Gifts Today magazine

Stationery Show attracts top industry judges

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.

“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 & Gifts Boutique, Bedfordshire, Katy Golden, category manager for stationery & gifts, at WHSmith Direct 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 28 April, 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 28 and 29 April, 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.

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