Starting a Stationery Shop

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: August 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

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

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

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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