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4 Benefits of Cycling to Work

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For many commuters, cycling to work is an excellent option, but one that is often overlooked. Since it’s Bike to Work Day today, what better time to explore the benefits of cycling to work? Below you will find 4 advantages to cycling to work.

 

1.     Improves Your Health and Fitness

 

Riding a bike to work will considerably improve your health and fitness. You’ll burn calories, build muscle and likely notice increased energy levels. What’s more, think about all of the fresh air and vitamin D you’ll be getting every day. In fact, studies have shown that you’re likely to breathe in more toxic air when you’re inside a car than when you’re riding a bike, especially if you’re sat in traffic behind another car’s tailpipe. Moderate daily exercise can also be great for your memory, learning and overall brain power.

 

2.     Saves Money

 

Cars are expensive. Not only do you have to fork out the initial cost of the car, you then also have to pay for fuel and maintenance. Let’s hope you don’t puncture a tyre, because that’s just another unexpected cost to add the list. Cars are undeniably life changing, but cycling to work will save you a lot of money. You can also cancel your gym subscription, because you’ll be getting plenty of exercise anyway!

 

3.     Better for the Environment

 

Cars and trucks are responsible for a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions, so if more people cycled to work, the environment would be a better, cleaner place.

 

4.     It’s Convenient

 

Lots of us don’t actually realise, but biking to work is extremely convenient. You don’t have to sit in rush hour traffic, for a start, which means you’ll have more time to yourself in the mornings. What’s more, you won’t have to worry about where you’re going to park.

Leasing Your Photocopier. What Are the Benefits for Your Business?

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How your business manages print solutions can vary depending on your requirements.

Some smaller businesses may only need simple functions therefore owning their own photocopier seems appropriate. You have one outlay and the equipment is yours. However, if your business chooses to own their own equipment you do have to consider that you are exposed to all the associated costs, including supplies and maintenance and that can be expensive.

Managed Print Solutions has evolved the leasing process by providing a holistic approach to owning your own solutions. Ensuring that you choose the right provider is essential.

So, what are the drawbacks of owning your equipment and what are the pros of leasing?

Drawbacks of ownership:

  • Large initial expense: to acquire the solutions you need.
  • Replacement costs: if your equipment fails you, or becomes outdated, you’ll need to replace it at your businesses expense.
  • Lack of consistency: If you have more than one office, it will be harder to manage your equipment and implement policies for your employees to manage cost.
  • No Upgrades: It’s harder to upgrade your equipment when it becomes old, unless your business can outlay the expenditure again.

Benefits of leasing:

  • Avoid the equipment being obsolete: As with anything your printing solutions gets older. If you lease, you will have the flexibility to upgrade when you need to.
  • No upfront costs: leasing allows you to not have to outlay large costs to gain the equipment you need.
  • No Hassle: your equipment is maintained under your lease and supplies incorporated to ensure you have the solutions you need for your business.

The drawback of leasing can be that your finance is handed over to a third party and this can mean that you are often dealing with people you have not signed with, or who have an obligation to you.

Mode offers a third way of acquiring the solutions you need without dealing with any third parties. You only deal with Mode for all your equipment, servicing, supplies and financing needs. So why not give us a call today.

How Do You Come Up With a Great Business Idea?

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Being in business can be like being at the base of the mountain. In order to climb the mountain, you need to keep moving upwards. However sometimes that climb can be difficult, and at other times, there’s easier places to reach.

The fact is, in order to be a successful business, you need to evolve, change, and develop new ideas to keep your business growing and being innovative. If you want something to happen, you must make it happen. This requires effort and the fact remains that many don’t bother or even attempt to be innovative-so huge amount of opportunity for your business! Success comes from hard work, and any stories you may hear about landing huge new business can be true but are often fictional.

Successful businesses are often set apart from others by placing emphasis on developing and embracing new ideas, by focusing on their strengths and talents and seeing how these can enhance their customers experience of their product or services for the better.

However, you need to ensure that the culture of your business is such that it embraces new ideas and that it fits your brand and the current processes you have.

How do you get a great business idea though?

Often a great idea is two previously unrelated ideas pulled together in such a unique way. They’re not the “Eureka” moment that people often think and so often these do not appear from no where and have often taken a considerable amount of time and effort to develop. If an idea is so ground-breaking, it can take months to even formulate into the basis of an idea.

For the teams in your business to develop these great ideas, you need to ensure a culture of great communications, and an environment of creativity to induce multiply lines of thought for them to be harvested and then reconsidered as to whether they will work.

Innovation can then surface and be worked through as to whether they will really create added value to your customers experience of your business.

