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Research carried out by a UK cartridge retailer has revealed that UK small businesses are wasting almost £1000 on the cost of their office printing. Only 11 percent of the 1,194 business owners who were surveyed said that they ‘actively researched’ best deals available, while most of the businesses admitted printing unnecessarily on a weekly basis.

The research was carried out by, on small businesses with 50 or less employees in a bid to learn more about their expenditure. As 11 percent had confirmed that they looked for the best deals available for office printing expenditure, the other 89 percent were asked about their printing habits. When asked how many documents were printed unnecessarily on a weekly basis, most of the business owners admitted that approximately 500 sheets of paper were used to print off documents that weren’t needed.

The average cost of an ink cartridge and how many documents it will print, plus the cost of toner were considered when calculating the cost of printing waste by businesses. Around £18.50 each week is being wasted by UK small businesses, amounting to £962 every year. Recycling was also surveyed and 57 percent said they recycled all unused documents.
The managing director of, Ian Cowley said:

“It is of course disappointing to see that so many small businesses are wasting money on unnecessary printing and not being mindful about the documents that they print. I am sure that many small businesses across the UK have experienced a few financial problems throughout their duration and this is when £962 a year would certainly be very useful.”

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