History of Paper Plus
Paper Plus was established almost 20 years ago in 1999 by founders Cliff and Lucy Henry. To start with, operations were very small, with Lucy building relationships with schools in the area from her kitchen table, whilst juggling a busy family life. In the early days Cliff busied himself finding premises and forging relationships with suppliers around the world.
Our first premises were in Hollingdean in Brighton. The small storage unit wedged between houses in a residential area of the city was the perfect place from which to start growing our fledging business. This was a great start to our journey.
We continued to operate from Hollingdean for 7 years but in 2006 we had truly outgrown the space. Our list of partner schools was growing steadily and we needed a bigger space to store our stock. We spent days scouring the area for suitable new premises, knowing that we wanted to stay local so we could keep working with our school partners in the Sussex area.
In April 2006 we found Oakwood House in the Victoria Business Park in Burgess Hill. The location was perfect and meant that we could increase the products we could offer, whilst still giving our customers the same fast, reliable service they had come to expect from us. The move also meant we had a larger office space to work from and twice the amount of storage space to hold our stock – a real leap forward for the business!
The business continued to grow from our new base in Oakwood House and we soon had expanded again beyond our capacity. In December 2011 more space was required so we enlisted the help of a local logistics firm to store our stock and help with our deliveries.
More staff were added to the team. Peter, Cliff’s father joined us as a partner in the business and still looks after our deliveries many years later, along with Gary, completing our logistics team. Whilst at Oakwood House we also took on several other new members of staff.
Whilst at Oakwood House we were also delighted to be able to purchase our first 7.5 tonne truck which gave us the ability to handle larger loads, gave us more control over our delivery service and another foot up the ladder towards reaching our goals.
In August 2014 we had outgrown our space again and began the hunt for new premises. This time we didn’t need to search far and soon found a new home just around the corner.
67 Victoria Road gave us our own dedicated warehouse with bags of space for our growing stock, a large office space for our developing team as well as offices and meeting spaces. At our most recent premises we are able, better than ever, to give our customers steadily improved stock holding and delivery service as well as offering the best-in-class customer service that we pride ourselves on.
In 2018 our team is now 10 people strong, with Vickie and Katy being added to our Sales and Customer Services Team to better serve our customers and Cliff Higgins taking up the post of Warehouse Manager to ensure the smooth running of our warehousing and logistics. In 2018 we also brought marketing in-house for the first time, adding Charlotte, or new Marketing Manager to the team.
The Paper Plus Mission
With our long-serving, hands-on experience in both the Education and commercial sector, we understand you need a partner to supply what you want, when you need it. What’s more, now that budgets are under greater pressure than ever it is essential you work with a supplier who can deliver real value for money.
Our scale and direct purchasing agreements with leading manufacturers means Paper Plus is in a unique position to deliver efficiency with cost savings at a time when it’s never been more important to the Education sector.
To provide the education sector with the ultimate ‘buying experience’ for consumables and furniture, through an extensive range of quality products, mainly available on next day delivery from stock. Giving an unparalleled level of dedicated, personal service, thus facilitating our customers to focus on their core activities with the confidence that their supply chain is delivering their needs on time.
Transforming Learning Zones
In more recent years Paper Plus created a passionate dedicated furniture division to work with schools to Transform Learning zones and offer an ever-improving range of educational and office furniture embracing the needs of Teachers, Staff and Students alike.
With the furniture range, we are constantly looking to improve and bring in new products and ideas to help you make the best use of space with your budget in mind.
Our goal is to provide a complete, hassle-free solution for all your furniture requirements. For inspiration, please view our case studies page.