By Debbie Nice, Category Director, Facilities Supplies, VOW 

Making sure people are equipped and dressed to do their work safely and healthily should be common sense, but it’s also required by law. Read more »

Desk fans help workers keep cool

By Debbie Nice, Facilities Supplies Category Director

 

From office and factory workers to schoolchildren and healthcare professionals, when the heat is on, working or studying can be a challenge for anyone.

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By Debbie Nice, Facilities Supplies Category Director

 

Although the hygiene spotlight is most often on food businesses, keeping and handling food safely is just as important in a non-food based workplace. Read more »

It is known that work breaks can play a big role in boosting morale and productivity. Rather than the morning coffee or cuppa causing a drain on working time, there is evidence to show that businesses can generate better results and become more profitable when their workers take regular, high quality breaks, particularly together. Read more »

Water is essential at work during a heatwave

Colder temperatures, shorter days and a journey home in the dark see many workers go between home, car and workplace without seeing much daylight in the winter months.

Being cooped up indoors makes our vitamin D levels drop at this time of year and also makes us much more susceptible to coughs and colds. Read more »

The truth about handwashing is that it is probably the single best and simplest way to stop the spread of illness at work. As well as playing its part in reducing absenteeism, handwashing has a vital role in the growing trend of presenteeism. Research shows that it’s not only sick days that cost UK workplaces, but also an increased number of people being at work when they’re ill enough to be at home. Read more »

For maximising customer relationships and building long term and cross sell business, the office loo is hard to beat.

With washroom sales worth an estimated £21 per person per annum and repeat sales in paper and dispenser soap that are not to be sniffed at, the washroom also acts as a potential springboard to reseller business growth in any number of categories. Read more »

Most resellers don’t need reminding that facilities supplies is a golden opportunity. This £5 billion UK market is seen as a key route for reseller diversification because it is growing and continues to be less affected by consumer trends and changing work patterns than other categories. Read more »

When it comes to giving employees what they want, healthy tea is on the rise.

Although our love of a mug of builder’s isn’t disappearing overnight, with around 165 million cups drunk each day in the UK and one in three people still having sugar in their tea, more of us are turning to healthier alternatives at break times. Read more »

‘Before you finish breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world’.

That quote by Martin Luther King Jr is the inspiration for this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight which runs from 29 February to 13 March on the theme of the ‘Big Fairtrade Breakfast’. Read more »