Choosing the Right Furniture for Your Office

office-170638_640Last week, I wrote about functionality, comfort, and style. And all these are important to consider when you choose furniture. But how do you know what works best for you? There’s nothing like actually experiencing it!

First, we suggest you call our office on 0800 007 5566 to talk to one of our furniture specialists. They can help you figure out where to start, and what might be the best way for you to proceed.

Choosing the Right Furniture For Your Office By Trying It Out

Next, you should know that we have a number of showrooms in Central London where you can actually see the furniture “Live” and try it out in person. This is especially important when you consider something special, like a classy sofa for your reception area or for a seating area in your office. You want to make sure the sofa is comfortable and looks as good in real life as it does in the catalogue.

This is especially essential when you have a bigger project in mind. You may want to outfit a new office or update an entire existing office. You don’t want to do this without being able to actually see the items you’re choosing.

And if you’re someone who likes to see and try out things before you buy, you’ll really enjoy being able to test-drive our furniture in one of our showrooms. It’s fun too!

Beyond Chairs, Desks, And Sofas

Of course, office interiors go far beyond chairs, desks, and sofas. There are countless options for lighting, for example, and it helps to see them in action. Whether they are floor lamps, desk lamps, ceiling fixtures, or more, you want to see not just what they look like but also the kind of light they provide. You’ll also find that some of them are decorative in addition to functional, while others are stylish yet simple.

But not everything is in every showroom, and that’s why it’s important to speak with someone in our office so they can guide you in the right direction. After all, we want you to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Another key aspect of office interiors is storage! And that can cover a huge range of types, from desk drawers, file cabinets, supplies closets, including freestanding ones, along with a range of desktop storage solutions. And since storage options tend to be on the bulkier side, it’s especially important to choose wisely and make sure they fit in with the rest of your office.

Would you like to preview some of our offerings? You’ll find them here:

http://www.cranebusinesssolutions.com/business-interiors

Visit our showrooms

There’s nothing like actually seeing our furniture, and so we’d like to invite you to visit our showrooms. Just call our team on 0800 007 5566 or use our Live Chat and tell them about the type of business furniture you’re most interested in. It will help us send you to the best showrooms for your needs.

There, you’ll be able to enjoy a cup of coffee, view the furniture and sit on the chairs to see which ones you like. You’ll see that we offer a multitude of different options for every requirement. Best of all, you’ll be amazed at our excellent prices!

How To Choose Office Furniture: Style, Comfort, Functionality

modern chairWhen it comes to Style, Comfort, and/or Functionality, you might think about clothing. But I’m not in the clothing business, so this is clearly not the topic of the day. Instead, it’s all about furniture!

A little while ago, I came across a notice about a traveling art exhibit on modern chairs – and I mean MODERN in all caps. These chairs were works of modern art, and very few of them struck me as the kind of chair I could see myself using at work. Take a look:

http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/design-episodes-modern-chair

If you want to see more of these chairs, you could Google the exhibition and find several other advertisements for it in different cities – and most of them feature at least some different chairs… which means you can see at least a dozen of them between the various announcements.

What do you think? Which one of these chairs strikes you as the most comfortable?

Looking at them made me think about how we often choose office furniture.

How To Choose Office Furniture: Functionality

What do you consider when you select chairs or other pieces of furniture for your office? When you look at most offices, the furniture is heavily weighed towards functionality. And we mean functionality in the sense of getting the job done.

They work, as far as chairs go. You can sit on them and work on your computer. But are they comfortable? Well, some of them are more so than others. And the same chair may feel more comfortable to one person than another. It depends on the person’s height, weight, build, and even how long they’ve been spending their days in an office chair.

Comfort

The thing is that being present and in a seated position isn’t enough to be really effective. Think about it! If you’re uncomfortable, you’re distracted, and that’s not good for the quality of the work you do. So considering comfort when selecting chairs is important.

Style

How many of us consider style when we select office furniture? It seems like a luxury that has no place in an office. But when you look at those artsy chairs, style seems like a feature that doesn’t combine too well with comfort and functionality. But that’s not really true.

Look at some of the classier offices, and you’ll find that the furniture can look very stylish indeed. And a sleek look doesn’t necessarily come with a big price tag either.

So what would you find at Crane? We have the full range of furniture, from basic and functional (and very economical) all the way to sleek furniture for a modern, professional look. We also offer ergonomic furniture for maximum comfort.

