When it comes to running your own business, it’s often the little unsung office heroes that keep you going through the busy periods and the hard times. But these heroes aren’t people, they’re the everyday objects that power your business quietly in the background.

It’s why we’ve created the Ode To series of videos that celebrates everything that keeps you going throughout the day – from your mid-morning tea break through to your brainstorming material, it’s our way of acknowledging the items that keep small businesses running and can make a big difference in their own small way. With each new video in the Ode To series, we’re giving away prizes to help you recognise your office heroes and perhaps even give them a makeover. Simply check the post for the prize and Terms and Conditions, or follow us on Twitter @HiscoxUK for the latest news.

Here’s our Ode To series, celebrating the little things that keep your business running:

Ode to The Desk Mascot


No matter what the situation, the Desk Mascot is always there for you with a smile on its face. From stress balls to toys, photos to lucky charms, here’s our celebration of the personal objects that make your desk unique.

We’re also offering you the opportunity to win slightly larger Desk Mascot – an iPad Mini.

Simply Tweet @HiscoxUK with a picture of your Desk Mascot using the hashtag #OdeToDeskMascot.


Ode To The Sticky Note


It’ll listen to the ramblings of your mind, help you organise a project and ensures you remember those vital business moments. Come celebrate the office sticky note.

To help you get the most out of your endless supply of office sticky notes, we’re offering the chance to win a Meisterstück Signature for Good Classique Rollerball Mont Blanc pen. Tweet @HiscoxUK a picture of your invaluable business object using #OdeToStickyNote. The competition closes on Thursday 17th April.


Ode To The Kettle


Join us in honouring an essential part of a small business or freelancer’s life – the kettle. Whether it’s the early morning pick me up, the client coffee or a necessary break during a busy day, the kettle is here for us.


Terms and Conditions
To enter tweet us a picture of your Desk Mascot using the #OdeToDeskMascot between Monday 28th April and Monday 12th May 2014.  Winner will be selected at random on Tuesday 13th May and alerted via their Twitter handle. Winner will receive an iPad Mini. See http://www.hiscox.co.uk/business-blog/take-a-break/terms-conditions-ode-desk-mascot-competition/ for full terms and conditions. Promoter: Hiscox UK, 1 Great St. Helen’s, London, EC3A 6HX