Welcome to Mugspotters. This is an intimate webspace dedicated to & celebrating the much-maligned world of Trade Mugs which are often given-away, discarded, ill-treated and lucky if they reach the giddy status of 'Emergency Mug' in the domestic arena. We aim to share our love of such artefacts via the world-wide web and carefully selected social media outlets. If you too share our love, we'd appreciate your thoughts and kind comments.
Patiently & stealthily we have now built up the Holy Grail hat-trick for Reed. Battle-hardened veterans of this site will recall with misty eyes, their Health division’s travel mug and their sumptuous Marrow posing the question: “Are You Better Off Working?”.
This ‘on-trend’ mini-marrow is something of a curio. We feature 2 elevations here and as if by some freak of manufacturing there is no hint of branding on either flanks;
Only the handle’s front elevation features any type of detail.
Reed all about it…finally!
This can only be explained by 3 possible theories:
1/ In a hint of creative genius, the printers exercised their European ruling of ‘The Right To White Space’.
2/ The printers forgot about the side-aspects leaving only up front & centre.
3/ Reed had a very limited print budget and left it at the mercy of the printers, where any of the above 2 combinations could’ve applied.
So as we have it, if a user holds the mug in a ‘live’ beverage environment, depending on whether they are left or right-handed, only fools & jokers at your respective sides will get the Reed message.
Thanks be to our to our roving Spotter covering South Manchester & the Peak District, who bravely snapped this intriguing but ultimately obscured Atlantic whilst on their travels.
On location in its natural kitchenette habitat, it looks unloved and some japester (or downright lazy article) seems to have stuffed a disused St*rbucks Sheath in it’s aperture for comic effect. It’s not abuse on the scale of some of our previous mugspots but it certainly needs a de-sheath and thorough valet before normal beverage consumption can be partaken again. Somewhere under the cardboard and tea-stains is a very credible mug waiting to get out.
As for Linsco, according to the earthenware. they have branches in locations where there was once a top-flight football team (Nottingham, Coventry, Sheffield) and err London. Amongst other things their web-blab states: “Because we are an independently owned, local company we all take a personal pride in the level of service we offer, and the excellent enduring business relationships we have developed are testament to this. We aim to nurture long-term business relationships; we see no point in securing in business that only leads to short-term financial gain. We will always advise our clients if a certain position is going to be difficult for us to fill.”
What sets this exciting Marrow apart from the legions of other Recruitment mugs festooning this site is that this is the first time we’ve had a mug from a company that is, and I quote, “Recruiter HOT 100: UK Number 1 Recruiter – Recruiter Magazine.”
Plus, any mention of the word HOT brings out mixed emotions for us in the UK as this signifies weather we just never get to enjoy anymore but it’s also a great excuse to revisit the 1982 calypso-tinged magnum opus, HOT HOT HOT by Arrow. Whatever your taste in music there’s no denying that if you click this link you won’t spend the rest of the day mouthing this tune!
On the subject of a hot one, mine’s tea, 2 sugars….
At the risk of repeating myself, the Recruitment Industry must keep Trade Mug manufacturers in business. Heaven knows we’ve got loads on this blog but it has to be said I’m finding it hard to love this ‘Bell’ from GPW Recruitment. It’s about as dour as they come.
There’s not even a logo in sight! It’s 20 pt Times Roman Bold all the way on a sober dark blue background.
It’s all the more distressing as the signage on their website looks like it would work nicely when transplanted on a clean white mug elevation.
Another point of interest is if you have the will to hot foot over to their site (I nearly didn’t..), it shows their Client list: A plethora of logos are showcased.…and like me, I wager you’re thinking…”Could you just imagine having Trade Mugs for all of these bad boys?…..”
No your eyes do not deceive you.
Nor will we be likened to the BBC by keep on filling our blogdule with repeat spottage!
Yes, we have been here before in recent times celebrating Forrests Silver anniversary mug but that flawed Racing Green number hasn’t got a patch on this much cleaner 2 colour-on-white variant. It’s almost a ‘lift & shift’ from it’s sister vessel but this looks more like a strain of Newbury, as opposed to the earlier Atlantic. The strap is white reversed out of the green slug running across it base and the branch list makes for a clear & gripping read.
This is altogether much more pleasing to the eye and a lot more legible all round. I make no apologies for this post and I think provides a wonderful opportunity to compare and contrast the 2 mugs.
Which is best?….In my mind there’s only one winner.
Everytime I hear Randstad, I can’t help thinking of Grandstand, which back in the Seventies & Eighties was the ‘Must-see’ Saturday afternoon sport programme: The iconic theme tune; Frank Bough; Rugby from Cardiff Arms Park; Eddie Waring; Final Score; The VidiPrinter; Keegan scoring ‘that’ header in the end credits….ahhh set adrift on memory bliss.
