Press Releases

EO Group in the press

At EO Group we regularly issue press releases for all of our brands including Euroffice, UK Office Direct, Office Power and Euroffice Italy. Because we are one of the leading online office supplies providers and our technology is disrupting the office supplies industry, we have been featured in many publications over the years. We have received recognition in the media and have been ranked on The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 on three occasions. You’ll find a selection of our press releases and articles below.

19
Jun 2018

Office Power wins two ECMOD awards

Winner of ‘Best Exploitation of Technology’ for third consecutive year Winner of ‘Office & Business Supplies’ award for second consecutive year Office Power has won two prestigious ECMOD Awards. The team scooped the winning trophy for ‘Best Exploitation of Technology’ for the third year running and the ‘Office & Business Supplies’ award for the second time. The Best Exploitation of Technology (sales up to £25m – B2B) category was won by Office Power for its Dynamic Pricing tool, introduced to help dealers overcome the challenges associated with competing in a price sensitive market and protecting their profitability. “Our Dynamic Pricing tool has revolutionised the way office supplies dealers price their products,” said Office Power CTO Mike Gibbard. “The tool has allowed them to have full visibility of how their margin …
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02
May 2018

Eurostat rebrands as Euroffice

Eurostat, the £6M dealer, has been rebranded and fully merged with Euroffice, following its acquisition by EO Group in February. Since the decision to rebrand, taken less than a month ago, the team has: Migrated the legacy customer data along with their buying and pricing data Contacted all key customers and set them up on the new online portal Migrated the van routes onto a new distribution model Rebranded and re-networked all offices Built over 10 new tech features to support the integration Integrate and update all employee contracts Consolidate all key supplier relationships Migrated to EO Group’s accounting system Trained all staff “After acquiring Eurostat, it became quickly obvious that operating under different trading names was not optimal if we were going to successfully unleash the power of the …
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26
Feb 2018

EO Group appoints John Browett as chairman

John Browett takes the reigns as Euroffice Group chairman as the organisation prepares for further growth. EO Group has appointed John Browett as chairman. Browett joins EO Group with extensive experience at senior management level across retail, technology and M&A, including CEO positions at Dixons, Dunelm and Tesco.com. He was also global VP at Apple Retail and has held non-exec roles at Octopus Ventures and easyJet. His appointment comes at an exciting time for EO Group as it completes its purchase of Eurostat and reports positive growth for Office Power. Looking ahead, the organisation is developing ambitious plans across the entire portfolio including refreshing its strategy for Euroffice, the UK’s leading online stationery and office supplies retailer, and investigating new routes for leveraging its award-winning technology. “EO Group is already …
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16
Feb 2018

EO Group acquires Eurostat

EO Group acquires leading independent office supplies dealer Eurostat. Founded in 1991, Eurostat Office Solutions is one of the largest independent office supplies companies in the UK. Under the command of Stefan Mercado, it has grown to over 60 people with offices in London, Sheffield, Bristol and Brighton. The two companies initially met to discuss the possibility of Eurostat joining Office Power, however, after nearly 30 years at the helm, Stefan was keen to exit the business and retire. Described as ‘too good an opportunity to pass by’ and a ‘very strong strategic fit’ by EO Group’s CEO Simon Drakeford, the acquisition will, among other things, allow EO Group to increase its buying power, further develop the Office Power platform, improve the group’s category roll-out plans and drive customer loyalty. …
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15
Dec 2017

Office Power wins Service Provider of the Year at the Boss Awards

London, December 2017 – Office Power has won the ‘Service Provider of the Year’ accolade at this year’s BOSS Industry Awards. Office Power combines a bespoke technology platform and dedicated trading and support team to help office supplies dealers grow their businesses, giving them more time and increased profitability. The award ceremony was held at the Tower Guoman Hotel in London last week and hosted by TV presenter Mark Durden-Smith. Simon Drakeford, CEO, Office Power, said: “We continuously work on improving our technology and service levels. Metrics we use to measure the success of our service include dealer customer Net Promoter Scores, dealer customer satisfaction scores, average dealer GM, estimated dealer time saved, average annual dealer growth rate and average dealer net profit increase. We’re proud to say that our …
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27
Mar 2017

