This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 12/12/2018. You can register here to receive them monthly.
SEASONS’S GREETINGS TO ALL OUR READERS
As we start our 10th year of publication and 57th year of trading, it is time to wish you all a very happy festive season and thank you for your continued interest and support. We hope you will enjoy the break with your family and friends. Both politically and economically, the New Year will bring even more uncertain times. Protecting the mental and physical health of the nation’s workers will be of paramount importance as we address the challenges of this unprecedented period. Always remember that we are here to help you face and overcome whatever comes your way!
If you have not already done so, you still have a little time left to tell us what you think of our redesigned website. On December 20th, we shall be drawing a name from the feedback participants to win a £200 Red Letter Day voucher. We have put enormous resources into designing, creating and populating the site and the work is ongoing. However, the best ideas for its development come from you, the users. It will only take a few minutes to complete the feedback form, which can be found here. Many thanks.
YEAR END SHUTDOWN
Please note that we shall be closed from 17:00 on Friday December 21st, 2018 until 08:30 on Wednesday January 2nd, 2019. Our last despatch date for pre-Christmas delivery will be Thursday December 20th, 2018. All enquiries during the shutdown period, including any orders placed on our website, will be handled as quickly as possible after we reopen in the New Year.
NEW VAN – NEW LOOK
Over the last year, you have seen our Healthy People – Healthy Thinking – Healthy Workplace brand extension appear on our web site, in our social media and on our literature. This month sees the arrival of our first van in the new format. As you can see, it’s striking! Our other vans will be updated in the same way as they are replaced.
For the last couple of years, the sit-stand adaptor market has seen a deluge of me-too products, primarily from China, offering no significant new features and often of poor quality. 2019 looks set to disrupt the market with some much needed innovation. Our first new product is the E-daptor which is the first electrically adjustable adaptor to meet our quality and function criteria. This fills a gap in the market where an individual needs sit-stand because of a back injury but cannot accommodate a free-standing desk. In these scenarios, users often struggle with manually adjustable adaptors because of the stress to their back when adjusting the height. Electrical adjustment solves that problem.
Our product showcase format is being enhanced for 2019 and comprehensive details will follow shortly. In the meantime, we have set dates and locations with exact venues now being finalised. Each showcase date will also be followed by a One Day DSE Assessor Course the next day. Booking will become available early in the New Year but you can pencil any relevant date(s) into your diary now: February 26th: Southampton, March 26th: London, May 21st: Bristol, June 18th: Birmingham, July 16th: Manchester, September 24th: Edinburgh.
Since we started to publish them, I have been writing all our blogs. This is time consuming and, with a simultaneous need to address all three of our Healthy sectors, I am simply not productive enough! We have therefore introduced additional staff writers who will help me to keep interesting and informative copy flowing. The first article – Is Health & Wellbeing linked to the Office Environment? – has already been published and we have several more already in the pipeline alongside my own planned pieces. This eBulletin will continue to be written by me (with highly critical editorial support from my office colleagues!).