This year’s Thirty Under 30 group has been revealed by Julia Faiers, editor of Stationery Matters, and one of this year’s judges.

She said, “Our first Thirty Under 30 competition last year demonstrated there is no shortage of young people with the motivation and talent to drive our industry forwards.  The second Thirty Under 30 builds on this, proving stationery’s future is bright.”

Entries could nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague and were asked to demonstrate their passion for their business and products, as well as show creativity, innovation and commitment to their role.

The judges chose 30 young people from across the breadth of the industry who they felt encapsulated the spirit of the awards, from entrepreneurs with a ground-breaking new product, to dedicated team workers and bloggers promoting stationery to an ever-expanding tribe of consumer stationery addicts.

The judges were also asked to select their stand-out candidates, stars of stationery they felt shone especially bright.

The ‘Star Choice’ Thirty Under 30 nominees are:

The full list of nominees this year has also made room for one honorary candidate, Jack Fincham, Love Island winner and former sales director of DMG Office Supplies.  His enthusiasm for stationery and pens boosted exposure for the industry over the summer and he has been spotted discussing the latest stationery trends on ITV’s This Morning and taking part in a stationery Q&A for Paperchase, so his positive contribution to the industry has been recognised!


Dominic Irons – director of Bureau Direct, an award-winning online stationery retailer.  With a background in both art and IT, he brings an unusual mix of creativity and data to the table.  Dominic’s main focus is to manage the strategy and marketing of Bureau Direct.  Originally set up in 1995, Bureau Direct has been online since 2003 and has established a name for sourcing unusual and exciting new stationery trends whilst offering unusually personal customer service.

Simon Stone – managing director of Stone Marketing Ltd, the largest distributor in the UK for luxury writing instruments, stationery and design-led gifts.  He has worked in the stationery industry for over 37 years and was responsible for setting up Montblanc in the UK in the 80s.  Stone Marketing, a family business which Simon founded in 1989, has worked with Japanese stationery brand TOMBOW for almost 30 years, and Faber-Castell, Pelikan and Caran d’Ache for 20 years.

Julia Faiers – is the editor of Stationery Matters and has worked in the stationery industry since 2011, first as social media marketing manager for the London Stationery Show and National Stationery Week and then as editor of Stationery Matters magazine.  She writes the biweekly Stationery Matters newsletter and was a judge for the inaugural Thirty Under 30 competition in 2017.

Thirty Under 30 – Class of 2018 *Star Choice

*Odin Adargh Designer & Director Brahman Ltd
Holly Allen Marketing Brand Manager Pukka Pads 2000 Ltd
Monique Basil-Wright Founder, Designer The Wright Planner & Stationery
*Gemma Bassett Marketing Manager Sinclairs
Sarah Boyle Blogger Stationery Magpie
*Cherelle Brown Founder Kitsch Noir
Gabi Cox Founder and CEO Chroma Stationery Limited
Andy Dorman Managing Director Biz+ Stationery Superstores
Bonita Ebuehi Founder, Designer Bonita Ivie Prints
Callum Edwards Digital Marketing Manager Prima Software
Emma Farley Blog Founder A Cornish Geek
Tory Fox-Hill Founder, Owner Fox & Moon Ltd
Kirstie Gilleade Founder, Illustrator Mayblossoming
Lara Gioppato Product Developer Stationery Island
Imanina Hamzah Founder, Designer, Maker Not Only Polka Dots
Jess Howell Founder, Designer Rumble Cards
Margaux Lefaucheux Key Account Manager AF International
*Jamie Mitchell Co-Founder Ohh Deer
Katie Noakes Founder, Calligrapher, Designer London Calligraphy
Jacob Peatfield Founder High Meadows
Charlie Reid Sales Manager Egan Reid Stationery Co Ltd
*Kaushal Shah Founder PAPER PLUS EUROPE
Dan Shorthouse PR Executive Small Man Media Ltd
Lucy Spence Illustrator, Publisher Lucy Maggie Designs
Georgie Sturge Graphic Designer Pukka Pad
Joseph Thomas Assistant Onboarding Manager Prima Software
Sian Towner Art Worker Castelli
*Julien Vaissieres Founder BATCHW LTD
Teresa Vera Director, Designer Pepper and Cute
Jack Fincham Love Island Winner & former Sales Director DMG Office Supplies



AF-2018-NEGS-145 AF-2018-NEGS-116 AF-2018-NEGS-137(From L to R: Winners Bhavesh Patel – Storyteller; Sarah Ward opening the awards; Winners Mala leather)

The Giftware Association held its first BTAA Fashion Accessory of the Year awards, since taking over administration of the association. The awards ceremony, taking place on the first day of Autumn fair, celebrated the best in functional fashion and design across the travel goods, handbags and fashion accessories industry.

Sarah Ward, CEO of the Giftware Association, said of the awards “It’s a heritage we are very proud to now be a part of, stretching back a whole century. Over that time, what was at first the Saddlery, Harness and General Leather Goods Manufacturers’ Association has undergone many changes, all while keeping the same continuous legacy which we hope to grow with supporting manufacturers and distributors of leather goods, travel goods and fashion accessories throughout the UK.”

The competition is now in its 8th year, and attracted a wide variety of products encompassing categories such as Made in Britain, Fashion Jewellery, Fashion Handbags, Luggage and Travel and Small Leather Goods, and the quality of the entries keeps increasing.

