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.

Welcome to the Machine: Part 2.

Tip 2: Cold Calling

Whether you are “old friends” of ours or have only today found us – welcome!


My name is Colin Morgan, but I sit just yards away from, and work with, a group of people, mostly called Meakin. For most of their adult lives Jenny Meakin and her family have put their all into building what has grown over the last 30 years to be a very successful, family owned and run, company based in Maldon in Essex. Whether as printers or as stationery and office suppliers Meakins is known for its exceptional customer care, reliability and competitiveness, but then so are most of our competitors. So why should you read one more line of this blog?


Well because we have a great story to tell you….so please grab a tea and read on….


If you already have a picture of an office with three generations working in close family harmony, where everyone drives each other forward and seldom a cross word is heard then LOSE IT!. This is EastEnders, Coronation Street and Dallas on a mixture of testosterone and raw meat …… but out of this “oven” comes massive energy and pig headed determination not to be beat……


……that’s why I work here and more importantly why, in what we all accept as the most challenging market conditions in a lifetime, Meakins is a company on the move. Whether you measure turnover, profit or numbers of customers WE ARE GROWING!


How?.....well I may be new to the art of blogging but I have already got the message not to give too much away too soon, so here is the first Meakins tip for growth:

Cold Calling – Two words which strike terror and loathing into the heart of many who like to call themselves salespeople. Only if you have done it can you sense that sick dread which fills the gut as you approach the door of reception for the first time…..and the complete shutdown of your ability to speak and/or breathe when asked to explain why you have called…

….. I well remember my first ever cold call. I was an Englishman selling industrial maintenance chemicals in the West of Scotland (Stranraer to be precise). I had just finished my sales training and was out on my first day flying “solo”. I swear I thought my legs would give way as I lurched, shiny new samples bag in hand, towards the reception of Dukes Transport. I made it to the door and managed to blurt something resembling a sales intro out…. I did not get the business but I did shed my cold call “virginity” and have to say have never looked back since.

Cold calling is very much one of our growth strategies at Meakins and at a time when many have retreated behind tele-sales operations and on-line ecommerce solutions, we are making cold calling work. Our customers respect the fact that we are getting off our backsides and trying to make something happen, “putting ourselves about” and reminding this part of Essex at least that Meakins is very much alive and kicking. Our customers know how much their business means to us, they know our faces, they know our stories……and as we all know people buy from people….


Welcome your thoughts and stories on the joys of the cold call…..





Danielle’s Week

Danielle's Week

I've had a hectic week with the Marathon Running these past few weeks. I have been running further and testing my endurance by running 18 miles last week! This is the furthest I have been so far, and I'm gearing up to run the big 20 in the next week or so.

I visited a running shop last week and bought myself some real running trainers! The sales assistant tested the way that I run with a treadmill and a camera, and recommended me some running shoes based on what he saw. My new trainers are bright pink, and I certainly stand out from the crowd!

When the sales assistant assessed my strides, he told me I need to tone my glutes, as my hip goes down one side and may be a problem when running in the future. After the 18 mile run i've found that my hip ached a little afterwards, which is probably to do with the hip dropping.

If anyone has any tips for toning the glutes and preventing my hip dropping on one side, please let me know.

Danielle's Just Giving Page

A Quick Update from Meakins

A Quick Update from Meakins

Mersea Rugby Club Lunch

Mersea Rugby Club Lunch


Meakins were proud to sponsor the latest Mersea Island Rugby Football Club Vice Presidents Lunch on 13th February. Held at the Fox Inn on West Mersea the lunch marked the visit of Ipswich YM RFC and saw some 60 plus guests sit down to a wonderful three course lunch and generous amounts of grape juice! These events are held monthly throughout the playing season and represent a very valuable source of income for the Club. Meakins are closely involved with sponsor development for the newly established Juniors Section of the Club – “The Foxes” – and we are delighted to continue to build our commitment to the “Islanders”. The afternoon was capped off very nicely with a strong Mersea win over an Ipswich side several places above them in the league. If you would like to learn more about these events and others with which Meakins is involved please let us know.