National Stationery Week is back for its seventh year and will run from Monday 23 April to Sunday 29 April.

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The week aims to celebrate stationery in all its forms and uses and encourage everyone to write more by hand.

This year each day of National Stationery Week has been allocated a fun paper or writing product-led theme and is being managed by a leading stationery brand:

Nuco, Staedtler, Mustard, Santoro, Crafter’s Companion & A T Cross

…with the UK stationery industry’s own trade show, the London Stationery Show which runs during the same week, looking after Wednesday, 25 April with the theme #stationerytheworldover.

Each company is taking a different day and setting challenges and competitions for stationery fans to join in with – they will be encouraged to share their own stationery projects and ideas, and to take part in competitions throughout the week to win lots of stationery goodies!

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Retail support for the week has already been pledged by Ryman, kikki-K, Monsoon, Fedrigoni, The Pen Company, Paper Tiger, Got2Jot, Noted in Style, Office Outlet, Martha Brook, Chroma Stationery, Herts FullStop, Ampersans, Mulberry Bush and Early Years Resources.  Interested retailers should visit and complete the Retailer Sign Up form on the ‘Get Involved’ page.


Suppliers have also pledged their support and received the campaign artwork to run their own activities throughout the week – they include Stone Marketing, Gorilla Glue, Abrams & Chronicle, Boxclever Press, Maped Helix, Bostik, Pyramid International, Sparkfold, Sinclairs Products, Rhino Stationery, Otima, Little Lamb Design, Noteshel, Mohawk Paper, DKL, ExaClair, NPW.


Special mentions and big thank you’s this year must go to the design team at Mustard who devised and produced all this year’s key campaign visuals; to G F Smith, who created bespoke goodie boxes in the campaign colours to send out to top consumer journalists and bloggers asking them to support the campaign (photos available), and Wren Press who have created a campaign poster for retailers to order in lots of different sizes.


All retailers and suppliers can request the campaign artwork and a copy of the campaign’s A-Z of ‘Why Writing Matters’ to help spark off ideas or challenges to run in their own stores.  The National Stationery Week team are then on hand to help source expert opinion, graphologists and recommend stationery suppliers to help with competition prizes galore!




For further information please contact:

Rachel Smallman /  or

Dan Shorthouse /

Small Man Media   01902 587001 / 07815 747611


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Export Broadcast
All the latest news and events from the Department for International Trade in the West Midlands…

Learn more about upcoming events, trade visits and masterclasses supporting West Midlands businesses in going global…

Doing business in the USA
Come along to this event on 24 April at Molineux Stadium during the Black Country Business Festival to learn more about setting up a presence in the USA.

Hosted by AVITUS Group this event will address the following points along with the chance to ask questions to the panel which includes senior representatives from Avitus, Santander, State of Georgia, State of Kentucky, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and UK based Brackley Attorneys – experts in USA immigration.

  • what entity to set up
  • where to locate
  • tax planning
  • recruitment
  • opening a bank account
  • tax incentives
  • visa and immigration issues

Click here to book your free space.

Business Culture in Scandinavia
Exporting to Scandinavia? This group of countries including Denmark, Norway, Sweden & Finland might be a great target market for your product/service.

Learn more about this fascinating region by joining our free session on 26 April at KMPG, BirminghamThe masterclasses will cover:

  • different business and economic environments
  • business cultures: religion, language, values, and customs
  • business communication and negotiation styles
  • understanding and overcoming common trade barriers / pitfalls
  • e-commerce strategy
  • case studies and how to deal with tricky situations

Click here to book this session or to view future dates covering markets such as France, Benelux and Germany. 

Trade visit to Le Mans, France
Last call to join an ERDF financed trade mission to Le Mans in western France from 12-15 June for high profile B2B meetings and networking. This visit is open for eligible West Midlands registered SMEs in the motor sport, automotive supply chain, transport technologies or plastics and composites sectors.

Click here to learn more about the programme and register your interest in attending.

Export Growth Masterclasses
Whatever your size or sector, the rewards from selling your products or services overseas can be huge. Why not join a series of three masterclasses running throughout 2018 in the West Midlands to help you on your export journey.

1. How to increase your export sales

2. International negotiation skills

3. Pitching your business to an international audience

You can join one or all three, it’s a totally flexible programme to meet your business needs.

Click here to view the next series which is starting in Birmingham on 19 April. Further dates and locations can be found here.

More dates for your diary
27 April, Get On Track for Rail – At the Innotrans Exhibition Germany – Learn all about Innotrans, a biennial Exhibition in Berlin, Germany in September, the largest rail event in the calendar attracting exhibitors and visitors from over 65 countries.

