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How to cut costs on your printing

To help avoid sending your printing costs soaring, and for tricks and tips on how to cut your printing costs, we’ve put together a brief guide below.

1. Get your printer settings correct

printing costsThere are a variety of things you can put in place on your actual printer to help save costs. One technique is using draft mode for personal prints and notes. If what you’re printing is for your use or only for filing, then use draft mode. It may mean the text appears a little less sharp or darker colours appear slightly lighter, but it can halve the amount of ink you use and actually increase the speed with which your printer works.

Where possible, stick to greyscale printing, because colour cartridges cost more than black ones. The greyscale mode will slash the cost to print each page. Another trick is to print on both sides, when possible. This will halve the amount of paper you use, thus reducing both paper and ink costs.

2. Reduce the number of printers used and cut printing costs

printing costsRunning lots of small printers can increase your costs. This is not just because of the increased cost of printer cartridges but also the immense burden this puts on the IT support department of any business.

By rationalising the number of printers to an optimum level, you can streamline your office efficiency, while still making beneficial savings. For example, an A4 colour print could cost as much as 40p with a standard desktop printer. However, by using a multi-functional laser-style printer, this cost can be slashed to as low as 4p.

3. Change to managed print services

printing costsManaged Print Services (MPS) are increasing in popularity with businesses opting to reduce the cost of printing. Managed Print Services deliver a tailored solution for your business and provide a single cost for all of your printing needs, including support and maintenance provided as part of the package.

Not only will you save money on your printing costs by reducing your paper usage, you’ll reduce your consumable and hardware costs, too, and take your business one step closer to becoming green.

4. Only print what’s necessary

printing costsThe problem with unmanaged systems is that an estimated 20-30% of printed work is lost, forgotten, or binned without being read – think of all the times you’ve headed over to a printer to pick up your documents, only to have to fight your way through a dozen sheets waiting to be collected. For a high majority of mid-sized businesses, this adds up to a vast amount of paper wastage and, importantly, ink waste. This, in turn, means you’re spending more on ink than needed.

This is clearly a huge area in which there is potential to make significant savings. Smart, managed printing systems provide pull-print functionalities that enable documents to be either retrieved or not put out at all.

If you’re interested in finding out more about managed print services, then contact the experts at ASL today. We offer tailored printing solutions for a range of businesses, so get in touch to see how we can help you.

 

ASL Group is a managed document solutions company, that streamlines and improves the print operations of its clientshttp://asl-group.co.uk/contact/

 

 

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The Benefits of Connectivity Solutions

It’s hard to imagine our daily lives without the internet. Almost every function, in every minute of every day, is made faster, easier and more efficient because of it. As vital as it is to our everyday lives – to our business it’s absolutely critical.

Your business can suffer irreparable damage with poor internet service. eCommerce, emails, website traffic, social media, file sharing – almost everything that your business does behind the scenes is reliant on it. Why would any business that understands the importance of high speed, reliable connectivity take a risk with their broadband solution?

Why should the internet traffic in your office block, your industrial estate, or even your whole town, have a potentially damaging affect on your business? At ASL, we believe it shouldn’t. The office upstairs streaming video shouldn’t mean that you can’t send files to your customers. It shouldn’t mean that your VoIP capabilities are reduced, or that your video calling quality suffers. Unreliable broadband is something that your business – and your customers – can’t tolerate.

Your broadband connectivity is crucial infrastructure for your business, and a fast, reliable service is essential to its continued success.

The dangers of connectivity problems

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It’s estimated that up to 1.5 million UK businesses suffer a problem with their broadband once a week or more. That problem could be a temporary drop, a slowing down of speed due to ISP throttling, or an outage altogether. Whatever the problem, the ramifications for the business – and its customers – can be catastrophic. A missed order, a video conference aborted, a customer lost, or an opportunity wasted. Your business’s potential unfulfilled – and all because connectivity wasn’t taken seriously. However, the right connectivity solution can help you avoid these issues.

