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Apr 25, 2018

History on ​Rhino Stationery & Save the Rhino International (STR)

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Rhino Stationery is a trading name of Victor Stationery. It is a family run business and has been around for many years (136 this year to be exact). They have been making quality paper stationery and exercise books since the early 1920’s.

It all began in 1882 with a bookshop specialising in selling bibles in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In the 1920s they commenced stationery production in Victoria Street Belfast and this is where Victor Stationery was born.

Throughout the 60’s and 70’s Victor Stationery continued to grow in Ireland and the rest of the UK. In 1989 Victor bought EJ Arnold (England), doubling the company size and becoming the number one supplier of school exercise books in the UK and Ireland.

It was in the 1990’s when Victor created the Rhino Stationery brand, which is now recognised throughout the UK as a leading supplier of educational paper stationery.

In the early 2000’s the company was still growing and the decision was made to move the main factory from Belfast to Tallinn Estonia.

(Factory in Tallinn Estonia)

It was only in 2013 Rhino took to the online market and www.rhinostationery.com went live. Victor also moved into the personalised stationery business with its unique custom notebook website www.myownstationery.com



PRESENT



At present their purpose is to produce high quality paper stationery for their partners and customers to enable people to express the written word in each stage of life, underpinned by LEAN philosophy their vision is to be the 1st choice, truly LEAN, paper stationery manufacturer. The principle of LEAN is to create more with less.

KAIZEN is a lean management philosophy to eliminate every waste that they see in their actions, thus becoming more efficient each and every day – continually improving.

Value to customers:

  • shorter lead times
  • smaller batch sizes
  • eco friendliness
  • flexibility
  • quality

As Victor Stationery is an expert in producing exercise books, it’s not surprising to note that they manufacture more than 40 million exercise books yearly. The other half of production is made up of smaller but just as significant product groups, presenting all well-known bindings and product styles. volume by region

About 70% of their manufactured goods go to the UK, which is their biggest market. The next two biggest markets are in Ireland and USA.

Certifications

Preservation of the environment remains at the center of Victor Stationery’s business ethic.They continue to invest in ways to minimise the environmental impact of their operations. Their factory has also achieved several environmental certifications.

These include FSC® (FSC-C092742), PEFC certification along with the well-known Swan label accreditation.

This reflects the high environmental standards required in not only materials used but also in the production methods and waste handling with special emphasis on continuous improvement using Kaizen.

(Victor Stationery certifications)

Save the Rhino

Save the Rhino International is a charity organization that works to protect and increase rhino population. Their vision is for all five rhino species to thrive in the wild for future generations.

Were it all began

In 1970, a rhino poaching epidemic began that was to hit black rhino populations severely. The crisis continued to deplete population’s right through to the late 1980s and early 1990s, so much so that by 1993, there were only 2,475 black rhinos left in the world. At the start of the 1990s, rhino enthusiasts Dave Stirling and Johnny Roberts took themselves on a ‘Rhino Scramble’ across Africa, raising money to help the fencing of the Aberdare Rhino Sanctuary and meeting a wide range of rhino conservationists along the way. Whilst travelling, they met Rob Brett, Kenyan Rhino Co-ordinator at the time, and started to talk about what they could do for rhinos.

“The rhino and the elephant were great charismatic animals that one could raise money for because they were well known and people knew they were endangered … but the problem was, people who were raising that money also had the responsibility of directing those funds out to the field. Our concern was that – not through any malice or ill practice, just lack of knowledge – the money wasn’t being spent in all the right areas. That is where Johnny and I stepped in to set up a charity. With a lot of good contacts in Africa, we felt not only our money could be spent well, but we would be able to advise other charities within the UK as to where their money should be and will be most effectively spent. Save the Rhino International was born then." Dave Stirling, founder of Save the Rhino International, 'The rhino who climbed Killimanjaro' 1994

Filled with inspiration from their journey, the two returned to the UK and set about raising funds for rhinos in Africa. They started with the infamous and ever-growing London Marathon, roping in friends to run the 26.2 mile course around central London in 1992.

