Here at Ryman HQ we are excited to celebrate 125 years since our very first store opened. With our eyes fixed firmly on the future, we take a look back at how we have grown since first opening in 1893…
1893: Henry J Ryman opens his first store on Great Portland Street, London
1970s: The family business is sold. Over the next 20 years, its owners include Burton Group, Terence Conran, Jennifer d’Abo and Pentos.
1995: Ryman is acquired by Chancerealm Ltd (later known as Ryman Group Ltd), in which Theo Paphitis is the controlling shareholder.
2001: Ryman acquires Partners the Stationers, comprising 86 stores.
2007: Ryman acquires 61 Stationery Box stores, which are rebranded to Ryman by October 2008.
2009: Ryman partners with Red Nose Day, raising more than £500,000 for Comic Relief through colleague fundraising and the sale of exclusive products.
2014: Ryman becomes headline sponsor of the National Enterprise Challenge (a challenge designed to help children to leave school ‘work ready’.
2016: Ryman acquires London Graphic Centre.
2017: Ryman launches its new ‘business’ specific website enabling business and education account customers to shop online
2018: Ryman grows its online offering to include Home and Garden products
We are all so proud of a longstanding history of product innovation and customer service, as well as a strong high street presence up and down the country. The friendly face of stationery, our customers have been popping into the store for paper, diaries and pens for well over a century.
The present-day Ryman store experience is enhanced by a range of extensive services such as international courier and money transfer as well as a variety of photocopying, printing and design services.
Recognising that our customer base includes businesses as well, we have grown this offering significantly, with the launch of our brand new dedicated Business and Education website, allowing us to offer every size business great deals on bulk stationery, paper and office furniture.
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5 Interesting Facts You Didn't Know About Ryman
#1 Ryman sells 7.8 million mls of printer ink per year - that's enough to fill 10,400 wine bottles...Cheers!
#2 There is still a Ryman store trading on Great Portland Street - 125 years after the first store was opened
#3 Ryman colleagues have raised more than £4 million for Comic Relief since 2008…
#4 We don’t just sell pens, our online range is growing and evolving at a rapid rate! We now have a Home and Garden category to offer you a variety of products not just for your home office, but the rest of your house well
#5 The iconic London Graphic Centre is part of the Ryman family, the 7,000 sq ft Covent Garden store, which is widely regarded as a stand out destination in the world of arts and graphics was bought in 2016