On average, it costs UK businesses over £900 for every single hour of internet outage. What can’t be quantified so easily is the reputation damage that the problems can cause. You want your customers to know that you can be relied upon, that you’re always there for them. But all of your hard work, the great staff you employ and processes you have in place are all worthless if your internet goes down. This is where a reliable and efficient connectivity solution really shines.

What connectivity solutions offer

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Connectivity solutions can be tailored to your needs, your priorities and your budget. You need to consider what’s important to your business’s success when deciding on how to best facilitate that with your business’s broadband solutions. Do you need static IP addresses, to enable remote working or website hosting? What are your file transfer requirements? Think of the size of the presentations or even videos/audio files that are sent on a daily basis. Connection speed will be vital if you are (or if you plan on being) involved in video conferencing – a trend that’s rising exponentially as businesses try to cut costs and reduce environmental damage.

High speed, ultra-reliable broadband can make or break your business. It gets you closer to your customers, enables you to handle their enquiries and their complaints as quickly and efficiently as you would if they were right there in the room with you. And with the right connectivity, they may as well be.

Get in touch with ASL Group today to find out how we can help your business with connectivity solutions: http://asl-group.co.uk/contact/

 

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The benefits of photocopier lease

Photocopiers are an incredibly important piece of kit for any business. If your business’s demand for a photocopier isn’t that great or you are just starting up, deciding to lease a photocopier is an ideal way to avoid the initial investment that a straightforward purchase requires. Leasing is now an incredibly efficient way to access the crucial equipment that you need for the everyday running of your company and so there’s no end to the benefits of leasing a photocopier.

Budget-friendly

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With a lease photocopier, you can benefit from only having to make small, fixed payments rather than being required to find a lump sum to pay for your equipment up front. If you are running a start-up or a business where copier usage is limited, leasing a machine can be much more cost-efficient for you than buying one. A regular, fixed payment allows you to budget much more effectively so you can focus on the more important tasks.

When you lease a photocopier, you can have much more control over exactly how much you pay each month than you would if you took out a finance agreement to buy the machine outright. A lease agreement gives you immediate access to the photocopier that you require whilst still enabling you to make payments that work for your business over a period that meets your needs.

Tax benefits

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When you buy equipment outright, it is not always possible to deduct the entire purchase price as a business expense. A huge benefit of leasing office equipment, including photocopiers, is the tax benefits that you can enjoy because of the regular monthly payments. When you lease a photocopier, every payment that you make is considered a pre-tax business expense, meaning you can deduct the entire payment every time that you make it. This means that not only does leasing conserve your cash flow, it really can save your business money too!

Upgrading your technology

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IT technology is not a business asset that tends to stand up to the test of time. The usability of IT assets tend to decline over time as newer, more efficient models are released. When you lease your equipment, you can benefit from being able to have more up to date photocopiers installed as required. As you won’t be purchasing the photocopier outright, this gives you more freedom to have access to the equipment you need when you need it. A business that owns all of their own equipment can only upgrade if they reinvest and dispose of the original equipment. When you lease a photocopier on a fixed contract, it is much easier to upgrade to a newer model or one that will support any changes in your business’s requirements.

Of course, purchasing a photocopier outright does offer its benefits too. To discuss whether your business would benefit from purchasing a photocopier outright or setting up a lease agreement, get in touch with ASL Group today: http://asl-group.co.uk/contact/

 

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The benefits of corporate mobile

Mobile phones are commonplace these days. In fact, you would struggle to find anyone over the age of 14 who doesn’t own one. Mobile phones are obviously useful for day-to-day communication of a personal nature, but they can also be highly beneficial for business use too. It is important though, to take care when taking out a corporate mobile contract, as you need to ensure you are getting the best deal. The last thing you want is to be wasting money needlessly.

If you run a business, it is definitely worthwhile investing in corporate mobile, for many different reasons.


Improve communication

One of the main reasons a business will invest in corporate mobile is for more effective communication throughout the company. We live in a time where many businesses are operating all over the world, which means better communication is vital. With business mobile, overall communication can be improved as staff can reach each other on the go, no matter where they may be.

