London Stationery Show 2023 experienced exhibitor, visitor growth
The London Stationery Show, which took place May 16-17, saw a 20% increase in new exhibitors and a 12% increase in visitors, marking its highest success since its return in 2021.
“This year’s show was a huge success,” said We spoke to Alex Butler, event director of London Stationery Show. “The range of products on offer was truly remarkable and it’s clear to see that the introduction of arts and crafts to London Stationery Show has been a huge hit with our visitors. We were delighted to see such a high number of quality buyers at this year’s show and already look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2024.”
More than 200 brands showcased their products at this year’s show. Located at the front of the show was the Boutique Collection, offering a variety of designer stationery, unique gifts and more. This curated selection of brands allowed visitors to discover an exclusive selection of products. Meanwhile, this year’s LaunchPad competition winners featured six brands as they made their trade show debuts.
Over the course of the two-day event, the Creative Matters Workshops allowed visitors to get hands-on with the industry’s latest products, having the chance to try before they buy and hear from exhibitors first hand.
The Retail Matters Live Talks and the Indie Matters Business Advice Clinics offered educational opportunities. From perfecting your sales technique or mastering PR to becoming the art director of your social media or using visual merchandising to stand out in-store, if you needed to know it the experts had you covered. There was no better place to learn from the best and the brightest within the world of stationery.
At the entrance of the event was the Sustainability Matters feature, showcasing the most eco-friendly products within the industry. Visitors were able to see firsthand how many brands are working towards greener stationery. London Stationery Show partnered with the Young People’s Trust for the Environment, who educated visitors on how they could make informed decisions on how to live their lives in a way that gives greater priority to preservation of the natural world.
The Stationery Matters Awards were held at London Stationery Show on Tuesday, May 16. The aim of the awards is to recognize and benchmark good practice within the stationery industry. The finalist products of each category could be seen at the Stationery Matters Hub, and the long-awaited results were finally announced.