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Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Increased rates of sick leave in the summer hit business hard.

The summer is a wonderful thing, we wait for it through the long winter months and it arrives, bringing colour, long nights, warmth and a general good feeling. However people want to be out in the sun and having fun while it lasts. This means that sickness rates rise in many business during the summer months, some staff take a day off “sick”, because its too nice a day and they want to do something other than work! This has a negative impact on production or service, sometimes mean a higher price for customers and adds extra cost and expense to the business too.

So business need to look at what they can do to attract their staff in during the summer and to help eliminate feigned sickness on a nice day. A summer themed competition or targets with prizes often works well because the office is buzzing, it’s fun and extra things can be won. Managers can use an extra half day holiday or a double lunch break as a bigger prize, making sure there are lots of smaller prizes as incentives to build up to these. Branded sweets, stress balls, mugs, pens, rulers, gift vouchers, swapping work with a manager for a day, are all good incentives to come to work and work hard while you  are there. There might even be a prize for 100%  attendance over the summer months.

If you like the idea of raising attendance and stamping out summer “sickies”, look at www.mikkis.co.uk for inspiration.

 

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Promoting a charity is just as important, as promoting a profit making buiness, if not more so.

Some charities have a great marketing strategy and are really good at getting themselves known, spreading their message and pointing people in the right direction to get help. Some charities feel they can’t spend their fundraising on marketing or promotional items. The work and services that charities provide fill a huge gap that the government and corporate world leave in society. That gap is one of help, support, patience, understanding and care giving. Some charities have government and local authority funding, that needs topping up by fundraising, others have to raise all the money themselves. Promotional items can help these charities in two ways:

  • Items can be branded or plain and used for resale at open days and on stands at shows. The profit then boosts the fundraising effort. If you are going to do this, remember larger quanitites attract much cheaper prices than small quantities, allowing more money to be raised.
  • Branded items, displaying your logo, service details and how to get in contact, will show people where to go to get the help your charity provides. Lots of people don’t ask for help, because they don’t know the help is actually available to them.

These items can be fun or useful, whatever your client group would relate to. For example an adult literacy chairty might use branded notebooks, bookmarks or pens. An animal charity might use animal shaped stress balls.

If you want help promoting your company, please call us on 0800 731 0301, or look at www.mikkis.co.uk

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Supervet on Channel 4, brave, takes risks and believes in his team and the animals.

The Supervet series on Channel 4, features Noel Fitzpatrick and his team of dedicated vetinary visionaries. The team deal with referrals from all over the country that local vets cannot help. A lot of these animals have complex fractures that require pins, plates and sometimes external fixaters. Last nights episodes featured Jasper, a beautiful staffordshire terrier puppy that had birth and growth defects. His elbows on the front legs had never been “in the socket”, and the leg bones were growing at different rates. Not only did he have a series of complex, difficult and lengthy operations, he also had a cardiac arrest due to an anaesthetic beforehis second op. Jasper had nearly 150 physio sessions, nearly 50 hydrotherapy sessions and over 2 months in the purpose built, state of the art clinic. Against the odds, Jasper, a black cat, a beautiful labrador and a pot bellied pig escaped being youthanised and were saved by the “bionic vet”.

Britain is a nation of animal lovers, this programme proves there are owners prepared to pay to save their pet, most of the them are insured, but insurance only goes up to a maximum amount, the owner is then liable for the remainder. The animals themselves, were brave and aided their own recovery with their determination. The vets were also emotionally involved, this clinic is the last chance for these much loved pets.

Promote your charity, business, company or service using an animal theme. We have stressballs in every shape and size, coasters, mouse mats, glasses, mugs, clothing, pencil cases etc.. that can be printed with your animal designs and your logo to attract your clients. People often like people, that like animals, show your company as animal friendly and win new clients. Go to www.mikkis.co.uk for inspiration.

 

 

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Football world Cup – everybody is going football theme crazy!

promotional-stress-ballsThe football world cup in Brazil starts in 28 days! The excitement is building and everyone is going football crazy! Lots of companies are looking at football themed promotional items to promote their company, club, charity, event or organisation. England are in group D with Uruguay, Costa Rica and Italy, a tough group but with grit, determination and skill England can do it! England are ranked 11th in the official FIFA rankings, our first match is against Italy on the 14th of June, Italy are ranked 9th, the four time winners will certainly put up a good fight and play well.

There is time to make your football themed order for promotional items still, with nearly a month to go but you will need to be quick, as products are in demand and production slots are being booked. The things that are available in football themes and can be printed with your logo or details are:

  • Football stress ball keyrings – your logo will be seen by many every day
  • Football shaped stress balls and football player stressball, a classic stress relieving product
  • Rulers with footballs themed printing
  • Football themed coasters showcasing your brand
  • Counter mats and mouse mats with your football themed print
  • Mugs that can reveal a football when hot liquid is put inside, your company brand will be visible all the time
  • Bar runners with a football design

Most things we create we can do with a footballs twist, why not make sure your company gets noticed amid the world cup excitement, call us on 0800 731 0301 or go to www.mikkis.co.uk.

 

Friday, May 9th, 2014

GCSE and A-Level exams starting now for thousands of school and college students.

This is the time of year students in years 11, 12 and 13 dread the most! Exam time. Some children do anything upward of 6 GCSE’s with students in grammer, selective and private schools doing as many as 14 or 15 GCSE’s. At AS level anything from 2 to 5 subjects and often one is dropped for A level the following year. This is a very stressful time for everyone. Schools and parents worry are the students doing enough revision and taking it seriously enough, the students feel stressed and are torn between studying and wanting to enjoy the nice weather coming and finding time for some work or hobbies.

Today for many is the last day of full time school as study leave commences. This allows students to study and revise, at home or at school if they wish and prepare for their exams. GCSE’s started this week for a couple of examing boards but the majority start next week. AS and A levels are not quite starting yet but soon. Students will already have applied for college, 6th form and university places and received their conditional offers, all now depends on the grades! The students are under lots of pressure from parents, offer letters, their schools and colleges and primarily from themselves.

The rules are strict about what you can take into an exam room. If you are a college, 6th form, University or service wanting to appeal to potential students, why not give them an exam kit printed with your details and logo. For example, the kind of pens, pencils and rulers in a see through pencil case, branded with your logo! Advertising for your educational establishment and an easy way for the students to get their exam tools right and organised, all in one go. If you want to talk more about this or any other promotional items, please call us at Mikkis on 0800 731 0301, email us at sales@mikkis.co.uk, or look at www.mikkis.co.uk.