Parcel2Ship – Week In Review – 22/05/08

YOUR WEEK IN REVIEW FROM PARCEL2SHIP

Every Friday, we will be bringing you news about different stories that have occurred through the week, most of which will be relevant to the parcel industry and the services we offer on Parcel2Ship. We will also be sure to mention any news from us directly, whether it’s about our website, our staff, or our achievements. We will be calling this ‘Parcel2Ship’s Week In Review’. Please let us know what you think, and if you want something mentioned in next week’s blog, get in touch and let us know!

COURIER AND DELIVERY NEWS

royal mail profit

Royal Mail announced this week that profits were up, but not because of growth. Instead, they have managed to offset the fall in letter distrubution revenue by cutting costs across the board. So many costs in fact, that their profits are around £740 million, up 6% from last year. Revenue from their distribution of parcels has also helped, after increasing by approximately 3%, with the 2nd half of the year (spanning over the Christmas period) being their most successful.

However, the company is not resting on their laurels. They are constantly aware of the ever changing market and fierce competition from other companies both already in the market, and those wanting to enter it, such as Amazon. They expect that as a result of Amazon delivering parcels to customers through their own network, will reduce the growth rate of Royal Mail by around 2%. But there are benefits to the market changing so quickly, because some competitors are failing to keep up, including City-Link who went into administration at the end of last year, and Whistl who suspended business last week. Competition is still tough though, so adapting to the market and needs of its customers will be key to Royal Mails continued success.

royal mail late acceptance times

Royal Mail have also been in the news this week after it was announced that they were extending their acceptance times of parcels travelling on their 48 hour UK services. Between Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) you can now drop off your parcel up to midnight, making it easier for customers and businesses to get parcels to their recipients. 39 mail centers and 8 distribution centers will be participating around the country, although Aberdeen and Inverness are the exceptions, continuing to only accept parcels up to 9am

Nick Landon, Managing Director of Royal Mail Parcels, said “We work hard to listen and respond to the needs of our customers. We understood that later acceptance could make the difference between satisfied customers and delighted customers and we are very pleased to be helping companies to deliver exceptional service to their shoppers.This latest product enhancement is one more way that Royal Mail is building a better delivery service for British businesses and consumers alike.”

parcel lockers

Many companies in the parcel industry have been looking into ways to make their customers happy, and one area that they are putting a lot of research into, is the idea of parcel lockers. This week, Singapore Post have  launched the personalised version of their existing locker, called the POPStation. The prototype will be operated by smart phones and bluetooth, taking away the need to be operated by staff members, thus making it a 24hr service. The device is deigned for the home, and would be particularly suitable for small businesses too.

Singapore Parcel’s Senior Vice President Lim Ann Nee says POPStation will ‘transform how [they] serve [their] customers and strengthen [their] parcel delivery service in Singapore’. 

The lockers have been developed by an Australian firm called TZ Limited, and they are also known as OurPAD units. The company believes the introduction of this new technology will ‘set another benchmark in expanding the boundaries of last mile parcel delivery’. They have recently received an order for 25 more POPStations from SingPost, taking the total supplied to 125. Since SingPost launched the POPStations in April 2013, they have launched 100 units.

A bicycle postal delivery company in the UK called Velopost is also trailing a similar idea, although it is not as progressed as SingPost’s. Based in Bristol, Bath and Edinburgh, the company hopes to install about 30 mail boxes in the Bristol area to begin with. The first has been installed on the Waterfront, and customers can buy postage from the Tourism Office. Once a parcel has been posted in the box, it will be delivered through Velopost’s Bristol network.

TOPICAL NEWS

eurovision 2015 semi final

The Eurovision Song Contest Final is tomorrow, and we were able to get a glimpse of this years contestants in the Semi Finals held on Tuesday and Thursday this week. The strong favourite to walk away with the win is Serbia. Along with the UK, Spain, France, Germany and Italy who automatically qualify for entry because they put the most money into the contest, Austria are also guaranteed a slot in the final because of last years winner, Conchita Wurst, who wowed viewers with her song Rise Like A Phoenix. Joining these 6 countries are Albania, Armenia, Russia, Romania, Hungary, Greece, Estonia, Georgia, SerbiaBelgium, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Norway, Montenegro, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Latvia, and Israel, with many other countries missing out on a slot, including Finland, Moldova, The Netherlands, FYR Macedonia, Belarus and Denmark. Interestingly, another country automatically through to Saturdays final is Australia. Although they are obviously not part of Europe, they are huge fans of the contest and this year were invited to be special guest participants. 

