On the 6th March, we celebrated 20 years in the business. We were joined by Hertfordshire MR, Sir Oliver Heald QC, Mrs Rosalie Standley (the Major of Ware), and representatives from a number of charities to celebrate this milestone.
It was the perfect opportunity to present the charities with donations from our latest fundraising efforts. A total of £15,000 was split between Marie Curie Cancer Care, The Blue Cross, and Together for Short Lives.
An anniversary is a fantastic time to reflect on our achievements, look back to our roots, and plan the next steps. We hope to keep nurturing and investing in talent with The Mode Sales Academy while maintaining relationships with our long-standing employees who have been with the business from the beginning. After 20 years, we’re still growing and incredibly excited about our new developments so a number of new hires will be joining the Mode Sales Academy Training programme.
Ultimately, the secret to our success is simple; it’s all about people. Whether those people are customers, employees, or suppliers; treating people with respect, acting with integrity, and investing in relationships has been the bedroom of our achievements to date.
We might be a bit biased, but we think 1995 was undoubtedly the best year for music in the 90s. Legends like Jeff Buckley and Tupac Shakur were still alive (although Kurt Cobain sadly passed the year before), boybands were all the rage, and it’s the year that Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise was unleashed upon the world.
Girls growing up in the 90s can all remember singing (ok, screaming) along to Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill and just learning what irony is, while older teens might have been horrifying their parents by playing Sympathy for the Devil (Guns N’ Roses) or Marilyn Manson’s Smells Like Children.
Shirley Manson was arguably at her best as Garbage released their album of the same name; “Only Happy When it Rains” spoke to millions of fans around the world – especially the 701,757 in the UK who realised they have no real choice on the matter.
Gwen Stefani looked… much as she does now but her magical anti-aging abilities weren’t so obvious yet. Don’t Speak from the album, Tragic Kingdom reached #1 around the world the year after the album was released.
(What’s the Story) Morning Glory? transformed Oasis from an indie act into rock gods after selling a record-breaking 347,000 copies in its first week. Wonderwall is still sung throughout the North at any given opportunity, and is heavily embedded in the British national consciousness. 1995 was just the start.
In short, 1995 was an incredible year for iconic albums and songs that genuinely stand the test of time. While we’ve lost some of the legends (RIP Michael Jackson), we’re still looking forward to albums from some of these artists in 2015. Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Marilyn Manson, The Smashing Pumpkins, Gwen Stefani, Faith No More, Tool, Modest Mouse, and Bjork are all releasing hotly anticipated albums in the coming year and celebrating over 20 years in the music industry.
If you’re out and about in London, you might just see one of Mode’s branded black cabs – you can even book one to take you to a meeting with us.
Driving Better Print
At Mode, we’ve always prided ourselves on taking you where you need to be, so it’s about time we did it literally. Our black cabs are driving around London as we type, so keep an eye out!
We were extremely pleased to open our London office, giving us a hub in the city to make it easier to send out engineers or meet clients in the city. It’s even better to be part of the quintessential London experience – a black cab under the London eye (unfortunately, in the rain).
If you see our taxis, let us know!
Mode is 20 years old this year – we’ve come a long way and the world is definitely a very different place.
When Mode was born, the world was listening to Alanis Morissette, 2Pac, and Bjork. The battle of the bands was in full swing;Oasis and Blur both released a single in the same week. Blur was selling 274,000 No.1 in the charts to Oasis’ 216, 000 and was No.2 Princess Diana was still alive (and married), Facebook didn’t exist, and Steve Jobs would have to wait another year to return to Apple. Google wasn’t even invented yet!
We share our 20th birthday with MSN.com, Amazon, and Craigslist. But it wasn’t just a year for huge websites – classics were born in 1995 and we’re even starting to see some fashions come back ground.
Who Else is Turning 20 in 2015?
Clueless is the archetypal 90s show – unfortunately it hasn’t aged as well as some of the other films released in the same year. 1995 gave us Se7en, The Usual Suspects, Empire Records, Apollo 13, Bad Boys, and Braveheart. It was even the year when Toy Story came out.
Of course, cinema isn’t all the year had to offer. The Nintendo 64 is celebrating it’s 20th with us as well as the Playstation (which was originally meant to be an add-on for the Super Nintendo). George Foreman launched his Lean Mean Grilling Machine and Starbucks released their Frappuccino.
And Who’s a Little Worse for Wear?
Unfortunately, not everybody gets to be a classic. The Macarena has been retired to ironic mum dancing, and Pogs are nostalgically mentioned by people who still remember all the words to Gangsta’s Paradise.
And, in case you want to feel really old, Ross’ son Ben from Friends would be 20 years old now. Roughly the same age as the One Direction boys, then.
At Mode, we believe in investing in our staff and offering them fantastic opportunities for personal and career development. Our training and customer support is among the best in the industry, and there’s no way that we could maintain that without our valued staff.
Frank came to us as a graduate almost 3 years ago and works as an Account Manager, delivering outbound customer service to clients throughout Hertfordshire.
I joined Mode after graduating from University and it was important for me to find a career which was stimulating and offered lots of opportunity for progression.
