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The H.E.N.R.Y’s are coming! Retailers are you ready?

Posted on 4th September, 2017

Phil Pond speaking at the London Stationery Show

Trend analyst Phil Pond speaking at the London Stationery Show.

Much has been said about the so called ‘Millennial generation’, but what are the facts about them, what makes them the H.E.N.R.Y’S of today and tomorrow and will they be buying stationery?

Phil Pond of trend forecasters Scarlet Opus will be tackling how this group of consumers are different, in ways that have never happened before, and how understanding their expectations and influence over all consumer age groups will help retailers recognize how to win their custom.

His presentations, on both days of the Manchester Stationery Show, will also look at how the stationery industry can work in harmony with the digital world to grow business, and he will review fashion and design trends to identify those that will work well for stationery and are worth investing in.

“This year the most popular design style for Christmas will be a very traditional, handcrafted, rustic and natural look. We’ve called the style ‘Homeland’ and we will share details that will inspire and inform Christmas merchandising and window displays,” promises Phil.

Phil will be speaking at the new Manchester Stationery Show which runs on Tuesday and Wednesday, 31 October & 1 November, at the Victoria Warehouse in the Old Trafford area of Manchester.  Visitors can register by clicking here.

Phil will be joined by High Street and retail commentator, Michael Weedon, Giftware Association chair and independent retail consultant Henri Davis and Tracey Bearton, editor of leading trade title Greetings Today.  A full speakers programme for the show, with confirmed timings, will be published in September.

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Last chance to enter 30 Under 30!

Posted on 29th August, 2017

Step forward, talented business people of the stationery world – your industry needs you!Nominate yourself or one of your team by the end of August…

The 30 Under 30 Awards will acknowledge the vital role the up-and-coming generation plays in keeping our industry vibrant, exciting and constantly pushing boundaries.

WHY TAKE PART?

  • Profiles of the 30 Under 30 nominees will appear in the Autumn/Winter issue of Stationery Matters, in a section dedicated to recognizing those who demonstrate creativity, commitment and passion in their given roles within the market.
  • Nominees will be assessed by a panel of four judges:  Mark Janson-Smith, Managing Director of independent retailer Postmark, Ruth Burgess, Senior Stationery Buyer of B&M Retail Ltd, Wendy Vickery, Marketing Manager of Pentel (Stationery) Ltd and Julia Faiers, Editor of Stationery Matters.
  • The magazine’s readers include key buyers, retailers, wholesalers and recruiters in the stationery industry, so it’s your chance to get noticed by the people that count.
  • In addition, the initiative will be featured in a display at the Manchester Stationery Show.  The display will feature details of each of the nominees and why they were nominated, highlighting those awarded special praise by the judges.
  • The nominees will also be invited to attend Manchester’s After-Show drinks party which takes place on the first evening of the show, with the judges’ star choices being awarded a 30 Under 30 trophy and personal prize.

HOW TO ENTER:

  • Enter yourself, or nominate someone.
  • You must submit your entry before the end of August.
  • It is free to enter the 30 Under 30 Awards.

 

You will find the online entry form on the Stationery Matters website:www.stationerymatters.news or

CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE ENTRY FORM

Enter our LAUNCHPAD competition to win a FREE show stand!

Posted on 20th July, 2017

Calling all budding stationery designers or companies with an untested stationery product range – enter our ‘LaunchPad’ competition to be in with a chance of getting a free exhibition stand at the Manchester Stationery Show!

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Following its introduction at the London Stationery Show earlier this year, sister show Manchester is also running its own ‘LaunchPad’ competition to find fledgling stationery suppliers looking to break into the booming design-led stationery market.

The competition aims to find six winners to showcase at the Manchester Stationery Show, which runs on 31 October and 1 November at the Victoria Warehouse in the Old Trafford area of Manchester.

The competition will be judged by three leading names from the stationery sector in September.  Their task will be to find six products or services they think are of true interest to the stationery industry and their huge number of stationery loving consumers.

Each entrant needs to complete an entry form, found online at the Manchester Stationery Show website www.stationeryshow.co.uk, and send a sample of their product or designs for the judges to consider.  The closing date for entries is Friday 8 September 2017, with samples and supporting material to arrive no later than Tuesday, 12 September.

Judges will be looking for a product or service that shows clear thought and execution when it comes to the branding and offer, and a value commensurate with the suggested retail price which they think will be of true interest to the UK stationery industry and its huge number of stationery loving consumers.

The competition is open to talented individual designers or inventors with a mainstream stationery product or a complementary product to offer, and established companies and individuals from other sectors who have developed a new stationery product or range which they would like to test in the stationery sector.

“We were delighted with the response to our first LaunchPad competition and we’re keen to make it a regular part of both our stationery shows.  We want to encourage and support new companies and products to come forward and showcase their ideas to the industry,” said Vanessa Fortnam, who is responsible for the marketing of the Manchester and London Stationery Shows.

LaunchPad participants will get their products in front of a team of influential judges, and the winners will have their own display area in the new Manchester Stationery Show at which to present their ideas and designs and meet leading retailers and suppliers.  They will also benefit from extensive PR and marketing support from the Stationery Show.

The six deserving winners will also have the possibility of being awarded a free 6sqm stand for the 2018 Show if the show team feels their product or service merits further support from the industry.

The LaunchPad competition is open to any company which, or individual who:

  • Has not previously exhibited at sister show, the London Stationery Show
  • Has the rights to sell the featured product
  • Does not currently sell the featured product through any UK national retail accounts or distributors in the stationery retail sector

 “Most importantly they will be seen and get plenty of feedback from fellow exhibitors and our show visitors,” comments Vanessa, “all of which is invaluable for those starting out or testing a new market.”

NEW MANCHESTER STATIONERY SHOW LINE-UP TAKES SHAPE

Posted on 13th July, 2017

The new Manchester Stationery Show, which will run at the end of October, is already developing its own ‘industrial chic’ style with exhibitors, speakers and show features coming together nicely, confirmed event manager, Hazel Fieldwick, of organisers Ocean Media Group (OMG).Victoria Warehouse Manchester_Exterior Shot

Confirmed exhibitors to date include Go Stationery, Manuscript Pen, Leuchtturm1917, Silk Hat Greetings, Dear Prudence, Tallon International, Pomegranate Europe, Castelli, Stabilo, Allsorted, Charfleet Book Bindery, Portico Designs, Postsafe, Premier Stationery, Durable UK, ExaClair and Toscana Carte. Ocean Media is aiming to attract more than 50 exhibitors showcasing around 150 brands.

The new trade show is sister to the already established and successful London Stationery Show, organised by the same team at OMG, every April.

Like London, the Manchester show will run for two days –  on Tuesday, 31 October and Wednesday, 1 November – and it is also a specialist writing and paper products show, focused on design-led and fashion-forward product.  It will include a New Product Display Showcase, a hands-on Creative Hub area, a LaunchPad area for new stationery suppliers and designers and a full speaker programme.

The show will take place in the heart of Manchester at the Cotton Sheds, part of the Victoria Warehouse venue in Old Trafford.

The Manchester show’s timing and venue however, mean that it is already developing its own ‘industrial chic’ style!  The backdrop of exposed brickwork and beams with plenty of twinkling lights and colourful product will create a welcoming environment for visitors in the run up to their busy Christmas sales period.

“The Manchester show is designed to complement London.  It offers the stationery industry a second touch point in the year to come together – not only is it the perfect time to see the latest products on offer for spring/summer 2018, and pick up some great last-minute Christmas deals – but also to catch up on design trends and developments in retail generally,” says Hazel.

The show’s speakers will include Phil Pond of trend forecasters, Scarlet Opus, High Street commentator Michael Weedon of exp2 and industry expert, Giftware Association chairman Henri Davis and Tracey Bearton, editor of leading trade press title Greetings Today, among others.

The new show launch was decided upon as the London Stationery Show visitor data reveals a clear pattern of attracting a southern biased audience – with just over 65% of all visitors travelling to the show from London and the South East.

This is reflected by national high street data which shows a 60/40 split in stationery and gift retailers based south and north of the Midlands.

The choice of Manchester as a location is based on its links not only to the north of England, but also the Midlands, making it well-placed to become a stationery magnet for the region. Easily accessible from both the North and South by car, train, tram and bus, the Cotton Sheds sit within a great transport network with a good choice of travel options for the show’s target audience.

Ocean Media already has access to the UK industry key players and to current retailer and buyer data.

The Manchester Show is targeting the visitors from across the industry including booksellers, craft retailers, dealers and wholesalers, department and variety stores, gift and greeting card retailers, mail order and online business, visitor attractions, specialist print & copy shops and stationers and all the national supermarkets.

“Stationery is on trend and in fashion.  Research by GlobalData* has shown that the UK Stationery market will add £49.1 million to its value by 2021.  Growth will come from the trend of purchasing stationery as a gift, partly driven by increased personalisation, increased product ranges and design-led products and innovation.  We want to share that message across the UK and support the growth of the stationery industry,” commented Hazel.

2017 Stationery Awards Winners Announced

Posted on 28th April, 2017

A panel of five leading industry buyers reviewed over 400 new products, nearly 100 more than 2016, at this year’s London Stationery Show.

The results were announced at the end of the show at a drinks reception attended by exhibitors and buyers.  The winning and commended products were:

Category: Art & Crafts (New category this year)Stationery Awards 2017 winner

Winner:  Splash of Colour Water Colour Pencils from Abrams & Chronicle 
Commended: The Book of Mindlessness from Two Little Boys
Commended:  Colouring in Tablecloth from Eggnogg & Stone Marketing

Category:  Novelty

Winner:  Story Box by Laurence King from Thames & Hudson (Poppy Edmunds & Mark Garland)
Commended: Alice Scott Stationery Set by Portico Designs
Commended: Avocado Eraser & Sharpener from NPW
Commended: Nail Polish Highlighters by Keycraft
Commended:  Pencil Pouch from Zipit Europe

Category: Licensing

Winner: Matt Sewell Birds Garden Organiser from Go Stationery 
Commended: Matthew Williamson Grande Journal from Museums & Galleries
Commended: Tesla Amazing Magnetic Notes from Tesla Amazing

Category: Gift Packaging

Winner:  Pink Elephant Wrap from Chase & Wonder
Commended:  Reversible Wrap – Birds from My Pretty Circus
Commended:  Herbarium Book of Wrap by Thames & Hudson

Category: Diaries & OrganisersStationery Awards 2017 commended

Winner:  Life Book by Boxclever Press 
Commended: Money, Money, Money Receipt Calendar from Abrams & Chronicle
Commended: Mums Pregnancy & Baby Book from Mums Office

Category: Everyday Writing

Winner:  CalliCreative Duo Tips from Manuscript Pen Company 
Commended: Schneider Line Up Fineliners 32 Pens by Stone Marketing
Commended:  Pen & Case by Busy B
Commended: 12 ABT Dual Brush Tip by Tombow from Stone Marketing

Category:  Writing Instruments over £25

Winner: Troika Construction Pen from Lime Stationery & Art 
Commended: Y Studio Desk & Portable Fountain Pen from Notable Designs
Commended: Hand lettering Set from Manuscript Pen Company

Category:  Filing

Winner:  Darling Clementine A4 Folder from All Home Everything 
Commended: Darling Clementine set of 3 boxes from All Home Everything
Commended: Rainbow Suspension Files from Snopake

Category: Social Stationery

Winner: In Bloom Postcard Book from Laura Stoddart 
Commended: Musical Chair Notecards from Laura Stoddart
Commended: V&A Fold & Post by Quadrille

Category:  Desk Accessories

Winner: Aljava Pen Holder from GBA 
Commended: Cactus Desk Organiser from Mustard
Commended: Mini Stapler from Romeo Maestri
Commended: Brainstorm LED Timer from Lime Stationery & Art

Category: Notebooks & Journals

Winner: One Year Wiser from Abrams & Chronicle 
Commended: Marbled A5 Notebook from Go Stationery
Commended: Dog Days Sketchbook from Thames & Hudson

And finally, the Judges’ Choice Award this year was given to two companies.  The judges chose Abrams & Chronicle for successfully raising the profile of its stationery offer, and Laura Stoddart for offering something fresh and new to the market. The Judges’ Choice Award is at the discretion of the judges and can be awarded to companies or products.

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Natasha Harjani and Naomi Peel from Abrams & Chronicle, celebrate their Judges’ Choice win with Laura Stoddart.

Judges’ panel chairman Henri Davis said, “It is great to see companies and brands being recognised at these awards, and the number of entries steadily climbing year on year.  The time is takes to enter, and the effort of providing samples, is far outweighed by the benefit of getting your product in front of a fantastic line up of buyers and seeing your product on the New Product Display at the show!”

The 2017 judges are Lindsey Kleinlercher, product director at award-winning gift and stationery chain, Between the Lines; Mary Wright, co-founder at Spotlight Stationery, the subscription service which specialises in premium brands and artisan stationery not commonly found on the high street; Sarah Turner, trading controller at leading UK stationery retailer WHSmith; Judy Bendall, head of retail at Blenheim Palace and Charlotte McCarthy, buyers assistant for greetings cards, gift wrap and seasonal events at John Lewis, who was also a judge last year.

The Stationery Awards are open to all exhibitors at the London Stationery Show, which ran at the Business Design Centre, in Islington on Tuesday, 25 and Wednesday, 26 April.

GET READY FOR THE MANCHESTER STATIONERY SHOW

Posted on 28th April, 2017

Ocean Media Exhibitions, which owns the London Stationery Show, has announced the launch of a new stationery trade show in Manchester.MancSS 2017

 The new Manchester Stationery Show will run for two days on Tuesday, 31 October and Wednesday, 1 November.  It will be a specialist writing and paper products show, focused on design-led and fashion-forward product; run at the perfect time for buyers to select product for the New Year.

The show will take place in the heart of Manchester at the Cotton Sheds, part of the Victoria Warehouse venue in Old Trafford.

Victoria Warehouse Manchester_Exterior Shot“The Cotton Sheds are a great piece of Manchester’s history, which have been developed into a modern, industrial space that we can make our own,” says Tim Willoughby, managing director of Ocean Media which owns the London Stationery Show.

The new show launch was decided upon as the London Stationery Show visitor data reveals a clear pattern of attracting a southern biased audience – with just over 65% of all visitors travelling to the show from London and the South East.

This is reflected by national high street data which shows a 60/40 split in stationery and gift retailers based south and north of the Midlands.

The choice of Manchester as a location is based on its links not only to the north of England, but also the Midlands, making it well-placed to become a stationery magnet for the region. Easily accessible from both the North and South by car, train, tram and bus, the Cotton Sheds sit within a great transport network with a good choice of travel options for the show’s target audience.

Ocean Media already has access to the UK industry key players and to current retailer and buyer data.

The London Show attracts visitors from across the industry including booksellers, craft retailers, dealers and wholesalers, department and variety stores, gift and greeting card retailers, mail order and online business, visitor attractions, specialist print & copy shops and stationers and all the national supermarkets.  Just under 50% of visitors to the London Stationery Show do not visit Top Drawer or the Spring Fair.

The Ocean Media organising team is aiming to attract more than 50 exhibitors showcasing around 150 brands.

The specialist stationery trade show offer will be supported by key features; a seminar programme offering views from across the industry and insights into the latest trends and fashions, a Manchester LaunchPad to draw in new talent from the area, a Creative Hub to get visitors hands-on and engaged and a New Product Display area to showcase new developments.

“Stationery is on trend and in fashion.  Research* has shown that growth will come from the trend of purchasing stationery as a gift, partly driven by increased personalisation, increased product ranges and design-led products and innovation.  We want to share that message across the UK and support the growth of the stationery industry.

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* Info taken from GlobalData report titled ‘UK stationery market will add £49.1 million to its value by 2021’

notonthehighstreet Pitch-Up at London Stationery Show

Posted on 19th April, 2017

noths_logo_webA team from leading online curated marketplace notonthehighstreet will be at the London Stationery Show on Wednesday, 26 April looking for new Partners via a mini Pitch-Up event.

Exhibitors and visitors alike will have the chance to share their ideas and products with the notonthehighstreet team on Wednesday morning from 10:30am.

The team will be led by category manager, Lucy Wilson, who said,notonthehighstreet stationery pic

“We’re always interested in trend-led product and at the London Stationery Show we’ll specifically looking for the following: Guest Books or Guest Book alternatives, Record Books or ways to capture special milestones, Paper Crafts and Origami to support significant occasions such as weddings and practical yet unique Desk Accessories.

Anyone interested in pitching their idea or product to the notonthehighstreet team next Wednesday should first read the advice given to potential Partners and what to bring to a Pitch-Up event by clicking here, or going to www.notonthehighstreet.com/pitchup.

“If we feel people have a relevant proposal we will invite people to become a NOTHS partner on the day and they can sign up with a reduced joining fee of £99.00 plus VAT,” confirmed Lucy.

The mini Pitch-Up event will be held in the South Seminar Theatre at the London Stationery Show on Wednesday, 26 April, starting at 10.30am.

 

New this year: Origin One

Posted on 16th April, 2017

Origin One is a collection of everyday stationery and home décor made for the design loving global nomad.OriginOne2

Founded by Pushkar Thakur (founder and designer of the New Delhi-based award-winning graphic design studio, The Grafiosi, Studio of Art + Design), Origin One debuted in 2014 with a limited-edition lifestyle collection at an exhibit in Goa, India. The inaugural stationery collection was launched at the London Design Festival in 2015. It continues to retail worldwide online (originone.in), and at pop-up shops and exhibits across the world.

The constantly evolving range of lifestyle products include: thread stitched and wire-bound notebooks; planners, diaries and journals, greeting cards and gift wrapping sets; and elevated basics and office essentials. Origin One also runs India’s first and, so far, only stationery subscription service (now in its second year).

OriginOne1Sustainable, environmentally conscious and design-led, Origin One products are made with sustainable papers and ISO standardized materials. With a mix of artisanal and machine made techniques, the product range balances functionality, durability and fine quality with a unifying contemporary aesthetic.

Meet Pushkar on stand G115

 

Stationery Trends: Find out about this year’s Christmas ‘look’ and more!

Posted on 11th April, 2017

Scarlet Opus Urban Planet TrendTrend forecasters Scarlet Opus will be back at this year’s London Stationery Show to share their key trend selections for the stationery market for Christmas 2017 and Spring Summer 2018.

Trend analyst Phil Pond says, “Our selected forecast for the most popular ‘look’ for Christmas 2017 is our design trend ‘Homeland’ which has evolved from the Spring Summer 2017 trend Analogue Workshop that we identified at last year’s show.

“It is rich in earthen colours, a foggy pastel landscape and stunning blues. It also has a handmade and crafted aesthetic making it just about the perfect design trend influence for the stationery sector.”

Looking ahead to 2018, the Scarlet Opus team has chosen a trend they have named ‘Urban Planet’, another trend which is also evolving from previous seasons.

Phil explains, “When trends evolve in this way they are a good choice to inspire design teams as it gives them a longer lead-time to get new products from the ideas board to the shop shelf.

“Urban Planet has a beautiful metallic colour palette and a very grown-up take on a futuristic space aesthetic. With an architectural influence in its style and a mixing of opposites, intense light and extreme dark, it will appeal strongly to stationery buyers and retailers alike.

Phil continued, “It’s time for the retail network to focus on the ‘consumer of the future’; in fact, this consumer has been approaching fast for some time but there is little evidence preparatory work is being done.”

Phil’s presentations at the show will give more details on each of the trends above and describe who this consumer is, why they are unlike any consumer before and how retailers need to change in order to win the loyalty, support and favour of this new breed of customer.

Presentation times confirmed:

Gallery South Seminar:  Tuesday, 25 April at 12 noon  – Merchandising For Christmas 2017

Gallery North Seminar:  Tuesday, 25 April at 3pm – Global Design Trends for Spring/Summer 2018

NEW FLORAL RANGE TO BE UNVEILED BY CHASE AND WONDER

Posted on 5th April, 2017

CW-WP-WP0013-butterfly-Lady_wrap_WEBChase and Wonder is excited to be exhibiting at the London Stationery Show for the very first time and to unveil a new floral inspired range of greeting cards and complementary wrapping paper featuring vibrant colours and imagery.  
The collection consists of eight designs and six gift wrap sheets and was created by the companies founders; husband and wife team David and Faye Aspinall.CW-GC-FL0009-Thank-you-Floral-Greeting-Card-120-x170mm
Visit them on stand M529 to find out more.

 

JUDGING PANEL ANNOUNCED FOR 2017 STATIONERY AWARDS

Posted on 30th March, 2017

Stationery Award Winners 2016

The 2016 Stationery Awards – winner line-up!

The London Stationery Show is delighted to announce that all entries to this year’s Stationery Awards will be reviewed by a top panel of leading buyers from retailers across the stationery industry, including Between the Lines, Spotlight Stationery, WHSmith, Blenheim Palace and John Lewis.  

“The Stationery Awards identify the year’s newest standout writing and paper products.  They are chosen by a team of experienced and enthusiastic retailers, so it’s a wonderful opportunity for exhibitors to ensure their products are seen at close quarters by some very influential buyers.  They have until April 7th to get their entries in!” says Tim Willoughby, exhibition director and COO of Ocean Media Exhibitions, which owns the show.

The Awards are now in their seventh year and once again, the judging panel will be led by chair Henri Davis, independent retail advisor and chairman of The Giftware Association, who has guided the judges since the Awards started.  The 2017 winners will be announced at the end of the first day of the show.

The 2017 judges are Lindsey Kleinlercher, product director at award-winning gift and stationery chain, Between the Lines; Mary Wright, co-founder at Spotlight Stationery, the subscription service which specialises in premium brands and artisan stationery not commonly found on the high street; Sarah Turner, trading controller at leading UK stationery retailer WHSmith; Judy Bendall, head of retail at Blenheim Palace and Charlotte McCarthy, buyers assistant for greetings cards, gift wrap and seasonal events at John Lewis, who was also a judge last year.

The Stationery Awards are open to all exhibitors at the London Stationery Show, which runs at the Business Design Centre, in Islington on Tuesday, 25 and Wednesday, 26 April.

“Last year the team had to squeeze 350 award entries into our new product display – but it’s a great problem to have!” says Tim.

The display, which sits right at the entrance to the show, is a fantastic way for visitors to see all the new stationery product launches in one place and the perfect spot to pick out design and product trends easily.

The judges assess all the entries on the first morning of the show, with the results announced at the end of the first day at the after show party.  The show’s entrance display is then updated overnight to highlight the winning products.

At the 2016 Awards Presentation, Henri Davis commented:

“The judges were thrilled by the strength and diversity of the products entered this year.  With four new judges on the panel there were comments about how useful it was to see focused selections of new products to evaluate and compare.  They were all making notes of products they wanted to follow up on.”

This year one new category has been added to the options open to suppliers – Arts & Crafts.  The existing categories are:  Desk Accessories, Diaries, Organisers & Calendars, Everyday Writing Instruments, Writing Instruments (over £25 RRP), Novelty Stationery, Social Stationery (writing paper, envelopes, notecards, invitations), Notebooks & Journals, Licensed Stationery and Filing & Storage, Gift Packaging & Wrap.  All entries must have been launched to the trade since 1 May 2016.

The judging panel will be assessing the entries based on design, packaging, functionality, value for money and saleability.

The London Stationery Show takes place on Tuesday 25 – Wednesday 26 April at the Business Design Centre during National Stationery Week (24-30 April). For further information go to www.stationeryshow.co.uk and www.nationalstationeryweek.com.

tesa® stamps its mark on innovation at the London Stationery Show

Posted on 28th March, 2017

Building on the successes of last year, tesa is returning to this year’s London Stationery Show with a collection of new products that are set to excite buyers across the stationery sector.  These new items promote the company’s continued focus on innovation and value in delivering an expanded range of aesthetically pleasing, convenient and reliable solutions for effectively gluing, fixing and mounting applications.

New products to be showcased include:

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tesa® Glue Stamp puts convenience and adhesive power in line with an innovative ‘stamping’ action that makes gluing activities fun. Combining environmentally friendly credentials with a precise, clean and less wasteful method of sticking materials together, it helps to lessen mistakes and the need for adjustments.

Tests undertaken before finalisation of the glue stamp’s unique design revealed that in comparison to glue rollers and glue sticks it can fix paper to paper at an average rate of 37% faster. Using less adhesive mass than these other items, tesa® Glue Stamp also lasts longer.

Its precise method of application supports spot gluing activities, providing a less wasteful and efficient way of securely sticking corners of photos, paper or notes in place. For example, only four stamps need to be applied to the corners of a single sheet to create a high strength bond between two pieces of paper.

It also makes a satisfying stamping sound and doesn’t require the use of pressure to achieve an excellent and fast result, making it ideal for even the youngest family member.

Housed in 100% recycled plastic, each disposable and solvent-free unit contains over 1,100 stamps, providing a long-lasting adhesive solution.

tesa® TACK range

Stationery Show imageThree new and versatile double-sided adhesives complete the tesa® TACK range. Offering a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to using drawing pins or magnets, each of these items offers a convenient and reliable way of mounting and fixing objects.

Accompanying the original tesa® TACK transparent Adhesive Pads, which has recently increased in pack size from 60 to 72 pads, are:

  • tesa® Universal White TACK: A high-strength, reusable adhesive. Accommodates different surfaces and used to hang, fix or hold a range of lightweight materials.
  • tesa® TACK Transparent Pads XL: Removable pads for the clean and invisible attachment of larger lightweight objects.
  • tesa® TACK Coloured Adhesive Pads: Available in different shapes – circles, rounded-corner rectangles and flowers – and two colours; cyan blue and magenta.

Both Tack XL and the Coloured Adhesive Pads can be removed without residue and re-used.

Retailers who visited the tesa stand in 2016 agreed that their innovative range not only delivers functionality but also allows consumers to personalise and brighten up their workspace.  Growing listings coupled with increasing sales reflect these views and confirm the strength and validity of tesa’s offering to today’s stationery marketplace.

To find out more about these products, visit the tesa team on stand M605.

PENTEL LAUNCHES ‘MOST INNOVATIVE PEN FOR YEARS’

Posted on 27th March, 2017

Pentel Hybrid Dual Metallic WalletWith real excitement and anticipation Pentel is proud to announce the launch of what the company considers to be the most innovative writing instrument to have entered the market for years, and which it believes is set to take the industry by storm.

Hybrid Dual Metallic is, according to Pentel, an extraordinary pen that writes like no other, and will have instant, irresistible consumer appeal.

Marketing manager, Wendy Vickery, explains:  “Gel pens have been around for a couple of decades.  Indeed, most of us have used one at some stage in our lives, whether for writing Christmas cards or for everyday use in the office.  So, we’re all familiar with the smooth writing and rich depth of pigment ink colour they produce.

“However, our new Hybrid Dual Metallic pen is no ordinary gel pen, it’s unique.  Inspired by the natural world – such as the aurora borealis, or the sheen of the wings of a humming bird – this fantastic pen produces similar iridescent effects which are nothing short of amazing.  It’s a real ‘wow!’ product”.

The reason for this enthusiasm and appreciation is that Hybrid Dual Metallic writes in different colours on different shades of paper.  And, when held to the light, or when the paper is turned to show different viewing angles, it’s possible to see two different colours produced by the same pen.

There are eight pens in the range and thanks to a special combination of pigment dye and glitter a total of 16 colours can be seen:  black/metallic red, blue/metallic green, green/metallic blue, orange/metallic yellow, pink/metallic pink, violet/metallic blue, gold/metallic gold and silver/metallic silver.

The styling of the product is simple, but attractive, with a sparkly barrel and dual-tone pocket clip to reflect the twin colours produced by each pen.  A 1.0mm nib gives a medium line width and helps to deliver smooth, scratch-free writing or drawing.  Recommended retail price is £2.25 each.

Pentel believes the product will be highly collectible and will appeal especially to both teenagers and craft enthusiasts.Pentel Hybrid Dual Metallic Display

Wendy Vickery says, “Hybrid Dual Metallic is ideal for cards, decorations, colour-coded notes, letters, illustrations, scrapbooking, adult colouring and many other creative projects.  The ink is acid-free, so it’s suitable for different types of paper.

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“We anticipate that Hybrid Dual Metallic has the potential to create the kind of sensational demand that we experienced with our original Hybrid gel pens back in the mid-1990s, particularly among 11 to 18 year old teenage girls.  The difference this time, of course, is that their thoughts and impressions can be shared instantly with their peer groups on social media, spreading the word quickly and effectively.”

It’s no surprise, then, that Pentel is embarking on a two-phase major social media and PR campaign to launch Hybrid Dual Metallic pens to get the message to its core target audience.  Activity will include an online competition to become the first members of a specially selected panel to receive and review samples of the product, plus YouTube product videos, regular posts, tweets and competitions, a dedicated micro site and consumer press coverage.  Phase one will focus on the launch period up to the summer, and phase two will be rolled out in the run-up to Christmas.

The campaign will target one million people via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, women’s and craft magazines.

Merchandising will include counter displays for loose products and eight-piece wallets of the full colour range, giving consumers the choice of individual colour selection, or opting for the entire set.  In-store point-of-sale will be available, including split black and white tester pads to demonstrate effectively the product’s dual ink features.

Hybrid Dual Metallic will be the main feature from Pentel at this year’s London Stationery Show and visitors will be able to try it for themselves on stand M507.

Bostik to showcase new products at the London Stationery Show

Posted on 15th March, 2017

Rainbow twistersAdhesive specialist Bostik, most famous for manufacturing Blu Tack, is exhibiting at this year’s London Stationery Show.

In addition to Blu Tack, the company will be using the show to promote its latest stationery and craft range, which includes the Fine & Wide Glu Pen, Blu Stick, Glu Dots and the brand new Rainbow Twisters.

Supplied in packs of six, Bostik Rainbow Twisters are wax crayons that have a combination of four colours in each pen, making colouring in four times more fun! There’s no need for sharpening, as each crayon is protected by a durable plastic tube with a twist-up mechanism to prevent breakage and waste.

Attendance at the show forms part of Bostik’s 2017 promotional activity, which includes a social media campaign, blogger outreach programme and creative learning hub.

Bostik experts will be on hand throughout the show on stand M449 to demonstrate and discuss the new range.

Perfect platform for eco-eco Stationery’s new lines

Posted on 4th March, 2017

eco031-4eco-eco Stationery has doubled its ‘Planet Friendly Price Friendly’ range of products with the London Stationery Show being the perfect launch platform. The company has gone from an initial product offer of 18 lines to 38 lines, and now includes Index File Dividers, Super Strong Bags and a selection of filing products in its range.

eco-eco is headed up by Laura McGowan and James Faulkner who have a combined 30 years’ experience in the sector. The company specialises in quality stationery products, competitively priced and ecologically produced. Each product is made from a minimum of 50% recycled material and is 100% recyclable.

Laura said: “What a difference a year makes!

“We’d only been trading a couple of months when we attended our first London Stationery Show last year as exhibitors, we had a limited range in those early days. That said, we found the event a fantastic showcase for an up-and- coming business like ours and the opportunities it created were invaluable. We can’t wait for this year’s show.

“This time we have so many more lines that support our ethos of making environmentally friendly stationery products the norm and not the exception. Our ecological stationery doesn’t compromise on quality and supports customers to ‘buy green’ without it costing them a fortune.”

eco-eco, based in the Black Country, uses couriers which are committed to reducing their carbon footprint, operates a paper-free office and encourages its customers to communicate electronically. In addition, a percentage of the company’s annual profit is donated to an ecologically and socially aware charity, chosen by customers. All this at no extra cost to the consumer!