(Winners Lash, Shrieking Violet; the awards ceremony)

Judging took place online with a wide rage of judges from product testing company UL, Trade press with Sue Marks from Max Publishing and Katie Taylor from Attire Accessories

Luke Palmer who took over the managing of the project stated “We are currently facing tough trading conditions with the added uncertainty of Brexit. It is therefore vital that companies innovate each year both in functionality and design. A number of companies have incorporated technology into their products, such as RFID protectors in wallets and purses. Others have focused on eye-catching designs such as quirky patterns, animal prints and statement gems.”

The winners in each category will receive a fantastic prize of £500 towards exhibiting at Autumn Fair 2018, together with the fashion accessory of the year glass engraved award. The highly commended entrants will receive £100 towards exhibiting at Autumn Fair 2018 and a glass engraved award.


 Fashion Jewellery Category

                Highly Commended – The Happy News – Widdop & Co

                Winner – Flower Jewellery – Shrieking Violet

Fashion Handbags Category

                Highly Commended – NEW Kyo Silver Coral Cross Body Bag – Mame Huku

                Winner – Tudor Back Pack – Mala Leather

Luggage and Travel Category

               Highly Commended – Storyteller FlagMate – Storyteller

              Winner – Tickle Luggage Tags – Really Good Ltd & Soul UK

Fashion Accessories Category

              Highly Commended – Tweed Wraps – Earth Squared Ltd

              Winner – Wool Blend Fedora hats – Peace of Mind

Made In Britain Category

             Highly Commended – London Town Neckerchew – Cheeky Chompers Ltd

             Winner – M02 Multi Sheepskin Mittens – Owen Barry

Small Leather Goods Category

              Highly Commended – Storyteller FlagMate – Storyteller

               Winner – Kalmin Carbon Fibre – Mala Leather















The Farm Shop & Deli Awards provide an opportunity for local and online food retailers to get their business seen and heard amongst some of the industry’s biggest influencers. Entering these awards is simple as all the entry is done online but taking the time to submit yours could help to drive your business and sales. You will then be able to use this as an opportunity to engage with your local community by appealing for votes in our national awards. Once the voting stage is over it’s time for us to hand the decision over to the prestigious panel of judges, chaired by Nigel Barden.

With just one week left for you to submit your entries by Friday 21st September, the Awards team have been chatting to former winner and now judge of the awards, Arthur Howell to find out what he will be looking for. Arthur Howell is the owner of two butchers, a delicatessen, a wet fish shop and a bakery. His daughter Alex, who runs the bakery, is the fifth generation of the family to work in the business that was established by Arthur’s great grandfather in 1889.

Why do you like to judge the Farm Shop & Deli Awards?

I love reading what businesses are doing to get an edge in the current climate. Some of them are really progressive in their thinking and I find it very inspirational. I get great pleasure from playing my part in recognising their achievements and rewarding them for all their efforts. Things are tough out there for independent businesses and the awards are a great incentive.

What will you be looking for when judging these awards?

The businesses which get my vote will have to show great passion for their produce, original ways of displaying their goods and also demonstrate superb service to their paying customers.

If someone is considering entering for the first time what advice can you offer them when writing their entry?

If you’re ‘umm-ing and ah-ing’ about entering you should just take the plunge and go for it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained is the right spirit in my opinion. You shouldn’t be shy when it comes to shouting about your business. Being involved in these awards helps you to get the support of your local community. It’s always worth giving it a go as even the entry stage helps you get your business out there.

How can entering awards help a small food business? 

Entering awards is fantastic for prestige and publicity. Your local media will be delighted that one of their traditional, well-established businesses has brought a shining prize back to the county.

How does entering awards motivate employees?

Awards give everyone in the business something to aim for and work towards for the year and being part of these awards works wonders for staff morale. Everybody plays their part in a successful submission and they get a great boost from knowing how valued their efforts have been. Winning gives staff a great sense of pride and achievement.

Tell us three words that every winning food retailer will need to have.

Innovation, knowledge and leadership.

If you think you have what it takes, find out more and enter before Friday 21st September.

Read more Award blogs from the judges and previous winners here.




Gift of the Year is an annual competition celebrating the best new products in the gift and home market.

It is celebrated each year at Spring Fair, when the final winners are announced, but being a Gift of the Year winner lasts throughout the year (and beyond!).

In this newsletter we look at profiles of winners and their products, announce and interview our judging panel, and share other news about this prestigious award.

Winner Highlight:
Paper Mirchi

Gift of the Year:
Two Weeks to Go

Judge Profile:
Tracey Bearton

The competition is now open, and will remain open until the end of November. Don’t forget that an early bird entry discount of at least 20% awaits those who enter before the end of September!



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Did you catch our Gift of the year newsletter? The news comms will be going out monthly to keep you up to date on all things Gift of The Year including past winners interviews and stories, Judges profiles of the 2019 judges to enable you to see what next year’s judges are looking for and big names that you can get yourself in front of as we have seen in the past, its not just the winning that counts as some of the judges have been introduced to new products that they may never have found elsewhere, with one judges interested in the  whole category of entries.

With the big news this year of Fair Trade and Eco Friendly being reinstated as one category: Ethical Gift. We are also reintroducing the popular Pet Gift category.

Find out more from our first newsletter here.

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