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How Much Printing Can You Do In-House?

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While Digital Marketing is slowly overtaking print, particularly for SMEs, over 90% of SMEs still use printed media as part of their marketing. Due to the high quality requirements, most of this is printed externally – updating leaflets, printing new posters, and renewing business cards can be very costly, especially if you have to throw away existing stock and update it frequently.

While large scale printing will almost always need to   be done externally, you could reduce your marketing budgets by bringing some of the smaller printing jobs in-house. Mailshots and leaflets can certainly be printed in-house if you have a suitable printer in the office. If you would like to take this approach, you can use a number of different printers to keep costs down for every day printing while using another machine for your marketing.

Choosing the Right Printer

If you would like to take more of your printing in-house to save money, you just need to make sure that your printer is suitable for the work. It’s also essential that you assess your print spending to find out how long it will take for you to break even on the investment. You may be surprised – external printing can be extremely costly so it may take less time than you think.

Laser printers are usually recommended for marketing materials as they deliver crisper results. They are usually more expensive than Inkjet printers simply because of the technology and materials required to make them, but the running costs are far cheaper and they ultimately use less consumables for colour images. Laser toner also lasts longer than ink, so you can print per pages per cartridge.

Multi-Functional Devices (MFDs) combine photocopiers, printers, and scanners and are ideal for office environments. Many models also have a range of finishing options such as duplexing, stapling, holepunching, offset modes and booklet creation. This means that you could even print your own brochures, given the right device and paper.

Making the Most of Your Marketing Budget

As the marketing world changes it’s important to make the most of your money. The majority of businesses still use print marketing in some way, if only for leaflets and business cards. Bringing those print jobs in house can help you reduce your spend and allocate the savings elsewhere.


5 Ways to Cut Down on Photocopying Costs

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Regardless of your industry, photocopying and printing are key business expenses and the processes are key to ensuring that you can continue working. Whether you’re printing schedules, contracts, proofreading work, or creating marketing materials it’s likely that you would like to cut down the costs. As a business grows, these expenses only grow, so implementing money saving ideas now can help you expand your business without massively increasing print costs.

1) Use a Multi- Functional Device

Using an MFD can cut down on running costs and reduce the amount of space you need for your print system. It also reduces your energy consumption and operational costs, as well as cutting down on the amount that you need to buy.

2) Encourage Staff to Use the Scanner

Instead of photocopying documents, encourage your staff to scan and email items as much as possible. This way, they can still share information but it cuts down on the amount of paper and consumables. It also means that you have less clutter in the office and reduce your impact on the environment.

3) Print on Both Sides

It’s such a simple solution but it’s incredibly effective – using the duplex option on your machine will ensure that you print on both sides of the paper. Saving money on paper can drastically reduce your print costs as this spend makes up a large proportion of your consumable costs.

4) Print Instead of Photocopying

Your print system should show you what documents have been copied. Review these regularly to see whether they are continually copied and need to be distributed to everybody. If that’s the case, it’s actually cheaper to print the documents instead of photocopying them. This can reduce your ink usage and improve the quality of the copies.

5) Go Paperless

Offices traditionally like to have paper copies of documents to file away. Going paperless can seem strange, but scanning and filing documents electronically means you reduce printing costs and need less storage in your office. If you prefer  to store additional copies for added security, you can use Cloud storage instead of needing physical cabinets in the office.

Mode’s Annual Summer BBQ

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It was touch and Go as to whether the Mode’s annual family summer BBQ could still go ahead. We like to support our local establishments and therefore used a pub where they all knew us and we could relax together.

However, the weather was not looking great. As people made their way to the pub, they were faced with torrential rain. There was a lot of water on the roads; would people make it to the venue? Would we be able to play all the exciting games that were on offer? Would we be faced with having all the companies’ children and partners in a tiny pub?! Would the BBQ be rained on so much the sausages would sizzle out??

The thoughts were terrifying. There had been so much planning happen and it could all go wrong. The summer BBQ is always such a great opportunity for the whole “Family” to get together. It’s a chance for the whole team, whether they are operations, out in the field (Our Engineers) or our highly trained sales team, to get together kick back and relax with all our families.

However, as the time approached for the sausages to be cooked the rain stopped, the sun broke out and we were able to enjoy the British summer!

Mode team

There were plenty of games to be enjoyed by Adults and children alike, Boules, football, darts (obviously the soft sort!) and as time drew on, as the food cooked (and was promptly eaten) and the games carried on, as our pictures will show- it was questionable who enjoyed it the most –the adults or the children!

Here’s to another extremely successful Mode Summer BBQ and let’s look forward to the Christmas frivolity.

