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July 15, 2022

As much, as many of us love the warm weather, it's always a lot more enjoyable lounging next a pool, iced drink in hand and maybe a good book by your side. Not that we want to moan about the rising temperatures, but working in the heat is never quite as appealing!

With heat waves becoming more frequent here's a few tips to stay cool at work.

Let's start with the obvious…go and dust off your fan and let us share an idea to give maximum results! You can create your own mini air conditioning system by simply placing a bowl of iced water in front of your fan. Genius!

To give some relief from intense heat it is recommended to keep blinds and curtains closed during the day, but keep doors and windows open to allow the free flow of any air. When working in the heat, drink 1 cup (8 ounces) of water every 15–20 minutes. This translates to ¾–1 quart (24–32 ounces) per hour. Drinking at shorter intervals is more effective than drinking large amounts infrequently. Why not fill your water bottle with ice to keep it cooler for longer and more refreshing? Another effective way to keep cool is to apply cool patches to our pulse points. This could be a damp flannel that has been kept in the fridge before using.

Failing the above daydream your break away by imaging you are indeed lay by the pool!

Wishing everyone a safe and lovely summer!

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June 16, 2022

It seems the last couple of years have made us more conscious than ever before of the air we are breathing in. With today being Clean Air Day, it felt the perfect time to discuss the air quality in our working environments.

The air around us is unfortunately not as pure as we'd all like and full of all manners of airborne allergens, viruses and pollutants from our environment. The good news is our range of Air Purifiers can give us control of the air we breath. For example the Leitz TruSens ranges Allergy and Flu Antiviral HEPA filer captures a massive 99% of our airs allergens and viruses!

With a range of sizes available, it’s easy to find out which model will be most effective for your room size. The Z-1000 is perfect for improving air quality in your personal space. Recommended for office use with coverage of up to 23m2, the proprietary technology uses two air flow streams, it’s 360 degree HEPA filter captures pollutants and VOC gases from all directions. Plus the UV light kills germs and bacteria that get trapped in the filter. It may be small, but this powerful air purifier combats any unwanted guests within your air.

Don't worry if you are working in a bigger space – take a deep breath as we introduce the Z-2000! As well as all the features of the Z-1000 this little breath of fresh air keeps you informed using a colour-coded illuminated ring and numerical value communicating good, moderate or poor air quality. The perfect addition for rooms up to 35m2. Recommended for staff rooms, meeting rooms and receptions.

You can also breath easy in larger spaces such as open plan offices, waiting rooms and classrooms. The Z-3000 can achieve 2 air changes per hour in room up to 70m2, giving you cleaner air where it matters most. Complete with a Sensorpod, which is placed away from the purifier, which monitors air quality across the room to optimise clean air delivery within the space.

With the pollen rates so high and so many suffering with hayfever, this is the perfect time of year to invest, and enjoy cleaner air – and ultimately notice the real difference an air purifier could make. It’s also piece of mind if in a room with several or more people that the air around you in being refreshed.

All of the Leitz TruSens Air Purifiers are designed with a contemporary feel, and sleek touch button controls, blending seamlessly into your space. Quite literally a breath of fresh air for any room.

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May 12, 2022

Hot footed Natalie!

Many of you may know our lovely driver and sales administrator Natalie, however, we wanted to spread the word of the wonderful charity work she takes part in outside of work.

Her next challenge for charity is on the 14th October and is sure to set temperatures rising, as she walks bare foot over red-hot wood embers measuring up to a fire-blazing 800 degrees! Natalie is taking on this sole scorching challenge as part of a Kemp Hospices fund raiser event, along with 99 other brave "soles". Natalie will be given training and guidance to safely undertake this thrilling event.

If you have no burning desire to take part this time, spectators are welcome to watch safely behind the barrier on the 14th October at the Severn valley railway, King and Castle Pub car park in Kidderminster.

If you can and would like to support Natalie, all donations and support will be gratefully received through her JustGiving Page below…

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/natalie-westcott3?utm_source=whatsapp&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=natalie-westcott3&utm_campaign=pfp-whatsapp&utm_term=baa2cef2e9844b8ac9499900b74082f

In case you aren't already aware Kemp Hospice are based in Kidderminster, offer specialist care and support to patients, families and carers who are dealing with life limiting illness and bereavement. They help people to maintain their independence or support them with changing abilities. Allowing patients to live their lives to the full as long as possible.

This isn't Natalie's first feat, she has also previously taken part in the "Pretty Muddy Challenge", several Santa Runs and a Sky Dive, all in support of local charities such as Kemp Hospice, as well as Macmillan.

