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Welcome to the news pages of Office Furniture Online where we aim to bring you the latest news about products that are newly available in our store as well as industry news from around the country and around the world.

Every now and again we’ll also take a look back at historical events and advertisements to see what the world of office furniture was like in years gone by as well as bringing you hints, tips and ‘how to’ guides for all the day to day questions you may have about buying office furniture.

So whether you have a specific question about office furniture or are just interested in finding out more about the types of items we sell then you should find the answers right here.

 
4 essential elements of an elegant home office September 13th, 2018

Creating a home office is such an exciting time. Finally, you have a room all of your own, which you can furnish and tailor to your very own needs. Fantastic! If you plan to meet clients in your home office, or even if you just want to create something special for yourself, considering the choices … Read the full post …

 
4 design tricks for a high end looking reception on a budget September 12th, 2018

In a high-end business, presenting the right sort of first impression is crucial. Often, the first experience of your brand and business will happen in your reception area, before you’ve even met that client, so it’s important to get it right. If you’re setting up business on a shoestring but want that high end look, … Read the full post …

 
5 things not to do when you’ve got an important business visitor September 12th, 2018

A business visitor, no matter how important, should be made to feel welcomed into your offices at all times. After all, you never know when that person is coming to you with an amazing business opportunity or is considering a sizeable order. Here are some key things not to do when you’ve got someone visiting … Read the full post …

 
5 easy ways to make your conference go better September 11th, 2018

A conference can be a great way to boost your business, raise your profile, market your products and extend your network. However, it can also be a disaster if you’re not prepared. Here are five things you can do right now to make your conference a great success: 1.      Make sure everyone knows all the … Read the full post …

 
5 top tips to improve your mailroom efficiency September 11th, 2018

Mailrooms can be a crucial part of any successful business and having one which works well and optimises efficiency makes sense for every company. Efficient mailrooms reduce human error, boost employee morale and ensure mail is being handled in the best possible way. If your mailroom efficiency leaves something to be desired, take a moment … Read the full post …

 
7 characteristics of highly effective meetings September 10th, 2018

Do you find yourself drifting off in your meetings? Or perhaps you’ve noticed that although you are fully engaged, the rest of the team are not quite so enthused? You’ve got a meeting problem. Meetings are a necessary evil of the business environment, and whether it’s a big formal get together in the board room … Read the full post …

 
7 ways to make a great impression on your clients September 10th, 2018

Wowing a client is not just a good thing to be able to do in business; it’s crucial. As much as it might not feel like an audition, it is, and if you want to ensure that all important ‘yes’, you need to go into it prepared. Here are 7 ways you can make an … Read the full post …

 
8 awesome ways to make your clients feel more welcome September 9th, 2018

Most businesses will receive clients in person at one time or another, and it’s crucial to make these special people feel super welcome when they step into your premises. It costs around five times more to secure a new client than it does to keep an existing one, so making these people feel warm and … Read the full post …

 
10 tips for greeting office visitors September 9th, 2018

It’s all too easy to make someone feel unwelcome. A subtle gesture, or lack of one, is often enough to turn someone off completely, and when that happens in your business, the results can be disastrous. Visitors of all types should receive the same courtesy and professionalism, as you never know when someone is coming … Read the full post …

 
Budget friendly reception makeover tips September 8th, 2018

It’s true that first impressions count, and in your business that means having a decent reception area in which to welcome your visitors and clients. However, when money is tight, creating a gorgeous reception area from scratch can be almost out of the question. Thankfully, you don’t have to worry, because there are lots of … Read the full post …

 
Building a home office for more focussed work September 8th, 2018

If you’re just moving into your new home office, chances are you’re more than a little excited about furnishing it with beautiful things. Before you start purchasing, however, give some thought to what you need in your space in order to be productive, as working from home can often be challenging on the motivational front. … Read the full post …

 
Could your business save money on postage? September 7th, 2018

If you deal with a lot of paperwork in your business, you’ll already know just how quickly postage costs can start to mount up. Brochure requests, quotes, hard copy invoices… whatever your sending through the post, it makes sense to stay in control of the amount you are spending. Modern technology can help to manage … Read the full post …

 
Design tips for a client facing home office September 6th, 2018

If you’ve binned the nine to five in favour of working for yourself, good on you. But here’s your next big challenge; creating a home office which not only works well for you but in which you can greet and meet with your clients in a professional manner. Dirty dishes, pet hair and laundry baskets … Read the full post …

 
Easy ways to make your receptionist more efficient September 6th, 2018

Having an ‘on the ball’, efficient receptionist operating your front of house can make all the difference to your business. From managing appointments to ensuring visitors are greeted warmly, your receptionist is often the first experience people have with your brand, and first impressions count. If you feel your receptionist is always in a flap, … Read the full post …