Team England Wins the Dance World Cup

In July we supported Design Dance Theatre Arts by helping their dancers travel to Portugal for the 2014 World Cup. We are extremely proud to announce that the team won first place out of 38 countries, for the 2nd year running. England was placed first with 383 points, Spain was second with 225, and Portugal came third with 211 points.

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The dance school from Welwyn Garden City is Team England’s key dance school, so the majority of medals were won by the children Mode sponsored. Sienna (aged 8) won a total of 7 medals, 4 of which were gold. Lexi (aged 6) also won gold as she took part in the tap dance competition with her sister.

Their mother, Georgia, told us that “it was an amazing experience, and I would like to thank you for your support. We had very little commercial support and your generosity has been greatly appreciated.”

charity dance contribution

As always, we are delighted to be able to help our local community and ensure that local schools and clubs have access to international opportunities like this Dance competition.

Go Green for 2014 and Beyond!

As businesses, we are all faced with the challenges of keeping costs down, whether you are a small or globally-recognised organisation. We are all now responsible for reducing waste, lowering energy consumption and capping carbon emissions.

However, there are steps we can all take to save money and help reduce our carbon footprint. It doesn’t matter if you are a small business switching off a computer at the end of the day or a multinational with hundreds of employees, the statistics are still the same – computers and any kind of technology can account for half the electricity used in a typical office. Just one computer alone being left on standby can cost a business up to £20 a year.

If we all adopt eco-friendly policies when thinking about the purchases we make, and support organisations that adopt a strong environmental stance as we do at Mode, it makes perfect financial sense! Also, by adopting this policy we can all be mindful of the environment whilst still meeting our customers’ needs.

Studies have shown that a healthy office environment has a beneficial effect, creating a positive working environment and benefitting concentration levels. By having solid environmental programmes in place, keep staff tend to be happier and –  more importantly –  healthier, with fewer sick days reported. There is also evidence that companies adopting healthy-office strategies are able  to attract a higher calibre of staff.

It has also been shown that companies  operating a more sustainable culture are likely to outperform the competition whilst also being regarded more highly in the communities in which they work. Ultimately, eco-savvy organisations are more likely to innovate and produce products and services that consumers want, resulting in a loyal consumer base.

Operating a green business shows you operate a smart business. You need to motivate your staff, enabling them to be greener in their practices and purchases, thus empowering them to make their working environment a better place to operate in.
Go green for 2014 and beyond!

Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2014


There are many emerging technologies that are expected to shape the future, and at Mode we like to keep our eye on what’s happening!

From super-light cars, to innovations in medicine, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies has identified the top 10 emerging technologies of 2014 that could reshape the society of the future.

The council is comprised of leading thinkers from academia and industry, and their selections are based on opinions from experts and industry leaders. Let’s take a look at the innovations that they believe have the potential for real and positive impact on the world.

1. Brain-computer interfaces
It’s already possible to type by monitoring the brain’s electrical activity, but as technology advances, it could be possible for people with disabilities to operate wheelchairs using only their thoughts.

2. Mining metals from desalination brine
As the global population continues to grow and developing countries emerge from poverty, fresh water is at risk of becoming the earth’s most limited natural resource. Large scale desalination is becoming economically feasible for the first time because of new chemical processes that enable the mining of metals from waste water, or brine.

3. Nanostructured Carbon composites
Emissions from the world’s rapidly growing fleet of vehicles are a massive environmental concern. New techniques to nanostructure carbon fibres for novel composites are showing the potential in vehicle manufacturing to reduce the weight of cars by 10% or more. Lighter cars need less fuel to operate, increasing the efficiency of moving people and goods and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

4. Grid-scale electricity storage
A fundamental breakthrough is close which would allow surplus energy from fluctuating renewable sources such as the sun and wind to be stored within the electricity grid.

5. Body-adapted wearable electronics
Whether worn on the body, embedded in clothes or even under the skin, these devices can track information such as heart rate and stress levels, giving people real-time feedback about their health.

6. Nanowire lithium-ion batteries.
New batteries based on tiny silicon nonwires can have longer life, quicker charge times and up to 3 times the power of existing batteries.

7. Screenless Display
A 3D image projected into space- a “screenless display” can convey information that a 2D image presented on a screen cannot.

8. Human Microbiome therapeutics
Drawing on knowledge gained from the human microbiome project in 2012 and other research, human microbiome technology is increasingly seen as an important source of treatment for serious diseases as well as a way of improving the healing process.

9. RNA-based therapeutics
RNA, like DNA, plays a part in protein synthesis and, to a lesser extent, the transmission of genetic information. Scientific advances are combining to enable a new generation of targeted, RNA-based drugs that could bring new treatments for cancer and infectious diseases.

10. Quantified self (predictive analytics)
Using data and specialised machine-learning algorithms, we can now build detailed and predictive models about people and their behaviours, which can help in areas of urban planning and medical diagnosis.

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