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Our newest service to The Giftware Association service provider SAXOPRINT is no stranger to printing with 19 years experience behind them and no signs of slowing down with new innovative products like their new SAXOPRINT easy box range which is perfect for the Home and Giftware world, and we are proud to present you with a unique code to get 10% off for life! With the exception of promo. Your code was sent in an email, but please contact the Giftware Team if you need it resent.

With a real passion for printing, SAXOPRINT offer their customers a focused product range. From business stationery such as business cards and letterheads, through to brochures, flyers, folded leaflets with premium finishing, and advertising techniques such as roller banners, tarpaulins and exhibition counters.

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Tim Webster, Head of International Sales for SAXOPRINT explains “With the very latest equipment and our skilled employees, we guarantee professional print products with exceptional quality at fair prices. As a rapidly growing company, we are constantly optimising and expanding our print services, so you and your customers have everything you need for your business, advertising and exhibition requirements.”

SAXOPRINT has a huge range of printed products including the very exciting aforementioned SAXOPRINT Easy Box range.  SAXOPRINT easy box is a unique packaging solution with adjustable dimensions and circa 1 billion variations.  With a minimum order quantity of one, this is perfect for GA members.

Simply follow this link to the dedicated giftware and SAXOPRINT website,  SAXOPRINT / GIFTWARE to sign up.

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Students from Staffordshire University managed a clean sweep in the inaugural Student Stationery Design Awards, managing to win all three placements – with entries from one hardworking student being chosen twice!

Leanne Haycock, a 3rd year student in Graphic Design, created entries for both the Portico Design and Paperchase design briefs, and was rewarded by being chosen by both design directors as their placement winner.

“Leanne’s work stood out for being well-presented, well thought out, with two distinct styles and solutions for each brief,” said Iona Purchas, creative manager at Portico Designs in Bath.

Gemma Parris, pattern design manager at Paperchase agreed, saying “Leanne’s entries were certainly the most commercial and we look forward to working with her.”

The entry from Zoe Benjamin, also a 3rd year student, but studying 3D Design Ceramics, was selected by Nicola Breen, design director for Caroline Gardner.

“Zoe’s design experience, and her entry, which championed the idea of taking a pause during a working day and making writing a letter or note a pleasurable experience – resonates well with the lifestyle products we are developing at Caroline Gardner,” commented Nicola.

Partners and Winning Entries for 2018 Student Stationery Design Comp

This is the first time The Paper Library and Stationery Show London have collaborated to encourage stationery suppliers and retailers to support student design.  The competition attracted entries from Universities in Cardiff, Bath, Birmingham and the University of the West of England in Bristol as well as Staffordshire.

“We’re very grateful to Caroline Gardner, Paperchase and Portico Design for supporting this first competition and we’ll continue to back The Paper Library in their quest to develop a placement programme for students and alert them to the opportunities within the stationery industry to use their skills,” said Vanessa Fortnam, head of content & PR, for Stationery Show London.

Debbie Wigglesworth, co-founder of The Paper Library, also acknowledged the three partners saying, “The designers from Paperchase, Portico Designs and Caroline Gardner have been wonderful – their Q&A session with students at the London Stationery Show earlier this year was candid and hugely inspiring.  Their support has already encouraged other stationery companies to come forward and register their interest in getting involved.”

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The students will now arrange to take their placements over the summer, with each being asked to record their experience however they wish – via video, diary, planner or blog – so that it can be shared with the next batch of hopefuls.

Any stationery retailers or suppliers who would like to support students, either by offering work placements, or other prizes, are encouraged to get in touch via or


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Vanessa Fortnam – | 01666 824624

Debbie Wigglesworth – | 07718 619521


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The competition to alert individuals and companies to opportunities in the dynamic UK stationery industry is back for its fourth edition at the 2018 Stationery Show Manchester.

The ‘LaunchPad Manchester’ search is now on for up to six individuals or companies with new ideas for products or services for the stationery industry to enter a competition to win a free exhibitor stand at the 2018 Stationery Show Manchester.  The closing date for entries is 31 July 2018.