Office Power shortlisted for National Technology award

Office Power has been shortlisted for Tech Company of the Year in the inaugural National Technology Awards. The awards, hosted by FStech Magazine, will be judged by a panel including Deloitte and Tech UK with the winners unveiled at the National Technology Awards Gala and Dinner on 17 May 2017 at the Millennium Hotel London Mayfair. Launched in 2014, the multi-award-winning Office Power is a combination of a bespoke technology platform and a dedicated support team that gives local office supplies dealers more confidence and control to make their businesses stronger and more profitable. Introduced this year, the National Technology Awards were created to allow the technology sector to shine, celebrating the pioneers of new technology and to help drive standards and encourage excellence. “The impact that Office Power has …
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12
Jan 2017

Dealer Support Feature: Gap Analysis

How can gap analysis be used to successfully obtain a greater share of a customer’s spend? Consumer expectations and shopping patterns can be difficult to understand and in turn retention of customers can be difficult to sustain in competitive markets. Using Gap Analysis to fuel your marketing and customer retention strategies will help to secure future customer spend as well as increase basket share. Gap analysis should be used to identify purchasing patterns, help compare category mix, MTBO’s, GM, Revenue and AOS patterns across customer databases and segments of customers, all with the aim of identifying new opportunities. Using order Gap Analysis, dealers can build contact strategies and marketing strategies, pinpointing the right time to communicate with their customers, delivering relevant messages, offers, prices and promises at the opportune time. …
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20
Dec 2016

Channel Info Feature: How to ease the pain of the cost price increase

For the foreseeable future, the office supplies industry is facing a big challenge. The UK’s decision to ‘Brexit’ has left the value of the pound weakened to levels not seen since 1985. Making imports of office products sold in the UK cost more than usual. We speak to Nick Wilson, CFO at Office Power who shares his advice on how independent dealers can ease the pain of cost price increases. Examining the situation The UK office supplies industry relies heavily on imports; from paper to ink, it’s predominantly manufactured overseas in Eastern Europe and the Far East. As a result of the devalued currency wholesalers purchasing office products in US Dollars and Euros will see an increase in the cost of goods. In essence, they are getting less for their …
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17
Oct 2016

Office Power wins first BOSS e-Business Award

Office Power – the unique software, service and support platform that is powering growth and profitability for office supplies businesses – has won the first e-Business Award at the BOSS Industry Awards 2016. The award ceremony was held at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham on 13 October 2016. The e-Business category was only introduced by BOSS in 2016 in ‘acknowledgement of the growing impact of e-business in the business supplies marketplace and to recognise those that have utilised the digital world to enhance their business.” The first ever e-Business accolade was presented to Office Power, which provides the dealer community with a single, integrated technology platform to support business growth and profitability. A BOSS Award is one of the highest accolades in the office products industry recognising individuals or organisations …
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17
Oct 2016

Office Power receives the Stationers Company Warrant

Office Power, the technology platform and support team giving dealers the insight and resources they need to confidently strengthen their businesses, collected the prestigious Stationers’ Company Warrant at the association’s annual awards on 10th October. Introduced in 2015, the warrants acknowledge excellence in the communications and content industry in the annual awards. One of the Warrants’ main functions is to monitor and reward products and services that meet the highest standards of excellence as assessed by the team of judges. This year the judges were without exception impressed by the Office Power entry. Collecting the award, Simon Drakeford, CEO, Office Power said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the quality of the Office Power product has been recognised with this warrant.  At Office Power we’re passionate about blending our Office Products Industry …
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19
Sep 2016

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER APPOINTED TO BOLSTER EO GROUP

EO Group – the leading UK online office supplies company– has appointed Neil Tinegate as Chief Operating Offer. Successful and exciting growth of Office Power in recent years means that EO Group needs to bolster its board to take full advantage of the opportunities that exist for Office Power and EO Group as a whole. Neil’s broad accountabilities will include commercial, operational and customer service functions as well as building the next suite of trading tools. Specialising in digital systems and technology, Tinegate joins the board from Home Retail Group where most recently he led the Homebase online business as Director of Digital, following senior leadership roles with sister company Argos as part of the retailer’s Digital Transformation. Prior to Home Retail Group, Tinegate was instrumental in defining and implementing …
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26
Jul 2016

