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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Tom Gatzen and Ideal Flatmate

    Last month’s Tomorrow’s Leaders blog series featured Peanut, the App made with new mums in mind and this month we’re speaking to Tom Gatzen about his innovative start-up, Ideal Flatmate. We spoke to Tom about how he plans to make finding the perfect flat share easy with his co-founder Rob[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Michelle Kennedy and Peanut

    Last month’s Tomorrow’s Leaders blog series featured digital design start-up LightStart and this month we’re speaking to Michelle Kennedy about her innovative App, Peanut. We spoke to Michelle about how she plans to put maternal loneliness in the past by connecting like-minded mums. What’s the Story of Peanut in a[...]
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  • Business Success: Jonny Plein and Pouch

    Introducing the newest instalment of our Business Success blog series. Last month we put Anne Marie Rossiter and the revolutionary online marketplace, Head-Box in the spotlight. Today, we’re speaking with Jonny Plein, co-founder of Pouch, about their quest to switch up the way online shoppers use voucher codes with the help[...]
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  • How to Improve Office Productivity by Embracing Automation

    According to a survey by Workfront, employers spend less than half the working day focused on the role they are paid for.  If you find that tedious admin tasks are eating up all of your billable hours, simple automation hacks could offer a simple and effective answer. With this in[...]
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  • How to Improve Your Work Ethic in Five Steps

    Fast Track: How to Improve Your Work Ethic in Five Steps A strong work ethic doesn’t come naturally for everyone but that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve it. Displaying a positive set of qualities can help you shoot up the career ladder and build the professional reputation you’ve always wanted.[...]
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  • How to Successfully Delegate Tasks and Why You Should

    Whether you are a team leader, a manager or a CEO, delegating tasks can help you manage your day more effectively and maximise the results within a team. Delegating tasks and responsibilities isn’t as simple as outsourcing tasks to other members of the team and it means so much more[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Simon Edwards and LightStart

    Last month’s Tomorrow’s Leaders blog series featured the start-up Merchant Advice Service and this month we’re speaking to Simon Edwards about his digital design start-up, LightStart. We spoke to Simon about his start-up success and how with his co-founder he plans to enhance businesses with innovative App building products and[...]
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  • Business Success: Ann-Marie and HeadBox

    Welcome to the latest instalment of our Business Success blog series. Last month we interviewed Marcus Thornley about his revolutionary digital product development studio, Play Consult. Today, we’re speaking with Ann-Marie Rossiter, Head of Marketing at HeadBox about her quest to simplify the way businesses can book inspiring event spaces. What’s the[...]
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  • The Perfect Working Week: What Employees Want

    The 9 to 5 slog in the office is ingrained in many of our working lives. But is it best for workers? With flexi-time and remote working on the rise, the shape of our working week is changing. Examples of employers altering their working hours to suit their work force[...]
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  • How to Stay Relevant in a Fast Changing Industry

    When carving out a career in the corporate world, it’s easy to become redundant as industry trends change at the speed of light. Whether you have just switched roles and are eager to impress or you’ve been treading water in a current role for quite some time, staying professionally relevant[...]
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  • BUSINESS SUCCESS: CLAIRE LISTER AND PITMAN TRAINING GROUP

    In our last instalment of Business Success we talked to Aydin Karadeniz about his UK businesscodes.co.uk. This month we have been chatting with Claire Lister, Managing Director of Pitman Training. We spoke about how companies can set themselves apart from the competition, how to set out on your business journey[...]
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  • Mental health in the workplace

    One in four people in the UK will experience a problem with their mental health *. “Problem with mental health” is a vague description, and indeed this is partly why it can be so hard to spot – particularly in the workplace. With roughly 32 million people currently employed in[...]
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  • 5 TIPS FOR PRACTICING MEDITATION AT WORK

    Stress now causes over 40% of all work-related illness, making it more important than ever for you to be paying attention to your mental health in the office. To keep yourself relaxed and in good shape, practicing meditation can be key. Meditation is therapeutic technique that teaches users to focus[...]
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  • TOMORROW’S LEADERS: LIBBY JAMES AND MERCHANT ADVICE SERVICE