The bi-annual trade show, which runs in London in April and Manchester on 9 & 10 October, attracts the UK’s biggest retailers, influential buyers and brands in the stationery sector. As part of its Manchester offering of fantastic writing and paper products, six stands are reserved for the LaunchPad competition winners to showcase their ideas and products to visitors and fellow exhibitors.

Run for the first time by the Stationery Show in London in April 2017, and again by the Manchester Show in October, the LaunchPad initiative has so far showcased 30 new hopefuls.

“Finding and alerting designers and those who love working with paper or writing instruments to consider the stationery industry as a great market for their work is important – it’s good for all of us to see and work with new ideas. There are plenty of opportunities for those with innovative ideas and enthusiasm in our sector,” says the stationery shows event manager, Hazel Fieldwick.

“The two trade shows are currently the only dates in the stationery industry calendar where so many key suppliers and retailers come together, so they are the perfect platform for this type of initiative.  We’re looking forward to seeing all the entries.”

The show team was delighted when no fewer than three LaunchPad winners picked up prestigious Stationery Awards at the April 2018 London show – Paper Mirchi (Manchester 2017 winner) won the Gift Packaging & Wrap category, Octagon Design won Diaries, Organisers & Calendars and Back Pocket Notebooks (both London 2018 winners) won the Good Design category.

“This sort of recognition by the industry for new products and suppliers is fantastic and will help each of these companies on their way to develop and grow their sales and ideas,” said Hazel.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, 31 July 2018. The entry form can be found on the Stationery Show Manchester website home page –

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

Each winner will receive a free exhibition stand at the Manchester show, coverage on the show website and inclusion in all the show’s marketing materials.  In addition, they will get great exposure to all the UK’s leading retailers and suppliers visiting the show and will receive PR and marketing support from the Stationery Show team.


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Bath based gifting company Wild & Wolf is proud to announce it has been awarded Best Brand Licensed Gifting Range for its 2017 Orla Kiely stationery collection.

The Brand and Lifestyle Licensing Awards, or as they’re more colloquially known, the Bella’s, recognise and reward excellence in product innovation, brand licensing management and retail execution within the ever-evolving brand and lifestyle licensing arena. Judged by experts, the awards recognise and celebrate creative brilliance across the UK.

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Over 400 retailers, licensees, brand owners and representatives attended the awards ceremony where the official announcement was made on Thursday 26th April at The Dorchester Hotel, London.

Wild & Wolf’s collection was up against the likes of Kellog’s, Nintendo & Discovery Science ranges, but have proudly clinched the award for Best Brand Licensed Gifting Range for their Orla Kiely Stationery collection of 2017.

Wild & Wolf has collaborated with Orla Kiely since 2011, from which the collection has grown significantly.  Initially a Garden collection, the range expanded in 2017, with the inclusion of both Stationery and Homewares.

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There are 35 pieces in Wild & Wolf’s Orla Kiely stationery range, including premium pens, stylish notebooks and desk accessories, all featuring Kiely’s iconic prints and signature patterns.

Wild & Wolf’s Brand Director, Dave Heffernan, says “The intent of the collection was for Orla to celebrate her iconic design handwriting through beautifully designed stationery, reflecting details associated with Orla’s Fashion & Home collections…

…We’re delighted the collection has been recognised as Orla’s brand continues to go from strength to strength”

This award comes at an exciting time for Wild & Wolf, just days after they were awarded with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.

Wild & Wolf look forward to placing the award in pride of place at their new UK offices, amongst their growing collection.

About The Brand & Lifestyle Licensing Awards
The Brand & Lifestyle Licensing Awards reward excellence in product innovation, brand licensing management as well as retail execution within the ever evolving brand and lifestyle licensing arena. They are owned and organised by Max Publishing which has a pedigree in licensing with the The UK Licensing Awards, The Licensing Source Book and For more information, visit


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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!




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