Memo Pads

Memo pads are the ‘cheap as chips’ pads for general office use. Originally intended for inter-office memos, the advent of email and MS Office has largely superseded the need for hard copy memos, however the memo pad still serves a useful purpose in the office. They are not dissimilar to refill pads as they lack a front cover but they have a rigid cardboard back and are usually headbound or sidebound.

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Category Guide

Memo pads are a cheap alternative to manuscript books however manuscript books are more durable, usually having heavier weights of paper and come with protective front covers.

Some memo pads are designed for a specific purpose, such as telephone message pads and ‘While you were out....’ message pads. These are generally made from coloured paper (usually yellow or blue) to distinguish them from the other notes which might find their way on to your desk.

Memo Pads come in plain or feint-ruled versions depending on your preference and are generally made from low grade paper weighing 60gsm to 70gsm.

Things to consider when buying a Memo Pad


Headbound – Paper is bound along the top edge so the pages are turned vertically – more usually known as a shorthand or reporters notepad.
Sidebound – Paper is bound on the left hand edge so pages are turned horizontally like a normal book.
Perforated – Memo Pad comes with perforated pages, allowing pages to be easily removed and filed elsewhere.
Perforated and pre-punched – Memo Pad comes with perforations and pre-punched holes allowing the pages to be easily removed and filed in ring binders.
Size – Usually available in A4, A5 and A6

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