    In July’s Tomorrow’s Leaders we caught up with Stuart McClure from LovetheSales.com. This month, we are talking to Libby James, co-founder of Merchant Advice Service about how she got where she is, what her greatest achievements have been and if she has any advice for aspiring entrepreneurs to help them[...]
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  • A HANDWRITTEN MESSAGE FOR WORLD LETTER WRITING DAY

    Whether it’s a letter of thanks, love, or friendship, we all get a warm glow of excitement when a handwritten letter arrives through our letterbox. This year on World Letter Writing Day, 1st September, we are encouraging people to take up this age-old form of communication by sending blogger boxes[...]
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  • 6 GREAT TIPS FOR EMAIL ETIQUETTE

    Email is a great way of communicating clearly and concisely with colleagues and clients, without having to leave your desk. With email now so ingrained in office life, it’s easy to get complacent with your language, which can give a bad impression to colleagues, customers or clients. Check our advice[...]
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  • Stress in the Workplace

    The average UK worker now spends 82,068 hours of their life at work – and it’s having an effect on UK employees. With so much pressure in the office, 40% of all work-related illnesses are now related to stress We surveyed 2,000 British workers to find out how workplace stress[...]
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  • Business Success: Aydin Karadeniz and Codes.co.uk

    In our last instalment of our Business Success blog, we met with Marcus Thornley of Play Consult, who talked us through his innovative idea of using video game tactics to engage and train employees. This month we are speaking with Aydin Karadeniz, founder of discount site Codes.co.uk about his expansion[...]
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  • Top tips for building great working relationships

    In the early years of your career, your focus is often on proving your worth and developing and displaying your skillset. Whilst this is an incredibly good use of your time, it’s just as important to invest energy in building good working relationships with your colleagues. Good working relationships can[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s leaders: Stuart McClure and Lovethesales.com

    In last month’s instalment of Tomorrow’s Leaders we chatted to Charles Cridland about his successful start-up, yourkparkingspace.co.uk. This time we’ve met with founder and CMO of retail discount site LovetheSales.com Stuart McClure to hear about his story and tips on how to set up a fruitful business. LovetheSales.com recently placed[...]
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  • 6 great tips for working on the move

    Travelling for work can take large chunks out of your day as you travel to see colleagues, clients or contractors. In the past, this may have left you virtually unreachable as you passed through tunnels and remained out of reach of a landline. Today however, progression in communicative technology means[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Charles Cridland and YourParkingSpace.co.uk

    In our last instalment of Tomorrow’s Leaders, we caught up with Christian Lane from Smarter. In this month’s blog, we are talking to Charles Cridland about his business start-up success with YourParkingSpace.co.uk. Charles set up the business from his bedroom and it has gone to have international success and recognition.[...]
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  • FAST TRACK: How to Quantify Your Accomplishments

    Most of us find tooting our own horn a bit awkward, but at work it’s an important skill. If you’re asking for a promotion or pay rise, you’ll need to make a strong case for it. Doing this can ensure that you have everything you need when the time comes[...]
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  • Business Success: Marcus Thornley and Play Consult

    What’s the story of play consult, in a nutshell? Play is a digital product development studio that’s spun out of the games industry. We used to make games like Fifa, Moshi Monsters, Tetris, Sims, etc, until 2014, when we had an idea to leave games and take game approaches and[...]
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  • Top Tips for Keeping Energy up at Work

    Lacking energy at work can be a serious problem which affects your productivity and concentration. The post-lunch lull or drooping eyes after a late night are familiar to most office workers. There are, however, a number of small but significant changes you can easily make that can reap big rewards[...]
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  • Making the Most of the World Cup at Work

    With the 2018 FIFA World Cup just around the corner, we’ve taken a look at the impact the tournament will have on work and productivity in the UK. The time difference between the UK and Russia (the tournament’s host), along with the high volume of games, means many matches will[...]
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  • Social Media Usage in the Workplace

