In this issue we preview the BOSS Industry awards on pages 6&7, revealing the prestigious shortlist. It is not too late to book a table for the awards - please visit www.bossfederation.com/awards/2013 for futher details.
In this issue we tell you about BOSS Outlook on pages 18-19: this is a report on trends and quarterly forecasts for the industry, a new initiative by the BOSS Federation that was recently launched at the BOSS Members' Day.
It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating success at the 2012 BOSS Awards, and now this year's event is fast approaching. In this issue we explain how we have made it even easier for you to take part with online entering. The event is also being held in a new central UK Location making it far more accessible for everyone.
As you know at BOSS we are keen to feature as wide a range of people in the industry as possible. So this issue we are glad to be bringing you news of a new event we are planning that is specifically targeted at the younger members ofour community. The BOSS Forum - The Leaders of the Future is aimed at those people we believe are going to take the industry on to new heights in the decades to come.
A wonderful night was had by all at this year's BOSS Awards, and to continue the celebrations this issue we are profiling some of the remarkable brands and companies that won. There's everything from PG Tips, Britain's favourite tea brand, which in the past few years has been making serious inroads into the office supplies market, to Phillips Business Solutions, a small (by which we mean less than £5m turnover) dealer that still manages to pack in print management, office interiors and embroidery alongside office product supplies, and has also been doing great work keeping customers' costs down. We also find out how the humble Post-it Note has developed in the 30-odd years since it first made it to these shores to become an office staple that seems to have a cast iron
This month we are bringing a keen focus on those items within the product range that don't always get the limelight. These are products to make the office a more comfortable place, for example, such as some of the ergonomic furniture Fellowes provides. Or hot beverage machines - we often overlook them, but can you imagine what many of today's offices would be like without them?
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Paper is something we usually take for granted, and yet it is probably one of the most significant products to make its way through the office supply chain. Just think for example, what products there are within the chain that don’t rely on paper. There are writing instruments, certainly, and ancillary office products like coffee machines, but even EOS products usually involve some paper somewhere. If paper were suddenly to dwindle away, the resulting market would be hard to imagine.
In this issue we have decided to take stock of the situation, to see just how major the changes have been, and to see how the paper industry as a whole is fighting back.
Also, we know this year is going to be tough, and because at BOSS we always like to provide our members with the most useful and timely services.
This is a supplement we have put together to help you start off the new year in the best of financial circumstances.
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After the spectacular evening we had at this year's BOSS Federation Awards, it seems only right that we should devote much of this issue to profiling the winners. And what an exemplary lot they are.
They are proof, if it was needed, that even in these harsh economic times, there are office supply companies out there run by hugely inspiring individuals who are really doing great things.