What’s On – Manchester Stationery Show Latest!

The countdown has begun to the debut of the Manchester Stationery Show at the end of October, this is a quick round up of what visitors can expect to see, hear and get involved in!

There’s plenty to see…

 The New Product Showcase is always one of the most popular stopping off points for visitors and the Manchester one will be no exception.  Featuring exhibitor products launched since 1 January 2017 it is an easy visual way to spot trends and track down new brands and suppliers, as all the products are clearly labelled with their supplier and stand number.

Every exhibitor has confirmed they will be showcasing new products for 2018 at Manchester, with edding, Silk Hat Greetings and Peace & Blessings offering show order deals on 2018 products.

In addition, many exhibitors, including Toscana Carte, Pomegranate Europe, Polaroid3D, Lime Stationery & Art, Newell, Portico, Glue Dots, Manuscript and Ryyan International will also be offering some fabulous final Christmas deals for retailers with a spot to fill!

The first Manchester Stationery Show plays host to 40 exhibitors representing some 70 leading stationery brands.  The debut show has already attracted nearly 1000 specialist stationery buyers to pre-register from across the UK, including independent gift, lifestyle and stationery stores from across the West Midlands and the North.

The show is looking forward to welcoming buyers and owners from stores such as The Clever Badger, Write Here, Paper Things, Chesters by the River, Thomas Stoner, Delta Pi, Pencil Me In, B&M Retail, Touch of Elegance, Card Party Store, The Gift Box Chester, kikki-K, Jottershop, Snow in Summer, Coventry University, Golden Hare Books, Paper Tiger, Penny Black Glasgow, Dunelm, Utility Retail, notonthehighstreet, The Little Stationery Shop, The Co-Operative Group, Open Office Solutions and Goulds to name a few.

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Say hello to six new stationery suppliers in our LaunchPad area – Emma Lawrence Designs, Green Pebble, Paper Mirchi, Stationery Geek, Mayblossoming and Peace & Blessings.  They’ll be waiting in trepidation for feedback, visitor will be encouraged to take a look at the line-up which includes some magnificent gift wrap, a fun children’s range, adaptable, pro-use journals, beautifully illustrated cards and badges, a great range of non-mainstream cards and notebooks and fantastic family planners, spelling cards and personalized writing paper for kids!


Listen and learn…

The Manchester Stationery Show is offering a full line up of expert speakers on both days – listen in to the latest analysis on how ‘Back to School’ went this year, and what really is happening on Britain’s High Streets, find out how to publicise your company with top tips from a leading trade press editor, get ahead by taking a look at the trends for 2018 now, find out how to make the most of being an indy and finally, find out more about our handwriting and what insights it reveals about us all!

For full details of the seminar programme – click here.

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Sponsored by trade magazine Craft Focus, and led by editor Julie Bonnar, exhibitors Manuscript, Eddings, Glue Dots and Paper Mirchi have put together some simple, but effective ideas for workshops that retailers could run themselves, or with some supplier help.

The first 25 visitors to pre-book a workshop place on each day will receive a stationery goodie bag to take away.  Click here to see the timetable and booking details.





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This initiative by trade magazine Stationery Matters to find thirty people under 30 years of age each contributing to the success and future of the stationery industry is a first.  Each of the thirty nominees, the reasons why they were nominated and the judges’ comments about their entries are all part of the display at the show. The nominees have been invited to attend the After-Show drinks party which takes place on the first evening of the show, where the judges’ star choices will be revealed.

The full list of nominees can be found in the Autumn/Winter issue of by Stationery Matters.

Click here to read the online issue.

The new Manchester Stationery Show 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.

Posted on 24th October 2017 by Vanessa Fortnam