Congratulations to this year’s National Calendar Award winners!

(With thanks to Tracey Bearton, editor of Greetings Today, for her report on the event)

INDISCREET tales about Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Prince Phillip were the extremely funny lead-in to the annual National Calendar Awards ceremony (which took place on 25 January at Stationers’ Hall in London) with guest speaker Nick Ferrari keeping up the banter throughout the presentations.

And the LBC Radio breakfast show host moved matters on apace at Stationers’ Hall in London, ensuring it wasn’t long before everyone knew first-time entrant Emma Ball was having a brilliant night with no less than three trophies, including the coveted Elephant Award for the best retail calendar overall.

Triple winner Emma said, “It’s fantastic! Honestly, it really means so much to me – I think the Excellence In Design was the one that meant so much as I took it away from the printer a couple of years ago and started again from scratch. I’m so buzzing right now, and full of ideas for the next one.”

Licensed Calendar specialists Danilo Promotions were the event’s biggest winners with the Best New Title and four other awards, while Rose Calendars and Allan + Bertram collected three apiece, and Flame Tree Publishing and Carousel Calendars were each called to the podium twice.NCA Awards presentation 2017

The London Stationery Show, represented by marketing manager Vanessa Fortnam, presented a Winner’s Award to Carousel Calendars for their Slimline Calendar featuring Matt Sewell’s designs.

The full list of winners is below.

David Higgins, of Avonside Publishing, introduced proceedings by thanking organiser Pat Batley and her assistants Kay Hurrell and Amy Rowley, and the awards sponsors Allan + Bertram, Avonside Publishing, BrownTrout, Calendar Club, Carousel Calendars, Danilo, Eight Days A Week, Grange Communications, London Stationery Show, Premier Paper Group, Online Calendar Shop, Reeve Calendars, Rose Calendars and Tams Packaging.

He then took a look back over the events of 2016 and how they will affect future business, adding: “Some things will stay the same – as I drove along the A303 to London earlier, I passed Stonehenge which, as we know, is the oldest calendar in England.

“It was built before the Pyramids of ancient Egypt – Stonehenge was actually built before the first Cliff Richard calendar was published!

“This structure has remained through numerous world-changing times and I saw it today as a symbol of stability – talking of stability, I can report that the overall amount of calendars sold in the UK remains a robust 16million, enough for one in every family home.”

With the ceremony being held in Stationers’ Hall for the sixth year running, the current Master of the Livery Company Ian Bennett also spoke: “The calendar industry continues to thrive despite all the efforts of the digital brigade and remains a very important industry for the UK and, of course, for the Stationers’ Company.

“Wandering around the hall looking at all of the entries, it’s not difficult to see why the calendar is so much a part of our business and private lives. The photography and design skills have merged into a really exciting exhibition.

“Please ignore the rumour that I kept returning to the Kelly Brook calendar, it’s not true! My interest is cars, but the beauty of this exhibition and the world of calendars is that so many other interests are exhibited.”

Then it was time for the star attraction in the shape of broadcaster and former national newspaper journalist Nick, who regaled the audience with tales – accompanied by some impressive acting skills – of his convivial radio interviews and meetings with the great and the not-so good.

The list included the Duke of Edinburgh, former PM David Cameron, the ex-UKIP leader, and current Foreign Secretary Boris in his time as Mayor of London, who was trying to persuade Nick to stand as a Conservative candidate to replace him.


NATIONAL CALENDAR AWARDS 2017 – CATEGORY WINNERS

Free-standing Format Calendars
Sponsors Online Calendar Shop
Winner Desk Top Calendar, Busy B

Slimline Format Calendars
Sponsors London Stationery Show
Winner Matt Sewell’s British Birds, Carousel Calendars

Illustrated, Desk and Pocket Diaries
Sponsors Tams Packaging
Winner Marvel Comics Diary, Danilo Promotions

Retail Calendar – Animals
Sponsors Reeve Calendars
Winner Thierry Bisch: A Bestiary, Pomegranate

Retail Calendar – Scenic/Landscape
Sponsors Rose Calendars
Winner Cornwall Calendar, Emma Ball

Retail Calendar – Humour/Characters
Sponsors BrownTrout Publishing
Winner Beano Official Calendar – Danilo Promotions

Retail Calendar – Media/Glamour/Celebrities
Sponsors Grange Communications
Winner Vintage Burlesque, Flame Tree Publishing

Retail Calendar – Classical & Contemporary Art
Sponsors Danilo Promotions
Winner Angie Lewin – Flame Tree Publishing

Retail Calendar – Transport
Sponsors Allan + Bertram
Winner The Flying Scotsman, Carousel Calendars

Retail Calendar – Illustration
Sponsors Calendar Club
Winner Star Trek 50th Anniversary, Danilo Promotions

Cause Related
Sponsors Danilo Promotions
Winner Helping Paws, Jo Scott, Scott & Robson

Best Corporate Bespoke Calendar
Sponsors Calendar Club
Winner Antalis, Antalis

Corporate Stock Calendars – Animals & Natural World
Sponsors Avonside Publishing
Winner Untamed, Allan + Bertram

Corporate Stock Calendars – Contemporary/Innovative
Sponsors Carousel Calendars
Winner 360 Interactive, Rose Calendars

Corporate Stock Calendars – Scenic/Landscape
Sponsors Avonside Publishing
Winner Epic, Allan + Bertram

Corporate Stock Calendars – Special Interest/Humor/Transport
Sponsors Calendar Club
Winner Countryside Walks, Rose Calendars

Excellence in Production
Sponsors Premier Paper Group
Winner Ladybird Books For Grown-Ups, Danilo Promotions

Excellence in Photography
Sponsors BrownTrout Publishing
Winner Untamed – Allan & Bertram

Excellence in Design
Sponsors Eight Days A Week
Winner Emma Ball, Cornwall Calendar

Best New Title
Sponsors Grange Communications
Winner Harry Potter Colouring Calendar, Danilo Promotions

The Elephant Award, Best Retail Calendar
Sponsors Calendar Club
Winner Cornwall Calendar, Emma Ball

The Fred Kendrick Award, Best Business Calendar
Sponsors Danilo Promotions
Winner Countryside Walks, Rose Calendars

The People’s Choice 2017
Sponsors Eight Days A Week
Winner Warwick Rowers

Student Awards
Sponsors The Wynkyn De Worde Society
Winner – Seasonal Paper Cut Calendar, India Chick
Highly commended – James Wilson, £1 A Day Calendar; Matthew Swift, The Times Of The Moon.
Certificate Of Merit – Daniel Tortely, The Road Map Calendar; Steven Clay, the Toilet Roll Calendar.

Posted on 2nd February 2017 by Vanessa Fortnam