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,; 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 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.



Posted on 18th January 2017 by Vanessa Fortnam