27 April, Exporting is the key to Rural Growth – Based in Shropshire and want to learn more about the support out there to help you grow internationally? Jump aboard the Export Hub which will be parked up at the Ludlow Nut Company, one of the regions successful exporters. You’ll also have the chance to meet local MP Phillip Dunne.

Click here to view a full list of upcoming events.

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The Nicklel Institute

Further to the workshops on Nickel Allergic Contact Dermatitis (NACD) organized in 2015 and 2017, the Nickel Institute is pleased to share with you its new position paper.

It outlines NI’s views on nickel allergy and the EU nickel restriction and provides background information on nickel and NACD. It also gives an overview of NiPERA research activities to better understand nickel allergy and the causes of its prevalence.

This position paper is intended to be a constructive contribution to the debate. Our goal is to help find effective, targeted and evidence-based solutions to achieve the public health objective of preventing nickel sensitization.

Read on line here or download 20180320 – NACD Position Paper-web




The Food and Drink Trade Show

The Food & Drink Trade Show in May is an unmissable event for all those involved in this innovative and fast-moving industry. Whether you are a producer, supplier or a buyer, success depends on keeping your offering fresh, on-trend and inspirational – you need to be totally up to speed with the latest developments, ideas and opportunities, meeting the movers and shakers, and getting your own products and services out there. This unique show enables you to achieve all this, and more, for a very modest investment of time or resources.

Satisfy your curiosity

The show makes it easy for you to find unusual products with fascinating provenance stories to tell – the kind that discerning customers are so hungry for. You’ll be able to meet an exclusive mix of passionate producers who are really pushing the boundaries – whether you are looking for locally sourced goods or speciality items, seasonal offerings or just the very best mainstream suppliers, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There’s something for everyone; with exhibitors from Abbotts (S.W) to Zenith Epos, with plenty in between. Bacon, charcuterie, chocolate, beer, wine, gin, foodservice, catering equipment, coffee, tea…it’s a unique spread of inspirational speciality food & drink products.

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A feast for all your senses

These days shopping all seems to be about the internet, but there’s no way you can properly judge food and drink without tasting, touching, smelling, talking and observing. The smartest way to get this full-on sensory experience, all under one roof and in just a few hours, is to attend this show. It’s business, but it’s fun too! You get a rare opportunity to make valuable new connections, build better relationships with existing suppliers and catch up with colleagues and friends. The timing couldn’t be better, enabling you to get stocked up and raring to go before the busy summer season.

This show also gives you the chance to get your hands on something new, and by new, we mean brand new. There are several Newcomers to meet – new companies that have never before exhibited at a trade show. Meet Colcombe House, Healthy Recipes, Moveena Nutrition, New Ewe, Seed Chocolate, Silver Fox Gin, Tast Natur and The Tewkesbury Mustard Company and discover their products for the very first time!

If you’re hungry for culinary inspiration The Food & Drink Trade Show also features a Demo Kitchen, hosted by Celebrity Chef Felice Tocchini, who will be joined by Andrew Link, Mark Stinchcombe and Yvette Farrell, amongst others. Share their knowledge, skills and stories – it’s informative, but great entertainment too. You’ll come away brimming with exciting ideas and fresh menu ideas that are sure to delight customers and get them enthusing about your offering.

The show is supported by Cotswold Taste, Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire, Taste of the West, and Worcestershire Food & Drink, all of whom are dedicated to supporting the growth of food and drink businesses in the Three Counties area. You can meet and chat to these organisations at the show – it’s a great opportunity to find out more about how they can help your business thrive.

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Meet The Buyer

New for 2018, taking place on the second day of the show, in the adjacent Lindon Suite, is an opportunity for buyers to see a selection of products exclusively from the three counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire & Gloucestershire.

This carefully selected range of products comes both from exhibitors at the show, and from companies who are not exhibiting. It’s a great opportunity to taste and examine in detail specific products from Three Counties’ producers; many of whom are brand new to trade.  If you want to find out more about a product or producer, there will be a one-to-one meeting booths provided where you can hold in-depth conversations. Your free trade entry badge for The Food & Drink Trade Show will also allow you entrance to the Meet The Buyer event.

Book your place now!

The Food & Drink Trade Show, held on the 2nd and 3rd May at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, is a great opportunity to get ahead of the game. You’ll discover new products for your shop, new ingredients for your menu, new equipment for your kitchen, new ideas from industry experts as well as new partners and customers. With all this on the menu, and exclusive show offers to take advantage of as well, can you afford not to be there? It’s the place to be in May!

For more information about the show, to book a stand, or register to attend, please call 01934 733433, visit or follow @lovefinefood.




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