The Stationery Awards 2019 took place for the first time in a separate venue from their usual home in the Business Design Centre, after the first day of Stationery Show London, Tuesday 30 April. Key sponsors of the awards, A T Cross and GO Stationery, allowed organisers to include five brand new retailer categories and a Designer award in addition to the existing supplier categories.
Ocean Media director Tim Willoughby introduced the event, announcing: “We had 377 entries this year, a huge number, for our judges to work through, and a testament to the resilience of the stationery sector in the face of tough times for retail.”
Tim was joined by GA deputy chairman and experienced retail advisor Henri Davis, who has chaired the Stationery Awards since their inception eight years ago. Henri commented on the benefits of a new judging procedure which took place in advance of the awards, commenting that this, “allowed the judges a lot more time than we would have on the show day, so they could look at, review, read about and use the products entered, so they went through a real ‘road test.’”
Henri reiterated the benefits of companies entering the awards, saying: “All of the judges commented this year that seeing products in this environment meant they had spotted products they would not normally find at the show and that they will be following up on a number of them.”
Henri concluded that in the supplier categories, all entries were judged on the commerciality of the products to drive strong sales for a retailer because of their functionality, good pricing, quality and good packaging.
Representatives from Award sponsors A T Cross, GO Stationery, Craft Business and The Giftware Association, along with a selection of the Supplier and Retailer judges, all took part to help announce the winners.
2019 WINNERS – SUPPLIER STATIONERY AWARDS
Several suppliers had a good Awards evening, with two picking up a couple of wins each – Quadrille won both the Diaries, Organisers, Calendars and Licensed Stationery categories, whilst ExaClair’s new gift wrap range by Clairefontaine 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 with their timeless Høvel design.
The judging panel this year included Katy Golden, head of gift at the Great British Card Company, Chris Lambert, founder of rapidly growing subscription box service Scrawlrbox, Sarah Laker, owner of Marple Stationery Supplies and figurehead for this year’s National Stationery Week #StationeryShopSaturday campaign, Sidonie Warren, co-founder of Papersmiths, Mark Hayhurst, sponsor and editor of Craft Business, Debbie Wigglesworth, Paper Passionist from consultancy The Paper Collaborative and Abigail Ball, deputy stationery buyer at Fenwick.
ART & CRAFTS
Sponsored by Craft Business
Chameleon Art Products Ltd for Chameleon Fineliners
Makers Cabinet for Høvel
DIARIES, ORGANISERS, CALENDARS
Quadrille Publishing for Oliver Bonas: Work Hard, Play Hard & Be Kind A6 2019 Diary
EVERYDAY WRITING INSTRUMENTS
Studio Pens for Kaweco FROSTED Sport Series
FILING & STORAGE
JPT Europe Ltd for +KRAFT
GIFT PACKAGING & WRAP
ExaClair Limited for Tiny Roll Kraft Gift Wrapping Range
Quadrille Publishing for English Heritage: Fold & Post
NOTEBOOKS & JOURNALS
Leuchtturm1917 for Bauhaus 100 Years Collection
Securit by Vermes BV for 3D Chalkboard Whale by Securit®
Petra Boase Ltd for Balloon Card Range
WRITING INSTRUMENTS (OVER £25 RRP)
Lime Stationery & Art for Troika Capmatic Pen
Sponsored by The Giftware Association
VENT for Change for Ideas Collection
JUDGES’ CHOICE 2019
ExaClair Limited for Tiny Roll Kraft Gift Wrapping Range
2019 WINNER – DESIGNER STATIONERY AWARD
The Stationery Designer of the Year Award, sponsored by GO Stationery, was won by:
Laura Jackson, of Laura Jackson Design.
Laura trained in Jewellery Design & Silversmithing at the esteemed School of Jewellery in Birmingham and then embarked on a career in luxury fashion. She spent eight years in design and development at several high-profile international brands in Birmingham and London, before embarking on a nine-month exploration around Asia and the Pacific.
Inspired by her travels she now designs a range of homewares and interior products, all of which are made in the UK.
The team at GO Stationery selected Laura’s submission saying: “A bold, striking, commercial and very versatile winning design - fully adaptable with endless opportunity. Laura clearly knows stationery and proposed the top two selling formats.
“She also went the extra mile and proposed a print specification and price and therefore not only entered with a design concept but has taken it all the way to manufacture ready!”
2019 WINNERS – RETAILER STATIONERY AWARDS
With the support of sponsor A T Cross, five new retailer categories were added to the Stationery Awards this year for the first time. Sidonie Warren, co-founder of Papersmiths, enjoyed a particularly successful evening, picking up two category awards for Papersmiths. Sidonie was also part of this year’s Supplier Award Judging Panel, which she “enjoyed immensely.”
The judging panel for the Retailer Awards included Kerri Middleton, MD of Busy B, George Wilkinson, MD of Nuco International, Jane Reucroft, 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 Lime Stationery & Art and Gemma Bassett, marketing manager at Sinclairs and a Star Choice in the Thirty Under 30 stationery initiative.
The winners are:
Best Customer Initiative (Instore or Online)
Scrawlrbox for The Scrawlr Challenge
Best POS/Merchandised Display of Stationery
Scriptum Ltd for Vincero!
New Store of the Year
Papersmiths Brighton and Papersmiths Chelsea
Best Non-Specialist Stationery Retailer
Best Specialist Stationery Retailer
The judges comments on the new retailer categories included for Papersmiths’ win in the 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.”
And about Cult Pens:
“A one-stop shop for all things pens - can’t argue with that.”
“All encompassing, it is how it should be done…”
“Cult Pens is a fantastic UK success story. I admire Amanda’s focus on being the best within her category and her commitment to (and creation of) industry events that support the sector as a whole. I am impressed by the well-rounded business that she has built, with a focus on building long term relationships with suppliers and customers.”