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LaunchPad London judging panel confirmed

This year’s LaunchPad London entries will be judged by Sidonie Warren, founder of design-led stationery retailer Papersmiths, Daniel Mark Carr, global brand director of international art supplies company Colart and award-winning textile and stationery designer Nikki Strange

'To get feedback from this panel of judges is reason enough to enter the competition!' comments the London Stationery Show’s event manager, Hazel Fieldwick. 'We’re delighted that Sidonie, Daniel and Nikki are supporting the competition in this way – their combined expertise is impressive!'

All three judges were recently identified as ‘Thirty Under 30’ nominees in an initiative to identify rising stars in the UK stationery industry.

Daniel Mark Carr commented, 'I am thrilled to have been asked to be a judge alongside Sidonie and Nikki. The stationery industry and creativity industry in general is growing, and now more than ever we need aspiring talent and design/innovation leadership that impresses and engages with consumers.'

The panel will be looking for up to 12 candidates to award a free exhibition stand to at this year’s London Stationery Show which runs at the end of April at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

Budding stationery designers and suppliers have until Friday 9 February to put their new product and service ideas forward for consideration. The entry form can be found on the show’s website

The annual specialist trade show attracts the UK’s biggest retailers, influential buyers and brands in the stationery sector. The LaunchPad competition was run for the first time by the London Stationery Show in April 2017, and again by the Manchester Show in October. The initiative has so far showcased 18 new hopefuls.

The LaunchPad competition is open to any company which, or individual who:
● Has not exhibited at either the London or Manchester Stationery Shows previously
● Has the rights to sell the featured product/range/service
● Does not currently sell the featured product/range/service through any UK national retail accounts or distributors in the stationery retail sector

Each prize will include a free display space at the show and the opportunity to enter the Stationery Awards 2018. All the winners will get great exposure to all the UK’s leading retailers and suppliers visiting the show and will receive PR and marketing support from the London Stationery Show team.

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