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Manuscript write themselves into Stationers’ Hall history book

By Mark Hayhurst 10 Oct 2018

Manuscript Pen Company are celebrating an historic seal of an approval, after receiving a Stationers’ Company warrant for the brand’s famous ML1856 pen.

A backbone of the Shropshire Company’s comprehensive range, the pen is crafted from boldly a choice of seven coloured Italian resins, which ensures each pen is uniquely patterned and features either a medium iridium nib or a 1.1mm or 1.5mm italic nib, which are all finished with an intricate laser etched detail embellishment.

The ML1856 Collection celebrates Manuscript’s 162-year history and combines modern design with traditional manufacturing techniques - offering both guaranteed quality and a luxury finish to ensure it’s the perfect choice for modern day penmanship.

The brand leaps from strength-to-strength and manufacturing, sales and marketing are still based in Highley, the home of Manuscript for the last 60 years.

The company has continued in the hands of the same family and is currently run by Charlie Stockbridge, the fifth generation to take charge of the historic brand since its inception.

Under Charlie’s stewardship, the brand has conquered new markets across Europe and the United States, as well as expanding into stores on home soil - including John Lewis and Hobbycraft.

The brand has been a key driver in a thriving stationery market, which rose to a value of around £2.06bn over the previous 12 months, up five per cent on the figures from 2017.

Receiving the Warrant continues Manuscript’s success of the last twelve months, joining the Made in Britain Campaign and scooping a nomination in the Stationery Awards.

Manuscript Pen Company were receiving the Stationers’ Warrant for the first time with the historic pen brand rewarded for their ‘traditional but modern (pens) that are hugely unique in our industry.’

Strict criteria gives five key reasons why a manufacturer can receive a warrant. These include:

High level of original design (innovation) and interpretation

high quality manufacturing/production techniques – including uses of materials.

thoughtful, appropriate and sustainable presentation and packaging

environmental credentials (eg FSC, ISO 9000, 14000 and 18000 certification) and compliance with ethical trading guidelines

Impact, relevance and popularity within the stationery market.

Manuscript Pen Company pay particular attention to these points across all its product categories and are looking to push boundaries more in the next quarter – including more sustainably produced packaging.

Charlie Stockbridge, Managing Director of Manuscript Pen Company, collected the award from the St Paul’s venue said: “It’s a real honour to receive this accolade and be recognised for our innovations We’ve got a rich history and receiving this warrant adds another chapter to our past, as we look forward to the future. We’ve joined a select group of names who have received a Stationers’ Warrant and we’ll be celebrating this in our office.”

Alongside these, Manuscript have launched a selection of new products that revolutionise the calligraphy and craft market with much more planned for the remainder of 2018 and into 2019.

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