HAVE YOU ENTERED GIFT OF THE YEAR YET?

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If not, then what are you waiting for? The Awards are the only competition that represents every corner of the home and gift industry with 20 categories covering Gift Food, Home Fragrance, Cards & Wrap and Fashion Jewellery. We have seen winners throughout the years with products such as DIY food kits, beautiful flower jewellery, build your own dinosaur kits and a 2-metre inflatable unicorn. Each of these winners has had their profiles elevated within the industry and wear the Gift of the Year badge with honour and pride and as a sign of quality to potential buyers.

The competition is judged by key industry figures from retail, trade press and buyers from across the spectrum of independent stores through to huge multinationals. Your product is guaranteed to be given the exposure it deserves and be seen by these stakeholders through the judging process, so if your product isn’t one of the lucky winners, it will have still have been judged by those that can make a difference, and who knows who the judges will get in touch with when the competition is over and they are looking for the year’s new lines?

Now in its 41st year we aim to make this the biggest yet and receive entries from all across the industry.  You have until the 30th November to enter your fantastic products with the winners being announced at Spring Fair 2019, the biggest UK Trade Show, to an audience of your peers, buyers and retailers.

“I think it is worth entering even if you don’t win as your products are seen by the judges who have influence within the industry. If you do win, it really is a great opportunity to raise awareness of your brand, not to mention an opportunity to network and meet other people within the industry. I can say that I have actually made friends whether it’s the team at the Giftware Association, the judges, journalists and fellow winners.” Zakera, Peace and Blessing winner 2018.

 

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A GIFT FROM THE GODS STARS ON HIGNFY

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 A Gift From The Gods stationery makes its prime-time debut on the flagship BBC panel show HIGNFY

 Sometimes great stationery pops up in the most unlikely places. And that was certainly the case on Friday 12th October, when items from the A Gift From The Gods Dream Odyssey collection were featured on the iconic BBC1 comedy show, Have I Got News For You. Host, comedian Richard Ayoade, introduced the final round of the popular panel game (The Missing Words Round) with the news that it would feature industry publication, STATIONERY Matters. And who popped up on the very first question? None other than A Gift From The Gods! Contestants were asked what was ‘a consequence of visiting the London Stationery Show’? The answer was, of course, ‘a sudden urge to buy pencils’! The show illustrated the laugh out loud moment with an image of the Dream Odyssey pencil set, daily planner, pen, and spiral notebook.

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Have I Got News For You is always good for a Friday night chuckle. And this week was no exception with guests commenting that the blank pages of the Dream Odyssey Stars Aqua Weekly Planner reflected the booking diary of comedian Seann Walsh, the celebrity who was recently caught getting a little too close to his married dance partner, Katya Jones, off the dance floor during his stint on Strictly Come Dancing. But the A Gift From The Gods stationery itself didn’t come under fire from the quick-witted host or panellists. The distinctive collection looked as bright and beautiful as ever on the small screen.

The Dream Odyssey Collection

The Dream Odyssey Collection is perfect for goddesses who love to dream big. Those who embrace travel, adventure, and everything life has to offer. Designed in a soft aqua palette and embellished in gold, with a distinctive star print, it’s a collection that never goes unnoticed. Goddesses can choose to seek their Dream Odyssey on in a variety of ways, with everything from makeup pouches to keyrings, mugs, sleepwear, and stationery on offer. Popular pieces from the collection include this Dream Odyssey Stars Aqua Square Cosmetic Bag and the practical Dream Odyssey Dreams Aqua A5 Journal.

One thing is for sure, the A Gift From The Gods team couldn’t be happier with their moment in the spotlight. With founder and managing director, Jane Reucroft, saying:  We’ve made it. We’ll be on Dave forever!

A Gift From The Gods is an accessories brand that never goes unnoticed. And it seems that even the powers behind prime time tv can’t get enough of its distinctive look. Until their next starring role, the A Gift From The Gods team will be concentrating on what they do best, creating amazing stationery, accessories and loungewear.

About A Gift From The Gods

Get Your Goddess On. A Gift From The Gods is a wholesale and consumer UK fashion and accessories brand that celebrates the goddess in every woman. Their varied collection includes loungewear, jewellery and accessories all created around the distinctive A Gift From the Gods aesthetic. Founder, Jane Reucroft was inspired by her involvement in the 90s club scene where she helped female DJs add a little sparkle to a male-dominated world. Club nights named ‘A Gift From The Gods’ led to a demand for t-shirts adorned with the logo and the brand was born. Now, A Gift From The Gods creates stylish accessories, homeware and apparel for goddesses everywhere.

For more information, visit www.agiftfromthegods.com

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STATIONERY THIRTY UNDER 30 CLASS OF 2018 REVEALED

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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!

Judges:

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

 

NEW MEMBER OFFER – SAXOPRINT

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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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STUDENT STATIONERY DESIGN COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED

 

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 vanessa.fortnam@stationeryshow.co.uk or debbie@thepaperlibrary.com.

 

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

Debbie Wigglesworth – debbie@thepaperlibrary.com | 07718 619521