The Manchester Stationery Show is a brand new two day stationery extravaganza at the Victoria Warehouse in Old Trafford at the end of October. Designed to complement, both in timing and geography its elder sister, the successful London Stationery Show; Manchester is already developing its own ‘industrial chic’ style, partly to do with the venue – but also the time of year and the retail run up to Christmas.
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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.
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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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, NPW/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.Find out more...
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
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
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!
4 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!
MANCHESTER STATIONERY SHOW KICKS OFF IN STYLE
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’.
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.”
On 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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