The BOSS Federation is the trade association which serves the UK office supplies and services industry by providing a range of initiatives, cost saving benefits and services, to enhance the business performance of its members.
17 May 2018
According to Government figures, 43% of UK managers rate their own line manager as ineffective. It is therefore hardly surprising to learn that ineffective management is estimated to cost UK companies more than £19bn a year in lost working hours and is attributed to 56% of corporate failures. Perhaps one of the contributory factors for these figures is that only 1 in 5 managers 'have received management training' and are qualified.
26 April 2018
The competitive landscape continues to change and in talking to BOSS Members, particularly independent dealers, we understand that online businesses represent one of the biggest threats, but also one of the biggest imperatives to review and adapt your sales processes. For manufacturers, as the reseller channels change shape, changing your sales approach is also important.
23 April 2018
BOSS Members' Day is returning to the prestigious Stationers' Hall on Tuesday 22 May. This one-day event is a key date in the industry's calendar, attracting a wide variety of delegates from all areas of the sector.
12 April 2018
This issue includes articles on the BOSS Business Supplies Charity Day, Regional BOSS events and BOSS Members' Day and GDPR implications for HR.
05 April 2018
BOSS Members' Day is a ‘go to' one day event that has become a real focus for our industry, bringing together delegates from all types of business and channel to learn, review, discuss and network. It's simply unmissable.
29 March 2018
The BOSS Business Supplies Charity Day - the industry's annual chance to raise a lot of money by having a lot of fun - will be on 4 June 2018 at Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire.
20 March 2018
The Visual Media Conference (VMC) takes place on Tuesday 27 March at the Rose Bowl in Leeds. The event includes international experts on colour, communications, innovation in technology and asks the question ‘VR - so what?'
15 March 2018
The BOSS Leaders of the Future Conference returned to Stationers' Hall on Friday 9 March with 100 delegates coming from all parts of the industry. The programme for the day had been devised by the Leaders of the Future Committee and was chaired by two of its members - Aaron Hopkinson of Brother UK and Emily Jones of Fellowes UK.
08 March 2018
We are proud to be supporting National Apprenticeship Week 2018 and currently have a number of apprentices on programmes.
01 March 2018
Next week is National Apprenticeship Week - a time to celebrate, encourage and inspire when it comes to emphasising the benefits that apprenticeships bring to people, businesses and communities.
22 February 2018
If not, I would urge you to do so please... your company's and our industry's success will depend on attracting, keeping and developing the brightest stars we can find.
15 February 2018
To prepare members for the new data protection regulations, we hope that you understand your responsibilities to protect your customer's data: but are you also aware of your Human Resources responsibility?
08 February 2018
The GfK Panelmarket figures for 2017 have just come through and show a 0.9% growth for 2017.
01 February 2018
This free to attend one-day event organised by BOSS Federation special interest group, CDi, provides a vivid insight into marketing communications.
25 January 2018
The BOSS Leaders of the Future Conference returns to Stationers' Hall on Friday 9 March 2018 and is sure to be another fantastic event for our industry's rising talent.
15 January 2018
New rules, coming into effect on 13 January 2018, will mean customers cannot be penalised for choosing to pay by card, either online or in-store. Companies will be banned from charging any fees for credit or debit card payments.
11 January 2018
BOSS are working with the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and want to hear your views on Brexit.
04 January 2018
This issue updates you on fundraising initiatives for the Business Supplies Charity along with key advice to help you run your business more effectively:
14 December 2017
Elf & Safety
In this festive season the singing of carols is a wonderful tradition but with our responsibility to advise on best practice in the office when it comes to “elf and safety” we thought we should offer the following thoughts in case anyone takes them literally!
14 December 2017
Office parties, employers and employees either love them or loathe them, but they remain a feature of most people's employment. They range from a small social gathering in the pub after work at the end of a stressful day to the full-blown Christmas party where the alcohol flows freely all night. Unfortunately, while many employees will use it to let their hair down completely harmlessly, the office party may represent trouble for a small minority. Employers need to be proactive in ensuring acceptable conduct as they could find themselves vicariously liable for the actions of their employees if those actions are deemed to have been committed "in the course of their employment", whether or not they were done with the employer's knowledge or approval.