(photo by Save the Rhino International)

Between 1992 and 1994, the group continued to raise funds in any way they could. With costumes in tow, they collected money, ran marathons, and organised auctions. Their most popular way of raising money was a good old fashioned rave: primarily based at the SW1 Club in Victoria. Save the Rhino events became the place to be for a good night out.

(Photo by Save the Rhino International)

On 28 February 1994 the group officially registered as a UK charity, as Save the Rhino International (charity number: 1035072). The next 14 years of the charity’s history have seen some significant steps forward.

To read more click here!

Victor Stationery & Save the Rhino



2006 was the year Victor Stationery met Save the Rhino. This is the year they were going through a huge amount of change and were looking into partnering up with a charity organisation. Coincidentally it was around this time they received a letter from the marketing team at STR saying they’d seen the brand and wondered if they could work together.

They arranged to meet at their offices in Borough Market and Victor immediately loved the people and their commitment and passion for what they were doing. This was the start of a great relationship.

How does Victor Stationery contribute to STR?

Victor Stationery has been supporting Save the Rhino for more than a decade and as of February 2018 have raised over £80,000. Their customers can be a part of this movement by buying Rhino Stationery as every purchase with Rhino helps saves Rhinos.

Later this year they will be launching a new range of Save the Rhino notebooks.

Each book is bursting with personality representing the different types of Rhinos in the wild



Conclusion

Rhino population figures at the end of 2015

Rhino population figures are compiled and published by the African Rhino Specialist Group, whose figures are reported to CITES, the international treaty regulating the trade in wildlife parts, and which was responsible for banning the international rhino horn trade in 1977.

The figures below are reported with 90% confidence levels for the end of 2015, based on rhino monitoring surveys and other quantitative data collected by conservationists.

Rhino
species
Population
White rhinoBetween
19,666 and 21,085
Black rhinoBetween
5,040 and 5,458
Greater
one-horned rhino
3,500+
Sumatran
rhino
c.
100
Javan
rhino
67

1,028 rhino were poached in 2017, a slight decline (26) from the 1,054 animals killed in 2016. The number of rhino poached in South Africa has declined.

Overall rhino poaching has decreased but the reality is that 1028 rhino were still brutally murdered for their horn in one year. That is around three rhino poached a day, which is totally unsustainable.

This is why STR need continued support in order to help prevent this.

Rhino Stationery would like to say a huge thank you to all of their customers without your help and support this would not be able to happen.

Rhino Stationery will continue to help support Save the Rhino International and would love you to be a part of their journey.

Rhino Stationery-Shop now
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It all began in 1882 with a bookshop specialising in selling bibles in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In the 1920s they commenced stationery production in Victoria Street Belfast and this is where Victor Stationery was born.

Throughout the 60’s and 70’s Victor Stationery continued to grow in Ireland and the rest of the UK. In 1989 Victor bought EJ Arnold (England), doubling the company size and becoming the number one supplier of school exercise books in the UK and Ireland.

It was in the 1990’s when Victor created the Rhino Stationery brand, which is now recognised throughout the UK as a leading supplier of educational paper stationery.

In the early 2000’s the company was still growing and the decision was made to move the main factory from Belfast to Tallinn Estonia.


(Factory in Tallinn Estonia)

It was only in 2013 Rhino took to the online market and www.rhinostationery.com went live. Victor also moved into the personalised stationery business with its unique custom notebook website www.myownstationery.com

Victor factory - Rhino Stationery

PRESENT

At present their purpose is to produce high quality paper stationery for their partners and customers to enable people to express the written word in each stage of life, underpinned by LEAN philosophy their vision is to be the 1st choice, truly LEAN, paper stationery manufacturer. The principle of LEAN is to create more with less.

KAIZEN is a lean management philosophy to eliminate every waste that they see in their actions, thus becoming more efficient each and every day – continually improving.

Value to customers:

shorter lead timessmaller batch sizeseco friendlinessflexibilityqualityAs Victor Stationery is an expert in producing exercise books,it’s not surprising to note that they manufacture more than 40 million exercise books yearly.

The other half of production is made up of smaller but just as significant product groups, presenting all well-known bindings and product styles.

