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Four Must Have Items for Your Home Office in Edinburgh

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Whether you work full time from home or simply need a quiet place to escape the day’s hustle and bustle, a home office can be a useful place in which you can accomplish great things. A place of solitude and professionalism, the home office provides ample opportunities to work on new projects, enjoy hobbies and run a business in the convenience of your own home. Many people do not have home offices, but those that do will testify that they are a much needed element of any daily ritual or part-time occupation. Having the right tools in your home office can make the difference between convenience and productivity, and inefficiency. We’ll discuss four items that you must have in your Edinburgh home office if you want to be successful and productive in the future.

Paper Shredders

There are few people who don’t have any confidential data or paperwork that needs to be handled carefully. Because of this, you need a solution that can quickly dispose of any documents once you are finished with them. Paper shredders are a must have component of home office equipment, and can help keep your peace of mind and your financial situation intact. Many paper shredders can be found for around ten to twenty pounds, such as the ones you can find on Gumtree and at your local home office outlet in Edinburgh.

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Ergonomic Chairs

Since the chair will be the item on and in which you’ll spend the most time, it only makes sense to have one that will encourage proper posture and keep you comfortable. Particularly true in Edinburgh’s cold winters, you need a place to escape and at the same time, be productive while the outdoor elements prevent you from enjoying life. Ergonomic chairs come in a variety of sizes and prices, but many are available for as little as thirty pounds. We recommend investing in a high quality ergonomic chair – much like any well-used piece of home office equipment – so that your health and comfort will both be preserved when you are working.

Media Hub

Whether you need to print a plethora of documents or simply need to access newly taken photos, a multimedia hub is a valuable piece of home office equipment. We recommend procuring an all-in-one printer/scanner/copier, as well as any necessary peripherals or cables that can assist in transferring data or making it accessible to all. A wireless router for the entire home can also be considered a piece of equipment for this purpose, but as with any office setting, securing the wireless access is vital. You don’t want to allow people to have access to your media who are not authorised, so a password-protected solution such as Dropbox can come in handy.

Portable Computer

Whether it’s a highly functional tablet, a netbook or a laptop, you need portability. These items can allow you to move about the home office – as well as to work from anywhere in Edinburgh when you need an escape. Wireless access, USB connectivity and an easily usable keyboard or input interface are all common needs for any home office worker. By investing in solid mobile technology, you’ll be able to take your work with you, regardless of wherever you may be.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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£700,000 Investment In School Computers

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Renfrewshire Council is to spend £700,000 on improving computer technology and internet access in the area’s schools.

The new investment will see the replacement of older computers, as well as improved access to wireless internet.

The cash – to be spent in the next 12 months – will also allow the council to invest in new methods of internet-based learning and teaching in the area’s schools.

Councillor Lorraine Cameron, Convener of the Education Policy Board, said: “We are delighted to be able to spend such a significant sum of money on what we believe is a crucial area for our children’s futures.

“We now live in a digital age and it is important to keep our technology up to date if we are to equip our children with the skills they will need in the years ahead.

“In particular, the internet is now playing an increasingly important role in schools, and the investment in wifi access will put Renfrewshire’s pupils and teachers a mouse-click away from the world of learning that exists online.”

Councillor Cameron visited St James’s Primary School in Paisley to meet some of the pupils and teachers who will benefit from the investment.

Lorna Murray, the school’s acting head teacher, said: “This will really increase the opportunities available to our pupils as it will give them better access to computers than they have just now.

“Computers are becoming more important as a tool for learning all the time. It will be great to have some new laptops for the pupils and teachers.”

Money will be targeted at the replacement of older computers in Renfrewshire’s schools. This will help the council bring down its maintenance costs, as these bills increase with the age of the hardware.

The investment will also allow the council to enhance its provision of innovative internet-based teaching and learning methods.

The council is forming a working group – featuring head teachers and pupils as well as council IT staff – to work out where best to spend the money, with detailed proposals to be produced later this year.

The money was made available as part of an additional £1million investment across education and leisure services, announced as part of the council’s budget in January.

The remaining £300,000 is to be spent on extending free wifi internet coverage in Renfrewshire’s town halls, libraries, museums and schools. This investment was agreed by the Community and Family Care Policy Board in February.