    Social media policies are the rules and limits established by a company to monitor and control its employees’ social media usage whilst in AND out of work. Their aim is to improve productivity and to protect their image – after all, one tweet can end up reaching thousands of people,[...]
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  • Five Hacks to Prevent Procrastination

    If you are having a less-than-productive day at the office, the chances are procrastination is the culprit. The quicker the deadline looms towards us, the more tempting it is to distract yourself with smaller, less important tasks or, worse, fall into a social media hole. To help you put procrastination[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Christian Lane and Smarter

    Last month’s Tomorrow’s Leaders blog series featured the vegetarian food start-up Not Dogs. This month we’re speaking to Christian Lane about his high-tech start-up, Smarter. Christian told us about his start-up success and how he plans to redefine how we use our everyday appliances and reinvent kitchens with wireless kettles[...]
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  • How to Make the Perfect Professional Phone Call

    Professional phone calls are an important part of communication in the workplace. They are a great way of building client relations, gaining trust and communicating effectively. Making your first few calls, however, can be intimidating. Nerves can get the better of you, meaning you forget key details and favour hiding[...]
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  • Business Success: Andy Stephenson and Weekend Box Club

    Introducing May’s instalment of our Business Success blog series. Last month we spoke to Anita Massarella about her couture design service and this month, we’re talking with Andy Stephenson, founder of Weekend Box Club about his mission that began in 2013 to provide parents and children with an activity subscription box[...]
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  • VikingArtyParty Heads to Sheffield for a Creative Afternoon

    Here at Viking, we love to get inventive. Our arts and crafts parties are the perfect opportunity to learn a few craft skills and make something special from everyday stationery items like photo paper and felt tip pens. This weekend we were joined by some excited bloggers in Sheffield for[...]
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  • Over 28,000 Push Pins Transformed This Desk into Decoration!

    We love using our products to make our offices a little brighter. We’ve made giant post-it note murals and even recreated famous works of art on whiteboards. For our newest project, and because we have so many Star Wars fans in the office anticipating the new Solo movie, we wanted[...]
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  • Business Success: Anita Massarella Design

    Introducing the latest instalment of our Business Success blog series. Last month we put Romi Savova and the revolutionary paperless pension, PensionBee in the spotlight. Today, we’re speaking with well-known fashion designer and founder of Anita Massarella Design about her quest to provide the community of West Yorkshire with the finest[...]
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  • Five Productivity-Boosting Workstation Hacks

    When it comes to office productivity, the working environment itself has a lot to answer for. Healthier, happier employees are the most productive employees and the setting in which you work has a direct effect on productivity. With so many hours spent sitting at a desk, it is essential that[...]
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  • Football Managers: How They’d Be Punished in the Office

    With the football World Cup on the horizon, football fans across the country are fuelling anticipation ahead of an inevitable early-stage exit for the England team. Alongside our scrutiny of the players’ performance on the pitch, the actions of the managers’ barking orders from the sidelines will be under close[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Katie and Jane from Not Dogs

    Our last instalment of Tomorrow’s Leaders featured the online revision platform Synap and this month we’re speaking to Katie McDermott and Jane Yates about their all veggie food start-up, Not Dogs. We spoke to Katie and Jane about their start-up story, winning the UK’s largest ever seed funding search competition[...]
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  • How and When to Ask for Feedback

    Feedback is a key aspect of career development and something you should seek regularly if progression is a priority. However, asking your peers for feedback can seem daunting and it’s often easier to sit back and presume that no news is good news. Many employees put off asking for feedback[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: James Gupta and Synap

    Last month’s instalment of Tomorrow’s Leaders featured the team from Lifeline 24 and this month we’re speaking to James Gupta about his innovative online revision platform, Synap. We asked James about his start-up journey and how he created what he claims to be the world’s most intelligent study tool. What’s[...]
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  • Six Employee Happiness Hacks to Implement in 2018

    Getting the best out of your employees often comes down to how engaged, happy and motivated they feel on a day-to-day basis. More and more companies are prioritising employee happiness, after all, studies show that a happier workforce has a direct effect on increased productivity and sales. A happy worker[...]
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  • Most Embarrassing First Day Stories Revealed

