April 18, 2016
If you’re an office manager looking for the best deals on your stationery supplies or investigating a more environmentally friendly solution for your office stationery – here’s a helpful list of the UK office stationery suppliers, and why you might consider them.
Staples – When you click on to the Staples website you get the option to customise your online experience to show prices with or without VAT for private or business shopping. If you’d rather not shop online then Staples offer the ability to buy in 4 ways – either online, over the phone, click and collect or you can visit one of their UK wide stores. They have a concentration of outlets in London, Essex, and Kent.
If you’re looking for good value, then Staples offer their own line of stationery products as well as selling big brand names such as Parker, Sharpie, Papermate, Post-It and Bic. They offer useful advice on what to buy – we love their tips on how to ‘Organise and Innovate’, ‘Essentials for a Fresh Start’ and ‘Making More of Meetings’.
The Green Office – The Green Office is the UK’s top choice for recycled office supplies. They have a quick and easy reference key to follow when shopping so you know in an instant what the green credentials of the product are: recycled content, renewable forest, environmental benefits, green dragon or conventional product.
The Green Office have been trading since 1978 and as green stationers, they offer an extensive range of environmental products such as recycling bins, as well as green office supplies – including paper, ink, etc. There’s also a range of tools, services, tips, and information onsite, aimed at making your office greener, easier and more cost effective.
There is free shipping for orders over £49.99, next day delivery on orders placed before 3 pm – and the best bit about their shipping standards is that they offset the carbon emissions associated with the delivery of your recycled office supplies by planting a tree for each order over £100.
Viking Direct – Viking Direct are arguably one of the most well-known names in stationery supplies. They offer an impressive selection of leading brands including Bic, Canon, Post-it, Dymo, Samsung and Brother. Viking is also one of the few to offer Apple products.
They are an established, now global brand, and have been in business for over 20 years. They live by their motto – ‘great value and unbeatable service’ – that’s music to office managers’ ears!
Viking Direct offer free delivery on orders over £30 plus free installation of office furniture (where you see the pro-fit logo on office furniture). They have a huge selection of office essentials, and they also specialise in workwear and protective clothing, tablets, PCs and laptops, and fashion stationery.
AOS Online – AOS Online or Affordable Office Supplies is the online division of one of the UKs leading office stationery suppliers, The Ardent Group. Their customers include big corporations as well as small home users – they aim to offer the lowest prices for everyone. AOS boast over 20,000 products on their website including business gifts and personalised items.
AOS Online are an excellent choice for facilities managers as they have an extensive and dedicated section for facilities products including safety and security products, car park supplies, tools and DIY and mailroom supplies. What’s more, they offer free, next working day, delivery on all orders over £35.
UK Office Direct – UK Office Direct stand out from the rest with their price guarantee – they’ll match the price on stationery supplies and beat the difference by 10% (T&Cs apply). They also have a ‘spend more and save more’ scheme with increasing increments for discounts – 5% discount on orders over £49, 10% on orders over £100, 15% discount on orders over £129. And when it comes to shipping, UK Office Direct offers free delivery on orders over £40 excl. VAT and free returns within 14 days.
Despite having over 200,000 customers across the UK, UK Office Direct is akin to the local choice for office managers with a London-based sales support desk.
Caboodle – Caboodle has over 20,000 office products online, and they boast an exceptionally large selection of genuine ink cartridges and laser toners from leading brands like Samsung, HP, Epson and Brother. Over 2,000 ink cartridges and laser toners are listed on their website all at competitive prices.
Caboodle also offers a reward point scheme – reward points are collected every time you place an order and can be redeemed for a variety of vouchers and gift cards to spend at numerous high street stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues as well as a range of other gifts and technology products. They also help businesses by offering credit accounts.
Euroffice – Euroffice stocks a broad range of well-known brands as well as their Euroffice brand of good value stationery supplies. They offer free delivery on orders over £25 excl VAT and businesses can set up 0% interest credit accounts, allowing 30 days to pay for supplies.
Another reason we like Euroffice is their Reward Programme for repeat customers – plus when you join you get a bonus 250 points. Most of all we rate Euroffice because of their friendly blog with a huge range of informative and amusing articles from ‘best budget pens’ to ‘confessions of a stationery addict’. They also make donations to charity including Great Ormond Street and School Home Support.
Explore these office suppliers to find the best one for you – and don’t forget to look locally too. There are some superb local companies who are part of your community and run great initiatives.
For example, W.Straker in Brighton was one of the first to deliver their stationery – by bicycle!
And if you require office cleaning for your workplace – you know who to call. No, not Ghostbusters – US! Swift Cleaning Office Services covering London, Essex, Kent and Hertfordshire, and at your service.
*All facts and figures correct at the time of writing. Please visit all websites to view the latest information. This blog does not count as an endorsement of any company, and you must assess and chose the right company for you.