Work remotely

Corporate mobile can also give employees the opportunity to work more flexibly, which can be an attractive incentive to join the business – and good for retention. As long as employees can take calls at home or when working elsewhere, they can still provide that vital customer service for your business, even if they can’t do much more.


Access emails


Another important benefit of corporate mobile is being able to use other forms of technology which feature on the mobile. For example, emails and the internet. If a client needs something urgently and there’s no one in the office, you can easily pick this up from your mobile, thus improving customer service levels. Most mobile phones have so many features these days that they are like your own personal office!

International use

If you or your employees are travelling throughout the world, mobile phones can be a much easier and more cost-effective way to communicate (as long as you are on the right tariff.) It can also be used to communicate with international clients, which can be great for improving customer service and maintaining strong business relationships.

Manage time

Mobile phones can be a useful way to manage your time more efficiently. You can easily keep track of all your important tasks via your mobile phone and ensure you keep to your schedule. You can manage your calendar on the go, increasing your customer service as a result. The more effectively you can manage your time, the greater your productivity, which is better overall for your business.

Increase knowledge

These days mobile phones are portals to a vast wealth of insight and information on the internet as well as personal or corporate files, so that if a client asks questions, you always have the information they need at your fingertips. Knowledge is power, especially in business, and mobile phones are the perfect way to ensure you always have the information that’s important, as and when you need it.

At ASL Group, we can provide your business with tailored mobile packages to help ensure you get the most cost-effective and reliable deal on your corporate mobile. We tailor our services to suit your individual business needs and as we don’t just work with one supplier, we have no bias, so you can be assured you will get the very best deal.

We can arrange for discounts on specific types of travel destinations if you travel regularly to one location, and we will constantly monitor your usage, to ensure you are on the best tariff to suit your business. If not, we can get this updated. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help with your corporate mobile packages.

ASL Group is a managed document solutions company, that streamlines and improves the print operations of its clients: http://asl-group.co.uk/

 

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Is your business as efficient as it could be?

If you own a business, you’ll always be trying to progress and grow. However, if your business is inefficient, you may not be able to evolve as much as you’d like.

There are some simple steps you can take to efficiency within your business – bear in mind the following points can be customised according to your own particular business.

Assess

Begin with an efficiency assessment. Look at your competitors: what are they doing differently to you? Are they receiving more customers or profit?

Ask yourself these questions:

1. How can you improve your relationship with employees to ensure they are working to the best of their ability?

2. Is there a personal development plan in place for both yourself and your employees?

3. How can you improve time efficiency?

4. Is there anything standing in the way of achieving better results for your business?

5. Are you managing your team effectively?

Monitor


Continually monitor your business‘ progress. If you are failing in one area, start identifying the key issues and plan to resolve them. Create a dashboard for employees to follow; this will not only improve their awareness of the issues, it will also help to promote a more efficient environment.

Communication

Communicating consistently with employees and customers mean quicker and more accurate responses and solutions. Failure to communicate efficiently results in you taking time to re-explain a company procedure or issue, which reinforces that the information isn’t clear or accessible for your employees.

Software

Is your management software up to date? Do you even have management software? If your software is old or you’re lacking in a particular area, this could be a key reason why your business is inefficient. Automation can help you conquer your busy schedule and start to get ahead of the curve when it comes to your workload.


Organisation


This may seem completely obvious, however organisation can be even more beneficial than the previous points. Mislaying an important document or failing to find the minutes from the last team meeting results in you becoming delayed and affects your business’ output. Again, ensure you talk with your employees and customers about the changes you are thinking of making to your business and ensure that everyone is on board with this process. This will allow for a more organised environment.


Personal development

You may see training and PD as a financial burden on your business, however, part of your business running correctly and smoothly comes down to employees completing the tasks required of them. Personal development comes in diverse forms – from training and experience to studying and future goals. Not only will some level of PD benefit your employees, but your business will also be positively affected. Personal development plans can ensure better communication, better techniques and improved skills, which, in the long run, will allow your business to run effectively and efficiently.

