Our History

Incorporated in 1968 by Maurice and Helen Smith as Norset Office Supplies.  From then on the company has continued to grow and flourish.

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Started life from humble beginnings in the family home office and known as Norset Office Supplies.  This was the beginning of the company we now know as Lanier South West based in Cheddar, Somerset.  


In 1971 Norset Office Supplies purchased the Percy Olds Ltd in Taunton to gain Ltd status (which at the time was very hard to obtain) and a foothold in the Somerset County town.


In the early 1970's a change in direction was made to concentrate on products such as Electrostatic Photocopiers.  In 1976 a dealership was gained with Sharp Electronics UK making Norset Office Supplies Ltd the first company in Somerset to specialise in plain paper photocopiers. 


In 1987 the company became a major supplier of facsimile machines which strengthened the link with the Harris/3M organisation, then known as Lanier (UK) Limited, now part of the Ricoh Corporation.  This relationship was further enhanced in 1990 by adding the complete range of Lanier products (photocopiers, facsimiles, voice products and information management systems).


In 1992, an unprecedented agreement between ourselves & Lanier Worldwide Corporation was set in motion; we were to trade as Lanier (South West), ensuring high levels of service along with customer driven performance.


Lanier purchased Office Equipment Supplies (South West) Ltd based in Redruth, Cornwall.  This helped solidify our presence further down in the South West.


Today we still operate with those same traditional values, under the direction of the next Smith family generation, whilst utilising all the contemporary technology available to us.    

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