Category Archives: Stationery

British Made Diaries and Calendars – ***Please choose a British made diary***

A proper paper diary is silent and unobtrusive in use; it has no batteries to go flat; it doesn’t break if you drop it or tread on it; it helps you remember things because you have actually written them down; you can write in it during meetings and so on (when your smart phone will be outside or turned off!); and things don’t get mysteriously deleted. There is the risk of losing your paper diary of course, and unlike a smart phone will not require a passcode, which is something to bear in mind.

When you are getting your next diary, planner or calander please choose a British made one. Before buying, check the inside or back cover and see where the diary you are looking at is actually made (printed and bound).

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My top notebooks or the best notebooks in the world – my quest to find the perfect notebook

In my quest to find the perfect notebook, I have decided the ones below are the world’s best notebooks. It’s down to personal choice of course and your particular requirements at the time. I’ve tried to think about cost, quality (and in particular paper quality), looks, size (whether you need something lightweight and fairly small and slim or something larger with more space) and what I want from a notebook at the moment. Although was meant to be a kind of ‘top 10’ notebooks, there are more than 10 and the order does not really matter as these are all great British made notebooks.

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British Made Diaries – Get a diary for next year that is made in the UK

It’s that time of the year when you will want to buy a diary for next year. When you are getting your 2015 diary please choose a British made diary. Before buying, check inside and see where the diary you are looking at is actually made (printed and bound).

Sadly this year neither John Lewis nor Clinton Cards seem to be stocking any Letts or any other British made diaries. I got my Letts 2015 “made in Great Britain” 2015 diary in WHSmith (most of the other diaries they had were foreign made though). Note that Collins (Colins Debden) diaries are all foreign made these days.

It is still very possible to choose a UK diary that is actually made (printed and bound) in the UK and you can find a selection here.

Buy a British made dairy for next year.

Letts LADYG Ladydate Mini Pocket Diary 2015.  Made in Great Britain (front view).

Letts LADYG Ladydate Mini Pocket Diary 2015. Made in Great Britain (front view).  Photo by author.

Letts LADYG Ladydate Mini Pocket Diary 2015. Made in Great Britain (rear view).  Photo by author.

Letts LADYG Ladydate Mini Pocket Diary 2015. Made in Great Britain (rear view). Photo by author.

British Made Diaries for 2014

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Please choose a UK diary that is actually made (printed and bound) in the UK.

When you are getting your diary for 2014 please choose a British manufactured diary.

Before buying, check inside and see where the diary you are looking at is actually made.

For a selection of UK made 2014 diaries please see British Made Diaries and Calendars – Please choose a British made diary.

Letts P3EP 2014 diary.  Made in Great Britain.

Letts P3EP 2014 diary. Made in Great Britain.

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Ink and Thread

Ink and Thread are a shop in Derby and online and they state that all their products are made in Britain – http://shop.inkandthread.co.uk – fab – they sell things like notebooks, mugs, city guides, wash bags, compact mirrors, greetings cards, notelets, tote bags, tea towels, and costume jewellery.

British Made Pens and Pencils – British Made Ink – British Made Crayons and Chalk – British Made Pencil Cases – British Made Rulers

Makers and suppliers of British Made Pens and Pencils, British Made Ink, British Made Crayons and Chalk, British Made Pencil Cases, and British Made Rulers:-

Derwent Pencils have been making pencils in Cumbria since 1832. Not everything they sell is made in the UK, for example their metal pencil sharpener is made in Germany. Individual Derwent Pencils that say “England” or “Made in Britain'” on them are UK made. Multi-packs of pencils will say made in the UK on the packaging if they are made in the UK or look for the Union Flag on the packaging. Some of their Academy Sketching eraser tipped pencils and their Lakeland Jumbo pencils are made in Thailand or PRC. None of their sketch pads and accessories are made in the UK. Basically on their pencils if it does not say England or “Made in Britain” or if it does not say made in the UK on the pack, then it is not UK made; best to go by what it says on the tin. The tins themselves by the way are not made in the UK. The Cumberland Pencil Company (Derwent Pencils) is a division of ACCO Brands (Rexel) and so is now American owned. Lovely pencils for you to sketch, colour, illustrate and create!  See the video below for some history of pencils and pencil making at Derwent Pencils today. They also have a pencil museum and shop and cafe in Keswick in the Lake District.

http://www.pencils.co.uk

https://twitter.com/derwentpencils

https://www.facebook.com/welovepencils

http://www.accobrands.com/acco/en/gb/home.aspx

Video – How pencils are made today – Derwent Pencil Factory, Cumbria, UK.

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Lane Notebooks and Prints / James Cropper Paper Mill

Lane currently have all their paper and prints made in the UK.  Their paper is made in the Lake District by James Cropper paper mill and their prints are hand pulled in Nottingham.  They also sell British made paper lampshades. Their picture frames however are made in Germany.

LANE NOTEBOOKS – MIXED COLOURS (PACK OF THREE – LIGHT BLUE, CLARET, YELLOW). Made in England.

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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BBC News – Inside the UK’s last carbon paper factory – York Haven Carbon Paper

BBC News – Inside the UK’s last carbon paper factory.

York Haven Ltd. make carbon paper in the West Midlands of England and are probably the last remaining manufacturer of one-time carbon paper in the UK. They make one-time carbon paper which is widely used for computer stationery. They also make pencil carbon which is used when multiple uses of the carbon are required such as in duplicate and triplicate books and backing/masking papers used in the heat transfer printing process in the textile industry. Please see the above video and article from the BBC.

Once the mainstay of offices carbon paper enabled people to make duplicates of documents and it was also used when making credit card payments, with the details being copied onto the paper that the vendor kept. We still talk about making a ‘carbon copy’ (cc) and despite it being less used than previously, it still has its uses and it is great to see a British firm still manufacturing carbon paper.

http://www.yorkhaven.co.uk

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