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It Started With A Village

02/05/2017Leave a reply

When anthropologist Dilwyn Jenkins contacted Cool Earth ten years ago with the news that the Asháninka community were on the brink of selling their rainforest, Cool Earth leapt at the opportunity to assist in whatever way they could.

Cool_earth_10Like Cool Earth, Dilwyn believed in people. Who better to guard the rainforest than those who depend on it for their existence? This was how the Cool Earth model was born. People first.

This year Cool Earth turns ten. What a decade it’s been. Since its inception, Cool Earth has partnered with communities in Northern Peru, Papua New Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And, with the overwhelming support from donors, such as Office Club, Cool Earth are now protecting more rainforest with communities than any government or NGO.

Cool Earth have learnt a lot in the last ten years, but one thing has been certain; indigenous people are the key to halting rainforest destruction. By empowering communities, forest loss in our partner villages is 27% less than surrounding areas. Proof again that backing people is the most effective way of saving the rainforest.

Now, Cool Earth are introducing the Toolbox, a refined, versatile model built on ten years of R&D to revolutionise rainforest protection and scale the impact across the world. With the backing of pioneering thinkers like the supporters, Cool Earth’s Toolbox will be the most effective model for empowering indigenous communities to take control of their forest and remain its custodians long after Cool Earth’s departure. So, here’s to another ten years of rainforest saving partnerships.

For more information on Cool Earth Paper, exclusively available from Office Club members, please click here.

Office Club Regional Meetings 2017

24/01/2017Leave a reply

Following the successes of last autumn’s regional meetings, Office Club is going out on the road again this spring, hosting a series of networking events for members up and down the country. (more…)

Cool Earth Paper Shortlisted for EOPA Awards 2017

23/01/2017Leave a reply

Cool Earth Copier Paper, exclusively available from Office Club, has been shortlisted in the Marketing Initiative category at the 2017 European Office Products Awards – Winners to be announced at the annual EOPA presentation dinner on 8th March in Amsterdam.


Office Club Roadshows 2016

11/08/2016Leave a reply

Office Club is going out on the road this autumn, hosting a series of networking events for members up and down the country during September and October.

CEO Toby Robins explained: “The feedback from this year’s successful conference was extremely positive, with one of the key benefits identified by members being the opportunity to meet fellow dealers face to face, sharing ideas and experiences, discussing what has worked, what they have done differently and how Office Club and its suppliers can help their businesses grow. (more…)

2017 Conference Dates Confirmed

19/07/2016Leave a reply

Office Club has announced details for its 25th anniversary conference that will take place in Stratford-Upon-Avon on the weekend of 16-18th June 2017.

Upon confirming details, CEO Toby Robins added “We are keen for our stakeholders to put the date in their diaries for next year’s event; at Office Club we listen to our members and suppliers so, following all the positive feedback we continue to receive, we will be returning to Stratford-Upon-Avon for the third time for what happens to be our 25th anniversary. (more…)

Office Club appoints Toby Robins as Chief Executive

12/01/2016Leave a reply

Office Club is pleased to announce today the appointment of Toby Robins as Chief Executive. The vacancy was created by the untimely death of Office Club’s founder, Mark Austen.

Kim Austen commented “In Toby, we have found someone who shares Mark’s commitment to the independent channel and who has the skills and experience to build on Mark’s legacy.”

Allison Fishlock, Head of Merchandising added “I, and the team at Head Office, enthusiastically support the appointment of Toby who has been known to many of us for many years. His industry experience and strategic vision will add value to Office Club to the benefit of our members.” (more…)

Office Club Conference 2015

17/06/2015Leave a reply

Office Club Members & Suppliers descended upon Stratford-Upon-Avon last weekend for the annual conference, exhibition and Gala Dinner Awards evening.

The business side of the weekend kicked off with an inspirational keynote speech about the art of “negotiation” by International Keynote Speaker, Author, Radio and TV Personality, Derek Arden prior to the exhibition opening in conjunction with a series of intimate seminars and discussion forums to enable each member to share ideas and issues, as well as learning from others: “Networking, nothing beats getting together with other dealers and suppliers and having a chat” were the words used by Malclom Shawyer of The Complete Office.


Office Club Launch New Online Trading System

17/06/2015Leave a reply

Mark-AllanFollowing the recent launch of a new online trading system for Members, Office Club used last weekend’s annual Conference to demonstrate the website further with seminars for Dealers interested in the system, and a user group discussion forum for those already up and running. The forums also provided Dealers with an opportunity to discuss the software with the developers, CommerceXchange.


Office Club Extend Direct Mail Campaign Support

21/04/2015Leave a reply

Dealer group Office Club has expanded its new mailer campaign providing Dealers with marketing tools for targeting prospects and new business from existing customers, with the launch of three new niche publications.


Office Club Launch New Online Trading System

09/04/2015Leave a reply

After four months of trialing and testing Office Club has launched a new online trading system that is set to make selling online simple, effective and affordable.

Announcing the new “Club Store” Merchandising Manager Allison Fishlock explained: “Finding the perfect online trading site for the office supplies industry has been an ongoing challenge – To create something that is simple to use, effective and perhaps most importantly, affordable for all dealers. Using proven industry standard technology, we are extremely confident that we have come up with the solution. Not only will the site ‘talk’ to Spicers and Vow systems, keeping all data and prices current, the responsive templates mean that the look and functionality automatically adjusts for screen sizes and devices, making it Google Search friendly.”

A number of dealers have been involved in the trial period, including Kevin Tearle at Evolve Office Ltd in Colchester who perhaps best sums up the positive feedback: “The Club Store offers everything a dealer needs to have a great search engine friendly website plus it is so well put together our customers have a great experience too. Club Store has all the functionality we require without over-complicating things, and the price is great also!

Having a fully functioning system is only part of the solution, Office Club has dedicated time and support to ensure that dealers using the new Club Store are getting the full benefits by helping to get the sites found once they are out there on the huge worldwide web. As Joanne Atkins of Ultratype in Cornwall reveals: “The great thing about Club Store is that, as well as being cost-effective, easy to manage and good-looking, we know that the Office Club team are there to give us full support throughout. It is not just a case of getting a website live, it needs to attract customers and generate business; Office Club assisted with setting up the optimisation of the site which has helped to generate, not just additional sales, but new contacts from potential customers that have found us online. For us it is the perfect solution.”

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