Stewarts Office Plants

We supply many businesses across the South, from Sussex and Surrey, through Hampshire and Dorset to Wiltshire and Somerset. For more information about the services we offer visit our home page, or contact us here. In this blog you'll find news, interesting snippets, stories and pictures of our staff's adventures out on the road.

Friday, April 11, 2014

A new look for our vans

Those of you that visit the main Stewarts website will notice that we are undergoing a subtle rebrand, including a new logo.  One of these days the office plants website will be updated too, so far we've just re-logo'd this blog (see above).

Anyway, this rebrand has extended to our three new Bipper vans, which for the last year have been plain white while we settled on exactly what this new livery would look like. I like it, it just says/shows what we do and who we are; nice and simple.

We couldn't decide whether to have a open braid Ficus Benjamina or a nice thick Kentia palm on the side so we went for some of each design. In fact I let the drivers choose their plant, as they have to drive round in it all day.

Which do you think looks best?

We actually had two pearlescent red Cyllic plant pots made just for the photoshoot, which are now sitting in the greenhouse looking for a home.

We offer a free two-month trial to potential customers; I think these will be loaned out to someone on that basis, unless anyone wants to buy or rent them first!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Stewarts take you higher

Actually that should say we take ourselves higher.

As I've mentioned before, Stewarts take safety at work very seriously.

We recently reassessed our high level work and decided for some tasks that require two hands (decorating Christmas trees for example) we should be keeping ladder work to a minimum.

Apart from the fact that you should have three points of contact on the ladder when working, it's recommended that you only work up a ladder for short periods.

So we have invested in this fantastic mobile platform ladder. Instead of working off a ladder (like the fantastic Waku ladder on the right), on this beast we step into a little crow's nest on the top and shut ourselves in. As you are on a flat platform it is much less tiring and uncomfortable to work from, too.

I love the fact you shut yourself in with a rope that looks exactly like the sort bouncers open to let people into a nightclub. All the obvious jokes ("if your name's not on the list", "one in, one out", "not in trainers", etc.) have already been made.

This image doesn't do the size of it justice - look at the waste bins in the background to realise it's at least 4m high when fully extended!

As I say, it's a big (38 kg), solid (and expensive) piece of kit. but when it comes to safety, we don't do things by half.