The seventh London Stationery Show in April recorded its highest ever attendance figures. Visitors were up 9% on 2016, with a great mix of dealers, stationers, gift retailers and buyers from supermarkets and department stores in attendance.
The show has seen consistent growth in the number and size of stands being requested by exhibitors, reaching a total of more than 160 exhibitors and 300 brands at this year’s show. It also recorded the highest number of entries to its Stationery Awards, which this year exceeded 400.
Following the success of London Stationery Show, Ocean Media Exhibitions has launched a new stationery trade show in Manchester at the Cotton Sheds, part of the Victoria Warehouse venue in Old Trafford.
Tim Willoughby, managing director of Ocean Media Group, said: “The show continues to grow and attract more support from the industry and interested buyers. We’ve had an excellent response from exhibitors wanting to book for next year, and strong interest in our new show, which will be based in Manchester.”
London Stationery Show visitor data reveals a clear southern bias, with just over 65% of all visitors travelling to the show from London and the South East. The choice of Manchester as the location of the new show is based on its links to the north of England and to the Midlands, making it well-placed to become a stationery magnet for the region.
The Manchester Stationery Show will run for two days on Tuesday, October 31 and Wednesday, November 1 2017.