The sixth London Stationery Show closed its doors last month after recording its highest ever visitor numbers and achieving several other record breaking firsts.
The exhibition had its highest number of visitors to date, up 27 per cent on 2015; the highest number of stands at 155, up 15 per cent on 2015; its highest number of Stationery Award entries, up more than 100 on 2015 at 350 new product entries and welcomed visitors from 43 countries.
“Just about everyone who is anyone in the stationery market seemed to be at the show,” said exhibitor director, Chris Leonard-Morgan. “We were also delighted to host Nuco's successful Guinness World Record attempt for the World's Largest Notebook. Our congratulations go to managing director Keith Matthews and his team at Nuco International, who have also been a great sponsor for National Stationery Week this year,” added Chris.
One of this year's Stationery Awards judges, Louisa Brenton, gift and stationery buyer at Bentalls, Fenwick Kingston, said: “I was very impressed by the calibre of products at the show… it was good to see a lot more gifting orientated product on display, and I thought the new product on display at the entrance looked fabulous.”
The biggest winners in the Awards this year were Notable Designs, with two wins and three commendations, and Stone Marketing also with two wins and one commendation. Emma Fletcher of Mum's Office won the Diaries & Organisers category with her Christmas Book and picked up the discretionary Judges' Choice Award, given this year to recognise the individual passion and interest that had gone into creating the Book. Full details of all the categories and winners can be found on the show website www.stationeryshow.co.uk.
Henri Davis, independent retail advisor and vice-president of The Giftware Association, who again chaired the judging panel, said: “The judges were thrilled by the strength and diversity of the products entered this year. With four new judges on the panel there were comments about how useful it was to see focused selections of new products to evaluate and compare. They were all making notes of products they wanted to follow up on.”
The 2017 London Stationery Show will take place on Tuesday 25th to Wednesday 26th April at the Business Design Centre, London.
Posted: 22 March 2019