In fact, we pride ourselves of offering chairs, desks, and other furniture items that score well on all three scales. You’ll easily find options that are sleek and stylish, comfortable, and, yes, functional, all at the same time. Take a look at our catalogue to check out the possibilities…

http://bit.ly/cranefurniture

NOTE: this catalogue is from 2015! And it’s the same one that is also featured here:

http://www.cranebusinesssolutions.com/business-interiors/

If you’re ready to upgrade your furniture, or replace any tired, worn-out furniture with chairs, desks, and tables that are comfortable and stylish, we’ll be happy to talk with you. Whether you have questions, would like more information, or are ready to upgrade your office interiors, just call us on 0800 007 5566, or visit our website and use our live chat.

More details about choosing office furniture and interiors coming up next time…

Wheel of Fortune: Make A Splash At Events

Wheel of FortunePromotional products not only help you get the word out about your business, but they also remind people of you as they continue to use them.

But why stop there? Today, I’d like to share how you can make a big splash at events, using a Wheel of Fortune. Which kinds of events, you may be wondering. The answer is that many of the tips will work for just about any kind of event. Just be sure you know your target audience and the brand you want to represent.

The Magic of the Wheel of Fortune

Our own secret weapon is the Wheel of Fortune. It’s fun and people love to take a turn and win a prize. In fact, the wheel of fortune really helped us attract a lot of attention and get our name and info into lots of additional hands! So we highly recommend it.

But what to give away as prizes

There are lots of options, from small gifts, such as branded trolley keys or pens all the way to t-shirts and umbrellas. In between, you could include, yes, canvas shopping bags!

But that’s not all. In order to ensure that people give you their contact information, be sure to raffle off a big gift item or two. Gather people’s business cards in a big fish bowl, and have a prize draw at the end of the event. The winner(s) do not have to be present to win.

Gift Baskets

That’s where a big gift basket comes in handy. There’s just one question: What do you put into the gift basket? First of all, be sure to make the basket itself flashy and attractive-looking. People should really WANT that basket.

Depending on the number of attendees, you might even add a smaller version as a second prize.

The large version should have some combination of the following: Several branded items, including everything on the table that was given away one at a time to the wheel of fortune winners: trolley keys, pens, note pads, highlighters, coffee mugs, t-shirts, umbrellas, and more. I would also suggest a gift certificate for a discount off an order. There should be NO minimum order for this one, though.

You can also add sweets, along with a couple of bottles of water, mints, and more. Those don’t have to be branded, but if you happen to have branded mints or water bottles, by all means, include them.

Where You Can Make A Splash At Events

So where can you set up your table? At just about any event, including community events, art shows, conferences, and more. Take advantage of any opportunity to gain extra visibility for your business.

Some events, usually charitable events, require you to be a sponsor to get a table. If it’s a cause you support, by all means, sponsor it. It’ll give you even more visibility.

I hope this gives you an idea of how to make a splash at big events. The most important part is to have fun! We always do when we bring out our Wheel of Fortune, and it ensures that everybody else who visits our table will have fun too and walk away with a positive perception.

If you have questions, call us on 0800 007 5566, or visit us at http://CranePromotionalItems.co.uk or at http://CraneBusinessSolutions.com and use our handy Live Chat feature.

P.S.: Interested in your own Wheel of Fortune?

Since last week, I’ve had some inquiries about how you could get a Wheel of Fortune. We ordered ours from overseas, and we’d be happy to order a few if there is enough demand. After all, we pride ourselves of helping you find whatever you need. So let us know if you’re interested in your very own Wheel of Fortune, and we’ll reserve one for you.

 

Branded Canvas Shopping Bags – Effective Promotional Gifts

canvas shopping bagYou’ve heard about promotional gifts and maybe you’ve used them too. But maybe you felt that you didn’t get as much out of them as you’d been hoping for. Read on for some tips on branded canvas shopping bags – effective promotional gifts (and inexpensive too).

You want to get the most bang for your buck when you purchase and then use your promotional gifts.  I bet you know all about pens, and yes, they’re great. But here’s one that our clients have been using to great effect: canvas shopping bags.

Why Canvas Shopping Bags Work

Everybody uses shopping bags, especially now that shops and supermarkets charge for plastic bags, which are seen as environmentally unfriendly. Reusable canvas shopping bags, on the other hand, are environmentally friendly. Even better, people carry them around in public, so an attractive, branded shopping bag can make for versatile additional advertising. Another nice thing about those bags: many of them are made out of recycled materials, and they come in many different colours!

