Henry J Ryman, founder of Ryman, opened his first store in London at Great Portland Street in 1893, and there is still a store there today. Mr Ryman opened the first ever self-service stationery shop with sales in the first week of £50.
Throughout his life Henry J Ryman recorded his thoughts and activities in his handwritten diaries, which make for very interesting reading. He was very passionate about his inventory, his stores and his staff and this passion for details still exists in the company today. It reveals much about the man’s character to read about the staff welfare schemes, days out and team building experiences that were organised.