Autumn Newsletter

Autumn Newsletter 

Check out our Autumn Newsletter! Many exciting things happening this season!


For more information on any of the articles featured in this newsletter, please contact us on 01621 859853

A Closer Look: Rhiannon

"A Closer Look" is a chance to get to know each of our employees more closely. This is the first in the series of our monthly installments, and we start with Rhiannon.

At barely 23 years old Rhiannon is younger than the office vacuum cleaner and is of Welsh descent. A Chelmsford girl, Rhiannon has served some time in Brentwood but now lives in Mayland. She attended Anglo European School where she gained her GCSE’s and A Levels before moving on to Southend College to study health and social care. The plan was to go on to study Psychology at university but she decided instead to get some work experience first.


After a number of temp roles in the Corporate Finance sector, – including large corporate environments such as IFDS – and having formed some idea of what she would ideally want from a permanent role, Rhiannon approached The Lightbulb in Basildon. The Lightbulb specialise in providing apprenticeships and commercial training across a wide range of sectors and it was they who steered Rhiannon towards Meakins. We had identified a need to bring an apprentice into the Company to focus on building our social media presence and bringing structure into our overall marketing approach.


Rhiannon was the youngest and least experienced of the interviewees but impressed us immediately with her appetite to learn and strong interest in the use of social media. She was initially attracted to the apprenticeship scheme as it combined learning with the real world of full time employment, which of course in turn allowed her to earn money and gain a qualification at the same time. Coming from a corporate environment to a small family business was a big change, but something which Rhiannon to her great credit has taken to very readily. The main reason for this she says is a feeling of being more invested in and part of a small family business. Her role at Meakins offers her more ability to make changes and get involved with strategic and process change which is something she was never given the opportunity to be a part of in her previous corporate environments. We tend to think she also enjoys her time at Meakins as it gives her first hand insight into some lively human psychology scenarios …….. but that’s a family business for you!!!


Following an initial induction period and some fairly mundane office admin tasks Meakins Director, Andrew, appointed Rhiannon as our very first full time Marketing person and he has proceeded ever since to pile lots of new and exciting things into her workload!! This has included how to operate a digital printing press, creating regular content for client promotions, website and Facebook use, plus monitoring and reporting to the Company on our on-line google performance. She is clearly very happy in the role which leverages her core skills in social media and related computer and IT technology.


Not content with all this she is now also spreading her wings further, and has started to go out and meet new customers. Scary certainly at first, but as she herself now confesses – it is very exciting to get out of the office and meet both existing and new prospective clients, identifying leads and getting that all important sale!


Probably the best way to summarise Rhiannon’s position is to quote her own words…


“I am looking to be with Meakins for a long time to come - I love working for a small local business and being an integral part of something that’s truly meaningful”

Summer Newsletter

Summer Newsletter

Welcome to our latest seasonal newsletter! We hope you enjoy reading.

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A Portion of Peas

The Importance of a Portion of Peas

by Colin Morgan

Each week I try to give you the reason why you should have confidence in us as your office supplies, promotional goods and printed material supplier. Well it occurred to me while I was cooking our roast dinner yesterday that the answer really is all in the “peas”

Let me explain….

You have all heard the phrase: “prior planning and preparation produces perfect performance”
Well Meakins view is that this is only half a portion of “peas” – here’s how we can offer a grown up portion to your business.

Provenance and Practice: – Meakins has been in the office supplies and printing business for 30 years – all that practice has made us very good at what we do …….

People: I am sure all of us recognise that our people are our most valuable asset. We have serious depth of skill and knowledge – 40 combined years in office supplies and printing and over 35 years of combined sales experience…..all of which gives us

Professionalism – all Meakins family members are “born” with printing in their blood

Personality: Meakins has a face, a personal relationship with all its customers, unlike many of our competitors who operate behind on line ordering sites and telesales operations.

Product: through our relationship with Spicers and VOW we offer an office supplies product range equal to anything on the market…and it is priced competitively.

Patience and Persistence: We have recently won a significant print job with a very big national client with whom we first made contact almost 6 months ago. Our sales cycle is most often days and weeks not months but persistence and patience with this customer’s own timeline has secured the deal for us.

All of these elements have delivered…

Profit and Progress: What we are all in business for. We have added quality clients to our customer base, invested in the business through equipment, people and systems……..

Pension: Way too early for you young folk to be worried about such things I know but ultimately those successful business relationships will help support what I assume you all aspire to in retirement - which is bags of Pleasure and Playtime!!

Now that’s what we call a “grown up portion of peas”, and that’s what Meakins will help bring to your business if you give us the opportunity to show you what we can do.

So call us today - and place your order for PEAS!

Stationery Uses That Will Blow Your Mind!



Hi, I'm Rhiannon, and I am part of the Meakins team. This is my first blog on the Meakins website, so I hope it can be of some use!

When it comes to Stationery, not everyone sees the potential uses of everything in the office. This blog is here to show you how you can re-use rubbish, recycle your old stock into useful stuff, or buy new supplies to create an easier place to work!


Cup Speaker

This is ingenious. When I heard about this I thought, wow so simple, I bet it doesn't work! But it really, really does. All you need is 2 plastic cups and a toilet roll. Simply cut two holes in the side of the cups and jam a toilet roll in them. Cut a small slit for your phone and place in the holder, speaker down.

There you have it, your own workplace concert! Almost...

Cable Organizer

I certainly never knew my bulldog clips could be this useful! Do you ever find yourself in a mess of cables and wires when trying to plug something back into the back of your computer that's fallen out? Yep, everyone else too. This is why this is such a great idea. When clipped onto the edge of your desk behind your computer, you can thread each cable through to separate and organise. You can even go a step further and colour code depending on the function of the cable!

Alternatively, use a bulldog clip as a headphone/charger organiser. Simply clip the bulldog clip onto the edge of a surface and wrap the headphones around it. Easy!

A Cord Maintainer

Do your chargers end up frayed and broken through time? Well this is perfect for just that. Grab the spring from that broken clicky pen, open it out and wrap it around the charger in the weakest spot (usually for Apple chargers is below the plug in piece). This helps the charger to maintain its shape and, to not be bent too far. Thus, preserving your chargers life!

Laptop Cooling

Laptops can easily overheat, which can be dangerous for you and bad for the laptop. In order to stop this from happening, the vents at the bottom of the PC need to be open and able to receive air. By sitting your laptop on top of an open egg box, you can help the air to circulate in and out of the laptop and stop any dangerous situations arising!

Keyboard Beauty

Bored of your standard black keyboard? Try this! Simply cut some patterned masking tape (Washi Tape) into a square fit to the size of the buttons, and stick down. Its that simple! and you'll always stand out in the office!

Charger Organisers

Using Masking tape, simply cut a piece the size you need it to be (I would suggest leaving yourself enough room to write a label) and wrap it around the base of the cable near the wall plug. Then write on it the gadget that the plug belongs to and you are done! Organisation is key when you have lots of gadgets plugged in, especially when the cords all look the same.

That's all from me on the tips front today. All products you have seen listed in this blog are things that Meakins can provide you with. So if you feel like being the organised employee, give us a call! 01621 859853.
Hope you enjoyed my blog, any other tips and tricks you have are welcomed in the comments section.