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 and fabulous musical entertainment from a string sextet! The following day, having been exhausted by the previous nights’ dancing, we all travelled to Holkham Hall where we were partnered up and asked to complete what must be one of the most complicated treasure hunts ever seen! (thanks to our MD for that!) The treasure hunt had us all walking several miles in a bid to find obscure items following on from obscure clues. However, what was noted was the high level of competitiveness within the team!

After some very strict scrutiny of the possessions we had gathered, by Rob, the winners were declared and thankfully we were treated to Tea and cake at Holkham Hall.

Another highly successful team event which was thoroughly enjoyed by all with lots of fun and laughter. We all look forward to the next one!

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 preferred reading in printed magazines

·     73% preferred books in printed versions

Other parts of the survey looked at how security on line and information on line is regarded:

·     71% were concerned about their security and privacy-the implication being they were concerned about being hacked.

·     76% believed that news on line has now a worrying trend of being fake

·     78% do not even look at on line ads and try to avoid or block them

·     69% found on line ads annoying

This is not just a UK trend. 9 other countries were also surveyed with a total of 10, 700 respond ants and results from those countries mirrors the UK’s response.

·     85% of French respondents preferred to read a book in printed format.

·     71% Americans read news from a printed newspaper as they believed it gave them greater knowledge of the story.

Mode’s conclusion is that whilst the digital age is very much upon us and initially all the indicators were that paper was out people still want hard printed content, therefore the two mediums working together, can be the only solution for all businesses in their strategies.

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 documents each day, you’ll want to be as economical as possible, otherwise your printing costs will quickly add up. Copier paper is an excellent alternative to laser, photo or inkjet paper if your documents don’t need to be particularly high quality.

Laser Paper

Out of all the different printer paper types, laser paper is the thickest. As the name suggests, it is designed specifically to be used in a laser printer and produces superior quality documents. Although a little more expensive than regular printer paper, laser paper gives you an elegant finish, which is ideal for documents that will face the public or your clients.

Recycled Paper

For many companies, there is a strong focus on being environmentally friendly and reducing their carbon footprint. One great way to becoming more green is to use recycled paper. It can be used in any type of printer and is almost as white as normal, non-recycled paper. This is a great choice for commonplace printing of in-house documents.

Inkjet Paper

If you have an inkjet printer, you’ll know that you need more absorbent paper so that the ink dries quickly and doesn’t smudge. This is because inkjet printers spray the liquid ink onto the page at a rapid rate and therefore require special inkjet paper.

Photo Paper

If you’re hoping for high quality, glossy results, you should invest in some specialist photo paper. This is available with a variety of finishes, such as silk or matt for a classy look or gloss for images.

All in all, you shouldn’t misjudge the significance of the appearance and finish of your company’s printed brochures, flyers or other documents. If you are still unsure what type of paper is most suited to your project, feel free to get in touch with any questions.


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