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The Story Behind our Access Rating Article

One of the most eye-catching articles in this Autumn’s CFAS Journal was kindly provided for us by Access Rating.

Access Rating is a crowdfunded app concept, which exists to amplify the voices of the disabled community. They wish to drive positive changes to access, and hope to achieve this by letting its users review and vote on establishments around the country. Venues will receive feedback on their current accessibility, helping guide them towards becoming more wheelchair-friendly.

Bringing the article to CFAS

Founder of the app Mark Esho approached the newly formed Academy of Disabled Journalists, asking them to run a competition among its students. The winner would have their piece published in our CFAS Autumn Electronic Journal. They were provided with a brief and some background information to help them with their task.

Mark said of the winner Kirsteen Allison, “We were delighted to receive such a high-quality article from your student Kirsteen. It was extremely informative, and with a limited brief explained the key areas of our organisation very well – we particularly loved the mention of encouraging business to attract ‘diverse talent” as this is some we are striving to achieve with Access Rating. The future of journalism is very bright with talent like Kirsteen Allison.”

Kirsten is a student of the Academy. They offer A-Level equivalent qualifications for Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment recipients, and Kirsteen is currently working towards an NCTJ-accredited Certificate of Foundation in Journalism.

What’s next for Access Rating?

Access Rating has big plans for the future, with international expansion alongside insights into the most accessible venues in the UK. As a social enterprise run by disabled people for disabled people, they plan to provide disability access consultancy for establishments who want to improve their facilities. They are also offering job coaching and work experience schemes for young people currently based in the Midlands, and are looking for more businesses who can offer these hard-working students work experience placements.

They are on a mission to reach 100,000 access reviews by 2021, and are currently recruiting disabled or able-bodied people with a desire to make the world a more accessible place. These Access Champions will be at the forefront of the accessibility revolution – leading by example and submitting quality access reviews on a weekly basis.

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Graphic c/o accessrating.com

If you or your company would like to be involved with this landmark project either as a partner, a work experience provider, or a local Access Champion, you can contact Access Rating via the contact page of their website, or on the details below:

Email: info@accessrating.com
Phone: 0116 277 9055

Read the CFAS Autumn Electronic Journal below

The CFAS Autumn Electronic Journal is Live

We are proud to have released our CFAS 2020 Autumn Electronic Journal, and hope that you have enjoyed what’s inside.

If you haven’t had the chance yet, be sure to grab a cuppa and read about what we can learn from Norwegian schools; how the University of Exeter is finding its new normal; what it’s like to be an apprentice at IBM; and much more!

Search your emails for “CFAS Autumn Journal 2020, or click on the front cover below to view this unique electronic edition of the British furniture industry’s leading publication.

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We’d love to hear what you think about the content of this season’s Journal, and how your company is adapting for COVID-19. Get in touch with us via our contact page, or on our social channels:

Want to be part of the next Journal?

Our next CFAS Journal will be released in Spring 2021, and we would love you to be part of it.

Get your brand in front of over 23,000 recipients from across the commercial furniture spectrum, with opportunities for editorial contributions alongside all your regular member benefits.

Become a member

All of our Associates are entitled to a logo and URL in each of our Journals, with extra benefits for our silver and gold members:

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If you wish to talk to us about becoming a CFAS Associate, we’d love to discuss the best option for your business.

Phone: 0845 388 7973
Email: enquiries@cfas.uk
https://www.cfas.uk/contact-us/

CFAS Brochure Hub + Check Your Inboxes

We are pleased to announce our CFAS Autumn Electronic Journal will be arriving in your inboxes this week!

Don’t forget to ensure that all those in your company who may be interested have signed up to receive the Journal. To do this, you just need to ask them to visit www.cfas.uk and a pop-up will allow them to fill in their details. You can also sign up by clicking the link at the top of the page.

Once it goes live you’ll also be able to find it prominently displayed on our website, so you can share the page with anyone!

CFAS Brochure Hub

The CFAS Brochure Hub is a a product directory for our Associates to promote their products.

The Hub provides our Associates a facility to upload complete marketing collateral. This could be a company brochure, product guide, case studies, specification sheets or even awards and accreditations. It provides your potential customers access to your marketing literature, increasing your visibility and making their life easier.

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Why upload your brochure to the hub?