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volume by region

About 70% of their manufactured goods go to the UK, which is their biggest market. The next two biggest markets are in Ireland and USA.


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(Victor Stationery certifications)

Save the Rhino

Save the Rhino International is a charity organization that works to protect and increase rhino population. Their vision is for all five rhino species to thrive in the wild for future generations.

Were it all began

In 1970, a rhino poaching epidemic began that was to hit black rhino populations severely. The crisis continued to deplete population’s right through to the late 1980s and early 1990s, so much so that by 1993, there were only 2,475 black rhinos left in the world. At the start of the 1990s, rhino enthusiasts Dave Stirling and Johnny Roberts took themselves on a ‘Rhino Scramble’ across Africa, raising money to help the fencing of the Aberdare Rhino Sanctuary and meeting a wide range of rhino conservationists along the way. Whilst travelling, they met Rob Brett, Kenyan Rhino Co-ordinator at the time, and started to talk about what they could do for rhinos.

“The rhino and the elephant were great charismatic animals that one could raise money for because they were well known and people knew they were endangered … but the problem was, people who were raising that money also had the responsibility of directing those funds out to the field. Our concern was that – not through any malice or ill practice, just lack of knowledge – the money wasn’t being spent in all the right areas. That is where Johnny and I stepped in to set up a charity. With a lot of good contacts in Africa, we felt not only our money could be spent well, but we would be able to advise other charities within the UK as to where their money should be and will be most effectively spent. Save the Rhino International was born then." Dave Stirling, founder of Save the Rhino International, 'The rhino who climbed Killimanjaro' 1994

Filled with inspiration from their journey, the two returned to the UK and set about raising funds for rhinos in Africa. They started with the infamous and ever-growing London Marathon, roping in friends to run the 26.2 mile course around central London in 1992.

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(photo by Save the Rhino International)

Between 1992 and 1994, the group continued to raise funds in any way they could. With costumes in tow, they collected money, ran marathons, and organised auctions. Their most popular way of raising money was a good old fashioned rave: primarily based at the SW1 Club in Victoria. Save the Rhino events became the place to be for a good night out.

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Victor Stationery & Save the Rhino

2006 was the year Victor Stationery met Save the Rhino. This is the year they were going through a huge amount of change and were looking into partnering up with a charity organisation. Coincidentally it was around this time they received a letter from the marketing team at STR saying they’d seen the brand and wondered if they could work together.

They arranged to meet at their offices in Borough Market and Victor immediately loved the people and their commitment and passion for what they were doing. This was the start of a great relationship.

How does Victor Stationery contribute to STR?

Victor Stationery has been supporting Save the Rhino for more than a decade and as of February 2018 have raised over £80,000. Their customers can be a part of this movement by buying Rhino Stationery as every purchase with Rhino helps saves Rhinos.

Later this year they will be launching a new range of Save the Rhino notebooks.

Each book is bursting with personality representing the different types of Rhinos in the wild!

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Conclusion

Rhino population figures at the end of 2015

Rhino population figures are compiled and published by the African Rhino Specialist Group, whose figures are reported to CITES, the international treaty regulating the trade in wildlife parts, and which was responsible for banning the international rhino horn trade in 1977.

The figures below are reported with 90% confidence levels for the end of 2015, based on rhino monitoring surveys and other quantitative data collected by conservationists.


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Rhino speciesPopulation
White rhinoBetween 19,666 and 21,085
Black rhinoBetween 5,040 and 5,458
Greater one-horned rhino3,500+
Sumatran rhinoc. 100
Javan rhino67

1,028 rhino were poached in 2017, a slight decline (26) from the 1,054 animals killed in 2016. The number of rhino poached in South Africa has declined.

Overall rhino poaching has decreased but the reality is that 1028 rhino were still brutally murdered for their horn in one year. That is around three rhino poached a day, which is totally unsustainable.

This is why STR need continued support in order to help prevent this.

Rhino Stationery would like to say a huge thank you to all of their customers without your help and support this would not be able to happen.

Rhino Stationery will continue to help support Save the Rhino International and would love you to be a part of their journey.

Rhino Stationery-Shop now

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