Find eco-eco Stationery on Stand M650.

 

LaunchPad Winners Announced!

Posted on 27th February, 2017

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L to R: Sally Newall, Kim Harrup-Brooks and Rebecca Saunders make their final selections for the first-ever LaunchPad competition.

There were just over 40 entries for the first-ever LaunchPad competition, run by the London Stationery Show, and the panel of three judges had the task of identifying 12 winning entries to take part in this year’s show free of charge.

Aimed at individuals and companies eager to break into the booming UK stationery industry, each of the 12 winners will be allocated a free display space at the show, which runs on 25 and 26 April at the Business Design Centre in London.

The three judges all know what consumers like and respond to; Rebecca Saunders is head of development at leading online curated marketplace notonthehighstreet.com (NOTHS) and is regularly involved in NOTHS’ own ‘Pitch-Up’ sessions to find potential partners; Kim Harrup-Brook, graphic designer and founder of Elegant Stationery Made In England or ‘esmie’ started her business from scratch, sells through iconic store Liberty amongst others, and understands the challenge of creating a desirable brand and range of products, and Sally Newall is editor of IndyBest, the product reviews section of The Independent, and has a great feel for pricing and what consumers want to buy!

The judges were looking for product that showed clear thought and execution when it came to brand and offer, offered value commensurate with the retail price and which they thought would be of true interest to the UK stationery industry and its huge number of stationery loving consumers.

“We were delighted with the response to our first LaunchPad competition and we’re keen to make it a regular part of the London Stationery Show.  We want to encourage and support new companies and products to come forward and showcase their ideas,” says Tim Willoughby, COO at Ocean Media Exhibitions Ltd, which organises the London Stationery Show.

The winners are (in alphabetical order): Archivia, Berjo Creative, By Mrs Carter, David Hayward Designs, Elmo Paperstories, Foggish, My Pretty Circus, Off lines, Ortiedesign, Spots & Stripes Design, Think Trigg and Treewise (See later sheet for more detail on each).  They will be travelling to take part in the show from Germany, Gibraltar, Dubai, France, Cheltenham, Cheshire and London and their products range from wrap and greeting cards to notebooks, personalised journals and pens and spincils!

The LaunchPad winners will get exposure to all the leading retailers and suppliers in the stationery industry, receive extensive PR and marketing support from the London Stationery Show and be eligible to enter their products for the 2017 Stationery Awards.

“They will be appearing on the UK’s biggest stationery stage and we’re sure they’ll receive plenty of pertinent feedback from show visitors and fellow exhibitors too,” comments Tim, “All of which is invaluable for those starting out in or testing a new market.”

The Essentials:

The LaunchPad competition was open to any company which, or individual who:

  • Has not appeared in the show previously
    • Has the rights to sell the featured product
    • Does not currently sell the featured product through any UK national retail accounts or distributors in the stationery retail sector

Each entrant had to complete an entry form giving a description of their products and RRP and send samples for the judges to consider.

The show will continue to support a winner with a complimentary stand in 2018 if the judges feel their product or service merits ongoing assistance from the industry.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT EACH WINNING COMPANY – READ ON:

MORE DETAILS ON THE LAUNCHPAD WINNERS: (in alphabetical order)

1. Archivia (Notebooks)
This is a stationery line from a young Italian company devoted to architecture, design and paper.  Their initial range of notebooks features eye-catching sketches or technical drawings of either neglected or renowned buildings or iconic designs.  The range covers many different items and they have started to create some new designs with contemporary architects such as Jan Kaplicky, a Czech architect who spent much of his life in the UK.

2. Berjo Creative Ltd (Journals)
This London company produces exclusive handmade journals called The Cyclist.  Each product is hand stitched and assembled by experienced book binders.  They are suitable for taking notes, drawing, watercolour painting, writing, doodling – and anyone interested in cycling!

3. By Mrs Carter (Planners)
This eponymously named range, from Cheshire-based Emily Carter, incorporates a luxury, handmade journal produced in the UK.  It has five insert options; a Wedding Journal, Baby Journal, Positivity Journal, Diary and blank note pages. The outer casing is available in a choice of leather, Harris Tweed or linen, in different colour options.

4. David Hayward Design (Writing Instruments)
Based in Cheltenham, David runs a small design company that manufactures its own writing and drawing instruments.  Using both silversmithing and engineering skills the company offers a bespoke service to corporate clients across the world.  However, developments in the UK market in the past 5 years mean that pens retailing for £100 are no longer unusual, and the company has developed hand crafted exclusive pens aimed at this price point in a range of different materials and finishes.

5. Elmo Paperstories (Notebooks)
A modern wedding stationer, London-based elmo Paperstories are printers and bookbinders and have used beautiful textures and luxury high quality materials to produce Wedding Notepads and customisable Notebooks that would make a perfect gift or treat.

6. Foggish (Greeting Cards)
Niomi Fogden, the designer behind Foggish, is based in Gibraltar and describes her range of colourful greeting cards, art prints and wrap as coming with ‘a side order of smuttiness and extra sprinkles’.  Her motto is ‘Live life colourfully because normal is boring’ and she tries to reflect it in all her work.

7. My Pretty Circus (Gift packaging/Wrap)
Just launched in their home market of Germany, My Pretty Circus is all about ‘wrapping & writing’.  The offer includes unique reversible gift wrap, greeting cards, boxed card sets and matching ribbons.  The cards are blank but come with sticker sheets of different messages and matching envelopes so that they can be prepared as you wish!

8. Off Lines (Analogue Storage Mediums)
Just launched in Germany and described by founder Christophe Chayriguet as an ‘analogue storage system’ the off lines range includes leather products and a wooden paper station and notepad dispenser.  They are ‘Analogue storage mediums for the distracted age’.

9. Ortiedesign (Gift Stationery)
This French company creates playful and practical objects, ‘as pleasant to use as to look at’ made by French and European craftsmen.  Its ‘Spincil’ caught the judges eye combining both a pencil and a spinning top.

10. Spots & Stripes Design (Children’s Stationery)
This London-based stationery brand produces cards and notes aimed specifically at getting people to communicate with each other by writing.  Each item in their range ‘Written words matter’ is designed to be a prompt to convey a message and make meaningful connections. They also focus on children aged 5-12, creating designs that tie into educational prompts and trigger words to help children start writing their message.

11. Think Trigg (Diaries)
Trigg is a page-a-day productivity and mindfulness diary.  Its guiding structures help to blend the conventions of a calendar with personalised journaling and a range of productivity tips and tricks to help balance Self, Passions, Relationships and Work. Trigg has been conceived and designed by two friends; Matthew, a writer and producer and graphic designer Bree.  Following feedback from the expert productivity community they have honed their page formats to ‘drag mindfulness into the workplace’.

12. Treewise (Children’s Stationery)
Treewise make pencils made from 100% recycled newspapers. They are the invention of Ghulamhussien Jhanjaria; his passion for saving the environment and contributing to its conservation lead to the development of Treewise pencils which are made in India.  They are already sold to schools throughout India and the Middle East.

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ExaClair announces product line-up for the Stationery Show

Posted on 24th February, 2017

exaclair lssExaClair, the UK supplier of Rhodia, Europa, Clairefontaine, Exacompta and Decopatch, has confirmed it will exhibit a wide variety of traditional and social stationery products at this year’s London Stationery Show, on the 25th and 26th April.

Key to ExaClair’s offering will be the new ‘Heritage’ range of notepads from Rhodia. The collection embraces the brand’s signature orange and black roots, with a retro feel. The new collection also looks to build on the brand’s growth, where sales have increased by approximately 50 per cent in the last year.

Kevin Wharton, marketing manager at ExaClair said, “all in all, we are very excited to share our line up with this year’s visitors. The ranges are fun, bright and have a wide appeal across the student and young professional and boutique stationery markets.”

Other featured Rhodia sub-brands will include: Rhodiarama, hard-bound leatherette notebooks in a range of bright shades; Rhodia ColoR, colourful cardboard-covered, head-stapled flip-over pads; and Rhodia Softcover, notebooks available in mini, A6, A5 and a very popular, slightly-smaller-than-A4 190 x 250mm size. The range has tactile, lightweight leatherette covers, elastic closures and ribbon markers along with Rhodia’s signature premium 190gsm paper.

Iderama’s new document wallets will also make their debut at the show. The range has the moisture and tear-resistance qualities of polypropylene, but is manufactured from the more environmentally-friendly and cost effective press-board. Also not-to-be missed will be J Herbin’s range of inks and calligraphy products and Clairefontaine’s new Collections, including coordinated and themed notepads, bags, pens and accessories for young stationery fans.

Also included on ExaClair’s stand will be Europa’s new range of A4 notebooks aimed at students and young professionals.

Kevin added, “The pads include all the features that appeal to this market and are sold at an appropriate price point, but the paper is of a much higher quality than equivalent products on the market.”

Visit ExaClair on stand M501.

STAEDTLER to focus on Noris Colour and new triplus broadliner

Posted on 17th February, 2017

staedtler norisSTAEDTLER has confirmed its primary focus at this year’s London Stationery Show will be on Noris Colour, its range of premium colouring pencils, and the wider Noris family.

Also on display at the show will be the full triplus range, now supported by five themed 40 second stop-motion animation videos. The videos, which will be showing on the stand, are available for customers to use on their own websites and social media campaigns. In addition to introducing new triplus colours and new tins of triplus fineliner and triplus colour, STAEDTLER will also showcase the new triplus broadliner, scheduled for launch in late Spring.

STAEDTLER’s international partnership with famous artist Johanna Basford will also continue for 2017 with a comprehensive range of Johanna Basford endorsed adult colouring packs, all on display at the show.

In addition to being at the show, the Noris brand will benefit from targeted bursts of cinema advertising in 2017 at Easter, during the summer and at Christmas, supported by a brand new ad campaign in key women’s magazines.

See STAEDTLER at the show on stand M541.

 

Paper Jewellery From Fabriano For Valentine’s Day

Posted on 13th February, 2017

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Give something precious and original to your one and only on Valentine’s Day says Fabriano Boutique as it launches a new range of paper jewellery.

Created by Italian designer Sandra Di Giacinto, the new range of bespoke jewellery is handcrafted using the highest quality Fabriano paper. Away from paper, the artist uses recycled cardboard, PVC, metal and canvas across her designs, focusing on traditional Italian design, drawing inspiration from Dadaism and architecture.

The new Valentine’s Day jewellery makes the perfect treasured gift. The waterproof LovePaper Collection is accentuated with silver detailing and has been designed with all styles in mind, boasting different thicknesses and a rainbow of different colours. The collection is available now from fabrianoboutique.com and starts at £35.img33

Traditional UK retailers need to do more says GlobalData

Posted on 10th February, 2017

GlobalData logoTraditional stationery retailers will need to do more to counter the success of emerging Aussie retailers, says GlobalData.

In a recent report by Fiona Paton, associate analyst at GlobalData, she asks ‘will emerging Aussie stationery players threaten UK old timers?’

“The rise of technology is threatening the need for pens and paper leading to falling stationery sales; it therefore might seem like an odd time for new entrants into the UK stationery market.
However, Australian stationery retailers have arrived and are successfully targeting consumers with design-led stationery. UK stationers with less ‘flair’, such as WHSmith and Ryman, will continue to benefit from needs-based purchasing but must invest in stores and diversify their target market if they want to remain successful in the long term.

“With targeted propositions Aussie stationers gain traction in the UK Aussie stationers have begun to shake up the UK stationery sector by developing enticing products and offering a stimulating instore experience. Smiggle, through identifying a clear target market, creating unique products (such as scented pencil cases and lollipop rubbers) and having exciting stores has solidified itself as a classroom status symbol among school children. kikki.K has also developed a clearly defined target market designing sophisticated, minimalist stationery collections for women in their 20s and 30s, with stores reflecting its stationery designs by having simple Swedish inspired interiors. Lastly Typo has just opened its first UK store in Westfield Stratford targeting teenagers with stationery inspired by aspects of modern culture and the social media age. The retailer’s proposition is quite similar to Paperchase except that it has a slightly edgier and cooler brand appeal with swearwords and slogans plastered across products.

“In less than two years Smiggle has opened 86 stores and aims for 200 stores by 2019. Smiggle should be cautious with this expansion as children are notoriously fickle, and what is cool one day is likely to be replaced quickly by something else in the near future. kikki.K has been slower to expand than Smiggle with only eight stores throughout the UK. However the retailer is better suited for long term appeal among consumers; with it having limited direct competition as designs are more mature and classic than its closest competitor Paperchase.

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Photo shows: kikki.K new 2107 ranges

“Gifting is a large part of these new entrants’ propositions, with unique designs and a higher price tag they are not trying to appeal to consumers who need a basic pen or notepad. They are instead tapping into demand from consumers who want something special, making these retailers a great choice for gifting – something traditional UK stationery retailers have been failing to exercise. kikki.K is especially keen to associate itself with the gifting market and is currently operating two pop-up stores in Kingston and Bluewater shopping centre throughout the Christmas trading period, this will allow kikki.K to test demand in new locations and maximise on the Christmas gift giving period.”

The report goes on to say:

“The likes of WHSmith and Ryman should not feel threatened by these new players. The UK oldies are clearly tapping into needs-driven purchases while emerging Aussie players focus on creating aspirational brands driven by desire rather than necessity. There will always be some demand for basic stationery; however as consumers turn to technology for note taking this demand is becoming weaker. Ryman will remain relevant through targeting offices with wholesale stationery – a move that is particularly lucrative considering wholesale stationery provider Staples has dropped out of the market. Meanwhile WHSmith’s stationery proposition will become increasingly exposed if it does not do more to excite shoppers and appeal to new markets.

“Regardless of new players, traditional retailers must do more to appeal to consumers and not rely on their past success to drive future sales. Currently customer service in these stores is average and instore experience is poor – to the extent that WHSmith’s even has a Twitter page dedicated to consumers mocking its lack of effort in visual merchandising. As a long-term strategy these retailers need to energise their brands, and make sure their retail experience mirrors what millennials have come to expect.”

You can find out more about GlobalData by clicking here, and follow their twitter feed at @retail_GDUK

 

Congratulations to this year’s National Calendar Award winners!

Posted on 2nd February, 2017

(With thanks to Tracey Bearton, editor of Greetings Today, for her report on the event)

INDISCREET tales about Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Prince Phillip were the extremely funny lead-in to the annual National Calendar Awards ceremony (which took place on 25 January at Stationers’ Hall in London) with guest speaker Nick Ferrari keeping up the banter throughout the presentations.

And the LBC Radio breakfast show host moved matters on apace at Stationers’ Hall in London, ensuring it wasn’t long before everyone knew first-time entrant Emma Ball was having a brilliant night with no less than three trophies, including the coveted Elephant Award for the best retail calendar overall.

Triple winner Emma said, “It’s fantastic! Honestly, it really means so much to me – I think the Excellence In Design was the one that meant so much as I took it away from the printer a couple of years ago and started again from scratch. I’m so buzzing right now, and full of ideas for the next one.”

Licensed Calendar specialists Danilo Promotions were the event’s biggest winners with the Best New Title and four other awards, while Rose Calendars and Allan + Bertram collected three apiece, and Flame Tree Publishing and Carousel Calendars were each called to the podium twice.NCA Awards presentation 2017

The London Stationery Show, represented by marketing manager Vanessa Fortnam, presented a Winner’s Award to Carousel Calendars for their Slimline Calendar featuring Matt Sewell’s designs.

The full list of winners is below.

David Higgins, of Avonside Publishing, introduced proceedings by thanking organiser Pat Batley and her assistants Kay Hurrell and Amy Rowley, and the awards sponsors Allan + Bertram, Avonside Publishing, BrownTrout, Calendar Club, Carousel Calendars, Danilo, Eight Days A Week, Grange Communications, London Stationery Show, Premier Paper Group, Online Calendar Shop, Reeve Calendars, Rose Calendars and Tams Packaging.

He then took a look back over the events of 2016 and how they will affect future business, adding: “Some things will stay the same – as I drove along the A303 to London earlier, I passed Stonehenge which, as we know, is the oldest calendar in England.

“It was built before the Pyramids of ancient Egypt – Stonehenge was actually built before the first Cliff Richard calendar was published!

“This structure has remained through numerous world-changing times and I saw it today as a symbol of stability – talking of stability, I can report that the overall amount of calendars sold in the UK remains a robust 16million, enough for one in every family home.”

With the ceremony being held in Stationers’ Hall for the sixth year running, the current Master of the Livery Company Ian Bennett also spoke: “The calendar industry continues to thrive despite all the efforts of the digital brigade and remains a very important industry for the UK and, of course, for the Stationers’ Company.

“Wandering around the hall looking at all of the entries, it’s not difficult to see why the calendar is so much a part of our business and private lives. The photography and design skills have merged into a really exciting exhibition.

“Please ignore the rumour that I kept returning to the Kelly Brook calendar, it’s not true! My interest is cars, but the beauty of this exhibition and the world of calendars is that so many other interests are exhibited.”

Then it was time for the star attraction in the shape of broadcaster and former national newspaper journalist Nick, who regaled the audience with tales – accompanied by some impressive acting skills – of his convivial radio interviews and meetings with the great and the not-so good.

The list included the Duke of Edinburgh, former PM David Cameron, the ex-UKIP leader, and current Foreign Secretary Boris in his time as Mayor of London, who was trying to persuade Nick to stand as a Conservative candidate to replace him.


NATIONAL CALENDAR AWARDS 2017 – CATEGORY WINNERS

Free-standing Format Calendars
Sponsors Online Calendar Shop
Winner Desk Top Calendar, Busy B

Slimline Format Calendars
Sponsors London Stationery Show
Winner Matt Sewell’s British Birds, Carousel Calendars

Illustrated, Desk and Pocket Diaries
Sponsors Tams Packaging
Winner Marvel Comics Diary, Danilo Promotions

Retail Calendar – Animals
Sponsors Reeve Calendars
Winner Thierry Bisch: A Bestiary, Pomegranate

Retail Calendar – Scenic/Landscape
Sponsors Rose Calendars
Winner Cornwall Calendar, Emma Ball

Retail Calendar – Humour/Characters
Sponsors BrownTrout Publishing
Winner Beano Official Calendar – Danilo Promotions

Retail Calendar – Media/Glamour/Celebrities
Sponsors Grange Communications
Winner Vintage Burlesque, Flame Tree Publishing

Retail Calendar – Classical & Contemporary Art
Sponsors Danilo Promotions
Winner Angie Lewin – Flame Tree Publishing

Retail Calendar – Transport
Sponsors Allan + Bertram
Winner The Flying Scotsman, Carousel Calendars

Retail Calendar – Illustration
Sponsors Calendar Club
Winner Star Trek 50th Anniversary, Danilo Promotions

Cause Related
Sponsors Danilo Promotions
Winner Helping Paws, Jo Scott, Scott & Robson

Best Corporate Bespoke Calendar
Sponsors Calendar Club
Winner Antalis, Antalis

Corporate Stock Calendars – Animals & Natural World
Sponsors Avonside Publishing
Winner Untamed, Allan + Bertram

Corporate Stock Calendars – Contemporary/Innovative
Sponsors Carousel Calendars
Winner 360 Interactive, Rose Calendars

Corporate Stock Calendars – Scenic/Landscape
Sponsors Avonside Publishing
Winner Epic, Allan + Bertram

Corporate Stock Calendars – Special Interest/Humor/Transport
Sponsors Calendar Club
Winner Countryside Walks, Rose Calendars

Excellence in Production
Sponsors Premier Paper Group
Winner Ladybird Books For Grown-Ups, Danilo Promotions

Excellence in Photography
Sponsors BrownTrout Publishing
Winner Untamed – Allan & Bertram

Excellence in Design
Sponsors Eight Days A Week
Winner Emma Ball, Cornwall Calendar

Best New Title
Sponsors Grange Communications
Winner Harry Potter Colouring Calendar, Danilo Promotions

The Elephant Award, Best Retail Calendar
Sponsors Calendar Club
Winner Cornwall Calendar, Emma Ball

The Fred Kendrick Award, Best Business Calendar
Sponsors Danilo Promotions
Winner Countryside Walks, Rose Calendars

The People’s Choice 2017
Sponsors Eight Days A Week
Winner Warwick Rowers

Student Awards
Sponsors The Wynkyn De Worde Society
Winner – Seasonal Paper Cut Calendar, India Chick
Highly commended – James Wilson, £1 A Day Calendar; Matthew Swift, The Times Of The Moon.
Certificate Of Merit – Daniel Tortely, The Road Map Calendar; Steven Clay, the Toilet Roll Calendar.

LAST CALL FOR LAUNCHPAD COMPETITION ENTRIES – PASS IT ON!

Posted on 18th January, 2017

PrintWith the deadline for entries fast approaching at the end of January, this is a last call for entries for the London Stationery Show’s new LaunchPad competition!

Aimed at individuals and companies eager to break into the booming stationery industry, the competition aims to find 12 winners to showcase at the London Stationery Show, which runs on 25 and 26 April next year at the Business Design Centre in London.

The three judges have been confirmed as Rebecca Saunders, head of development at leading online curated marketplace, notonthehighstreet.com; Kim Harrup-Brook, graphic designer and founder of ‘Elegant Stationery Made In England’ or ‘esmie’, and Sally Newall, editor of IndyBest, the product reviews section of The Independent.

“All our judges know what consumers like, and what sells, so their feedback alone will be vital to our entrants,” says Tim Willoughby, director of the London Stationery Show.

The judges will select the entries they think are of true interest to the stationery industry and the huge number of stationery loving consumers, to be part of a special LaunchPad display at the show.

“We’re keen to make this competition a regular part of the London Stationery Show, to encourage and support new companies and products to come forward and showcase their ideas,” says Tim Willoughby.

LaunchPad participants will get access to all the leading retailers and suppliers in the stationery industry, extensive PR and marketing support from the London Stationery Show and be eligible to enter their products for the 2017 Stationery Awards.

“They will be appearing on one of stationery’s biggest stages and we’re sure they’ll receive plenty of pertinent feedback from show visitors and fellow exhibitors too,” comments Tim, “All of which is invaluable for those starting out in or testing a new market.”

The Essentials:

The LaunchPad competition is open to any company which, or individual who:

  • Has not appeared in the show previously
  • Has the rights to sell the featured product
  • Does not currently sell the featured product through any UK national retail accounts or distributors in the stationery retail sector

Each entrant should complete an entry form (Access can also be found on the home page of  www.stationeryshow.co.uk) and send a sample of their product for the judges to consider.

The closing date for entries is 31 January 2017, with samples and supporting material to arrive no later than Friday, 3 February.

The 12 deserving winners will also have the possibility of being awarded a 6sqm stand at a preferential rate for the 2018 Show if the judges feel their product or service merits further support from the industry.

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Cult Pens shows its appreciation to Pentel

Posted on 17th January, 2017

Pentel is delighted to have received the accolade of Supplier of the Year from independent online writing instruments specialist, Cult Pens.  Pentel logo

The achievement was announced in the latest Cult Pens customer newsletter in which the company reviewed 2016 highlights and looked forward to a successful 2017.  Members of the Cult Pens ordering team were asked to vote for their No. 1 supplier, based on criteria including responsiveness of service, timely supply of information and helpful attitude to enquiries and requests.

Amanda Walker, director of The SQL Workshop Ltd., the operator of Cult Pens, commented, “Our relationships with our suppliers are critical to us.  It is only with their support that we can deliver the award-winning customer service that we provide.   Relationships between suppliers and retailers are commonly believed to be negative, but we are proud of the positive relationships we have with many suppliers.  Why shouldn’t they be positive?  Through good service from our suppliers, we sell more of their products.  It’s a win-win.   We’ve been dealing with Pentel for over ten years and they set the benchmark for customer service.  They consistently go ‘the extra mile’ in supporting our, often demanding, requirements.”

Pentel EnerGel pensPentel’s director of sales UK and Ireland, Graham Craik, said, “We are delighted to receive this recognition from everyone at Cult Pens and we appreciate particularly their support for quality, branded writing instruments.  We are passionate about our continued support for independent retailers, who offer consumers great choice and service, plus a wide range of Pentel products.”

He added, “As well as the performance and reliability of our products we’ve always taken pride in the quality of our customer service and work hard to meet and exceed both our customers’ expectations and those of end-users.  We believe that in a very competitive market our customer service offers a real point of difference that we take very seriously.  We are totally committed to maintaining our high standards to help our customers achieve their goals for successful growth.

“On behalf of the entire Pentel team I’d like to thank Cult Pens for this accolade.”

Visitors to the London Stationery Show will be able to meet the Pentel team and see some great NEW products!

 

West Design Acquires Docrafts

Posted on 20th December, 2016

Whincroft Ltd, the parent company of West Design Products Ltd has announced it has acquired Design Objectives Ltd (docrafts).west-design-logo-pack

Docrafts, based in Dorset, is one of the foremost craft suppliers in the UK and has an enviable reputation for innovation and creativity.  Natalie Galvin, CEO of the business, said “I am delighted at the opportunities offered by the link to West Design.  Their manufacturing capability in Plymouth provides us with the flexibility to bring new products to market within a short time span and gives a new dimension to our business.”

West Design, with its HQ and distribution centre in Folkestone, has a history of successful acquisitions and distributes key premium brands such as Faber-Castell, Copic, Marabu and Creativity for Kids, making it a leading supplier of art, craft, toy and stationery products.

Jo Bray, joint MD of West Design said, “We are very pleased to announce this acquisition which strengthens our position in the hobby and craft market.”Docrafts

The enlarged Group will employ over 200 people and generate combined annual revenues of over £30M.

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London Stationery Show – Craft Business Awards nomination

Posted on 2nd December, 2016

craftbusinessawardssponsored17-high-resWe are delighted to announce the London Stationery Show has been shortlisted for the Craft Business Awards 2017! We have been nominated for the awards’ new ‘Best Show’ category, which covers both trade and consumer events. The Craft Business Awards are in their 11th year, and aim to support and reward innovation in the craft industry. Looking at the five other nominees, we feel honoured to stand alongside such strong competition in this dynamic sector.

If you love the London Stationery Show and want to show your support, please vote for us on the Craft Business website by clicking here.

Voting closes on 6th January 2017.

Your industry needs you! Get involved with National Stationery Week 2017

Posted on 29th November, 2016

nsw2017The organisers of National Stationery Week, the UK stationery market’s biggest consumer sales initiative, are appealing for manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of stationery products to come forward to support their industry and get involved with the event for 2017.

Previous sponsors Nu:co International and Sheaffer have already signed up for 2017 and the campaign wants to enlist more companies to help build on its previous five years’ successes and ensure National Stationery Week and World Stationery Day have the full awareness and backing of the industry.

The campaign, which will run from the 24th – 30th April 2017, with additional events planned in the run up, more than doubled its audience reach in 2016 compared to 2015.  Sponsors benefited from appearing as part of the campaign in both consumer and trade press, on social media and other online platforms.

Now in its sixth year, initiated by Christopher Leonard-Morgan, founding director of the trade exhibition, London Stationery Show, the aim of National Stationery Week and World Stationery Day is to get people all over the world talking and writing about stationery, and why writing by hand is important. And of course, to send more letters and cards, and not just text or email!

Last year National Stationery Week achieved coverage reaching 65 million people across 180 titles, including the Daily Express, Daily Mail, Tesco magazine and Yours magazine.

Its social media campaign for 2016 boasted a reach of over 45 million users across Facebook and Twitter, including connections with key influencers like Sarah Millican and top retailers Paperchase, Laura Ashley, Ted Baker and Ryman.

The hashtag #NationalStationeryWeek trended for four out of the seven days of the 2016 campaign.

Involvement of Waterstone’s managing director James Daunt, TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and stars of Radio 2, Jeremy Vine and Janey Lee Grace gave national recognition to the campaign and helped raise vital questions about the future of handwriting in schools and gave traction to the campaign.

For 2017, suppliers and retailers alike will be able to access an eye-catching selection of POS packs which offer a unique sales opportunity.  Stores which took part in 2016 enjoyed week on week sales increases on stationery products across all categories.

For example, Calliope Gifts, from Dorking, saw an 111% increase on stationery sales during National Stationery Week, continuing above normal levels for over three months.

Charities and educational establishments National Handwriting Association, the Writing Instruments Association, the Post Office, the Greeting Card Association (GCA), Cambridge University Press and Explore Learning all lend their support to the campaign, helping to promote awareness of sponsor’s products.

Nicola Shepherd, trade marketing director for Sheaffer, which has sponsored the campaign since its inception in 2011 said, “We never hesitate to sponsor National Stationery Week and we continually see a huge return on our investment.

“The campaign continues to yield results and grow year-on-year. We’re proud to have been involved since the beginning.”

Louise Spencer-Stevens, marketing manager for Nu:co International, echoed Nicola’s sentiments, “National Stationery Week has always been a cornerstone of our year.

“It’s fun to work with the team on the whole campaign and to have access to key influencers is something we wouldn’t have without their support. It is the perfect platform.”

The 2017 campaign promises to be bigger than ever before following the purchase of National Stationery Week and trade exhibition, the London Stationery Show, by Ocean Media Group, which wholeheartedly supports the campaign.

Tim Willoughby, COO of Ocean Media Group, spoke about the initiative, saying, “This is an exciting opportunity for brands to capture the imagination of consumers and retailers and now is the perfect time to get involved.

“The campaign is multi-faceted and marks an ideal opportunity to present to B2C and B2B audiences, whilst getting involved in some exciting, fun and varied events.

“Support your industry and help it flourish in 2017.”

If your business is interested in being part of National Stationery Week please contact Chris Leonard-Morgan on 020 8462 0721/ clm@firstevents.com  or Vanessa Fortnam on 01666 824624/ vanessafortnam@thepressofficeltd.com.

Blake and Cross Pens come together to produce luxury gift pack

Posted on 18th November, 2016

Blake Envelopes and Cross, the luxury pen brand, have teamed up to produce a luxury gift card set available with any purchase from the Classic Century Collection of Cross Pens, to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of this iconic collection.cross

Tim Browning, director at Blake, said, “We were excited when Cross approached us about this gift set; the magic and romance of putting pen to paper is at the core of our business and of course also of Cross’. Their marketing campaign ‘make your mark’ is very much in line with our ethos too – pen and paper will always be the most enduring way to record thoughts, ideas or simple ‘thanks you’s’.”

Blake supplied Cross with four stunning and unique cards made using paper marbling. The cards and envelopes were then collated and encased in another bespoke black envelope featuring the Cross logo made using Blake’s creative colour paper range.

Nicola Shepherd, trade marketing director at AT Cross said, “We are celebrating the 70th Anniversary of our classic silhouette, the Classic Century and wanted to produce a set of gift cards that encouraged people to make their mark in a memorable way. Blake was the perfect partner for this; using their bespoke service we could choose exactly the right materials and envelopes to ensure that we are giving away something really desirable.”

Paper marbling is the art of applying coloured inks to a surface, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other stone. Through several centuries, people have applied marbled materials to a variety of surfaces. It is often employed as a writing surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and endpapers in bookbinding and stationery. Part of its appeal is that each print is a unique monotype and therefore individual.

 

LAUNCHPAD – a new initiative from the London Stationery Show

Posted on 14th November, 2016

The London Stationery Show is introducing ‘LaunchPad’, a competition open to new stationery suppliers looking to break into the booming design-led stationery market.

