Ryman

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Ryman Ltd
Private Limited Company
Industry Retail
Founded London (1893 (1893))
Headquarters Ryman House, Savoy Road, Crewe, Cheshire, UK [1]
Number of locations
212[2]
Key people
[2]
Products Stationery, office and home office supplies
Revenue £131.0 million (2015/16)
Owner Theo Paphitis
Website www.ryman.co.uk
Ryman, North End Road, Fulham, London
Ryman, Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, 2016
Ryman, New Street, Huddersfield, 2010

Ryman is a UK stationery retail company with 212 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.

History

Formation

Henry J Ryman opened his first store as a book printer on Great Portland Street, London in 1893, that is still open today.[3] Quickly changing the focus to selling stationery, the business was successfully owned and managed by the Ryman family for several generations. Jack Ryman succeeded Henry in 1931, until he passed it on to his own sons, Desmond and Nicholas, in 1951. From 1912 til 1995, the business traded as H. J. Ryman Retail Limited.[4][5]

In 1968 Ryman merged with the furniture retailer Habitat to form Conran Ryman[6]. The following year they purchased the business of Lupton Morton, who mostly supplied furniture to offices and corporations but also made pieces by other designers[7], and in 1970 acquired the retail chain Straker-Bedser [8].

By 1970 the turnover of the group had doubled since the merger with Habitat. Terence Conran however was disappointed that Habitat itself had not been expanded and offered to purchase Habitat from Conran Ryman along with Conran Associates and the remains of Lupton Morton. Conran Ryman who did not highly value the Habitat chain and apparently thought it was making a loss agreed to the sale[8]. Conran Ryman retained Habitat's original factory in Thetford along with Conran Design Group[9].

In 1972 the Ryman brothers sold Conran Ryman to the Burton Group for £8 million[10]. Rodney Fitch bought out Conran Design Group, renaming it Fitch & Company in the same year[9]. During the 1970s and 1980s the business passed through several different owners[11] including Jennifer d'Abo who purchased the chain in 1981[12] and floated it on the Stock Exchange in 1986, and Pentos plc (owners of Athena and Dillons Booksellers among others[13]) who took the company private again for £20 million (double the flotation price) in 1987[12]. After a share suspension[14], Ryman parent company Pentos plc collapsed into receivership in 1995[15]. Despite interest from former owner Jennifer d'Abo and firm bids from a team of Ryman franchisees, backed by 3i, receivers KPMG struggled to generate interest in the company due to the high rents being paid by the company's high street premises[16].

Theo Paphitis

Theo Paphitis had been involved in the Ryman business since 1994, having had NAG Telecom concessions in larger Ryman stores. He developed a relationship with the then marketing director; Malcolm Cooke and this eventually led to Paphitis purchasing Ryman from the receivers in 1995[17]. The purchase was made through Chancerealm Ltd (which later changed its name to Ryman Group Limited)[18]. In 1996, the Ryman Direct mail order catalogue was introduced, followed by a website in 1998. To build a UK national chain, in 2001 the group acquired the stationery retailer Partners with 86 stores, and in 2007 purchased 61 Stationery Box stores. The businesses and all stores were combined under a redesigned Ryman brand in October 2008, which presently comprises 232 stores with a turnover of more than £120m.

In October 2016, Ryman purchased specialist stationery retailer London Graphics Centre, which was founded in 1973[19].

Products

Ryman was the first stationer 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.

Sponsorship

Ryman are sponsors of the English football Isthmian League, known as the Ryman League which in its 19th year is currently the longest running sponsorship in UK football.

In addition Ryman also sponsors cricket through the Surrey Championship

Charity

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.

References

  1. ^ "Ryman - Contact Us". Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Ryman - About Us". Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  3. ^ ""Treaty of peace between Russia and Esthonia", Published by H J Ryman Ltd., Printers". Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  4. ^ "Companies House - HAYES RETAIL LIMITED". Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  5. ^ "Geni - Henry Ryman - About". Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  6. ^ Conran, Terence (2016). My Life in Design, pp.76
  7. ^ Powers, Alan (2017). John Morton Obituary. The Guardian, 10 May 2017. Available online at [1]. Accessed 8 September 2017.
  8. ^ a b Hendy, John et al (2010). European Cases in Strategic Management, pp.395
  9. ^ a b Bayley, Stephen (2014). Rodney Fitch obituary. The Guardian, 10 November 2014. Available online at [2]. Accessed 8 September 2017.
  10. ^ Jusry, Louise and Isark, Martin (1999). Ryman, king of wine, goes bottoms up. The Independent, 13 February 1999. Available online at [3]. Accessed 8 September 2017.
  11. ^ "(Web Archive) Ryman Brochure". Archived from the original on January 15, 2016. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  12. ^ a b Jennifer d'Abo (2003). The Daily Telegraph, 2 May 2003. Available online at [4]. Accessed 8 September 2017.
  13. ^ Whiteside, RM et al (1990). Major Companies of Europe 1990/91: Volume 2 Major Companies of the United Kingdom, pp.219
  14. ^ Gleeson, William (1995). Pentos dealing halted. The Independent, 28 February 1995. Available online at [5]. Accessed 8 September 2017.
  15. ^ Rankine, Kate (2003). You can't tell a good story too many times. The Daily Telegraph, 21 June 2003. Available online at [6]. Accessed 8 September 2017.
  16. ^ Phillips, Richard (1995). Rents burden Ryman. The Independent, 10 March 1995. Available online at [7]. Accessed 8 September 2017.
  17. ^ Paphitis, Theo (2010). Enter the Dragon. Hachette UK. ISBN 1-4091-2413-4. 
  18. ^ "Companies House - Ryman Group Limited - Officers". Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  19. ^ MacDonald, George (2016). Theo Paphitis’s Ryman acquires specialist London Graphic Centre. Retail Week, 3 October 2016. Available online at [8]. Accessed 8 September 2017.

External links

  • Official website
  • Media related to Ryman at Wikimedia Commons
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