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One amazing week for stationery
Posted on 7th May, 2015
Where does one even start to try and give a taste of what happened last week in the world – and I do mean world – of stationery which kicked off with the start of National Stationery Week on Monday, the London Stationery Show on Tuesday and the first World Stationery Day on Wednesday.
As the late, great Sir David Frost might have said, that was a week, that was!
It was by any standards an extraordinary few days for the stationery business and community which came together to talk about and promote the importance of writing by hand, and the great products we use to do it – retailers, suppliers, schools, teachers, the media and of course consumers ….you and me!
The emotional and physical buy in by all was amazing, and went way beyond just the draw of prizes in competitions and promotions.
RETAILERS such as Paperchase, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, WHSmith, Tesco, Smythson and B & M ran promotions and tweeted like crazy, as did many fabulous independent retailers across the UK and overseas including USA and New Zealand.
THE MEDIA talked about stationery, literally, on BBC Radio 2 on the Chris Evans and Steve Wright shows, and in print and on line in Stylist, Homes & Gardens, Ideal Home, the Independent, Express, Guardian and Sunday Mirror to mention just a few
SARAH MILLICAN and LAUREN LAVERNE were among high profilers who spread the love
SCHOOL CHILDREN in Cumberland set out to write the world’s longest letter
YOU GOV research commissioned by National Stationery Week revealed that 98% of adults believe it is important that children are taught to write by hand at school
….and consumers and stationery addicts the world over used social media to talk about their love of all things stationery, and the importance and benefits of writing by hand in a digital age.
Now for a closer look at some of those thousands of tweets which say it all!
Record start to 2016 Stationery Show stand sales
Posted on 19th June, 2015
Exhibitor bookings for next year’s new-look London Stationery Show have got off to a record start, following this year’s successful event at the Business Design Centre in April.
70% of the space at this year’s exhibition has been sold in the first six weeks.
“The Stationery Show is set for a fifth consecutive year of growth” says organiser Chris Leonard-Morgan.
“It’s the go-to show for a large and growing number of buyers and suppliers who love the focus on stationery and writing products, the friendly feel-good atmosphere and that it is so easy to shop. If you’re not here, you’re missing out!”
This year’s exhibition attracted the leading buyers from across the retail spectrum, from stationery and gift boutiques to multiples, department stores, supermarkets and online retailers.
“The exhibition was excellent – the location is fantastic, and I love that it’s all stationery in one place” said Katy Golden, category manager, Stationery & Gifts, WHSmith Direct
Other visitors included Achica, Aldi Foodstores, Amazon, Anthropologie, Asda, ASOS, B&M Retail, Bentalls, BIZ Stationery, British Library, British Museum, Bureau Direct, Camerons Department Stores, Cass Art, Cath Kidston, Clarks Stationers, Club Group, Colemans, Costco, Cowling & Wilcox, Cult Pens, Disney Corporation, English Heritage, Europens, Fenwick, Findel Education, Fortnum & Mason, Foyles, Freud Museum, Harrods, Historic Royal Palaces, Hobbycraft, Imperial College, Imperial War Museum, Jarrolds, JH Lorimer, John Lewis, John Smith & Son, Lidl UK, London Graphic Centre, London School of Economics Students’ Union, London Zoo, Monsoon Accessorize, Moonpig, National Gallery, National Theatre, Natural History Museum, Ocado, Open University Students Union, Oxford Campus Stores, Paperchase, Paperwaits t/a Osborne Stationers, Penfriend, Pilotfish, Post Office, Postmark, Pullingers, Quill London, Royal Academy of Arts, Royal National Theatre, Ryman, Sainsbury’s, Scholastic UK, Science Museum, Scribbler, Selfridges, Southbank Centre, Staples, Student Central, TK Maxx, Tesco, The Conran Shop, The Pen Shop, The Range, The Stationery & Gift Boutique, Tiger Pens, Trago Mills, University of Essex, University of Oxford, University of the Arts London, UOE, Urban Outfitters, VOW Retail, Waterstones, Websters, WHSmith, Wyevale Garden Centres.
“Portico Designs exhibited for the first time this year and we were so impressed we have booked a stand double the size for 2016. The show is perfect for meeting new and existing customers, we had a constant stream of visitors to our stand over the two days” says managing director, Simon Harrison
The 2016 London Stationery Show will take place on 26-27 April at the Business Design Centre during National Stationery Week (25 April – 1 May). World Stationery Day is on Wednesday, 27 April.More News Stories...