May 4, 2016
London Stationery Show breaks all records
The sixth London Stationery Show closed its doors last week 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 percent from 2015; the highest number of stands at 155, up 15 percent from 2015; its highest number of Stationery Award entries, up more than 100 from 2015 and welcomed visitors from 43 countries.
One of this year’s Stationery Awards judges, Louisa Brenton, gift and stationery buyer at Bentalls, Fenwick Kingston commented, “I was very impressed by the caliber of product at the show… it was good to see a lot more gifting orientated product on display, and, as always, 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 recognize the individual passion and interest that had gone into creating the Book.
Henri Davis, independent retail advisor and vice-president of The Giftware Association, who again chaired the judging panel commented, “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 London Stationery Show showcases the creativity and relevance of stationery to the retail market and beyond. Fashionable, educational, personal, creative and diverse — there are so many functions that stationery products satisfy and consumers love it more than ever. The London Stationery Show is the place for retailers to discover these, review ranges and choose paper and writing products that will add to and complement their product offer.
The 2017 London Stationery Show will take place on Tuesday 25 – Wednesday 26 April at the Business Design Centre, London.