Automate tasks

Automating tasks not only saves employees time but it allows them to do tasks which are productive and more beneficial to the business. Monotonous tasks such as sending receipts to customers or sending out PAYE slips are time-consuming and can easily be solved by implanting automated processes.

Business efficiency review

Once your business has undertaken all the steps above to ensure productivity and progress, get feedback from employees and customers. You will be able to monitor what is working and what isn’t. This will not only allow for growth but it will also help strengthen the business. Efficiency is about making the best possible use of the resources, time and products you have available. Once efficiency has improved, costs can be reduced and your competitiveness increased.

ASL Group is a managed document solutions company, that streamlines and improves the print operations of its clients: http://asl-group.co.uk/

 

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The benefits of telephony solutions

For organisations across the globe, communications are a vitally important part of their business. And when so much of that conversation is conducted over the phone, it’s vital to have the right phone system in place, making communications not only simpler but more efficient. Many businesses opt for a hosted phone system, and there’s a reason they’re so popular – in fact, over 50% of European countries are now using IP Communications as a hosted telephony solution.

What is hosted telephony, you may ask? It’s a form of telephone solution that’s based in the virtual cloud rather than in the office. The IP part of it comes in through the handset or even mobile phone (softphone) – which connects to the communications system via the cloud. Every call that goes through a hosted telephony system is made over broadband, rather than a more traditional in-office PBX method.

Now we’ve got the basics down, here are the reasons why telephony solutions can be a major benefit to your business:

More control

Put control back into your own hands with a cloud-based system. On a traditional system, there are certain rules and methods you have to follow, but this kind of telephony solution not only gives your business more freedom, but also the chance to mould your phone systems in the exact way you need them. Want to change your parameters, or add new features? Maybe you want to be able to have more of a hold over your resources and be able to adapt them at a moment’s notice. This is where telephony is king. You can change what you need when you need to – and your call system will be all the better for it.

Less cost

Expensive on-site technologies and hardware are a thing of the past with cloud-based communications. You can also forget about the maintenance man coming to the office for a fee to keep your PBX system on track – none of that is required. Traditional phone systems are tied into all sorts of related costs that a virtual system doesn’t require; money that can go into a different physical resource or other business costs. You pay for what you need, and you can increase or decrease what you need when you need it – and even include mobile phone service in your plan for less. For previously expensive in-office or internal calls, you’ll no longer be charged.

More convenience

It can be a pain to adapt to situations and changes with a traditional phone plan. With a hosted phone system, you can do what you need to when you need to do it; scalability is easy. The flexibility of being able to change according to requirements, requests or even time of day is incredibly useful when it comes to efficient call management; helping your staff do their jobs better and making your callers happier. Integrating mobile and fixed line services also makes it easier to keep track of your team, and for them to stay in touch with you no matter where they are. You’re no longer tethered to the office desk.

The time and resources previously spent on management and development within internal departments is now a breeze – and allows you to re-allocate staff to places where they’ll make more impact on the growth of your business.

More continuity

We’ve all had the nightmare of an internal PBX system ‘going down’. In the worst case scenario, you’re left with staff who are unable to complete any work – and in the best case scenario, you’re put behind schedule. With a hosted phone system, that panic is a thing of the past; it’s more reliable, thanks to the manner in which your telephony services are hosted, and offers advanced features like all rerouting to other sites should one go down, saving you time, money and anxiety. With cloud-based technology, you’re not only safer – you’re more efficient, too.

ASL Group is a managed document solutions company, that streamlines and improves the print operations of its clients: http://asl-group.co.uk/

 

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The positive impact of managed print services on business efficiency

If you run any kind of business that has a requirement to print documents from a number of different printers, then managed print services may be a great option for you. Using a managed print service is fantastic for streamlining your company and the way your office environment works. The knock-on effect is that the whole business becomes more efficient as a result, bringing you real-time working benefits.

But in what ways specifically can it make your company more efficient?

