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The Agony of Choice

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

“Oh woe is me!” So much stationery, so little time. If you’re here, you probably have little or no sympathy for my difficulty. I’ll admit, it’s a wonderful problem to have. Several people write for our blog - Paw Prints. Regular articles come from Amanda, Scrib and me, Stuart. All three of us are fountain pen users. As we’re all super-powered nerdy hipsters, we hang out in Slack (which is where super nerdy hipsters used to hang out) and the talk often turns to “ink-friendly” notebooks, and how we don't stock enough of them. (Honestly, the grief I get.)We do...

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Logistics

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

Logistics What ho! In the spirit of full disclosure: Delivery DelaysOrders from 29th April will be despatched on the 30th.Orders from 30th April and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6th of May will be despatched on the 7th of May. Now, the 4th, 5th and 6th are the long Mayday holiday weekend, so nothing unusual there.On May the second, Clare is up at the London Stationery Show, seeking out new lines and hot takes and on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th, she is single-handedly relocating the office from Hampshire to Wiltshire. Knowing her, she’s probably rigged a sledge for...

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In the red, again.

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

Results In February 2017, I became the proud proprietor of Pocket Notebooks (as was), so we just passed the two year anniversary last month. Like every business, we have to prepare annual accounts and complete tax returns. I’m working on that now. The good news is, the tax man is getting nothing again this year. The bad news is that this is because we are still not making money. That's disappointing. Lessons That said, we made a gross profit this year, versus a loss last. Our overheads are down, so our net loss is one quarter of what it was....

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Tomoe River you say?

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I thought that might get your attention.Fountain pen folk do like a bit of Tomoe River. Thin, light and yet remarkably resistant to feathering or bleed, Tomoe River paper shows off ink beautifully. Let me hit you with some specs.Notebook DetailsPack of 2 notebooks8.89 x 13.97 cm or 3.5 x 5. inches80 pages of 52gsm Tomoe River Paper4mm Dot Grid Sewn Stitch BoundCovered spine (no exposed stitching on the spine)Grey, Linen finished cover 350gsmRounded corners Subtle, minimalist embossed brandingFor each pack of Pocket Tomoe River Notebooks sold, a pencil will be donated to a child in need. Uh-huh. That’s what...

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Review of 2018

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

There we are. Another year gone.I don’t know about you, but I had a mixed 2018.At the end of this month, I will have been at the helm of Nero’s Notes for two years. As I sat, contemplating this post, I was shocked to receive the e-mail that I am sure many of you received, from Bureau Direct. It announced that after 23 years, they were closing the doors. One of the founders, Jo, wrote“…we have been sunk by the uncertainty and the discounting that seems to stalk the high street - online is not immune either.”I have no inside...

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