Improve your office environment: 12 top tips

It’s easy to become absorbed in our work without much thought to the environment around us. But it is our very surroundings that can sometimes be detrimental to our office productivity and wellbeing.

But that doesn’t have to be the case. If you work in a corporate office, there are many changes you can make to cultivate a fruitful and friendly work environment:

1. Hang some artwork: keep it simple with some branded materials, or get a bit zany with some motivational posters or your favourite Picasso print!

2. Brighten up the place with some flowers and other plant life (just don’t forget to water them!)

3. Lighten up the place with extra lamps or light boxes. Choose daylight bulbs or specialist light therapy boxes for bright, near-natural light that’s easy on the eyes.

4. Clear your desk and your mind by decluttering and ditching printed paperwork. Recycle anything you already have in soft copy. Make this a daily habit to keep you distraction-free while you work.

5. Employ subtle scents to improve your mood. If candles or incense will cause conflict in the office, use essential oils to keep you calm and productive throughout the day.

6. Purge the office cupboards and filing cabinets: if you discover anything you don’t need, get rid. If there are items you only require once a year or less, archive them.

7. Improve air quality with air filters, open windows and indoor plants.

8. Sort out those messy cables.

9. Get ergonomic: prevent RSI and joint pain by purchasing wrist and foot rests, laptop stands, ergonomic keyboards and anything else that keeps you comfortable at your desk.

10. Update your furniture for your comfort and safety. Your old desks and chairs can be environmentally recycled.

11. Eliminate your junk drawer: you know the one. That place you put all the stuff you think you need, but in reality never use. Clear your junk drawer and don’t let anything back in that you don’t use regularly.

12. Help keep office illness to a minimum by dusting your desktop and IT peripheries regularly. If possible, do this last thing on a Friday, unless you want the whole office sneezing!


Moving office or simply in need of a declutter? Pickfords Business Solutions offers a wide range of services for modern organisations, including porterage and churn, IT relocation, furniture recycling and storage. Call us on 0845 130 6559, email solutions@pickfords.com or enquire online for more information.

Remembering Ken Cooley

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With great sadness we say farewell to Ken Cooley, Move Manager for Pickfords Business Solutions, who recently passed away following a 10 month battle with cancer.

Ken entered the world of business moving in 1990 as a casual porter for Bullens where his brother Allen also worked.

The wide set of skills he brought to the removals industry were honed in a diverse range of prior roles, from membership of the British Army’s Royal Signals, to pub and nightclub ownership and bread delivery!

For a man with no formal training in the removals industry, his acquired knowledge and resourcefulness were outstanding. He was a wizard with safes, and his ability to walk round a library and add up the move without the need for a calculator was truly amazing!

Since joining Pickfords, Ken managed some of the largest and most prestigious relocations undertaken by the company. His first major job as Move Manager was Norfolk & Norwich Hospital.

Known for his unique turn of phrase, Ken’s colleagues could expect “Five minutes for a slurp”, before they had to “crack on” “up and down the dancers (stairs)” at “ramming speed”!

A tough task master, Ken was well liked and highly respected by all the men he supervised. He would never ask anyone to do something that he wasn’t prepared to do himself, and his commitment to the job was exceptional, working 24 hour shifts to ensure the smooth transition of A&E departments during hospital moves.

Clive Johnson, who worked with Ken on many major hospital moves, recalls that, “Ken was the consummate professional. However difficult things got, Ken always found a way to get the job done and would never let anyone down.”

Ken’s last major job for Pickfords was Coventry University Library where, in a typical display of his ingenuity, he built a platform of euro pallets, complete with safety rail, to enable vans to be loaded via the rear and side doors simultaneously.

Ken leaves behind his adult sons Wayne and James, as well as three grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at Canley Crematorium in Coventry on 6 July.

Introducing Arion Krasniqi as Pickfords’ Bid Manager

Arion Krasniqi.jpgPickfords is delighted to welcome Arion Krasniqi as our new Bid Manager, working out of the central UK head office.

We caught up with Arion to find out a little about the man and discover what makes him tick.

Welcome on board. For those who don’t know, what’s a Bid Manager?
Thank you! Pickfords provides a portfolio of services to a diverse range of clients across all industry sectors – business moving, employee relocation, information technology, environmental reuse, business interior design and services. I make sure we provide these prospective clients with a tailored solution that best fits their project requirements, so they can make an informed decision.

I would like to add that, although this is a very dynamic job, having a wonderful team and an experienced and approachable management was the best welcome one could wish for in a new role!

