Gifts Today magazine

LaunchPad success for GA members

Emma Lawrence and Rani Moochhala win stands at Manchester Stationery Show 2017

The Giftware Association are proud to announce not one, but two members have both found success with the Stationery Show's new Launchpad competition.

Taking two of the six winning positions in the competition celebrating suppliers looking to break into the booming design led stationery market with new and innovative designs.

Shropshire-based illustrator and designer Emma Lawrence has developed the competition-winning The Little Nature Explorers’ range. It features designs from the series of books which educate children about our fascinating and beautiful natural world. Emma says: 'I am thrilled to have won a stand at the Manchester Stationery Show 2017. The whole concept of the Little Nature Explorers books is to encourage children to get outside, explore and develop an early interest in nature, so I am happy it has been recognised by the judges.  Being a new company, it is a fantastic opportunity to showcase my new children’s stationery range and to receive support and advice to progress further.'

The competition has been judged by leading names from the stationery sector, including Paul Walker and Fred Aldous, Marple Stationery Supplies' owner Sarah Laker and Helen Riley-Ditchfield, designer for Widdop And Co. They finalised the six entrants who will receive a free stand space at the Stationery Show's inaugural Manchester show and also benefit from extensive marketing and PR support to help out the new businesses.

As well as getting their products in front of a team of influential judges, there will be a special display area which will showcase the winners' products and designs which will be seen by leading retailers and independent suppliers.

The other GA winner is Paper Mirchi, for her range of beautifully handcrafted giftwrap which is a new product in the UK market. A qualified textile designer, company owner Rani has developed this stunning giftwrap using traditional techniques like hand marbling and age tested textile processes like tie and dye, batik and block printing, that caught the judges' attention.

Rani said of her win: 'Our range of giftwrap is extremely unique as each sheet has been individually handcrafted by a skilled artisan using these complex techniques on our recycled handmade cotton paper. Their superior quality, handmade nature and recycled character make them a stationery lover's dream. I am very excited to have won this competition and for the recognition of my hard work. A simple quote that inspires me is "Dream big, work hard, and make it happen"…and it has in the instance of this competition.'

The winners of the competition will receive a free stand at the Manchester stationery show on the 31 October to 1 November, where they will showcase their competition winning entries.

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