Over Halloween, the city of Manchester hosted its debut Stationery Show. Visitors have praised the new trade show tremendously, describing it as ‘edgy, quirky, intimate and boutique’, to the delight of organisers Ocean Media Group.
The Group who also run the sister event, The London Stationery Show, decided to give the northern show a venue with an industrial-style environment at the Victoria Warehouse, incorporating exposed beams and pipes, red brick walls and concrete floors. The new show attracted 40 exhibitors representing 70 leading stationery brands.
Marketing director of the show, Vanessa Fortnam, said, “The stationery industry is a creative and fashion-led sector. We want to tap into this creativity and stage events that inspire and inform. We are already planning how to encourage more suppliers to take advantage of this new industry event to network with customers and new contacts in 2018.
“We will also address the issue of visitor parking for next year. Many visitors were frustrated and delayed on the first day of the show as it clashed with a Manchester United Champions League home game. We hope our decision to pull the show forward to the beginning of October next year will help with this.”
Regionally-based visitors included Marple Stationery Supplies, Utility Retail, Austin & Co, Ryman, O’Pen Office Solutions, Castlegate Stationery, Art & Toys, B&M Retail, Poundland, The Crow Emporium, The Little Stationery Shop and Write Here.
“The venue choice was good in terms of space, layout and feel, meaning we were able to showcase our products to great effect,” said Clement Rouillard of ExaClair. “It was well attended by key customers in the boutique stationery market and so a positive experience for us. A roaring success.”
2018’s Manchester Stationery Show will run for two days commencing on Tuesday 2 October, once again based at the Victoria Warehouse.