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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.



UK Businesses have been given the opportunity to seek out and pursue new opportunities in the US Market with the ability to export goods from the UK to the USA at a more cost effective rate. There’s no time like the present for proactive businesses to take advantage of the potential to succeed in the largest and most competitive economy in the world.

Twice a year, an outstanding array of the world’s best home, gift and lifestyle resources converge at NY NOW. Offering an incredible selection of exceptional merchandise in one convenient, well-organised marketplace.

British Jewellery & Giftware International in conjunction with Department for International Trade will again be organising a UK pavilion at this hugely popular show. British Jewellery & Giftware International has supported new and established businesses at NY NOW for over 10 years now. More than 20,000 buyers from all 50 states and more than 70 countries worldwide are expected to attend NY NOW this Summer.

With the added support provided by BJGI and DIT, achieving success in the US market has been made easier.

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Be part of the UK pavilion and take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Exhibit within the UK pavilion in the extremely desirable Gift & Lifestyle Hall
  • Pre-show management and on-site support
  • Extensive marketing and promotional activities to promote the UK pavilion
  • Full 110sqft stand package to include: Hardwalls, carpet, lighting, table and two chairs
  • Full use of shared facilities
  • BJGI experience and expertise

Eligible UK exhibitors can receive a grant of £2000.00.

For further information please contact Rebecca Gough:, 0121 237 1119.



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.





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Be among the first to register.

As the first show of the second season, set against the beautiful, summer backdrop of Harrogate, Home and gift 2018 is the perfect place to shop next season bestsellers!

With over 100 brands, five marquess, eight halls and even more local showrooms Home and Gift offers the biggest choice of new products, big name brands and emerging designers to satisfy all your buying needs.

For 2018 we’re also launching four new sectors: Taste, Design Now, Made and Design Home and interiors. There has never been a better time to visit home and gift.

Open for 4 days, and with 13 halls ram-packed with thousands of new launches, Home & Gift is well worth the trip!

If you have never experienced the unique Home & Gift buying experience then you are in for a treat. Quintessentially British, Harrogate offers the perfect summer buying trip for any new or seasoned buyer

To avoid disappointment and receive the best rates available book your accommodation and travel today.

We look forward to seeing you at #HomeandGift2018


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Show Dates: 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 take place at AIS’s own purpose-built exhibition centre, Cranmore Park in Solihull, on 5th and 6th June, with the final day, Wednesday 6th June, being open to the rest of the trade.

The 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.

In such a buoyant and expanding market, the show will bring 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. Show organiser Rachel Breen who has operated as a buyer within the Homeware and Gift sector for over 15 years, explains;

“This show is unique in that it is designed specifically and exclusively for independent retailers. The Food & Gift Show is organised by buyers with experience in the independent sector and this perspective creates a unique buyer focused approach. We have been visiting trade shows as buyers for years so it is easy to identify how we like to structure our own show. High on our priority list is making the show a stress-free experience for visitors and creating a fun, friendly and relaxed environment for both buyers and exhibitors. We know that our exhibition facility, Cranmore Park, is easy to find and years of shuttle bus experience has taught us how important it is that visitors can park right outside the front door! We also want to lessen the expense for buyers visiting the show and the most obvious solution to that is to make everything free – so parking, admission, refreshments and even lunch is free for everyone!

“We are anticipating that over 70 exhibitors, giving access to 100’s of brands. Buyers in attendance can expect to see gift-food and confectionary names such as Charbonnel et Walker, House of Dorchester, Cottage Delight, Maxim’s De Paris, The Snaffling Pig Company, Cartwright & Butler, Mrs Bridges and Stewarts. There will be some exciting ranges from speciality drinks brands such as Skinny Prosecco and 6 O’Clock Gin. You will also see some excellent new homeware product at the show from key brands such as Wax Lyrical and Portmeirion. 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.

“We’re also delighted to offer some new exciting initiatives to keep the show fresh and current. In addition to the great mix of ranges you’ll see, we’re offering visitors visual and display concepts during the event. We all know the importance of finishing touches and how they can bring a store display alive whilst also providing some great add-on sales for retailers. Furthermore there will be some seminars open to all buyers to learn more about the market to enable them to make more informed buying decisions.”

The Food & Gift 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. Admission to the show is free but reserved for independent retailers only. Parking, lunch and refreshments are complimentary to all independent buyers and exhibitors.

To register for the show and an up-to-date exhibitor list, visit the website

Show: The Food & Gift Show

Venue: Cranmore Park Exhibition Centre, Solihull B90 4LF

Opening Hours: 5th June 8.30am-6.00pm (AIS Members Only)

6th June 8.30am-5.00pm (General Trade Show).

Tel : 0121 683 1430

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Press Contact : Nadia Hanoush 0121 683 1462. Email:

About AIS

Associated Independent Stores is the leading independent buying group for Home & Fashion in the UK & Ireland. They have more than 250 retail members and a buying throughput of around £500m. Those members include home specialists, department stores, garden centres and specialists such as cookshops in high streets, edge of town and out of town. They are all independent and range from single stores to regional chains and combined have a retail turnover of around £2bn.