OFFICE POWER ANNOUNCES LONDON DEALER EVENT

Office Power – the technology platform and support team giving office supplies dealers the confidence and control to make their businesses stronger – is to host its first dealer forum and networking event in London. The event will take place on 16th September at the prestigious BOSS Federation offices. Registration for the event is now open and dealers are invited to contact Alina Fisher at Office Power at alina.fisher@officepower.net or on 0207 091 4659 to secure one of a limited number of places. The London event follows successful forums in Bristol and Glasgow earlier this year when local dealers gathered to hear about – and debate – the future of the office supplies industry before enjoying an evening of networking. The London morning features a guest speaker from the local …
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10
Jul 2016

OFFICE POWER AWARDED STATIONERS’ COMPANY WARRANT

Office Power, the technology platform and support team giving office supplies dealers the confidence and control to make their businesses stronger, has been awarded a prestigious Stationers’ Company Warrant for 2017. The warrants, which were introduced in 2015, recognise excellence within the communications and content industries and are awarded to products and services that the judges believe meet the highest standards of excellence. The warrant will be officially presented to the company by The Master of the Stationers’ Company at The Livery Lunch at Stationers Hall on 10 October. Office Power is entitled to use the warrant seal of excellence for 18 months starting 1 July. Last summer, Office Power was also presented with an Innovation Excellence Award by the Stationers’ Company and commended for its “development of a software, …
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05
Jul 2016

OFFICE POWER PARTNERS WITH YORKSHIRE’S WT SUPPLIES

Office Power, the technology platform and support team giving office supplies dealers the confidence and control to make their businesses stronger, has partnered with WT Supplies in West Yorkshire. The partnership is central to the WT Supplies’ plans to break the £2m turnover barrier by 2018. Keighley-based WT Supplies was formed in 1980 by Ernest Walton and purchased by its current owners – Mark and Sara Exley – in 2002. Ernest was terminally ill and keen to sell to a company that would continue to look after his customers the way he did. Mark & Sara`s Company Right Price Computer Supplies mainly sold EOS products & no stationery; Ernest’s WT Supplies was the exact opposite. Both companies shared the same ethos – to treat customers with loyalty, integrity and honesty. …
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01
Jul 2016

DEALERS WILL LOSE CUSTOMERS IF THEY CONTINUE TO UNDERINVEST IN MARKETING

Office supplies dealers are spending too little and on the wrong type of marketing. This is according to brand new research carried out by Office Power, which is available for dealers to download in full and for free from: OPI Dealer Support Channel Info Extensive research of office supplies dealers from across the UK revealed that 67% of dealers spend less than 1% of their turnover in marketing. The accepted industry average is between 9% and 13%. The research also points to dealers being over-reliant on subsidised marketing provided by wholesalers and dealer groups, irrespective of its effectiveness in achieving their objectives. The pressure to co-brand from some vendor partnerships is also diluting dealers’ efforts to raise brand awareness and loyalty. Dealers were also asked which marketing channels they currently …
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10
Jun 2016

OFFICE POWER WINS ECMOD AWARD

June 2016: Office Power, the software, service and support platform that provides office supplies dealers with the confidence and control to grow, has won a prestigious ecMod award for the Best Exploitation of Technology. The ecMod awards, presented by Direct Commerce, spearhead the recognition of business excellence for organisations engaged in B2B and B2C retailing across traditional and newly emerging channels. Office Power was acclaimed by the judges as ‘an excellent concept’ and ‘a very professional operation supplying a real business need extremely well’. The company’s marketing strategy was also praised with comments including: ‘On-point messaging using sales copy, testimonials, case studies and videos. Great use of a blog to support the process.’ The judges included experts from marketing, design, sales and retail, including House of Fraser, and entrants for …
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19
Apr 2016

OFFICE POWER SIGNS RAINBOW OFFICE SUPPLIES AND HELPS DEALER STAY IN BUSINESS DURING THE WINTER FLOODS

Office Power – the award-winning innovative business platform that drives growth and profitability for office supplies dealers – has partnered with Rainbow Office Supplies in Kendal, its first dealer partner in Cumbria. The company now has partners in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Rainbow Office Supplies was founded in 1988 and joint founder Steve Hartley is still at the helm. Shortly after partnering with Office Power in December, Cumbria suffered its worst flooding in years. Water poured into Rainbow’s office to desk height and its delivery van was washed away along with its PCs and server. “Working with Office Power meant we could start servicing customers again quicker than if we were using an alternative,” said Steve. “And now that all of our customer data is stored remotely, we’re …
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04
Feb 2016

