Final call for entries to the LaunchPad competition

Budding stationery designers and suppliers have until FRIDAY, 9 FEBRUARY to put their new product and service ideas forward for consideration. The entry form can be found on the show’s new website –

To go straight to the entry form, CLICK HERE.

Entries this year will be judged by Sidonie Warren, founder of design-led stationery retailer Papersmiths, Daniel Mark Carr, global brand director of international art supplies company Colart and award-winning textile and stationery designer Nikki Strange.

Daniel Mark Carr said: “I am thrilled to have been asked to be a judge alongside Sidonie and Nikki. The stationery industry and creativity industry in general is growing, and now more than ever we need aspiring talent and design/innovation leadership that impresses and engages with consumers.”

The panel will be looking for up to 12 candidates to award a free exhibition stand to at this year’s London Stationery Show which runs at the end of April at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

“Please pass on and share the details of this competition as widely as possible – there are plenty of opportunities in the stationery industry for those with innovative ideas and enthusiasm,” said show event manager, Hazel Fieldwick.

Each winner will be awarded a free display space at the show and the opportunity to enter the Stationery Awards 2018. The showcased winners get great exposure to all the UK’s leading retailers and suppliers visiting the show and will receive PR and marketing support from the London Stationery Show team.

The annual specialist trade show attracts the UK’s biggest retailers, influential buyers and brands in the stationery sector. The LaunchPad competition was run for the first time by the London Stationery Show in April 2017, and again by the Manchester Show in October. The initiative has so far showcased 18 new hopefuls.

The LaunchPad competition is open to any company which, or individual who:
• Has not exhibited at either the London or Manchester Stationery Shows previously
• Has the rights to sell the featured product/range/service
• Does not currently sell the featured product/range/service through any UK national retail accounts or distributors in the UK stationery retail sector

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