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!




For further information please contact:

Rachel Smallman /  or

Dan Shorthouse /

Small Man Media   01902 587001 / 07815 747611


The Nicklel Institute

Further to the workshops on Nickel Allergic Contact Dermatitis (NACD) organized in 2015 and 2017, the Nickel Institute is pleased to share with you its new position paper.

It outlines NI’s views on nickel allergy and the EU nickel restriction and provides background information on nickel and NACD. It also gives an overview of NiPERA research activities to better understand nickel allergy and the causes of its prevalence.

This position paper is intended to be a constructive contribution to the debate. Our goal is to help find effective, targeted and evidence-based solutions to achieve the public health objective of preventing nickel sensitization.

Read on line here or download 20180320 – NACD Position Paper-web




The Food and Drink Trade Show

The Food & Drink Trade Show in May is an unmissable event for all those involved in this innovative and fast-moving industry. Whether you are a producer, supplier or a buyer, success depends on keeping your offering fresh, on-trend and inspirational – you need to be totally up to speed with the latest developments, ideas and opportunities, meeting the movers and shakers, and getting your own products and services out there. This unique show enables you to achieve all this, and more, for a very modest investment of time or resources.

Satisfy your curiosity

The show makes it easy for you to find unusual products with fascinating provenance stories to tell – the kind that discerning customers are so hungry for. You’ll be able to meet an exclusive mix of passionate producers who are really pushing the boundaries – whether you are looking for locally sourced goods or speciality items, seasonal offerings or just the very best mainstream suppliers, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There’s something for everyone; with exhibitors from Abbotts (S.W) to Zenith Epos, with plenty in between. Bacon, charcuterie, chocolate, beer, wine, gin, foodservice, catering equipment, coffee, tea…it’s a unique spread of inspirational speciality food & drink products.

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A feast for all your senses

These days shopping all seems to be about the internet, but there’s no way you can properly judge food and drink without tasting, touching, smelling, talking and observing. The smartest way to get this full-on sensory experience, all under one roof and in just a few hours, is to attend this show. It’s business, but it’s fun too! You get a rare opportunity to make valuable new connections, build better relationships with existing suppliers and catch up with colleagues and friends. The timing couldn’t be better, enabling you to get stocked up and raring to go before the busy summer season.

This show also gives you the chance to get your hands on something new, and by new, we mean brand new. There are several Newcomers to meet – new companies that have never before exhibited at a trade show. Meet Colcombe House, Healthy Recipes, Moveena Nutrition, New Ewe, Seed Chocolate, Silver Fox Gin, Tast Natur and The Tewkesbury Mustard Company and discover their products for the very first time!

If you’re hungry for culinary inspiration The Food & Drink Trade Show also features a Demo Kitchen, hosted by Celebrity Chef Felice Tocchini, who will be joined by Andrew Link, Mark Stinchcombe and Yvette Farrell, amongst others. Share their knowledge, skills and stories – it’s informative, but great entertainment too. You’ll come away brimming with exciting ideas and fresh menu ideas that are sure to delight customers and get them enthusing about your offering.

The show is supported by Cotswold Taste, Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire, Taste of the West, and Worcestershire Food & Drink, all of whom are dedicated to supporting the growth of food and drink businesses in the Three Counties area. You can meet and chat to these organisations at the show – it’s a great opportunity to find out more about how they can help your business thrive.

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Meet The Buyer

New for 2018, taking place on the second day of the show, in the adjacent Lindon Suite, is an opportunity for buyers to see a selection of products exclusively from the three counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire & Gloucestershire.

This carefully selected range of products comes both from exhibitors at the show, and from companies who are not exhibiting. It’s a great opportunity to taste and examine in detail specific products from Three Counties’ producers; many of whom are brand new to trade.  If you want to find out more about a product or producer, there will be a one-to-one meeting booths provided where you can hold in-depth conversations. Your free trade entry badge for The Food & Drink Trade Show will also allow you entrance to the Meet The Buyer event.