If you do have a “Eureka” moment, don’t discount it and it can happen, but allow it to develop with considerable thought. It’s a sad fact of great ideas, that they are often discounted too quickly without allowing the time for them to be nurtured.

So why not sit with your teams now and get the ideas flowing and see if they connect? You never know, something inspirational may happen!

Millennials Love of Print

Millennials, those commonly born between 1980-2000, are the generation that has grown up with the digital transformation. It’s believed they always have their heads in their smartphones or their laptops and are so dependent on digital technology, it was felt that they no longer needed printers or the ability to print anything.

By 2030, millennials will make up 75% of the workforce, so understanding their needs and the way they work is paramount in understanding trends.

The common myth that they adore technology is simply not true. It is true that they want a 24/7 service, when they want it, how they want it. However, through research in recent years, what has become apparent is their adoration for printing. This is not just a retro, nostalgic fashion, Millennials believe that the printed word is easier to absorb. They want technology to work with printing to deliver that immediate demand of information they crave.

An article called Millennials, an emerging consumer powerhouse, in 2016, identified that Millennials ignored digital advertising and paid greater attention to print advertising and direct mail. TRU-a division of TNS research of Global green/sustainability in 2011, explored this in research with millennials and it identified that 88% of those questioned, perceived printed documents as more official, whilst 82% trusted the printed word far more than receiving it on screen.

When Quocirca conducted some research on the same subject, it discovered that millennials valued traditional print and heavily relied on photocopiers and printers. It appears printed documents evoke an emotional response too where 87% of those questioned in the TRU report said they would prefer a birthday card than an email. Plus, it could be suggested that the physicality of the printed word offers them an escape from laptop, computer and smartphones.

Millennials feel printed documents are more trusted than digital sources, however, that’s not to say that they are not demanding in what they expect from printers. They want their print fleet to be strategic and offer solutions beyond just a printer encapsulating Managed IT Services, cloud and network security, web to print, printing on demand.

Research discovered:

55% expected an increase in mobile printing.

69% said important documents should be printed.

63% believed printed documents were more durable than digital methods.

Whilst many believed that printed documents would become a thing of the past, it appears this is not the case for our Millennials. When Print Media Centr analysed this, speaking with 200 IT decision making millennials aged between 18-35, 77% said print would still be important in 2025.

Therefore, managed print solutions, which offers more integrated capabilities will have to evolve and fill the gap between IT and office printers. Print has such a strong presence in this future generation. As they search to maximise efficiency and productivity, so will managed print need to facilitate that need.

How Can a Small Business Manage Outgoings?

As a small business owner you want to see your profits increase, but in order to successfully achieve this goal you will need to keep an eye on your finances and know how to effectively manage your business outgoings.

Start by identifying your largest outgoings and areas where you could make some substantial savings such as production, marketing or administration costs.

Once you have identified the key areas you need to focus on, you can then begin to effectively manage your business outgoings, using the tactics we have suggested below. However, it is important to ensure that all new processes are easily maintainable and adhere to your company’s values.

The next step will be communicating your new business outgoings management plan to your workforce. This will ensure that they are all aware of your objectives and ready to help put these plans into action.

Read on for some simple tactics your business could adapt to help effectively manage your outgoings…

Employees – Involve your employees as much as possible, so that they are all aware of your company’s largest sources of revenue and outgoings. Try to get them involved in decision making to help them learn how to effectively manage their own costs. The majority of employees want to be involved and will want to help their company to succeed. By keeping your staff in the loop you may even find that they suggest better strategies or more cost effective solutions for your business.

Printing costsManaged Print Services can help your business to reduce its printing costs. This is achieved by creating a bespoke strategy that will ensure costs remain as low as possible, without compromising on efficiency, and can also help to improve the quality of your printing.
As part of an improved print strategy, managed print services will also optimise your printing infrastructure, which will help to save your company money and improve productivity.

Energy bills – Being more energy efficient will not only help you to save money, but it also has the added bonus of helping the planet too. Try to encourage the whole office to get involved and help to make a difference. Ensure that all computers are shut down at night and all lights are switched off.

5 Benefits of Walking to Work

Walking to work has a number of benefits. It will encourage a healthier lifestyle by adding exercise into your daily routine and it can help to improve your mood and your overall wellbeing. Not only will you personally see the benefits of walking to work, but you will also be helping the environment by reducing traffic and emissions on the roads. Read on to learn more about the benefits of walking to work and why you should give it a go…!

 

  1. Physical Fitness Benefits

When done correctly, walking can be a great way to burn calories, lose weight and improve your physical fitness. Try to walk at a pace that will raise your heart rate and increase your breathing. By doing this form of cardio exercise regularly, you will become fitter and see a real difference in time it takes you to walk the same distance.