The UK’s entry this year is Electrio Velvet, made up of Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas, and they will be singing Still In Love With You. As we all know, the UK hasn’t done very well in recent years, but the duo will be hoping to impress this month in Vienna with their very catchy and up beat entry. Perhaps we may see a few 12′s this year!

Hosting this year along with Conchitta are three of Austria’s best known presenters, but the UK commentary heard over the top of the show will once again be provided by Graham Norton, with Scott Mills having commentated the Semi Finals with Mel Giedroyc. The contest is being held in Austria’s capital city Vienna, and the BBC will kick off the show at 8pm on the 23rd May.

We would be amiss not to make the link between the Eurovision Song Contest and the countries we sent to in Europe. so if you are looking to send anything to the countries we have listed above, click the countries and you will be taken to that specific country’s page on our website, where you can find out more and get a quote. Or you can head right to our homepage to begin the ordering process. We will be keeping an eye on the results from this years Final on Saturday, because we may offer a special discount for the winning country to all our customers, in celebration of their victory. Although if it is the UK by some miracle, that may not be happening!

Chelsea flower show

The Chelsea Flower Show opened this week, and all eyes were on the Queen while she toured the gardens. One that she may have favoured above the others could have been her grandson’s, Prince Harry. The Prince, who recently returned from a royal tour of New Zealand, showed the Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales, his garden, which was designed to look like parts of Africa, and for the benefit of his African charity Sentebale. Other Royals who have visited the show so far include the Duchess of Cornwall and Zara Philips, with the latter posing for pictures atop a lawnmower.

prince charles northern ireland visit

In other Royal news, Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Ireland this week for a very emotional visit. The significance of this visit was not lost on anyone greating the Prince and his wife on arrival, non more so that Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein. Adams had previously justified the murder of Lord Mountbatten, Prince Charles Great Uncle, during an IRA bombing, so their handshake was truly historic and an olive branch for a peaceful future between Ireland and the UK. It was also historic for Adams as this was the first time he had met a member of the Royal Family. The handshake lasted 13 seconds, with a few words exchanged between the two men, and a cup of tea held in Charles’ spare hand.

During their tour, the Royal couple visited the place where the Princes Great Uncle was murdered by the IRA, in a bomb then went off on a fishing boat Mullaghmore in 1979. They were met by locals who experienced the bombing, which also killed Lord Mountbatten’s 14 year old Grandson Timothy Knatchbull. His twin brother was among the people greeting Prince Charles.

They also visited St Columba’s Church in nearby Drumcliffe, and the burial site of poet WB Yeats in the churches grounds after a service of peace and reconciliation. Their last stop was the Sligo Institute of Technology, and spent the evening at Sligo races, staying their over night before they returned to England the following morning

Scrabble word additions

Scrabble announced this week that they were adding 6,500 new words to the already accepted 250,000 words on the list for players to spell on the board, and some of the additions have been met with a bit of confusion, particularly yeesh, shizzle and bezzy.

The additions are said to reflect changes in language that the younger population have adapted in recent years, and include ‘text speak’ and abbreviations. Hashtag and Tweep have also been included,  because of the hugely popular social media platform Twitter, as well as Facetime for those familiar with the iPhone video chat function. Ridic (short for ridiculous) is also included in the list, which is perhaps the word you may want to use to describe this news story.

david letterman’s last show

The American Late Show host on CBS, David Letterman, retired this week after 22 years on the air with his talk show. As expected, hundreds of celebrities took to Twitter and other social media platforms to relive their experiences on the show, using the hashtag #ThanksDave to say thank you to the broadcasting legend. During his last week, his guests included Oprah, George Clooney and Bill Clinton, making sure everyone tuned in for the final goodbye. And not one to miss out on an oppertunity for laughs, the host of the Late Late show which follows Letterman on CBS, our very own James Corden, took to the streets with Sting to sing him a little goodbye tune.

 cannes film festival

Everyone who’s anyone have been walking the extensive red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival this week, although perhaps not in flats. According to reports, any lady who is not wearing heals, will be turned away as their strict dress code prohibits flat shoes being worn. The British faces seen showing off their amazing dresses included Cheryl Cole, Lara Stone, Rachel Weisz and Emily Blunt, and the men didn’t look too shabby either. There was also a generous helping of models thrown in for good measure, with Kendall Jenner and co partying until the early hours, and showing off some breathtaking designer gowns during the day