How To Use Branded Shopping Bags

I mean, how to use them other than for shopping. How do you get them into people’s hands in the first place and get them to use them…

We find that schools, charitable organisations, and a wide range of businesses often turn them into goodie bags. They fill them with information about their own organisation or business, along with suitable small gift items. Schools include pens, rulers, pencil cases, notepads, and more. And people carry their accessories around in those bags.

Some of the included items, particularly pens, notepads, and highlighters work well for just about any organisation. The same is true for items like water bottles, mugs, cups, keyrings, and, of course, sweets.

An Easy Way To Save on Branded Goodie Bags

Here’s the best thing: while we do recommend branded pencils, notepads, mugs, and water bottles, not all items have to be personalised. If you want to add some extra highlighters and pencil sharpeners, they add to the impact even if they don’t have your logo on them.

Still, if you’re including items that people use every day and even keep on their desk, you’ll get extra mileage from including a logo… As I said last week, gifts help build and solidify relationships, and they remind your prospects and clients of you and your business. Yes, even if they’re inexpensive, just as long as they’re attractive, useful, work well… and have a logo.

You’ll find a wide range of our promotional products here:

http://www.cranepromotionalitems.co.uk

For Even More Impact: Add Them To A Gift Basket

Depending on the situation, you may want to put together a nice gift basket that has more and larger items, including maybe an umbrella, a mug, a t-shirt, a canvas shopping bag, and more. Once again, not everything needs to be branded.

These gift baskets are perfect for conferences. Just set them up on your table and invite visitors to enter your price draw. Of course, you should also give away smaller gifts and maybe sweets. For extra drama, consider getting a wheel of fortune so people can “win” the items.

Gift baskets, branded canvas shopping bags used as goodie bags, and various smaller gifts also work well for community events, Open House events, and other such occasions where they can be either raffled off for donations and/or for people’s contact information so you can add them to your mailing list. Just have a price draw at the end of the day and contact the winners, and you’ll find that they all make effective promotional gifts.

Need some help with deciding what to get and how to use your promotional gifts for best results? Just call us on 0800 007 5566 or use our handy Live Chat and we’ll be happy to help.

Come back soon to look for our next post, where we’ll elaborate on how to make a big splash at events! We’ll also let you know on Facebook and Twitter!

Happy Easter 2016!

Happy Easter 2016It’s spring at last, even though it doesn’t quite look like it most of the time. But the crocuses are poking their heads out, and remind us of what’s to come.

And in just a few days, it’ll be Easter! And we’d like to wish you a very Happy Easter Holiday from all us here at Crane! Whether or not your Easter includes Easter egg hunts, do treat yourself to some nice chocolate though…

In fact, we want to help with the chocolate… with our Easter bonus, which will be included with any qualifying order… We’ve just updated the bonus and created three different ones. Here they are:

  • Small egg, for purchases over £49 (excl. VAT)
  • Medium egg, for purchases over £149 (excl. VAT)
  • Large egg, for purchases over £299 (excl. VAT)

Happy Easter 2016 From All Of Us!

What if you want the large Easter egg? Why not consolidate your orders?  You can feel good about taking care of the planet, and get more chocolate.  Sure, it may not be quite so good for your waistline. but then you don’t have to eat your chocolate all at once or all by yourself.

How To Get The LARGE Easter Egg?

Just think about what you may need to stock up on… You may be running low on some of your usual supplies, or you could get ready for your next community event by getting some promotional giveaway gifts! USB sticks in spring colours will be especially nice, but pens will work well too. And of course you can also get shopping bags, t-shirts, or more.

If you’re wondering what would work for you, we’re always ready to help. Just call us on 0800 007 5566 or use our chat feature and ask away.

It’s Tax Season!

As you know, it’s tax season, with the official government end of year being April 5th. So you probably need a variety of supplies to help you get organised and pull off that task before the deadline.

You may need storage boxes, lever arch files, expanding files, ring binders, plastic pockets, plastic folders, suspension filing, and more. Then there are labels and marker pens. Of course, you may also need extra ink cartridges, laser toners, drums, and who knows what!

On the bright side, if you stock up now, you may get to enjoy a nice big Easter egg as a bonus! It’s sure to sweeten the pesky task of doing your taxes!

So go ahead and call us on 0800 007 5566 or use our handy Live Chat to explore your options. We’re always happy to help. Just be sure to request your Easter egg bonus with your qualifying order.