“In the Catalogues4Business survey, customers respond to catalogues as part of their strategy, with catalogues having the power to drive sales: 59% of their sales had been directly attributed to a catalogue, and they have driven a 29% uplift in web sales.”

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With the CFAS Brochure Hub you will reach a large online audience, gaining complete product range exposure. You’ll reduce the risk of losing potential customers too, as they have direct access to your full product literature at the click of a button. This will help you capture their attention when their intent to purchase is at its greatest.

Catalogues are a powerful tool for driving traffic to your website. We do not set any limits to the size of your brochure, so you are welcome to upload your full product portfolio – increasing awareness of your offering and in turn increasing your opportunity value.

What do our Brochures look like?

Brochures are displayed as a professional flipbook (with or without pricing) to suit the needs of your company.

The CFAS Hub page contains:
• Your brochures (viewable on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices)
• Direct links to your website
• Email contact form to help potential clients reach you easily
• Social media sharing links
• Email sharing link, ideal for sending direct to prospective customers

Learn more

The CFAS Brochure Hub is one of the key services we offer to our Associates. If you’d like to learn more about the Hub, any of other of our fabulous membership benefits, or if your company is considering joining CFAS, please get in touch with us today.

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Journal Launch + Content Marketing with CFAS

Entries for our CFAS Autumn Electronic Journal have now closed and we have been delighted by the response. Packed with insightful articles, product releases, and industry news, this unique electronic edition of our sector’s leading publication is launching w/c 19th October.  This autumn we are reflecting these changing times by discussing adaptation and the use of open space by our members. 

If you’ve not yet signed up, be sure to subscribe for free by scrolling up and clicking the button in the top right of the page. Join over 23,000 recipients from across the commercial furniture spectrum, including:

• End users

·       A & D

·       Dealers

·       Education (schools, colleges and universities)

·       • Leisure and hospitality

·       British Manufactures

·       UK agents for Foreign manufacturers

·       Facilities management

·       Procurement specialists

·       HR Managers

·       Government sectors (HMRC, MOD, prisons, local and central government)

• IT

• Transport

• Banking

Content Marketing with CFAS

Have you heard of content marketing but don’t know how to get your message out?

CFAS is an ideal platform to boost your social media presence. It can help you build your brand’s trustworthiness by aligning yourself with the commercial furniture industry’s leading light. 

Do you have an idea for a longer-form article that is relevant to your clients, perhaps explaining the benefits of one of your products, or answering some common questions about your service? This is content marketing in a nutshell. By providing information such as this you are showing your company knows its stuff, while keeping you at the front of your customers’ minds. 

We always strive to re-share quality content by our members to thousands of followers across our social media accounts. So if you have written an article you’d like others to see, be sure to tag us in your posts or comments! View our social channels below:

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CFAS Social Media Package

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Our social media package is best for companies whose customer base is technology focused, so their main line of promotion is through online and social media channels. 

Our package includes:

• CFAS website banner with click through to your website. Banner can be updated if required each month.

• CFAS live news feed: Weekly entries consisting of up to 100 words, image and logo. All feeds are published on the CFAS website, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook feeds.

• Social media shot: A whole page advert directed to all CFAS online contacts, and those that have subscribed to our online services.

• CFAS Brochure Hub: Up to 10 pages per brochure, providing online coverage of products on our Brochures page.

• CFAS Product Hub: CFAS online product catalogue, displaying a vast selection of Associates’s creations.

Adaptation – What is the New Normal for Your Business?

cfas deadline 9th october

In case you missed our post last week, we’re now inviting submissions for our CFAS Autumn Electronic Journal. The deadline is 9th October so don’t delay – get in touch on the details at the bottom of this article, or visit our contact us page.

For this special electronic edition of the Journal, our main focus themes are “Open Spaces” and “Adaptation”.

So we want to ask you this question.

What is the new normal for your business?

How are you adapting to the challenges that COVID-19 is presenting to your clients? Have you developed new products to suit the booming homeworking market, or perhaps modified a current one?

Perhaps remote working suits your staff perfectly and they are experiencing a positive and productive work/life balance. Or maybe it’s the opposite and you absolutely need everyone together on site – we’d love to hear about your experiences.