    We all have a horror story of our first day at a new job going wrong. We’re dressed to impress and raring to go, but sometimes we run into the worst of luck and end up in an embarrassing situation. Thankfully, time heals all wounds and we can think back[...]
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  • Business Success: Romi Savova and PensionBee

    Welcome back to our Business Success blog series. Last month we put Oliver Bridge in the spotlight with his exciting shaving subscription service, Cornerstone. Today, we’re talking to Romi Savova from PensionBee about the innovative paperless pension and how the company has taken traditional pension services and made them modern and[...]
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  • Top Tips for Handing in Your Notice

    One of the most daunting parts of pursuing a new opportunity in the world of work is handing in your notice to your current employer. Although it’s natural to feel nervous about resigning, with the right approach you can leave things on a positive note. Here are our top tips[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Treena and Simon Budd from Lifeline24

    Our last instalment of Tomorrow’s Leaders featured blogging sensation Em Sheldon and this month we’re speaking to Treena and Simon Budd about their valuable and potentially life-saving start-up Lifeline24. We asked them about their unique personal safety alarms that ensure help is always close to hand. What’s the story of[...]
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  • 11 Ways to Make Your Company the Best Place to Work

    Creating a fun and healthy office is about a lot more than just impressing your staff and visitors. Research shows that happy employees have better workplace productivity, take fewer days off sick, produce higher quality work, and are more likely to stay at the same company for longer. So it[...]
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  • Five Employee Onboarding Hacks You Need to Know

    A positive employee onboarding experience is key when it comes to making a new employee feel at home from the get-go. Starting a new job can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be. A standard onboarding process focuses on getting an employee up to speed as quickly as possible,[...]
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  • Business Success: Oliver Bridge and Cornerstone

    Welcome to the latest instalment of our Business Success blog series. Last month we spoke to Simon Frewin about his culinary venture Epicure Bar and Kitchen. Today, we’re talking to Oliver Bridge from Cornerstone about his mission to change the face of the male grooming industry, launching an online shaving subscription[...]
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  • 7 Tips for the Perfect First Week in a New Job

    Starting a new job is a nerve-wracking experience. With new people to befriend, processes to learn and expectations to meet, you can quickly find yourself overwhelmed. Make sure you stick to these seven essential tips to ensure you have the perfect first week on the job. Establish Success First, you[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Em Sheldon and Em Talks

    Our last instalment of Tomorrow’s Leaders featured Sarah Louise Smith and her inspiring social media start-up, and this month we’re speaking to Em Sheldon, an award-winning blogger and entrepreneur about her blog Em Talks. We asked her about her blogging journey, how she paved her way in the industry working[...]
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  • How to Create a Professional Portfolio

    A professional portfolio is an asset that you can use to sell yourself and your services to a potential employer and you can use it to set your self apart from the competition. A well put-together portfolio backs up everything you have written on your CV and it can demonstrate[...]
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  • Business Success: Simon Frewin and Epicure Bar & Kitchen

    Introducing the latest instalment of our Business Success blog series. Last month we put Camilla Sheppard and her luxury leather goods company MAHI in the spotlight. Today, we’re speaking with Simon Frewin from Epicure Bar and Kitchen about his quest to bring the community of Huddersfield together with great food and[...]
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  • CVs Around the World

    Applying for a role overseas can be a highly rewarding and liberating experience, allowing you to see into a new culture, challenge yourself and learn an array of new skills. However, the job application process can vary wildly between jobs and, if applicants are not aware of what employers are[...]
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  • The Viking January Blues Vending Machine

    For some people, January is a period of new beginnings and renewed energy. For others, it can be a bit of a depressing time, with a feeling of post-Christmas and New Year’s deflation – often referred to as the ‘January blues’ – making the thought of going back to work[...]
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  • Office Hacks: Improving Productivity with Wearable Tech

