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Are the Office Supplies and Stationery in your Workplace, School, Club, and Home made in the UK? Plus British made fridge magnets

British made stationery.

Manufacturing in the UK allows companies to control supply, guarantee quality, offer flexibility and to be ethical and environmentally sound.

You and your company or organisation or club or school or university can support British companies and British jobs and be environmentally friendly (by reducing your carbon footprint through reducing the miles goods are transported) by buying British at home, at work and for school.

A good starting point is to buy only British made stationery (pens, pencils, staplers, paper clips, scissors, paper, files, etc.).  Don’t order stationery unless you know where it is made.  Refuse to buy cheap foreign made stationery.  Buy British stationery for your workplace and home and it will last longer and so save you or your company money long term.  Most stationery these days is foreign made but you can insists on buying British made stationery.  Just say 10 years ago most stationery was made in the UK, but sadly this is no longer the case.Most stationery these days is foreign made but you can insists on buying British made stationery.  Just say 10 years ago most stationery was made in the UK, but sadly this is no longer the case. We all know those cheap Chinese made staplers don’t last 5 minutes, whereas the old made in England stapler that has been floating around your office since who knows when is still going strong!  My old made in England Rexel stapler is superb quality; modern Chinese made Rexel staplers are very poor quality and do not last very long at all before they are broken.

An old made in Britain Rexel stapler. Still going strong after many many years. Photograpgh by author.

An old made in Britain Rexel stapler. Still going strong after many many years. Photograpgh by author.

An old made in Britain Rexel stapler. Still going strong after many many years. Photograpgh by author. Base view 1.

An old made in Britain Rexel stapler. Still going strong after many many years. Photograpgh by author. Base view 1.

An old made in Britain Rexel stapler. Still going strong after many many years. Photograpgh by author. Base view 2.

An old made in Britain Rexel stapler. Still going strong after many many years. Photograpgh by author. Base view 2.

A vintage box of made in UK Rexel No.56 staples. Sadly Rexel / Acco staples are now foriegn made. Photograph by author.

A vintage box of made in UK Rexel No.56 staples. Sadly Rexel / Acco staples are now foriegn made. Photograph by author.

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Spur Shelving – wall mounted and freestanding shelving

Spur Shelving manufactures wall mounted and freestanding shelving for warehouse, commercial, museum & domestic situations. All their shelving is made in Britain.

They make twinslot wall mounted shelving systems (steel brackets shelves and slotted uprights) in Devon, England. I chanced across this company when they followed me on Twitter. Useful stuff.

http://www.SpurShelving.co.uk

https://twitter.com/SpurShelving

Spur Shelving Mighty Boltless Shelving unit 5 Shelf 950w x 450d.  Made in Britain.

Spur Shelving Mighty Boltless Shelving unit 5 Shelf 950w x 450d. Made in Britain.

Desk and Study Accessories

The Original Book Works Limited

Marlborough World make a range of desk accessories in England + hip flasks, bags, and technology cases – http://www.marlboroughworld.com

http://www.originalbooks.net

Faux book products made by hand in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.  Faux books, false books, fake and dummy books, paperweights, book safes, door stops, book ends, etc.

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http://www.deskaccessories.co.uk

Desk Accessories: Office Desktop Accessories & Gifts.

Desk accessories all made in the UK – magnifying glasses, business card holders, bookends, desk name plates, desk model replicas, gavels and stands, letter openers, paperweights, photo frames, rocker blotters, etc.

http://www.deskaccessories.co.uk

Brushed Brass Letter Opener by www.deskaccessories.co.uk

Brushed Brass Letter Opener by http://www.deskaccessories.co.uk

Large Gavel with Wooden Stand by www.deskaccessories.co.uk

Large Gavel with Wooden Stand by http://www.deskaccessories.co.uk

Executive Rocker Blotter by www.deskaccessories.co.uk

Executive Rocker Blotter by http://www.deskaccessories.co.uk

Gopak folding tables, folding furniture, chairs and staging / Alpha Furniture / Office Furniture

Gopak Contour Folding Table. Made in Britain.

Gopak Ltd (formerly known as P S Le Fleming Shepherd Ltd) was established in 1947, and make folding tables, folding furniture, chairs and staging in Hythe, England. Their main markets are local authorities and schools, churches, village halls and youth organisations, caterers, cafes, restaurants, venues, offices and public areas. They also sell other furniture sourced from inside and outside the UK, but much of what they sell is made in Britain. They say they are “proud to be a British manufacturer” 🙂 You’ll have to ask whether an individual item is made in Britain as country of origin is not given against individual items on their website – http://www.gopak.co.uk

Alpha Budget Stacking Conference Chair. UK made.

Another source for folding furniture as wells as folding chairs, church chairs, church furniture, stacking chairs and classroom furniture is Alpha Furniture.  Some of what they sell is made in the UK – look for items on their website that say UK made. They also sell Gopak (see above).

http://www.alpha-furnishing.com/page/why-choose-alpha-furniture.html

Verco Office Furniture have a factory in High Wycombe and much of what they sell is made in the UK.  Available from office furniture supplies such as Lismark.

The CD Group of Companiesbased in Derby, offer contract and domestic flooring, soft furnishing, and the design and manufacture of flooring and furnishing, with I understand curtains and soft furnishings made in-house in Derby.