FINALISTS REVEALED FOR FIRST RETAILER STATIONERY AWARDS

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The Stationery Awards aim to recognise and benchmark good practice and innovation in the retail stationery sector. Each year Stationery Show London plays host to the prestigious Awards and this year, for the first time, the Stationery Awards have expanded to include five NEW Retailer Stationery Awards. 

Starting with just five key categories for stationery retailers to enter, the panel of seven judges each read and viewed all their material online and allocated their scores. 

The first ever Retailer Stationery Award judges panel consisted of: Jane Reucroft, founder and Chloe Bayles, head of wholesale from A Gift From The Gods, Rebecca Saunders, independent retail & ecommerce consultant of Saunders Retail (and ex Not On the High Street/JLP Buyer), Kerri Middleton, managing director of Busy B, Michael Owen co-founder of Lime Stationery & Art, George Wilkinson, managing director of Nuco International and Gemma Bassett, Thirty Under 30 Star Choice and marketing manager of Sinclairs.

“We’d like to thank our judges for taking the time to review all the entries to our five new retailer categories,” said event manager, Hazel Fieldwick.  “It’s been fantastic to involve so many stationery experts in our Awards judging this year.”

“Our congratulations go to all the finalists on being picked out, and we send our thanks to all the other companies and nominees who took the time to complete the entry forms – we appreciate your support!”

All the finalists are listed below.  The winners will be revealed at the Stationery Awards evening on Tuesday 30 April, to which all the finalists will, of course, be invited!

Best Customer Initiative (Instore or Online):

Company: Campaign:
Got2Jot The corporate pop up experience – Bringing Fashion stationery direct to the workplace
Martha Brook Stationery Social 2018
Postmark ‘Post it from the start of time’ – Inhouse franking service, Postmark (Greenwich)
ScrawlrBox The Scrawlr Challenge

Best POS/Merchandised Stationery Display:

Company Campaign Nominated by:
Papersmiths Universe  
Postscript Autumn/Winter 18/19 Nominated by BusyB
Scriptum Fine Stationery Vincero  
Stationery Supplies ‘Find Zen in your Zebra Pen’  

New Store of the Year:

Company
Comme Glom – Online
Papersmiths Brighton and Papersmiths Chelsea

Best Non-Specialist Stationery Retailer:

Company Nominated by:
B&M RETAIL Sinclairs
Little Paperie  
Paperchase Spectrum Noir/Crafter’s Companion
Papersmiths  
The Alphabet Gift Shop Ltd  

Best Specialist Stationery Retailer:

Company
Cult Pens
Martha Brook Ltd
Notable-Notebooks.com (Notable Collections S.L.U)
Penfax
Stationery Supplies
The Green Stationery Company

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For further information please contact:

Vanessa Fortnam, vanessa.fortnam@stationeryshow.co.uk – 01666 824624.

JENNY SPIVEY – HOW TO PITCH TO BIGGER RETAILERS

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WHEN: 16 MAY 
 
WHERE:  THE GIFTWARE ASSOCIATION OFFICES IN BIRMINGHAM 
 
The Giftware Association and former buyer and retail expert Jenny Spivey will be hosting a seminaron how to approach and pitch to larger retailers to help scale up your business.  
 
Following a 36- year career within two of the UK’s most prestigious department stores – Harrods and the John Lewis Partnership – Jenny now uses her knowledge and experience in running her own retail consultancy. As ‘Sense Of Retail‘, she works with both established retailers and suppliers across the home and giftware categories. She also mentors SMEs in the sector, including brands new to market – helping them reach a wider audience and present themselves effectively in a professional and competitive environment, online and offline. 
 
This is a presentation by Jenny Spivey to smaller businesses who are contemplating extending their business to larger retailers. Jenny will outline the opportunities and the challenges that they are likely to be presented with and what they need to do in their approach. It’s a reality check as to what potentially lies ahead. Networking Lunch and Q&A included 
 

To book your place on this event book use the above link or to arrange a 30-day invoice, please contact Simone on Simone.rose@ga-uk.org 

INSTAGRAM MASTERCLASS WITH LOUISE WELSBY – KEEP YOUR CREATIVE IN-HOUSE

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WHEN: 9TH MAY 
 
WHERE:  THE GIFTWARE ASSOCIATION OFFICES IN BIRMINGHAM 
 
The Giftware Association welcomes Louise Welsby from Buy From Creative Agency with her Instagram masterclass. Louise says about Social Media “Instagram is the best way to reach your gift buying audience, but it can be challenging managing the platform in house and growing your audience so that you can make a real difference on your ROI” 
 
This four-hour masterclass is designed for anyone who is looking to build their brand online – whether you are a solo entrepreneur or are looking to bring your social media in-house and want your team to feel empowered to take it on. 
 