PARCEL2SHIP NEWS

Because we have a few big projects in the works at the moment (including the creation of your own personalised address book when you log in), we haven’t launched anything new this week. But we have been busy talking to our customs and getting feedback from them to see what other improvements we can be making in the meantime. We love hearing from you, so if you have any ideas then please let us know in the comments below

The weather down here in South Devon has been amazing over the last 3 days, and we are hoping for the sunshine to continue this bank holiday weekend! What have you got planned for the next 3 days?

Don’t forget of course, that because Monday is a bank holiday, we won’t be in the office again until Tuesday, so if you give us a call you’ll have to leave a voicemail. All queries will be responded to by 9am on Tuesday morning.

From the team at Parcel2Ship

Walk To School Week

Last week was Walk To Work Week, and this week is Walk To School Week! I think someone out there is trying to tell us something…

This campaign reaches over 1 million people each year, making it one of the most successful behavioral change movements. Living Streets, the organisers of this campaign, work with thousands of schools across the country to encourage pupils to walk to school. You can also get inspired on their official website, where you can read guest blogs and download interactive family activities such as a carbon buster calculator. You can also access a variety of posters to stick up in schools and other areas that children can read all about this week, and there are digital banners that you can include on your website.

We would love to hear from you if you are taking part in Walk To School Week, so let us know in the comments below and you may get a mention in our Week In Review blog on Friday!

Parcel2Ship’s Spotlight On: Italy

Every Wednesday, we will be focusing a spotlight on one of the more popular countries that our customers send parcels to, and this week we are focusing our attention on… Italy!

Italy is located in Southern Europe, and has a peninsula that extends into the Mediterranean Sea. The capital city of Italy is Rome, and other major cities include Milan, Turin, Palermo and Venice. Italy’s total land area is estimated to stand at over 300,000 square kilometers, and the country enjoys the fourth largest economy in Europe. The national language is Italian but there are French speaking citizens as well who are Italians of French decent. As of 2013, the population of Italy is estimated to stand at 61 million. Italy has some of the most spectacular historical sites in the world in different cities across the country, including the coliseum and The Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Italy has great transportation routes and systems which makes shipping to Italy very fast and easy. With Parcel2ship.co.uk, you can get your parcel to Italy in no time. So if you want to send a parcel to Italy, visit our website and begin by getting a free quick quote

National Vegetarian Week

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National Vegetarian Week runs from the 18th – 24th May, hoping to not only encourage more people to give up meat, but also educate people about how tasty and versatile vegetables are. Going ‘veggie’ can also benefit your heath and the environment, and of course animals. This years theme is ‘share’, encouraging you to share your veggie experiences and recipes with your friends and family

If you visit the official website you can learn more about National Vegetarian Week, get some great recipes and search their veggie menus, and even get discounts at shops, pubs and restaurants that are participating this week. And if you are planning a local event to bring awareness to this healthy lifestyle, the website also offers printable posters to ensure you event is a success

We’ve had a look at the recipes, and I think the winner here in the office is the Kidney Bean Burger. I wonder how many of us will be making those this week! What is your favourite vegetarian recipe? Suggest them below and you may get mentioned in our Week In Review blog at the end of the week!

International Museum Day

The 18th May 2015, marks International Museum Day, which aims to draw awareness to how museums contribute to our lives, and how they enrich and educate our minds. In recent years, this day has been used to engage younger visitors, and encourage them to use museums as a tool for learning and understanding multiple cultures and histories.

Almost 30,000 museums have participated in International Museum Day across over 120 countries. You can check out whether your local museums are taking part this year by visiting the official IMD page, where you can also read more about what the day is all about.

We’ve been discussing our favorite museums here in the office this morning – what is yours? Let us know in the comments below and we will feature the best suggestions in our Week In Review post on Friday!

Parcel2Ship – Week In Review – 15/05/08

YOUR WEEK IN REVIEW FROM PARCEL2SHIP

Every Friday, we will be bringing you news about different stories that have occurred through the week, most of which will be relevant to the parcel industry and the services we offer on Parcel2Ship. We will also be sure to mention any news from us directly, whether it’s about our website, our staff, or our achievements. We will be calling this ‘Parcel2Ship’s Week In Review’. Please let us know what you think, and if you want something mentioned in next week’s blog, get in touch and let us know!