  1. Health Benefits

Walking can also help reduce your risk of serious health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. It is an excellent form of exercise for your heart and lungs and it will also help to strengthen your muscles. Walking is also a low-impact exercise, so it shouldn’t cause you any injuries, as long as you take care.

  1. Mental Health Benefits

Research has shown that walking, along with other exercise and fitness activities are good for our mental health. This is because physical activities help our brains to release chemicals called endorphins, which help to boost our mood. Walking can also encourage you to become more mindful of your surroundings and improve your overall wellbeing.

  1. Cost Saving Benefits

Walking to work can save you money because it is FREE! You won’t have the monthly costs of running a car or using public transport and it could even lead to cancelling your gym membership!

  1. Environmental Benefits

You can reduce your carbon footprint massively by walking to work. Driving a car is bad for the environment and whilst sharing public transport is a help, all of these vehicles still emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Walking is the greenest way to travel!

 

If walking to work isn’t an option because you live too far away, you could try parking your car further away from your office or having a walk on your a lunch break.

Is Cloud Printing Secure?

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Cloud printing is a fast and convenient printing solution. It allows you to print from any device, such as your computer, phone or tablet, to an internet connected printer.

By using cloud printing, your business can benefit from reduced operating cost and improved workflows. However, because cloud printing means that print jobs are rendered on a public infrastructure, before being sent to print, it can impose a security risk.

Another security risk to consider when using cloud printing is the interception of a print job when it has been completed and is waiting for collection.

So how can you ensure a safe and secure cloud printing service? Below are a few cloud printing security tips….

Follow me printing

‘Follow me’ printing is a good combination with cloud printing, because it can reduce the risk of security breaches, such as sensitive documents being left at the printer and being viewed by others.

With ‘follow me’ printing the print data is only released when end users authenticate their IDs by entering a password or using an authentication device.

Network encryption

Network encryption is necessary to protect data as it moves from your device, to the server and then to the printer. This is particularly important if your employees work remotely or print wirelessly, because without it, users outside of your company could connect to your network and read the data being transmitted to your printer.

Encrypting your print data can be done using a third party print software application, which uses the Internet Printing Protocol to create the encrypted text.

Private Cloud

Implementing a private cloud service at your place of work is another effective way to ensure secure cloud printing. This is because in a private cloud, only you and your employees have access and are in control of the servers. The best way to implement a private cloud solution for your business is with the help of a Managed Print Service provider. These companies will help to ensure that your business is doing everything possible to safe guard yourselves against print and data security issues.

What Has 30 Years of the World Wide Web Given Us?

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30 years ago, today Tim Berners-Lee proposed to his supervisor at work, a new management system that connected documents held across multiple computers.

“Vague but exciting” was the Supervisors response, however, that proposal marked the birth of the World Wide Web and has proven to be an invention that has transformed the world we live in today not only socially, but economically as well.

Mode looks over the positives that the World Wide Web has given, as well as maybe some of the less positive impact it has had.

  • Email: Communication within business and outside of business has become quicker and more efficient than the days of memos and traditional letters. We may all think we now get too many emails, but no one can deny the benefits of email for faster communication.
  • E-Commerce: We all buy on line now and get these items delivered to our front door. We can now order anything on line, your food shopping, your take-aways, clothing even your plumbing or building supplies. In a busy world, it’s made our lives easier.
  • News: We now have access to the world news when it happens and as it happens. We are all now more in touch with events that are happening across the globe.
  • Social Media: We share pictures on social media, we can now stay in touch with people who may live far away, or we don’t see very often. It’s made the world smaller. However there has been a negative impact, with cyber-bullying or people posting negativity or defamatory comments. But it has also aided the search for missing people and created positivity as well. It’s not without its faults but it has a far reaching positive impact on our lives.
  • Smartphones: Apples iPhone invention totally changed how we use our mobile phones. We now have the World Wide Web in our pockets, and we can look at anything wherever we are. It’s completely changed again the way we communicate.
  • On line Dating: We can now meet people we may have never got the chance to meet by swiping right-or maybe you often swipe left! Regardless, whilst we could argue that this way of meeting prospective partners has made relationships transitory, we are now more open to meeting different people from environments we may have never encountered.
  • Gaming: Like it or hate it, on line gaming has again opened peoples whose interest it is, the world in which they game. There are of course the obvious concerns of internet safety and has meant we have to ensure protection, however, this has again allowed our world to be more open.
  • Video streaming and Music: Gone are the days we would have to download a video before we could watch it. Now after very complicated work from software engineers who developed an App where we can watch videos as they’re being downloaded or watch live streaming. This means we now have access to tutorial’s, music videos and TV Shows. Along with this the way we listen to music has now changed with the development of Spotify and Apple music. We can now get the music we want as soon as it’s released-no more off to buy the single!
  • On Line Support: Any one in need of support never need be alone again or need to travel any distances to get the support they need. So many on line support groups are now on hand with help. Making the support people may need more easier to access.
  • Selfies: ok most of us can’t stand them-this brings out the narcissist in those that love them. So many selfies-so little time!
  • Viral Content: This can be an article, video, photograph or Gif that spreads on line rapidly. But this has provided us with entertainment, shock value but artistic merit can be found too!

