Stonecott Fine Writing Supplies Ltd was founded in Bristol, UK, in 2019 by Derek Bambrough, with a mission to sell fountain pens and quality writing accessories online in the UK and potentially worldwide. Derek’s initial thoughts were to offer the UK fountain pen enthusiast something that was not yet available on the UK market, hence BENU pens being our main launch products.
OUR MANAGING DIRECTOR
Derek comes from a background of public service, he worked in the Ministry of Defence for over 22 years, before leaving in November 2018. During the last 11 years of his time with MOD Derek was a Commercial Officer negotiating and amending contracts for the purchase of goods and services for the Armed Forces. It was while he was serving as a Commercial Officer that Derek gained his MCIPS qualification and became a Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), a membership he continues to hold today. In fact Derek has recently become a Chartered member of CIPS. To find out more about CIPS click here.
During his last 2-3 years with the MOD Derek developed an interest in fountain pens, which quickly became a passion. So naturally, upon leaving the MOD, the first thing Derek thought about was setting up an online shop for fountain pens and ink.
Derek chose to start small, with just a handful of suppliers, but chose those suppliers strategically to try and make as much of an impact on the UK market as possible. BENU are happy to finally be able to sell in the UK, thanks to Derek and Stonecott Fine Writing Supplies Ltd.,
PENS AND STATIONERY
We are currently the only seller of BENU fountain pens in the UK, with a close working relationship with the manufacturer. We are also one of only a handful of UK sellers to stock pen cases from Nock and ink from Krishna.
Rounding out the inventory at launch are stunning notebooks from Dingbats and the full glorious range of Diamine Shimmertastic inks.