Category: Business

Are Businesses Beginning to Reignite their Love of Traditional Print?

Digital marketing and advertising were hailed as the answer to printed marketing and predictions were rife that this would end our love affair with printed documents. However, click through rates are in decline and a surge has begun toward direct mail marketing again. What appears to be the trend now Is that marketeers are using a combination of both to try and attract new customers and many businesses are using print to send vouchers or discounts to entice new customers, or as in some food retailers’ cases, printed food brochures with a certain amount off should you shop with them. Certainly, retailers appear to be engaging with potential customers if they have placed something in their baskets and forgotten about read more...

Tips for Flexible and Remote Workers

Today more and more businesses are seeing the benefits of offering their employees flexible working opportunities. With improved staff productivity, extended availability and reduced business downtime, flexible working can offer a number of advantages for both your staff and your business.   To help you get started we’ve put together our top tips to enable your workforce to stay connected and productive, at home or on the go….   Communication Agree with your employees how you are going to communicate and when they will be available. Set expectations around reply times to messages and working hours.   Meetings Keep up regular web-video meetings with your remote workers. These meetings are key to a connected and productive team.   Pick up read more...

How to Prepare Your Small Business for Christmas

Although many people are complaining about the arrival of Christmas advertising and other festivities before December has even hit, it’s very important for small businesses around the world to start taking Christmas seriously in the run up to the 25th. Like it or not, Christmas is coming! Whether you sell handmade jewellery online, or you’re a freelancer to lots of different clients, here are some tips to help you prepare for Christmas: Consider Supply and Demand  If Christmas is your busiest period, you’ll need to think about how you’re going to meet the high demand. Ask yourself: Do I have enough time? Do I have enough stock? Do I have enough staff? Do I have enough marketing? It’s vital that read more...

Entrepreneur Day 2018

Entrepreneur day was 20th November and it celebrates and creates awareness for entrepreneurship and leadership. Many people dream of owning their own business but there are many factors that often prevent people from branching out and working for themselves. However, in celebration of all those entrepreneurs out there, Mode has compiled our top 10 tips for being the next Alan Sugar! The hardest part to be an entrepreneur is starting, so find the will to start! Think big: If you have a vision of the type of business you want to create, or you see the need in a market, have your dream and think about how you are going to pursue this. Walt Disney said “All our dreams can read more...

National Fraud Awareness Week: How Can Small Businesses Prevent Fraud?

Fraud threat affects every size of business, however smaller businesses can often be more vulnerable to fraud than those larger organisations. Last year an estimated £18.9 billion was lost as a result of fraud in SME’s alone. Fraud can occur from within your organisation but can often extend beyond that even though Banks and other fraud prevention organisations have highlighted the need to be wary of disclosing information. Yet still worryingly, cyber crime is up by 63% in 2017. This is a decrease of 15% from the previous year, but this is still a concerning figure. To ensure your business is protected you should identify: Common types of fraud that can expose your small business Steps you should take to read more...

Mode Helps an Economic Consultancy Become GDPR Compliant

GDPR became law in May 2018, however, many businesses are still in the dark about how their processes and office equipment can be data risks. Mode welcomed the opportunity to discuss with an economic regulation consultancy about their GDPR obligations. The Company’s issues The Consultancy had realised that so many of their processes were not GDPR compliant and their equipment was vulnerable to a cyber-attack where their network could be easily accessed. As they dealt with sensitive information for their clients, they realised they had to make the relevant changes as a matter of urgency. Also, as the business was working with high-profile clients, it was necessary in retaining them,  they could demonstrate they were compliant and by not doing read more...

3 Ways Managed Print Services can Benefit Your Business

What are Managed Print Services? Managed Print Services depend on computer software to keep an eye on print activities; this involves seeing patterns in print behaviour, creating rules for printing, managing devices and creating established workflows. In short, it helps you make better use of your printers by giving you a way to monitor and control how your staff use them. Did you know that by implementing managed print services in your business you could reduce your print and copy spend by up to a third? And that’s not all, here are three more ways that managed print services can benefit your business… 1 –  Cost Benefits Have you been unable to print an important document because the toner has read more...

Will Leasing a Photocopier Work for Your Business?

Copiers remains an essential piece of office equipment even though in the age of digitisation we all believed that this would change. The reality is we still need photocopiers for us to perform our daily duties at work. However, when you review what type of equipment you need, purchasing a photocopier can be extremely costly. However, there is always the option of leasing allowing you to save money on copying without buying it. Lease? Why would you do that? Copiers are expensive particularly if you need a very good quality one! Your provider will offer you a lease arrangement lasting over a period of months meaning that you obtain the high quality of equipment your business needs for a cost read more...

Top Tips to Increase Productivity in the Workplace

If you want to give your team a boost and see their productivity improve, there are some really simple ways to achieve this. Just a few small changes to your work habits can have an incredibly positive effect on your whole company. Here are our five simple tips for increasing your team’s productivity at work and getting the most out of your time in the office. Clean up and organise One of the easiest ways to improve your productivity is to tidy up your work space. Ask each department to spend half an hour at the end of each week to clean up their areas. This can even include cleaning out or organising their email inboxes. This will help maintain read more...

How to Find the Right Printer for your Business

Understanding your business needs for it to function efficiently is essential. Understanding then what equipment you need, in particular the type of printers, will only aid your efficiency. For many, printers all look the same and it can be quite confusing when deciding what will work for you. Making a wrong choice in your printers can lead to unnecessary expense, decline in productivity and frustration! So, Mode has compiled a quick-look list that should help you decide the type of printer you need. Running Costs: If you are purchasing the machine yourself, this can be exceedingly costly as the responsibility of servicing, supplies and maintenance will be down to you. Perhaps consider entering into an arrangement with a supplier and read more...