The competition aims to find 12 winners to showcase at the London Stationery Show, which runs on 25 and 26 April next year at the Business Design Centre in London.  Print

The specialist trade show is one of a kind, offering a fantastic range of writing and paper products.  The annual show attracts the UK’s biggest retailers and most influential buyers and brands in the sector.  The show will create a specific display area in the show for the LaunchPad competition winners to present their ideas to the show’s visitors.

The competition will be judged by three leading names from the stationery sector in early February.  Their task will be to find 12 products or services they think are of true interest to the stationery industry and their huge number of stationery loving consumers.

Each entrant will be asked to complete an entry form (found online www.stationeryshow.co.uk) and send a sample of their product or supporting material about their service, for the judges to consider.

The 12 deserving winners will also have the possibility of being awarded a 6sqm stand at a preferential rate for the 2018 Show if the judges feel their product or service merits further support from the industry.

The LaunchPad competition is open to any company which, or individual who:

• Has not appeared in the show previously
• Has the rights to sell the featured product/service
• Does not currently sell the featured product or service through any UK national retail accounts or distributors in the stationery retail sector

“This is such an exciting and dynamic time for the stationery sector and I am pleased we are able to support up and coming designers and companies in this way.  The competition is open to all types of participants, and we look forward to seeing entries from across the sector,” says Tim Willoughby exhibition director, and COO of new show owners Ocean Media Group.

“We want to attract talented individual designers or inventors with a mainstream stationery product or a complementary product to offer, and established companies from other sectors which have developed a new stationery product or range which it would like to test in the stationery sector.

“We’re keen to make this a regular part of the London Stationery Show, to encourage and support new companies and products to come forward and showcase their ideas.”

LaunchPad participants will get access to all the leading retailers and suppliers in the stationery industry, extensive PR and marketing support from the London Stationery Show and be eligible to enter their products for the 2017 Stationery Awards.

“They will be on one of stationery’s biggest stages and we’re sure they’ll receive plenty of pertinent feedback from show visitors and fellow exhibitors too,” comments Tim, “All of which is invaluable for those starting out or testing a new market.”

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Ocean Media Group Buys London Stationery Show & National Stationery Week

Posted on 19th September, 2016

omg_logo_landscapeThe London Stationery Show, the UK’s most important trade exhibition for the paper and writing products industry, its consumer awareness campaign National Stationery Week, and Stationery Magazine have been acquired by Ocean Media Group, a leading provider of exhibitions, events, awards and specialist publications.

NSW 2013 with date and website and partners (no website)Founded by Chris Leonard-Morgan of LMC Media in 2011, the London Stationery Show marked its sixth show in April this year. During this time the show has trebled in size, attracting a growing number of suppliers every year, many of whom do not exhibit elsewhere, and visitors from across the retail spectrum, including companies from over 40 countries around the world.  The 2017 show is on course to continue its upward trajectory with over 85% of the 2016 stand space already booked.

Ocean Media Group currently works in three sectors; Weddings, where it runs the National Wedding Shows, and leading consumer events across the UK; Bridal, where it produces the leading trade publication and organises three key trade events, the Harrogate Bridal Show, the London Bridal Show and White Gallery; and Housing, a sector for which it organises conferences, events, awards, including Europe’s largest housing event in partnership with the CIH, and publishes the leading trade magazines.

David Watt, CEO at Ocean Media commented, “This is an exciting opportunity to add two more market leading brands, and a new sector, to the Ocean portfolio.  The London Stationery Show has captured the imagination of both mainstream and niche retailers whilst stimulating consumer demand for quality stationery products. Ocean believes it can help foster the sector and help the London Stationery Show continue to grow to meet the demands of this vibrant industry.”

Chris Leonard-Morgan, who will remain in place as an advisor on the show alongside the existing team, says, “The London Stationery Show has much to gain from the Ocean Media Group, who have a wealth of experience working with, and attracting large b2b and b2c audiences to their exhibitions, events and publications.  We are looking forward to making the most of the support, experience and investment which they can offer.”

The 2017 London Stationery Show (www.stationeryshow.co.uk) will take place at the Business Design Centre on 25 – 26 April and National Stationery Week (www.nationalstationeryweek.com) from 24 – 30 April.

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Calendar week 36 ‘key to the success of stationery’ says GfK

Posted on 1st September, 2016

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Greg Allen and Jamal Mehmood, who monitor the Stationery market for GfK, have confirmed that, with only two weeks to go until the biggest week of the calendar year in the stationery market things are ‘hotting-up’.

‘With the shelves stocked, webpages active, people preparing for school and university and sales value already up 4% on last year’s first 2 weeks*, 2016’s Back-to-School period looks like it will once again be fascinating.’

Calendar week 36 is the key to success of Back-to-School and of the stationery market. Since 2013 this individual week alone has grown by over 40% in value terms. Supported in recent years by larger pack sizes, colouring category growth and innovative product launches (like erasable pens) this sector has performed well. So far GfK’s weekly indicator shows most stationery categories in growth in 2016 on 2015, with key categories like ballpoint pens, pencils and rollerball pens all observing good sales. The count-down is therefore most definitely on.

Gfk will be monitoring whether this year’s count-down produces further successes. Through multiple tracked categories of stationery the team can see how well products have performed.  Anyone wishing to find out about how their products have done can contact Greg or Jamal using the details below.

 

*Source: GfK Weekly Leaderpanel; Sales Value GBP; Weeks 30-31 2016

 

 

Greg.Allen@gfk.comJamal.Mehmood@gfk.com | +44 (0) 2078 909 732

 

Write Size making all the right headlines

Posted on 22nd August, 2016

Since its appearance on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den recently, Write Size has been inundated by retailers and press to learn more about their unique stationery concept.

Broadcast to 3.4m people, the Midlands based innovators went head-to-head with the notorious entrepreneurs on the BBC Two programme, when they pitched their revolutionary product which aims to make writing easier for children to learn.
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Write Size has developed a range of pencils to scale for children aged two years to 10+ in an attempt to make handwriting less daunting, easier to learn and more enjoyable amongst children as a result.

The concept was originally brought to life in 2012 by Ross Williams, after watching his young children struggling to learn to write with a tool which was not in proportion to their hands.  Since the programme aired the team have seen the demand for their product range grow and increased interest from leading and independent stationers in the UK.

Moreover, the concept has attracted industry accolades; a Small Business Sunday Award, a nomination in the Express and Star Business Innovation awards and operations manager Surlender Pendress has been recognised with a ‘Woman in Business’ prize by leading business woman and retail expert Jacqueline Gold.

The successes keep mounting up despite the dismissive comments of Peter Jones and Deborah Meadon, with Write Size products now being launched in a number of retailers across the UK including Webbs Garden Centres, LPC Stationers, Ruddocks of Lincoln and national retailer Rymans. Products are already available in New Zealand and the Middle East.

The company is steadily building a reputation for its products that inspire young and old alike to take a fresh look at what writing instruments should be used to teach a fundamental skill. With the Back to School campaign well under way, Write Size are now focused on the run up to Christmas 2016.

Surlender is ambitious for the company and sees an opportunity for Write Size to be the face of a writing revolution worldwide, saying, “Consider this, would you give a five-year-old an adult cricket bat, a full size trumpet or an adult sized meal? The list goes on and on with comparisons being made across all sections of daily life.

“Around 14 billion pencils are sold yearly, yet they only come in one size – the right size for adults’ hands. And yet a five year old’s hands are 50 per-cent smaller than an adult’s. Clearly this makes a pencil feel twice as long as it does to us, creating discomfort.

“It became apparent to me that the only product not manufactured to meet the specific needs of a child is a pencil. This is a key tool they use at an important time in their lives. Children are even taught on seats and desks that are in proportion to their arms and legs. It just doesn’t make any sense.”

The Write Size team believe that the recent plaudits and accolades add weight to the viability of its concept.

“Even though we didn’t receive investment from the Dragons’ Den, our experience on the programme has been a real eye opener and we have taken the feedback on board. We are approaching a very exciting time with the product and brand. Who knows where this will lead us,” concludes Surlender.

For more information:  www.writesize.co.uk

 

Record rebookings for 2017 Stationery Show

Posted on 11th July, 2016

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Overview of the 2016 London Stationery Show

Record stand rebookings have been announced by the organisers of the 2017 London Stationery Show.

“Stationery is on a high, as are stand bookings for next year’s show after just two months, following this year’s successful event” says organiser Chris Leonard-Morgan.

“One of the big attractions of the Stationery Show for exhibitors and buyers is its focus on writing and paper products, which includes all aspects of stationery – from social stationery and wrap to stationery gifts, home office products and notebooks, and from crafting materials and scrapbooks to the finest pens, pencils, desktop accessories and storage.

“The London Stationery Show offers a product mix with a focus and depth unmatched by any other UK exhibition. Over two thirds of this year’s visitors didn’t visit Top Drawer or Spring Fair,” says Chris.

The 2017 London Stationery Show will take place at the Business Design Centre on 25 – 26 April.  Stationery suppliers interested in finding out more about exhibiting should contact Pam or Hazel on 020 8462 0721, or email hazel@firstevents.com.

 

National Stationery Week Hits A New High

Posted on 4th July, 2016

NSW 2013 with date and website and partners (no website)This year’s National Stationery Week and ‘Writing matters’ campaign achieved record levels of coverage and consumer engagement, including being tweeted about on Mount Everest on World Stationery Day! Audience reach – excluding retailer online activity and in store traffic – was more than 100% up on last year, and exceeded 100 million for the first time. Organised by the London Stationery Show, it was sponsored by BIC, Maped Helix, Nuco International, Sheaffer and Staedtler (UK).

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Just some of the eshots National Stationery Week inspired from leading retailers..

The week saw major names such as John Lewis, Paperchase, NotOnTheHighStreet, Smiggle, The Pen Shop, WHSmith, Amazon and Smythson as well as independent retailers including Calliope who more than doubled their previous weekly takings, getting involved in store and online with special promotions and sales activity.  Consumer media coverage was at a record level with coverage in the Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Independent, Sunday People, Stylist, Huffington Post, Tesco Magazine, Metro, Yours magazine and Red.

“The myth that writing by hand and stationery products have been killed off by the digital revolution has been well and truly laid to rest” says organiser Chris Leonard-Morgan. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Social media plays a major part in the success of National Stationery Week which trended on Twitter on three different days. Celebrity tweets from Sarah Millican, Christian O’Connell, Jeremy Vine and Theo Paphitis gained the interest of their combined 3m+ followers.

Retailers involved online included Laura Ashley, Hobbycraft, Bureau Direct, Whittard of Chelsea, Ted Baker, The Works and Moonpig and were among a plethora of retailers posting about the campaign.

DJ Simon Mayo reported on National Stationery Week three times on his afternoon DriveTime Show which has a daily audience of 15 million. BBC Radio 2 set up #stationerysongs on the DriveTime show, which trended on the second day.

Other initiatives included the Stationery Blogger of the Year Award, National Stationery Week’s new partnership with Explore Learning and sponsorship of their Young Writers’ Award, and the establishing of a ‘Why Writing matters to…’ campaign. Those featured included Waterstones’ Managing Director James Daunt, Minister of State for Schools Nick Gibb MP, singer and radio presenter Janey Lee Grace, Paperchase COO David Bateman and award-winning designer Michael Salu.

On top of all this, a major boost was provided for the ‘Writing matters’ campaign by the results of YouGov research commissioned by National Stationery Week into the importance of writing by hand among adults and children. 94% of adults and 91% of children aged between 8 and 15 think it is important to be able to write by hand, while 86% of business managers expect job applicants to be able to write by hand as well as use a keyboard.

 

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National Stationery Week is organised by the London Stationery Show. It ran this year from April 25th to May 1 st , and celebrates the hand written word and all things stationery.  It’s aim is to get more people putting pen to paper and writing more often – especially children – and sending more letters and cards, rather than just text or email.

www.nationalstationeryweek.com

Galison Announces Stationery Licensing Partnership With Christian Lacroix

Posted on 26th May, 2016

Galison Publishing, which is distributed by Abrams & Chronicle Books in the UK and Europe, announced a partnership with iconic fashion house Christian Lacroix Paris to distribute stationery and paper gift products.

01276_b5_4SEASONS_FRONTGalison will partner with Lacroix’s design team in Paris and begin selling the autumn 2016 collection immediately. William Miller, president of Galison, said “We are thrilled to be joined in the creative process and selling of Lacroix stationery. We will bring our expertise in sales and manufacturing to create even more unique Lacroix products.”

Nicolas Topiol, ceo Christian Lacroix, said “We are excited to partner with Galison to further develop and expand our stationery line of products. Galison’s expertise and commercial reach will provide us with the opportunity to continue to build on our worldwide distribution and successful collections.”

“The acquisition of the Lacroix license into our family of designed and licensed gift products is part of Galison’s strategy to expand our offering across more product formats with elevated design focus and higher price points,” added William Miller. “Over the last few years, Galison has made significant upscale design changes to the line and will broaden assortments with ceramic trays, coaster sets and tea towels this fall.”

Galison products are already sold in Waterstones, Foyles, John Lewis and many other retailers while the Christian Lacroix Paris collection is stocked in department stores and luxury retailers including Harrods, Fortnum and Mason and Liberty.

 

Stationery Show Breaks All Records

Posted on 4th May, 2016

The sixth London Stationery Show closed its doors last week after recording its highest ever visitor numbers and achieving several other record breaking firsts.

The exhibition had its highest number of visitors to date, up 27% on 2015; the highest number of stands at 155, up 15% on 2015; its highest number of Stationery Award entries, up more than 100 on 2015 at 350 new product entries and welcomed visitors from 43 countries.

“Just about everyone who is anyone in the stationery market seemed to be at last week’s show!” says exhibitor director, Chris Leonard-Morgan.

“We were also delighted to host Nuco’s successful Guinness World Record attempt for the World’s Largest Notebook. Our congratulations go to managing director Keith Matthews and his team at Nuco International, who have also been a great sponsor for National Stationery Week this year,” added Chris.

One of this year’s Stationery Awards judges, Louisa Brenton, gift and stationery buyer at Bentalls, Fenwick Kingston commented, “I was very impressed by the calibre of product at the show… it was good to see a lot more gifting orientated product on display, and, as always, I thought the new product on display at the entrance looked fabulous!”

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Notable Designs collected two wins and three commendations at this year’s Stationery Awards

The biggest winners in the Awards this year were Notable Designs, with two wins and three commendations, and Stone Marketing also with two wins and one commendation.  Emma Fletcher of Mum’s Office won the Diaries & Organisers category with her Christmas Book and picked up the discretionary Judges’ Choice Award, given this year to recognise the individual passion and interest that had gone into creating the Book. (Full details of all the categories and winners can be found by clicking here)

Henri Davis, independent retail advisor and vice-president of The Giftware Association, who again chaired the judging panel commented, “The judges were thrilled by the strength and diversity of the products entered this year.  With four new judges on the panel there were comments about how useful it was to see focused selections of new products to evaluate and compare.  They were all making notes of products they wanted to follow up on.”

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Rebecca Saunders, Head of Development for notonthehighstreet.com

To celebrate World Stationery Day (Wednesday, 27 April) the show invited Rebecca Saunders, head of development at leading online retailer notonthehighstreet.com, and Phil Pond of trend forecasters Scarlet Opus to speak. Rebecca’s talk, entitled ‘Stationery – anything but Stationary’ covered the current trends on styles and the new ways in which notonthehighstreet.com customers are using stationery.

Trend analyst Phil Pond added to this by identifying a series of global design and consumer trends that will be evident in the market for this Christmas and in the Spring/Summer of 2017.

“Rebecca and Phil’s presentations proved that there is everything to play for in the stationery market as the products are recognised not only as making perfect gifts and self-gifting treats, but also as accessible fashion items and accessories,” says Chris.

“The London Stationery Show showcases the creativity and relevance of stationery to the retail market and beyond.  Fashionable, educational, personal, creative and diverse – there are so many functions that stationery products satisfy and consumers love it more than ever. The London Stationery Show is the place for retailers to discover these, review ranges and choose paper and writing products that will add to and complement their product offer.

“Everybody who exhibited or attended this year’s London Stationery Show left enthused, inspired and full of ideas to make stationery even more desirable, fun and profitable!”

The 2017 London Stationery Show will take place on Tuesday 25 – Wednesday 26 April at the Business Design Centre, London.

2016 Stationery Awards Winners Announced

Posted on 27th April, 2016

Stationery Award Winners 2016

All this year’s winning products were gathered at the front of the show floor display.

A panel of six leading industry buyers reviewed over 350 new products, over 100 more than 2015, at yesterday’s London Stationery Show.  The results were announced at the end of the show, at a drinks reception attended by exhibitors and buyers.

The winning and commended products were:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category:  Novelty

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MT Masking Tape wins! One of two wins for Stone Marketing

Winner:  Stone Marketing – MT Masking Tape
Commended: West Designs – Lego Ruler
Commended: EGG NOG/Stone Marketing – London Colour in Tablecloth

Category: Licensing

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Mibo Jungle Invites from designer Madeleine Rogers/GMC

Winner: GMC – Mibo Jungle Invites
Commended: Go Stationery – The Time Garden notebook
Commended: GMC – Are you that tall

Category: Gift Packaging (New category this year)

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Snowman Mailing Bags win the new Gift Packaging category.

Winner:  The Original Funky Mailing Bag Company – Snowman mailing bags
Commended:  Perfectly Wrapped – Packaging boxes
Commended:  Buntbox – Handbag box

Category: Diaries & Organisers

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Emma Fletcher’s Mum’s Christmas Book also won the discretionary Judges’ Award, given to recognise the indivdual passion and interest taken to create it.

Winner:  Mums Office – Christmas Book
Commended: Leuchtturm 1917 – Leuchtturm Planner
Commended: Go Stationery – This is my Year

Category: Everyday Writing

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One of two wins for Notable Designs with this Penco Brass Pencil.

Winner: Notable Designs – Penco Brass Pencil
Commended: Pilot Pens – Frixion Colours
Commended:  Manuscript Pen Co – Callicreative DuoTip

Category:  Writing Instruments over £25

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This photo does not do these fabulous pencils justice! Notable Designs’ second win this year…

Winner: Notable Designs – Blackwing Pencils
Commended: Manuscript Pen Co – Calligraphy Artist Sets
Commended: GBA – Silver Bullet Pen

Category:  Filing

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Terribly smart storage from GO Stationery..

Winner: Go Stationery – Candy Storage Range
Commended: Stone Marketing – Loqi Pockets
Commended: Notable Designs – Penco Storage Container

Category: Social Stationery

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With Rio 16 just around the corner, these beautiful Pineapple notecards from Portico are so on trend!

Winner: Portico Designs – Pineapple Boxed Notecards
Commended: Lime Stationery & Art – Original Crown Mill Cutlery Notecards
Commended: Portico Designs – Bee Notecards

Category:  Desk Accessories (New category this year)

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A serious bit of kit from Koh-In-Noor and Lime Stationery & Art

Winner: Lime Stationery & Art – Kohinoor Desk Sharpener
Commended: Notable Designs – Penco Carrytite
Commended: I Find You – I Find You App locator

Category: Notebooks & Journals

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Beautiful Pearl Pink notebook from Nuuna by way of Stone Marketing – a second win for them!

Winner: Stone Marketing – Nuuna Pearl Pink Notebook
Commended: Notable Designs – Midori Mo Notebook
Commended: Turnaround Publishing – Cockatoo Storage Notebook

And finally, the Judges’ Choice Award this year was given to a product; the judges have the choice of how they use their award – Lime Stationery & Art were the winners last year.  This year the Christmas Planner created by Emma Fletcher of Mums Office received the Judges’ Choice Award in recognition of  the individual passion and interest that had gone into creating it.

Henri Davis, independent retail advisor and vice-president of The Giftware Association, who chaired the judging panel for the sixth time commented:

“The judges were thrilled by the strength and diversity of the products entered this year.  With four new judges on the panel there were comments about how useful it was to see focused selections of new products to evaluate and compare.  They were all making notes of products they wanted to follow up on.”

The panel of judges this year were Joanne Barber, of the Stationery & Gift Boutique, Bedfordshire and Abel Dos Santos, gifts and stationery buyer at Foyles Bookshop, who have both judged before.  They were joined by Charlotte McCarthy, stationery buyer for John Lewis, Suzanne Hack, procurement and category manager at London Graphic Centre, Louisa Brenton, gift and stationery buyer of Bentalls, Fenwick Kingston and Lucy Edmonds, owner of Quill London.

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Nu Notebooks launches Guinness World Records title attempt at the London Stationery Show

Posted on 19th April, 2016

Leading stationery giant Nuco International is hoping to write its own headlines in more ways than one, when it bids to become a Guinness World Records™ title holder for creating the world’s largest notebook.

In an attempt to underline its status as a massive name in the stationery industry, Nuco is aiming to prove that size does indeed matter when it unveils a giant 4ft notepad, 300% larger than a standard A4 pad, which will be produced in the UK using Nuco International’s network of printers and finishers.George Wilkinson Sales Director

Nuco has been producing notebooks since 2008 – selling millions worldwide in the process – and was keen to create something unique to coincide with National Stationery Week from April 25 to May 1 2016.

Keith Matthews, managing director of Nuco said: “This is our second year as sponsors of National Stationery Week and we wanted to produce something that would capture imaginations and also demonstrate our ability to produce quality products no matter the parameters.

“Guinness World Records is an institution that recognizes extraordinary achievements. We honestly thought that the manufacturing processes necessary for a 4ft pad would cause too many headaches for us to overcome.

“But we have negotiated one or two stumbling blocks to create this huge, bespoke product which we hope will live long in the memory and join the family of Guinness World Records title holders as a result. This has been a real team effort and we are keeping our fingers crossed that we are successful. We certainly don’t believe that a notepad this big has been officially acknowledged before.”

The official Guinness World Records adjudication will take place on April 26th at the London Stationery Show at the Business Design Center in Islington.

The record attempt will be the first of its kind made by a British company. It is hoped that interest in Nuco International’s portfolio of products will increase on a similarly sized scale, not to mention conversations around National Stationery Week.

The giant book will then take to the road, where it will travel from one end of the country to the other, with people invited to pen ‘Why #WritingMatters’ to them.

The Nuco company has built an enviable reputation for its colourful, original notebooks and stationery products that inspire young and old alike. It is also now launching its successful app ‘nu notes’ onto the Android platform, following its rise into the top 50 utilities apps in the apple app store, and over 40,000 downloads in 63 countries since launching in 2015.

Visit them on stand M701 and see their giant notebook at the London Stationery Show.

First time at show for ultra premium Aurellia pen brand

Posted on 19th April, 2016

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Aurellia Premium Range from K-Nine

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First time exhibitor K-Nine Writing Systems was founded in 1975 by Mr Sevantilal Shah. Based in Mumbai, India it manufactures and exports premium and ultra premium writing instruments including its Aurellia brand which comes with full warranty support.

The Aurellia products use stainless steel, titanium  aeronautical grade aluminium, 925 sterling silver and 18 carat gold.  All the products have very high resistance wear and tear coatings and finishes on trims and body surfaces and have very high performance refills and ink implements. Aurellia is already distributed in the Middle East and will shortly be available online and across Europe and the USA.

K-Nine also uses its skills to manufacture hi-tech precision components and devices for use in the aeronautical, oil and gas, instrumentation and surgical devices markets.

Visit their stand G202 to try out the Aurellia pens and pencils for yourself!

PERFECT FOR CHILDREN. NEW BRAND LAUNCH FROM BRIAN CLEGG

Posted on 18th April, 2016

Affectionately named ‘Little Brian’, a new brand from art brand and trusted manufacturer Brian Clegg, aimed specifically at children, will be launched at this year’s London Stationery Show.

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Classic 12 pack of the new Little Brian Paint Sticks

The first product for this new brand, called ‘Paint Sticks’, which  is certain to add a splash of colour to children’s lives. 

Paint Sticks provide a clean and convenient way to paint with no need for water or the mess that comes with it. The solid paint sticks twist up and down, like a glue stick, and allow vivid colours to be transferred directly onto surfaces like canvas, wood, paper, card and even glass drying within minutes of use.

Lara Alcock, sales director at Little Brian said: “We’re very excited for the launch of the Little Brian brand and equally proud of the first product in the range. The Stationery Show is the perfect platform for us and is a very important date in the industry’s calendar and we’re keen to share our vision and products to a wide range of distributors.

“We’re confident that it’s the right direction for the brand to be heading in and really feel we have something new to offer this very competitive industry.

“Paint Sticks are perfect for children to play with and develop their creativity, which plays an essential part in their overall development, and the fact that there is no mess we’re sure will be welcome news to many parents!”

Little Brian Paint Sticks are extremely versatile and a range of different techniques can be used which include blending, stamping and the art of scraperboard, perfect for all ages and abilities. Paint Sticks are available in strong, classic colours in either a pack of six or 12 for an RRP of £4.99 and £7.49 respectively from Amazon and a range of new products are also in the pipeline.

Brian Clegg has a strong heritage and has been working in the education sector for over 40 years.  The company is now on the journey of branching out into the retail industry targeting consumers directly for the first time.

 

STAEDTLER CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY IN UK

Posted on 15th April, 2016

STAEDTLER (UK) Ltd is celebrating 50 years of excellence in the UK in 2016 with a year long programme of promotional activities.

STAEDTLER UK's MD Duncan Savage, second from left, enjoys a toast with Axel Marx, CEO STAEDTLER NORIS GmbH, third from left, and other German guests

STAEDTLER UK’s MD Duncan Savage, second from left, enjoys a toast with Axel Marx, CEO STAEDTLER NORIS GmbH, third from left, and other German guests

The UK staff were recently treated to a formal dinner to mark the occasion at Cardiff Castle and were each presented with a commemorative 20 page booklet tracing the company’s 50 year history in the UK. Compiled by John Evans, non executive director who led the UK company for many years, and Duncan Savage, the current UK managing director, the booklet takes a decade by decade look at significant events in the company’s history leading to its present day position as the ‘UK’s fastest growing writing instruments brand’ (source: GfK).

Also planned is a busy ‘50-themed’ programme of monthly activities based in Wales and run in association with the charity Groundwork Wales. A dedicated social media campaign celebrating the anniversary is also well underway along with specific product promotions for customers. The key competition running throughout 2016 is a monthly prize draw featured on selected blistercards of STAEDTLER products. The promotional packs contain details of the 50th anniversary competition including the web address – www.staedtler50.co.uk – where consumers can register for the prize draw and win one of five £50 stationery bundles awarded every month in 2016.

Rachel Woolley, STAEDTLER’s marketing manager, comments “Our 50th birthday in the UK coincides with record sales so it’s a double celebration for us. Although the actual anniversary of the founding of STAEDTLER UK falls in April, we have decided to spread our themed celebrations over the whole year.”

Managing director Duncan Savage adds “We are delighted that the STAEDTLER name has become synonymous with quality and innovation in writing, drawing and colouring instruments and look forward to continuing this tradition. One of our proudest claims is that a whole generation has learnt to write using a STAEDTLER Noris school pencil with merely the sight of this iconic black and yellow striped pencil enough to transport people straight back to their school days.”

STAEDTLER will be at the London Stationery Show on stand M541.

notonthehighstreet.com to be keynote speaker on World Stationery Day

Posted on 13th April, 2016

Rebecca Saunders, head of development at leading online retailer notonthehighstreet.com, which offers consumers a curated product selection with unique designs and high quality craftsmanship, will be the keynote retail speaker at this month’s London Stationery Show, on Wednesday, April 27.noths_logo_web

This special event will mark the second World Stationery Day, part of the wider consumer National Stationery Week campaign, which notonthehighstreet.com is supporting. 

Rebecca says, “Stationery is a large and fast growing category at notonthehighstreet.com; we’re a destination for bespoke ranges such as wedding stationery and decorations and are continuing to grow our core stationery ranges such as notebooks, diaries, cards and wrapping. Our customers choose stationery as an extension of their style and personality so sourcing unique designs from small creative stationers really appeals to them.”

Her presentation will take a look at how stationery fits into the notonthehighstreet.com offer, its increasing popularity as Partners – typically smaller creative manufacturers – respond to consumer demand for innovative and personalised options for how they make notes and share the written word.  Rebecca will also share insights into stationery styles and current trends.

Rebecca’s presentation will take place at the show on the morning of Wednesday, April 27.  Detailed timings will be confirmed nearer to the show and seats will be on a first come, first served basis.

World Stationery Day is an extension of National Stationery Week but on a global basis, celebrating the written word and all things stationery – the products which make it possible, and give pleasure to so many people.

 

More on Rebecca Saunders:

Rebecca is Head of Development at notonthehighstreet.com and is a self-confessed stationery lover.

She joined notonthehighstreet.com in 2015 and leads the team responsible for stationery, weddings and Christmas along with fast-growth categories including baby & child and food & drink.Rebecca’s career over the past decade spans finance, strategy and buying; previously working for leading retailers across the UK and US including J.Crew, Tiffany & Co., Argos and John Lewis.  Rebecca has a degree from Cambridge University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

 

DKL announces exclusive Stationery Show deal

Posted on 13th April, 2016

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The ‘Finding Dory’ display unit which holds £600 worth of stock.

Visitors to the Scentco stand G221 can win over £600 worth of Finding Dory stock

DKL has announced that visitors to its Scentco Scented Stationery stand at this year’s Stationery Show will be entered in a draw to win a Finding Dory scented stationery free standing display unit (FDSU).

The display stand comes fully stocked with over £600 worth of Finding Dory scented stationery.

Farel Williams, marketing executive at DKL, said: “The Finding Dory FSDU is a brilliant prize for Stationery Show visitors. It holds all the popular Scentco lines such as Smencils and Gel Crayons, and the winner will receive their prize in time to capitalise on the upcoming film (due to be released this summer).

To enter the draw, all Stationery Show visitors need to do is visit stand G221 and leave a business card. The winner will be announced on the DKL Facebook page shortly after the show.

The wider Scentco range of scented stationery has experienced record sales in 2016, and has grown to become one of DKL’s leading brands.

Farel Williams explains: “The success of the Scentco brand is its combination of delicious scents and fun, vibrant designs. Children will always come back for more because they simply love the scents and collecting products from across the range.”

The range includes an array of stationery products, such as pens, markers, crayons and the bestselling Smencils. All products in the range boast scents which last for a minimum of two years.

More information at: www.dkl.co.uk  and don’t forget to visit stand G221!

 

Fully customisable diary makes its debut at the London Stationery Show

Posted on 12th April, 2016

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Launched in 2013, TOAD® (which stands for ‘Today Or Any Day’) is a new brand created to offer more than just an alternative to standard diaries. This is their party planner.

Discover TOAD® Diaries’ radical new personalised diaries, notebooks and planners on Stand M635 

A new and unique British stationery brand with unrivalled customisation combinations is making its debut at this year’s London Stationery Show.

Aiming to revolutionise the diaries, journals and notebooks market, TOAD® Diaries offers the complete freedom to choose like no other brand before, all at affordable prices.

TOAD® Diaries introduces the only truly date-flexible diary currently available on the market.  Unlike high-street options, which are generally limited by the calendar year, TOAD® allows customers to choose their preferred start and end month as well as day.

Such flexible customisation makes them ideal for giving as a birthday gift, celebrating an anniversary, keeping a record of the tax year, academic year or covering a sporting season – the possibilities are endless.

The product comes in all popular calendar formats, such as day-per-page, 2-page view, week views, appointment and non-appointment styles, alongside fully flexible undated styles.

The proposition is made complete by providing choice of diary size, binding style (hardback, wiro or loose-leaf) and extensive cover design alternatives.  The ultimate finishing touch is the option to fully personalise the front and back covers.