COURIER AND DELIVERY NEWS

whistl suspends business

Whistl, Royal Mail’s main competitor, has announced this week that they have halted business and will no longer be delivering letters. They are thought to handle about 26% of UK post, and were previously known as TNT post. It’s predicted that about 2000 jobs are at risk. Whistl were looking to expand with the help of Lloyds banking group, who were to take a 60% stake in the company, but they withdrew last week. Whistl were operating in London, Manchester and Liverpool, but the investment they were hoping for would have meant a nationwide roll out of the service.

Last year the company came under fire when it was announced that over half it’s staff were on zero hours contracts, although Whistl said that more and more workers were being moved to fixed hour contracts.

The news of Whistl pulling out of the industry comes just months after City-Link went into administration, which left thousands of workers without jobs and redundancy packages having to be paid for by the tax payers. With the growth of online shopping, there has been an increase in parcel volumes, but in the era of emails and internet the postal service is seeing a reduction in business. This highlights how the market is rapidly changing, and that existing companies in the industry need to adapt to survive.

Royal Mail had previously complained about Whilst, saying that they had an unfair advantage because they didn’t have to operate across the whole country and they could change their prices according to location. The day after the news broke that Whistl has suspended business, Royal Mail’s shares increased by almost 5%. A spokesman for the Royal Mail said: ”As the universal service provider, Royal Mail is ready to accept the additional volumes into our network and we will ensure delivery meets our usual high standard of service. We are liaising with Whistl to make sure certain customers aren’t impacted in any way.”

Customers have been encouraged to contact the senders of their items, as well as Whistl’s parent company PostNL, if the Royal Mail do not step in.

DEUTSCHE post growth

This week, Deutsche Post DHL Group have reported almost a 9% revenue increase compared to this time last year, saying that these results show “sustained growth in revenues and volumes in the international express business as well as in the German parcel business”. The business is happy with these new figures, and say that they are on target to meet all 2015 goals. Their successful positioning in the parcel market means they can make sure innovations such as parcel boxes for apartment buildings, and continue their work with Amazon and Audi which we discussed in last weeks Week On Review blog, continue to be worked out and eventually rolled out to the public. These steps among many others, will continue to advance the groups leading position, so it’s a very exciting time for those involved, and the public could soon be enjoying the advances they are making as a result of these profits

yodel expansion plans

This week Yodel posted a 13% volume increase of parcels, and with that they announced their plans to invest in 4 new sites across England. Although the Alfreton service center will be opening later this month, the other three sites in Selby, Northampton and Farnborough have all been opened over the past 12 months. These investments will create over 160 new jobs across the board, including drivers and support workers.

The continued growth of the business and increase in volume means the company is also planning to open more sites this year, as well improve existing sites to make them even more efficient. Their work on the new service centers also mean that they can streamline the services they offer during peak times, thus increasing productivity over the busy Christmas period this year. They are also making significant upgrades to its IT and mechanical handling equipment.

TOPICAL NEWS ITEMS

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE

A second earthquake hit Nepal this week, at a measured magnitude of 7.3. Although milder than last months, which claimed the lives of over 8,000 people, it has led to further panic in the country, with people running into the streets and open areas, trying to get away from any buildings that survived the first earthquake. Shockwaves were said to have been felt all over India, including areas as far reaching as Delhi. The death toll for this earthquake is thought to be around 65, and has meant in some parts of the country, the people of Nepal have had to once again start rebuilding their lives.

kevin pietersen

Whether you are fan of cricket or not, it will have been hard to avoid the headlines this week, and in fact over the last few months, about Kevin Pietersen and his quest back into the England team. This week, Kevin had a meeting with the English Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss to see if a return to the team would be possible. This meeting came a few weeks after KP moved back to England to play test Cricket, after being told this would be the only way he could be considered for the England Team, and only hours after he ran a career best of over 3 centuries. However, despite taking the advice previously given to him about scoring runs at county Cricket, it was a no from Strauss

The news broke the next day, and in a press conference Strauss clarified his position. The trust just isn’t there, he said. Shortly after, we hear that he has offered Kevin an advisory role behind the scenes, which he turned down. Many fans, players and other famous faces turned to Twitter to voice their thoughts, with many asking why Strauss had offered an advisory role to someone that he didn’t trust. The general consensus among KP fans though was that of sympathy for him. He had done everything asked of him, and had just batted 355 not out for Surrey. Unfortunately, this still hasn’t resulted in what he has said he wants above anything else – to play for England again.

