RETAILERS CATEGORIES CLOSING DATE EXTENDED TO 1 MARCH

Retailer Categories closing date extended to 1 March

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Good news for all retailers who sell stationery – you have another two weeks to get your entries in for the inaugural Retailer Stationery Awards, as organisers have extended the deadline until midnight on Friday 1 March 2019.

The Retailer Categories, which are brand new this year, are:

  • Best Specialist Stationery Retailer
  • Best Non-Specialist Stationery Retailer
  • New Store of the Year
  • Best POS/Merchandised Display of Stationery
  • Best Customer Experience Initiative

Entry to the Awards is easy by completing a form on the Stationery Awards website at www.stationeryawards.co.uk.  Each form also allows up to 8 images or supporting documents to be uploaded to illustrate and support your entry.

“This is the first time the Stationery Awards have been open to retailers – so whilst we have had plenty of Supplier Entries (it is the ninth year for these) we are still getting the word out to retailers that these Awards exist, that they are easy to enter and will be judged by a credible panel of knowledgeable suppliers and retail consultants” said Vanessa Fortnam from the Stationery Awards.

Judges already confirmed for the Retailer Categories include:  George Wilkinson, managing director of Nuco International, Jack Straw, managing director of BrownTrout Publishing, Kerri Middleton, managing director of Busy B, Jane Reucroft and Chloe Bayles from A Gift For The Gods, Gemma Bassett, marketing manager of Sinclairs (and a Thirty Under 30 star nominee), Chris Stott, managing director of Pukka Pads and Rebecca Saunders, independent retail and e-commerce consultant.

For further information please contact:

Vanessa Fortnam, vanessa.fortnam@stationeryshow.co.uk

GIFT OF THE YEAR 2019 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

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It’s the news that the industry has been waiting for, The Giftware Association is excited to announce the finalists for the 2019 Gift of the Year competition.

The lucky finalists have made their way through two judging stages since the competition opened in July at Harrogate Home and Gift. The initial online stage in December and the much talked about live judging day held in Birmingham’s illustrious jewellery quarter behind closed doors In January, which is attended by judges from Dulex, John Lewis, The National Gallery and industry press gathered to inspect the shortlisted products in person.

From over 1100 products and 20 categories. The judges have had to made some tough decisions to come up with their final choices.  The judges present were impressed with the quality and variation of the products on display, stating that this is probably the best year yet in terms of product ranges and with some categories being hard to judge and choose as there was such a high standard of product.

Judges Photos Judges (and GA Staff) from L-R: Henri Davis, Independent Retail Advisor; Nathaniel Mobbs, The National Gallery; Sarah Ward, CEO of the Giftware Association; Chris Workman,  GA Marketing and PR Manager; Louise Welsby, Buy From Shropshire; Stacey Foster, GA Membership Manager; Lily Henderson, Find me a gift.com; Simone Rose, GA Events Manager; Heidi Schramli, Detail retail; Louisa Stott, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust; Jenny Spivey, Sense of Retail; Marianne Shillingford, Dulux; Charlotte Cowell, Gifts and Greetings Review; Sue Marks; Max Publishing; Mike Cook, Choice Marketing; Tabi Marsh, Heritage Gift Shop; Sara Allbright, John Lewis

 Sarah Ward, CEO of The Giftware Association said: “Today has been amazing, as always, to see so many products all together representing all corners of the giftware industry. Its also nice to see amongst the well-known names, a lot of smaller companies, that my team and I have spoken to over the many shows that we have attended the past year. Gift of the Year continues to go from success to success with more entries and variation than ever this year, we will continue to grow this competition as well as looking at our new consumer competition”

 

The category winners will be announced at a ceremony after the first day of Spring Fair on Sunday 3rd February. Where the winners will be announced and the judges choice award will also be announced too. The Awards ceremony will take place in Hall 20 starting at 6.30 and is free for anyone to attend, as an all inclusive event to celebrate the best in the home and giftware world.

Huge congratulations to all the finalist, and those that were lucky enough to be shortlisted and also a huge thank you to those that entered the competition, we will see you next year…

Onto the finalists, we are excited to announce the following category finalists are

