|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (February 2014)|
|Type||Private Limited Company|
|Founded||London (1893 )|
|Headquarters||Ryman House, Savoy Road, Crewe, Cheshire, UK|
|Number of locations||232|
|Products||Stationery, office and home office supplies|
|Revenue||£125.4 million (2012/13)|
Ryman is a UK stationery retail company with over 230 outlets nationwide in the UK. The website and stores provide a wide range of stationery and office supplies for homes and businesses with its headquarters in Crewe, Cheshire.
Henry J Ryman, founder of Ryman, opened his first store in London in 1893 on Great Portland Street, a store that is still there today. The business was successfully owned and managed by the Ryman family for several generations with Mr Jack Ryman succeeding Henry in 1931 until 1951 when he passed it on to his own sons, Desmond and Nicholas.
In the 1970s the business was sold and passed through several different owners, including the Burton Group, Terence Conran, Jennifer D'Abo and Pentos.
In 1995 it was acquired by Chancerealm Ltd (now known as Ryman Group Ltd), where Theo Paphitis is the chairman and Kypros Kyprianou the Group Chief Executive.
In 2001 Chancerealm acquired the stationery retailer Partners with 86 stores and subsequently in 2007 purchased 61 Stationery Box stores. The businesses were combined together in October 2008 to build the national stationery retail chain under the Ryman name.
Theo Paphitis, a British entrepreneur best known for his time on BBC's Dragons' Den, acquired Ryman in 1995. He introduced the 'Ryman Direct mail order catalogue in 1996, the Ryman website in 1998 and has turned Ryman into a successful and profitable business comprising 232 stores with a turnover of more than £120m. As well as Ryman he is the owner of the homewares specialist Robert Dyas and lingerie retailer Boux Avenue.
Stores and Products
Ryman Stationery currently operates over 230 shops mainly found in England, Scotland and Wales.
It has been a leader in product innovation throughout its history. Ryman was the first to introduce the concept of colour to filing, with both cabinets and folders. Today Ryman Stationery stock a wide range of inkjet cartridges, printers, pens, paper, envelopes, office essentials, filing, presentation materials, diaries and Back to School Supplies.
In addition Ryman also sponsors cricket through the Surrey Championship
Ryman is an official partner of Comic Relief, raising over £2million for the charity through the sale of exclusive Comic Relief pens in its shops and online as well as other fundraising activities.