Where do you join us from?
I worked freelance as a Bid Writer / Coordinator for a boutique consultancy called CAPM Limited, based in Addlestone. Prior to that I was a diplomat based in London.

First impressions of Pickfords?
I’m struck by the company’s desire to change, adapt and create new effective and dynamic practices. And most of all, I love the environment and people I work with.

What are your aims for the next six months?
To get to know more about the company and my colleagues and build close, constructive working relationships.  Of course, my main objective is to continue our winning streak of successful bids!

What do you do in your leisure time?
I enjoy reading philosophical and psychological fiction, and I’m a bit of a jazz music enthusiast. Mostly though, I love spending time with my twin three-year-olds!

Partnership funds vital medical equipment

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A huge thank you to MotoNovo Finance for helping us raise up to £2,790 for the British Heart Foundation!

During a recent head office move to Cardiff city centre, Pickfords Business Solutions collected pedestals, desks and PC screens from MotoNovo and donated them to BHF for resale.

The money raised from these items could help fund two portable defibrillators and other equipment that could save lives in local communities.

A (potentially) life-saving partnership

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A big thank you to Natural Resources Wales for helping us raise up to £595 for the British Heart Foundation!

During a recent office move, Pickfords Business Solutions collected unwanted filing cabinets, pedestals, desks, chairs and other items from Natural Resources Wales and donated them to the charity for resale.

The money raised from these items could help fund a portable defibrillator and other equipment that could help save lives in local communities.

Pickfords voted top Business Superbrand

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Pickfords has once again been awarded Business Superbrand status by Superbrands UK, an independent research programme which identifies the UK’s strongest brands as voted by an expert council.

The Superbrand survey, now in its 21st year, defines a Superbrand as having established “the finest reputation in its field”, and is deemed to offer “significant emotional and/or tangible advantages over other brands, which customers want and recognise.”

With a 400-year history, Pickfords is a long-established brand; one that is synonymous with moving. Pickfords is unusual among historic brands in that it still bears the name of its founder.

Pickfords has consistently been voted Superbrand status since the programme’s inception in 1995, and is the only removal company to feature in the 2016 Superbrand list.

Pickfords awarded ‘Superbrand’ status

Pickfords has once again been voted a Business Superbrand by Superbrands UK, an independent research programme which identifies the UK’s strongest brands as voted by an expert council.

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The Superbrand survey, now in its 20th year, defines a Superbrand as having established “the finest reputation in its field”, and is deemed to offer “significant emotional and/or tangible advantages over other brands, which customers want and recognise.”

With a 400-year history, Pickfords is a long-established brand; one that is synonymous with moving. Pickfords is unusual among historic brands in that it still bears the name of its founder.

Pickfords has consistently been voted Superbrand status since the programme’s inception in 1995, and is the only removal company to feature in the 2015 Superbrand list.

Pickfords’ recycling and reuse service raises £15,500 for the British Heart Foundation

BHF_Retail - Thank You Posters_A4 (2014) Pickfords 2Pickfords Business Solutions and its clients have together raised £15,500 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) by donating used office furniture.

Pickfords offers corporate clients a recycling and reuse service to dispose of their old desks, cabinets, chairs and other furniture when they refurbish or move office. Pickfords has worked closely with BHF since 2013 to donate much of this furniture to its retail division, to be re-sold in its high-street shops to raise vital funds for life saving CPR equipment and training.

Since working with BHF, Pickfords Business Solutions has undertaken major projects with a number of clients, including Schneider and A4e, providing a furniture recycling service from which the majority of furniture was donated to BHF.

Katie Murphy, Pickfords’ Head of Environmental Reuse said:

“I feel truly privileged to assist the British Heart Foundation and proud of the fantastic relationship we have. Thank you to all our clients who kindly donated their furniture for this worthy cause.”

Mike Taylor, BHF’s Retail Director, said,

“On behalf of the British Heart Foundation I would like to thank you most sincerely for your support of our fast and free collection service over the past year.

This is the second year that the British Heart Foundation has worked with Pickfords and we are delighted that so far £15,500 has been raised through client removals.

Please pass on our most heartfelt thanks to everyone at Pickfords.”

Pickfords Business Solutions awarded Certificate of Merit at Commercial Mover of the Year Awards

Following a rigorous selection process, Pickfords Business Solutions was awarded Certificate of Merit at the annual Commercial Mover of the Year awards, hosted by the British Association of Removers (BAR), the removal industry’s leading trade association.

Pickfords’ Nicki Brotherston received the award at the annual BAR Conference in Glasgow.

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