The benefits of the World Wide Web are undeniable. It’s made our world easier to access, closer to us and helps with our ever increasingly busy lives. Of course, with any innovation, it has its negatives but as we evolve, we adapt and we’re sure the World Wide Web will continually develop. Thank you, Tim Berners-Lee, for this incredible invention.

Could Your Business Be Greener?

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The impact we have on our environment is consistently in the media and this increased awareness means that rightly, people are more conscious of what they are buying and what impact that, that purchase has on the environment.

Being able to provide a service that can be proven to be more environmentally conscious could have potentially a positive impact on your business too in terms of increasing your sales as businesses. A recent survey by Close Brothers Asset Finance, discovered that 55% of businesses are prepared to pay higher prices for products and services from companies that have environmentally friendly processes.

However, balancing the need to be cost effective in your business as well as balancing your responsibility to the environment can be a challenge and the Close Brothers survey demonstrated that.

76% of businesses questioned said that they favoured the cost of goods over the environmental impact, even though 71% had said (SMB’s), that they were active in promoting the need to their employees to be environmentally responsible. Going green as a business is not a straightforward process.

So how can businesses reduce their impact on the environment?

Review current processes

Look at how you use energy in your office. What paper do you waste, who travels for business, what are you throwing away that could be recycled? By stepping back and ascertaining your usage and auditing what you do, will really focus what your business needs to do next.

Reduce your carbon footprint

Buildings account for 30% of Carbon Dioxide emission globally so try reducing your carbon footprint in your office by reviewing your insulation, and whether solar power can benefit your business. Also, why not work with a Carbon Footprint charity in balancing your current carbon footprint and offsetting your usage by donating the value of that usage to charitable work. Find out how Mode became Carbon Zero here.

Use the right paper

Whilst many would challenge your use of paper, the view that paper is unsustainable material is now being challenged considerably.

The idea that the use of paper is destroying forests couldn’t be further from the truth. In Europe forests are not shrinking, they are growing at an exceedingly healthy rate. Between 2005-2015, European forests grew by 44, 000 sq. km, an area the size of Switzerland. Equally, paper is one of the most recycled materials with a 72% recycling rate in Europe.

Paper from trees is a renewable source so if it is recycled then you are dealing with this responsibly.

Every business has a challenge in reducing its impact on the environment, but sometimes by making minimal changes has a huge impact on improving your impact on the environment. For more information, visit our website www.modeprintsolutions.co.uk

4 Tips for Green Printing

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The environment is a big concern for consumers and businesses alike, resulting in a rising level of respect for companies who are environmentally friendly. With that said, you might be wondering how to reduce the impact your business is having on the environment. A great place to start is with your printer. It’s worth assessing how much energy you’re using and how much toner and paper is being wasted every day. By paying attention to such things, you’ll be able to figure out how to be kinder to the environment, while reducing overall costs. Here are four tips to help:

1.     Be Energy Efficient

If you have a large print job pending, it is worth waiting to do it at night when the electricity costs less. You should also print a test copy to make sure it’s perfect before you print off lots more. This will help avoid mistakes and therefore save paper. When the printers aren’t in use, you should set them to “stand-by” mode, as well as the rest of your office technology.  Be sure to share your printer across each department in your business.

2.     Use Recycled Paper or Responsibly Sourced Paper

Many printers allow you to use recycled paper, however, lots of devices aren’t compatible. If you’d like to use recycled paper but you’re unsure if you can, please give us a call and we’ll happily help. Mode recommends responsibly sourced paper with FSC® or PEFC and EU Ecolabe labels.

3.     Follow Me Printing

Follow me printing is widely popular and has many benefits. As well as being convenient and secure, it also reduces waste and is therefore better for the environment. With follow me printing, the user is asked for a code before they can release their print job. This prevents abandoned prints, which is just a waste of paper and ink.

4.     Opt for an Eco-Friendly Printer

If you’re really serious about going green then this is a great option. Despite using less energy than other printers, eco-friendly printers still offer exceptional performance.

 

If you want to know more about eco-friendly printers, or how to be more environmentally friendly around the office, get in touch and a member of our team will be able to give you some advice.

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