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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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Save Jacksons of Reading

Further update – it appears nothing could be done to save the store (or nothing was done perhaps). Today (21st December 2013) there was very little stock left in the shop, but there were lots of customers buying what little was left in the sale. Most of the stock will be sold at an auction in the store to be held on January 4th 2014. The store will close on Christmas Eve. It will be a sad loss for its loyal customers and for the town of Reading. It will be even harder now to find those hard to find things and to find somewhere that sells quality goods at realistic prices. Truly it is all very upsetting.

One positive thing is that Jacksons have sold their schoolwear business to Stevensons (who now have another shop in the Market Place), because Stevensons have a policy of “sourcing from UK manufacturers wherever possible” – http://stevensons.co.uk

Jacksons of Reading 21st December 2013 - the fabulous store will close its doors for the last time this Christmas Eve.

Jacksons of Reading 21st December 2013 – the fabulous store will close its doors for the last time this Christmas Eve. Photograph by author.

Update on what is happening to Jacksons of Reading Department Store.  It is to close at Christmas 2013, unless a buyer is found 😦

Jacksons Corner sign - Jacksons of Reading

Jacksons Corner sign – Jacksons of Reading

Today (14.02.2013) I got UK made socks and UK made boxer shorts there.  It’s a quirky store and they sell stuff you won’t find anywhere else and pride themselves on their customer service.  It is a beautiful building inside and out, with a fabulous pneumatic tubes to handle cash. Why not visit this fabulous traditional department store and buy something – that could save the store? Or maybe buy the store?  It would be such a shame to see Jacksons close – save Jacksons of Reading!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-19890722

I came across this fabulous facebook page all about Jacksons today – https://www.facebook.com/J.TWOMS.

Jacksons The Family Store. Usual Opening Hours 9.00 – 17.30 Monday to Saturday.

E. Jackson & Sons, Jacksons Corner, Reading, berkshire, RG1 3AS. Telephone 0118 957 4477. (On the corner of High Street and Kings Road).

Also, see the interview below with the Managing Director, Brian Carter.

Jacksons of Reading Department Store, December 2012

Jacksons of Reading Department Store, December 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacksons of Reading 1875 – 2013

A little history of Jacksons of Reading (taken from their website):

Jacksons History

 

Jacksons of Reading website 8.10.14 thanking their customers.

Still from Jacksons of Reading website 8.10.14 thanking their customers.