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Essential Office Supplies For Business Start-Ups

When starting a new business, there are a few essential office supplies you will need to ensure your new venture gets up and running as smoothly as possible. If you’re wondering what office supplies you really need to run a business, you’ve come to the right place. Below we have listed the top 14 stationery and furniture items you will need to make the process as smooth as possible. 

Essential office supplies for your new business include ring binders, lever arch files, file dividers, punched pockets, ballpoint pens, copier paper, envelopes, Sellotape, notepads, diaries, wall planners, filing cabinets, office desks, pedestals, office chairs and coffee, lots of coffee!


Filing Essentials

1. Lever Arch Files

Lever arch files offer a superior storage solution with their larger capacity compared to ring binders, making them perfect for frequently accessed or removed paperwork during meetings or for accountancy purposes. Essential for maintaining a tidy and organised office space, both at home and work, these files come in various pack sizes to meet diverse needs and budgets, ensuring efficient organization

2. Ring Binders

Ring binders are smaller in size than lever arch files, with smaller internal rings, therefore they are perfect for storing information and documents that are used for reference, such as instructions and presentations. Ring binders and folders are essential when it comes to organising your files and documents. 

3. Punched Pockets

Punched pockets are vital for keeping your filing safe and protected. These plastic pockets have multiple punched holes on the left-hand margin, allowing them to fit into every possible file available including lever arch and ring binders. Simply slip your paperwork into these transparent pockets and they then perfectly fit inside your files for safe keeping.

Stationery Essentials

4. Ballpoint Pens

Ballpoint pens are available in a wide range of brands and colours including black, blue, red and green. Leading brands such as Bic and Pentel supply these in bulk packs of 50 pens or alternatively own brand Q-Connect offer smaller packs of 20.

5. Notebooks

Notebooks are useful for jotting down notes, ideas and meeting actions. Always have a good quality notebook on hand when attending customer meetings as having a good quality notebook makes a good first impression.

6. Staplers

Ideal for keeping paperwork together, instead of spread out across your desk losing pages of an important contract or document. Staplers are available in half strip or full strip variations with the latter holding a full strip of staples inside.

7. Staples

Staples are available in various sizes to suit both the size of the document you are stapling and also the stapler you are using.

8. Diaries

Never miss a meeting or a deadline. Diaries are a staple in everyday life for many people. In a world of digital calendars and to-do list apps, people still turn to old fashioned paper diaries to organise their lives. 

Paper Essentials

9. Copier Paper

Paper comes in a wide range of weights, sizes and colours. What you choose depends on what you need the paper for. Lighter paper can be used for everyday printing and office use as it is low cost, but presentations and customer documents may need higher quality paper. 

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10. Envelopes

No office can be without envelopes. Envelopes come in 3 primary sizes: DL, C4 & C5. You also need to choose whether you want a window or windowless envelope. Go for windowless if you prefer to write the address or use a label printer.

Furniture Essentials

11. Office Desks

One of the most important choices when fitting out an office is the desk you choose. It can be a daunting task with so many shapes, sizes and colours. The most popular desks are rectangular in either beech or white. However, there are many more colours you can choose from. Standing desks are also becoming increasingly popular. 

12. Office Chairs

Working in an office usually means sitting for long periods. It’s wise to choose an office chair that is comfortable, ergonomic and promotes good posture. They come in many different fabrics including mesh and leather, and also come in a variety of colours, the most popular being black and blue. 

13. Pedestals (Drawers)

A pedestal is a great way to keep your desk free from clutter and distraction. Pedestals are available in either under desk or desk-high varieties, which can extend the size of your desk workspace!

14. Filing Cabinets

Keep your most important documents safe and secured locked away in a filing cabinet. These are usually available in 2, 3 or 4 drawer sizes and come in a variety of different colours.


Now you have your office essentials in place, you’re ready to get your new business off the ground.

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