In Kevin’s column for The Telegraph, which was conveniently released the day after Strauss’s press conference and subsequent interviews, the South African born batsman said he was devastated and furious, and he confirmed that after leaving the IPL to play for Surrey as he was advised to do so by the chairman of the ECB Colin Graves, he will now return to India. He has said this move will give him time to cool down and reassess the situation he has been faced with. The bottom line, and indeed his closing statement in his column, is that he is sorry to not be putting on an England shirt once again, a feeling in which he is certainly not alone in.

Big brother 2015

On Tuesday evening, the reality show ‘Big Brother’ launched again, and the public got to know the 15 new housemates properly, after their names were released a few days before hand for the first time in the shows history. Emma Willis lead each of the new contestants along the catwalk and through the doors into their home for the foreseeable future. However, for one housemate that future would only last a matter of hours. Viewers were asked to vote out a housemate during the launch, and after 2 hours Simon Gross was evicted. In his interview he said it’s all showbiz, and he would know having run a theater company for many years. He seemed happy to have got his 15 minutes of fame, and wished all the housemates luck.

So, what do we know so far? As previously mentioned, Emma Willis is the host, and Rylan Clarke will be running things over on Bit On The Side. The theme this year is Timebomb, which has already been put into affect the announce who the first person to be evicted was. The decor in the house looks very retro, and has been described as Mad Men-esk, with a plastic crocodile in the pool. Once again, the Diary Room chair has been given a makeover, this time resembling a clock face with cogs and spokes sticking out around the top.

And in a first for Big Brother, before the launch night we were told who was going in the house. Whether than meant bigger viewership figures for launch night remains to be seen, but it did mean that a lot of opinions had already been cast before they entered the house. Once again there are a set of twins, and there are also a few controversial figures including a UKIP supporter. Other housemates include models and students, and there is even a previous X-Factor contestant. However, our winner is Jack, and it has nothing to do with the fact that he comes from the South West, where we are from…

PARCEL2SHIP NEWS

We’ve been tweaking our homepage this week, to make it easier for our customers to navigate and get to where they want to go. You’ll remember we mentioned in last weeks news that we were moving everything up so that you didn’t have to scroll down too far. Well as of this morning, you can see what we mean! The homepage is still a work in progress, and we are listening to all the feedback we are receiving from our customers, so if you have a suggestion please comment below and you may see the change you want!

We also trialed the first stage of something rather exciting for our company. At the moment you can only have a parcel collected from the UK. But we have been working hard to make European collections possible as well. As you can imagine, this is new ground for us, so a lot of testing needs to take place first of all, to make sure your orders are received by the couriers. We are currently testing collections from the Channel Islands but everything is looking good so far! We will be using DPD for these orders, and they have a vast amount of experience and success collection from Europe. We just need to make sure our customers are able to get their orders to them, which is what we are testing. So stay tuned, because the number of services available on Parcel2Ship’s website is about to increase yet again!

It’s been another normal week here in the office. We’ve been busy processing orders and assisting our customers over the phone. We did have a spider repeatedly lap the office walls at the beginning of the week, as if he was on some sort of sponsored walk. No sign of him in the last couple of days though, so we think he’s suffering from exhaustion. We’ve also been enjoying doughnuts and sandwiches in honour of National Doughnut Week and British Sandwich Week, but we have been a bit naughty and ignored that it’s also Walk to Work Week.

And finally, we want to say a big hello to all our new customers! We really enjoy hearing from you and helping you with your orders, so it’s a pleasure to have you use the Parcel2Ship website. And to our regulars, thank you for staying loyal and helping us understand what it has been like for you to move from the old website to the new website. We are aware that when you are so used to something, change is difficult. But as with all customers, we are on hand to help you out. So if you are thinking of ordering a collection and delivery with Parcel2Ship, visit our website here, and you can send a parcel in the UK or send a parcel internationally, with ease and for competitive rates!

