Every so often I’m going to interview a member of Bates staff in a segment called ’30 Seconds With…’
First up is the lovely Owen from the Crayford office:
What do you do at Bates? Implementing user profiles for the online ordering systems, troubleshooting for the online system, ordering IT peripherals, general dogs body.
How long have you worked here? Just over 12 years.
What’s the best thing about working here? A nice, friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
And the worst? The train journey; at best it’s 1 hour 30 mins each way.
What’s your favourite piece of stationery? Are you serious? I just sell the stuff, I don’t dream about it!
What do you want to be when you grow up? If I grow up, darling!
What is your guilty pleasure? I’m partial to Puccini.
We do not just pay lip service to caring for the community that we live in, Bates Office takes very seriously it’s corporate social responsibilities (CSR) and in fact we were one of the primary ‘movers and shakers’ in the office supplies world, to encourage our industry to improve the way it behaves.
To this extent Bates Office was one of the first office supplies companies to achieve ISO14001 through BSI and achieved Carbon Neutral status in 2007.
We were one of the few suppliers chosen by the BBC to take part in their world environment day. Our environmental credentials are such that we can even count the Carbon Neutral company as a customer.
But it’s not even just about the green stuff!
There is more to being truly CSR than waving an ecology flag. Bates Office believes passionately that it’s not just good enough to be seen as a good neighbour, but you should also contribute something positive back into the local, national and international community.
So stay tuned and over the next few weeks we’ll be telling you what we do to try and make the world a greener place.
Bates Office has been quietly building our reputation since 1962 and is now one of the leading independents in the UK office supplies market.
After years of steady growth seeing the company grow to a £9m concern, Bates Office acquired the leading independent office supplies dealer Doveys Office in 2011.
The combined Company now has a turnover in excess of £15 million and employs over 80 staff. Operating from our Crayford HQ complimented with a similar operation in the North West, Bates Office now offers true total UK distribution.
Bates Office stands out from the crowd of independent office supplies dealers by offering a refreshingly different alternative.
The company has an ethos of quality, being the first independent dealer to achieve ISO14001 in the UK to enhance the existing ISO9001 and OHSAS 18001 registration.
Bates Office has achieved success by constantly asking how we can offer our customers added value, resulting in us being at the forefront of many of the industry’s innovations.