We look forward to letting you know how she gets on in October and will keep you posted of any future fundraisers Natalie is supporting!

Keep up the good work Natalie, we can safely say you are braver than any other members of the Peter Handley team!

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April 30, 2022

Why not start the new month of May with a clean slate and start new habits! Make sure you are regularly cleaning your work space - as after all a clean desk gives a clear mind...

A clean and clear work area has been proven to boost productivity in the work place.

1. For best results make sure you clear your desk top of all items.

2. Wipe down surfaces - including your telephone and mouse with recommended anti bacterial wipes.

3. Use air dusters to clear away any crumbs in your keyboard.

4. Feel better, work better!

If you still don't feel inclined to give your desk a wipe down, then did you know the average desk is home to 400 times more germs than a toilet seat! Think how many of have a working lunch - if this isn't food for thought then we don't know what is!

You don't have to stop there to feel clearer minded and more organised.

To benefit your working lifestyle. Other tips include organisation of any tech cords and cables, plus organising desk drawers and paperwork.

Ask us for advice on products to help you get started and feel ready for the new month ahead!

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March 24, 2022

How many of us can honestly put our hands up and say we spend at least 2 hours of our working day on our feet. For some of us – it’s probably a lot more, but depending on your occupation it could be a struggle!

So why is it important to limit the amount of time sat still at our desks and what's the solution without interfering with our already busy working day to leave the desk?

How about Active Working! Our sit-stand desks offer just that!

A sit-stand desk allows you to position your desk between the optimal ergonomic positions, from seated to standing with the press of a button! It has been proven that frequently changing your posture and taking opportunities to move away from being seated at your desk will maintain the metabolic activity that breaks down fats and reduces blood glucose levels. Movement also helps you to keep good posture and reduces muscle fatigue. It is suggested that every one hour seated should be followed with 20 minutes on our feet. As this becomes a habit to our working day we should see improvement within general health and wellbeing, as well as business efficiency.

This feature can also be added to your current desk with a desktop stand that gives the same rising function of the sit-stand range.

Flexibility and functionally without affecting the working day - bringing personal and business benefits seems a no brainer!

You can find a range of sit-stand desking here - Click Here »

If you would like to discuss further or have any queries on how the sit-stand desk could benefit you or your colleagues please do not hesitate to contact us on 01299 871369.

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March 11, 2022

Cost Effective Clever Cleaning from Eco Clover – From Only 3p per Bottle With costs rising everywhere we turn – here are some handy tips to keep your cleaning costs low, without compromise.

Using the correct dosage and dilution results in high quality cleaning from as little as just 3p per 600ml bottle! As well as saving costs, this approach also minimises environmental impacts.

To help you get started on your cleaning cost saving journey you will receive a FREE Trigger Spray Bottle with any Clover Eco Cleaning product you purchase from our current offer range.

Here's an example to highlight just how cost effective this cleaning method is, and the long term savings for your bank account and the environment that can be made!

Purchase Clover Eco 460 All Purpose Cleaner – CC72115 – 2 x 5L Bottles at £35.89

Use the recommended dilution rate of 1.5% to dilute 9mls of Clover 460 in a 600ml trigger spray at ONLY 3p PER BOTTLE. Therefore each 5L bottles will provide a whooping 555 x 600ml Trigger Spray Bottles!!!

Now that's some clever cleaning!

At the same time ensure your COSHH Assessment is compliant, as we also provide you with the required labels for the trigger spray bottles as well as all COSHH product information.

If the above is something you would like to discuss further speak to our Sales Manager Gemma, who is currently taking appointments to assist with cost saving and compliance.

Clean up with Eco Clover!

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February 24, 2022

Max our office dog, affectionately known as our meet and greet/receptionist!

Max is Managing Director Pauls’ loving 10 year old Black Labrador and he is the first of us to be greeted by most visitors! Max equally is the best at welcoming our customers, once customers have got their furry fix he then kindly and professionally passes them over to us to assist. He’s certainly very well trained and a top member of staff.

So, what are the benefits of having an “Office Dog”? Recent statistics show that 70% of people say that dogs alleviate stress in the workplace, 67% think they make an atmosphere more friendly, and over half of us say that dogs improve morale and job satisfaction.

I personally would agree with all the above. To see customers come in just to say hello to Max kindly bring him gifts at Christmas, the taking point he creates, as well as the opportunity for customers to speak lovingly of their own pets is all wonderful to watch and be part of.

Max is certainly a big part of this family run business! Do you have an office dog? We’d love to see and let Max say hi! Why not post a pic to our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PeterHandleyStationery)

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