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Office Furniture Design

Over the last 20 years there have been big changes in the general design of office furniture and office desks in particular.  
For many years before this not a lot had changed. Technology had improved the design and finish of office furniture, and costs had reduced, mainly due to the larger number of office desks which were needed.

But in the main the office desk was essentially a rectangular work surface, supported by 4 legs and with some under desk storage attached.
Before the advent of computers, there was very little need for anything more than this.  A secretary could join a return desk to her main desk, so that she had somewhere to put her typewriter, and an executive could join two rectangular desks together using a quadrant section, to produce a really big double desk layout.

And even when computers started appearing, for a few years not a lot changed, except that now in the office was a dedicated computer workstation, to which people went to use the computer when required.  You have to remember that at this time Personal Computers were so expensive that they were not really personal, but shared between a department or section.
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Danny Buchan leads again

Once again Danny Buchan has managed to finish on the podium at what is arguably his worst track in the calendar. And he was riding a borrowed bike.

The Superstock 1000 cc race was the first one on the card at a wet and windy Thruxton on the bank holiday Monday, although thankfully the morning stayed dry enough for the race to be started on slicks.

Danny has managed a disappointing 8th place on the formation grid for the race, mainly due to having to spend so much time setting up the bike for this circuit ( this is the first time that Danny Buchan has raced a litre bike here)

The track is incredibly fast and equally incredibly bumpy, so it is very  important to get both the gearing and the suspension absolutely correct, which judging by Danny’s first few corners, is exactly what his mechanics had done.

By the end of the first lap Danny was lying 4th, hot on the back wheel of his teammate Howie Mainwaring , who was also doing very well, running in 3nd place.  At one point there was also another green zx10 in the mix at the front ridden by  Victor Cox

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Office furniture on the up for 2010

In general things do seem to be improving as we head into the summer months. The weather is better, the evenings are light until well after 9 o clock, and it is still relatively warm.

People in general seem a little  happier and now there is some sort of stability with our government.
Plus the football has started, and even if you are not an avid fan of the game itself, the international aspect of it always makes it worthy entertainment.

Business seems to be a lot more buoyant with lots of enquiries for office furniture, both from home and from businesses.

We have even had new orders from some of our customers in the house building trade, which is always a good sign that the economy is moving again.

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Reading the small print

Well, you know what its like; you are very busy and the telecommunications salesperson seems to have exactly what you want.

You ask him about notice of cancellation and are told that you can cancel anytime after the first year, So, satisfied with the service on offer, you sign on the dotted line.

Then five years and one month later, when you give notice of cancellation, you find out that you can give notice, but you can only cancel at each anniversary of your contract.

Unbelievable, maybe, but true definitely. We have just experienced this when changing our telephone services for our office furniture showroom in Colchester.

And the service provider is TML Communications Ltd, and they are meant to be one of the better service providers, apparently, or so they tell us.

It does make you wonder why business life could not be simpler. When you decide to change a service provider, surely a months notice should be enough.

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More interesting than office furniture

Sometimes, believe it or not, things happen that are more exciting than office furniture, and when they do, we try to let as many people as possible know about it.  Usually though, it is to do with a new design of office desk or an innovative office chair for example, or we explain how new trends such as height adjustable desks both for office and home use are starting to take hold.

But this time it is nothing to do with office furniture, but a recommendation about a remarkable business situated between Sudbury and Colchester. We are based nor far from Colchester and stumbled on country pursuits oulet called Taylors of Sudbury whilst collecting some old desks from a customer in Colchester.

The business is family run, and stocks just about everything you might need for your horse and all the country clothing that you could ever require. Top brands such Musto, Barbour, and Seeland are well displayed in their attractive a spacious showroom. There is even a coffee area on site, which is handy, as you could easily spend a few hours in this establishment.
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Office Furniture Blogging

Office Furniture
Office Furniture

Whilst our main business is supplying office furniture, we try to offer as much advice and information on our website, in the hope that it might help our current and  potential customers!. We have written many articles on what is a very wide reaching and comprehensive subject, and hopefully some people have leant something from our scriblings Continue reading Office Furniture Blogging

There’s money in Junk (Office Furniture)

a 1950s Steelcase Desk
a 1950s Steelcase Desk

According to an article in The National Post a vintage Formica-topped Steelcase desk with its original key, built in the 1950s can be worth a fortune. In retro boutiques in Los Angeles, New York or Toronto, a vintage steel desk, cleaned, stripped and polished, can fetch $2,000 or more. Its hard to believe, but people are now scouring second hand furniture warehouses looking for such retro  furniture to do up and re-sell in trendy design shops.

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The Office Furniture Apprentice

A few days ago I was watching the final of the UK TV programme, The Apprentice, with Sir Alan Sugar. Over a

BBC's The Apprentice
BBC The Apprentice

period of several months, competitors, in teams, have to carry out a series of business related tasks. Each week, Sir Alan fires one member of the losing team. What’s this got to do with office furniture?

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