 
Flexible office space on a budget September 5th, 2018

Thinking about the way people work in your organisation is crucial to your bottom line. Research has shown that a more flexible working environment inevitably leads to happier employees, increased productivity and a more dynamic business. Technology is often the driving force behind a more flexible working ethos, and it’s becoming increasingly common to see … Read the full post …

 
High end reception design for your luxury business September 5th, 2018

If you’re running a high-end business, you should present the right image to your visitors when they arrive. Investing in a luxurious reception area will help to set the tone for your company, creating the right first impressions and demonstrating that luxury image you’ve worked so hard to get. Here are some top tips to … Read the full post …

 
How to help your canteen compete with Starbucks September 4th, 2018

Having an in-house canteen can be great for your business, and your employees too. Studies show that those who eat together work better together, so if you’re in the business of building a stronger team, providing a place to eat and relax can be a great strategy. Ensuring there is healthy, nutritious food on offer … Read the full post …

 
Design inspiration for a luxurious office September 4th, 2018

It’s a catch 22 situation; you want your office to look plush and you want your employees to feel valued, but you’re up against a tight budget and can’t splash the cash on designer touches. What can you do? Thankfully there are some ways to give the impression of a more luxurious working environment, without … Read the full post …

 
Luxurious home office inspiration for 2018 September 3rd, 2018

If you love to stay bang on trend and are looking to make over your home office space, it’s worth knowing what’s hot and what’s not for this year. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular trends in home office design, to help inspire your redecoration project. Ergonomics Looking after your … Read the full post …

 
How to design an efficient mailroom September 3rd, 2018

Running a successful business relies on maximising efficiency in every process. Designing a well thought out mailroom can help to reduce staff time for sorting, distributing and organising mail, helping the whole business to run like a well-oiled machine. From the positioning of furniture to the investment in sort units, mailroom trolleys and other equipment, … Read the full post …

 
Cool ideas to improve your office space on the cheap September 2nd, 2018

Just as our natural environment can have an impact on how we feel, so the environment of an office can affect the mood, motivation and inspiration of those inside it. While it’s not always possible to take your staff for a walk on the beach to relax them during the day, it is achievable to … Read the full post …

 
Upping the workplace spirit on a tight budget September 2nd, 2018

It’s no secret that a happy workforce is a motivated one, and that improvements to employee morale can translate directly to greater output, better efficiency and increased productivity. It’s cleat that, if you want to be a competitive business, keeping your staff happy is crucial to your bottom line, but when money is super tight, … Read the full post …

 
What does your reception say about you? September 2nd, 2018

Have you ever walked into a company’s reception area and felt decidedly underwhelmed?  Unfortunately, for many businesses, that initial emotion is often carried through into the rest of the business dealings, which can all too often lead to a negative outcome. The old saying of ‘first impressions count’ really is true, but how can you … Read the full post …

 
What to look for in an amazing receptionist September 1st, 2018

Your receptionist is the face of your company. He or she is the first person your visitors and clients will meet, and their ability to build rapport and trust with these people is crucial. Good receptionists are very much in demand, and great candidates don’t stay on the market for long. So, what should you … Read the full post …

 
What could you do to make your office safer? September 1st, 2018

Health and safety at work is vitally important, but for many employers it can seem like something that is barely applicable to them. Certainly, in the manufacturing or construction industries, for example, it’s clear to see how safety should be applied, but what about in your average office? Surely there are barely any hazards to … Read the full post …

 
Make your workplace so great, your staff won’t want to go home August 31st, 2018

Unless you’re in a trendy start up or cutting-edge tech firm, chances are your office is a little bit boring. We’ve all seen the images of Google and Co, with their pool tables and slides between floors, and thought how we wish our own offices could be so fun. And not just because we want … Read the full post …

 
Top tips for a better presentation August 31st, 2018

You’ve prepared your slides, practiced your words and you’re wearing your best suit. What could possibly go wrong? As far as your brain is concerned, everything, because the panic has already begun to set in. Making a presentation, whether to a small group or a huge conference, is a nerve racking proposal. If you’re not … Read the full post …

 
Reception design trends for 2018 August 31st, 2018

Staying on trend as a business can be crucially important, particularly if you’re in a fast-moving industry such as technology, design or marketing. 2018 is seeing some pretty awesome trends emerging already; here are some of our favourites to help inspire your décor for the rest of the year. ·      Biophilic design Confused? You don’t … Read the full post …

 
The surprising comeback of artificial plants August 30th, 2018

Back in the 70’s, artificial plants were all the rage. From faux ferns to plastic cheese plants, homes and offices everywhere sported bucket loads of them. But after a while, their dusty leaves and plastic stems fell out of favour, and people stopped loving the look of them. As with any trend, things tend to … Read the full post …

 
Modern or antique furniture for your home office? August 30th, 2018

When you’re furnishing a home office from scratch, one of the first things to ask yourself is whether you’re going for a modern, all brand-new look, or if you’d prefer a vintage or antique style. Antique furniture is rapidly rising in popularity, and with a clean slate to work with it can be tempting to … Read the full post …

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