Sales Manager Frankie raises money for Alzheimer’s Research UK

A daredevil fundraiser is gearing up to abseil 529 ft. down an iconic London landmark to raise funds for a charity close to her heart.

Francesca Girardelli (Frankie), from Fareham, will scale Broadgate Tower on 8th September, before descending the almost vertical skyscraper to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Frankie’s Dad, Adrian Girardelli was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 55, despite the family not having any history of the disease, and since then it has rapidly transformed the entire family’s lives.

Frankie will be supported by her colleagues at local organisation Allied Office Machines and partners at Ricoh EMEA, as they hope to raise as much awareness and donations as possible, to fund groundbreaking research to change the lives of individuals and families affected by dementia.

Frankie, 29, said: “When I heard about the abseil, my immediate reaction was, I have to take part. This was something I wanted to do for my Dad, but also for families just like mine. I believe with the right support, people can live very well with dementia, I’ve just watched ‘The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes’ on Channel 4 and it showed just how anything is possible!

“My concern is that with all the work amazing charities like Alzheimer’s Research UK undergo, this area of research remains extremely underfunded, and for that reason, I am choosing to face my fear of heights and raise vital funds and awareness for dementia research.

“Although this will be a huge challenge for me, it doesn’t compare to the daily struggles of someone living with Alzheimer’s or any kind of dementia for that matter. That’s why we must do everything we can to find a cure.”

Kate Moss, Senior Corporate Partnerships Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “I am blown away by how brave and determined Frankie has been in her fundraising efforts for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Our mission is to bring about a life-changing dementia treatment and it’s incredible individuals like Frankie who will help make that possible. From everyone at Alzheimer’s Research UK, we’d like to say thank you for all your hard work so far and good luck with your abseil!”

According to Alzheimer’s Research UK, dementia is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the UK. Yet just half (51%) of the public recognise that dementia can cause death. The overall number of people developing dementia is increasing and this will continue to rise unless we find effective treatments to slow, stop and prevent the diseases, like Alzheimer’s, that cause dementia. Through improved public awareness, for example Frankie’s abseil, this will help to challenge the social stigma around Alzheimer’s. This will encourage more people to seek help when symptoms of dementia appear, while also building much-needed support for dementia research.

Ambitious Frankie has already raised just over £400 for Alzheimer Research UK and is determined to grow her donations. To help Frankie reach new heights, please donate to her Everyday Hero page here.

Our Brand New Website Goes Live

We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new website. With the launch of many exciting new products for 2017, we wanted our website to correspond with our products and services, as we continue to extend our document processing services into the digital field.

Our homepage has been modernised, making it easier for our customers to locate their way around the site. Whereas our old site had 8 different menu options, this has now been simplified to just 4 tabs, focusing on our key areas of expertise, of which we are extremely proud.

A ‘Why choose Allied?’ section has also been added to the homepage. We are proud to have remained an independent, family-run business since we were established in 1994, and we have been recognised for our commitment to quality, tailor-made service by the electronics industry leader, Ricoh. This section allows us to showcase our accomplishments and expertise.

Customer service has always been integral to our business model, and therefore a new contact functionality has been integrated into the website. The ‘Get in Touch’ tab makes contacting our team a lot simpler, and gives the user more options as to how they wish to make contact.

The multifunctional printers section under the products tab has also been
re-imagined. Previously our site advertised the products in one list. This has now been split up into various tabs, making it a lot easier and quicker for the user to find the product that they are looking for.

Although the content has largely remained the same, the new look and feel of the website highlights our new digital offering. This should in turn improve the web experience for both existing and new customers.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on our new website! Give us a call on 01794 526088.

Allied Office Machines Win 3 BLI Pick Awards

Celebrities everywhere are dusting off their designer frocks and tuxedos and are chattering about the awards season; and we at Allied Office Machines are joining in!

We are very pleased to announce that our technology partners, Ricoh, have done particularly well in the imaging industry’s own equivalent of the Oscars, the BLI or Buyers’ Lab awards.

Twice a year, the ‘BLI Pick Awards’ give special recognition to imaging products that provided the most outstanding performance in several categories. To achieve this accolade the machines must undergo a series of strenuous tests over a two month period that pushes them to the limits of their stated performance. They are then evaluated on categories such as ease of use, media handling, productivity and value.

In its most recent series of awards, Ricoh collected 3 ‘Outstanding Achievement’ awards. And the winners are…


The Ricoh MP C4502 series for outstanding achievement in energy efficiency.

Click here to read the full adjudication


The Ricoh MP C4502 series for outstanding 41 to 50 ppm A3 Colour Multi-Function Printing.

Click here to read the full adjudication


The Ricoh MP C5502 series for outstanding 51 to 60 ppm A3 Colour Multi-Function Printing.

Click here to read the full adjudication

Take a fresh new look at Allied

New Website for 2012

Check out our new website, not only will you be able to find out about our latest products and offers but also how you could save money on all your internal printing costs through Print Audit. In addition you can now see videos demonstrating some of the more useful features available on the latest equipment.

3 reasons why you should consider a print audit for your business

…the information you gain could help you to:

  • Reduce your carbon footprint
  • Improve efficiency
  • Save you money

Just look at what Whites of Salisbury were able to achieve:

Estate Agent saving the environment and money too!

Salisbury Estate Agent HW White recently commissioned Romsey firm Allied Office Machines to carry out an audit of all their internal printing costs. The resulting report was very revealing and highlighted areas where efficiencies and savings could be made.  Allied Executive Nick Folkes then put forward a proposal that has not only made all the internal printing 100% carbon neutral but has also saved them a whopping 21% against their printing expenditure. James Butcher co director of HW White commented “we were quite surprised at the findings of the audit and had no hesitation in accepting Allied’s recommendations”. Allied’s executive Nick Folkes commented “ many organisations are looking to cut costs where they can at the moment, print audits often reveal where substantial savings can be made, couple this with the fact that firms can further reduce their carbon footprint makes our offering an attractive proposition”

(Article from the Salisbury Journal Green Living section 18 August 2011)

A print audit will arm you with all the information you need to make a more informed choice about the document production and distribution requirements of your company. What’s more; it’s free of charge and takes little or none of your time. Find out more by calling Nick Folkes on 01794 526088.

Recent survey shows 92% customer satisfaction

We recently conducted a survey of our entire customer base. These are carried out from time to time so that we can get a real idea of what people think of us. This helps us to identify areas where we can improve things even further. The results were quite revealing and we are pleased to report that 92% of our customers rated us as good or excellent. Naturally we were pleased with the response, however not being ones to rest on our laurels we shall continue to strive to improve all aspects of what we do. All customers who replied to the survey were entered in a champagne draw and we are pleased to announce the winner – Naomi Sebborn from the charity The Navigators, well done Naomi!

Back to school in 2013


If you are working on behalf of a school or college take a look at our new offer for 2013.

Allied Office Machines, in conjunction with our finance partners BNP Paribas, are offering all schools and colleges the opportunity of acquiring new equipment now with nothing to pay until 15th April 2013. Why not call us now on 01794 526088 to find out more?