Mode recognises and rewards hard work and commitment and I have been promoted year on year for three years running.
Since I joined the company I have received all of the support required and have learnt the relevant skills and knowledge to develop my career.
After several years in academia I was new to the business environment. With this in mind, the Mode Academy was a great place for me to learn the relevant skills required to succeed in business.
Working at Mode has made me a more independent, responsible person. It has helped me learn how to manage my finances effectively and achieve so much more in my personal life.
We have several mentors within the business who each spent time giving me advice and helping me in my early days. Once promoted, I then had a manager who became responsible for all my training.
If you’d like to find out what opportunities we have for recent graduates or more experienced sales people, account managers and engineers, just take a look at our Careers at Mode page on our website.
We’re proud to work with some of the best brands in the industry to provide bespoke solutions for our clients. These brands are world renowned for quality and their green credentials; just two of the reasons why we selected them as suppliers.
To help you stay up to date on the latest information and find useful articles online, here are some of the recent print highlights from our favourite brands:
Finally, Xerox have sent an extremely useful article on why you may need to reassess your Managed Print Services. If you’re under pressure to decrease your business costs, identify the hidden costs of your print equipment, or want to track and measure your printing, just get in touch to discuss Managed Print Services.
Smartphones are ubiquitous – even if your business doesn’t provide sales people with smartphones, it’s likely that your staff have used their phones for checking emails or other work tasks at some point. If they’re doing more and more of their work from smartphones and tablets, it makes sense to let them print from those devices.
At the moment, emailing items between the devices is the simplest way of getting them from place to place. Unfortunately, this wastes time and can present problems if you need to print a particularly large file.
PrintBack from Xerox Printers
That’s why Xerox launched PrintBack – an app for both Android and iOS devices that let you print to the device at work from your mobile or tablet. It works with any printer, regardless of connection type, manufacturer, or technology so you don’t even have to have a Xerox printer to use it.
Small businesses will be delighted to know that the app is free and incredibly easy to use. There are no issues with finding the right printer since it uses the one that’s already connected to your work computer.
What Else Does it Do?
If you’re not quite ready to print, you can use the connection to your work computer to save items to the download folder or to your Dropbox account. It’s basically a fuss-free way to connect your work computer to your phone and let you move documents between the different devices, depending on where you are and what you need to do.
Businesses seem to fall into two main camps; those to aim to go ‘paperless’ and those who depend on printing for their day to day admin. However, most offices could implement a few simple changes and significantly cut down on waste and excessive printing. 92% of people say that they print more than they need and then throw away up to a third of what they print. This waste costs UK businesses millions every single year.
Print less is surprisingly easy – a lot can be achieved by simply putting a policy in place and communicating it properly. However, using the tools at your disposal can reinforce that policy and monitor print activity to find further efficiencies.
Set up Print Authorisation
Depending on your office printers and photocopiers, you may be able to set up print authorisation. This means that a job isn’t actually printed until somebody goes to the printer and authenticates it. This can completely eliminate unclaimed documents and unnecessary print jobs. It can also cut down on excess printing through user error, such as pushing a print job through more than once since only one copy will be authorised.
Reduce Paper Processes
A lot of businesses still have a huge number of paper processes that require documents to be printed for filing or other admin. Scanning these documents and emailing them to colleagues or filing them in cloud storage can streamline your processes, reduce the need for dozens of filing cabinets, and reduce your print spend.
Create Efficient Default Printer Settings
You can reduce the number of pages printed within your business by changing the default settings on your printer. This will ensure that your employees print double sided sheets automatically, or all printing jobs are set to black and white. This is a far simpler way of reinforcing a policy as everybody will print that way you require unless they purposefully change the settings
Monitor Your Print Data
Print Management Software helps you monitor print usage and identify areas where a particular person, department, or floor can improve. You can analyse data to reduce print output and keep improving your processes.
We’re committed to the environment, which is why we only work with suppliers who have excellent green credentials and processes that minimise their impact on the environment at every step of the supply chain.
One of our print supply partners, Ricoh, compensates for their CO2 emissions by planting and conserving British woodland. Carbon Capture helps Ricoh remove CO2 by creating native woodland across the country; they remove just as much CO2 as they create. Ricoh also donate 2p per ream of paper to The Woodland Trust, which means that a tree is planted for every pallet bought.
This recent project was part of Carbon Capture’s Tree Planting Day in Heartwood Forest, Hertfordshire. The work by 150 participants ensured that the site will become the UK’s biggest continuous new native woodland.
Ricoh’s Carbon Capture scheme operates under the Woodland Trust’s Carbon scheme and the government’s Woodland Carbon Code, which is a voluntary standard for British woodland creation projects.
25m2 of woodland will capture and store a tonne of CO2, so creating large areas of new woodland will remove hundreds and thousands of tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere – something that will benefit the entire country and the entire planet.
Ricoh is just one of many suppliers we work with who have carbon offset and reduction schemes. We understand that print can have a huge impact on the environment if not managed effectively, which is why we have made our Green Promise to minimise that impact and help your business to do the same, whether it’s by using ethical suppliers such as Mode or improving your print efficiency so that you consume less.