WHAT THE COURSE WILL COVER: 
How Instagram’s algorithms work 
Knowing your audience 
What is the differences between your ‘Feed’ and your ‘Stories’ 
Creating dynamic content 
Telling your story 
Influencer engagement 
Strategy 
 
WHAT YOU WILL TAKE AWAY: 
* An MOT of your current social media output 
* A content creation guide 
* An Instagram Success Guide 
* Knowledge, excitement and motivation 
 
This will be a practical workshop, so you will need both a laptop and the phone that is used to update Instagram. If you don’t yet use Instagram but this is the beginning, please get the app set up before you come and we can take it from there. 
 

To book your place on this event use the above link or to arrange a 30-day invoice, please contact Simone on Simone.rose@ga-uk.org 
 

HENRI DAVIS – THREE WAYS TO BE FIT FOR THE FUTURE SEMINAR

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WHEN: 2ND MAY 
 
WHERE:  THE GIFTWARE ASSOCIATION OFFICES IN BIRMINGHAM 
 
Independent retail advisor, Henri Davis will be presenting a workshop on ensuring that your business is fit for the future. The event is part of The Giftware Association’s education seminars. Henri Davis explains “The current economic uncertainty is impacting consumer spending, but people will always want relevant, quality products that represent good value for money. To be fit for the future I believe you need to have three key things: great products, great service and a realistic plan that gets you results.” 
 
Workshop Objectives 
 
This workshop will help you become ‘fit for the future’, we will look at the three elements mentioned above so you understand what this means for your business, you can then go away and start to develop realistic plans to take you through 2019 and into 2020 and beyond. 
 
If you are a small business owner thinking about the year ahead or someone in a bigger company involved in business planning, this workshop will suit you. Stepping away from your business for a day to discuss your thoughts and share ideas, allows you to be objective and see it from a different perspective. 
 
Workshop Content 
 
In this workshop, you will work individually and in groups and leave with a plan of action. 
Whether you are a supplier or retailer we will look at: 

  • Your business 
  • Your competitors 
  • Your current customers 
  • Your target customers   

This workshop will be participate, relaxed, enjoyable and satisfying; I hope you feel it is a day well spent and look forward to working with you.          
  

To book your place use the above link or to arrange a 30-day invoice, please contact Simone on Simone.rose@ga-uk.org 
 

NEW UK IMPORT VAT RULES IF UK LEAVES EU WITH NO DEAL

New UK import VAT rules if UK leaves EU with no deal

With the UK been given a six-month extension to leave the European Union, a no deal could still every much be on the cards. If the United Kingdom (UK) leaves the European Union (EU) without a deal, the UK import VAT rules will change for goods sold to UK buyers that are sent in parcels. The changes will affect the rules for reporting and paying UK import VAT and will impact sellers outside the UK.

Current rules while the UK is in the EU

Under the existing rules, parcels imported into the UK from the EU are not subject to import VAT. For imports from non-EU countries, the goods are subject to import VAT unless they are covered by low value consignment relief, currently £15 or less per packet.

Rules after the UK has left the EU

The rules differ depending on the value of the goods in the parcel. Low value consignment relief is withdrawn.

  • Parcels with a value of £135 or less

Sellers outside the UK sending parcels to the UK where the value for all goods in the parcel is £135 or less, must pay the UK import VAT for any parcels sent to UK buyers after the UK leaves the EU. This includes the situation where goods were sold before the UK leaves the EU, but not sent until after. Sellers outside the UK include those in the EU, those outside the EU and the Channel Islands.

For the Isle of Man (IOM) and UK, VAT is treated as one, so VAT will have been charged by the IOM supplier, where appropriate.

This will include any goods worth £15 or less as they will no longer be eligible for the existing tax relief.

VAT will only be applied where the goods being purchased would be subject to VAT if purchased within the UK.

  • Parcels with a value of more than £135

When the value for all goods in the parcel is more than £135, UK buyers will need to pay the UK import VAT and any customs and / or excise duty on these goods. The parcel operator will apply any necessary charges to the parcel and seek the payment direct from the UK buyer. For excise goods – import VAT, Customs and Excise duty is due regardless of value, and will be collected directly from the UK buyer by the parcel operator.

If sellers outside the UK sell goods above and below the £135 threshold to UK buyers, the seller should only report and pay the UK import VAT on parcels containing goods worth £135 or less .

There will be two ways for sellers outside the UK to pay the UK import VAT. HMRC’s new online parcel registration service is open and overseas businesses are encouraged to register now and get their parcels reference so they are ready to use it if the changes are introduced in case of no deal. Alternatively, they can pay a parcel operator that offers a service to pay the UK import VAT to HMRC on the sellers’ behalf.

If sellers do not follow the new UK import VAT rules, parcels may be delayed or stopped from entering the UK. In addition, the UK buyer may have to pay extra tax and fees, and the seller may have to pay a penalty of £1,000.

More information about these potential changes, or others in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal can be found at www.gov.uk/government/collections/import-vat-on-parcels. A communications pack on this topic is also available on GOV.UK.