Book your place now!

The Food & Drink Trade Show, held on the 2nd and 3rd May at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, is a great opportunity to get ahead of the game. You’ll discover new products for your shop, new ingredients for your menu, new equipment for your kitchen, new ideas from industry experts as well as new partners and customers. With all this on the menu, and exclusive show offers to take advantage of as well, can you afford not to be there? It’s the place to be in May!

For more information about the show, to book a stand, or register to attend, please call 01934 733433, visit or follow @lovefinefood.




Trade Shows

As we come up to the second half of the year, there are plenty of shows still to come, with the Farm Shop and Deli show and The Stationery Show just round the corner there is something for everyone.  We will be visiting these shows and our members at them to see how they are getting on and to see how the shows in genal are going so look out for The GA team.

FARM SHOP AND DELI SHOW – 16-18 April 2018

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Experience the best quality local and regional produce, plus the latest in equipment, labelling and packaging solutions, from more than 450 outstanding suppliers over three days. Farm Shop & Deli Show will be packed with new launches, fresh industry insights and trend-setting food and drink.

Meet over 450 Suppliers – You’ll meet suppliers that span the full speciality spectrum including core categories like chocolate, hot drinks, olives, condiments, meat and preserves. In addition a range of non food suppliers such as equipment, labelling and packaging.

Live event programme – Farm Shop & Deli Live is the one-stop shop for advice and information with lively seminars and debates from industry leaders.

Need Fresh inspiration for your business? Whether you’re an independent farm shop, delicatessen or artisan food outlet, you can help grow your business along with your passion at the Farm Shop & Deli Show. At the show you’ll find all the big ideas, innovative suppliers and exciting products you need to make 2018 a year to remember.



London Stationery Show

The London Stationery Show is a two-day stationery extravaganza featuring the biggest selection of writing and paper products from around the world in one place.

This year marks the show’s eighth and its largest exhibitor line up to date with over 150 stationery suppliers, and many more brands taking part. Featuring everything from everyday to high end, it’s easy to see what’s new and who’s new. There are a lot of exhibitors and brands at the London Stationery Show that you won’t see at other UK trade events.

If you buy or sell writing and paper products, or are thinking of doing so, this is the exhibition for you. There is nothing else like it. It’s where fashion meets function.

 The London Stationery Show takes place at the stylish Business Design Centre in vibrant Islington in London. It is one of the UK’s most spectacular venues with lots of natural light and superb facilities.

It’s easy to get to via the London Underground (closest station is Angel on the Northern Line) and close to Kings Cross mainline station. It is within two miles of the City and West End.

Parking is available underneath the Hilton Islington hotel adjacent to the venue and spaces can be pre-booked to guarantee availability. Click hereto find out more.

There is full access for those with disabilities. It’s a relaxed and inspiring setting in which to do business, and look at new stationery products.


PULSE – 13-15 May 2018


At Pulse, you can find something different, unique and invaluable. Whether it’s emerging designer-makers, new A/W 18/19 launches, trend forecasts, business advice, undiscovered international brands or Christmas collections ahead of the busy autumn period, Pulse is designed with your business in mind.

Cutting Edge

Pulse is home to design innovators: From our quirky collection of new designers in our Jewellery Emporium to our trail of international discovery in FOUND, Pulse is a hotbed of cutting-edge product and talent.


Curated by a panel of market-leading experts, Pulse lets you align your brand with the very best in the design world, ensuring only the finest edit of products are showcased to its audience of discerning retailers. The experts’ role is to pinpoint new and exclusive products, and highlight the very latest trends, talent and directional brands.

Inspiring Insight

Pulse has established itself as the go-to industry event for the most up-to-date retail trends, expert advice and business insight, both at the show and 365 days a year on the Pulse website.


