I know exactly what you mean about the search for A4 tabbed folders! Before I found (purely by chance) the poly/plastic A4 folders in my local “The Works” I’ve found the following too:
Elba do a tabbed folder as you mentioned, but it does have their own printing on it:
For a while I used 5 Star Square Cut A4 folders, which are completely blank:
“…...For my general a-z reference they work well enough, and I can grab a bunch and browse pretty much like thumbing through a magazine (not sure how to explain this better).......”
Explained perfectly! I’ve taken a plastic/poly ring binder and removed the ring/lever section, leaving only the plastic “U” shaped cover. I then slip into this the following folders; Inbox, Action Support, Read/Review, To Home, To Work and any current project folders. At the desk it sits upright between 2 mesh bookends acting as a file stand, when travelling it slips into a zipped canvas folder holder.
It ends up being a cross between an expanding file folder and a single lever arch file. The cool thing is that I can pickup and browse through all these folders as if a single large bound file or magazine as you mentioned, without having to remove any contents from their folders first.
I bought the poly folders at my local branch of The Works (they don’t do any online sales), but they do have quite a few branches throughout the UK. You can search by post code etc at their site over at:
A quick search for Yorkshire turned up about 16 stores so you may be in luck! I think they buy stock in job-lots and when it’s all gone, there’s no guarantee they’ll get any more. But it might be worth a call to some of those stores – they may have stock of the poly folders left.
The description on the blank plain boxes of 30 they come in, is Pendaflex EasyView Insert Files A4 (pack of 30) and they’re retailing at £1.99 per pack. They’re boxed by tab colour and appear to be available in red, green, orange, yellow or blue.
I found (and bought!) some more at another local branch just last weekend so they seem to have some still in stock – good luck if you decide to find some!
Hope this helps,