Run for the first time by the London Stationery Show in April 2017, the LaunchPad is an annual competition to find and support individuals and companies in their efforts to break into the stationery industry.
The initiative has so far showcased 30 new hopefuls, with some notable successes for winners such as Back Pocket Notebook, Peace & Blessings, Paper Mirchi, Type and Story and Batch.Work, to name but a few.
The LaunchPad search aims to find up to 12 individuals or companies with new ideas for products or services for the stationery industry. Entrants just need to put their ideas and a product sample forward to be in with a chance of winning a free exhibition stand at the 2019 Stationery Show London which runs on 30th April and 1st May.
The annual trade show attracts the UK’s biggest retailers, influential buyers and brands in the stationery sector. As part of its offering, LaunchPad competition winners can showcase their ideas and products to show visitors and fellow exhibitors free of charge.
All the LaunchPad judges this year have either started, or launched a business in the stationery industry, so are ideally placed to assess how well LaunchPad entries are likely to perform. They are Sarah Sibley, Founder of online stationery retailer Got2Jot; Michael Owen, Co-founder of Lime Stationery & Art; Penny Green, Director of Retail & wholesale Europe for kikki-K, who introduced kikki-K to the UK; Jamie Mitchell, Co-founder and Director at quirky stationery and gift supplier Ohh Deer, and Kaushal Shah, Founder of Paper Plus Europe. Both James and Kaushal were also identified as ‘Thirty Under 30 Star Choice’ stationery industry winners earlier this year.
The closing date for entries is Thursday 28th February. The entry form can be found on the show website www.stationeryshowlondon.co.uk/launchpad.
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
Winners will receive a free display space at the show, a listing on the show’s website and in its Event Guide and the opportunity to enter the Stationery Awards 2019. All the winners will get fantastic exposure to all the UK’s leading retailers and suppliers visiting the show and will receive free PR support from the show’s marketing team.