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supplier news

● BASILDON-based printing specialists Elle Media Group have announced winning signifi cant new business supplying stationery to some of the UK’s leading retailers. These supply agreements create new opportunities within the business and include the supply of greetings cards, wrapping paper and notelets previously produced in China. Tim Johnson, UK Key Account Manager at Elle subsidiary FM Print , said: “By investing in the latest equipment we’re able to achieve prices that beat the best Far East rates.a” ● THE exciting investment project by International Paper at the Polish Kwidzyn mill is progressing well. They’re rebuilding the coated board machine to enable the production of lighter-weight grades, plus adding two new sheeters to eliminated current limitations in fi nishing capacity. The sheeter installation is well underway and operations will continue uninterrupted during the scheduled 20- day machine rebuild in March.

exhibition news £205m GLM deal

THE organisers of Surtex and the National Stationery Show in New York have been sold for $335million (£205m). Emerald Expositions announced on December 20 they have

agreed to acquire GLM - George Little Management - from Providence Equity Partners, with the transaction anticipated to close this month. CEO DAvid Loechner said: “GLM is a truly outstanding trade show company with an exciting portfolio and an experienced and talented workforce. This acquisition expands upon our position as a leading trade show organiser in the US.” Charles McCurdy, GLM CEO, added: “This transaction demonstrates the strength of GLM’s shows that have grown successfully thanks to the effectiveness of the team and Providence’s support.”

Show has it taped

THE growing list of fi rst-time exhibitions at the London Stationery Show now includes 3M’s Scotch Tape and Post-It Notes, Duck Tape from UK distributor Schurtape and Ultratape from Bruce Douglas Marketing.

Part of National Stationery Week, the show on April 1-2 is now in its fourth year at the Business Design Centre, London, and is the UK’s leading event for all things stationery, and writing instruments. Other fi rst time exhibitors include Aarevalo, AT

Cross, Blake Envelopes, Castelli, Daler Rowney, Edding, Enveco, Esposti, From You To Me, Instant

Gathering over the border

WITH card sales staying strong throughout the economic downturn, Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring has a number of publishers exhibiting for the fi rst time.

Among them are Eggnog, Think Bubble, Gilli B Illustration, Periodic Society, Perkins & Morley and Say Bamboo who will all be at the SECC in Glasgow from January 19-21. With Scotland being in the spotlight in 2014 with the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup, Year of Homecoming and the Independence Referendum, it’s seen as the country to visit which should lead to a heightened interest in Scottish products and retail outlets. Entries for the Best Products

Awards are being sought for submission by exhibitors on set-up day at the show in the four categories – home and giftware, jewellery and fashion accessories, clothing and textiles, or Launch Gallery, The judging panel – retailers Nancy Smillie and Fiona Fabian, and Gift Focus editor Lyndsey Dennis – will pick the winners on the opening day based on originality, commercial appeal and value for money, they’ll then be displayed in the centre of the show. Last year card producer Shakeastickat won the Launch


Gallery Best Product Award and subsequently received huge interest in their Highland Cow design. Mark Saunders, of show organisers Springboard Events, said: “These awards have grown in terms of exposure and kudos. Many retailers deliberately make the Best Product Award winners their fi rst port of call at the show and they have allowed the winners to greatly increase awareness of their products.”

Leading Scottish sales agent Corinne Forbes said: “Sales of cards have been excellent this year and for most ranges have increased. Interestingly consumers are favouring handmade, more bespoke cards.”

Gifts, J-me, K Two Products, Luckies Of London, Notable Designs, NoveJetPro, Publishers Group UK, Photocentric, Springback Binders, Staedtler UK and Thames And Hudson. “Buyers always fi nd something new at the Stationery Show and next year is no exception when they will be able to see the products of nearly 200 different suppliers, all in one convenient place” says organiser Chris Leonard-Morgan, “It really is where fashion meets function.” 020 8462 0721

BLE moves a week earlier

NEW dates have been announced for BLE 2014 as the show moves forward by a week to avoid a clash with Mipcom. The Advanstar-organised exhibition –

Europe’s premier licensing forum – is now running from October 7-9 at London’s Olympia as entertainment content market Mipcom is running from October 13-16, at the Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France. BLE director Darren Brechin explained: “Our primary motivation was to avoid a direct confl ict with Mipcom’s new dates for 2014, as many of BLE’s core customers participate in both shows and this move will facilitate that. SEE MORE NEWS ON Make a date

ONE of the lovely things about January is being able to put out a beautiful, new calendar on your desk - but how often do you receive anything that’s truly gorgeous and you’re happy to live with for 12 months? This year the 2014 offering from specialist

greetings card printers Graphite Creative is a calendar to covet! Simon Timms, MD of Graphite, explained: “This was a fun project for us, where we incorporated different fi nishes into the design of every month, while giving our customers plenty of space to write their own notes, hopefully making it a useful, as well as a desirable desk calendar.’

“If anyone is unfamiliar with what we

offer as part of our full in-house service, this calendar shows how fi nishes such as fl itter, glitter, die-stamp, die-cut, UV varnish and even scratch n’sniff could work in greetings card designs.”

Look out for your calendar in the post and enjoy for the rest of the year! T: 01992 582531

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