    More and more companies are putting the focus on health and well-being in the workplace realising the impact that increased health can have on office productivity. Happier and healthier employees have a direct correlation with increased efficiency and in turn, sales. So where does wearable tech come in? Studies by[...]
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  • Tomorrows Leaders: Sarah Louise Smith & S L Social

    Last month we heard from Mat Hunter and his startup Central Research Laboratory, and this month we’re speaking to Sarah Louise Smith, a social media strategist about her company S L Social and her mission to help female entrepreneurs boost the success of their small businesses via social media. What’s[...]
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  • Persuasive Body Language Tips For Your Next Presentation

    There is more to engaging an audience than putting together a great presentation and the importance of body language should not be underestimated. When it comes to presentation success, delivery is everything and the way you communicate your message to an audience is crucial. If you are nervous, your body[...]
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  • Business Success: Camilla Sheppard and MAHI

    Welcome to the latest installment of our Business Success blog series. Last month we featured Alessandra Sollberger who introduced us to Evermore, her health and nutrition company and her sole mission to boost energy levels worldwide. Today, we’re speaking with Camilla Sheppard from MAHI about her quest to create a[...]
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  • Office Hacks: Hygge in the Workplace

    Health and wellness play a huge role in employee productivity and therefore it is no surprise that more and more workplaces are embracing the popular Danish concept Hygge. The Danish art that focusses on creating cosiness in the home has infiltrated the fashion industry and it is set to make[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Mat Hunter & Central Research Laboratory

    If you’re an entrepreneur looking for advice and stories from the world of work, you’ve come to the right place! Each of our Tomorrow’s Leaders interviews aims to give you a snapshot of someone’s career that is leading the charge in the modern world of work. Last month we heard[...]
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  • The Gender Pay Gap: Europes Best And Worst

    How would you feel if, after interviewing for a new job, your prospective boss called you up and said: “Congratulations! The position is yours. As part of your contract, we expect you to work unpaid from the 10th of November to the 31st of December each year. When can you[...]
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  • Top Tips to Help You Find the Perfect Graduate Job

    You’ve spent the last few years working towards your degree – penning countless essays and attending a myriad of lectures and classes – and graduation day is finally here. So, now what? It can seem a little daunting to enter ‘the real world’ after such a long period of study,[...]
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  • Our Mario Post-it Mural

    The latest Mario game has landed and made a massive impact worldwide, not to mention in our office! Our office is filled with gamers, so we noticed several people using their Nintendo Switches at lunch to explore the worlds of Mario Odyssey. Some of our employees thought we should take[...]
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  • Business Success: James Newitt & The Meatsnacks Group

    Last month’s Business Success interview was with Alessandra Sollberger from Evermore. She spoke to us about how her business aims to drive the importance of healthy nutrition. This month, we spoke with James Newitt, Managing Director of the Meatsnacks Group. He spoke to us about what makes them stand out[...]
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  • OFFICE HACKS: 6 Tips for a Greener Office

    Being kinder to the environment is an important responsibility that we all must be held accountable for. A good place to start is by adhering to the “Five Rs”: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair, and Rethink. From turning off the lights when leaving a room to turning down the temperature when[...]
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  • Office Heroes and Villains

    Every office has them – those unsung heroes doing the little things that make working easier. They’re the first port of call when the computers go down, are always there to lend a helping hand, and are ready with the tea round so you can enjoy an afternoon cuppa. Well,[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Lana Elie and Floom

    Tomorrow’s Leaders is our home of all our advice for budding entrepreneurs and everyone just starting their start-up venture. Last month Dr Ben Maruthappu from Cera spoke to us about the innovations he’s bringing to the world of healthcare after working with the NHS. This month, Lana Elie from Floom[...]
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  • VikingArtyParty Christmas Crafty Fun!