Improvement in cost efficiency


One of the main advantages of managed print services is that they can save your business money. The reduction in printing and paper usage this service brings will mean your printing costs should go down in the long run. Of course, a reduction in printing also means less money spent on consumables and replacement parts which is another cost-saving efficiency managed print services bring. The overall amount spent on printers and related consumables is also more predictable which is a real bonus when setting budgets for the coming year.

Improvement in staff efficiency

There is no doubt that your internal IT team can spend a lot of time dealing with printer-related issues if you don’t have a managed service instead. This is time they could be spending with customers or on more important internal projects. By using a managed print service, you are freeing them up to concentrate on these more critical areas and increase the efficiency in their workflow. Using a managed print service also gives other staff a central point of contact for any issues they need resolving fast. Any issues with printers can be resolved off-site by trained staff usually or an on-site visit can be arranged for more complex issues.


Increased efficiency in green initiatives



One of the key areas most companies focus on when thinking about printing is reducing the amount they print to make them a greener business. Managed print services can help make this a more efficient process by the implementation of print queues and print logs on machines to track what is being run off. It will allow you to review the printing done within your organisation without any of the guesswork usually involved. Pre-set limits can be put in place for each individual worker to help limit the amount of printing done within the whole business which in turn can support company-wide green policies that may already be in place.

Improvement in record-keeping efficiency



The majority of UK businesses used to keep their customers records on a paper file and many who do this now would like to move to a digital document storage solution. A managed print service can help with this process and businesses find superb efficiencies from doing so. Their staff spend less time having to manually hunt through piles of files for a document and can instead access it instantly electronically when placed on their systems. Being able to store customer details electronically is also more secure than paper files that may be accessed by anyone, which in today’s business climate where data protection is king is a huge plus point.

As you can see, there are many superb efficiencies that moving to a managed print service can bring an organisation. Although some businesses can be put off by the perceived cost involved, managed print services, such as ours at ASL Group, are actually very reasonable and more than make up for any outlay with the many benefits they bring. Along with the above, the review and implementation of a coherent printing strategy is something that all businesses would find of immense use.

 

ASL Group is a managed document solutions company, that streamlines and improves the print operations of its clients: http://asl-group.co.uk/

 

 

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The top 17 business efficiency blogs

Efficiency is important to all businesses; big or small. Check out our list of the top 17 efficiency blogs, packed full of helpful hints that can help you to improve the way your business works.


17. Dua


Efficiency is incredibly important to any business and the DUA blog on increasing business efficiency runs through some incredibly helpful tips on how you can best increase the efficiency of yours. This blog post covers everything from technology to organization and targeting to give you top tips on improving productivity.

Check it out here: http://www.dua.co.uk/time-saving-tips-to-increase-your-business-efficiency

16. Credit Union Times

Credit Union Times offers their blogs exclusively to members. Their blog on document management provides some incredibly helpful hints on how keeping on top of your paperwork can help you to keep your efficiency up.

Check it out here: http://www.cutimes.com/2014/05/06/5-ways-document-management-can-improve-efficiency

 

15. Slideshare

Slideshare’s EPA case study is full of hints on how you can reduce your paper and ink usage by making small changes in formatting before you print the document. The case study also covers tips that will help your office or business to start going paperless to help look after your efficiency and the environment.

Check it out here: https://www.slideshare.net/harryhecht/epa-case-study

 

14. Ethics Sage

Ethics Sage offers a variety of blogs and resources to help businesses to make decisions that not only benefit their productivity, but are ethically sound too.

Check it out here: http://www.ethicssage.com/

 

13. Fairsnape

Fairsnape offers tips on how to look after the planet and reduce the amount of waste your business produces.

Check it out here: https://fairsnape.com/

 

 

12. Science Alert

Science Alert’s blog offers a comprehensive list of tips that can help you to reduce your office waste and carbon footprint while still helping your business to run at its best.

Check it out here: https://www.sciencealert.com/working-green-50-tips-to-reduce-your-offices-waste

 

11. Sustainable Cities Institute

 

The Sustainable Cities Institute offers tips on how you can manage your materials within your office and greatly reduce your waste production to help the environment.

