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Cool Earth Manufacturer Receives Sustainability Recognition

18/09/2018Leave a reply

The manufacturer chosen to produce the Office Club Cool Earth paper, UPM, has been recognised as the industry’s most responsible company in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

(UPM, Helsinki, 13 September 2018 at 08.30 EET) – UPM has been listed as the forest and paper industry leader in the in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for 2018-2019 for the sixth time. “We create value by seizing the limitless potential of bioeconomy, this is what we are committed to do at UPM“, says Sami Lundgren, Vice President, UPM Environment and Responsibility.

Global megatrends and their impacts on the environment and society make it clear that a major turnaround in the use of non-renewable fossil-based products and materials is needed. As the leader of the bio-based forest industry UPM’s mission is to be a part of the solution. “Creating value for society both as a company and through our renewable and responsible products is an essential part of the Biofore strategy, since our operations and products have an impact on society at
large. Understanding our influence is a prerequisite for us to develop our operations and to respond to the needs of surrounding communities,” concludes Lundgren.

The annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment is conducted by an investment specialist RobecoSAM, and is based on a rigorous analysis of economic, environmental and social performance of the world’s leading companies, assessing issues covering climate change strategies, supply chain standards, labour practices, corporate governance and risk management. The DJSI follows a best-in-class approach, recognising companies across all industries that outperform their peers in sustainability metrics.

Conference 2018

06/07/2018Leave a reply

Office Club dealers and suppliers enjoyed the sunshine at the group’s annual conference in Stratford-upon-Avon where a perfect combination of business and pleasure (‘Bleasure’ as it has become known, a term introduced to members over the weekend as part of the insight into future trends) made for a productive and inspirational couple of days.

The exhibition on Saturday morning maintained its reputation as being well-supported and one where dealers are prepared to place orders on the day. First time attendee from a new approved supplier for 2018, Stephen Desay of Tradesupply commented that “we had a very productive weekend and found it very beneficial in really helping us to develop current relationships and also build new ones. Looking forward to next year already!

After the exhibition members were presented with an insight of the global marketplace from CEO of BPGI, Barrie Hayes, followed by an update of Office Club activity from company CEO Toby Robins and representatives of the various departments. Before the day finished for the evening dealers were later given a choice of three seminar areas to attend with a choice of commercial, retail or online depending on which area of expertise they were looking for support in.

The weekend concluded with a Members Dinner and presentation of the 2017/18 awards, the winners of which were:

Retail Member of the Year – Delta Pi

Commercial Member of the Year – Solcrown Business Supplies

Online Member of the Year – Don Ruffles

Supplier of the Year – Antalis

Supplier Contact of the Year – James Faulkner, Eco Eco

Following the event, a delighted Michael Knight of Ruffles beamed, “We are extremely proud of our online member of the year award following a fantastic 38% sales and margin growth over the past 12 months. The support we have received from the Office Club team has been invaluable in providing opportunities with approved suppliers and their extensive marketing activity has enabled us to focus on our business and online strengths.  A thoroughly enjoyable weekend.”

June promotions

20/06/2018Leave a reply

Through our Club Complete marketing programme Office Club members currently have some great offers, backed up with a host of marketing collateral to be able to run an omni-channel campaign on products from Rapesco and Newell Brands,

In addition there are some great deals from Exaclair and Pukka Pads…Members can log-in to the website for full details, or contact the Office Club team who will be delighted to point you in the right direction.

Cool Earth Paper receives Stationery Company Warrant

13/10/2017Leave a reply


Earlier this week your the Office Club exclusive Cool Earth copier paper was awarded with the prestigious Stationers Company Warrant. Introduced by Past Master Helen Esmonde in 2014, the warrant goes back to the company’s roots as a Livery Company in recognising and promoting excellent products and services.

Mike James, the Chairman of the Warrants Committee states that “this year the Stationers’ Company had a record number of applicants for the warrant and the judging was interesting. At times the discussions were quite heated, and it was great to see the passion of the judging committee. At the conclusion of the judging it was decided to award new warrants to 5 Products with a further 4 products having their warrants extended for another year.”

The Stationers’ Company is the City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content industries. The Company’s mission is to be the most effective independent forum in the UK Communications and Content industries, actively contributing to the strategic development, success and education of these industries. The majority of its members work in or supply the paper, print, publishing, packaging, office products, newspaper, broadcasting and online media industries.

The awarding of the warrant is huge industry recognition, adding credibility to the quality of the product in addition to the exceptional environmental stance. Click here for more details.

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…)

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