Snapping back to reality though Randstad are yet another recruitment giant joining our Hall Of Fame. In truth, it’s a lovely mug both in terms of design & print. It’s a slim-line Deco (quite rare these days), tri-colour on white. Refined, sleek and elegant. The logo is understated in powder blue a la Carpenters.
This was kindly donated by a colleague who was cleaning out her kitchen cupboards. “It’s alright, I had two” she said….(the embarrassment of riches)
And that’s the beauty of Trade Mugs. Many of you browsing this site will have them at home but you may not even know it. Any donations & contributions are always gratefully accepted. Please get in touch by leaving a comment.
Mugspotters sees its first ‘Racing Green’ entry in the shape of this Atlantic courtesy of Forrest Recruitment.
Why Gold type has been chosen to promote their Silver Anniversary is an odd choice but this ‘Limited Edition’ jubilee mug manages to pull off the trick of looking really old despite it only being produced in 2010.
The rear elevation shows a list of Forrest’s North West based offices, which is always good to see on a mug.
Time has not been kind and sadly some of the intricate printwork has already started to dissipate leaving users with a rare case of what we Spotters call ‘Goldfinger’.
Goldfinger, he’s the man, the man with the err, golden finger……
Pimp-my-mug! Warning this blog post contains “Mug-bling”.
A truly remarkable sophomore Jobwise entry here. I suppose in the world of Trade Mug Hell where companies want to stand out from the crowd, you need something to grab the attention. So we see our first sighting of “Mug-bling”.
All exterior elevations including the base have been coated with a high-quality silver, sparkling glitter-lacquer topped off with an owl (Wise – geddit?) illustration and obligatory contact info for their Bolton office.
It’s an audacious move and it works. It won’t be to everyones taste but Jobwise have taken the humble Cambridge and have only gone and turned it into a fashion statement. This is truly the mug to be seen with around the office.
Is this tacky? Maybe, but it’s a total one-off and a game-changer in the world of Trade Mugs.
Since Mugspotters began I’m always on the lookout for new product and you can imagine my joy as I was weaving my way through the office and I caught site of this beauty.
There it was, abandoned on the bottom shelf of a “D-End”. For those unfamiliar with the fascinating world of office furniture, it’s a simple storage unit, shaped like a letter D. In reality it’s a junk storage facility. Every now and again when there is a ‘Clear Desk Policy’ crackdown all the “comfort-flotsam” you surround yourself with on your desk which falls foul of the CDP will be shoved into the D-End….and then forgotten….and then binned. A quick survey of some of the D-Ends in our office contain a smorgasbord of random dreck such as spiral comb binders for presentation documents, a large salad bowl, procedure manuals from 2004, random cardboard boxes, discarded letter trays (without the risers) et al. It was here amongst this debris that I spotted REED HEALTH. Quite why it had come to be in the D-End is a unknown tragedy.
It showed signs of neglect and required a good valet with a few screen wipes. Worryingly it still contained some putrid liquid therein but due to my lack of any sort of Hazmat accreditation, I left the lid fully screwed on.
So, the Travel Mug makes it’s sophomore appearance, following CuprinolTrade. Its deep, dark blue colour is emblazoned with a clean white logo. Simple and understated. Of course, we can can’t escape REED as their earthenware has previously permeated this blog before here & here.
What will become of the REED HEALTH travel mug? Will it be ever be restored to a serviceable drinking vessel?
Currently it’s sat on my desk and my COSHH training application has been submitted….
Dear Spotters there have been times recently when I thought this blog had run it’s course. “Welfare To Work” has been the lifeblood of the site for the past month or so. Despite many desperate pleas for new muggage, there’s been nothing to share.
This sites co-founder was in Stretford’s YMCA last week.
No Spotters, not the place where “It’s fun to stay or where you can get yourself cleaned, have a good meal, or do whatever you feel …”
No, Stretford YMCA Charity Shop.
Here he salvaged this precious, precious vessel for the princely sum of 30p.
Where do I start….
There are so many wonderful, unusual and intriguing features contained within this fine Berkshire China artefact.
The first point of note is it’s age. The phone number reads as 061 905 2727. ‘061’ prefixes were phased out in April 1995, making this mug at least 17 years old and therefore almost an antique!
Then there’s the design. It’s s a retro-Lincoln. The wonderful shots below highlight a Gold leaf effect on both its rim and handle.
The Logo is a dapper 3-D Jigsaw piece (why?) which is emblazoned on the front and rear elevations.
So what has become of NES? They’re still trading and possibly now owned by Reed Recruitment, who are no strangers to to Mugspotters. Today their web presence still retains a jigsaw logo, but reimagined for the 21st Century.
There we have it. A once in a lunchtime opportunist mug-spot.
Salvaged from the shelves of a Charity shop, given a new loving home and now immortalised on the World Wide Web.
What a way to bring up a quarter century of Mugspots!