The TM Edit: Five Must-Have Printed Items For Reopening Offices

Things are looking up for businesses in England as today (Thursday 27th January 2022) we see the easing of many covid restrictions. One of which is the end of remote working and returning to the office. 

For many people, this will be the first time back in their work environment for almost two years. So, if you're welcoming members of staff back to your office, then you might want to consider our must-have office essentials.


What Covid Restrictions Are Being Lifted in England Today?

Last week the government announced that people are no longer required to work from home and face masks are no longer compulsory in secondary school classrooms and communal areas. In addition, from today England will see the easing of the following:

  • Covid passes are no longer compulsory to enter venues and events.
  • Face coverings are no longer compulsory in public spaces, although they will still be recommended in some areas.

There's also positive news for those wishing to visit loved ones in care homes because from Monday 31st January, care home restrictions will ease. There will no longer be a limit on the number of visitors allowed at care homes, self-isolation periods will be cut, and care homes will only have to follow outbreak management rules for 14 days rather than 28.

Scotland and Wales are also seeing the easing of covid restrictions; from January 31, work from home advice will be lifted in Scotland.

With this in mind, make the transition back to the office that bit easier for your employees and your business with promotional products that are essential for reopening offices.

Brand Awareness in Every Sip with Printed Mugs and Bottles

If there's one type of merchandise you really can't go wrong with, it's promotional drinkware. After all, it's essential in order to consume the daily recommended amount of water (arguably, tea and coffee, too), so what better way to get your brand noticed every single day? 

But don't just take our word for it, a recent study from the ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) shows that a single promotional drinkware item will generate 1,400 impressions alone. That's over a thousand times your logo will be seen from just one logo-printed bottle, mug, glass, or reusable coffee cup. Couple that with their durability and long-lasting nature, investing in branded mugs and bottles allows your business to get the most out of its marketing budget.

Total Merchandise has over 17 years of experience in mug and bottle printing, so here are our top picks for advertising your brand via printed drinkware.

1. 500ml Ashford Double Walled Metal Bottles

Lead time: from five working days from proof approval (spot colours or engraved)

Choose these if you're looking for a drinkware item that offers universal appeal.

A bestseller for good reason, these promotional metal bottles are ideal for almost any campaign and demographic. These printed water bottles are particularly popular with office-based staff; easy to refill throughout the day, they don't take up room on a desk, and they can even be used whilst on the move to meetings. Printed with your logo in one, two or full colour, there's also the option for engraving too!

2. Cambridge Promotional Mugs

Lead time: 12-15 working days from proof approval.

Great for ensuring your logo sits centre-stage in offices across England.

These branded mugs are one of our longest best-selling items, a crowd-pleaser ideal for generating brand awareness and getting your business message noticed with every sip. Boasting a large print area for your custom design, it's no surprise that these promotional mugs are chosen by UK businesses time and time again.

3. Individually Named Universal Take Away Cups

Lead time: 12-15 working days once you've approved your artwork proof.

Consider these for your members of staff who commute to and from the office.

These UK-made eco-friendly reusable coffee cups are ideal for adding a personal touch to your back to work campaign. Each branded takeaway cup is emblazoned with your full colour design as well as personalised with the individual names of the end-user.

We have over 400 different branded mugs and printed bottles to choose from, browse the full range and order yours today.

For Branding to Take Note Of, Choose Printed Notepads

After all, who doesn't need a notebook and notepad when it comes to jotting down important notes, dates and conversations? An old-time classic, that cannot be beaten.

Did you know that the notepad dates back as far as 1888? It's said that the notepad was first invented at this time by Thomas W. Holley, who innovated the idea of collecting scraps of paper and stitching them together in order to sell as pads. We told you they were an olden goldie!

Our range of promotional notebooks and notepads may look a little different to Thomas W. Holley's, however, especially as they're printed with your logo!

