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Launchpad London 2019 opens for entries

14 Dec 2018

The annual competition to find and support individuals and companies in their efforts to break into the steadily growing stationery industry is back for its fourth edition at Stationery Show London 2019. Run for the first time by the London Stationery Show in April 2017, the LaunchPad initiative has so far showcased 30 new hopefuls, with some notable successes for winners such as Back Pocket Notebook, Peace & Blessings, Paper Mirchi, Type and Story and Batch.Work, to name but a few. Niccy Iseman, founder of Type and Story, and a 2018 LaunchPad winner, said: “I had a taste of trade show life at the Stationery Show … I loved every second of meeting people, especially other designers. I managed to get a few great leads and am now happily stocked at Somerset House, so it was entirely worth it. I loved the setup, talking to buyers and trade show life.” Now happily working with The Art File, Zakera Kali, founder of Peace & Blessings and LaunchPad winner in 2017 said: “My advice to anyone entering LaunchPad is to make sure you are organised and ready, as you really don’t know where winning could lead you.” The LaunchPad search aims to find up to 12 individuals or companies with new ideas for products or services for the stationery industry. Entrants just need to put their ideas and a product sample forward to be in with a chance of winning a free exhibition stand at the 2019 Stationery Show London which runs on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 30 and May 1. The closing date for entries is February 28, 2019. The annual trade show attracts the UK’s biggest retailers, influential buyers and brands in the stationery sector. As part of its offering of fantastic writing and paper products and gifts, LaunchPad competition winners can showcase their ideas and products to show visitors and fellow exhibitors free of charge. Stationery Show London represents a vital moment in the stationery industry calendar where all the key suppliers and retailers come together, so it is the perfect platform for this type of initiative. All the LaunchPad judges this year have either started, or launched a business in the stationery industry, so are ideally placed to assess how well LaunchPad entries are likely to perform. They are Sarah Sibley, founder of online stationery retailer Got2Jot; Michael Owen, co-founder of Lime Stationery & Art; Penny Green, director of retail & wholesale Europe for kikki-K, who introduced kikki-K to the UK; Jamie Mitchell, co-founder and director at quirky stationery and gift supplier Ohh Deer, and Kaushal Shah, founder of Paper Plus Europe. Both James and Kaushal were also identified as ‘Thirty Under 30 Star Choice’ stationery industry winners earlier this year. The closing date for entries is February 28. The entry form can be found on the show website – www.stationeryshowlondon.co.uk/launchpad 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 stationery retail sector Winners will receive a free display space at the show, a listing on the show’s website and in its Event Guide and the opportunity to enter the Stationery Awards 2019. All the winners will get fantastic exposure to all the UK’s leading retailers and suppliers visiting the show and will receive free PR support from the show’s marketing team.

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Trimcraft launches new trade website

07 Dec 2018

Nottingham-based Arts and Craft supplier Trimcraft have launch its newly designed trade website.

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Sizzix has launched a mobile consumer sharing app

07 Dec 2018

Creativity goes mobile with a brand-new app for makers that delivers creative inspiration and community engagement in the palm of their hand.

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Headline speakers announced for CHSI Stitches 2019

06 Dec 2018

CHSI Stitches has announced headline speakers for the flagship industry event in February including Paul Wright, co-founder of HOCHANDA; Sarah Cressall, founder of Creation Station and the teams behind the hugely successful Yarn Shop Day and Sew Saturday.

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Pantone announces the Color of the Year 2019: PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral

06 Dec 2018

Pantone, provider of professional colour standards and digital solutions for the design industry, has announced PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral as the Pantone Color of the Year 2019, an animating and life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone.

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Charity Crafternoon and Quiltalong in aid of Mind a success

05 Dec 2018

Two charity events hosted by Create and Craft, in a aid of Mind, were a great success.

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Crafter’s Companion expands US presence

28 Nov 2018

Crafter’s Companion has announced plans to move its US headquarters to a larger space in Corona, California, following a huge growth in sales from $12m to an estimated $22m over the past two years.

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The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show adds dressmaking to its popular textile line up

28 Nov 2018

In addition to its much-loved textile art, craft and design line-up of workshops, galleries and more, The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show will have exciting new content dedicated to dressmaking.

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Bringing Innovation To The Craft Jewellery Market…

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