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What’s on at the Manchester Stationery Show

By Mark Hayhurst 26 Oct 2017

The countdown has begun to the debut of the Manchester Stationery Show at the end of October and there is plenty to see.

The New Product Showcase is always one of the most popular stopping off points for visitors and the Manchester one will be no exception. Featuring exhibitor products launched since January 1, 2017, it is an easy visual way to spot trends and track down new brands and suppliers, as all the products are clearly labelled with their supplier and stand number.

Every exhibitor has confirmed they will be showcasing new products for 2018 at Manchester, with edding, Silk Hat Greetings and Peace & Blessings offering show order deals on 2018 products.

In addition, many exhibitors, including Toscana Carte, Pomegranate Europe, Polaroid3D, Lime Stationery & Art, Newell, Portico, Glue Dots, Manuscript and Ryyan International will also be offering some fabulous final Christmas deals for retailers with a spot to fill.

The first Manchester Stationery Show plays host to 40 exhibitors representing some 70 leading stationery brands. The debut show has already attracted nearly 1,000 specialist stationery buyers to pre-register from across the UK, including independent gift, lifestyle and stationery stores from across the West Midlands and the North.

The show is looking forward to welcoming buyers and owners from stores such as The Clever Badger, Write Here, Paper Things, Chesters by the River, Thomas Stoner, Delta Pi, Pencil Me In, B&M Retail, Touch of Elegance, Card Party Store, The Gift Box Chester, kikki-K, Jottershop, Snow in Summer, Coventry University, Golden Hare Books, Paper Tiger, Penny Black Glasgow, Dunelm, Utility Retail, notonthehighstreet, The Little Stationery Shop, The Co-Operative Group, Open Office Solutions and Goulds to name a few.

You can also say hello to six new stationery suppliers in the LaunchPad area – Emma Lawrence Designs, Green Pebble, Paper Mirchi, Stationery Geek, Mayblossoming and Peace & Blessings. They’ll be waiting in trepidation for feedback, visitors will be encouraged to take a look at the line-up, which includes some magnificent gift wrap, a fun children’s range, adaptable, pro-use journals, beautifully illustrated cards and badges, a great range of non-mainstream cards and notebooks and fantastic family planners, spelling cards and personalized writing paper for children.

The Manchester Stationery Show is also offering a full line-up of expert speakers on both days:

Henri Davis, chair of The Giftware Association and independent retail advisor, will be looking at how independent retailers can turn their size and individuality to their advantage

Michael Weedon, high street and retail commentator, shares data that reveals what is happening to retail on Britain’s high streets and shopping centres

Tracey Bearton, editor of leading trade title Greetings Today, explains how to best present the news about your company in the media

Phil Pond, trend translator of trend forecasters Scarlet Opus, will identify how the changing attitudes of buyers and global consumer and design trends should be affecting buyers’ choices and how products are presented

Faika Khurram, retail analyst at the Bright Consultancy, will be commenting on the consultancy’s recent ‘Back to School’ review and offering a view of the key things for retailers and suppliers to capture for a successful Back to School 2018.

And finally, well-known graphologist Christina Strang, is not only sharing insights about the written word and what it says about us, but will also be offering interested individuals the opportunity to have their handwriting analysed free of charge.

Anyone interested in booking a session with Christina at the show should contact Vanessa Fortnam in the first instance on 01666 824624 or via

Full details of the seminar programme are on the show website – click here.

The Thirty Under 30 Awards initiative by trade magazine Stationery Matters to find thirty people under 30 years of age each contributing to the success and future of the stationery industry is a first.

Each of the thirty nominees, the reasons why they were nominated and the judges’ comments about their entries are all part of the display at the show.

The nominees have been invited to attend the After-Show drinks party which takes place on the first evening of the show, where the judges’ star choices will be revealed.

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