2017 Manchester Exhibitors
Allsorted April Rose / Siobhan at April Rose Blue Sky Studios Castelli Charfleet Book Bindery Danilo Dear Prudence Edding (UK) Emma Lawrence Designs Exacompta Clairefontaine (ExaClair Ltd) Glue Dots International GO Stationery Green Pebble Leuchtturm1917 Lime Stationery & Art MAGNETIPS™ Manuscript Pen Company LTD Mayblossoming Newell Rubbermaid PAGNA & DURABLE Paper Lounge Paper Mirchi Peace & Blessings Polaroid3D Pomegranate Europe Ltd

Why visit

The Manchester Stationery Show is a brand new 2 day stationery extravaganza taking place at the Victoria Warehouse in Old Trafford.  Designed to complement, both in timing and geography its elder sister, the successful London Stationery Show; Manchester is already developing its own style which is partly to do with our chosen venue – industrial chic here we come – but also the time of year.

So, if you buy or sell writing and paper products, or are thinking of doing so, this is the exhibition for you. Look out for some amazing last minute deals for Christmas, but most importantly get ahead on your planning for the 2018 spring/summer season! There is nothing else like it.  It’s where fashion meets function.

The Manchester Stationery Show offers buyers a great selection of writing and paper products with everything from the everyday to high end. It’s easy to see what’s new and who’s new, and make the best possible use of your time.  There are a lot of exhibitors and brands at the Stationery Show that you won’t see at other UK events.Salford Keys View

Products include: Adhesives, tapes | Art & Craft | Calendars | Children’s stationery | Desktop | Diaries | Envelopes | Filing and storage | Gift packaging/wrap  | Gift stationery| Highlighters, markers | Home Office | Invitations | Journals | Leather goods | Licensed stationery | Notebooks, pads | Notecards, postcards | Organisers | Paper | Pencils | Pens | Social stationery | Staplers, punches | Writing products

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Why exhibit

The Manchester Stationery Show is the new, younger sister to the successful London Stationery Show which is an established part of the stationery industry year.  This new show for Manchester aims to emulate much of what London has to offer, but in its own way and making the most of its ‘industrial chic’ venue and the time of year.

The Manchester Stationery Show will provide a fantastic platform for meeting and getting your products in front of the leading stationery buyers from every retail sector, particularly those based in the Midlands and the North.

Whether you are a dedicated stationery company or have a limited stationery offer which you want to grow by meeting different buyers to the ones you normally deal with, this is the exhibition for you.  You’ll be in great company.

Buyers attend the Stationery Shows because it they are focused and they can see more writing and paper products and brands than at any other UK exhibition, all in one place.  Many of our exhibitors do not show at any other UK events.

“The Stationery show is a focused, intimate show that attracts great brands and great buyers. The central location and organisation of the two days make it a smooth, enjoyable date in the annual trade show calendar” commented Catherine Snell, UK senior account manager, lss_16_d274NPW/Moleskine about the London Stationery Show.

WHO VISITS? (examples taken from this year’s London Stationery Show attendee list)

Amazon   Anthropologie Arcadia Group Ltd   Asos.com   Austin & Co   B & M Retail   B.S. Sales  Barbican Stationers   Bartrums & Co Ltd   Bentalls Plc   Between The Lines Ltd   Biz+ Stationery   Superstores   Blenheim Palace   Bricknells Stationery   British Museum Co Ltd   Bureau Direct   Cass Art   Clintons   Colemans   Coombe Stationers & Printers Ltd   Costco Wholesale (UK) Ltd   Cowling and Wilcox Ltd   Disney Corporation   Eason Ltd   Egan Reid Stationery Co Ltd   Everything Office Ltd   F B Jesper & Son Ltd   Fenwick   Foyles   Gales of Llangollen   Glyph Retail Ltd   Hallmark Cards   Harrods   Hobbycraft   Imperial War Museum   Inspitalfields Ltd   ITV Studios   J Howells Stationers   Jarrolds   John Lewis plc   John Smith & Son   Kent County Supplies   kikki.K   Liberty Plc   Londis   News R Us   London Graphic Centre   London Zoo   Lorimers   LPC Stationers   Lyreco   M & G Presents   Macmillan Children’s Books   Madame Tussauds London   Mailboxes Etc   Mall Galleries Trading Ltd   Mamas & Papas Ltd   Moonpig   Munns of Gravesend   National Gallery   National Theatre   Natural History Museum   New Look   Norwich University of the Arts   notonthehighstreet.com   Ocado   Office Club   Office Depot  Office Friendly Dealer Association   Office Hut Services Ltd   Officepoint (Guernsey) Ltd   OfficeTeam Ltd   Open University   Paperchase Products Ltd   Paperwaits Ltd T/A Osborne Stationers   Pilotfish Trading Ltd   Post Office   Postmark   Pulp   Queen Mary Student Union   Quill London   Radley & Co   Royal Academy of Arts   Royal Festival Hall   Royal Horticulture Society   Ryman Ltd   Sainsburys   Science Museum   Scribbler Holdings Ltd   Shop Direct Home   Shopping Ltd   Smythson Of Bond Street   Something Special   Stationery Cupboard   Student Facilities Services, UCC T & G Allan Ltd   T K Maxx   Tesco   The British Museum Co.   The Consortium   The National Trust   The Pen & Paper Stationery Co   The Range   The SQL Workshop Ltd   The Stationery Cupboard   The Stationery Emporium   The White Company   The Works Stores Ltd   Tiger Pens   Tindalls   Topshop   Toys R Us Ltd   UK Greetings    University of Arts London   University Of Essex   University of London   University Of Oxford   Urban Outfitters   V O W Retail Ltd   W H Smith Ltd   Walt Disney Stores   Warners Group Publications plc   Waterstones   Wilko   … and many others including stationery boutiques, gift and card shops, visitor attractions, dealers, art and craft shops, booksellers, online retailers, mass merchandisers, wholesalers, department stores and supermarkets.

