Starting a Stationery Shop

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: May 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Stationery shops supply a wide variety of personal and office stationery items, including notepads, writing paper, greetings cards, envelopes and diaries, as well as printing paper, printer ink cartridges and toners, and some basic office equipment. Many also provide personalised stationery, photocopying, printing, laminating, faxing, binding and scanning, and some provide Post Office services and stock mailing supplies.

Independent stationery shops face increasing competition from online retailers, supermarkets and national chains such as WH Smith and Rymans.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a stationery shop. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also identifies some of the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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