1. A5 Soft Touch PU Notebooks

Lead time: 7 working days for printing and 10 working days for foil blocking and embossing.

Choose these for a low-cost but high-impact giveaway.

Our bestselling branded A5 Soft Touch PU Notebooks are made from high-quality PU and make the perfect high-perceived value giveaway for your staff returning to the office. With the cover available in a range of different colours and customised with your business name, logo or message, they are sure to draw attention to your branding.

2. Keyboard Notepads

Lead time: 7-10 working days from proof approval.

Ideal for your sales team, who need to take notes whilst on the phone.

A practical office essential made even more accessible thanks to the slimline design that fits perfectly beneath the keyboard, these printed notepads will be greatly received by any member of staff. We have five standard designs for you to simply add your company logo to, or you can have them printed with your own design at no extra cost.

3. Recycled Notepad and Pen Sets

Lead time: available with express dispatch of 3 working days.

Consider these if you would like to add an eco-friendly nod to your promotional office stationery.

These eye-catching printed notepad and pen sets have a combination of natural and coloured finishes and are complete with a matching pen. Personalised with your artwork printed to the cover as standard, there is also the option to print your design to the pen at an additional cost. Made from 100% recycled paper, these branded notepad sets are perfect for adding an eco-friendly touch to your office.

Whatever style or size promotional notepad or branded notebook you're after, we've got you sorted!

Make the 'Write' Impression with Promotional Pens

A widely-used and low-cost giveaway with lasting endurance, our branded pens are essential when it comes to the day-to-day tasks of any office employee. Ready and waiting to be printed with your logo, ensuring awareness for your business with every word they write!

Fact: promotional pens are an effective means of getting your logo noticed. In fact, a branded pen generates an average of 3,000 impressions throughout its lifetime. Match this with their brilliant low prices, they're a no-brainer item for promoting your brand.

We're proud to offer one of the UK's largest range of printed pens, but here are our customers' top three choices.

1. Curvy Ballpens

Lead time: three working days from proof approval.

Choose these if you're looking to stretch your marketing budget that bit further.

A tried and tested classic, our best-selling Curvy Ballpens are stylish and ergonomic, offering your employees comfort and ease of use. Printed with your artwork and available in 30 vibrant colours, they're sure to stand out in any pen pot! These branded pens are also available in a choice of different styles and finishes, including frost, soft feelbamboo and more.

2. Electra Metal Ballpens

Lead time: five working days for spot colour and seven working days for full colour or engraved.

Consider these for a high-quality finish at budget-friendly prices.

Each of these promotional metal pens features a sleek push-button design and a modern chrome trim and with your logo sitting close to the nib of the pen, it will never be far from the mind of the user. Choose from a range of 12 stylish colours for maximum impact.

3. BiC Grip Roller

Lead time: 10 working days from proof approval.

Brilliant for having your business recognised alongside a world-renowned brand.

These promotional pens are part of a range from the iconic and industry-leading brand, BiC. The black rubber grip on these pens ensures extra comfort when writing and once printed with your business name or message to the barrel, they are sure to leave a lasting impression on your employees.

With just shy of 430 branded pens to choose from, we're certain there's the perfect printed pen for arming your employees when they return to the office.

In short: Total Merchandise has everything your office could need for returning to the workplace, from mugs and bottles to notepad and notebooks, lunchboxes, pens and even stress balls. Need help finding a specific item? Simply contact a member of our friendly and experienced Sales team on 01376 509092 or email today. Main image via Pexels.

Written by

Alexandra Horridge | Digital Marketing Executive

With five years of experience across both agency and client-side digital marketing, Ally brings a wide range of expertise to the TM team. Ally possesses the technical and creative abilities to create engaging promotional merchandise content and paid media campaigns. A keen photographer, Ally also takes many of the shots you'll see in our articles and social posts. Outside of work, she assists at a local smallholding and has developed a love for all animals, including her African Grey Parrot - Maxwell.

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