Check it out here: http://www.sustainablecitiesinstitute.org/topics/materials-management/waste-reduction-and-diversion/office-waste-reduction-programs

 

10. Green Biz

Green Biz provides some really helpful hints on ways that you can lower both your costs and environmental impact. This blog suggests tips that are simple and easy to implement that don’t require a large financial investment up front to feel the benefits.

Check it out here: https://www.greenbiz.com/article/5-ways-reduce-waste-and-costs-your-campus

9. Samsung

Samsung understand that going completely paperless is not feasible for a lot of businesses. Their blog offers tips on how you can greatly reduce the cost of printing and be more eco-friendly, without having to go completely paper-free.

Check it out here: http://www.samsung.com/uk/business/insights/others/24-ways-to-cut-the-cost-of-printing/

 

8. HP

HP understand that the majority of their business customers care about print yields, value for money, speed and ease of use. Their handy article combines all the features that consumers care about with how you can improve on this and use it to increase the efficiency of your business.

Check it out here: http://www.hp.com/pageyield/articles/uk/en/EfficiencyArticle.html

7. Smart Business Online

Smart Business Online believe that companies can greatly improve their efficiency levels by actively managing their print habits and offer a huge range of tips to help you do this.

Check it out here: http://www.sbnonline.com/article/inkjet-vs-laser-right-printers-reduce-business-inefficiencies/

 

6. O2

O2’s blog is jam-packed with helpful tips and ideas for businesses to help manage all aspects of their efficiency including technology, customer service and environmental impact.

Check it out here: http://businessblog.o2.co.uk/

 

5. Econsultancy

Econsultancy’s blog on 3D printing looks in-depth at the benefits up and coming technology could have on how a business is run.

Check it out here: https://econsultancy.com/blog/66542-3d-printing-adding-another-dimension-to-marketing-s-future

 

4. Zenefits



Zenefits’ blog provides a top 10 list of incredibly helpful and time-saving ideas that can help you to make the very most of your employees’ efficiency to achieve the best possible results for your business.

Check it out here: https://www.zenefits.com/blog/top-10-ways-to-improve-employee-efficiency/

 

3. Airmark

 

Having all the latest technology doesn’t mean that your printing process is running to the very best of its ability. Airmark’s blog runs over some ideas that can help you to increase the effectiveness of your printing process to its best possible level.

Check it out here: https://www.airmark.com/blogs/airmark/5-ways-increase-effectiveness-your-printing-process

 

2. McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company’s blog runs through how digital marketing can transform how businesses perform and operate. They have identified the “Big Five” aspects that make up an efficient system and run through these in detail.

Check it out here: http://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/marketing-and-sales/our-insights/how-digital-marketing-operations-can-transform-business

 

1. Open University



The Open University’s content runs through a huge range of different aspects of business operations and how these can be streamlined to provide the best output for both the business and the environment.

Check it out here: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/nature-environment/the-environment/environmental-decision-making/operations-technology-and-stakeholder-value/content-section-3.3

To get the process started, all you have to do is contact us, and we’ll get the ball rolling. We can’t wait to hear from you:http://asl-group.co.uk/contact/

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A beginners guide to managed print services

If you’re considering managed print services for your company, you may be wondering how the process works. To help ease your mind and show exactly why managed print services could be your ideal next step, we’ve created this quick-read beginner’s guide, offering you a quick but concise overview of why should give it a try.

What is a Managed Print Service?

We’ll cover the basics. Managed print services provide you with an excellent way to reduce your business’s printing costs through a combination of external management, cheaper printing, and fantastic support. With an MPS, we can tailor a formal print strategy that can easily save you more than a few pounds over time, as well as leaving you with valuable hours to spend on other parts of your business. You can choose a bespoke service that can include anything from reduced costs for consumables and hardware through to a reduction of paper usage, making your business greener in the process.