TOAD® Diaries’ flexible offering extends to its extensive range of notebooks and planners, which offers format-flexible choice, alongside all aforementioned custom aspects.

Made in the UK and available to order 24/7/365, TOAD® products can be created in minutes via the website www.toaddiaries.co.uk which links to ground-breaking ‘on-demand’ publishing systems. All products are dispatched within two working days – in stark contrast to average industry turn-round times of several weeks.

TOAD Diaries 2As well as providing products to the consumer market, TOAD Diaries has built an extensive trade service, providing bespoke diaries and journals in bulk to all types of businesses and organisations, from national travel companies to small nursery businesses to running clubs.

Tim Grinsdale, managing director at TOAD® Diaries said: “We are delighted to be showcasing the TOAD® brand for the very first time at the stationery event of the year.  Our continued, extensive investment in technology enables TOAD® Diaries to be the place of choice for all on-demand, tailored diary, journal and notebook products.  We continue to extend our range of choice and options to meet the growing appetite for such tailored products.

“Exhibiting at London Stationery Show will give us a unique platform to meet leading stationery buyers face-to-face from every retail sector and provide an exclusive preview of some of our products that are currently in development.  TOAD® is set to shake up the customisable stationery sector and we will continue to challenge the current trends and deliver superior alternatives.”

TOAD® will be showcasing its extensive product range on Stand M635, where visitors will be able to see many of the different design combinations and create their own unique diaries or notebooks with an exclusive 50% discount off all TOAD® products.  They will also be entered into a prize draw and be able to try their hand at making their own origami TOAD®.

Root & Seed back with bigger product range

Posted on 11th April, 2016

The Root & Seed Company made its very first foray into the world of retail stationery at last year’s show.  Now it’s back with a bigger range, and more to come!

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New products for the show include Hessian Notebooks (A5 and a large Desk Book), wooden bark pencils and a range of cards including Thank You Notes, Birthday Cards and Love Heart Page Savers.  In addition, all of its soft back notebooks are new.

Created by two young London-based sisters, Root & Seed is seeking to bring quintessentially English stationery into the mainstream market. Its products ‘combine the practicality of stationery with the beauty of rustic home-ware’.

The range will expand in the near future to include tags and wall prints. The rustic yet contemporary style that the girls love so much is incorporated into all of their products and all of the designs are inspired by the enchanting British countryside. The neutral, calm tones and colour schemes of The Root and Seed Company sets us apart delivers a calming aura to the home and office. Root & Seed DSC_1037

 

 

More information at: www.rootandseed.net and on stand G101.

 

Publisher of 30 Million Diaries Launches New Recipe Diary Range at London Stationery Show

Posted on 8th April, 2016

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Just one of the nine cover options available for the new Recipe Diary from Eaglemoss.

Eaglemoss, publisher of the UK’s favourite recipe diary – the Dairy Diary, is showcasing its fabulous new 2017 Diary range at this year’s Stationery Show.

With nine gorgeous cover designs to choose from – or you can create your own – and 50 delicious weekly recipes, these diaries are truly unique.  Each diary is packed with essential information, culinary inspiration, cook’s tips and helpful hints.  Practical as well as stylish, these A5 week-to-view recipe diaries have lie-flat concealed wiro-binding, a handy notes pocket and lots of writing space.

The Dairy Diary was launched 35 years ago and since then has achieved sales of over 30 million books and is still going strong. This year, Eaglemoss is launching a brand new Recipe Diary range based on the successful formula of the Dairy Diary – with delicious triple-tested weekly recipes and plenty of hints and tips – but it is created specifically for the retail market.

For more information: www.eaglemossdiaries.co.uk  Stand M348.

Real-cloth tartan notebooks launched by Waverley Books

Posted on 7th April, 2016

Waverley Books of Glasgow is launching a new range of real-cloth tartan notebooks in collaboration with Kinloch Anderson Scotland, tailors and kiltmakers and specialists in Highland Dress.

Waverley Scotland Tartan Cloth Commonplace Notebooks

Waverley Scotland Tartan Cloth Commonplace Notebooks

The full range of 32 different tartans will be on display at the London Stationery Show, used initially on Waverley Tartan Commonplace Notebooks in pocket size, with another six larger format notebooks available from August.

Waverley’s aim is to supply a beautiful range of notebooks that people enjoy using, and hope that along the way people might also appreciate the authenticity of the tartans and to learn a little more about the cultural heritage of Scotland.  To this end each notebook contains a bookmark with key tartan facts.

The tartan notebooks came about after Waverley Books were asked by Edinburgh-based Kinloch Anderson to help produce a corporate history of their company which was published in 2013. Kinloch Anderson started as a tailor in the 1800s and has grown into a family company who are holders of Royal Warrants Of Appointment as Tailors and Kiltmakers to HM The Queen, HRH The Duke Of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince Of Wales.

Each notebook has stained edges and a ribbon, and elastic closure, to capture the colour of Scotland (it doesn’t always rain!) with a brief history of the relevant tartan, and a leaflet with an introduction on tartan by Deirdre Kinloch Anderson. The leaflet is translated into six languages: French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, and Mandarin.

For more information click here, and visit the stand at London Stationery Show – G117.

 

THE HISTORY OF TARTAN

Tartan is a great cultural icon for Scotland and a national mark of identification recognised worldwide. It proclaims the geographical or spiritual roots of its family of descendants whether in Scotland or for over 50 million people worldwide. As Scottish culture has evolved, tartan has evolved alongside it. In Scotland, checked cloths have been excavated from burial sites dating back to 300 AD.

However, it was not until the late 17th or early 18th century that tartan was adopted by families, clans or districts, to which a particular pattern or “sett” gave a sense of belonging. The use of tartan flourished, particularly in the Highlands amongst groups of people united by locality, kinship and descent – known as the clans. The essential link was between the chief and the people of the clan – and the clan tartan came to be associated with the dominant family of that clan. At that time, other tartan setts were related to a particular geographical district irrespective of name which were spun, dyed, woven and fashioned locally – usually an area of around 50 square miles.

WEAVERS AND HEATHER, NATURAL DYES

Early weavers relied upon local natural products and plants for their dyes so the locality of the weaver had a complete bearing on the colours of the tartan that were produced. On the west coast, Gipsywort would provide light green and seashore whelks gave purple. An inland weaver would use heather to make yellow, dark green and brown-orange and blueberry fruit would provide light and dark blues, purples and browns. Dulse, (a common shore seaweed, also used as food), and crotal (lichens that grow on rocks) were also used for browns. The bark of the alder tree and the dock root produced black. Dandelions provided magenta; wild cress, violet; whin, broom and knapweed gave greens; bracken and heather supplied a yellow; and white crotal was used for red.

TRADITION AND BATTLE

Tartan cloth soon became a dress of tradition and of battle. However, after the Battle of Culloden, in 1746, tartan was banned in an attempt to suppress what was perceived as the rebellious nature of the Scots. An exemption allowed the kilt to be worn in the army, a tradition established by the Black watch regiment. The law was repealed in 1782.

It was a writer – Sir Walter Scott – who described rugged scenery and tartan-clad heroes fighting amongst the heather. Scott rekindled the fashion for wearing Highland dress and when King George IV visited Edinburgh in 1822 amid much pageantry orchestrated by Sir Walter Scott, there was a huge turn out in kilts and Highland dress. King George IV wore tartan too, and thus tartan was popularised.

 

London Stationery Show the next stop for eco-eco stationery

Posted on 5th April, 2016

eco-eco logoeco-eco stationery will be spreading the word about its ‘Planet friendly Price friendly’ range of products when the newly formed company takes part in the London Stationery Show later this month.

Founded in 2015 by Laura McGowan and James Faulkner who have a combined 30 years’ experience in the sector, eco-eco specialises in stationery products that are ecologically produced. Each product is made from a minimum of 50 per cent recycled material and is 100 per cent recyclable.

Laura said: “While we are a new company, our aim is to lead the way in making environmentally friendly stationery products the norm and not the exception and what better opportunity to do so than at the London Stationery Show.

“We believe there is a place in the market for ecological stationery that is not inferior in quality and encourages people to embrace ‘buying green’ without it costing them the earth. Underpinning this belief is the research we have done among customers who tell us that while they want to play their part in supporting sustainability they are deterred by having to pay an inflated price and compromise on quality.”Presentation Group Shot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura said eco-eco, based in Lye in the Black Country, uses couriers which are committed to reducing their carbon footprint, operates a paper-free office and encourages its customers to communicate electronically. In addition, a percentage of the company’s annual profit will be donated to an ecologically and socially aware charity, chosen by customers.

The company, which sells the majority of its products online, is hoping to expand its range of products including display books and punch pockets as the business grows to include project dividers, document wallets and general filing and binding products.

“We’re passionate about eco-eco and are looking forward to coming to London to showcase our products and meet the range of buyers who attend this important event,” added Laura.

 

For more information go to: www.ecoecostat.co.uk and visit them at the show on stand G217

 

Kaweco introduces a new aluminium dip pen

Posted on 4th April, 2016

Kaweco dip pen and sketch book

The dip pen is shown on a Kaweco sketch book, one of only a few which survived World War II. The book shows custom-made products for other writing instrument companies or special orders for other industrial branches or markets. This sketch book was kept by the Kaweco AG of the time during 1924 and 1928 and contains detailed drawings, calculations and notes. The sketch book’s explanatory notes are in German as well as in English. The original printed documents however are only in German without the English translation.

Around the end of the 19th century Kaweco was founded in Heidelberg as a dip pen factory. For that reason it is no surprise to learn that the company has decided to revive the traditional manufacturing of dip pens.Kaweco 1

Traditionally made of wood and glass Kaweco has introduced a new version made out of aluminum.  The dip pen is equipped with a standard EF nib but most commercially available nibs can also be used with this renowned writing instrument.

Kaweco has also introduced its new mini converter. Until now it only had its so called “Squeeze” converter for use with its Sport series. Now Kaweco offers a standard draw converter as an alternative. Kaweco recommends that you draw up the ink through the nib and the ink feeder into the converter while it’s already inserted. The MINI holds a little less than a standard size ink cartridge but this system is more sustainable because you can refill it countless times.

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There are eight different colors of ink bottles available for the converter. You can choose between royal blue, pearl black, midnight blue, palm green, paradise blue, summer purple, caramel brown and ruby red.

Visit Kaweco on stand M520 at the show and try these new products out for yourself.

 

 

 

Italian elegance effortlessly created

Posted on 1st April, 2016

Castelli Black and Gold Collection

New Black & Gold Collection from Castelli

Castelli is to introduce two collections at this year’s London Stationery Show; the ‘Black and Gold Collection’, an elegant new range of black notebooks featuring a combination of striking gold and embossed cover designs with additional features that sympathetically infuse Italian design and technical brilliance.

And, for a more natural look, Appeel is ecologically created using a revolutionary process that extracts the apple peel.  These exclusive, innovative notebooks offer opulent, modern designs in a gorgeous array of autumnal colours.

For more information visit www.castelli.co.uk or see them on stand M538 at the show.

 

Castelli Appeel Collection

New Appeel range from Castelli

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maped Helix to showcase new products at London Stationery Show

Posted on 31st March, 2016

Internationally renowned stationery company Maped Helix will be showcasing an array of new products at next month’s London Stationery Show. From a new colourful collection of Graph’Peps fineliners, to its award-winning Jungle Innovation felt pens, the company has a unique and diverse range of stationery which will be on display at the upcoming show.NSW-#lovestationery

The event will herald the brand’s dedication to exhibiting at the Stationery Show with 2016 being their sixth consecutive year.

With innovation and education at the heart of what they do, Maped Helix has a large collection of ground breaking products that have impressed children, parents and teachers for generations.

Products expected to stimulate interest at the show include the new Graph’Peps fine nib felt pens. Visitors will be given the chance to test the product and add their own splash of colour to Maped Helix’s giant colouring sheet that celebrates their sponsorship of National Stationery Week.

The Midlands based brand will add to its impressive exhibition portfolio by displaying the internationally recognised Helix Oxford range, which has been a firm favourite of students across the globe since 1935.

Gray Richmond, manager director at Maped Helix said “We’re delighted to be a part of the London Stationery Show again this year and to be exhibiting our unique collection of writing, colouring and school accessory products.

“It’s an exciting time for Maped Helix. We have a wide range of innovative products and we will continue to launch products that will excite retailers and their customers.”

The London Stationery Show is the UK’s leading exhibition for showcasing paper and writing products, including Maped Helix’s hugely popular range. The exhibition forms an integral part of National Stationery Week, a celebration of the written word which aims to encourage young and old to put pen to paper.

You will find Maped Helix on stand M506.

 

Stationery Show welcomes The Giftware Association

Posted on 29th March, 2016

With more and more gift retailers and suppliers becoming involved with stationery, The Giftware Association (The GA) is to exhibit at this year’s London Stationery Show to meet existing and potential members.GA Logo web

“We knew that The GA are visiting more trade shows this year, and invited them to be part of next month’s event.  To our delight, they accepted!” says exhibition director Chris Leonard-Morgan.

“Stationery is becoming a more important part of the product mix for many gift retailers, and the potential value of our show to GA members is considerable.”

The GA will have its own stand at the show from which to meet up with existing supplier and retail members, and to reach out to potential new members.

Sixteen GA members are already exhibiting at this year’s show, they include BusyB/KTwo, Customworks, DKL Marketing, Dodo Pad, Esposti, Flame Tree Publishing, Intelligent Retail, Jodds, Luckies of London, Mum’s Office, NPW, Padblocks, Pyramid, Tallon, Trinity Xtras and Two Little Boys. The Stationery Show became a member of the Association last year.

“Writing and paper products have universal appeal and gift retailers have always recognised that beautiful, functional products make a perfect gift or self-treat, but it is the close connection between catwalk fashion trends and their speedy transition to fabulous designs on notebooks, calendars, pens and pencils, desk accessories and organisers that earn stationery its shelf space – simply put, it offers a cost-effective way of staying on trend and adding colour and designer style to your product offer,” comments Chris.

The Stationery Show visitor list reflects this broad interest, with buyers from all types of gift background – lifestyle, visitor attractions, bookshops, museums and galleries – all attending the show, as well as stationers and stationery and gift boutiques.

For more information about The Giftware Association – click here.

 

Take up the #StationeryChallenge

Posted on 17th March, 2016

The London Stationery Show is challenging buyers NOT to find at least one great new product when they attend next month’s event.LSS_banner_220x220

Dubbed #StationeryChallenge on social media, exhibition director, Chris Leonard-Morgan says, “The London Stationery Show is the venue for the annual Stationery Awards, has nearly 70 new exhibitors to date who weren’t at last year’s show as well as 80 returning ones, AND two thirds of exhibitors haven’t been seen at any other UK trade show this year.  We’re super confident all buyers will see new products and new suppliers when they visit.  Those who have visited the show before know to expect the unexpected.”

The exhibition is also adding #StationerySurprises and #StationerySpecials into its social media campaign as more details emerge from exhibitors about their planned product launches and special show promotions, who they hope will issue the same challenge.

“We already know that well over half of our exhibitors are intending to launch new products at the show and that over 30 have special deals lined up for visitors, and that’s just the ones we know about!” says Chris.  “We’ll be making sure buyers are made aware of these over the coming weeks.” #LondonStationeryShow is the hashtag to use.

The 2016 London Stationery Show is the biggest yet, with over 300 brands and suppliers from all around the world, all in one place, showing on 150+ stands at the Business Design Centre, London. The number of stands has doubled, and its floor space trebled, since its launch in 2011.

“Writing and paper products have universal appeal and these days can be found in pretty much every retail channel and type of store there is,” comments Chris. “Our visitor list reflects this, with buyers from craft, lifestyle, fashion, books, gifts, jewellery, homewares and garden retail backgrounds all attending, as well as the stationery specialists.”

REGISTER NOW to attend next month’s event and take up the #StationeryChallenge!

Stationery Show expands to meet exhibitor demand

Posted on 10th March, 2016

Overview of the 2015 London Stationery Show

Overview of the 2015 London Stationery Show

Since its launch in 2011, the number of stands at the London Stationery Show has doubled and it has trebled in size.  With the ground and mezzanine levels now fully booked for the first time, the show is expanding onto the gallery of the Business Design Centre to meet growing exhibitor demand for space.

This year’s show represents over 300 brands and suppliers and 1000s of products from around the world, all in one place. It offers the stationery industry a unique platform to showcase product and is the UK’s most important event for writing and paper products.  Last year it attracted visitors from 36 countries.

“Next month’s London Stationery Show is the sixth and biggest yet,” says exhibition director Chris Leonard-Morgan.

“Writing and paper products have universal appeal and these days can be found in pretty much every retail channel and type of store there is,” comments Chris. “You only need to look at our visitor list to see they complement so many different types of products, so whether the offer is led by a focus on craft, lifestyle, fashion, books, gifts, jewellery, homewares or garden, there is a range of stationery that will fit beautifully into that offer.”

Visitor registrations to date include such well known names as Achica, Amazon, Asos, Austin & Co, B & M Retail, Bartrums, Bentalls, Black Country Museum, Blenheim Palace, British Museum, Bureau Direct, Cass Art, Cath Kidston, Choosing Keeping, Club Group, Colemans, Costco, Cowling and Wilcox, Cult Pens, Eastbourne Heritage Centre, Evo Group, Fenwick, Findel Education, Foyles, Gardners Books, Got 2 Jot, Groupon UK, Harrods, Historic Royal Palaces, Hobbycraft, Hoopers, Imperial College Union, Imperial War Museum, ITV, J Ruddock, Jarrold & Sons, Jespers of Harrogate, John Lewis, Laura Ashley, London Graphic Centre, London School of Economics Students’ Union, Merlin Entertainments, Monsoon Accessorize, National Gallery, National Theatre, Natural History Museum, Office Club, Office Depot, OfficeTeam, Osborne Stationers, Paperchase, Paper Ducks, Pedlars, Pen & Paper, Pen to Paper, Penfax, Postmark, Royal Academy of Arts, Royal College of Art, Royal Museums Greenwich, Ryman, Sarah Hurley, Scholastic UK, Scribbler, Scriptum Fine Stationery, Spicers, Spotlight Stationery, Staples Advantage, Tesco, The Pen Shop, The Stationery & Gift Boutique, Tiger Pens, Trago Mills, V O W Retail, V&A and WHSmith.

“The exhibition has grown in size every year for the last five years. There are more than sixty new exhibitors to date at this year’s show, visitor registrations are up on this time last year and there are lots of exciting things happening out there,” confirms Chris. “Stationery is hot, and writing is cool!”

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW for free entry to the show.

New 3D drawing tool a favourite with teachers and pupils

Posted on 10th March, 2016

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IsoSketch from The Drawing Tool Company

Developed in a Manchester school as a universal sketching aid for Design & Technology pupils, this teacher-designed tool now supports the learning of proper 3D drawing in schools globally.

The IsoSketch® is a 3D drawing tool created by a British teacher, which allows users of any ability to easily draw in 3D.  Visitors to the show will find it on The Hira Company stand – number M305.

The highlights of this product manufactured by The Drawing Tool company are:

  • Sketch in 3D with ease – 120° (isometric) stencil for creating quick, accurate 3D sketches
  • Exam safe – approved for GCSE / A-Level by AQA, OCR, Edexcel and WJEC
  • Builds pupil confidence – instantly improves and inspires sketching outcomes at any ability
  • So simple – IsoSketch® replaces clumsy drawing boards, T-squares and set squares for 3D
  • Encourages mastery – range of easy-to-use stencils to draw detailed 3D shapes
  • Great learning & teaching aid – fully supported by library of FREE online videos tutorials
  • Compact & accessible – fits into a pocket or pencil case
  • Quality – 100% British designed and manufactured product

Hira ISO birdseyeOne of its key features is the library of free video tutorials featured on The Drawing Tool Company website, which means that pupils can independently learn the basics of 3D drawing.  Teachers use these videos with whole classes or send pupils away with their own tools, a tablet and a QR code to follow the video at their own pace.

Crucially, no specialist knowledge is needed to teach with or use IsoSketch.  As one customer recently put it: “The IsoSketch® has become our pupils’ favourite piece of kit and has changed the way I teach designing – pound for pound this is the best resource our department has ever purchased.”

Come and try it out for yourselves at next month’s London Stationery Show!  Stand M305.

 

 

All new ‘Passione’ from Montegrappa

Posted on 3rd March, 2016

montm61 cropWith its new Passione range Montegrappa has completed a triumvirate of pen families that represent three of the most important human conditions that ‘feed the poet’ – the songwriter, the belle-lettrist and the lover. Emozione, Desiderio and Passione are designed to inspire the writer to express their most powerful thoughts and feelings.

Passione means more to Italians than the obvious heated desire and obsession. It can also mean fondness, the pursuit of a hobby, or the love of a sports team. Whatever definition it is employed for, it always stands for interest beyond the merely passing. It can demonstrate a love so strong that it can barely be contained, whether for a person or a musical genre, for art or sculpture or the theatre, or even for collecting inanimate objects.  Like its sibling, Desiderio, Passione can also be inescapably sexy.

Comparable to its cousins in the Emozione range, the Passione collection is made in celluloid, presented in four hues. Two represent unlimited lust and passion in the extreme, in sizzling orange and spicy cinnamon, while the Mediterranean blue and the vertical Zebra stripes convey magnetic qualities with a slightly cooler touch. The nature of this material ensures that the colour patterns of no two pens will be identical, adding a bespoke touch.

The Passione collection oozes with sensuality. It strikes the writer through its sinuously curved pocket clip, underlined by two matching enamel lines, and a voluptuous shape, ending with the traditional 1912 high-relief logo. Each writing instrument in the Passione family is trimmed in 925 sterling silver, while the fountain pens are fitted with filigree-pattern 18kt gold nibs.  The feeder of each fountain pen is made of ebonite, a natural hard rubber traditionally used in the pen-making industry for its excellent writing performance.

Passione is offered as a fountain pen in both cartridge and converter-fed form, a rollerball pen, a ballpoint pen and a mechanical pencil. Each expresses unequivocal, unconditional ardour that transcends the ordinary.

See Montegrappa at the show on stand M617.

Online POS for retailers

Posted on 2nd March, 2016

POS artwork for National Stationery Week is now ready and available online, free of charge, for ALL retailers to download and benefit from this year’s consumer campaign in April.

http://www.nationalstationeryweek.com/retailers/

The organisers continue to make the campaign inclusive to both independent and major
retailers by providing a Retailer POS Pack which includes everything a participating retailer needs to be able to be part of this unique sales initiative, andWriting matters take advantage of the massive consumer push to buy stationery in the run up to and during National Stationery Week which starts on Monday 25 April.

National Stationery Week’s ‘Writing matters’ campaign celebrates the written word and all things stationery, and is organised by the London Stationery Show. Last year’s event generated millions of pounds worth of media coverage and new sales, with the message that writing by hand is important and has a vital part to play in personal communications, even in a digital world.

“We pride ourselves on being totally inclusive to all retailers which is why we have produced this pack, we understand how busy retailers are and for us to provide a “one stop solution” means they can get involved at the touch of their fingertips” says organiser Chris Leonard – Morgan.

Chris continues, “The Retailer POS pack includes a selection of shelf strips, posters, window vinyls, counter top displays, wobblers and much, much more. All retailers have to do is click on the link and print. There is even a template for “I’m a stationery addict” stickers!

We have taken the hard work and thinking out of this side of the campaign so they don’t have to”

To become a participating retailer and be listed free of charge on the National Stationery Week website, contact katharine@smallmanmedia.com

Participating retailers’ logos will appear with a link to their website on the www.nationalstationeryweek.com website. They are invited to share their plans and activities and any offers running over the course of the campaign with National Stationery Week who will share it whenever they can with its thousands of eager fans via social media and other outlets.

Sponsors for this year’s campaign are Sheaffer, Maped Helix, BIC, Staedtler and Nu: Notebooks

National Stationery Week goes global

National Stationery Week has captured the imagination of stationery users and lovers not just in the UK, but around the world with many saying they wished they had such an event in their own country.

As a result, Wednesday 27 April 2016 – the second day of the London Stationery Show and Day 3 of National Stationery Week – has been designated the second World Stationery Day.

It has its own identity and website, and will be promoted to consumers and the media worldwide, and on social media.

The message is the same, wherever you are in the world – writing matters, and is for ever.

 

Top industry buyers to judge 2016 Stationery Awards

Posted on 24th February, 2016

NSW 2013 with date and website and partners (no website)With the annual Stationery Awards now entering their sixth year, the first top industry buyers from across the retail spectrum have been confirmed for this year’s judging panel.

This year will see Charlotte McCarthy, stationery buyer for John Lewis, Suzanne Hack, procurement and category manager at London Graphic Centre, Louisa Brenton, gift and stationery buyer of Bentalls, Fenwick Kingston and Lucy Edmonds, owner of Quill London, joining Joanne Barber, owner of The Stationery & Gift Boutique, Ampthill and Abel Dos Santos, gifts and stationery buyer of Foyles, who were  judges for the first time last year, as part of the judging panel.

The judging of the Awards will again be chaired by Henri Davis, an independent retail advisor, head of buying and merchandising for Scribbler and guest columnist for Greetings Today magazine.  Henri is also vice-president of The Giftware Association.

The Stationery Awards are open to all exhibitors at the London Stationery Show, which runs at the Business Design Centre, in Islington on Tuesday, 26 and Wednesday, 27 April.

“The Award entries and their central display as visitors enter the London Stationery Show are a vital element of the show and an important reason to visit and exhibit,” explains exhibition director Chris Leonard-Morgan.  “It is a fantastic opportunity for retail buyers to see so many stationery product launches in one NSW 2013 with date and website and partners (no website)place at one time, and a great way to get a speedy overview of what the market has to offer!”

The judges assess all the entries on the first morning of the show, with the results announced at the end of the first day at the after show party.  The show’s entrance display is then updated overnight to highlight the winning products.

“Every year our judges go away with a list of things to follow up on that they’ve never seen before, or might not have considered previously,” Chris reveals.

This year two new categories has been added to the options open to suppliers – Desk Accessories and Gift Wrap & Packaging.  The existing categories are:  Diaries, Organisers & Calendars, Everyday Writing Instruments, Writing Instruments (over £25 RRP), Novelty Stationery, Social Stationery (writing paper, envelopes, notecards, invitations), Notebooks & Journals, Licensed Stationery and Filing & Storage.  All entries must have been launched to the trade since 1 May 2015.

The judging panel will be assessing the entries based on design, packaging, functionality, value for money and saleability.

“The Stationery Awards identify the year’s newest standout writing and paper products.  They are chosen by a team of experienced and enthusiastic retailers, so it’s a wonderful opportunity for exhibitors to ensure their products are seen at close quarters by some very influential buyers,” says Chris.

The Awards will be presented this year by Helen Esmonde, not only a successful publisher in her own right, most lately at GMC, but also the first lady Master of the Stationers’ Company in 612 years.

tesa® adds a splash of colour at the Stationery Show

Posted on 18th February, 2016

Tesa pink and blue range shotWhen tesa returns to the London Stationery Show this year, it will highlight the increasing importance that colour and convenience have on consumers’ purchasing decisions relating to items of stationery.

A colour match for convenience

tesa recently conducted a consumer testing programme involving new product designs and a variety of colours. The feedback received has since been factored into developing a new range of pink and cyan blue stationery items – colours that emerged as clear favourites during testing.

Products such as the new tesapack® Pack ‘n’ Go are now being produced solely in these colours. Benefitting the casual parcel packer, this handy tape dispenser both looks good and has been optimised to aid easy application.

Given the popularity of online shopping and the common requirement for easily packaging parcels destined for return, tesapack® Pack ’n’ Go is already being well received.

Philip Johnson, key account manager, tesa UK Consumer Division, commented: “Nowadays, we tend to equate modern designs and bright colours with something that’s easy to use and therefore capable of removing some of the hassle from those everyday tasks.

“Where fashion meets form, increasingly, form has to be matched with sustainability. This is the direction we’re pursuing for all our stationery innovations.”

A sustainable must

A good example of the importance tesa places on sustainability is found in the innovative tesa ecoLogo® range. Consisting primarily of recycled or biologically based materials, these environmentally-friendly products are solvent-free and packaged with as much renewable or recycled content as possible.  tesa ecoLogo® products that will be on show include glue sticks, mini correction rollers and easy cut tape dispensers. With eye catching colours and an attractive design, tesa® Mini Roller Correction ecoLogo® is housed in 100% recycled plastic. Fun and easy to use, its small size also allows it to fit neatly into most pencil cases and tins.

Looking ahead to the Stationery Show 2016

During last year’s show, retailers agreed that tesa’s innovative range brings something different to the UK stationery market.

Philip concludes, “Our consistent focus on innovation and value has led us to the creation of a one-source solution, with offerings that hold instant appeal for consumers and retailers alike. We’re now excited to see how the results of these efforts resonate with an even larger audience at this year’s show.”

More info at www.tesa.co.uk.  Visit the team on stand M722 at the show.

Eye-catching Notables Notebooks from Tiger Stationery

Posted on 15th February, 2016

Tiger Stationery has launched the new Notables range of eye-catching executive notebooks in A4, A5 and A6 sizes.Tiger Stationery Notables

Available with either cream feint ruled paper with a leatherlook cover, or with cream plain paper and a suede effect cover.

Notables form part of a comprehensive selection of attractive stationery that features in Tiger’s new colourful catalogue. Stationery is stocked in-depth and ready for fast delivery from the company’s new 60,000 sq. ft UK warehouse, based in the West Midlands.

Meet the team at this year’s show on stand: M709

DKL debuts over 50 new scented stationery lines

Posted on 11th February, 2016

Scentco Scented Keychain

The new Scentco scented keychain

Scentco Disney Princess Cylinder

Disney Princess scented pencils

Scentco Tsum Tsum Gel Crayons

Tsum Tsum scented gel crayons

DKL has announced the launch of over 50 new products in its successful Scentco Scented Stationery range.

Following a successful year distributing Smencils, Smarkers, Smens and more, DKL is adding new Scented Paper Clips, Scented Gel Crayons and new licenses: Disney Princess, Tsum Tsum and Finding Dory.

The Scentco range boasts eco-friendly products with scents which last for 2 years.

DKL is also introducing new Scentco free standing display units (FDSU).  These will be available as generic or with licensed Disney Frozen lines.  The new stands allow retailers to merchandise Scentco in an eye-catching and space-effective way.

Farel Williams, marketing executive, says, “The new Scentco FSDUs are a must-have for any Scentco stockist. Not only are they attractive and captivating, they also encourage customers to try a variety of lines from across the range.

“The range has been a huge hit and we are incredibly excited to return to the Stationery Show in April with even more quality product!”

Visit www.dkl.co.uk to view the Scentco range and visit them on stand G221 at the show!

Sniff-Its Paper Clips

‘Sniff-Its’ – great new scented paper clips from Scentco/DKL Marketing

 

STAEDTLER celebrates 50th UK anniversary

Posted on 10th February, 2016

Visitors will be invited to share a celebratory glass of champagne with the STAEDTLER team at this year’s London Stationery Show as the company marks its 50th Anniversary in the UK.

The leading stationery company, which is also a National Stationery Week sponsor, will be using the show to present its best-selling writing instruments, exciting promotional plans and a new display concept.

