underneath. Ensure that your broadband width is sufficient to support your technological systems. You may need to consider a different provider with a faster service, and you may even obtain a better tariff!
  9. Consider competitors: Try and obtain valuable information on how other businesses in your field may use digitalisation for better integrated working practises.
  10. Consider how it all works: Isolated apps/tools/systems that don’t talk or work together only add frustration to your work force. One of the benefits of digitalisation is it provides an integrated approach to your work process. Ensure you speak to your managed service providers so that everything is joined up.

Contact Mode today to discuss your digital needs and how we can help your business obtain a managed print service that is fully integrated into your working practises.

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