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The GA's Sarah Ward with winner Evan Lewis form Vent For Change

The Stationery Awards are in their eighth year, but this year was a first for two new categories recognising Retailer and Designer contributions to the stationery industry.

The winners for this year’s Awards, which aim to recogniseand benchmark good practice and innovation in the retail stationery sector,were announced at an informal drinks evening held after the first day ofStationery Show London.

Representatives from Award sponsors AT Cross, GO Stationery,Craft Business and The Giftware Association, along with a selection of theSupplier and Retailer judges all took part to help announce the winners.


Several suppliers had a good Awards evening, picking up acouple of wins each – Quadrille won both the Diaries, Organisers, Calendars andLicensed Stationery categories, whilst ExaClair’s new gift wrap range byClairefontaine also collected two awards, including the Judges’ Choice.  It was also great to see a LaunchPad winner,Makers Cabinet (formerly Brahman Design) winning the Desk Accessories category.

The judging panel this year included Katy Golden, head ofgift at the Great British Card Company, Chris Lambert, founder of rapidlygrowing subscription box service Scrawlrbox, Sarah Laker, owner of MarpleStationery Supplies and figurehead for this year’s National Stationery Week#StationeryShopSaturday campaign, Sidonie Warren, co-founder of Papersmiths, MarkHayhurst, sponsor and editor of Craft Business, Debbie Wigglesworth, paperPassionist from consultancy The Paper Collaborative and Abigail Ball, deputystationery buyer at Fenwick.

Category/Sponsor Company Product
Sponsored by Craft Business
Chameleon Art Products Ltd Chameleon Fineliners
DESK ACCESSORIES Makers Cabinet Høvel
DIARIES, ORGANISERS, CALENDARS Quadrille Publishing Oliver Bonas: Work Hard, Play Hard & Be Kind A6 2019 Diary
GIFT PACKAGING & WRAP ExaClair Limited Tiny Roll Kraft Gift Wrapping Range
LICENSED STATIONERY Quadrille Publishing English Heritage: Fold & Post
NOTEBOOKS & JOURNALS Leuchtturm1917 Bauhaus 100 Years Collection
NOVELTY STATIONERY Securit by Vermes BV 3D Chalkboard Whale by Securit®
SOCIAL STATIONERY Petra Boase Ltd Balloon Card Range
WRITING INSTRUMENTS (OVER £25 RRP) Lime Stationery & Art Troika Capmatic Pen
Sponsored by The Giftware Association
VENT for Change Ideas Collection
JUDGES' CHOICE 2019 ExaClair Limited Tiny Roll Kraft Gift Wrapping Range


Lucy Jackson of Lucy Jackson Design and Joanna Partlett, head of sourcing & production planning at GO Stationery

The StationeryDesigner of the Year Award, sponsored by GO Stationery was won by LauraJackson, of Laura Jackson Design.

Laura trained in Jewellery Design & Silversmithing at theesteemed School of Jewellery in Birmingham and then embarked on a career in luxuryfashion. She spent eight years in design and development at several high-profileinternational brands in Birmingham and London, before embarking on a nine-monthexploration around Asia and the Pacific.

Inspired by her travels she now designs a range of homewaresand interior products, all of which are made in the UK.

The team at GO Stationery selected Laura’s submissionsaying:

“A bold, striking, commercial and veryversatile winning design - fully adaptable with endless opportunity.  Laura clearly knows stationery and proposedthe top two selling formats. 

“She also went the extra mile andproposed a print specification and price and therefore not only entered with adesign concept but has taken it all the way to manufacture ready!”


With the support of sponsor A T Cross, five new retailercategories were added to the Stationery Awards this year for the first time.  It was a great evening for Sidonie Warren,co-founder of Papersmiths, which picked up two category awards!  Sidonie was also part of this year’s SupplierAward Judging Panel – which she ‘enjoyed immensely’.

The judging panel for the Retailer Awards included KerriMiddleton, MD of Busy B, George Wilkinson, MD of Nuco International, JaneReucroft, founder and Chloe Bayles, head of wholesale at  A Gift From The Gods, Rebecca Saunders,independent retail and e-commerce consultant, Michael Owen, co-founder of LimeStationery & Art and Gemma Bassett, marketing manager at Sinclairs and aStar Choice in the Thirty Under 30 stationery initiative.

Category Company Name of campaign (if relevant):
Best Customer Initiative (Instore or Online)

Scrawlrbox The Scrawlr Challenge
Best POS/Merchandised Display of Stationery Scriptum Ltd Vincero!
New Store of the Year

Papersmiths Brighton and Papersmiths Chelsea
Best Non-Specialist Stationery Store
Best Specialist Stationery Store Cult Pens

Judges’ commentsabout the Retailer Winners included:

Best Customer Initiative (Instore or Online) “This is a really innovative idea and I am impressed by the way they have built a community of followers that are engaging with the products and with each other. A super way to encourage creativity.”
Best POS/Merchandised Display of Stationery “A visually impactful and unique window - I particularly like the focus on the own brand products.” “A great approach to merchandising Valentine's Day products instead of the usual hearts and balloons - you can see the amount of planning and work that went into this.”
New Store of the Year “Exciting new stores with an array of indulgent displays for any stationery user. I love how the stores feel like mini exhibition spaces, making all stationery feel like art and to be cherished. Wonderful!” “The new stores are just as exciting as I had hoped! I love the attention to detail - flooring, lighting, fixtures, colours and visual merchandising are just brilliant.”
Best Non-Specialist Stationery Store “Really impressed with the engagement for customers and the results they have driven… they are making themselves a real stationery go to destination.” “This is a true industry success story and their commercial results are impressive. From ranging to visual merchandising to marketing, their offer is truly best in class.”
Best Specialist Stationery Store “A fantastic store and great offering - a lot of marketing activity generating interest in our sector and engagement with iconic brands!” “They have adapted to the changing retail environment and built up an impressive 46K online reviews. Their introduction of brand ambassadors seems to have been positive…” “They are fantastic UK success story. I admire their focus on being the best within the category and commitment to (and creation of) industry events that support the sector as a whole. I am impressed by the well-rounded business that has been built, with a focus on building long term relationships with suppliers and customers.”


For further information please contact:

Vanessa Fortnam, – 01666824624.

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