STAEDTLER recently unveiled plans to give its revolutionary Noris colour colouring pencil a tremendous promotional boost with a carefully targeted cinema advertising campaign. Aimed at parents and children, two concentrated bursts are scheduled for the Easter and summer holidays to tie in with major film releases and seasonal buying peaks. Launched last year, Noris colour is STAEDTLER’s reinvention of the colouring pencil, which uses a ground-breaking and eco friendly manufacturing process to produce a superior pencil offering improved lead strength, intense colour and a tactile surface.

STAEDTLER Limited edition Johanna Basford pack of triplus fineliners

One of the limited edition Johanna Basford packs from STAEDTLER

The STAEDTLER brand is also benefiting from a year-long global partnership with Johanna Basford, the world-famous artist whose adult colouring books have topped the best-seller lists. Johanna, who shot to fame with her first colouring book, Secret Garden, has always been a STAEDTLER enthusiast. Special promotional packs of colouring pencils and triplus fineliners and fibre-tips featuring Johanna’s image and books will be on display.

Visitors to the stand will also see STAEDTLER’s new Brand Shop, an ingenious and flexible display system that accommodates the maximum number of products whilst taking the minimum space. Available in smart, 50cm wide units which fit together as required made from durable powder coated steel, Brand Shop is a versatile display solution designed to deliver high impact at the point-of-sale.

Stand No: M541 at the London Stationery Show

www.staedtler.co.uk

Exhibitor Offers ‘British Craftmanship At Its Finest’

Posted on 2nd February, 2016

Based on Canvey Island in Essex, Charfleet Book Bindery will be exhibiting at the Stationery Show this year on stand M303.

Their new collection includes several ranges of beautiful A5 notebooks – covered in fantastic metallics, lovely zingy coloured linen and some in a clever, grained PU flexible cover.  Take a look at these photos to get a feel for their offer!

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Flexible Covers – this range of A5 size notebooks is available in fashionable colours, printed on cream paper with grey feint rule bound in a flexible grained PU cover with a unique detachable elastic closure strap for a modern look and feel.

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Linen Collection – this new collection of A5 size notebooks features a range of bright, fun colours with themed slogans silver foiled onto a linen material cover. Printed and bound in the UK. 160pages of white paper, printed with a grey feint rule with a hard back cover.

Modern, trendy design cover featuring two colour metallic foil embossing,this new A5 notebook. Available in 5 colour ways with a hard back cover. Printed and bound in the UK on white paper with grey feint rule – 160 pages.

Modern, trendy design cover featuring two colour metallic foil embossing,this new A5 notebook. Available in 5 colour ways with a hard back cover. Printed and bound in the UK on white paper with grey feint rule – 160 pages.

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Charfleet Book Bindery has also produced a stylish ‘London Postcode’ themed range, which features six titles – a celebration of iconic addresses within the capital. Contrasting front endpaper is printed with details of each area and contains a useful information section and full colour London Underground map at the back.

For more information go to: www.charfleetbookbindery.com.

New Mibo Stationery Range To Launch In April

Posted on 29th January, 2016

GMC MIBO Jungle Colouring

mibo jungle colouring set – twist the tube to create a mis-match of animal heads and bodies. Inside you will discover two 1m jungle friezes to colour and 12 specially-designed mibo coloured pencils.

GMC Distribution is to launch a mibo stationery collection at the Stationery Show this April.  Innovative and beautifully designed it builds on the success of the mibo collections and their well loved and colourful characters developed by Madeleine Rogers, who founded the surface pattern and illustration studio.

In 2001 mibo launched their first collection of homewares. The boldly patterned lighting range was quickly taken by The Conran Shop, Habitat and Liberty. Further collections saw the inclusion of wallpaper and textiles.

In 2008 mibo launched make-­at-­home paper animal kits which were an instant success, with folk all around the world getting busy with scissors and glue; transforming the 2D templates into quite marvellous 3D decorations. Soon after that they released their cut­-and­-sew animal tea towels, which again proved to be incredibly popular.

MIBO Scrapbook - A totally innovative design which includes four pop-out animals to make, a blackboard and a white board to encourage a range of creative activities.

mibo scrapbook – a totally innovative design which includes four pop-out animals to make, a blackboard and a white board to encourage a range of creative activities.

 The creation of these animal characters lead to the start of a collaboration with super­cool French eco­-brand Coq en Pâte. The resulting co-­branded range of organic cotton clothes and accessories for children are now stocked in 50 countries. Collaboration with GMC Publications followed and a very successful range of books was launched.

April will see the launch of the new mibo stationery range.  It is educational, fun and responsibly sourced.  The range includes a scrapbook, jungle colouring set, invitations, thank you cards, notebooks, a height chart and six mibo book and paper animal sets.

GMC and the new mibo stationery collection will be on stand M428.

Orenz – another first from Pentel

Posted on 21st January, 2016

Pentel has launched a brand new mechanical pencil called ‘Orenz’.

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Unique in the market place the Orenz features a one-click anti-breaking system designed to maximise lead protection.  The range also includes the very first 0.2mm fine lead automatic pencil, ideal for plans, drawings and intricate detail.

Designed and developed by Pentel Co. Ltd in Japan, where it is already on sale to huge acclaim, Orenz is set to revolutionise writing and drawing with a mechanical pencil.

Pentel marketing manager, Wendy Vickery, says, “The main difference between using the new Orenz and other existing mechanical pencils is that when writing with Orenz none of the refill lead protrudes below the metal sleeve.  Once the lead has been prepared there’s no need to advance it below the sleeve again.  But, contrary to expectation, the sleeve doesn’t scratch the surface of the paper because it is rounded, to facilitate smooth writing or drawing.”

She adds, “We call it ‘Orenz One-Click’, because it’s only necessary to click the end button once to advance both the sleeve and the lead or to load a new refill lead when the existing lead has been used.  Users know when it’s time for a new lead because the metal sleeve slides back as the old lead is used up, eventually requiring replenishment”.

According to Pentel the new Orenz range will have wide appeal to architects, designers, artists and illustrators, plus college students, accountants and general office workers.

XBL1073-ACVThe 0.2mm size is a first and will be especially suitable for planners and designers, thanks to the combination of its incredibly fine diameter and the unique Orenz lead protection system.  Other sizes in the range are 0.3mm, 0.5mm and 0.7mm.  Each Orenz pencil is supplied with an integral eraser and leads and the 0.2mm size also has a clearing pin.

Recommended retail price for each pencil is £11.50 including VAT and Orenz will be supplied on blister cards with full instructions for use.

Wendy Vickery comments, “Because Orenz is a unique product and we want to make sure that consumers enjoy the best possible experience of writing and drawing with this brilliant new pencil our head office in Japan created a dedicated micro site with clear instructions for use.  There’s also an entertaining movie clip showing a break-dancing guy performing a head spin while drawing a circle with an Orenz pencil.  Needless to say, he doesn’t manage to break the lead!”

The micro site can be explored at http://www.pentel-orenz.com/

Pentel will be exhibiting at the London Stationery Show on stand M507.

 

BIC to sponsor National Stationery Week

Posted on 11th January, 2016

Another of the world’s leading stationery brands, BIC, has become a sponsor of National Stationery Week for 2016 along with Sheaffer, Maped Helix, Nu Notebooks and Staedtler.BIC logo

Now in its fifth year, National Stationery Week celebrates the written word and all things stationery, and is organised by the London Stationery Show. Last year’s campaign generated millions of pounds worth of media coverage and retail sales, and reached over 20 million consumers in the UK with the message that writing by hand matters and has a vital part to play in personal communications in an increasingly digital world.

NSW 2013 with date and website and partners (no website)The theme for 2016 is “Writing matters”.

Jonathan Skyrme, general manager at BIC UK and Ireland, said: “We’re thrilled to be a sponsor for National Stationery Week 2016, particularly as this year’s theme sits so well with our mission to also get Britain writing. Last year saw the launch of our #JustWrite campaign to promote the benefits of handwriting and making it accessible to the nation, which was marked by a series of activities across the UK. We have even bigger plans in place for #JustWrite Day this year and are delighted to announce our partnership with National Stationery Week.”

Chris Leonard- Morgan, founder of NSW said he was delighted to announce BIC as a new sponsor right at the beginning of the new year.  “To have BIC as a new sponsor of the campaign right at the beginning of 2016 is very exciting as they believe passionately like us in the importance of everyone, from an early age, being able to write. Each year we embark on a new journey with National Stationery Week and for 2016 we are focusing on why writing matters”.

Last year’s campaign saw a record number of high street and online retailers seize the opportunity to increase footfall and sales with special promotions and activity.

To get involved and become a participating retailer in 2016, contact Katharine Buchan on 01902 587001 or via katharine@smallmanmedia.com.

National Stationery Week goes global

National Stationery Week has captured the imagination of stationery users and lovers not just in the UK, but the world over.

As a result, Wednesday 29 April  – the second day of the London Stationery Show and day three of National Stationery Week – was last year designated World Stationery Day for the first time. This year it is on Wednesday 27 April.

The message is the same, wherever you are in the world – writing matters.

For more information about National Stationery Week and World Stationery Day, go to www.nationalstationeryweek.com and www.worldstationeryday.com

 

Make Your Mark in the Year of the Monkey

Posted on 7th January, 2016

AT Cross_centre_logoCross has revealed a new, elegant addition to its Zodiac Series with its ‘Year of the Monkey’ Collection.

Fifth in the Cross Zodiac Series, the Year of the Monkey Collection represents creativity, energy and intelligence; all characteristics of people born in a ‘monkey year’.  Each delicately handcrafted writing instrument features a monkey design deeply etched into a choice of luxe platinum-plate, or a shimmering Tibetan Teal finish inspired by the beautiful blue-faced Golden Snub-Nosed Monkeys of Central America. The luxury writing instruments also have a sculpted, tapered shape enriched with deep-cut engravings and 23K gold-plated overlays.

CROSS YOTM Teal Fountain

CROSS YOTM Teal RB

The collection is available in three technologies: ball point (RRP £210), rolling ball (RRP £260) and impressive fountain pen with a solid 18ct gold nib, all decorated with a unique monkey design (RRP £310).

CROSS YOTM Platinum Fountain

CROSS YOTM Platinum RB
Cross has been designing pens for over 160 years and, as with all Cross writing instruments, the Cross Year of the Monkey Collection comes with a lifetime mechanical guarantee. Each writing instrument is presented in a stunning, luxury gift box, with a removable presentation stand.

Other Chinese ‘Monkey Years’ include 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 and 2028.  According to the Chinese Zodiac, people born in the Year of the Monkey are witty, strong-willed and adventurous, with a great thirst for knowledge.  This includes such celebrities as Cara Delevingne, Christina Aguilera, Jake Gyllenhaal, Daniel Craig and Will Smith.

AT Cross will be exhibiting on stand M730 at this year’s London Stationery Show.

For more information: www.cross.com.

 

 

 

 

New ‘How to’ range of notebooks for teens

Posted on 5th January, 2016

Two Little Boys is launching eight entirely new A6 notebooks this Spring.  Aimed at the ever elusive teenage market, they have taken their favourite titles from their licensable library of ‘How to…2littleboys1 for the inept’ images and created some little notebooks.

Taking on a range of 21st century dilemmas facing every man (as well as most women), titles include “How to Survive the Weekend’, ‘How to have a Bad Day’, ‘How to be Annoying’ as well as the ubiquitous ‘How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse’.

Keenly priced for a bit of fun to share and collect, whether as a self purchase at the till or just a silly gift.See them for yourself at the London Stationery Show on Stand M639.

For further information: www.2littleboys.co.uk

 

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Stationery market not standing still

Posted on 23rd December, 2015

NPAs the year end approaches, London Stationery Show founder Chris Leonard-Morgan considers the prospects for stationery and some of the developments in 2015.

“The UK stationery market is especially vibrant at the moment as writing and paper products continue to make the transition from a basic staple to lifestyle products (and very useful ones too), and is attracting attention from across the world.

“This year may have seen the demise of Blott and Websters Pen Shops but it has seen several Australian retailers strengthen their claim on the UK high street.  Smiggle has opened over 40 stores in the past two years and is aiming for many more over the next few years; Swedish inspired Kikki.K attracted large crowds when it opened its first two London stores in November at the start of a European-wide launch and most recently Australian stationery chain Typo, prompted by strong traffic on its global websites from UK consumers, has announced the formation of a dedicated UK online store, with a distribution centre and high street shops to follow in 2016.

“The UK is considered to be a very sophisticated retail environment and not a territory to be entered into without considerable research and preparation beforehand.  However, the ever-increasing availability of stationery product online removes much of the guesswork, as retailers can gather a clear picture of what UK consumers are looking for long before they commit to physical stores.

“It is an indication of the strength of the market that brick-and-mortar stores are so high on their agenda, and being rolled out so quickly.

kikkiK“It helps, of course, that stationery is such a universally loved product – who doesn’t like it?! It is ideally suited to impulse and online purchase and dispatch, and merchandised well offers a perfect combination of fashionable, design-led, colourful practicality!  It’s the sort of adaptable retail offer that works well across the full gamut of sales channels – from garden centres and gift shops, to visitor attractions and department stores, to book sellers and stationery boutiques. Paperchase has led the charge for a long time and WHSmith is at last revitalising its offer while Oliver Bonas, Waterstones, Foyles, Scribbler and Hema among others are all expanding theirs.

“Retail stationery’s range of offer – from everyday to truly luxurious – and its ever closer connections to the worlds of fashion and licensing, mean that stationery is a hard-working, always changing, fun sector to be part of.  The overseas retail interest in the UK industry is being matched by the interest from overseas suppliers wanting to be part of the London Stationery Show in order to sell and find distribution in the UK, and visitors this year came from 36 countries.

“In a world of digital communication, the hand-written note is now even more firmly established as a truly personal, valued gesture. Perhaps this is why a recent GfK report on Black Friday sales showed that many shoppers ‘added stationery products to their online baskets, with writing instruments seeing a growth of +109% online Year-on-Year’.

“Stationery today is hot, and writing is cool! 2016 promises to be an exciting year with lots of NPD and the best London Stationery Show yet, and National Stationery Week rolling out the ‘Writing matters’ campaign worldwide through World Stationery Day.”

Fabulous new Fabriano diaries – get organised for 2016!

Posted on 16th December, 2015

Nuco International has launched a new range of Eco Qua Fabriano Diaries – perfect timing to get organised for the New Year!Nuco Int Fabriano Diaries

Made in Italy of the finest quality, 100% natural materials for a deluxe finish, the Fabriano A5 Diary features a stylish, durable Italian Eco Qua cover in five fantastic colours. Each book includes ivory tinted paper and is neatly case bound. Each diary also features silver foil lettering on the front cover and a contrasting ribbon page marker along with an elastic closure.

The inner contents of the diary include a spacious daily column segmented into time periods to allocate your individual hours of the day, the whole day, or the entire week. Furthermore a back pocket is included inside the rear cover to contain all loose documents. Other features include a section for making notes, a section indicating recognised international holidays, a global time zone map, a 2016 and 2017 overview and also a global monthly average temperature page.

Click here for more information.

 

First UK showing for ‘Reflexa’ from Italian company Kore S.p.A.

Posted on 25th November, 2015

Following the successful launch of the colourful ‘Reflexa’ range of diaries, notebooks and accessories range in 2015, Kore S.p.A  will be taking part in the London Stationery Show next April – the Kore Italy 2company’s first appearance in the UK.

Visitors to the show will get the chance to see the full Reflexa range for themselves – it is available in a positive rainbow of colours and offers rounded spines, soft covers and elegant rounded lines covering notebooks, diaries, credit card holders, wallets and much more.

Manufactured entirely in Italy, of 100% handmade raw materials, the range has obtained full FSC certification and been patented to protect its unique style and manufacture.

No more squared spines, rigid covers or sharp corners:

  • rigidity becomes flexibility
  • hardness becomes softness
  • corners become curves

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For more information and details on availability go to: www.reflexacollection.com

Maped Helix offers up a colourful Christmas

Posted on 23rd November, 2015

Maped Helix Jungle-OpeningMaped Helix has created ‘a veritable feast of stocking fillers’ for this Christmas. 

The stationery giant’s innovative range of crayons, pens, felts and gadgets should bring smiles to the faces of numerous children on Christmas Day.  The ranges are colourful and creative and lead with its Color’Peps Range award-winning Jungle Innovation felt tip pens which is expected to be a particularly popular product over the festive period. (See photo, right)

Available in a rainbow of bright colours, Color’Peps Smoothy crayons offer a unique creative experience with their smooth texture allowing the crayon to glide across paper means they’re great for little ones learning to draw, but they’re not just for youngsters, the gel based watercolour crayons can also be blended and smudged to create beautiful artwork.

A clever triangular shape to improve grip and a handy plastic coating to keep hands clean makes the Color’Peps Plasticlean crayons another popular choice.  Boasting two different sized ends, Plasticlean crayons are perfect for both drawing in detail and colouring in.

The Color’Peps range also includes Aqua Color’Peps – featuring soft and resistant watercolour lead, the Brush felt tip pens that are ideal for illustration and calligraphy, as well as Duo felt pens and pencils for a double dose of colour.

Maped’s Kidy’Board – the first transparent board created as an educational tool, which has proved a huge hit with youngsters, parents and teachers alike. Its flexible design means that it is unbreakable and the ingenious material used for the board means that all scribbles can be wiped away without a trace time and time again. Created in collaboration with teachers, the unique Kidy’Board is made with the educational needs of children in mind and comes with downloadable activity sheets that are secured behind the transparent screen to aid writing.

Maped has also embraced the adult colouring market and its Maped’s Graph Peps fineliner pens are the perfect tool to create artwork with precision. For those who prefer to use pencils, Maped’s Color’Peps quality pencils – complete in a shock resistant compact metal tin for easy storage – are a ‘perfect present’ sell.

017610_pa_cb_pinkMeanwhile Maped’s innovative Bunny Innovation pencil sharpener, which has become a firm favourite amongst children, is available in three bright colours and a great stocking filler or impulse pick up to put near the till.  Look out too for its limited edition Zenoa Collector eraser; a fun and quirky eraser with its own protective rotary case for a fully protected eraser and featuring a range of  funny faces, and Maped’s Girly twin-tip ballpoint pen – containing four ink colours – is a funky compact writing tool that is perfect for every girl’s pencil case.

Writing or typing: How do children learn the alphabet better?

Posted on 20th November, 2015

Staedtler logoA preliminary study, which is part of a comprehensive, scientific study from ZNL, the Transfer Center for Neurosciences and Learning, has shown that learning the alphabet by hand writing leads to better writing and reading abilities than typing on a computer keyboard.

The full study, supported by STAEDTLER, examines the influence of writing mediums on cognitive performance and neuronal activity patterns.  The research team has recently presented their study proposal and the findings of their preliminary study.

Digital instead of analog: even when learning to write, children are not instantly reaching for pen and paper anymore, but are typing letters into digital devices. Laptops and tablets are moving into more and more primary schools in more and more countries. But what consequences does this trend have? Do children even need to write by hand anymore to learn their ABCs? What effect does learning to write by typing on a computer have on a child’s brain development?

Preliminary study: better writing and reading abilities via writing by hand

The ZNL Transfer Center for Neurosciences and Learning Ulm (ZNL for short) and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ulm examined, for the first time in a large-scale study and with support of the writing utensil manufacturer STAEDTLER, how writing by hand and typing on a keyboard affect the reading and writing abilities of children. In this way, STAEDTLER is supporting the scientific examination of the discussion about the development of hand writing. Prof. Dr. Markus Kiefer from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ulm reported the preliminary results of a study at a press conference held recently in the Schulmuseum [Musuem of Education] of the Industriekultur Museum [Museum of Industrial Heritage] in Nuremburg. It was shown that learning the ABCs by hand writing leads to better writing and reading abilities than typing on a computer keyboard. “This new large-scale study should provide social and political decision-makers with trusted findings in regards to this subject” said Kiefer.

Measuring brain activity

The new study will be carried out over three years. The children’s electical brain activity is measured before and after learning the ABCs in order to determine the influence of the writing medium on the brain’s development. “In order to get valid results, a sufficient number of children must be examined under real conditions. It is not enough if we let a few of the children examined learn shapes similar to letters while in a laboratory setting”, says study leader Dr. Katrin Hille from the ZNL Transfer Center for Neurosciences and Learning. The first meaningful results of the study are expected after about 25 months.

“Digitalization has already arrived in schools and children’s rooms. As a manufacturer of writing instruments, it is naturally very interesting to us how writing with an writing instrument compared to typing with a device affects the writing and reading abilities of children. Through the ZNL, we hope to achieve meaningful results that can provide a basis for future business decisions,” says Axel Marx, managing director of STAEDLER.

Manuscript and the University of Brighton join forces to run a creative handwriting competition

Posted on 19th November, 2015

Pen company Manuscript and the University of Brighton have teamed up to promote handwriting among budding writers – and there is still time to take part in their #creativehandwriting competition!

Two prizes will be awarded – Best Prose and Best Handwriting – so if you are a student or a budding writer (or both!) just write by hand a 500 word story with the theme ‘THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT…’

Then scan or take a picture of your efforts and send them to manuscript@calligraphy.co.uk by the 30th November 2015.Creativehandwriting2

Don’t forget to share it on social media with the hashtag #creativehandwriting and tag @uniofbrighton and @manuscriptpenco

The winners will be chosen by Manuscript Pen Company and the University of Brighton and will receive prizes to the value of £50 (in Manuscript’s products and vouchers for the course book for students of the creative writing course at the University of Brighton).

Do help to spread the word about this initiative… Promote #handwriting #writingmatters!

Why all this fuss about handwriting?

For a lot of reasons:

Handwriting and cursive make you smarter

Handwriting is the nearest most of us get to an artistic gesture

Watching a person write is basically therapy 

Don’t stop writing with pens on paper, keep handwriting alive!

This is another initiative promoted by Manuscript Pen Company under the framework of the BBC Get Creative Campaign.

To see the previous BBC get creative campaign click here

Top brands line up for 2016 show

Posted on 5th November, 2015

The London Stationery Show continues to attract the industry’s leading suppliers and new entrants to the market, and is on track for its fifth consecutive year of growth in 2016.

85% of last year’s space has already been sold and over 25 new names added for next year’s show including Pomegranate Europe, Pilot Pen, GMC, Daler Rowney, MUM’s Office, Toad Diaries, Van Moose and Perfectly Wrapped Presents.

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Returning exhibitors include Stone Marketing (MT, Faber-Castell, Nuuna , Tombow, Schneider), AT Cross/Sheaffer, Leuchtturm1917/Semikolon, Pentel, Museums & Galleries, Lamy, ExaClair, Mustard, Nuco, Staedtler, Lime Stationery & Art (Original Crown Mill, Troika, Bomo Art, Monteverde), Pyramid, Stabilo, Flame Tree Publishing, Jakar/Caran d’Ache, GBA Pen (Montegrappa, Fisher), Notable Designs, Kaweco, Sinclairs, Collins, Robert Frederick, Manuscript Pen, NPW/Moleskine, Maped Helix and Zebra Pen to name but a few.

Event director Chris Leonard-Morgan says: “With an ever increasing list of exhibitors and brands, the London Stationery Show makes it easy for STShow15_117retailers and buyers to source from the biggest range of stationery and writing products anywhere in the UK, all in one place.

“A number of exciting new overseas bookings to date include E4MA Design from Nigeria, Ballograf from Sweden, Ecozz from Czech Republic, Mishmash from Portugal, Nunuco Design from Finland, Pensan from Turkey and Shark Stationery from Pakistan.  It will be great to see the mix of styles and designs that these companies bring to the show.”

Now in its sixth year, the London Stationery Show is dedicated to all things stationery including writing products, wrap, gift and social stationery, calendars and diaries, notebooks, storage and much more besides.

It is the go-to show for a large and growing number of leading stationery buyers and suppliers attracted by its product focus, the friendly feel-good atmosphere and that there are so many stationery products and brands from around the world, all in one place.

The 2016 exhibition will once again stage the annual Stationery Awards and feature trend and business presentations on World Stationery Day, on Wednesday, 27 April.

STAEDTLER signs artist Johanna Basford as #myCreativeEscape ambassador

Posted on 29th October, 2015

Johanna Basford, the artist behind the worldwide bestselling adult colouring books, ´Secret Garden’ and ‘Enchanted Forest’, has been signed to represent STAEDTLER as an exclusive global Limited edition Joahnna Basford pack of Noris colour from STAEDTLERstationery brand partner. The partnership was announced as part of STAEDTLER’s new marketing campaign #myCreativeEscape.

The #myCreativeEscape campaign encompasses a trend for people to get-offline, find some personal space and to ‘create’. The campaign will incorporate access to a range of Johanna’s works and books, and will include product endorsements, testimonials, promotions and a lot of inspiration for her fans.

Johanna has long been a fan of STAEDTLER products, using them since art school. All of her books start with a mechanical pencil from STAEDTLER and are than finalized with STAEDTLER pigment liners, before her illustrations are digitalized and reproduced for her international fan community.

Johanna also recommends her illustrations are coloured with STAEDTLER pens and colouring pencils, as she and her fans put great emphasis on precision, as well as on rich colour and a wide colour range. Products such as the well known triplus range, ergosoft, Noris Club and Noris colour will be available as special editions in Johanna Basford designs, just in time for the global launch of her new book ´Lost Ocean´ at the end of October.

Adult colouring has turned into a huge international trend with Johanna Basford starring in the adult colouring scene. Johanna’s previous two adult colouring books, ‘Secret Garden’ and ‘Enchanted Forest’ both reached No. 1 in the New York Times bestseller list with over 8 million copies of Secret Garden and 2.5 million copies of Enchanted Forest sold worldwide in 40 foreign editions. Her latest book ‘Lost Ocean’ has just been launched worldwide.Limited edition Johanna Basford pack of triplus colour felt-tips from STAEDTLER

Limited edition Johanna Basford pack of triplus fineliners from STAEDTLERSTAEDTLER’s communications director, Erna Müller, is excited at the continued opportunity presented through the association with Johanna, her works, and this growing audience.

“Our brand association with Johanna Basford is perfectly aligned to target adults interested in art, fashion and lifestyle, who are parents or are working in demanding jobs, seeking stress relief. This is what we want to celebrate and encourage: For people to put the digital world and the stress of everyday life aside for a moment and take some personal time in the form of creative output. The #myCreativeEscape campaign is a great platform for adult audiences worldwide.”

For more information visit: www.staedtler.de

Nuco International creates a storm with Apple App success worldwide

Posted on 28th October, 2015

UK Stationery giant Nuco International are celebrating the worldwide success of their apple app, Nu Notes which allows people to capture, store and organise their written memoirs and doodles.

Within the first month of the App being launched the brand saw over 15,000 downloads; it reached #45 in the Apple rankings of top Utilities apps in the UK, and was downloaded in over 35 countries worldwide.

The supplier and creator of innovative and original paper-based stationery has recognised the importance of technology combined with the more traditional method of notebooks and developed the Nu Notes App.

Designed specifically for Nuco, the app allows customers to scan, save and share their handwritten notes within a ‘bookshelf’ of virtual notebooks with contemporary digital Nu notebook covers.

As well as storing important notes and scribbles, the app allows users to highlight sections or add images and share them via email, social media networks, iMessage and Dropbox.

Nuco International marketing manager, Louise Spencer-Stevens, said: “With Nu Notes you can access all your scanned notes in one place, allowing for easy access to your handwritten pages.

“Whether you have five minutes between lessons to recap on last week’s revision or you’re catching up on minutes from that all-important meeting over a morning coffee, this app will allow you to pick up from whenever, wherever you left off.

“The app has already attracted interest from thousands of fans within just hours of it going live, which we are delighted about and we have had over 50,000 advert views across all our social media and online platforms.”

Nuco International is a leading supplier and creator of paper-based stationery products with ranges spanning from essential notepads for everyday home, office and school use to gifts or luxury purchases.

The app can be downloaded from the apple store by searching for “Nu Notes” or click here!

For more information visit:  www.nuco-international.com

 

 

Two Little Boys to expand range of award-winning notebooks

Posted on 27th October, 2015

2Free_A5Two Little Boys are very excited to be expanding their Gift of the Year Highly Commended ‘Things’ range of notebooks, which includes bestsellers ‘Things to do when I can be arsed’ and ‘Things to think about doing when I get the time’.
Four new titles will include ‘Things to do that will make me happy’ in gorgeous sunshine yellow to brighten anyone’s day, and ‘Things to do now that I’m free!’ for anyone who feels they have a new lease of life!
Available in both A6 and A5 these titles will be ready to launch for Spring 2016 – and watch out for even more titles coming soon!
Available to view at www.2littleboys.co.uk.  Telephone 020 8400 3606
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CROSS launch Star Wars pens and journals

Posted on 23rd October, 2015

AT Cross C3P0 JotZoneFollowing the recent launch of a new logo and global rebranding campaign, CROSS has unveiled a new series of fine writing instruments and journals that capture the mythical and modern elements of the original Star Wars film trilogy.  With these one-of-a-kind, collectible writing instruments, CROSS is putting the force of fine writing, creativity and storytelling directly into the hands of Star Wars fans of all ages.

The series features some of the most iconic Star Wars characters, C-3PO, Darth Vader, and Stormtroopers. The Star Wars limited edition collection from the Townsend line is limited to 1977 units per character and features impeccable character details etched into the finish, enhancing its collectability and authenticity (RRP £295 – £375).  The Click Star Wars Gel Ink Pen Collection symbolizes the dynamic spirit of each character,  with the Star Wars journal collection from the Jot Zone line complementing the pens. All are designed to suit the fancy of fans across the Star Wars universe.

For more information go to www.cross.com

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New Permanent Anti-Fraud Pens from Pentel

Posted on 20th October, 2015

Pentel has addressed some of the issues relating to identity fraud with the launch of its new EnerGel Permanent pens.EnerGel Permanent Prop Shot 2

This new member of the highly popular EnerGel family shares the quick drying, non-smudging properties of its sister products, but with an important new attribute: it has permanent ink.

Wendy Vickery, Pentel’s marketing manager, says, “Identity fraud doesn’t only manifest itself in the theft of electronic data or printed details. Any important written information such as signatures, address details, witness statements or affidavits can fade after time, and not only when exposed to strong sunlight. Often without knowing, individuals can be vulnerable to the misuse of their documents, with costly results.

“New EnerGel Permanent, which is officially certified to be light-fast and water-resistant, adds a new level of protection for important documents and peace of mind for signatories. And because it has quick drying, smooth flowing EnerGel ink, like all our EnerGel products it reduces significantly any smudging on hands and paper for both right and left-handed writers.”

The new EnerGel Permanent is waterproof, light-fast and fade-resistant, making it perfect for signing cheques, contracts and other legal documents, with the surety of archival-quality ink. Fulfilling the criteria of DIN ISO 27668-2:2009, EnerGel Permanent ink is certified light-fast, non-erasable, resistant to ethanol, hydrochloric acid, bleach, ammonia and water.

With a retractable tip, sophisticated black barrel and comfortable, grooved finger grip in matt black, EnerGel Permanent is a sophisticated looking product, available in a choice of 0.5mm fine point or 0.7mm medium point. The 0.5mm tip features a gold coloured trim to the barrel, while the 0.7mm tip has silver-coloured accents. Each size is supplied in EnerGel Permanent 0.5mm blackEneGel Permanent 0.7mm blueblack, red or blue ink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EnerGel Permanent will be available in boxed dozens, counter displays or on blister cards.

Recommended retail price is £3.25 per pen including VAT and, in common with other products in the EnerGel range, both pens are made using recycled material.

