Top 11 Office Power highlights of 2016
We’re looking back at the year with our top 11 Office Power highlights. 2016 has been a year of growth for us and our partners. Read on to find out more.
- Rainbow Office Supplies partnered with Office Power at the start of 2016
Shortly after Rainbow Office Supplies partnered with us, their van, PCs and servers were washed away and ruined during the winter floods that hit Cumbria. It certainly didn’t make it easy, but as Steve Hartley, joint founder of Rainbow Office Supplies said, “Working with Office Power meant we could start servicing customers again quicker than if we were using an alternative.”
- Office Stock and Retrospect Office Supplies joined forces with us in February
Office Stock and Retrospect Office both partnered with Office Power in February 2016. With two office supplies businesses going live on our platform, the teams pulled out all the stops to make their transitions easy. Both Office Stock and Retrospect Office now have fantastic brands, customer friendly websites and are growing their local brand presence.
- Stylus Stationers strengthened their business with using new technology
Kathy and Nick Bugden called us when they became worried about their technology. As Stylus grew, their IT system wasn’t able to cope and they needed a new platform. They chose to partner with Office Power and have since strengthened their business. Take a look at their video case study here.
- We won an ECMOD award
In June 2016 we were awarded an ECMOD for Best Exploitation of Technology. The award recognised Office Power for being an “excellent concept” for “supplying a real business need extremely well.” We were delighted to have been recognised for our groundbreaking e-commerce and back office technology.
- WT Supplies and Discount Office are evolving and growing their businesses
Yorkshire based WT Supplies and Lancashire business Discount Office both partnered with us in June. Both office supplies dealers have been growing their businesses since. When joining Office Power, Mark Exley, co-owner of WT Supplies said, “By partnering with Office Power, we’ve now got access to everything we need to grow without the need to make a huge investment.”
- Memorandum make the move
Memorandum Ethical Office Supplies wanted to take the hassle out of ordering office supplies for their customers. In July, they partnered with us and that enabled them to give their customers an easy to use website and a friendly customer service team.
- Dealer Forums and Events
We hosted three events in Bristol, Glasgow and London to meet with the dealer community in these areas. Dealers had time to ask questions, meet with wholesalers and industry bodies and discuss their challenges. As well as an opportunity to find out more about the Office Power platform.
- Receiving the BOSS e-Business Award
At the annual BOSS Awards, we were awarded the e-Business Award. It was the first time this award was given out so it was a real honour to receive it. The judging panel said Office Power “demonstrates a truly comprehensive range of business services to its partners with real and tangible benefits.”
- Collecting the Stationers’ Company Warrant in October
This prestigious award was presented to us at the Stationers’ Hall in October. We were awarded the warrant for excellence within the communications and content industry. The Chairman of the judging panel, Mike James said, “The judging panel were impressed with several aspects of the Office Power programme especially the ‘user-friendly’ web store and the versatile ‘back office’ support platform that allows the dealer to concentrate on growing both their brand and more importantly profitable sales.”
- Climb of Life Charity Hike
We joined the office supplies industry to hike 10 peaks in the Lake District in November. With your help and generous donations, we raised over £2,300 for the Institute of Cancer Research on the Climb of Life walk. If you’d still like to donate, you can do so here.
- Guardian Office Supplies launch on the Office Power platform
Our most recent partner is also the final dealer to join us in 2016. Guardian Office Supplies is a midland based office supplies dealer with customers in the surrounding local areas. They’re really excited to have launched their new website before Christmas and are looking forward to 2017.
Have a merry Christmas and happy new year!