Category Product Entrant
Beauty, Bath & Spa Betty Hula Delicate Dusting Powder Betty Hula
Craft Your Own Herbal Handsalve Bathing Beauty
Morpheus Sleep Enhancing Range Bathing Beauty
Branded Product Frida Kahlo Boho Collection Talking Tables
Harry Potter, Monster Notebook BB Designs Europe Ltd
RNLI Build Your Own Lifeboat Clockwork Soldier
Cards & Wrap Hoot Parade Card Range U Studio Design
Pin & Ink The Handcrafted Card Company Ltd
Quilling Cards by Origamo Blue Eyed Sun Ltd
Children’s Gift Engenius Contraptions Marble Run Cheatwell Games
Healthy Kids Cooking Kit Little Cooks Co
History Heroes games History Heroes
Commemorative & Collectable Gift Design your own My Icon Story Print My Icon Story
Sweet Memories Tins Gibsons
The Book of You Colour Chronicles Ltd
Contemporary Gift Flightgiftcard Flightgiftcard
Flip Click Clock Gingko Electronics Ltd
LED Glass Fireball Transomnia Ltd
Recycled Glass Plant Terrarium Fallen Fruits Ltd
Design & Craft Citygami London Clockwork Soldier
Handcrafted Gift Wrap Sheets Paper Mirchi
Horn Viking Mug Abbeyhorn Ltd
Ethical Gift Bathing Beauty Soap Bathing Beauty
Bee Green Wraps Bee Green Wraps
Ideas Range VENT for Change
Fashion Accessory Blade & Rose Arora Design Ltd
Jex Colour-in Trainers Jex Shoes Limited
Pusheen Cat Headphones Thumbs Up (UK) Ltd.
Fashion Jewellery Emma Lawrence Designs Necklace Collection Emma Lawrence Designs
Isla Billy’s Beach Hut
The Pink Link – part of the Airlinks Provenance range Icarus Originals Limited
Festive & Occasional Gift Christmas Street: 12 Days of Christmas Calendar Gibsons
Festive Boozeballs Gift Republic
Woodland Reusable Christmas Crackers Kate Sproston Design Ltd.
Food & Drink BBQ Hot Smoking Kit Hot Smoked
British Roast Dinner Box Ross & Ross Food
Cake in a Card Bakedin
Garden & Outdoor BBQ Hot Smoking Kit Hot Smoked
Gardening Collection Wrendale Designs
Robin Winter Care Pack Wildlife World
Stationery Bookaroo Pen Pouch for Books IF (that company called)
Citygami London Clockwork Soldier
Yes Studio Stationery Range Wild & Wolf
Home Accessory Cat Face Plant Pots & Vases Parlane International Limited
Lexon mino Stone
R Space Lamp Gingko Electronics Ltd
Home Fragrance Bitter Orange & Ylang Ylang The Recycled Candle Company Ltd
Kasper Aroma diffuser Europium World (UK) Ltd
Aromatherapy Range purbeck candles
Hot Novelty Affirmators Abrams & Chronicle Books
NEW – Giant Handwarmers Cozy Time Ltd
Weird Crushes Bubblegum Stuff Ltd
Weird Things Humans Search For Big Potato Games
Kitchen & Dining BollyNice range Apples to Pears
Gin Time Dartington Crystal (Torrington) Ltd
T&G Ocean T & G Woodware Ltd
Pet Gift Fetch this gift Leather Guild
Pet Party Kit Talking Tables
The Bark Slice The Sugar Shed
Under £10 Cake in a Card Bakedin
Chocolate Box After Dinner Quiz The Lagoon Group
Suck It Really Good Ltd
Whisky Experience Dartington Crystal (Torrington) Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category
R Space Lamp Gingko Electronics Ltd
Home Fragrance Bitter Orange & Ylang Ylang The Recycled Candle Company Ltd
Kasper Aroma diffuser Europium World (UK) Ltd
Aromatherapy Range purbeck candles
Hot Novelty Affirmators Abrams & Chronicle Books
NEW – Giant Handwarmers Cozy Time Ltd
Weird Crushes Bubblegum Stuff Ltd
Weird Things Humans Search For Big Potato Games
Kitchen & Dining BollyNice range Apples to Pears
Gin Time Dartington Crystal (Torrington) Ltd
T&G Ocean T & G Woodware Ltd
Pet Gift Fetch this gift Leather Guild
Pet Party Kit Talking Tables
The Bark Slice The Sugar Shed
Under £10 Cake in a Card Bakedin
Chocolate Box After Dinner Quiz The Lagoon Group
Suck It Really Good Ltd
Whisky Experience Dartington Crystal (Torrington) Ltd

 

 

THE NOT SO USUAL STICKERS

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Giftware Association members Clipmatic have launched a kickstarter campaign to raise awareness of their not so usual stickers. An ingenious sticker design that gives the flexibility to ADD and MANAGE as many pages as you want in your spiral notebook. The stickers are suitable for any types of spiral binders.

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Capturing that idea, trying to contain that surge of creativity before it can slip away is a challenge. Sometimes to capture that lightning in a bottle, you need a better bottle. This is exactly what Clipmatic is, a brilliant set of tools that turns your spiral notebook into a portable workstation that is tailored exactly to your needs, so you can capture your creative lightning entirely, without letting it get away from you.

 

For more information, please follow the following link

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER GIFT OF THE YEAR 2019

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It’s the final day of our competition!! Yes, you only have one day left to enter our Gift of the Year 2019 competition. Entries will close at 11pm tonight! so you still have a full day to enter and complete your entries.

Thank you to all those have entered and good luck for the initial stages of judging. For those that have not entered yet, what are you waiting for?…The competition is a great way for you to raise the profile of your products and businesses as well as all your hard work as you get them in front of our judging panel of industry judgesincluding, buyers, retailers, and key industry experts. To find out more about the benefits then speak to a member of the team.

If you’ve already filled in your product details, you might want to make sure your entries are all present and correct or even enter a few more categories out of the 20 we have in this year’s competition.

Take a look at last years winners…

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All entrants will receive branding they can use online or in print, with even more exclusive marketing goodies if your products are shortlisted, become finalists or even win. The winners will be announced at an all-inclusive, free to attend a special ceremony hosted at Spring Fair.

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The timetable for the competition is as follows:

  • The closing date is this Wednesday, the 5th November 2018 – 11PM;
  • Shortlisted companies will be notified w/c 13th December 2018;
  • Shortlisted samples will be required by 8th January 2019

We look forward to seeing what you’ve got in store for the judges. The Gift of the Year team is here to help, so if you need guidance please contact us on 0121 237 1142 or email luke.palmer@ga-uk.org.

Good Luck

The Giftware Asociation Team

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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