With a reputation for style and stand-out design, Pulse is one of the most beautifully presented trade shows around. Designed with flair and delivered in the iconic home of Olympia London’s historic Grand Hall, Pulse is always a pleasure to attend.

The Gift Food Show – 5-6 June 2018


This June, The Food & Gift Show is preparing to open its doors to welcome all independent buyers from across the UK who are keen to experience the one-of-a-kind environment of this buyer-focused show.

The show will be hosted by leading independent buying group, Associated Independent Stores (AIS) and is designed specifically for independent retailers. Having cemented its place as an eagerly anticipated show by AIS members for a number of years, in June the group will also be extending their invite out to independent retailers that aren’t group members, giving the wider industry an opportunity to also realise the benefits.

This year’s Food & Gift Show will offer buyers everything they need to complete their Autumn, Winter and festive food and gift buying, all under one roof. Across an extended ground floor showroom, covering 2445 sq m, this really is a one-stop-shop for the Christmas food and gift buying season, with exhibitors featuring ranges across categories such as Gift Food, Home Fragrance, Cards & Wrap, Confectionary and Speciality Drinks.

Bringing together an exciting and meaningful exhibitor selection, relevant to the business of all independents from department stores to garden centres through to standalone gift shops, the show is anticipating over 70 exhibitors, giving visitors access to 100’s of brands. A number of exhibitors will also offer bespoke personalised ranges, tailor made for the independent market as well as tasting sessions for buyers to enjoy.


The show is well-placed for several transport links and can be found just off the M42, within a few minutes of Birmingham International rail and air links and the NEC.

AIS Members’ only show admittance is on 5th June. The show will then be open to ALL trade on 6th June.

Parking, lunch and refreshments are complimentary to all independent buyers and exhibitors.

The Food & Gift Show is exclusively for independent trade only. Once you have registered to attend you will receive an e-badge via email. Please print this and bring it with you on show day for fast track entry.


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GDPRWith GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) just around the corner on May 25th are you and your business ready?

Ignoring GDPR could mean financial and business ruin with the costs of non-compliance being high:

  • Fines of up to £20 million or 4% global turnover, even for the biggest of companies.
  • Compensation claims for damages suffered by individuals
  • Reputational damage and loss of consumer trust

It will enter us into a new age of restoring customers’ confidence in companies, allowing more transparency to the end consumer and for organisations to stop and think about how they are storing and using data. Here at The Giftware Association we are part way through our journey of GDPR and we have had a massive tidy up of the data we hold, both electronically and on paper.

In a world marred by data breaches and personal data being shared around without consent, Facebook and Cambridge Analytica we are looking your way, surely GDPR is a good thing, but are you prepared and how will it affect you?

How will it affect you? 

Under the new regulations, individuals will have:

  • The right to have access to any data that you hold on them
  • The right to be forgotten
  • The right to restrict processing
  • The right to be informed

In essence, it gives the end customer a lot more control on the way that their data are processed and in the driving seat of all data transactions, it is as much an IT project as a marketing project, because it has sweeping implications for the whole of the business.

How can I be prepared?

At the Giftware Association we have taken the following steps towards GDPR as a guideline:

Map your companies data – Make an itinerary of all your data and where it is kept, what you use it for and where is it from?

Determine what data you need to keep – Do you use all the data that you have collated? Do you neEd to keep it? As data are a currency, it may be hard to delete it but think of the implications and how useful it is to you

Put security measures in place – Where is your data kept? is it onsite servers or offsite servers? What is the security behind these? Look into systems that will keep your data safe

Review your documentation – Having a robust privacy policy in place is key, being transparent with everything you use the data for and all the system that you use will lead to a smoother GDPR transition.

Establish procedures for handling personal data. – set up a system on how you collect data and ensure that your whole company adheres to this as it could take a human error where you’re a data breach occurs and the company will be held responsible.

If you would like to talk more about GDPR and how we have are doing on our journey the give us a call on 1021 237 1105 or email


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