Good IT in a company is must these days. As a fledgling company, new businesses will often make use of free or budget tools available to them. CuanTec have been no different – over the last 2 years, we’ve made best use of some pretty good Office technologies which have allowed us to stay in touch. However, with an ever-growing number of staff and higher standards expected for our clients, the limits of those tools were becoming clear - we were going to need something a whole lot better!

Last weekend, CuanTec took the big step of migrating our old, disparate Office approach to a new installation of Microsoft’s Office 365 for Business. 

Migrating from one system to another can often seem a scary undertaking for businesses – what if it goes wrong? Maybe we’ll lose vital data! What if the new system won’t do the job?

But we needn’t have worried. After a lot of careful planning and solid assistance from IT specialists Big Front Door Ltd, we have now successfully made the smooth transition and have excellent new tools available to staff including state-of-the-art email, integrated company calendar, customer management tools, a centralised file database and much, much more!

For help with office implementations in your business, we would recommend

https://www.bigfrontdoor.com

Last week, the team at CuanTec engaged in chemistry of a different kind at their belated Christmas “do” and 2019 Business Kick-off.

The wonderful venue of The Loch Leven Hotel hosted the event.

We all took part in Gin School, where everyone learned the art of craft gin-making  ……

 

…….. and got to create their very own unique blends – some were very successful indeed; others where a bit of an “acquired taste” with an attempt to create notes of the sea  …..

 

…….. resulting in a very “fishy” flavour!

And then finishing off with traditional business sessions, laying out the exciting plans for the development of the company ……..

 

 

A highly recommended event:-

“I thought the gin school was great, a lot of fun and it was interesting to see what people came up with. Braw event😊 “ Sarah, Process Scientist

“Avery unique and interesting experience and the best style of team buildingI've been involved in. Our host was extremely knowledgeable and created arelaxed & fun environment”, Hannah, Oban Microbiology Technician

“The team building trip was a fantastic opportunity to meet all of the other skilled and brilliant people working in CuanTec, with the gin distilling being an amazing task with many laughs between people. Absolutely cracking event !” Toby, Oban Lab Technician

 

if you’d like to give it a try, visit their website here

 

http://www.pixelspiritsltd.co.uk/ginschool.html

 

 

CuanTec has been lucky enough to be invited to many recent forums for discussion about environmental matters, circular economy and also the very prominent issues around plastic pollution.

Plastic pollution is not an issue that can be swept under the landfill for much longer. We need to ALL discuss, air and educate on this.

Petroleum based plastic is a permanent toxin for the environment unless it is burnt – and that is a process that requires specialist supervision and attention to ensure that toxic gases are not released into the atmosphere.

If plastic goes into landfill, it sits there doing not a lot, often wrapped around food scraps, preventing the natural process of breakdown for the contents. Eventually it will decompose and begin to degrade – the time length being dependent on the type of plastic, the heat, the opportunity for exposure to sunlight.

Given our changing climate there is the risk that plastic buried in landfill could be washed out unexpectedly into rivers and find its way into the wider environment or oceans.

The breakdown process can and will only result in microplastic – it will not be absorbed into the soil, it will not sustain growth of plants or replenish the world.

Microplastic is fragments of plastic, sometimes microscopic in size, but often a couple of millimetres in diameter. It is small enough to be eaten by fish even by krill and plankton. It is already finding its way into almost all sea life, with almost all fish containing microplastic in their guts.

There is a growing pool of evidence that microplastic can cause reaction in the human immune system. Could this be one of the triggers of IBS?

Even if plastic is properly disposed of, not all countries or locations have the infrastructure required to handle the recycling process. Europe isn’t perfect on this, but it is leagues better than areas with less sophisticated infrastructure.

There are some excellent projects on-going that take plastic and creates useful new products. Trainers, roads and jewellery are among the most obvious and popular new destinations. Even if recycling is possible and available there is a finite number of times that repurposing is possible – eventually the threat of breakdown into microplastic.

Instead we believe that all food packaging should be compostable. It should be able to breakdown easily and bring nutrients back to the environment. Composting solves many problems – food packaging doesn’t need to be washed off and can be put into the composting bin along with the food scraps. It would also make the handling of waste management issues much easier.  If it has touched food, then it must be compostable. Non-compostable plastic caught up in the compostable stream could be extracted later, when it doesn’t decay.

Check this out for more plastic statistics information : http://ribble-pack.co.uk/environment/plastic-packaging-statistics