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LaunchPad search is on

Organisers seek six stationery newcomers to showcase with free exhibitor stands in Manchester


THE search is on for six newcomers to win a free exhibitor stand at the 2018 Manchester Stationery Show as the fourth LaunchPad competition is back.

The closing date is July 31, 2018, for entries from companies and individuals with new ideas for products or services for the stationery industry and hoping to take part in the bi-annual trade show which runs in London in April and is back for a second time in Manchester on October 9-10.
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.
homepageRun for the first time by the Stationery Show in London in April 2017, and again by the inaugural Manchester event last October, the LaunchPad initiative has so far showcased 30 new hopefuls, and the entry form can be found on the show’s homepage
Show event manager Hazel Fieldwick said: “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.
“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 – Manchester 2017 exhibitors Paper Mirchi won the Gift Packaging & Wrap category, while London 2018 companies Octagon Design and Back Pocket Notebooks won Diaries, Organisers & Calendars and Good Design categories respectively.
“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,” added Hazel.

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