Stationery Show goes from strength to strength
The London Stationery Show’s move last week into the main hall at the Business Design Centre was enthusiastically received by both visitors and exhibitors, as well as being extensively reported in The Guardian, with many saying it was the best exhibition so far.
There was a real buzz at this year’s event which was 30% bigger than last year, with the products of over 200 suppliers from around the world on 116 stands. Visitor numbers were once again up on the previous year and included buyers from almost every major UK retailer of stationery, as well as many independents and a growing number of overseas buyers.
“It’s a real plus for the industry to have something like the Stationery Show, it’s great to have stationery all under one roof” says Alexandra Miles, stationery buyer for Sainsbury’s.
Other retailers included Accessorize, Aldi Stores, Amazon, Anthropolgie, Argos, Asda, B&M Retail, Bentalls, Blott Retail, Booker Group, British Library, British Museum, Bureau Direct, Colemans, Costco, Cowling & Wilcox, Cult Pens, English Heritage, Fenwick, Fortnum & Mason, Foyles, Freud Museum, Funky Pigeon, Harrods, Imperial College, Jarrold, JH Lorimer, John Lewis, John Smith & Son, Laura Ashley, London Graphic Centre, Makro, Moonpig, National Theatre, Natural History Museum, Osbornes, OU Students Union, Paperchase, Pilotfish, Post Office, Queen Mary Student Union, Royal Academy of Arts, Ryman, Scribbler, Selfridges, Student Union, Tesco, The Conran Shop, The National Trust, The Pen Shop, TJ Maxx, UCL, Urban Outfitters, Waterstones, Websters, WHSmith, Wilkinson.
A number of leading dealers, dealer groups and wholesalers also attended. These included Advantia, Antalis, Bluefish, Commercial, Egan Reid, Exertis Gem, Nemo, Office2Office, Office Club, Office Friendly, OfficeTeam, Red Box, Spicers, Superstat, Total Office and VOW.
Over 90% exhibitors were showing new products, with many of these being displayed on the new New Product Showcase at the front of the exhibition.
“The Stationery Show was great and we were really pleased we attended” says Rachel Woolley, marketing manager, Staedtler (UK).
“The Stationery Show was the best ever for us” says Nick Parry, head of art & craft, ExaClair. “The feel of the show has improved hugely from a couple of years ago.”
“What a fantastic show” says Wendy Vickery, marketing manager, Pentel UK.
“It’s great to have a focused, well planned London based retail show for our growing and diverse industry. We had a great response” says Stephen Fowler, retail sales manager, Castelli UK.
“Moving to a larger hall was a bold move which clearly paid off” says Reuben Utudjian, director, Mustard.
Next year’s London Stationery Show takes place on Tuesday 28 – Wednesday 29 April 2015, and will again be part of National Stationery Week (27 April – 3 May).
Posted on 10th April 2014 by Hazel Fieldwick