Category: Business

Meet Mode at the PA Show – Olympia London

Mode Print Solutions, a leading supplier of digital print solutions in London and Hertfordshire, are excited to announce that they will be exhibiting at The PA Show at Olympia London on 26th and 27th February 2019. The PA Show is the UK’s largest event dedicated to the development and progression of PAs, EAs, VAs and Office Managers. The exhibits and keynotes will include event management, corporate hospitality, travel and transport, teambuilding and motivation, training and development, corporate gifts, stationery, office supplies and much more. We caught up with Anwen Haynes – Marketing Manager at Mode, to find out more about the event and why we should pay their stand a visit… So Anwen let’s start with where your stand will read more...

8 Steps to Ensure Your Business is Printing Securely

In any business, the need to protect your assets and information is increasingly crucial as criminal hackers become more sophisticated in their approach to either illegally gain information or disrupt your business. You will need to ensure you print securely if: You print sensitive documents There is a need to comply with industry standards You must/want to protect your IT network from outside threats Why are printers even considered a threat? MFD’s/Desktop printers all contain hard drives that are necessary in order to queue print jobs-these can be hacked if they are not secure. Printers that are not configured properly can provide access for a hacker Sensitive documents are recoverable from photocopiers Minimise the security risk Ensure you have a read more...

Tips to Manage a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ Workplace

A ‘Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)’ workplace is, as the name suggests, the growing popularity of employee owned devices within a company. One example of this is smartphones, but it could also include tablets, laptops and USB drives.  As with anything, there are both benefits and drawbacks to having a BYOD workplace. It saves money for the company, because devices won’t have to be provided to each employee. It can also improve employee satisfaction and general morale, thus boosting productivity. Unfortunately, there are also risks. Malware, viruses, unsecured devices and other issues can jeopardise corporate data, including sensitive client information and intellectual property. Fortunately, there are ways this risk can be significantly reduced, through the creation and management of BYOD read more...

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...