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What’s the key to us being able to fulfil all of your office needs? Learn a little more about our business…

An experienced team

We’re a close-knit local team, with national reach. We bring together 250 years’ combined office supplies experience to deliver the level of customer service you’d expect from a dealer, with the strategic and logistical advantages of a contract stationer.

Our two founding directors both spent 10 years working for the UK’s largest corporate office supplies company. Working day in, day out, to proactively provide every office product and service to FTSE250 clients, with seamless account management, Steve and Mark perfected their craft. But as their knowledge of the industry grew, so too did their understanding of how to deliver an even better level of service to varied private sector firms throughout the UK, regardless of their size and turnover.

So Universal was born. The directors maintain a hands-on role in everyday operations, blending a faultless corporate philosophy with a friendly, personal approach that helps retain both clients and staff. Indeed working with a consistent commitment to the company ethos – from admin, through to sales, logistics and account management – keeps everyone happy, both within and beyond the business.

A strategic partner

Universal offers clients the complete solution to all of their office needs. Working with industry leading manufacturers such as Brother, Hewlett Packard, BIC and 3M; partnering with specialist service providers including PHS and award-winning RAR marketing professionals; and employing our own in-house team of dedicated office supplies experts even at the logistics stage; we have created a powerful formula.

Whether customers want to order via our secure online portal or over the phone having spoken to an advisor or browsed our catalogue, they have access to our complete suite of products and services. We can provide simple office stationery, printers and consumables, business gifts, office furniture and interior fit out services, managed print, design and web, secure data management and destruction, washroom supplies and much more. Our range of products and services is continually evolving too, hence why our digital presence is so important.

However simple or complex your requirements, you’re assured of one order, from one supplier, and therefore one seamless desktop delivery and one payment. We drive down costs and reduce your environmental impact through the provision of high quality, considered purchases, and smart supply chain management.

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Standards matter

Universal is ISO9001 (quality) and ISO14001 (environmental) accredited. This gives our management team and employees utmost peace of mind that we’re operating in a responsible and professional manner, but also enables us to pass on these benefits to each and every one of our customers.

If you’re striving to negate the environmental impact of your business activity, for example, talk to us about the eco-friendly solutions we have to offer. Our managed print services also help alleviate some of your carbon footprint, and the very nature of our ‘single source supplier’ status means you reduce the number of unnecessary journeys that different providers make to bring you the goods that just one van can.

We strongly believe in giving something back to our community too. That’s why we proudly raise money every year for Macmillan Cancer Support. 1 in 3 of us will get cancer at some point in our lives, and two million people are living with it now. We recognise that Macmillan provides much-needed medical, practical, financial and emotional support to people whose lives have been affected by the disease, so we regularly hold corporate hospitality days and events to raise money for this worthy cause. 100% of our proceeds go to the charity – a pledge we’ll unswervingly uphold for years to come.

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A progressive mindset

Our clients acknowledge that we’ve become an established business in a crowded marketplace, and to have retained customers since Universal’s journey began in 2002 is a testament to the quality of products and services that we’re committed to delivering. But we don’t ever rest on our laurels.

The business environment is constantly evolving and we appreciate our proactive diversity is paramount in supporting our clients – both large and small; in sectors ranging from commercial through to education in their daily challenges. So we must continually develop new solutions that will enable them to operate in a robust, efficient and profitable manner. In 2015 for instance, we introduced a full washroom solutions service, and comprehensive technological support for our ever-growing range of AV products.

This progressive approach and continued ability to support clients as they evolve, will prove crucial to us maintaining our market presence, and growing organically through word of mouth recommendations.