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My Favourite Things

Posted on 5th March 2017 by Vanessa Fortnam

Pen2Paper magazine asked London Stationery Show founder, Chris Leonard-Morgan, to name his six favourite stationery items.  

This is his list…

1 Parker 51 fountain pen  img40
I don’t use it all the time but do whenever possible for handwritten letters and cards, and for signing important documents, letters and contracts.
My mother gave me the pen many years ago for passing a particular exam, and I have believed in the importance of handwritten communications ever since.  There are many wonderful, beautifully designed pens on the market today…it’s a real feel good product and must-have accessory for both men and women!




2 Smythson Panama notebook
My daughter is responsible for this particular indulgence which accompanies me everywhere, including meetings and exhibitions. It’s pocket sized and very flexible – like the Panama hat! – and of course very convenient to use.  It is home to many of my best ideas, as well as some of the more far fetched and insane!





3 Campo Marzio desk organiser  img34
I discovered Campo Marzio in London’s Piccadilly, and have been a fan ever since.  They are an Italian design-led company (aren’t all Italian companies?) with very smart stores around the world and sell beautiful multicoloured leather goods and writing instruments.  Funnily enough, this item was also given to me by my daughter in an attempt to help me organise if not my life, then at least my desk a bit better – it is still work in progress!




img424 Faber-Castell pencils
It is amazing how many people like writing with a pencil, and I am one of them.  I use a lot of Faber-Castell’s, and had the pleasure of meeting the late Count Anton von Faber-Castell and telling him so. I am also a fan of Caran d’Ache and their products…both are very fine, family run businesses.





5 M&M’s giant paperclips
The bigger the paperclip, the less likely you are to lose the papers! This one is proof positive of the power of branding and licensing, and its growing involvement in the stationery market. It puts FUN into the functional, and always makes me smile.

6 Samsung Galaxy S6
I couldn’t run my business without this wonderful product, which is a boon to many like me running a small business on the go and wanting to keep in touch with a far flung family, especially with photographs.

I don’t exactly lead the technology charge, but I am on a mission to prove that analogue and digital complement each other, and can comfortably
co-exist. Writing matters!

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Last Chance to enter 30 Under 30

Posted on 29th August 2017 by Vanessa Fortnam

Step forward, talented business people of the stationery world – your industry needs you!Nominate yourself or one of your team by the end of August…

The 30 Under 30 Awards will acknowledge the vital role the up-and-coming generation plays in keeping our industry vibrant, exciting and constantly pushing boundaries.


  • Profiles of the 30 Under 30 nominees will appear in the Autumn/Winter issue of Stationery Matters, in a section dedicated to recognizing those who demonstrate creativity, commitment and passion in their given roles within the market.
  • Nominees will be assessed by a panel of four judges:  Mark Janson-Smith, Managing Director of independent retailer Postmark, Ruth Burgess, Senior Stationery Buyer of B&M Retail Ltd, Wendy Vickery, Marketing Manager of Pentel (Stationery) Ltd and Julia Faiers, Editor of Stationery Matters.
  • The magazine’s readers include key buyers, retailers, wholesalers and recruiters in the stationery industry, so it’s your chance to get noticed by the people that countIn addition, the initiative will be featured in a display at the Manchester Stationery Show.  The display will feature details of each of the nominees and why they were nominated, highlighting those awarded special praise by the judges.
  • The nominees will also be invited to attend Manchester’s After-Show drinks party which takes place on the first evening of the show, with the judges’ star choices being awarded a 30 Under 30 trophy and personal prize.


  • Enter yourself, or nominate someone.
  • You must submit your entry before the end of August.
  • It is free to enter the 30 Under 30 Awards.


You will find the online entry form on the Stationery Matters or


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