2016 catalogues will carry EnerGel Permanent, and there will be plenty of activity to launch the range throughout the trade – including an appearance at the London Stationery Show next April!

Visit: www.pentel.co.uk

First sponsors announced for 2016 National Stationery Week

Posted on 2nd October, 2015

NSW 2013 with date and website and partners (no website)National Stationery Week is pleased to announce four leading brands as the first sponsors for 2016.

Sheaffer, Maped Helix, Nu Notebooks and, for the first time, Staedtler  are today revealed as sponsors of next year’s National Stationery Week which runs from Monday 25 April to Sunday 1 May.

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Now in its fifth year, National Stationery Week is a celebration of the written word and all things stationery, and is organised by the London Stationery Show. This year’s event generated millions of pounds worth of media coverage and retail sales, and reached over 20 million consumers with the message that writing by hand is important and has a vital part to play in personal communications in an increasingly digital world.

The theme for 2016 will be “Writing matters”.

Chris Leonard- Morgan, founder of NSW said he was delighted to see sponsors committing early to the 2016 campaign. “To have buy in already from three previous sponsors from the 2015 campaign as well as a new one is hugely encouraging and gets the campaign off to a great start. Each year we embark on a new journey with National Stationery Week and for 2016 we will be focusing on why writing matters”Taxi

Companies interested in becoming a sponsor of National Stationery Week should contact Chris on clm@firstevents.com

This year’s campaign saw a record number of high street and online retailers seize the opportunity to increase footfall and sales with special promotions and activity.

For more information about how to get involved and become a participating retailer, contact rachel@smallmanmedia.com

National Stationery Week goes global

National Stationery Week has captured the imagination of stationery users and lovers not just in the UK, but the world over with many saying they wished they had such an event in their own country.

As a result, Wednesday 29 April 2015 – the second day of the London Stationery Show and Day 3  of National Stationery Week – was this year designated World Stationery Day for the first time. Next year it will be on Wednesday 27 April.

The message is the same, wherever you are in the world – writing matters.

For more information about National Stationery Week and World Stationery Day, go to www.nationalstationeryweek.com and www.worldstationeryday.com

Press contact Rachel at Rachel@smallmanmedia.com or katharine@smallmanmedia.com 01902 587001

London Stationery Show to sponsor National Calendar Awards

Posted on 1st October, 2015

Front Cover--2016The UK’s leading exhibition for all things stationery has become a sponsor of the National Calendar Awards.

Event director Chris Leonard-Morgan says: “The National Calendar Awards are long established, and offer a vital platform for showcasing new design and production methods within the corporate and personal use calendar markets.

“The Stationery Show wants to give its support to this important stationery sector, which is often an ‘early adopter’ in terms of how it embraces new production ideas and the use of licensed images and characters in design, for example, which then filter out into the wider stationery market.”

The exhibition is sponsoring a new ‘Diaries’ category in the ‘Desk and Personal Use’ section of the annual awards, the winners of which will be announced on Wednesday, 27 January 2016 at an evening presentation at Stationers’ Hall in London.

“Dated products continue to perform remarkably strongly in the digital age and many of the Stationery Show’s exhibitors such as Collins, Flame Tree, Portico Designs, Castelli, Busy B, Museums & Galleries, Pyramid, Thames and Hudson, Moleskine, Tallon and Toad Diaries are eligible to enter for these awards. We will be encouraging them to do so – the closing date for entries is 1 December,” added Chris.

Calendar 1 Peter Pauper Press diary“Entering products for awards is a fantastic way to put them in front of a very influential group of people in the industry, something we also promote with the Stationery Awards.”

The London Stationery Show, now in its sixth year, is the go-to show for a large and growing number of stationery buyers and suppliers attracted by its product focus, the friendly feel-good atmosphere and that they can see so many stationery products and brands from around the world, all in one place.

For more information and National Calendar Awards entry form, contact patriciabt@blueyonder.co.uk

 

 

Pilot Pen launch creative writing Anti-Bullying Competition

Posted on 30th September, 2015

Pilot Simply WriteBullying UK and Pilot Pen’s FriXion erasable pen have launch a #writeitout anti-bullying creative writing competition to help parents, pupils and teachers tackle bullying throughout the UK.

The competition wants schools, families and adult carers to encourage pupils and children in their care to step away from their laptop or hand-held device and explore through pen and paper how we can erase bullying.

Entries are welcome in a variety of forms and schools and individuals can:

  1. Write a Letter to their Younger Self
  2. To an Imaginary Bully
  3. To an imaginary Bullied Person
  4. Write about how they will tackle bullying if they see it happening
  5. Write a positive poem about tackling bullying

The winning school/youth organisation, and individual will receive a prize of a Pilot Pen UK educational pack containing FriXion erasable pens and colouring pens and a range of rollerball pens, fountain pens and whiteboard markers).

 

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All competition entrants can enter via email to competitions@familylives.org.uk or by post to: #writeitout Competition, BullyingUK, Endway House, Endway, Hadleigh, Essex, SS72AN

For more information on tackling bullying, visit www.bullying.co.uk 

#writeitout is part of BullyingUK’s wear blue campaign which is asking schools, organisations and individuals to wear blue on 20th November 2015 and donate to Bullying UK.

Children, Parents or Schools concerned about bullying can call Family Lives’ free helpline, Parentline, on 0808 800 2222, visit www.bullying.co.uk.

 

Luxury brand Sheaffer® inspires London Fashion Week collection

Posted on 18th September, 2015

Top fashion label palmer//harding is preparing to wow the crowds at London Fashion Week with its latest exquisite collection Sheafferinspired by luxury writing brand Sheaffer®.

The brands have collaborated for the fourth time with the result being a fashion collection that captures the sophistication, elegance and timeless beauty that both brands are renowned for.

The SS16 collection will be showcased as part of London Fashion Week, which runs from September 18-22. Sheaffer® pens have been used at every step of the way to help the top designers create the collection – from jotting down ideas, to producing designs and then as accessories on the finished garments themselves which will be modelled on the catwalk.

Palmer//harding are inundated with offers of collaborations, but it is 102-year-old writing brand Sheaffer® that captures the heart of their concept to create timelessly beautiful designs.

Levi Palmer, who created the designer label with Matthew Harding, says: “We love having a second outlet for creativity and we have found a perfect partnership with Sheaffer®.

“It is such a joy to work with Sheaffer®. It really is a perfect partnership because of the parallel of quality and innovation between our two brands. We are delighted to have collaborated with Sheaffer® again for London Fashion Week.

“We use the pens everywhere we go, just to jot down ideas, make doodles that often become real garments and make notes. It is such a great vehicle for communicating our ideas and concepts.”

With palmer//harding renowned for creating ‘quietly beautiful’ shirts with striking design features, the label runs parallel with Sheaffer®’s own dedication to crafting stylish products that stand the test of time.

The latest Sheaffer®-inspired palmer//harding collection will be presented on Saturday September 19 from 3.30pm to 5.30pm at The Mary Ward House, Tavistock Place, London.

Sheaffer logoNicola Shepherd, marketing director for Sheaffer said, “The Sheaffer® brand has been synonymous with innovation and craftsmanship since 1913, offering fine instruments that have captured the imagination and emotions of consumers all over the world.

“We are delighted that Sheaffer® has once again provided the inspiration for palmer//harding’s collection of beautiful designs for London Fashion Week and can’t wait to see them being showcased on the catwalk.”

The palmer//harding design label was launched in September 2011 with a focus on bringing directional design to the shirt. Since its launch, Central Saint Martins-trained duo Levi and Matthew have seen their collections grace the pages of many international publications, including Marie Claire, Vogue US and Elle, with their creations described as ‘the world’s most perfect shirts’.

Levi said: “The collection SS16 palmer//harding collection is inspired by contemporary artist Nathan Peter and the way in which he dissects and distills the medium he works with to understand the characteristics behind each individual element.

“Working with Sheaffer has been a catalyst for how our brand has grown in the past few seasons. Their beautiful writing instruments make designing all the more enjoyable and the values of quality and style that Sheaffer represent parallel ours at palmer//harding perfectly.”

For more information go to www.sheaffer.com

Stationery Show joins the Giftware Association

Posted on 17th September, 2015

The London Stationery Show, now in its sixth year, has joined the Giftware Association.Giftware Association logo

Event director Chris Leonard-Morgan says: “As the London Stationery Show continues to grow and becomes more widely known and well attended, the importance of gift retailers to the stationery sector becomes more and more obvious.

“Confirmed exhibitors to date for 2016, who are also GA members, already include Busy B, DKL Marketing, Dodo Pad, Flame Tree Publishing, Luckies of London, Mum’s Office, NPW, Pyramid, Tallon, Trinity Xtras and Two Little Boys.

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“Stationery suppliers and designers know that fun and fashionable, design-led stationery makes a great gift and opens up the possibility of their products making it into more gift retailers’ product mix.

“It’s important for the show to be part of the gift community so that we and our exhibitors can better understand the latest retail gift and supply trends. Joining the Giftware Association is a great way to achieve all of this, and more!”

The show has sponsored the Greats Gift Retailer Awards since its launch.

The London Stationery Show also organises National Stationery Week, which offers retailers a fantastic opportunity to increase footfall and stationery sales. It encourages both adults and children to put pen to paper and write more often. Thank you cards and letters for gifts received are the perfect way to catch the habit!

The 2016 London Stationery Show will take place on 26-27 April at the Business Design Centre during National Stationery Week (25 April – 1 May).  World Stationery Day is on Wednesday, 27 April.

The exhibition is dedicated to all things stationery including writing products, wrap and gift stationery – from stunning pens to fabulous files and gorgeous notebooks to fun desk accessories and storage – and much more besides.

“The London Stationery Show is the go-to show for a large and growing number of stationery buyers and suppliers who love its focus on stationery and writing products, the friendly feel-good atmosphere and that it is so easy to shop,” says Chris.

Retailers interested in getting involved in National Stationery Week in 2016 can find out more by going to www.nationalstationeryweek.com and emailing clm@firstevents.com

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For more information about the Giftware Association go to www.ga-uk.org

Official Guinness World Record for Noris coloured pencil

Posted on 6th August, 2015

StaedtlerStaedtler has broken the record for the longest coloured pencil in the world.  The record was made possible through the use of the unique WOPEX material and the innovative manufacturing process.

The new world record holder is 459.97 metres long and orange and black-striped.

Official Guinness World Record

More than 130 employees worked on the creation of the 459.97 metre-long coloured pencil.  The Noris coloured pencil was produced from three different resins of which, among other materials, wood is a substantial part.

The official certificateThe world record was verified, compliant with the rules, by an official employee from the Guinness World Records Company. “We are very pleased that we were able to beat the existing world record and we are very proud of our employees who have made this world record possible,” says Erna Müller, Head of Corporate Communications at STAEDTLER.  After its big day, the longest coloured pencil in the world was handed over to students of art, with the aim of it being used for a work of art for posterity, so preserving the record-breaking pencil for eternity.

Pencils made from WOPEX are not created like the traditional lead and coloured pencils by gluing wooden panels together in several steps. Pencils and coloured pencils made out of WOPEX come about from a single mould.

For more information go to www.staedtler.co.uk

Pilot Pen to exhibit at London Stationery Show for first time

Posted on 4th August, 2015

original_erasableThe Pilot Pen Company has announced that it will be exhibiting at the London Stationery Show next April for the first time, making an already long list of writing product exhibitors even more comprehensive.

Stuart Barker, UK Marketing Manager for the Pilot Pen Company explains the decision to exhibit:
“Pilot will be launching some very innovative new products in 2016 which we are certain the stationery and education trades will be very excited about.  These new products will offer a significant point-of-difference between us and our competitors in these channels, offering the end-user genuinely new and unique products.  Our 2016 new products are not just evolutions of current pens; we believe that these could create a new category as we did back in 2006 with the FriXion erasable pen”.

“As the main stationery trade event in the UK, the London Stationery Show is the ideal forum for us to show new products and innovations for 2016.  We are very excited about seeing all of our customers there next year and also getting more involved in National Stationery Week.”

For more information go to www.pilotpen.co.uk

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National Stationery Week a big hit with retailers and consumers

Posted on 15th July, 2015

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This year’s National Stationery Week, Get Britain Writing and Get Kids Writing campaign, organised by the London Stationery Show and sponsored by Dodo Pad, Kokuyo, Maped Helix, Nu:Notebooks, Sheaffer and Zebra Pen, achieved record levels of retailer and consumer engagement. It attracted millions of pounds worth of coverage, and had an OTS figure in excess of 60 million.

The event is now in its fifth year and saw major and independent retailers including  Paperchase, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Tesco and The Pen Shop getting involved in store, online and on social media with many running special promotions as the campaign has become a major sales opportunity for retailers.

NotebookRetailers came up with numerous ways to get involved with the week and boost footfall. John Lewis and Peter Jones gave goody bags to their first 250 customers in celebration of the first World Stationery Day, Paperchase had 10% off all purchases and others such as Fabriano Boutique in Covent Garden and The Country House Gift Company in Somerset ran poetry, drawing and writing competitions. Online retailer Euroffice arranged stationery collections for children at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Bureau Direct ran a £300 stationery hamper competition on World Stationery Day.

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IndependentA new initiative this year was to engage more with bloggers with many using the strapline “I’m a #NatStatWeek blogger” – comedian Sarah Millican and author Jill Mansell both confessed to their love of stationery on Twitter, and Chris Evans and guests talked stationery on his breakfast show on Radio 2, as did Steve Wright on his afternoon show.

Another major development on National Stationery Week was to partner with Cambridge University Press, underpinning the core values of the campaign, by promoting the importance of handwriting to children through a national handwriting competition. Over 7,000 entries were received from more than 100 schools. Elsewhere, hundreds of children from nine schools in Cumbria took the competition to the next level, as they set a new world record for the world’s longest letter at 4,800 metres long. This is currently being housed in the Lake District Visitor Centre and will be part of its Unesco 2016 bid.

YouGov research commissioned by National Stationery Week revealed that 92% of adults believe that writing by hand remains an important tool, and that 97% think it is important to teach handwriting to children in school, giving a new impetus to the campaign.

“National Stationery Week is driving the debate about the importance and relevance of writing by hand in a digital age, and championing stationery and writing products to the consumer” says organiser Chris Leonard-Morgan. “It’s where fashion meets function.”

Next year’s dates are 25 April – 1 May, with World Stationery Day on Wednesday 27 April. To become involved, email clm@firstevents.com  www.nationalstationeryweek.com

Record start to 2016 Stationery Show stand sales

Posted on 19th June, 2015

STShow15_35Exhibitor bookings for next year’s new-look London Stationery Show have got off to a record start, following this year’s successful event at the Business Design Centre in April.

70% of the space at this year’s exhibition has been sold in the first six weeks.

“The Stationery Show is set for a fifth consecutive year of growth” says organiser Chris Leonard-Morgan.

“It’s the go-to show for a large and growing number of buyers and suppliers who love the focus on stationery and writing products, the friendly feel-good atmosphere and that it is so easy to shop.  If you’re not here, you’re missing out!”

This year’s exhibition attracted the leading buyers from across the retail spectrum, from stationery and gift boutiques to multiples, department stores, supermarkets and online retailers.

“The exhibition was excellent – the location is fantastic, and I love that it’s all stationery in one place” said Katy Golden, category manager, Stationery & Gifts, WHSmith Direct

STShow15_39Other visitors included Achica, Aldi Foodstores, Amazon, Anthropologie, Asda, ASOS, B&M Retail, Bentalls, BIZ Stationery, British Library, British Museum, Bureau Direct, Camerons Department Stores, Cass Art, Cath Kidston, Clarks Stationers, Club Group, Colemans, Costco, Cowling & Wilcox, Cult Pens, Disney Corporation, English Heritage, Europens, Fenwick, Findel Education, Fortnum & Mason, Foyles, Freud Museum, Harrods, Historic Royal Palaces, Hobbycraft, Imperial College, Imperial War Museum, Jarrolds, JH Lorimer, John Lewis, John Smith & Son, Lidl UK, London Graphic Centre, London School of Economics Students’ Union, London Zoo, Monsoon Accessorize, Moonpig, National Gallery, National Theatre, Natural History Museum, Ocado, Open University Students Union, Oxford Campus Stores, Paperchase, Paperwaits t/a Osborne Stationers, Penfriend, Pilotfish, Post Office, Postmark, Pullingers, Quill London, Royal Academy of Arts, Royal National Theatre, Ryman, Sainsbury’s, Scholastic UK, Science Museum, Scribbler, Selfridges, Southbank Centre, Staples, Student Central, TK Maxx, Tesco, The Conran Shop, The Pen Shop, The Range, The Stationery & Gift Boutique, Tiger Pens, Trago Mills, University of Essex, University of Oxford, University of the Arts London, UOE, Urban Outfitters, VOW Retail, Waterstones, Websters, WHSmith, Wyevale Garden Centres.STShow15_372

Portico Designs exhibited for the first time this year and we were so impressed we have booked a stand double the size for 2016. The show is perfect for meeting new and existing customers, we had a constant stream of visitors to our stand over the two days” says managing director, Simon Harrison

The 2016 London Stationery Show will take place on 26-27 April at the Business Design Centre during National Stationery Week (25 April – 1 May).  World Stationery Day is on Wednesday, 27 April.

Caran d’Ache marks 100 years of creativity

Posted on 17th June, 2015

Caran d'Ache Geneve logo2015 marks 100 years of creativity based on a love of colour and the art of writing at Caran d’Ache.

To celebrate this milestone it has created an outstanding collection of five unique writing instruments – the Collection Privée, dedicated to art in general, the art of enamelling in particular, and the history of Geneva.

The five writing instruments in the collection are decorated with the emblems of Geneva’s cultural history.  They are all fountain pens in 18-carat solid New Caran d'Ache Collection  Privée (white)gold, each with an enamel miniature hand painted by artist and master enameller Andree Peaudecerf.  The tips and caps are in authentic black chinese lacquer.

“I am very pleased that I was able to create the enamelled pens for Caran d’Ache that gave me so much for almost 30 years and that I still love dearly!  It is thanks to the company that I started enamel again.  Caran d’Ache will always be ‘my company!'” said the artist who celebrates her 83rd birthday this year.

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Stationery Show Gets Buyers’ Vote

Posted on 1st May, 2015

Pic 3With vast numbers of the British public still undecided on how they will vote in next week’s General Election, buyers – and exhibitors – at the fifth London Stationery Show, which closed earlier this week (April 29), had no such qualms, with a positive thumbs up for the show given by all concerned.

This year’s show has earned enthusiastic comments and support from across the industry, with Pyramid International, Stone Marketing, Silvine, Edding, Kaweco, Root & Seed and Strawberry Design & Marketing among those exhibitors who have already rebooked for 2016.

The show’s fifth year marked the biggest so far, with exhibitor numbers rising from 116 to 134, which in turn attracted over 20% more visitors than last year, including even retailers from as far afield as New Zealand.

Fashion meets function at the only trade show dedicated to stationery and writing products which had over 250 brands and suppliers from around the world taking part.

“The exhibition looked fantastic and had a great atmosphere and sense of community – exhibitors put on a great show, and the amount of new product on offer was inspiring,” says show director Chris Leonard-Morgan.

The show’s annual Stationery Awards attracted the highest number of entries to date for a panel of top industry buyers to consider (WH Smith Direct, Foyles Bookshop, Bureau Direct, Paperchase and The Stationery & Gift Boutique), and the resulting new product display was a top draw at the show, giving visitors the opportunity to easily review the products and winners.  Three of the awards went to brands managed by Lime Stationery & Art, which was also presented with the overall Judges’ Award in recognition of the company’s innovative and accessible offer.

The London Stationery Show is the trade element of National Stationery Week, the UK-wide consumer campaign which runs from April 27 to May 3 and included World Stationery Day (April 29) for the first time this year.  The campaign encourages people to share what they like about stationery; their favourite products, brands and retailers, and encourages more people to write by hand and not just text or email.

“The widespread enthusiasm for National Stationery Week is helping to promote and grow the stationery and writing products market for everyone.  It NSW cupcakeswas great to see so many retailers who are running their own National Stationery Week campaigns also visiting the show,” says Chris.

Paperchase, which also made a well-received presentation at the show to mark World Stationery Day, is running a week long campaign instore and online, which encompasses half a million newsletter customers.  Marks & Spencer started the week with a tweet about the campaign to over 400,000 followers and another 2 million Facebook fans, and Tesco and B&M Stores, along with many independent gift and stationery stores, are also running special offers.  Even comedian Sarah Millican declared her love of #NatStatWeek to her 1.4 million twitter followers!

“The UK stationery market is fashion-led and fast moving, and the London Stationery Show has created a unique platform for the industry to meet and do business.  This year’s show has been an unqualified success and earned its place as the key event for the industry.

“Whether you buy or supply stationery, the London Stationery Show is now a ‘Must Attend’ event,” comments Chris. “If you’re not here, you’re missing out.”

Next year’s London Stationery Show will take place on Tuesday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 27 at the Business Design Centre in London. www.stationeryshow.co.uk

 

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Note:  National Stationery Week will run from Monday, April 25 to Sunday 1 May in 2016 with World Stationery Day taking place on Wednesday, April 27.

2015 Stationery Award Winners Announced

Posted on 29th April, 2015

A panel of five leading industry buyers reviewed over 250 new products at the London Stationery Show.  The results were announced at the end of the first day of show, at a drinks reception attended by exhibitors and buyers.

The winning and commended products were:

Category:  Filing & StorageLSS Stationery Award Winners 2015 a

Winner:  SemiKolon Filing Tabs – SemiKolon
Commended: Noteshel – Noteshel
Commended: Walls Storage Box – Robert Frederick


Category: Diaries, Calenders & Organisers

Winner: A6 Day to View Diary – GO Stationery
Commended: Academic/Mid-Year Diary – Busy B
Commended: The Mesh Stripe Diary – FLB Group


Category:  Notebooks & Journals

Winner:  The Happily Ever Bendy Notebook – Lime Stationery & Art
Commended:  Nuuna Glow In The Dark Notebook – Stone Marketing
Commended:  The Bright Ideas Journal – Abrams & Chronicle


Category: Licensed Stationery

Winner:  Woodland Trust Range – GO Stationery
Commended: The Kellogg’s A6 Notebook – Mad Stuff
Commended: The Kellogg’s A5 Journal – Mad Stuff


Category: Everyday Writing

Winner: Tombow Monograph Mechanical Pencil – Stone Marketing
Commended: The Stormy Grey Ink J Herbin – ExaClair
Commended:  Schneider Slider Touch with Stylus – Stone Marketing


Category:  Novelty

Winner: KOH I NOOR Magic Pencils – Lime Stationery & Art
Commended: The Clean Up Stationery Set – Legami
Commended: Enchanted Forest Colouring Book – Laurence King/Thames & Hudson


Category:  Writing Instruments over £25

Winner: Lamy Studio Wild Rubin – C Josef Lamy
Commended: The Brass Sports Pens – Kaweco Pens
Commended: The Brass Liliput Pen – Kaweco Pens


Category: Social Stationery

Winner: The Original Crown Mill Writing Set – Lime Stationery & Art
Commended: Lotta Jansdotter Notecards – Quadrille
Commended: Triple Notecard Pack – The Art File

And finally, the Judges’ Award this year was given to Lime Stationery & Art, not just because their product range drives sales, but also because for smaller independents they offer a range of innovative and different products they would otherwise never be able to access.

The panel of judges this year were Pamela Cartwright, stationery buyer at Paperchase, Joanne Barber, of the Stationery & Gift Boutique, Bedfordshire, Katy Golden, category manager for stationery & gifts, at WHSmith Direct, Jo Irons, buying director of Bureau Direct and Abel Dos Santos, gifts and stationery buyer at Foyles Bookshop.

Henri Davis, independent retail advisor, who chaired the panel for the fifth year running commented:

“This is definitely the most exciting year so far for the Stationery Awards!  We have seen a great cross-section of products and suppliers which makes the whole judging process very interesting for the judges.

“And yet again, the reaction of the judges to the products they see and their immediate determination to seek out suppliers after judging, proves that entering the Awards is an excellent way to get your product seen.”

The winner’s certificates were printed on sheepskin parchment from William Cowley, suppliers to the Royal Household and House of Commons, to commemorate the signing, on parchment, of the Magna Carta 800 years ago.

 

Goodie Bags and Offers Galore At #LSS15!

Posted on 27th April, 2015

Maped Helix Filled Goodie BagThe first 10 visitors to the Maped Helix stand M506 on each day of the Stationery Show will be presented with a goodie bag worth £40 – definitely worth making a beeline for!

In addition, visitors will also be able to take advantage of some other great promotions including Buy all of the National Stationery Week promotional items and receive 25% discount plus the new 2015 School Essentials FSDU for free. Promotional items include the award winning Jungle Innovation Felt Pens, the famous Oxford Maths Set and new 2015 products. The FSDU is an 1/8th pallet semi-permanent FSDU. Anyone who takes this offer has the opportunity to win a £75 John Lewis voucher too!  For more information visit the team on stand M506.

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To celebrate the fact that Ultratape shipped more than 24 million rolls of adhesive tape in the UK last year, Bruce Douglas is giving away two bottles of 12-year Old Glenlivet single malt Scottish whisky. Stationery Show visitors are invited to visit the stand to discuss the ‘role’ of tape in their business, leaving a business card for the opportunity to win one of the bottles.

The Bruce Douglas team will also be offering substantial introductory discounts on their Ultimate range of tape and a 3 for 2 deal on Ultrastick.04301966CRDUM

To find out more visit the team on stand M640.

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And there’s more!

Piano Stationery is offering 20% discount for any orders over £400 placed at the show – visit stand G219  

 

If its travel and business luggage items that you’re interested in Modrec International will giving 10% off its trade prices on all orders taken during the two days of the show – visit stand M312 – to see brands Gino Ferrari, Pierre Cardin, Cuties & Pals and Saddler…Paris Street Style

Abrams & Chronicle Books are offering an extra 5% discount or 90 day payment terms on any order placed at the show for 50 units or more. You’ll find them on stand M269.

..and there’ll be lots more besides!

If you haven’t already done so, register now by clicking here… and we’ll see you tomorrow and Wednesday!

 

 

Stationery Fever Set To Hit UK!

Posted on 24th April, 2015

Consumers the world over and especially in the UK love their stationery, and never more so than today with its new found fashion status and feel good qualities. AND it’s useful!

Quadrille Anorak Display Shot_redThey – and those who supply them – will be in their element next week, starting on Monday, April 27 with the first day of National Stationery Week, with the first ever World Stationery Day being celebrated on Wednesday, April 29.  On Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29 it’s the turn of the trade when retailers, suppliers and dealers come together at the stationery event of the year held at the Business Design Centre in London.

This year’s London Stationery Show is the biggest yet, with many of the biggest – and newest – brands in the industry offering the biggest choice of stationery and writing products at any UK exhibition.  It’s the show’s fourth consecutive year of growth with stand numbers increasing from 116 to 135 this year, and the products and brands of well over 200 different suppliers from around the world represented.

“The London Stationery Show is dedicated to stationery and writing products and attracts not just mainstream stationery buyers, but also those for whom stationery adds a colourful, eye-catching pick up line such as visitor attractions and bookshops, and those where a display of high-end writing instruments and gift stationery will complement their main offer, such as retail jewellers, boutique/lifestyle stores and gift shops.

“We’re seeing growth in writing products, notebooks, licensed stationery and social stationery in particular. There appears to be no diminishing of appetite for the use of handwritten notes, despite the continuing use of digital technology,” comments show direct Chris Leonard-Morgan.

Shachihata STIX show catalogue previewA recent YouGov poll* carried out on behalf of National Stationery Week shows that handwriting remains as important as ever, with the overwhelming majority of people surveyed saying they believed it was an important tool and that it is vital children are taught handwriting at school.

“Perhaps it is because we can make the choice between sending a text, email or a handwritten note that our selection of stationery and a pen has become more pertinent.  Your pen, handwriting and what you write on is all very personal,” comments Chris.

This year’s show includes two presentations to mark the first World Stationery Day; one from the UK’s leading stationer Paperchase and the second from trend forecasting agency Scarlet Opus.

“It will be fascinating to learn what these presentations add to our understanding of why the stationery market is holding up so well!” says Chris.

The London Stationery Show opens for business at 9.30am on Tuesday, April 28.  Pre-register for the show by clicking here!

*YouGov poll – for more info see here

The write show for writing products

Posted on 24th April, 2015

GBA Pen tectd-o_Orange_open&closedPens (and pencils) are poised for next week’s signature event for writing products, with everything from the everyday to fine Lime Stationery High res advert tool penwriting on show.

It will be pen heaven for visitors because they can see and try more writing products at the Stationery Show than at any other UK exhibition…. over 70 brands from around the world at the last count.

The pen you use says a lot about you and with its new found fashion status, this is creating exciting new sales opportunities for retailers.

The long list of writing product suppliers and brands at the Stationery Show includes AT Cross, Campo Marzio, Caran d’Ache, Faber-Castell, GBA Pen, Karl Meisenbach, Kaweco, Lamy, Luxor, Manuscript Pen, Montegrappa, PaperMate, Parker, Piano Pens, Schneider, Semikolon, Sheaffer, Stabilo, Stone Marketing, Tombow, uni-ball, Visconti, Waterman, Write Size and Zebra Pen.

 

The London Stationery Show is part of National Stationery Week (27 April – 3 May) Jakar Caran d'Ache 1www.nationalstationeryweek.com

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Tuesday :            9.30am – 5pm
Wednesday:      9.30am – 4pm

Keynote presentations promise insights to future at Stationery Show

Posted on 22nd April, 2015

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Two presentations being held next Wednesday to mark World Stationery Day at the London Stationery Show will provide valuable insights to the future of stationery for visitors.

David-Bateman-Paperchase-web-300x296David Bateman, chief financial and operating officer and Pamela Cartwright, stationery buyer of leading design-led stationery retailer Paperchase will talk at 10am about the future for stationery in a digital age, the trends Paperchase is seeing within the market and how stationery and writing products continue to flourish and co-exist successfully alongside smart and digital technology.Sharlet Opus pic

At midday, Phil Pond of trend forecasting agency Scarlet Opus will identify the trends for Spring/Summer 2016 and explain how trend forecasters work, identify future design trends and can translate this information into practical ideas for shop merchandising and creating an outstanding consumer shopping experience.

Tickets for the presentations are free but limited, with places being available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

To register for the London Stationery Show, go to www.stationeryshow.co.uk

The London Stationery Show and World Stationery Day are part of National Stationery Week (27 April – 3 May) www.nationalstationeryweek.com

All set for a notable event

Posted on 22nd April, 2015

Stewart Superior imageBusy B Book Journal - PackshotA record number of notebook and note card suppliers are exhibiting at next week’s Stationery Show.

A stylish notebook is one of today’s must have fashion accessories, creating a great sales opportunity for retailers, and visitors will be spoiled for choice with the biggest selection of notebooks from around the world at any UK exhibition, on over 60 of the 135 stands.

The list of notebook suppliers and brands reads like a who’s who of the category and includes Abrams & Chronicle, Campo Marzio, Castelli, Ciak, Collins, Daycraft, Dodo Pad, ExaClair, Fabriano, Filofax, Flame Tree Publishing, Letts, Legami, Leuchtturm1917, Museums & Galleries, Moleskine, Nuco, Nuuna, Paperblanks, Penfold, Pukka Pads, Quadrille, Santoro, Sinclairs and Stewart Superior/Root & Seed among others.

Nearly all exhibitors are showing new products.

