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    There was a lot to see and do at this year’s Office Management & PA Show, so if you missed any of the good bits, check out PA Life’s highlights.

     

    FRESH JUICES

    Sejuiced provides personalised refreshments for corporate events that are designed to blast away fatigue. It can host a mobile bar serving freshly made smoothies, sundaes and ice creams, or arrange bottles with your own branded label. Drinks are made to order and Sejuiced can even help you create your own signature blend. sejuiced.co.uk

     

    RECYCLING

    Have you thought about what happens to your hard drive when you throw a computer away? As green credentials and protection of businesses data are vital, Prism offers a compliant and secure disposal service. It collects your hardware, securely deletes your data and gets rid of equipment ethically. Prices for collection start at £39.99. prismdisposal.com

     

    ECO-FRIENDLY DESKS

    Is the death of the Post-it note finally upon us? Pyramid Whiteboard is an ecologically friendly alternative that can be used for urgent messages, information or doodling. Sensitive or personal information can be cleanly wiped away once used, preventing you from losing important details in a flood of paper. Units are available to pre-order at £12.50 each. imspired.com

     

    BESPOKE HAMPERS

    Gift hampers are ideal as rewards for clients or colleagues, but are often limited in choice, or simply don’t let you see exactly what you’re paying for. London Gift & Hamper Company began sourcing UK products from independent suppliers to combat this. It provides hamper selections with titles such as the Connoisseur (pictured). londongiftandhamper.com

     

    TRADING

    BartaClub acts as a middleman to provide your business with extra clients and put back the revenue generated into essential services. Someone employing the services of your company will earn you Barta pounds, which can be spent on other amenities available on the site, from hotel rooms to car valeting. bartaclub.com

     

    FOOD DELIVERY

    If you’re bored of choosing sandwiches from the trolley at work every day, Urbanbite offers the perfect solution. With a free account, you have access to a variety of restaurants that will deliver to your building. Whatever you and your colleagues want, you can order it all from one main page and keep track of the expense. urbanbite.com

     

    ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

    Want to make your office greener but not sure where to start? Green Mark is a certification scheme that helps organisations become environmentally friendly, identify ways to save money and potentially win new business as a result of the accreditation. greenmark.co.uk

     

    FASHION AND CHARITY

    This year Jeans for Genes made a rather bold statement by having male models at the show in nothing but painted-on jeans – over underwear, of course. If this is too outré for your office there was also a fashion show involving SOS Fashion, whose website provides high street brands at discounted prices. sosfashionstore.co.uk

     

    COOKING CLASSES

    Bespoke team-building classes have always been popular. Attendees at Leiths’ cooking school take on a three-course menu of their choice under the friendly guidance of Leiths’ chefs, before sitting down to eat what they have cooked with a glass of wine. Packages can tailored to your requirements. leiths.com

     

    NETWORKING

    Executips is “LinkedIn for PAs”, designed as a private social network. It allows you to connect with others, ask them questions and share information. So the next time you’re looking for a hotel in Moscow or are stuck on a command for an Excel spreadsheet, you can tap into this global community for help. executips.net

     

    IN-OFFICE ART

    Bored of staring at blank walls? The right art can enliven spaces and uphold brand values. Art Acumen offers free advice on any artwork for the workplace, however large or small the budget. It will guide you through the selection process, negotiate prices on your behalf and arrange delivery and installation. artacumen.co.uk

     

    TRAINING

    Many companies now save costs by handling events in-house. The Event Expert provides training to develop the skills and gain the confidence needed to design, plan, promote and deliver your own events. The organisation provides courses covering all types of occasions for all types of corporations. theeventexpert.co.uk

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    Molly Dyson

    Former Editor – PA Life

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