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Viking Blog
  • Get organised with a 2015 diary


    Today, many of us depend on apps like Google Calendar to keep us organised. However, there are a lot of benefits to using a physical rather than digital diary to organise your affairs. You can more easily record information while you're on the phone, won't forget about appointments because of a flat phone battery, and look more professional when taking down notes in meetings.

    Use our buying guide to find the perfect diary for 2015.

  • Christmas revision tips for uni students


    Do you have an exam coming up in January? Worried about fitting in revision around the festivities? Use our study tips to ensure you make the most of the Christmas holidays and properly prepare yourself for university assessments.

  • Apple iOS v Android v Windows Phone


    One of the most important decisions when buying a smartphone is which operating system (OS) you would like. This software impacts everything from the interface to the performance, so you should compare the different features carefully before making a purchase.

  • Christmas 2014 last posting dates guide


    Whether you're sending gifts to overseas relatives or popping a greetings card in the post for a distant friend, check out our Christmas delivery guide and ensure your parcels and envelopes reach their destination in time for December 25th.

  • How businesses can cut the cost of postage


    Posting products, marketing materials and other communications can be expensive, but there are ways to slash your business's mail-room budget without making compromises. Check out our guide to cutting the cost of postage below.

  • How to create a reception area in your office


    If your office frequently has guests, a reception area is a valuable addition. It will allow you to create a good first impression and maintain high levels of professionalism throughout any visit. See our guide for tips on creating an efficient and effective reception area below.

  • Halloween craft projects


    Are you and the kids gearing up to trick and treat this October 31st? Check out our Halloween craft projects and your family can have fun making everything from spooky decorations to creepy costumes without spending a fortune.

  • How to create & print your own business stationery


    You can employ a designer and printing company to create your business stationery, but there are big savings to be made with a little DIY. We've got plenty of tips that will help you create professional-looking letterheads, compliment slips and business cards from the office.

  • The best apps for small businesses


    There are hundreds of inexpensive and even free tools at your SME's disposal in application stores. Kitting out your company smartphone or tablet with apps can be a great way to save time and money, work more efficiently, and boost professionalism.

    What works best for your small business depends on your industry and a host of other factors, but the list below should help you get started with work-friendly apps.

  • Should free tea be a work perk?


    Many office workers have come to expect free tea and coffee 9-5, but should your business foot the beverage bill? Read about the pros and cons, and join the debate in the comments section below.

  • Balancing homeworking and childcare this summer


    Homeworkers are usually well disciplined in keeping home and work separate, but the task can be near impossible when the kids are on school holidays. Pupils have six weeks of summer freedom ahead, but how are you going to look after them without your work suffering? Read our guide to striking the right balance for your family below.

  • Office ergonomics: Staying comfortable at your desk


    Estimates indicate that 80 per cent of Brits have a desk job, according to the NHS. This type of work environment might seem risk-free compared to the likes of a building site, but it has been linked to a variety of health problems. If you spend long hours staring at a computer screen, or you have staff that do, read our guide to creating an ergonomic workspace below, and make the office a more comfortable place to be.

  • The 5 coolest offices in the world


    A well-designed office can improve productivity and boost employee satisfaction. That?s something the companies below obviously take extremely seriously. Check out the five coolest offices in the world, according to Viking, and try not to get too jealous.

  • How to make a good impression at a job interview


    At a job interview, it's not just the way you answer questions that counts. Aesthetics and etiquette both influence the way a potential employer perceives you, and hence your chances of landing the role. If you've got the experience and skills, we've got the finishing touches that will help you make a good impression and gain a competitive edge over other candidates. Read our top tips below:

  • 8 stationery brands that suffered genericide


    Genericide occurs when usage of a specific brand name rather than the generic product name becomes widespread: one manufacturer's product becomes synonymous with the product group as a whole. This often occurs because pioneering products firmly establish their name in consumers' minds before the generic name has chance. In other cases, a branded product dominates a particular market so much that people prefer to use its name universally. The world of stationery is one rife with genericide. Innovation and marketing too effective for its own good mean many product categories are characterised by one brand name. Check out our list below, and see if you knew that these stationery names were trademarked.

  • E3 2014: Xbox One & PS4 franchise games we cant wait to play


    The Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, is the annual event that plays host to some of the biggest announcements in the world of video games.

    As the 2014 press conference was the first since the release of the Xbox One and PS4, next-gen console owners were eager to hear what Sony and Microsoft had in store.

    As well as new video game releases, there were plenty of franchise additions that are sure to satisfy long-time fans. Check out the titles we can't wait to play below.