Have a great weekend!
The Parcel2Ship Team

British Sandwich Week and National Doughnut Week

So, during the same week as we are being encouraged to give up the wheels and walk to work, we are also being told to enjoy lots of tasty sandwiches and sugary doughnuts! Someone clearly didn’t think that one through…
However, it’s not just your waistline that you will be adding to this week. What is great about National Doughnut Week, is that they are working with The Children’s Trust, so every doughnut you buy between the 9th and 16th May from selected bakeries, will help to raise them money. In the past, this week has raised almost £800,000 for various children’s charities in the UK, and The Children’s Trust is hoping this will their most successful year yet.

The Children’s Trust is a national charity working with children who have multiple disabilities and complex health needs.  The Children’s Trust is based in Tadworth, Surrey, but their services are offered to children from across the UK.  For more information about the charity, events and ways to raise money go to The Children’s Trust website.

British Sandwich Week isn’t raising money, but it is inspiring the people of Britain to be a bit more adventurous at lunch time. What begun life as a piece of meat in between two pieces of bread, has become something of an art form. No filling is off limits, although the classics such as egg mayo and bacon are still highly popular.

We want to know if you will be enjoying any tasty treats this week, whether they be sandwiches or doughnuts. Please share your favourite sandwich fillings below, because we here in the Parcel2Ship office can’t seem to agree! And if you are feeling adventurous, you could even try to combine sandwiches and doughnuts, like the picture below demonstrates! If you do, take a picture and let us know what it’s like!
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Parcel2Ship’s Spotlight On: France

Every Wednesday, we will be focusing a spotlight on one of the more popular countries that our customers send parcels to, and this week it’s all about… France!

France is a member of the European Union and therefore movement of goods from the UK to France is mainly without barriers. Shipping within the EU has few trade restrictions and no specific Customs documentation is needed, although you must ensure that your items are not restricted from shipping.

France is the largest country in Western Europe and the European Union, and the third-largest in Europe as a whole. With a total population of around 66 million, it is the third most-populous European country. Its capital in Paris, the nation’s largest city and the main cultural and commercial centre. France has been a major power in Europe since the Late Middle Ages. It possessed the second-largest colonial empire during the 19th and early 20th centuries. This legacy is reflected in the prevalence of French language, culture, and jurisprudence worldwide.

Throughout its long history, France has produced many influential artists, thinkers, and scientists, and remains a prominent global centre of culture. It hosts the world’s fourth-largest number of cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites, drawing around 83 million foreign tourists annually – the most of any country in the world. France remains a great power with significant cultural, economic, military, and political influence in Europe and around the world.

French citizens enjoy a high standard of living, with the country performing well in international rankings of education, health care, life expectancy, civil liberties, and human development. France is a founding member of the United Nations, where it serves as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

France has great transportation routes and systems which makes shipping to France very convenient and swift. With a company like Parcel2ship.co.uk, you can get your parcel to France in no time. So if you want to send a parcel to France, visit our website and begin by getting a free quick quote

National Nurses Day UK

When the word hero is used, there is sometimes a set of remarkable people that are forgotten off the list. But the Royal College of Nursing wants to make sure that nurses are at the top of that list, which is why today is National Nurses Day across the UK

As well as creating the hashtag #WhyINurse on Twitter for nurses who want to celebrate their professions, the RCN are also asking to hear your stories as a patient. They are asking for people to show their support of nurses on social media using ‘Twibbons’, which can be found here, and there are various National Nurse Day events happening across the Midlands

Are you a nurse or do you have a great story to share from when you were a patient? If so, we would love to hear from you in the comments below, and we will pick some of our favourite comments and add them into our Week In Review blog this Friday! And don’t forget to share this blog and use the RCN hashtag #WhyINurse to spread awareness for the amazing nurses in this country!

Walk To Work Week

This week (11th – 15th May) is National Walk To Work Week! Hands up who didn’t realise this until now? Well now you know, will you be trading in wheels for legs? Living Streets is the organisation behind the idea, and they are encouraging you to walk not just for a week, but all year round. This not only benefits the environment by reducing your carbon footprint, but it also means you are getting more exercise and energising yourself before you start work.

It’s unlikely that any of us here in the office will be walking to work, mainly because of the lack of pavements on our routes, but we have been toying with the idea of parking down the road to include a bit of walking in our days. Whether we fully commit to that, remains to be seen! What will you be doing to play your part during Walk To Work Week? Let us know in the comments below, and we will mention you in our Week In Review blog on Friday!