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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!


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


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