Just Office records best ever December, one month after partnering with Office Power

Just Office, the office supplies business based in Barnstaple, North Devon, has reported its best ever December sales just one month after signing with Office Power. The company – founded by Mark Rostock and Andy Unstead in 2001 – partnered with Office Power in November 2015. Following the change which included new trading terms and a brand new website from Office Power, the company reported its best ever December sales and gross profit figures for 15 years. The move to Office Power – the award-winning innovative business platform that drives growth and profitability for dealers – supports the founders’ longer term business strategy for Just Office to permanently break the £1m turnover barrier and to achieve £1.5m in sales by 2018. “Just Office started strongly and grew rapidly year on …
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19
Jan 2016

EUROFFICE GROUP BOLSTERS MARKETING TEAM WITH NEW APPOINTMENT

Euroffice Group – the online office supplies group – has bolstered its marketing team with the appointment of Alina Fisher as senior marketing manager. Fisher joins the company with extensive B2B and B2C marketing experience and expertise, having held similar positions with Terasaki Electric, where she was responsible for overseeing the company’s expansion into the Russian market, and, most recently, the conference and exhibition specialist Terrapinn. At Euroffice, she will help to drive growth for both the Euroffice and Office Power brands. “Technology and data are powering a revolution for the office supplies industry with exciting consequences for dealers and consumers and Euroffice Group is leading the charge. We have exciting times ahead for us and I’m really excited to be a part of it,” said Alina Fisher. About Euroffice: …
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16
Nov 2015

Office Power signs second Scottish dealer, as it partners with Riverside Stationers

Office Power – the unique software, service and support platform powering growth and profitability for office supplies dealers – has partnered with Riverside Stationers, its second dealer in Scotland. Based in Musselburgh, East Lothian, Riverside Stationers was founded by Kenny Sneddon.  The dealer partnered with Office Power in August 2015 and has already enjoyed significant benefits. “Our margins are already up a couple of points and our average order value has risen thanks to Office Power creating a new website for us and assisting our customers online where it’s easier for them to find what they want as well as discover things they didn’t realise they wanted,” explained Kenny. “Office Power has also helped us cut our overheads from day one. They handle all of our warehousing and deliveries so …
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23
Sep 2015

Euroffice Ltd appoints Maria Chappell to Group Head of Category

  Euroffice Ltd  – the online office supplies group – has appointed Maria Chappell in the new role of group head of category. Chappell has nine years experience working in the office supplies industry, starting as a product manager at Office2Office. She joined Euroffice in 2011 where she held the position of category manager. She moved to Office Power 18 months ago where she worked closely with dealer partners before, during and after their onboarding, and was promoted to group head of category this month. In her new position, Chappell will manage the core category functions of ranging, sourcing, cost-price negotiation, product merchandising and vendor relationship for the whole of the group which includes Office Power, Euroffice UK and UK Office Direct, whilst also providing consultancy to Euroffice Italy and …
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16
Sep 2015

Big Box partners with Office Power, and eyes huge growth for 2015

Office Supplies Dealer Big Box in Northern Ireland is on track to achieve ambitious growth thanks in part to its recent partnership with Office Power. Founder and managing director John Wallace has big plans for the Irish business and is on track for record growth in 2015 and 2016. Office Power is the unique software, service and support platform powering growth and profitability for office supplies dealers in the UK. The two companies started working together on 1st August 2015. “Big Box is still an evolving business, but I have always had a very clear vision for its future. To have even the smallest chance of achieving my goals, I knew I needed to increase the numbers and that meant an increase of sales and customer service experts as well …
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29
Aug 2015

Euroffice launches high speed full service mobile site

The Euroffice Group has launched a high speed, full service mobile e-commerce solution for both its business and consumer customers. The site launches as more than ten per cent of the company’s site traffic now originates from mobile users and one quarter of its emails are opened on mobile devices. Mirroring the services offered on the desktop version, the new site supports every aspect of the Euroffice shopping experience, from searching the vast database of 16,000 products, to viewing full account details, previous orders, invoices and saved settings. More importantly, the development team has achieved this without compromising speed or performance. The site, which is the result of two years of intensive research and development, offers customers the following functionality: iOS and Android optimisation Quick order functionality for customers who …
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29
Jul 2015