Step one: Get in contact with us

There are multiple ways you can get in touch with us, whether you want a chat on the phone or you’re more of an email person. Our goal is to match your company up with exactly the service you need, that will not only work, but benefit you on a day-to-day basis. We do this by working with stakeholders within businesses to come to the best solution based on our years of expertise, and at that point, we can propose a money-saving, efficiency-increasing plan tailored just for you and your business.

It doesn’t matter if you need something a bit different or have specific ideas in mind. We want to help you help your business, and no-one knows your business better than you. We can supply printers and devices from numerous big-name brands including HP, Epson, Ricoh, Canon and more, so there will always be something that fits your printing niche.

Step two: Install Day

New Printer Day is always an exciting day in an office – especially if it brings with it handy new features that make your staff’s jobs easier! When we’ve sorted all the paperwork with you, we can then work on procuring your matched machine and install it for you, no muss, no fuss. We don’t just do the hardware; we can also provide everything you need for cloud printing and print queues for even more efficiency. We can even set your limits on the amount of printing each employee can do; so if you have an office that seems to eat up paper in days, you can quickly reduce and reallocate costs, while being that bit greener.

All you have to do to get to Install Day is work with us to create the best possible service for you and then sign on the dotted line. Simple!

Step three: Ready to go!

It’s as simple as these three steps. Once we’re done and dusted with installing your printer and setting up all your software requirements, it’s just a case of print and go. All our installations are to a high standard ensuring that there’s no interruption to the running of your business and you can get on with it on the same day. If you want to keep an eye on print levels, analytics reporting can give you a long-term idea of what’s going on and is also a part of our stellar service. Should you experience a problem with your machine (we’re looking at that one person who always puts staples through the scanner!), then our support team is on hand to fix any and all problems or queries you may have as effectively as we can. We provide an excellent service for every step of your journey.


To get the process started, all you have to do is contact us, and we’ll get the ball rolling. We can’t wait to hear from you:
http://asl-group.co.uk/contact/

 

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How to cultivate good company culture

Employees have never been less likely to stay in one company for the entirety of their career. Millennials, in particular, are more than happy to swap employers every few years to seek the best opportunities, which is why company culture has never been more important. It’s vital to create an environment in which your employees are happy, valued and fulfilled to keep your staff turnover at a minimum. So, where do you begin?

1. Start from the top

Lead by example. If you are trying to develop a coherent company culture, make sure that all of your managers and directors buy into it. Only if everyone is fully committed will you be able to convince those at the bottom of the pyramid to adapt their ways of working to fit your new ethos. Junior employees look up to their managers and learn from their methods. You’ll find that your new company culture will become second nature to the newest members of your teams as long as their managers are dedicated to making it happen.


2. Set values

All of the most successful companies of the 21st century have a set of company values for employees to work to. Amazon, Google and Uber all have core values which unite all of their employees across all offices, departments and divisions. Think long and hard about what yours should be. Make them relevant, accessible and achievable and try to relate each one back to what you do.

Once you’ve decided which values you are going to use, make these values visible. Post them on your internal and external websites, circulate them to all existing members of staff and new starters and maybe even distribute a press release detailing the values. Provide examples of steps that the company has taken already to fit in with these values, whether you’ve introduced managed print services to help monitor excessive use of paper, or perhaps introduced a living wage to make employees feel valued.

3. Set goals


Are you looking to achieve 10% growth in the next year? Do you want to cut down your waste by 30%? Want to start a working relationship with a particular client? Let the whole business know your aims and make sure that every single person across the business can see where they fit into this. Then it’s not just the relevant department who gets to celebrate their successes, but everyone can come together to celebrate.


4. Platforms for communication

Cultivating a good company culture is an ongoing process, you have to be willing and able to adapt and improve as time goes on. Invite feedback from people working at all levels of the business. Set up a forum for everybody to be able to make suggestions about what is or is not working so that you can modify your methods and constantly develop and improve on your company culture throughout the years.

ASL Group is a managed document solutions company, that streamlines and improves the print operations of its clients: http://asl-group.co.uk/

 

Andrew HoyleHow to cultivate good company culture
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