New Year, new inks

It’s been a while since we’ve written anything here so lets start the new year with an update!

First off, we’d like to welcome Chris to the Ink Squid. As our Techincal Assistant, he will be updating our websites with new ink and toners over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for all our new products.

We have an updated Facebook page and Twitter account so please look them up, add/follow us and look out for offers and product updates.

The office has been officially “Squiddy’d” since the last update and the artwork looks great, although things are getting a little snug again here.

Squiddy shelves

Most importantly:

If we don’t have your ink cartridge/toner listed on our website, then please call us on: 01253 403020, or send us an email: vicky@theinksquid.com We will almost certainly have it in stock.

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Move to Bigger Offices

For the second time in 6 months we have had to move to bigger offices!

We haven’t moved far – about 20 feet in fact, just across the corridor. But we now have about 20% extra room, which is enough to allow an extra 2 sets of shelving and we can now move a set of each of the toners in from the warehouse. Most of them will stay where they are but at least we won’t have to run backwards and forwards quite as much.

We are also making the offices more ‘squiddy’. The external windows are being fitted with contra-vision signs by Jo from Divine Signs this week. She did a great job with the signage on the original small office at the front of the building and she also wrapped the ‘Squidmobile’ (the kids love it – the wife hates it!).

Ian from Creative Direction has designed the artwork as always (he is responsible for the car design, my business cards, the website and pretty much anything else artwork-wise). He is also designing some great big ‘end-plates’ that will fit to the shelving in the offices. When  customers come in, rather than see lots of boxes, they will see these fantastic pieces of artwork.

We are also having a squid-clock fitted on the main wall as you come into the offices. And quotes from some our customers are being stencilled on the walls. It should look amazing – and hopefully just in time for when the Lancashire Evening Post comes to take pictures for the upcoming feature on Friday!

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The BIBAs Cocktail Party

We had a really good night at the BIBAs Finalists/Winners Cocktail Party on Thursday.

All the finalists and winners were there to collect their certificates and have more photos taken. I was trying to remember who was who (I was a bit drunk on the big night and everything is a bit fuzzy), but I spotted a familiar face and we got talking.

He told me he had sold his business a few years ago and had been busy as Lancashire’s High Sheriff in 2011/12 as well as being the local Chairman of the Yorkshire Bank and the National Chairman of the British Chambers of Commerce.

I was obviously talking to a very clever chap but I was a little confused about which category he had won the BIBA award in. Had he set up another business after selling out…? No – he had been awarded the title “Prestonian of the Year”!

I knew he looked familiar – It was Peter Mileham. OOPS!

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HP 364 XL Inks now in stock

We now have the new HP 364 XL Cartridges in stock. When comparing prices please remember to compare the capacities. HP ink is one of the most expensive liquids in the world – over £9000 per gallon! And the original ink cartridges have almost no ink in them! It is the equivalent of buying a box of cornflakes only to get home and find they are 80% empty. Here are the comparisons:

HP Original regular size 364 cartridges

Black - 6ml, around £9 in the shops
Colours – 3ml (!), around £6 each in the shops
So a set of originals will cost about £25-£30 and hold just 15ml of ink

HP Original XL size 364 cartridges

Black – 18ml, around £15 in the shops
Colours – 6ml, around £12 each in the shops
So a set of XL originals will cost about £50 and hold 36ml of ink

Ink Squid 364 XL cartridges

Black – 22ml, £7.50 including VAT
Colours – 12ml, £6.50 including VAT
So a set of Ink Squid 364 XL cartridges holds 58ml of ink (more than 50% more than the HP original XLs) and we sell a full set for £24.95 including VAT and 1st Class postage.

Remember, if you are buying the brand, you are being scammed!

BIBA’s E-Commerce Business of the Year!!

We are proud to announce that we have just won the coveted e-commerce business of the year in the Lancashire Chamber of Commerce BIBA awards!

http://www.thebibas.co.uk/

The BIBAs were held this year in a huge marquee in Avenham Park and coincided with the Preston Guild Week. Hundreds of businesses entered and over 2,000 people attended the £140-per-seat event. The opera singer Russell Watson provided the entertainment and the  evening was hosted by the X-Factor voice-over man with extra announcements made by The National Lottery’s own Alan Dedicoat – “the voice of the balls”.

We are incredibly proud of this award, not least because we ended up beating some multi-million pound turnover companies in the process. The judges recognised that we had started up in the height of the recession and still managed to grow rapidly across multiple platforms and grow a large customer base that spans the globe.

Here is some of the coverage in the Lancashire Evening Post

Launch of the New-Look Ink Squid Site!

Hello all.

Welcome to our new-look site. It has been completely redesigned, making it much easier to navigate and find the cartridges you need. We have also added “Squid-Chat” so if you have any questions you can talk to us in real time!

All the inkjet stock is also fully up to date and our ever-growing range of toners will be added shortly. Photo paper will also be added in the next few days.

We will be starting our newsletter soon which will include special offers for existing customers, new-product launches and tips and tricks that the OEMs would rather you do not know!

If you have any suggestions or if there are any products missing from the site that you would like to see please let us know.

Kind regards, Adrian Meakin
Managing Director