One Office sees margin rise six points after signing with Office Power

Office Power – the unique software, service and support platform powering growth and profitability for office supplies businesses – has announced it first dealer partner in Northern Ireland, Belfast-based One Office. Since partnering with Office Power, One Office has already seen its net margin increase by six points as the company leaves the impact of the recession firmly behind it. One Office launched in 2008 and, like many other businesses in Northern Ireland, suffered badly when the recession hit. The journey back to health had been a slow one but after partnering with Office Power the company is recruiting once again and managing director David Martin is looking forward to growing the business over the coming months and years. “One thing you cannot do in this industry is resist change; …
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02
Jul 2015

Office power wins stationers’ company innovation excellence award

Office Power – the unique software, service and support platform that is powering growth and profitability for office supplies businesses – has won an Innovation Excellence Award presented by the prestigious Stationers’ Company in London. The awards, which were introduced by the Stationers’ Company last year, recognise excellence in an increasingly tough and dynamic business world and the key role that innovation plays in survival at a time of immense change. Awards are presented to just 11 organisations, described as some of the most outstanding examples of companies in the communication and content industries adapting through innovation in the digital media landscape. Office Power fought off competition from seven other entries from dealer-focused office supplies businesses to win the award and was commended by the Stationers’ Company for its “development …
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05
Feb 2015

Office Power adds Lime Office Supplies to it’s growing dealer network

Office Power – the unique software, service and support platform that is powering growth and profitability for office supplies businesses –announced a second new partner in as many weeks today as the company added Redditch based Lime Office Supplies to its dealer network. Established in 2009 and located in Warwickshire, Lime is headed by Laurence Hicks. Despite a strong start, the company lost its biggest customer and half of its turnover in 2014 and needed help to return to prosperity. “Last summer we were faced with the real possibility of closing the business and I realised we needed the support of a dealer network to get back on track. It was a big decision. I’d heard unfavourable feedback about other networks and I had my concerns. I was worried about …
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29
Jan 2015

Office Power partners with Abbotts Office Solutions

Office Power – the unique software, service and support platform that is powering growth and profitability for office supplies businesses – has added industry veteran Abbotts Office Solutions to its ever-increasing network of dealers. Established in 1918, Abbotts is located in Thame and serves Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Managing director Tim Crabtree bought the company from founder Arthur Abbotts’ sons in 1990, spearheading a technology-led modernisation plan, which, in his own words, “brought the company out of the 1930s and ready for a new millennium”.  Despite Tim’s success over the last two decades, the need to embrace the Internet as a retail channel and to further drive down costs and increase efficiencies led him to partner with Office Power. “By partnering with Office Power, Abbotts keeps its branding and its autonomy. …
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11
Nov 2014

Office Power appoints Head of Dealer Trading

Office Power – the unique software, service and support platform that is powering growth and profitability for office supplies businesses – has appointed Colin Streeter as Head of Dealer Trading. Streeter joins Office Power from stationery wholesaler Spicers where he has been a key part of the team since 2008, most recently in the role of Account Director. As Head of Dealer Trading at Office Power, he will work closely with dealers to ensure they maximise the benefits of the Office Power platform and services and succeed in cutting costs, driving sales and increasing profitability. “The drive and enthusiasm of the team at Office Power and the buy in they have from their partners is incredibly impressive,” commented Colin Streeter. “I am excited to be joining them at a time …
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03
Nov 2014

Office World signs up with Office Power

  Office Power – the unique software, service and support platform that is powering growth and profitability for office supplies businesses – has added Office World to its growing network of dealers. Based on the south coast of England, Office World was founded by director Tim James in 2004. Despite enjoying increased revenue of nearly 20 per cent in 2013, the company struggled to balance fast growth with the administration and financial juggling that comes with it. Tim made the decision to switch to Office Power so that he could focus more on strengthening his relationships with existing customers and nurturing new prospects, maintaining his strong growth trajectory. “Getting busier is obviously great from a financial viewpoint, but it comes with its downsides,” commented Tim James. “I found it increasingly …
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