    Christmas is right around the corner (well, nearly…) and with that in mind we decided to get crafty with some of our blogger friends. In our third instalment of the #VikingArtyParty, we and 34 UK bloggers set about making some creative Christmassy crafts in Leeds’ beautiful Lamberts Yard event space.[...]
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  • How to Job Hunt While You’re Employed

    If you’re looking for a new role, it can often feel like your main obstacle is your current one, as you try to balance your responsibilities with hours spent searching the internet for new opportunities. However, there are ways you can speed up your job search, making it more efficient[...]
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  • Business Success: Alessandra Sollberger and Evermore

    Our Business Success interviews are the home of countless stories from the UK’s best and brightest from the business world. Last month we welcomed Jacob Lorek who told us about Finch Lockerbie, his construction company that is bringing fine craftsmanship to luxury homes everywhere. Today, we’re speaking with Alessandra Sollberger[...]
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  • 5 Little Office Hacks Everyone Should Know About

    If you work in an office, the-all-too familiar routine of sitting at the same desk with the same people, five days a week can feel a little monotonous. Even if you love your job – and the people around you – staring at a screen all day in a room[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Dr Ben Maruthappu from Cera

    Last month we met with Rik Roberts and heard about how he’s bringing a French flavour to the cider (or should we say ‘cidre’) market. This time, we are speaking with Dr Ben Maruthappu from Cera. Recently crowned ‘Healthcare Startup of the Year’, Cera helps provide elderly people with the[...]
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  • Top Microsoft Office Hacks

    Microsoft Office has become an essential piece of kit for office computers across the world, helping people to stay organised, deliver presentations, and write all manner of documents and reports. You may use the likes of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook every day, but you could be missing out on[...]
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  • Business Success: Jacob Lorek and Finch Lockerbie

    Last month’s Business Success interview was with Rebecca Newenham from Get Ahead VA. She spoke to us about how businesses can stay agile by outsourcing and using virtual assistants as and when they need them. This month, we spoke with Jacob Lorek, managing director of Finch Lockerbie. He spoke to[...]
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  • Two out of Three Employees Seek More Relaxation

    On average full time UK workers put in just over 37 hours a week. Of those we surveyed, 37% have half an hour or less to take for their lunch, with 42% having an hour allowance or more. Despite the varying amount of time allocated across the UK, 82% said[...]
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  • Office Hacks: Yoga in the Workplace

    A proven panacea for stress and effective exercise that lends itself to ages; yoga is the 5,000 year-old, ancient practise that’s popularity is on the rise. And as the importance of mental health and wellbeing generates more recognition in the workplace, it’s yoga that is being used to create more[...]
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  • Where Are the UK’s Top Start-Ups?

    Nothing beats the thrill of becoming your own boss and seeing your dreams of starting a company come to life. It can be tough starting out, but every year hundreds of start-up companies flourish making the dreams of the people behind them a reality. As a champion of everything entrepreneurial,[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Rik Roberts and 6Somewhere

    A new month means a new interviewee for our Tomorrow’s Leaders interviews, and we’re continuing our tipple-based trend from July! Last month, we spoke with the men behind Craft Gin Club, and this time we’re welcoming Rik Roberts from 6Somewhere. Dedicated to providing the UK with the finest French cidres,[...]
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  • How to Upskill Yourself at Work

    Through our Fast Track articles, we pride ourselves in helping you develop the skills needed to excel at work. We’ve helped you with the likes of client meetings, networking, and dealing with difficult colleagues, but this month, we want to highlight the opportunities you may have to upskill yourself at[...]
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  • Business Success Blog: Rebecca Newenham and Get Ahead VA

    Last month’s Business Success interview was with Jason Choy from Welcome Gate. He spoke to us about how cloud technology and the growing concern of cyber security will take his industry in a new direction. This month, we spoke with Rebecca Newenham, founder and director of Get Ahead VA. She[...]
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  • Office Lunches from Around the World

    Lunchtime is your opportunity to take a break from work, socialise with colleagues, and stay refreshed throughout the day. However, not everyone is excited about what they eat once it’s time for their break. Earlier this year, the Telegraph reported that one in six people have had the same lunch[...]
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  • Office Hacks: Make Your Daily Commute More Productive

    Whether you drive to work, car share, walk, or take public transport, commuting can be a taxing part of your workday. All those precious minutes and hours wasted on train platforms, queuing at bus stops, or halted at traffic lights can feel very draining, particularly when you come to the[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Jon Hulme and John Burke from Craft Gin Club