DKL sketch-and-sniff-lemonlimeThe exhibition is open from 9.30am – 5pm on Tuesday and 9.30 – 4.00pm on Wednesday.Flame Tree 1

The nearest underground station is Angel on the Northern Line, one stop from King’s Cross Station.

2015 Stationery Awards Attract Top Industry Judges

Posted on 21st April, 2015

With well over 200 entries to this year’s Stationery Show Awards, the judging panel are going to have to work hard to review all the products put forward by exhibitors.

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“Exhibitors should be encouraged by the quality of our Stationery Award judges,” said show director Chris Leonard-Morgan.

“We have Pamela Cartwright, stationery buyer at Paperchase, Joanne Barber, of the Stationery & Gift Boutique, Bedfordshire, Katy Golden, category manager for stationery & gifts, at WHSmith Direct, Abel Dos Santos, gifts and stationery buyer at Foyles Bookshop and Jo Irons, buying director of Bureau Direct confirmed. They, along with independent retail advisor Henri Davis who will chair the judging panel, will review all this year’s Stationery Award entries – so it’s a great opportunity for our exhibitors to ensure their new products get in front of some very influential buyers.”

This year the show has added two categories; Novelty (Up to £10 RRP)) and Licensed Stationery, to reflect the burgeoning number of exhibitors with product in these areas, and amended its Fine Writing Instruments category to ‘Writing Products Over £25’.  The other categories are Everyday Writing Products, Diaries, Organisers and Calendars, Filing and Storage, Notebooks and Journals and Social (paper, envelopes, notecards, invitations).  In addition, the judges usually award their own overall winner for the year.

The entries will be judged on the first day of the London Stationery Show, Tuesday April 28, and the winners announced at the end of that day.

“The Stationery Awards highlight the year’s standout products and they also bring together the show’s new products into one key display – centre stage at the front of the hall.

“All our visitors entering the show can see what’s new in the show, easily review trends and, on the second day, see if they agree with our judges!” says Chris.

The London Stationery Show, which runs at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, on April 28 and 29, has well over 200 stationery brands and suppliers from around the world taking part this year, and is the only UK trade show dedicated to stationery and writing products.

“It’s a great show to visit, not just for our mainstream stationery buyers, but also those for whom stationery adds a colourful, eye-catching pick up line such as visitor attractions and bookshops, and those where a display of high-end writing instruments and gift stationery will complement their main offer, such as retail jewellers, boutique/lifestyle stores and gift shops.

Show essentials for visitors:

Venue:  Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH

Show opening times:

9.30am – 5pm on Tuesday, April 28
9.30am – 4pm on Wednesday, April 29

To register to attend the London Stationery Show and browse the exhibitor list go to www.stationeryshow.co.uk.

Any visitor wishing to join either of the show’s Wednesday presentations; 10am – ‘Stationery In A Digital Age’, keynote speaker David Bateman of Paperchase, or 12noon – a presentation from Phil Pond of trend forecasting agency Scarlet Opus to mark the launch of World Stationery Day, should contact hazel@firstevents.com or call 020 8462 0721.

Licensed to sell

Posted on 20th April, 2015

Pyramid Star Wars pencil caseLicensing is set to be the next big thing in stationery, judging by the increase in the number of licensed products which will be in evidence at next week’s London Stationery Show.

Stationery is enjoying a new lease of life thanks to its new found fashion status and the arrival on the scene of designer names such as Cath Kidston, Ted Baker, and Orla Kiely, and now licensed products are set to take it to the next level.

Visitors to next week’s stationery event of the year will see among others the launch of ranges for Kellogg’s Vintage and Tony the Tiger (Mad Stuff), 9781423637462Roald Dahl (Portico Designs) and Disney Frozen (Pyramid International and DKL Marketing).  Other licenses on show include Star Wars, Jungle Book, V&A, Minions, Despicable Me, Superman, London Underground, Woodland Trust, Anorak, Vintage Ladybird and Laura Ashley.

Other exhibitors with licensed products include BrownTrout Publishing, ExaClair, Genie/Dieter Gerth, GO Stationery, Otter House, PCC/M&G Stationery, Presco, Publishers Group, Quadrille, Robert Frederick, Sambro, Santoro, Sinclairs, SLG, Strawberry Design & Marketing, West Design and Wild & Wolf.

The London Stationery Show is part of National Stationery Week (27 April – 3 May) www.nationalstationeryweek.com

STRONG RETAILER SUPPORT FOR STATIONERY SHOW

Posted on 20th April, 2015

With a week to go until the fifth London Stationery Show opens for business, keen interest in the show is already manifesting itself in strong pre-registration visitor numbers.

“We are delighted with the show’s pre-registration data so far,” comments show director Chris Leonard-Morgan.LSShow14D2_155

“Numbers are up on the same period last year, and we’re particularly pleased by the electic mix and range of companies and types of retailers who are indicating they will take the time to visit – they reflect perfectly the broad appeal of stationery as a category, whether as a mainstream or complementary offer.”

Visitor names to date include representatives from UK’s leading stationers such as Paperchase, Scribbler, Ryman and WH Smith; department store buyers from John Lewis, Jarrolds, Harrods, The Range, Bentalls; leading lifestyle retailers such as Anthropologie; book stores including Waterstones, Books etc; supermarkets such as Tesco, Ocado, Aldi and Lidl; visitor attractions and gift shops including the British Museum, The Tate Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Imperial War Museum; garden centres and DIY stores such as Wyevale and Trago Mills, plus online specialists like Amazon, ASOS and sector specialists including retailers such as Cult Pens, Pilotfish, The Pen Shop, Osbornes; discounters such as B&M Retail; the key dealer groups and wholesalers including Advantia, Nemo, Superstat, Office Friendly,  Integra, Office Club, XPD and VOW Retail;  the academic and education sector represented by buyers from the Open University Students Association, the Universities of Oxford and Reading, Scholastic, Findel Education and a growing number of independent stationery and gift shops from across the country.

This year’s London Stationery Show, which runs at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, on Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29, is the biggest so far and has well over 200 stationery brands and suppliers from around the world taking part.  It is the only UK trade show dedicated to stationery and writing products.

“Our visitors will be able to see more new products than ever before, and meet more people from the industry – it’s an easy way for buyers to get an overview of how the stationery market is developing, and how these creative and fashionable products can fit into their offer,” says Chris.

In addition, the inclusion of keynote speaker David Bateman from Paperchase on the second day of the show, Wednesday, April 29, and a presentation from trend forecasting agency Scarlet Opus to mark the launch of World Stationery Day, has added new impetus for retailers to attend this year.  Interest in both sessions is high, with key industry names booking their seats early! Visitors wishing to join either of these sessions should contact hazel@firstevents.com or call 020 8462 0721.

To find out more about the show, and to register to attend, go to www.stationeryshow.co.uk.

DKL gears up for the London Stationery Show

Posted on 20th April, 2015

With both the London Stationery Show and National Stationery Week on the horizon, DKL Marketing is raring to go with the Scentco Scented Stationery range.

Visitors will find DKL on stand G221 at the London Stationery Show – and will Frozenreceive 5% discount on any orders placed at the show.

Visitors will also get to see the new Disney Frozen collection which is launching exclusively at show. The collection includes licensed versions of Smencils, Smarkers, Smens, Gel Crayons, Smencil Buddies Pencil Cases, and notepads – all in a variety of recognisable scents.

Farel Williams, marketing and social media assistant, said: “We are beyond excited to exhibit at this year’s Stationery Show; not only is it a great opportunity for us to launch the Disney Frozen lines to the trade, but it also reflects how DKL is branching into new markets and industries with versatile new ranges such as Scentco.”

To make an appointment with the sales team in advance of the London Stationery Show, contact sales@dkl.co.uk or ring 01604 678780.

In addition to exhibiting at the Stationery Show, DKL is also taking part in the #NatStatWeek campaign across various social media platforms and undertaking a targeted consumer PR strategy.

DKL  is encouraging retailers to also get involved with National Stationery Week. Contact Farel Williams at farelw@dkl.co.uk and visit www.nationalstationeryweek.com to find out more.

For more information take a look at www.dkl.co.uk and visit the team on stand G221.

 

Stationery with style – Italian style

Posted on 16th April, 2015

BombataCastelli 1Italy has long been renowned for its design flair, and this will be in evidence at this month’s London Stationery Show.

A number of Italy’s most stylish manufacturers of paper and writing products are exhibiting.

They include Bombata tablet/laptop cases, Campo Marzio leather goods and pens, diaries and notebooks from Castelli, Ciak, Fabriano, Legami and Moleskine and pens and pencils from Montegrappa, Napkin and Visconti.

“Fashion meets function at the Stationery Show” says organiser Chris Leonard-Morgan.  “The Italian brands on show represent some of Italy’s finest names from the World of Stationery.”Montegrappa S07_950_M

Special Show Offer: 10% off for new customers who order at LSS

Posted on 13th April, 2015

M&G Stationery is back for its fourth showing at the London Stationery Show with plenty of new products to tempt visitors!

Highlights this year include its Back to School pack, which trialled really successfully late last year, and the latest erasable gel ink pen – the M&G i-erase II.M&G

M&G offers a comprehensive range of premium quality products including writing instruments, note books, desk items, filing and many more – put in an order at the show and new customers will receive a 10% discount off standard net prices – got to be worth a look!

For more information go to: www.pccofficesupplies.com and remember to visit the team on stand M331.

 

Blake introduces new ranges at the London Stationery Show

Posted on 10th April, 2015

After successfully winning some large contracts at last year’s London Stationery Show, Blake will be returning to showcase its latest quality paper and packaging ranges.

On show this year will be Blake’s Premium product ranges, designed for working professionals who enjoy using stylish and high quality paper products.   Premium Business - Vellum Laid

Blake has recognised that with 58% of all companies in the UK allowing a portion of their workforce to work from home, there is a growing demand for smaller packs of its refined Premium envelope and paper ranges and in response has introduced new small packs of these products. Available to view and test at this year’s show, Blake’s Premium envelopes are now available in packs of 25 and 50 in 8 shades and 3 textures from Ice White Wove to Vellum Laid. The matching paper is also now available in small packs of 50 or 500 sheets.

Director of Blake, Tim Browning comments, “The Blake Premium ranges represent our highest quality paper products and we are delighted to be introducing these smaller packs at the 2015 London Stationery Show.

“We launched these small packs due to the demand from retailers and independent buyers for high quality, timeless envelope and paper products that appeal to the end consumer.”

Visitors to the London Stationery Show will be able to visit the Blake team and learn more about their full range of paper and packaging products on Stand M738.

With a heritage spanning three generations, Blake designs and sells over two billion envelopes a year and last year every person in the UK would have received 30 Blake envelopes.

For more information go to: www.blake-envelopes.com or visit the team on stand M738

 

Special Show Offer: Save 20% on all orders placed with Magic Whiteboard!

Posted on 10th April, 2015

Magic Whiteboard is excited to be launching the World’s first reusable notebook at this year’s Stationery Show!

You can use reusable Magic Notebooks ™ are great for writing notes, mind mapping, taking phone messages, generating ideas, playing games, doodling, for writing at school and for doing Magic Notebook - reusable notebook A4 and A5homework and 1 to 1 coaching sessions. It is a handy and portable school notebook.

The notebooks are available in A5 and A4 sizes, in both plain and ruled versions, and include a black dry erase pen.

The pages in the reusable notebook don’t smudge when you close the notebook and you can easily tear out the perforated pages.

If you want the ink to NOT rub when you rub your finger over the ink Magic Whiteboard recommends you use a black Staedtler correctable dry erase pen, which is available to order from them.

When you use a correctable dry erase pen the ink dries after 10 seconds and will not smudge. If you want to make any changes or corrections to your work use the eraser on end of pen to erase your work.

A4 Reusable Whiteboard Notebooks – 8 pages RRP £4.99

A5 Reusable Whiteboard Notebooks – 8 pages RRP £2.99

Order at the show and save 20%!

To find out more visit www.magicnotebook.co.uk and come and meet the team on stand M516

 

Survey Discovers People Still Love To Receive Letters!

Posted on 9th April, 2015

Email and other electronic forms of communication are a huge part of our daily lives at work and at home. But is there still place for the post?
A recent survey by Avery of 451 UK adults took a look at how people feel when it comes to letters verses emails.

Nothing beats a birthday card!

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Birthdays, as you might expect, are the number one occasion where postal communications are preferred. The research found that a birthday card was the overwhelming winner when it came to how we like to receive birthday greetings. This was closely followed by a phone call and then a letter. Text messages would be preferred over an email with a Facebook message or tweet being the least popular option. So, think before you send that Facebook birthday greeting – could you have sent a card or picked up the phone? As one survey respondent put it: “I much prefer a handwritten sentiment as it shows the sender has taken time to select and write the card or letter, buy a stamp and walk to a post box! The extra effort makes me feel cherished and the feeling continues whenever you see the card on the mantle piece or letter pinned on the fridge.”

Post popular for formal communications

It seems the post is popular when it comes to receiving formal communications too. 7 out of 10 people prefer to receive legal or banking information in the form of a letter. However, over a quarter of us would be happy to receive this information via email with less than 1% saying via a phone call and even less for a text message. These findings could be significant for businesses.

Avery’s marketing director Fiona Mills explains, “With the average office worker receiving around 80 emails a day, it’s easy for important business communications to get missed or not read properly on email, especially if they come through on a day when you can’t get to your inbox. We’ve all experienced an overflowing inbox – the desire to clear all unread mail can sometimes mean we don’t give important messages our full attention. So when you’re sending an essential business communication, it could be advisable to pop it in the post to help ensure it gets the attention it deserves.”

Sales success

When it comes to sales information people still prefer to receive a traditional letter or brochure, with almost half of people stating this, closely followed by email which was preferred by 42.8% of respondents.  Less than 7% of us like to receive this kind of information face to face. The least popular forms of communication for sales messages are phone calls and text. However over a third of people want to turn off all forms of sales communication with 38.8% saying they prefer not to receive any form of sales information. Avery’s Fiona Mills added:  “It seems that striking a balance between email and hard copy is important when it comes to sales messaging. Think carefully about which method is most appropriate. Whichever you choose sending fewer but more meaningful communications is key to getting people’s attention.”

Attention to detail

Once you’ve decided to pop something in the post, how can you make sure the recipient opens your correspondence straightaway? Avery also looked into what makes people want to open a letter, it’s seems envelope choice could be the key. According to the survey a bright coloured envelope is most likely to be opened first with over a third of respondents choosing this, a white envelope was the next most popular to open followed by a scented envelope. In last place were brown envelopes and dark envelopes.

Letters evoke emotional responses

When asked to describe how receiving something in the post makes you feel, the most popular word was ‘happy’ followed by ‘special’, ‘loved’ and ‘surprised’. Avery’s Fiona Mills urges businesses to consider what these findings might mean for their own communications: “It’s clear from both the statistics and the many comments we received in our survey that postal communications are received differently to emails. They tend to make the recipient feel more special and valued, and this is something that’s worth considering in business. If you’re sending something you want someone to give their full attention to, putting it in the post has the potential to make a big difference. This is particularly relevant for sales and marketing messages, as well as news and important announcements. Imagine if as businesses we spent some time trying to recreate the feelings associated with receiving a greetings card or letter in the post, how much more positively or differently would the message be received? ”

Avery has come up with some simple ways of helping you make your message stand out and will be at the London Stationery Show at the end of this month with a fantastic variety of labels for letters available, including 100% recycled labels, transparent clear labels for coloured envelopes and QuickDry labels that are guaranteed to be smudge-free.

For more information visit www.avery.co.uk​ and come and meet the team on stand G117. 

Paperchase To Speak At Stationery Show

Posted on 8th April, 2015

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David Bateman, Chief Financial and Operating Officer of leading, design-led stationery retailer Paperchase, is to speak at this year’s London Stationery Show on Wednesday, April 29.

This special event will mark the first ever World Stationery Day, part of the wider consumer National Stationery Week campaign, which Paperchase supports.

David will talk about the future of the stationery market, addressing the apparent conundrum of why stationery is so popular with consumers, in spite of the explosion of interest in and use of social and digital media.

David will present the trends Paperchase is seeing within the stationery market and discuss how stationery and writing products continue to flourish and co-exist successfully alongside the use of smart and digital technology.David Bateman Paperchase web

The ‘Stationery In A Digital Age’ presentation by David Bateman of Paperchase will take place at the London Stationery Show at 10am on Wednesday, April 29. Tickets for this event are free, but limited. Those interested in attending should first email hazel@firstevents.com, using ‘Stationery In A Digital Age’ as their message subject.  Successful applicants will then receive full details for the event.

The London Stationery Show runs on Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29 at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London.  Register to attend the show by clicking here and browse the exhibitor list by clicking here!

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Stylish New Range From Abrams

Posted on 7th April, 2015

Paris Street Style webAbrams Noterie is a new gift and stationery imprint with a discerning design sensibility that is consistent with the ABRAMS brand.

Drawing on its adult and children’s lists, as well as original acquisitions, Abrams Noterie has collaborated with carefully selected authors, artists and brands to make gift-worthy paper goods that are useful, inspiring and beautiful.

The new line consists of journals, notecards, postcards, desk accessories, small gift books, and other inventive paper product formats – visit stand M629 to see the new range for yourself!

For more information: www.abramsandchronicle.co.uk and stand M629

Trends To Be Revealed At London Stationery Show

Posted on 2nd April, 2015

With the London Stationery Show now just weeks away, organisers have announced that ‘trend translator’ and director, Phil Pond, of trend forecasting agency Scarlet Opus, will be speaking at the show.

Phil Pond, Trend Translator for Scarlet Opus

Phil Pond, Trend Translator for Scarlet Opus

This event is one of several to mark World Stationery Day, on Wednesday, April 29, which runs for the first time this year as part of the consumer National Stationery Week campaign.

“Phil will give our audience a clear view of how trend forecasters work, how they identify future design trends and how this information can translate into practical ideas for shop merchandising and creating the desired consumer shopping experience. In particular, we have asked them to identify the trends for spring/summer 2016 – although in reality Scarlet Opus is already working way beyond this timeframe!” says show director Chris Leonard-Morgan.

Scarlet Opus spends its time studying consumer behaviours, buying trends, changes in taste, cultural influences and emerging trends in the use of texture, colours and surface pattern design. Its results are amazingly accurate, and are used by leading brands and retailers to stay ahead of the curve.

“Stationery is a very diverse sector and in itself is a great indicator of change in taste and style.  Stationery styles are affected by fashion, age, gifting trends, product design and innovation and even workplace settings and new home sales.  There will be plenty to discuss and reveal about the coming year!” comments Phil.

Phil will be speaking in the Business Design Centre’s Executive Lounge, at midday on Wednesday, April 29.  Places are limited, so if you are interested in attending please email hazel@firstevents.com using ‘Trends Translation’ as your subject header.

Visitors to the show will also have the opportunity to review all this year’s Stationery Award entries which will be centre stage on their arrival at the Business Design Centre.

The annual awards are judged by a panel of leading retailers, chaired by independent retail advisor Henri Davis.

“Not only are all the Stationery Awards entries reviewed by key buyers from across the industry, and highlight the year’s standout products; they also bring together many of the show’s new products into one key display at the front of the hall.

“All our visitors entering the show can see what’s new in the show, easily review trends and, on the second day, see if they agree with our judges!” says Chris.

The London Stationery Show, which runs at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, on April 28th and 29th, has well over 200 stationery brands and suppliers from around the world taking place this year, and is the only UK trade show dedicated to stationery and writing products.

“For two days buyers get an unparalleled overview of how the stationery market is developing, and how these creative and fashionable products can fit into their offer.  Phil’s presentation will flag up some key trends and ideas for the coming season that will help retailers understand what it is their customers will be looking for!” says Chris.

“It’s a great show to visit, not just for mainstream stationery buyers, but also those for whom stationery adds a colourful, eye-catching pick up line such as visitor attractions and bookshops, and those where a display of high-end writing instruments and gift stationery will complement their main offer, such as retail jewellers, boutique/lifestyle stores and gift shops.”

Buyers who have already registered to attend the show include a wide-ranging selection of outlets representing many different sales channels.  For example booksellers (Books etc, Scholastic and Waterstones); dealer groups (Advantia, Superstat, Nemo, Office Club and XPD); department stores (such as B&M Retail, Bentalls, Jarrolds, John Lewis and Trago Mills); gift shops and visitor attractions (British Museum, Cath Kidston, London Graphic Centre, National Theatre, Garden Museum, Stationery Boutique, Walt Disney Company, Royal Academy of Arts, The Cartoon Museum, University of the Arts London); greeting card retailers (Austin & Co and Celebrations of Stourbridge); mail order and internet retailers (including Amazon, Cult Pens, Pilotfish, Royal Mail and Tiger Pens); supermarkets (Aldi and Ocado); wholesalers (Baker & Taylor, Club Group, Gardners, Wembley Greeting Cards), as well as mainstream stationers (Colemans, Paperchase, Ryman, The Pen Shop, WHSmith).

The fantastic line up of top name exhibitors this year includes Filofax, Lamy, Semikolon, Quadrille, Parker, Letts, Pyramid, uni-ball, Collins, Midori, Maped Helix, Staedtler, Zebra Pen, Otter House, Faber-Castell, Pukka Pads, Campo Marzio, Enveco, Montegrappa, Leuchtturm1917, Stabilo, Caran d’Ache, Santoro, Portico Designs, Paperblanks, Sinclairs/Silvine, Kaweco, Snopake, Castelli, Knock Knock, and Pentel.

The London Stationery Show is the place to see them all!

To register to attend the London Stationery Show and browse the exhibitor list go to www.stationeryshow.co.uk.

For more information on Scarlet Opus visit: www.scarletopus.com.

Funky Brilliant Gadgets Say Ye!!

Posted on 1st April, 2015

First time exhibitors, Funky Brilliant Gadgets (FBG), are very excited to be showcasing their unique and innovative YE!! product range at the show this year.  YE!! Pocket

The range includes everything from Apple Approved Portable Chargers, Bluetooth Speakers, Apple Certified cables, Selfie Sticks, 3 Port USB Plugs and more.

FBG claim that its ‘vibrant product range’ creates a great visual stimulus which draws attention and interest into retail stores, helping consumers who want to hold, touch, feel and try out the products engage with the products and want to purchase them.

For more information: www.fbg-uk.com and stand: M607

 

Major retailers pledge support for National Stationery Week

Posted on 31st March, 2015

Many of the High Street’s major retailers and independents are throwing their weight behind this year’s National Stationery Week and Get Britain Writing campaign which aims to keep Britain putting pen to paper.

Retailers up and down the country are pledging their support for the annual campaign – with the promise of getting their tills ringing as millions of consumers focus on all things stationery.

The campaign runs from April 27 to May 3 and a host of big-name retailers have already committed their support including John Lewis, B&M Stores, Smiggle, Staples, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Wilko, the Post Office, Funky Pigeon, The Pen Shop, Websters, Colemans, Blott, Paperchase, John Smiths, Ryman and Poundland.
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The organisers behind NSW – which is now in its fourth year – are making the campaign as simple as possible for retailers to get involved, and have extended the closing date to be involved as a participating retailer until Thursday 2 April. NSW not only provides point-of-sale artwork packs free of charge, but retailers are given special ‘focus’ days to promote the goods they sell as well as key social media hashtags, and are featured on the National Stationery Week website,

An extensive communications plan is in place to give retailers a direct voice to millions of consumers throughout the week, allowing them to take full advantage of the nation’s love of stationery and the increase in sales the event brings.

Ruth Burgess, Stationery Buyer at B&M Stores, said “We are delighted to participate in this year’s National Stationery Week . At B&M, we feel that stationery can be fun as well as practical when used in everyday life. Making stationery fun gets people engaged, especially children and it’s important to get children inspired to write and be creative. A blank piece of paper and a pen can open up a child’s imagination to create something unique. Through our social media channels, look out for some exciting prizes every day during National Stationery Week…they will be something to write home about!”

Natasha Stoddart, Buyer for John Lewis, added: “As a retail outlet which prides its stationery offering on fashion-led pieces with a  focus on maintaining our stationery aisles as places where our customers want to see the latest items, we really embrace this campaign not only in store but online and across social media.”

Some of the biggest suppliers to stationery retailers are sponsoring this year’s campaign, including Sheaffer, Maped Helix, Dodo Pad, Kokuyo, Zebra Pen and Nuco International.

National Stationery Week is a celebration of the written word and all things stationery, and is organised by the London Stationery Show. Last year’s event generated millions of pounds worth of media coverage and reached over 20 million consumers with the message that, even in a digital world, the power of writing by hand cannot be overestimated.

Stationery with a twist from Singapore

Posted on 27th March, 2015

The Paper Stone 28Paper Stone 5The Paper Stone from Singapore is bringing its lively and cheery designs to the London Stationery Show.

The Paper Stone is a stationery company with a twist, all of whose products are created by their in-house creative team.

The company was created out of a love for quality paper products which feature only the liveliest and cheeriest designs and illustrations at great value prices.

The range includes journals, doodle pads, pens, animal erasers, craft stamps and stickers.

For more information go to www.thepaperstone.com – stand G114

 

New Tape Printer From Brother UK

Posted on 19th March, 2015

Technology specialist Brother UK has launched an innovative tape printer that will give resellers and retailers the chance to provide a brand new service to customers.TC - product shot

Used alongside a computer, TapeCreator Pro produces fully customised tapes within a matter of minutes, and is ideal for a wide range of applications including gift wrapping, packaging and signage.

The new-to-market machine allows customers to choose from a range of tape and ink colours and is fully compatible with Brother’s free P-touch Editor software. This software allows users to design tapes quickly and easily on the computer and print them instantly, with the option to choose from a wide range of coloured designs which incorporate text, images and template single colour logos.

The tapes, which have a minimum order quantity of just one roll, can add a fun and personal touch to gift wrapping, but can also provide small businesses with a quick and affordable solution for branded packaging.

With user-friendly software and the ability to print on demand, the new-to-market machine is simple to set-up and use.

For more information: www.brother.co.uk/products/tape-creator or visit them on stand M401.

 

Disney Frozen Scentco Stationery To Launch At LSS!

Posted on 16th March, 2015

Elsa-notepadsDKL Marketing, the exclusive UK distributor of Scentco Scented Stationery, has announced that a new Disney Frozen range of the scented stationery will be available in May. Highlights include a 5-pack of coloured Smencils, an Elsa Sketch & Sniff notepad, and the Frozen FSDU. Visitors to the London Stationery Show on the 28th and 29th April can see the new Disney Frozen items on stand G221 along with generic lines from across the Scentco range.

Initial sales of the Scentco products have gone well and DKL is pleased to announce that the full range of scented stationery is now in stock.

Scentco Scented Stationery is the latest addition to DKL’s portfolio.  Scentco is an eco-friendly range of pencils, pens, markers, notepads and more, with scents which last for 2 years. Products are available in an assortment of popular and recognisable scents, and there are various themes such as Spring, Sports and Valentines.

Farel Williams, marketing and social media assistant, said, “The whole DKL team has been working extremely hard on the launch of Scentco and we are all so thrilled to see that retailers are just as excited as we are about the fun stationery range. It has been a fantastic couple of months with Scentco and the rest of the year is set to be even better with the arrival of Frozen lines”.

Contact DKL on 01604 678 780 to find out more about Scentco Scented Stationery and to pre-order Disney Frozen.

For more information go to: www.dkl.co.uk and see them on stand G221.

 

Brand New ‘How To…’ from Two Little Boys

Posted on 11th March, 2015

4 titlesFollowing the success of its ‘How to… for the inept’ range of designs in The License This! Awards, and subsequently, licenses awarded to Portico (greetings cards) and Carousel (dated), Two Little Boys is excited to launch a range of stationery for that ever elusive young male market.

Bold graphics and funny (entirely useless) instructions on ‘How to be a man’, ‘How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse’, ‘How to survive University’ and ‘How to know you’re drunk’ are now available in gorgeous ring bound notebooks, ring binders and A4 refill pads for handy reference and, perhaps, for some school, university or work notes!

Two Little Boys has decided to launch the entirely new range at the Stationery Show in April 2015, and is hoping to attract like-minded stationery geeks looking for eye-catching product for their shelves.

For more information go to: www.2littleboys.co.uk  – stand M639

INKVIVA Launches ‘Viva Label’

Posted on 10th March, 2015

Hong Kong based company INKVIVA is launching ‘Viva Label’ at this year’s Stationery Show. Viva Label Product2

Viva Label turns everyday items into unique belongings by allowing customers to express their creativity and identity by personalising their own items – whether that be a t-shirt, cap or backpack!

Customisation used to be a feature customers had to ask for, often at a premium price, but it does not have to be that way. Inkviva has created two Viva Label choices for buyers with different needs: a letter package and ornament package, both of which are able to stick to a wide range of fabrics on ironing with good washing performance.

The letter package allows buyers to create names and slogans using individual characters, whereas ornament package provides icons and patterns that offer the easiest way to decorate on fabric items.

Viva Label Product3Director Henry Wong said the company is excited about the invaluable opportunity to interact with UK buyers, and he aims to bring not only a new labelling technique, but also “passion of print products to a wider audience.”

For more information go to: www.inkviva.com – stand G125

Original Funky Mailing Bag from Crownn

Posted on 6th March, 2015

Funky Mailing 1A new standard in postal bags is to be launched at the London Stationery Show.  The Original Funky Mailing Bag from Crownn 3Crownn is out to revolutionise the way we send items through the post.  The lightweight British-made mailing bag is 100% recyclable and degradable and is available in a 12-pack costing from £9.99 and a 6-pack from £5.99, via .

The range features six eye-catching designs, including metallic effects and a Union Jack theme. Crownn Founder, Alastair Correya, says: “In 2013, over 1.6 billion parcels were sent from the UK*- a 15% increase on 2012. Most of these were in brown boxes or white polythene posting bags.  I felt that consumer choice was limited and so created The Original Funky Mailing Bag – a modern take on the traditional postage bag.”

For special occasions such as birthdays and gifting and for seasonal use such as Christmas, also appealing to online sellers, The Original Funky Mailing Bag is made of heavy-duty polythene, has a tamper-proof self-seal strip and is suitable for sending via Royal Mail or courier.

For more information, go to www.crownn.co.uk – stand G122

New writing pencils designed for children

Posted on 2nd March, 2015

Write Size logoWrite Size is launching a revolutionary new product at next month’s Stationery Show to help children learn and develop writing skills.

The company is challenging the convention that all pencils and pens are approximately the same size and that children are given adult size products with which to learn to write from an early age.

The Write Size range of pencils has been developed through personal experience of watching children struggle to learn to write with tools which are too big for them and are made to the scale of children’s hands resulting in a better grip and more control for the child.Write Size 4

Write Size pencils are designed to encourage good handwriting habits and skills from the beginning.

For more information, go to www.writesize.org – Stand G225

New Spring collections from Cross

Posted on 26th February, 2015

AT Cross logoHot on the heels of this year’s hottest spring trends, Cross is embracing all things bright, beautiful and vibrant with the launch of gorgeous new colours across three stunning collections – Click, Botanica and Century II. With a colour and design to suit every style, there’s never been a better excuse to stand out from the crowd.

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Featuring a modern design update, the sleek and stylish Click collection is now available in three new, vibrant colours: Bright Blue, Orange Sunburst and Pink Sky.

Incorporates smooth flowing Gel Ink technology and an easy to use ‘click’ mechanism.

