Paper Plus – The only family owned and operated Office and School Stationery specialists in the heart of Nelson.
There’s something cool about a family business. Everyone chips in and helps get the job done – even Bonnie the West Highland White Terrier office dog, who lights up the room and comes to work every day and plays in the office upstairs. She knows when the boses are about to have their regular takeaway coffee and scone and gets to enjoy the local baking (occasionally)
Paper Plus has achieved legendary status in Nelson, David and Sue Moir, and Sean Weir have been in business since 1988 (That’s 34 years). Not many businesses go that kind of distance, and it shows that their ability to diversify and a strong commitment to their products and customers are second to none.
This week we spoke with Liv Moir (David’s daughter). She’s been helping her parents out in the Nelson shop and has been doing some travel in recent years and worked in the Paper Plus shop in Christchurch, which has a sister shop in Blenheim. Her aunt owns and runs the Take Note shop in Takaka, so you can see it’s a family business that spans beyond the Nelson CBD.
“We are excited to let everyone know we are now the only shop in Nelson city that specialises in both office and school stationery. Our competitors have relocated or have gone online, which has provided us with an opportunity to develop this side of our service even more. We have all the best contacts and can order specialist items quickly.”
What are the most popular items?
“Till roll, Eftpos paper, reams of paper and postage bags are very popular. It’s handy to post the mail in the NZ post shop in-store while you are there. We also have a great range of chalk pens which the local Hospitality Industry use for menus and special boards. The local hairdressers and beauty salons love our magazine collection as well.”
Paper Plus encourages local business owners to sign up for an account so ordering is easier and they can take advantage of our business account discounts and loyalty points.
Who remembers getting the Stationery list from school at the start of the year? It can be a stressful time for parents as there are lists of sports equipment, fees and uniform items to buy on top. Paper Plus are experts in the School stationery field and works directly with the local schools to make this process as easy as possible.
“Some schools order pre-assembled packs from us, and we set up a mini production line in the store after hours and build them up and deliver. We know what the teachers are wanting so there’s no guesswork or waiting for an online order to arrive in the mail. We do both click + collect and buy in-store options to help parents navigate this enormous task.”
“School stationery hasn’t changed that much since I went to school. It’s an exciting time of the year for students who are about to embark on an adventure and we love helping them get good quality gear which helps motivate them even more.”
What is one of the things you enjoy most about working in a family-owned business?
“The autonomy to make decisions and get creative. We have a lot of trust in our staff and like to see them come up with cool ideas, and support them to think outside the box.”
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