Welcome to the seventeenth edition of my Supporting Small Businesses series. Today I would like to introduce you to a company whose products I have had my eye on for some years now – William Hannah Limited.
William Hannah notebooks are handmade with a tactile leather cover, suede lining and an engineered stainless steel mechanism complete with stainless steel discs. The disc system means the pages can be swapped around or replaced, it’s really up to the individual user. It’s a very versatile and useful system. Each notebook comes with 60 sheets of 115gsm paper and you can choose from plain, lined, dotted, grid or mix & match your favourites. You can pick from A5 or A6 size, or you can choose a pocket notebook cover (but those aren’t disc bound).
I have wanted a William Hannah notebook for years, so when my parents offered to get me one for Christmas I jumped at the chance! I headed straight to the William Hannah website to pick my notebook.
It took me quite a while to make up my mind as to which combination of colours to get. They have a number of available off-the-shelf combinations or there is the option to choose a bespoke combination. After a lot of deliberation, I decided on bespoke, but even then I went through several combinations before I finally settled on one.
I chose Red Chilli leather with Kingfisher cover stitching, Kingfisher suede lining with Red Chilli lining stitching. I also chose to get the notebook monogrammed and filled with lined paper.
To my order, I added a pack of A5 plain paper, a pack of A5 Contacts pages and a pack of 5 A6 dividers (you can choose which colours you want). Did you notice the mistake there? I didn’t! Yes, I accidentally chose A6 dividers instead of A5 dividers. What an idiot! However, William Hannah has such excellent customer service that they realised I might not have meant to choose the A6 dividers and so included a set of A5 dividers in the order alongside the A6 dividers. What fantastic customer service and attention to detail!
Due to ordering just a week before Christmas, the company understandably couldn’t guarantee delivery before the big day for bespoke orders, but they promised it would be dispatched before Christmas. I was happy enough with that, so I was utterly delighted when the order turned up a couple of days before Christmas! Without peeking, I handed it to Mum ready for Christmas Day.
The notebook arrived packaged in a lovely black box with William Hannah’s logo on it. Opening the box revealed my beautiful William Hannah notebook wrapped in William Hannah branded tissue paper (I keep wrapping it back up in this tissue paper to keep it safe!). The box also included the order slip (including a thank you note and a message about the dividers!), a Because Writing Helps postcard, a little booklet (about caring for the notebook and how to use it), the extra paper and pages I had ordered, both A5 and A6 dividers (Thank you William Hannah!) and a surprise package of sample pages. Oh, and not forgetting that wonderful smell of leather!
I was so impressed! The fantastic customer service, the attention to detail and such a quality product too. The leather and suede both feel so soft. The paper is smooth and fountain pen friendly, which is ideal for my needs. The notebook is perfect!
I would also like to recommend the William Hannah Daily Posts. David Round, the brains behind the company, shares Daily Inspiration posts. Each post, whilst providing inspiration, also shows off the William Hannah notebooks. I think it’s a nice little touch.
This is one of those products which will last a lifetime, but I have no doubt that just one won’t be enough!
Please note: I was given this product as a Christmas present and I am in no way affiliated with William Hannah Limited.