Retailers should invest in strong stationery ranges as the school summer holidays draw to a close. 

According to research from the Independent Achievers Academy’s Top 100, 85% of independent retailers now sell stationery, giving children the chance to buy supplies locally. 

Joe Williams, from The Village Shop in Hook Norton, said: “Stationery sales go up by about 5% at this time of year. We make sure stock levels of items such as notepads, pencils or pens are high two weeks before term begins so parents can pick up anything they may have forgotten at one of the bigger or more specialist stores.”

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