    Tomorrow’s Leaders is your chance to learn from the people behind some of the best start-ups around. Last month we met with Avin Rabheru from Housekeep, winner of several ‘Start-up of the Year’ awards. This time we have two guests to share their wisdom – Jon Hulme and John Burke.[...]
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  • International Literacy Day 2017

    “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.”  ― Charles William Eliot As we eagerly anticipate the arrival of International Literacy Day this year, we decided to get in touch with 20 brilliant bloggers[...]
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  • How to Say ‘No’ at Work

    Saying ‘no’ to someone at work can feel daunting, particularly when they’re in a more senior position than you. Whether it’s an idea you don’t like or a project you aren’t ready for, expressing yourself in the right way is an important skill that can help you avoid taking on[...]
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  • Business Success: Jason Choy and Welcome Gate

    Last month’s Business Success interview was with Julia Langkraehr from Bold Clarity. She spoke to us about how they’re introducing the Entrepreneurial Operating System to new businesses. This month, we spoke with Jason Choy, CEO at Welcome Gate. He spoke to us about what makes them stand out from the[...]
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  • Office Hacks: Listening to Music at Work

    Many of today’s jobs take place in busy offices, with over half of people in the UK working in an office environment. Whenever lots of people are working in the same place together, noise levels can rise and many of us can attest that distractions sometimes get the better of[...]
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  • New Post

    In our Tomorrow’s Leaders series, we’re always on the lookout for success stories from the UK’s leading start-ups. Last month, we heard from Adam Barker from MagnaPass about how he left the financial field to start his own company. This month, we welcome Avin Rabheru from Housekeep. Housekeep helps homes[...]
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  • How to Make Sure You Hit Your Deadlines

    Managing your workload and consistently hitting your deadlines are essential skills in any industry. They prove that you’re dependable, can assess and prioritise different projects, and will help you become the go-to option when ad-hoc work comes in. It’s also important to complete your work on time so that you[...]
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  • Business Success: Julia Langkraehr and Bold Clarity

    Last month’s Business Success interview was with Damien Lee, the founder and CEO at Mr Lee’s Noodles. He spoke to us about how they’re looking to revolutionise healthy food on-the-go. This month, we spoke with Julia Langkraehr, the founder and CEO at Bold Clarity. She spoke to us about what[...]
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  • Creating a Happy and Productive Office Environment

    A high staff turnover rate can be detrimental to any business, leading to low levels of morale and great financial strain. A recent study by Oxford Economics found that a departing staff member costs £30,614 on average to replace, with each new employee taking up to eight months to reach[...]
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  • Is Sitting the New Smoking?

    If you’re reading this and you’re sitting down in an office at a desk, ask yourself: how long have you been sat down today? What about this week? And have you ever thought about the potential health issues sitting for extended periods of time may cause? As office suppliers, we[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Adam Barker and MagnaPass

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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Hannah Sage & Milo

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  • Fast Track: Making a good impression at a big new job

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  • The Walking Dead Zombie Sweepstake

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  • Tomorrows Leaders: Olivia Bossert

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  • Top interview tips for landing that first big job

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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Tom Hatton

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  • Top CV tips for landing that first big job

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  • Business Success: Talking to Hayley Short

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  • Office Hacks: Tips for Stress-Free Work

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  • Emergency Happiness

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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Scarlett Dixon

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  • 6 Office Health Hacks

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  • 7 Office Notebook Hacks

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  • James Bond: From HR with Love

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  • Printing Personal Items At Work

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  • How much do you get paid to take a break?

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  • National Stationery Week is coming!

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  • April Fools Pranks That Wont Get You Fired

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  • recycling posters

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  • The rise of Black Friday & Cyber Monday in the UK

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  • How to take better photographs

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  • Should free tea be a work perk?

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  • Balancing homeworking and childcare this summer

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  • How to make a good impression at a job interview

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  • 8 stationery brands that suffered genericide

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  • E3 2014: Xbox One & PS4 franchise games we cant wait to play

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