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The competition to find and support individuals and companies in their efforts to break into the growing stationery industry is back for its third edition at the 2018 London Stationery Show.


The 'LaunchPad London' search is now on for up to 12 individuals or companies with new ideas for products or services for the stationery industry to come forward and claim a free stand at the 2018 London Stationery Show.  The closing date for entries is 9 February 2018.


The annual specialist trade show attracts the UK’s biggest retailers, influential buyers and brands in the stationery sector. As part of its offering of fantastic writing and paper products, 12 stands are reserved for the LaunchPad competition winners to showcase their ideas and products to show visitors and fellow exhibitors.


Run for the first time by the London Stationery Show in April 2017, and again by the Manchester Show in October, the LaunchPad initiative has so far showcased 18 new hopefuls.


“We’d love the whole industry to share the details of this opportunity to encourage new blood into stationery.  There are plenty of opportunities for those with innovative ideas and enthusiasm,” comments the London and Manchester 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 reviewing all the entries.”


The London show will feature two previous LaunchPad winners who the show team felt deserved further support; Frankfurt based My Pretty Circus, a ‘wrap & writing’ company run by Maythe Stavermann, and luxury gift wrap supplier Paper Mirchi, run by Rani Moochhala, who launched her range at the Manchester Stationery Show and has just been shortlisted for the Gift of the Year 2018 Awards.


The closing date for entries is Friday, 9 February 2018. The entry form can be found on the London Stationery Show website –


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

Prizes will include a free display space at the show and the opportunity to enter the Stationery Awards 2018.  All the winners 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 London Stationery Show team.

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