“The exhibition was excellent – the location is fantastic, and I love that it’s all stationery in one place,” commented Katy Golden, Category Manager, Stationery & Gifts, WHSmith Direct, about this year’s London show.

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My Favourite Things

Posted on 5th March 2017 by Vanessa Fortnam

Pen2Paper magazine asked London Stationery Show founder, Chris Leonard-Morgan, to name his six favourite stationery items.  

This is his list…

1 Parker 51 fountain pen  img40
I don’t use it all the time but do whenever possible for handwritten letters and cards, and for signing important documents, letters and contracts.
My mother gave me the pen many years ago for passing a particular exam, and I have believed in the importance of handwritten communications ever since.  There are many wonderful, beautifully designed pens on the market today…it’s a real feel good product and must-have accessory for both men and women!




2 Smythson Panama notebook
My daughter is responsible for this particular indulgence which accompanies me everywhere, including meetings and exhibitions. It’s pocket sized and very flexible – like the Panama hat! – and of course very convenient to use.  It is home to many of my best ideas, as well as some of the more far fetched and insane!





3 Campo Marzio desk organiser  img34
I discovered Campo Marzio in London’s Piccadilly, and have been a fan ever since.  They are an Italian design-led company (aren’t all Italian companies?) with very smart stores around the world and sell beautiful multicoloured leather goods and writing instruments.  Funnily enough, this item was also given to me by my daughter in an attempt to help me organise if not my life, then at least my desk a bit better – it is still work in progress!




img424 Faber-Castell pencils
It is amazing how many people like writing with a pencil, and I am one of them.  I use a lot of Faber-Castell’s, and had the pleasure of meeting the late Count Anton von Faber-Castell and telling him so. I am also a fan of Caran d’Ache and their products…both are very fine, family run businesses.





5 M&M’s giant paperclips
The bigger the paperclip, the less likely you are to lose the papers! This one is proof positive of the power of branding and licensing, and its growing involvement in the stationery market. It puts FUN into the functional, and always makes me smile.

6 Samsung Galaxy S6
I couldn’t run my business without this wonderful product, which is a boon to many like me running a small business on the go and wanting to keep in touch with a far flung family, especially with photographs.

I don’t exactly lead the technology charge, but I am on a mission to prove that analogue and digital complement each other, and can comfortably
co-exist. Writing matters!

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Posted on 8th November 2017 by Vanessa Fortnam

The new stationery trade show, which ran last week in Old Trafford, Manchester, kicked off in style as exhibitors and visitors alike were introduced to a new venue, which was variously described as ‘intimate’, ‘quirky’, ‘edgy’ and ‘boutique’.38086646756_220fd9a960_m

Show organisers Ocean Media Group, who also run the London Stationery Show, were delighted that everyone involved embraced the industrial style of the Victoria Warehouse, with its concrete floors, huge red brick walls and exposed beams and pipes.

With 40 exhibitors representing 70 leading stationery brands, the new show attracted buyers from as far afield as Penny Black Glasgow, Klondyke Garden Centre, Falkirk, Pencil Me In from Elgin and Scottish Trade Stationers from Alloa, to local leading craft retailer Fred Aldous and The Co-operative Group.

Other regionally based visitors included Marple Stationery Supplies, Utility Retail, Austin & Co, Ryman, OPen Office Solutions, Castlegate Stationery, Art & Toys, B&M Retail, Celebrations of Stourbridge, Budget Greeting Cards, Hunkydory Crafts, Poundland, The Crow Emporium, The Little Stationery Shop and Write Here.

In addition, buyers from TJX Europe, Accessorize, Paperchase, notonthehighstreet and Sainsbury’s visited the show.

The show’s seminars and Creative Stationery workshops were well attended, and exhibitors confirmed that they had picked up good leads.

ExaClair, the UK supplier of Rhodia, J Herbin, G Lalo, Brause, Exacompta and Clairefontaine, declared the show ‘a roaring success’, saying it had delivered higher than expected visitor numbers for them, and positive interest in its premium notebook and calligraphy brands.

Clement Rouillard, marketing manager at ExaClair, said, “The venue choice was good in terms of space, layout and feel, meaning we were able to showcase our products to great effect. It was well attended by key customers in the boutique stationery market and so a positive experience for us.”

37430103654_81f87e0c2b_mOn the visitor front, the show’s twitter feed was busy with comments including, from Toad Diaries, ‘Interesting day at the Manchester Stationery Show. Phil Pond’s seminars never fail to amaze us – great talk and inspiration!’ and ‘Great visit to the Manchester Stationery Show. Can’t wait to add calligraphy products to our Xmas range coming soon.’ from Sarah Sibley, founder of online business Got2Jot about exhibitor Manuscript Pens.

“The stationery industry is a creative and fashion-led sector.  We want to tap into this creativity and stage events that inspire and inform,” says the show’s marketing director Vanessa Fortnam.

“We are already planning how to encourage more suppliers to take advantage of this new industry event to network with customers and new contacts in 2018.

“We will also address the issue of visitor parking for next year. Many visitors were frustrated and delayed on the first day of the show as the show clashed with a Manchester Utd Championship League home game.  We hope our decision to pull the show forward to the beginning of October next year will help with this.”

The 2018 Manchester Stationery Show will run on Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 & 3 October, at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.

Photographs from the show are available to view online in the Show Gallery – click here.


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