Case study: OE Electrics

Member company OE Electrics have embarked on a campaign to educate office workers about safe power usage in their new home office environment. They’ve created a special range of “working from home kits” to ensure compliance to proper standards even when working remotely, and have put together a free guide on how to make sure employee’s home workstations are set up safely.

Iain Farthing, Global Client Manager of OE says:

 I’ve just been told that I’ll be Working From Home until March 2021, then a maximum of two days a week in the Old Normal office. This sums up what I’m hearing at the moment. As long as employers are encouraging the purchase of ergonomic chairs and desks to help posture and well-being along with safe electrics, the New Normal is going to give us a Work Life Balance that few of us will have ever enjoyed.

Iain Farthing (Global Client Manager), OE Electrics

Why contribute to the Journal?

This electronic journal will be published to a huge additional circulation. In addition to our near 8000 named contacts within facilities management, A & D, Manufacturing and dealerships, we have the opportunity to circulate to over 23,300 named contacts within the educational sector. These contacts cover all UK primary and secondary schools, colleges and Universities.

It’s a perfect opportunity to help you grow your brand’s presence, both within and outside our industry, reaching audiences of every medium for maximum impact in the marketplace, giving you peace of mind that the right people know who you are and what you do.

Submission process

To submit artwork for the CFAS Autumn Electronic Journal, simply get in touch on the details below or visit our contact us page.

Phone: 0845 388 7973
Email: alan@cfas.uk

We can’t wait to hear how our members have been finding their new normal, so make sure to get your entries in by 9th October.

Have you and your colleagues subscribed to the electronic journal… Don’t miss your free issue, sign up now at www.cfas.uk.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – CFAS AUTUMN ELECTRONIC JOURNAL

Our CFAS Autumn Electronic Journal is almost upon us, and we want your input!

The theme for the next edition is “Open Space” and “Adaptation” we welcome any contributions our members think will fit this category. The deadline for entries is 9th October.

What does “Open Spaces” mean?

There are many things that could fit into this category! Have you developed and created a brand new product suitable for outdoor use? Or have you adapted your working environment to give your staff extra room to work safely and efficiently?

Perhaps you’ve even adapted some of your current offerings to fit new workplace guidelines. For example, Sven Christiansen designed kits to quickly and easily reconfigure bench desk runs, into individual workstations, for enhanced social distancing compliance.

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The Sven Single-Sided Bench Conversion

If you’ve done something similar to this, or can answer any of the questions above, we’d love to hear from you.

Why contribute to the Journal?

This electronic journal will be published to a huge additional circulation. In addition to our near 8000 named contacts within facilities management, A & D, Manufacturing and dealerships, we have the opportunity to circulate to over 23,300 named contacts within the educational sector. These contacts cover all UK primary and secondary schools, colleges and Universities. It’s a perfect opportunity to help you grow your brand’s presence, both within and outside our industry, reaching audiences of every medium for maximum impact in the marketplace, giving you piece of mind that the right people know who you are and what you do.

Benefits

No more ‘The Office is Dead’ CFAS is helping the industry to fight back and show the benefits of workplace designed furniture in COVID-19 friendly environments.

Special rates across the board to help our industry survive this crisis. Let’s do this…be part of the Autumn journal.

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Submission process

To submit artwork for the CFAS Autumn Electronic Journal, simply get in touch on the details below or visit our contact us page.

Phone: 0845 388 7973
Email: alan@cfas.uk

We can’t wait to hear how our members have been finding their new normal, so make sure to get your entries in by 9th October.

Have you and your colleagues subscribed to the electronic journal… Don’t miss your free issue, sign up now at www.cfas.uk

Hot Off the Press! – Take a Look at the CFAS Autumn Journal

CFAS Autumn 2019 Journal

So, what’s Inside our Autumn Edition?

Page 4 – Welcome to Workplace Health
Page 8 – Current affairs
Page 16 – Industry News
Page 18 – Design Junction
Page 21 – Product News
Page 26  – Storage
Page 30 – Events
Page 31 – Services

EDITORIALS CONTENTS

Page 5 – Nurture Employee Health and Wellbeing
Page 6 – Incorporate Movement in Your Working Life
Page 9 – Children, the Future Leaders of our Country
Page 10 – Wellbeing of Employees
Page 20 – Fairfield Hall Revitalised
Page 26 – Guildhalls New Bespoke Changing Room
Page 29 – Moving Away from the Traditional Filing Cabinet

 

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