Cross Botanica (£60 – £85 RRP)

With flower power dominating the catwalks, Cross has created two new fashion-forward designs for the unique Cross Botanica Crosscollection: Black/Grey with chrome appointments; and Lily Green with 23KT gold appointments.

Inspired by the intricate details of henna, this feminine range is decorated with elegant, eye catching floral patterns and beautiful bloom prints. Delicately and incredibly crafted, the on-trend patterns are printed over an ivory metallic lacquer base, enhanced with accents of silvery chrome and gold plated deep cut engraving.

Cross Century II (£55 RRP)

Cross 2Sleek sophistication perfectly captures the elegant Cross Century II ballpoint pen, now available in three, Limited Edition colours with a stunning, jewel-like finish: Translucent Red, Translucent Blue and Black Lacquer. Every sophisticated detail exudes class and elegance, making this a must-have accessory for spring.

Available in ball point technology, these gorgeous pens are ideal for capturing memories, notes and diary dates.

As with all Cross writing instruments, the Click, Botanica and Century II collections come with a lifetime mechanical guarantee.

For more information, go to www.cross.com – Stand M730

 

Maped Helix in search for oldest Oxford maths set

Posted on 24th February, 2015

National Stationery Week sponsor Maped Helix is searching for the UK’s oldest Oxford Maths Set as part of celebrations to mark this year’s National Stationery Week.

Maped Helix Old Universal TinAs the favoured essential in their portfolio, Helix has launched many versions of the traditional Oxford Maths Set over the years. In light of this, the globally-renowned company has launched a hunt for the nostalgic stationery staples to be showcased on the Maped Helix stand during the London Stationery Show in a nod to its own rich past. The owner of the oldest tin will receive a £50 voucher and £25 worth of Maped Helix stationery.

Maped Helix will be showcasing its enviable collection of products that have been used for generations throughout the event and the team are now keen to track down the UK’s oldest Oxford tin to tie in with their celebrations.

It is a fitting tribute to a company that has proved that true quality can withstand the changes of time. Since its birth in 1887 the company has built up a reputation as the go-to brand for stationery needs. Its famous Oxford brand was launched in 1935 and continues to be known across the globe for having the best maths set on the market; Princess Diana joined in celebrations to mark its centenary in 1987, and the company is now exporting to over 65 countries.

Maped Helix Old contents Oxford Tin Hi ResAdrian Ellis, General Manager of Maped Helix, said: “Maped Helix is known for the quality of its products that have stood the test of time. We are incredibly proud of our rich history and the fact that our products have been used by generations of families.

“We often have people commenting to us that they still own stationery they had as a child, and especially that they have held onto their old Oxford tins and have found new uses for them. We thought that looking back into the past would be a lovely way to celebrate as part of 2015 National Stationery Week.

“We are now on the lookout for the oldest Oxford Maths Set tin in the country which will be used as part of this wonderful event. We would love anyone who thinks they may own the oldest one to get in touch.”

For more information, go to www.mapedhelix.co.uk – stand M506

Nuco launch Nu Notes™ App

Posted on 20th February, 2015

Nu craze 1Nuco are launching ‘Nu Notes™’, the ultimate notes app to capture, store and organise handwritten memos and doodles.  The app will allow consumers to Scan, Save, and Share their notes through a unique interface designed to harmonise writing with technology in a modern world.

The app will feature scan technology to capture notes, drawings and doodles, and the user can then categorise and flick through their scanned notes in a ‘virtual bookshelf’ of book covers.

Notes can then be highlighted, annotated, or added to with images previously stored on the device, before being shared via email, social networks, dropbox and iMessage.Nu

Nu Notes™ enable users to access all their scanned notes in one place, allowing for easy access to handwritten pages. So whether you have 5 minutes between lessons to recap on last week’s revision, or you’re catching up on minutes from that all important meeting over a morning coffee, this app will allow you to pick up from whenever, wherever you left off.

Nuco are exhibiting at the Stationery Show in April and are a sponsor of this year’s National Stationery Week.

For more information go to www.nuco-int.com – Stand M701

Online POS available for retailers for National Stationery Week

Posted on 19th February, 2015

POS artwork for this year’s National Stationery Week is now ready and available free of charge to ALL retailers to download and benefit from this year’s consumer campaign.

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National Stationery Week 2015The organisers continue to make the campaign all inclusive to both independent and major retailers by providing a Retailer POS Pack which includes everything a participating retailer needs to be part of this unique sales period, and take advantage of the massive consumer push to buy stationery in the run up to and during National Stationery Week which starts on Monday 27 April.

National Stationery Week’s Get Britain Writing campaign is a celebration of the written word and all things stationery, and is organised by the London Stationery Show. Last year’s event generated millions of pounds worth of media coverage and reached over 20 million consumers with the message that writing by hand is important and has a vital part to play in personal communications, even in a digital world.

NSW - GBW 2015 RGB“We pride ourselves on being totally inclusive to all retailers which is why we have produced this pack, we understand how busy retailers are and for us to provide a “one stop solution” means they can get involved at the touch of their fingertips” says organiser Chris Leonard – Morgan.

Chris continues, “The Retailer POS pack includes a selection of shelf strips, posters, window vinyls, counter top displays, and much, much more. All retailers have to do is click on the link and print!

We have taken the hard work and thinking out of this side of the campaign so they don’t have to! ”

To become a participating retailer, contact georgina@smallmanmedia.com

Participating retailers’ logos will appear with a link to their website on the www.nationalstationeryweek.com website. They are invited to share their plans and activities and any offers running over the course of the campaign with National Stationery Week’s organisers who will share it whenever they can with its thousands of eager fans via social media and other outlets.

Sponsors for this year’s campaign are Sheaffer, Maped Helix, Dodo-Pad, Kokuyo, Zebra and Nu: Notebooks

New product launches from ExaClair

Posted on 16th February, 2015

ExaClair 15026T_fac[300dpi]ExaClair - Rhodia silver ambiance copyExaClair whose brands include Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Europa, Exacompta, Guildhall, J Herbin and G.Lalo will be unveiling a host of new ranges of notebooks, pads and social stationery at the Stationery Show in April.

A new silver notebook from Rhodia will be making its debut, appealing to the premium-design conscious consumer.

ExaClair will also be showcasing Exacompta and Clairefontaine’s 2015 ‘Collections’ of pads, pens, pencil cases, bags and collectable accessories, as well as Ruckfield, a range designed by French Rugby player, Sebastien Chabal, set to be popular in the build up to the Rugby World Cup.

ExaClair 54200L_pak[300dpi]Also showing for the first time is social stationery from Parisian stationery manufacturer G.Lalo which is used by the royal courts of Sweden, Holland, Belgium and Monaco.

Another premium, traditional brand is the J Herbin range of fountain pen inks dating back to 1700.  They are available in 30 colours with each bottle elegantly labelled and with a convenient pen rest.

“We know super premium and boutique stationery is a growing market, with customers willing to pay a little more for luxury items,” says Kevin Wharton, marketing manager.  “The Stationery Show will be a great platform to showcase these new products.”

For more information go to www.exaclair.co.uk – Stand M501

2015 Stationery Show nearly sold out

Posted on 16th December, 2014

London Stationery ShowThe 2015 London Stationery Show will be the biggest so far and 25% bigger than this year’s event.

“The show has had four consecutive years of growth,” says show director Chris Leonard-Morgan, “And we’re delighted that 2015 will be the best yet!”

The Stationery Show takes place at the Business Design Centre in London on Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29 and is part of National Stationery Week (Monday, April 27 to Sunday, May 3).  The exhibition offers visitors a unique and unrivalled product range which includes stationery of all types –  children’s, social, gift and licensed items, as well as a wide range of desk accessories, storage, writing products, diaries, notebooks and organisers.

The 2015 show is virtually sold out and will open with a line-up that includes many new suppliers and brands, as one in three exhibitors will be exhibiting for the first time.  Visitors are guaranteed a wide-ranging and varied line up of over 200 brands and exhibitors to see from around the world, under one roof.Business Design Centre

“There is huge interest in stationery and writing products from across the retail sector – from gift to grocery and home stores, and from fashion to visitor attractions.  Our exhibitors, and their brands, cater to the largest and the smallest and we’re delighted that the show is able to accommodate this interest.  Where else will retailers get to see this range and number of suppliers all together in one place?  Get the dates in your 2015 diary now!” comments Chris.

April launch for World Stationery Day

Posted on 12th December, 2014

Now in its third year, National Stationery Week has caught the imagination of consumers and stationery fans around the world. Organised by the London Stationery Show, it has succeeded not only in getting people in the UK talking about stationery and the importance of writing by hand, but in bringing stationery lovers throughout the world together on Twitter and Facebook with many saying how much they wished they had something similar in their country.

As a result, Wednesday 29 April – the second day of the 2015 London Stationery Show and Day 3 of National Stationery Week – has been designated World Stationery Day.

 

It has its own identity and website www.worldstationeryday.com , and will be promoted to consumer and trade media worldwide and on social media.World Stationery Day

The aim of World Stationery Day is the same as for National Stationery Week, but globally – to get people around the world talking about stationery and the importance of writing by hand.

The message is the same, wherever you are – writing by hand is important, and matters.

National Stationery Week’s sponsors – Dodo Pad, Kokuyo, Maped Helix, Nu:Notebooks, Sheaffer and Zebra Pen – will be promoting the day to their international customers and consumers through their offices and associates around the world, and talking about it on social media.

National Stationery Week’s Twitter and Facebook pages and website, as well as the London Stationery Show’s, will all be used to spread the word.

#WorldStationeryDay #writingmatters  #writingisforever

New Partner for 2015 National Stationery Week

Posted on 11th December, 2014

Cambridge University Press (the Press) has joined the Post Office, Greeting Card Association, National Handwriting Association andCambridge University Press the Writing Instruments Association as an Official Partner of next April’s National Stationery Week and Get Britain Writing campaign.

Ready for HandwritingThe Press publishes the UK’s leading schools handwriting scheme “Penpals for Handwriting”, a series of books and CD-ROMs for children aged 3 to 11.

 

The Press is also running the National Schools Handwriting Competition in conjunction with SATIPS. The competition is open to schools throughout the UK and internationally, and is open until 13 March 2015. The results will be announced during National Stationery Week (27 April – 3 May).

 

Emma McCrea, Senior Marketing Executive at Cambridge University Press said, “We are delighted to be working with National Stationery Week. As publishers of the UK’s favourite handwriting programme, we are passionate about encouraging people, and children in particular, to put pen to paper.

 

National Stationery Week celebrates the written word and all things stationery, and is organised by the London Stationery Show. This year’s event reached over 20 million consumers with the message that Get Kids Writingwriting by hand is important and has a vital part to play in personal communications, even in a digital world.

 

The week is sponsored by Dodo Pad, Kokuyo, Maped Helix, Nu: Notebooks, Sheaffer, and Zebra Pen.

 

The partners’ role is integral to the success of the campaign, as it is their own studies, involvement in education policy making and role in the community which supports the main themes and initiatives with the overarching message that “Writing Matters”.

 

National Stationery Week organiser Chris Leonard-Morgan added: “We are delighted to have such great partners lined up for the campaigns and are very excited for the event in 2015. The partners all share the same objective of getting Britain – including kids – writing, and to have them on board is incredibly motivating and good for both the Get Britain Writing and Get Kids Writing campaigns”

 

About Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press is part of the University of Cambridge. It furthers the University’s mission by disseminating knowledge in the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

Its extensive peer-reviewed publishing lists comprise 50,000 titles covering academic research and professional development, as well as school-level education and English language teaching.

Playing a leading role in today’s international marketplace, Cambridge University Press has more than 50 offices around the globe, and it distributes its products to nearly every country in the world.

For further information, go to www.cambridge.org.

Space selling fast for 2015 Stationery Show

Posted on 29th October, 2014

With six months still to go until next year’s exhibition, 80% of the available space at the London Stationery Show has already been sold.

McCanns_Sharpie_Seasons_0622037finalOne in four of the companies already booked are new to the event for 2015, and did not exhibit in 2014. These include BrownTrout Publishers, The Art File, Sambro International, Wild & Wolf, Newell Rubbermaid (Parker, Sharpie and Paper Mate), Portico Designs, Quadrille Publishing, Penfold Card & Gift, Tallon International, Organise-US, PaperPro, Bong UK, Designlines, Two Little Boys, Parax Paper, Paperblanks, Mad, Modrec International, tesa, BDS, Presco Group, Quiver Pen Holders, Trodat, Premier-Grip, Ningbo-Link Art, Totto and OLFA.Wild & Wolf HappyJackson_PenOrgyPencilCase_HAP012_OH_HI 1

“One of the big attractions of the Stationery Show for buyers is that they see so many companies and products that they don’t see at other UK events, and all in one place – two thirds of this year’s exhibitors didn’t attend any other exhibition in 2014” says organiser Chris Leonard-Morgan.  “Next year’s exhibition will be the fifth and biggest yet, with a fantastic line-up of exhibitors including many of the biggest names in the business. It’s a real one stop shop for retailers and buyers.”

Sponsors announced for 2015 National Stationery Week

Posted on 23rd October, 2014

Leading brands Sheaffer, Maped Helix, Dodo-Pad, Kokuyo, Zebra and Nu: Notebooks are today revealed as the sponsors of next year’s National Stationery Week and Get Britain Writing campaign which runs from Monday 27 April to Sunday 3 May.

National Stationery Week is a celebration of the written word and all things stationery, and is organised by the London Stationery Show. This year’s event generated millions of pounds worth of media coverage and reached over 20 million consumers with the message that writing by hand is important and has a vital part to play in personal communications, even in a digital world.

Helix logo GuideAdrian Ellis, general manager of Maped Helix said the historic firm was delighted to be part of the campaign. He said: “National Stationery Week is a wonderful campaign. With Maped Helix known for the quality of its stationery products which last the test of time, we were keen to be involved with this fantastic event and are delighted to be a sponsor.”

Zebra has been producing writing instruments since it was founded in Japan in 1897 and is one of the biggest pen manufacturers in the world. A company spokesperson said:brandmark [Converted]

“Here at Zebra, we have a diverse selection of writing instruments to suit everyone for any occasion. Zebra Pen UK is proud to again be one of the sponsors of National Stationery Week.”

Sheaffer has built an unrivalled reputation for its writing products which have grown in popularity over the past 100 years.

SheafferJasmine Jones, International Business Development Manager at Sheaffer, said: “Sheaffer prides itself on creating luxury products that encourage people to put pen to paper.

“National Stationery Week does exactly the same thing and we are delighted to support it again in 2015.”

Keith Matthews managing director of Nuco International says:Nu Notebooks logoHIRES

“As a new sponsor to the campaign we are thrilled to be supporting such an exciting initiative. Through our market knowledge, innovation and enthusiasm the Nu brand has successfully developed and grown over the past ten years, and we are looking forward to approaching National Stationery Week with the same passion.”

Šî–{ CMYKKokuyo’s UK distributor Simon Stone of Stone Marketing Limited says: “Kokuyo are delighted to be part of this consumer campaign. The Japanese stationery brand has already made a huge impact in the UK market, and being part of the campaign will further resonate with consumers.”

The final name in the line-up is the diary and organiser brand Dodo Pad which, in 2015, celebrates and launches its 50th anniversary edition.Dodojubilee badge & logo PURPLE JPEG LARGE

Rebecca Jay, managing director said “2015 is a very big year for Dodo Pad. We are very excited to be part of National Stationery Week and to support our other ‘Golden Jubilee’ celebrations in this way.”

National Stationery Week goes global

National Stationery Week has captured the imagination of stationery users and lovers not just in the UK, but around the world over the last three years with many saying they wished they had such an event in their own country.

As a result, Wednesday 29 April 2015 – the second day of the London Stationery Show and Day 3  of National Stationery Week – has been designated World Stationery Day.

It will have its own identity and website, and will be promoted to consumers and the media worldwide, and on social media.

The message is the same, wherever you are in the world – writing matters, and is for ever.

 

Pentel launches #SaveThePen campaign

Posted on 15th October, 2014

Pentel Social Media Campaign Wheelie Bin ArtPentel is targeting the next generation of writing instruments purchasers through a social media campaign with a difference.

#SaveThePen is a tongue-in-cheek riposte to the notion that, in an age of smart phones and tablets, the importance of the pen is diminished.

The campaign is all about having fun, expressing personality and exploring your creativity with Pentel writing instruments.

Wendy Vickery, Pentel marketing manager, explains, “#SaveThePen is a brand new digital campaign from Pentel that champions the creative power of the pen.  In an age of smart phones and digital devices it might be tempting for some to wonder about the future of writing instruments – as the naysayers did with the so-called paperless office.  Our message challenges that thinking, but in a fun way that celebrates the opportunity for old and new to complement, rather than oppose, each other.”

Central to the campaign is a viral video, with a selection of scenes showcasing some humorous and unexpected uses of Pentel pens and markers.   A different scene will be uploaded each day, until the full video is played.

The campaign is running across social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Vine and targets 15 – 25 year olds, students and young office workers, with an intense period of Pentel Social Media Campaign Bus Stopactivity throughout October and into November.

“We want to encourage engagement with our brand through social media platforms and get everyone thinking of ways in which they can show their creativity and originality with a pen.  We hope that the examples we give in our viral will stimulate a host of ideas from our target audience to like and share using our dedicated hashtag,” says Wendy Vickery.

#SaveThePen will be supported by web tiles and banners for customers to upload, linking to the viral video, and posters for in-store PoS support.

For more information go to www.pentel.co.uk

Retail Advisory Group for Stationery Show

Posted on 26th September, 2014

The London Stationery Show has formed a Retail Advisory Group of leading buyers to work with it on the future direction and content of the exhibition which is now in its fifth year, and the UK’s leading event for stationery and writing instruments.

Next year’s exhibition will be the biggest yet with over two hundred different suppliers and brands from around the world.

The members of the new group are:

Bureau Direct         Jo Irons, Buying Director

John Lewis              Clare Northwood, Buyer, Stationery

Paperchase              Frances Burkle, Head of Buying

Ryman                      David Coventry, Senior Buyer

Sainsbury’s              Alexandra Miles, Buyer, Stationery

Henri Davis, Independent Retail Advisor

 

“This is another exciting first for the Stationery Show” says organiser Chris Leonard-Morgan.

“The purpose of the Advisory Group is to harness the experience and good will which exists towards the show of a representative group of leading retailers by formalising their input to ensure that the exhibition continues to meet their needs.  We view all buyers at the show as VIPs, and want them to view it as their event.”

 “It’s a real plus for the industry to have something like the Stationery Show, it’s great to have stationery all under one roof” says Alexandra Miles, Buyer, Stationery, Sainsbury’s.

Parker and Paperblanks to exhibit at Stationery Show

Posted on 29th August, 2014

Newell - Parker fountain pen 3 jpgNewell Rubbermaid’s Parker, Papermate, Sharpie, Berol and Dymo brands and Hartley & Marks’ Paperblanks notebooks and journals are the latest names to join the growing list of new exhibitors at next April’s London Stationery Show. 

Other new signings to date for 2015 include Quadrille, Designlines, Olfa Tools, Bong, Modrec, Organise-us, Parax Paper, Penfold Card & Gift, Tallon, Tesa, Two Little Boys, Quiver Pen Holders, Ningbo Linkart and licensed stationery suppliers Portico Design and Sambro International.

“Newell Rubbermaid is excited to be exhibiting at the London Stationery Show in 2015, and will be showcasing our entire stationery range” comments Paul Jakeway, marketing manager for Newell.

“Next year’s exhibition will be the biggest yet, with a fantastic line-up of over two hundred established, as well as new suppliers and brands for buyers to see. Forward bookings are 30% up on this time last year” says organiser Chris Leonard-MorganPaperblanks

Returning exhibitors from 2014 include AT Cross, Stone Marketing, Abrams & Chronicle, Leuchtturm1917, Pyramid International, Busy B, Robert Frederick, Maped Helix, Edding, Jakar International, Cathedral Products, Dodo Pad, Stabilo, Zebra Pen, ExaClair, Lamy, Pentel, Magic Whiteboard, GBA Pen, Nuco, Collins Debden, Staedtler, Mustard, Museums & Galleries, Snopake Brands, NPW, Otter House, Manuscript Pen, Lime Internet, Pukka Pads, Uni-ball, Silvine, Castelli, Shiny/Stamps Direct, Ultratape, Trinity Xtras, Shachihata and Studio Pens.

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London Stationery Show on the up

Posted on 16th July, 2014

The London Stationery Show continues to go from strength to strength following this year’s successful event, with more than two thirds of next year’s stand space already sold.

New exhibitors to date for 2015 include Quadrille, Parax Paper, Organise-us, Penfold Card & Gift, Modrec International, Two Little Boys, Ningbo Linkart Paper, Designlines and Quiver Pen Holders from the USA.

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This year’s exhibition again attracted the leading buyers from every retail sector.

“It’s a real plus for the industry to have something like the Stationery Show, it’s great to have stationery all under one roof” says Alexandra Miles, stationery buyer for Sainsbury’s.

The Stationery Show makes stationery buying easy for retailers with the products of over 200 different suppliers from around the world all in one place, including many of the leading brands in all the core product categories.

“Stationery has never been so popular with consumers, and this is reflected in the growing support for the show” says organiser Chris Leonard-Morgan.  “Buyers know this is one event where they will always find something new.”

The 2015 London Stationery Show will take place on Tuesday 28 – Wednesday 29 April at the Business Design Centre during National Stationery Week (27 April – 3 May).

 

2014 National Stationery Week makes huge impact

Posted on 24th June, 2014

NSW 2014 SPONSORS RGB smallThis year’s National Stationery Week and Get Britain Writing campaign generated over £5,000,000 worth of media coverage, reached over 20 million consumers and trended on Twitter on the first day. It reached a combined Facebook and Twitter audience of nearly 10 million with even boy band Union J tweeting about it to their teen followers and was just the excuse consumers needed to send cards and letters, and treat themselves to some new stationery and pens.

National Stationery Week is organised by the London Stationery Show.  It was sponsored this year by Faber-Castell, Letts Filofax, 3M’s Post-it, Sheaffer and Zebra Pen and supported by the Post Office, Greeting Card Association, National Handwriting Association and Writing Instruments Association.

“This year’s National Stationery Week was another massive success, bringing together stationery lovers from throughout the UK and around the world, and achieved the objective of getting people talking about stationery and the importance of writing by hand” says organiser Chris Leonard-Morgan. “Next year’s will be an even bigger one!”coverage logo nsw

There were over 140 articles and mentions in consumer magazines and the national and regional press including Woman’s Weekly, Woman & Home, Stylist Magazine, Good Homes, Your Home, Sunday Mirror Notebook Magazine, The Guardian and The Independent. National Stationery Week was also mentioned on the Chris Evans, Ken Bruce and Steve Wright shows on BBC Radio 2, reaching audiences of over 10 million.

Over 20 leading blogs focused on writing by hand and Get Britain Writing.

National Stationery Week/Get Britain Writing branded taxis took to the road in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow in April, special lesson plans were made available for pupils in schools, and a long list of major retailers promoted the week online, in-store and on social media.

The list of participating retailers included Amazon, Bentalls, Blott, Fortnum & Mason, Funky Pigeon, Hobbycraft, John Lewis, Muji, Paperchase, Post Office, Poundland, Ryman, Sainsbury’s, Smiggle, Tesco, The Pen Shop, The Works, Websters and Wilko.

Next year’s National Stationery Week will take place from 27 April – 3 May 2015.

BBC Radio 4 spotlight on letter writing

Posted on 5th June, 2014

You & Yours logoDavid Bateman, Chief Operating Officer of Paperchase and Chris Leonard-Morgan, organiser of the London Stationery Show and National Stationery Week’s Get Britain Writing campaign, were interviewed on yesterday’s Radio 4 consumer affairs programme You & Yours, discussing the future of letter writing.

The programme looked at letter writing over the last century, and questioned the future for it over the next one. Both David and Chris emphasized David Batemanthe lasting power of the written word because of its personal nature, especially in a digital age.

“Writing paper is a growth category for us” said David Bateman. “We are increasing our options of writing sets and notecards every year.”

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p020bxg9

Stationery Show goes from strength to strength

Posted on 10th April, 2014

People picThe London Stationery Show’s move last week into the main hall at the Business Design Centre was enthusiastically received by both visitors and exhibitors, as well as being extensively reported in The Guardian, with many saying it was the best exhibition so far.

There was a real buzz at this year’s event which was 30% bigger than last year, with the products of over 200 suppliers from around the world on 116 stands.  Visitor numbers were once again up on the previous year and included buyers from almost every major UK retailer of stationery, as well as many independents and a growing number of overseas buyers.

“It’s a real plus for the industry to have something like the Stationery Show, it’s great to have stationery all under one roof” says Alexandra Miles, stationery buyer for Sainsbury’s.

Other retailers included Accessorize, Aldi Stores, Amazon, Anthropolgie, Argos, Asda, B&M Retail, Bentalls, Blott Retail, Booker Group, British Library, British Museum, Bureau Direct, Colemans, Costco, Cowling & Wilcox, Cult Pens, English Heritage, Fenwick, Fortnum & Mason, Foyles, Freud Museum, Funky Pigeon, Harrods, Imperial College, LSShow14_86Jarrold, JH Lorimer, John Lewis, John Smith & Son, Laura Ashley, London Graphic Centre, Makro, Moonpig, National Theatre, Natural History Museum, Osbornes, OU Students Union, Paperchase, Pilotfish, Post Office, Queen Mary Student Union, Royal Academy of Arts, Ryman, Scribbler, Selfridges, Student Union, Tesco, The Conran Shop, The National Trust, The Pen Shop, TJ Maxx, UCL, Urban Outfitters, Waterstones, Websters, WHSmith, Wilkinson.

A number of leading dealers, dealer groups and wholesalers also attended.  These included Advantia, Antalis, Bluefish, Commercial, Egan Reid, Exertis Gem, Nemo, Office2Office, Office Club, Office Friendly, OfficeTeam, Red Box, Spicers, Superstat, Total Office and VOW.

Over 90% exhibitors were showing new products, with many of these being displayed on the new New Product Showcase at the front of the exhibition.

“The Stationery Show was great and we were really pleased we attended” says Rachel Woolley, marketing manager, Staedtler (UK).

“The Stationery Show was the best ever for us” says Nick Parry, head of art & craft, ExaClair. “The feel of the show has improved hugely from a couple of years ago.”

“What a fantastic show” says Wendy Vickery, marketing manager, Pentel UK.

“It’s great to have a focused, well planned London based retail show for our growing and diverse industry.  We had a great response” says Stephen Fowler, retail sales manager, Castelli UK.

“Moving to a larger hall was a bold move which clearly paid off” says Reuben Utudjian, director, Mustard.

Next year’s London Stationery Show takes place on Tuesday 28 – Wednesday 29 April 2015, and will again be part of National Stationery Week (27 April – 3 May).

And the bride wore…. stationery!

Posted on 8th April, 2014

DGP_232The new Mrs Rachael Evans caused quite a stir at last week’s London Stationery Show wearing her stunning wedding dress and shoes made out of wedding stationery.

The 25 year old fashion design student at the University of Wolverhampton loves stationery so much that once she heard about National Stationery Week, she knew she had to get married in it.  The dress was made by fashion design students at the University.

At least, that was the official story put out on the first day of the London Stationery Show on Tuesday 1 April, supported by photographs of the weekend wedding at Wolverhampton’s St Peter’s Church.  It was in fact a carefully orchestrated April Fool – there was no wedding!

Rachael and her “husband” Sean (her real life boyfriend) spent the afternoon at the exhibition visiting stands and being photographed by exhibitors and visitors, and were special Wedding Dress Stationery_DGP_1 (2)guests at the presentation of the 2014 Stationery Awards at the after show party.

No one suspected anything until the truth was revealed the following day on Facebook and Twitter.    

“Fashion meets Function at the London Stationery Show” says organiser Chris Leonard-Morgan.  “Rachael’s beautiful dress shows just how personal and versatile stationery is!”

Next year’s London Stationery Show takes place on Tuesday 28 – Wednesday 29 April 2015.

Maped Helix a double winner in 2014 Stationery Awards

Posted on 8th April, 2014

Maped HelixMaped’s Jungle Innovation colour pens were the big winner in last week’s Stationery Awards at the London Stationery Show, winning the Children’s Stationery category and a special Innovation Award from the judges.

Over 250 entries were received from 60 companies and judged by buyers from Sainsbury’s, The Pen Shop, Ryman and Osbornes, and Peter Robinson of The Guardian newspaper.  The panel was chaired by independent retail advisor Henri Davis.

The buyers were Alex Miles of Sainsbury’s, Anita Molinari of Ryman, Louise Chapman of The Pen Shop and John Waits of Osbornes.DGP_235

The winners were:

Notebooks & Paper Products
Winner              Spring Innovative Workshop – Woot                                 Woot – You’re Fab notebooks
Commended     Trinity Xtras – Daycraft Signature Duo                               notebooks

Fine Writing Instruments
Winner              Lime Internet – Monteverde Tool Pen
Commended     Stone Marketing – Sheaffer Ferrari Duo Pen and Pencil Set

Everyday Writing Instruments
Winner            Zebra Pen (UK) – Sarasa Rapid Dry Gel Ink Pen
Commended   Thien Long Group – Renown ball pen

Children’s Stationery
Winner            Maped Helix – Maped Jungle Innovation colour pens set
Commended   From You To Me – Mum & Me, Dad & Me journalsDGP_220

Home Office
Winner            Stabilo – Neon highlighters
Commended   Monolith – Gift Paper Cutter

Diaries & Calendars
Winner            Nightingale International – A5 Diary
Commended   Busy B – School Year Calendar

Social Stationery
Winner            Ryland Peters & Small – Seasalt notecards
Commended   Abrams & Chronicle – Princeton                                       Architectural Press Pattern Box postcards

Made in Britain
Winner            Luckies of London – Deluxe Scratch Map
Commended   Sinclairs – Silvine Carbon Neutral note pads

Special Innovation Award
Winner            Maped Helix – Maped Jungle Innovation colour pens set

All entries are displayed on a special New Product Showcase at the front of the exhibition.

 

More exhibitors and more new products at Stationery Show

Posted on 24th March, 2014

Life Canvas_Paris_Range Shot 4The London Stationery Show opens next Tuesday and is a must for everyone looking to refresh and expand their stationery ranges or sell stationery for the first time, with the products of over 200 different suppliers from the UK and around the world on show, all in one place.

Fifty five exhibitors are new to this year’s exhibition, which takes place at the Business Design Centre on Tuesday 1 – Wednesday 2 April during National Stationery Week (31 March – 6 April).

“This is the fourth and biggest show to date, with a stunning line up of exhibitors and brands representing the very best in stationery and writing instruments from around the world” says organiser Chris Leonard-Morgan.  “Buyers see more stationery and pens at the London Stationery Show than at any Plusfile Rond Soft - Group Mixedother UK event.”

9 out of 10 exhibitors are showing new products, many of which will be displayed on the new New Product Showcase at the front of the exhibition.

Filofax are unveiling their vibrant new 2014 Spring Summer Collection of personal organisers and the new Clipbook flexible notebook.  Nuco are introducing Italian brand Fabriano’s beautiful new stationery ranges, Luckies of London have new additions to their novelty stationery range including the Skyline “Sentiments in Centimetres” rulers, Parragon have new fashion-forward stationery from US designer Bonnie Marcus and new Life Canvas Collections, and there is a raft of new pens from Faber-Castell, Kaweco, Ballograf, Monteverde and Caran d’Ache, to name just a few.