International Volunteer Day

5 December is International Volunteer Day, and it’s also UK Charity week and Kat’s looking forward to doing a bit of volunteering of her own. As part of Rambutan’s efforts for our charity of the year, the Air Ambulance, she will be spending a day in the local shop in Market Harborough, helping out with whatever needs doing…

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Autumn has arrived

Kat thought she’d share this beautiful, mystical picture showing a low mist hovering just above the ground, taken in a field beyond our car park at Rambutan HQ. It was such a strange sight, she jumped out of the car, camera phone at the ready!

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A timely piece about time

Saturday 28th October saw the inevitable end of British Summer Time and the clocks going back an hour. This extra hour (for most people usually spent in bed), could be seen as a gift (to be taken away again next Spring). This got Mark thinking about what we’d all do with an extra hour in…

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Help a friend in stress have less

Today is National Stress Awareness Day…so David decided to share a few thoughts as well as his top five tips to help you help others who are stressed. Have you ever considered that stress could be your friend? No, I haven’t gone mad…hear me out. The word stress derives from the Latin ‘stringere’ which means to tighten.…

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Why tone of voice matters but often fails

Lucy was reading some terms and conditions recently (well she started to; she didn’t get to the bottom because they were far too boring) and it occurred to her that they didn’t reflect the organisation they belonged to. I know that businesses need to include the ‘small-print’ somewhere, but I’ve heard that the most common…

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No complaining!

Nicki was recently reading a newspaper article about how the average worker spends 2 weeks a year complaining in the office and it got her thinking. Could I really be wasting 2 weeks a year complaining at work? I’d like to think not…I have the occasional gripe but 2 weeks’ worth…really? According to the article…

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Can you control the future without changing it?

Jami-Lei recently started reading a book that got her thinking. There’s a difference between aspiring for something in the future, and predicting it. I read (part of) a book this week called ‘The Visionary’s Handbook’ by Howard Means, Jim Taylor, and Watts Wacker.  The book talks about paradoxes and has exercises that help you to…

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National Doodle Day

On Epilepsy Action’s National Doodle Day Kat asks, “What’s behind a doodle?” I’ve often found myself absent-mindedly doodling patterns while otherwise engaged with something; more often than not whiling away time holding on the telephone, or listening to a particularly uninspiring talk, or practically whenever there’s a piece of paper and pencil within easy reach!…

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On a train and in the rain…

David’s moment of weakness gave him flashbacks from over 20 years ago. OK, I failed…it was a moment of weakness! I let the cold and wet spell of weather (in what is supposed to be our glorious summer) dampen my mood. For those of you who live here or have visited the UK you will…

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An exciting first week at Rambutan

Rambutan’s new apprentice, Jami-Lei, shares her thoughts on her first week with the bunch. I was excited to start at Rambutan, despite having only ever been to Market Harborough once before in my life (and that was for my interview!). I walked into the office to see Craig and Lucy, both of whom were pleasantly…

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My dad is using emojis and text talk OMG!!

Craig recently started receiving texts from his dad with text talk and emojis which caused Craig to have a strange reaction…!😱 Emojis have their place. On a quick text/whatsApp message they add certain colour and fun. Text talk, for me, is frustrating as it takes away from the use of our beautiful language. In fact, I…

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What not to share with clients

Lucy was very surprised recently to see something a supplier was happy to share with his contacts. At Rambutan we worked with a supplier some time ago, who will remain nameless for reasons that will become apparent, and we still receive marketing emails from him. Recently I decided to unsubscribe from his marketing emails and…

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All alone

David discovered that being all alone on the Tube was far more uncomfortable than being on a crowded train. So where did everyone go? I was on a crowded tube train a few weeks ago. As I boarded, I mumbled a moan to myself about how hot and crowded it was before losing myself in…

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Feel the brand

David recently spotted a great example of communication that was designed to convey information and feeling. I chuckled to myself when I went to top up my mobile charge on the train from Newcastle to London yesterday. I have seen many versions of the instructions that sit next to on-train charge points. Most have a…

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Bring your personality to work

We know that people are happier at work when they can be themselves. We love to see personalities shine through and it’s great when that’s allowed to happen. Here’s a big ‘thumbs up’ from Lucy for Argos. Did you know that updates are part of your App Store app? Have you ever expanded the text on an…

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