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GRAPHIC designers, illustrators and creative agencies are being urged to submit their printed samples to the Annual Antalis Review Awards before entries close on June 30.


Cool for cats


YORKSHIRE Cat Rescue found new homes for two of their kittens with a visit to Hallmark HQ in Bingley Road, Bradford – and also picked up £135 in donations. It was part of the publishers’ activity promoting their new Little Meow brand, with kits Ron and Tammy being adopted by staff members Viktoriya Zarvanska and Lisa Martin, and PR and social media manager Tamsyn Johnston- Hughes agreeing to take in a new friend for her own Smudge after their summer hols.


Charities can count on cards


BUYING some of Abacus’ 2015 Spring Seasons collection means two extremely worthwhile charities will benefi t as they’re supporting Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer UK. The entire Father’s Day range is being sold in aid of the male charity, while four of the luxury Mother’s Day cards will benefi t Breakthrough.


Posh frocks at the ready


POSH frocks and smart suits are being tracked down as the fi nalists for the 10th Retas awards get ready to travel to London for the big event on July 8. The nominations for the 21 categories have been sorted and the fi nalists announced for the awards that recognise the tremendous contribution that retailers of all sizes make to the greetings card industry. The full list is on www.theretasawards.co.uk


Stamp of approval


ESTHER Brauer has decided to call it a day after 61 years as the postmistress in tiny Kylesku on the northern tip of Scotland. The 83-year-old is Britain’s longest serving postmistress and began in 1953 in a post offi ce attached to her house, then moved house so worked from an eight foot by six foot shed in her garden where she sold her last stamps on May 16.


Blott on the spires


STATIONERY heaven has hit Oxford as Blott continue their march on the High Street by opening their 13th store in the city of dreaming spires. Since opening their fi rst store in Tunbridge Wells in 2011, Blott have now opened in Oxford’s Clarendon Centre.


Summer jamboree workshop


BLUE Eyed Sun MD Jeremy Corner will be running a short workshop on social media for retailers at the Widdop Bingham Showrooms on Tuesday, June 24. The Social Media – What’s All The Fuss? workshop at 1pm is part of their annual summer jamboree showcasing new products.


Animals fl y off shelves


LONDON Zoo has a new resident in the shape of Rose Hill whose animal-design greetings cards and notebooks are now being stocked in the gift shop – giraffe and penguin designs seem to be fl ying off the shelves.


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HALLMARK made a special visit to the children’s ward of Leeds General Infi rmary on Thursday May 22 to donate a selection of books for patients and visitors. Tamsyn Johnson-Hughes, PR and Social Media Manager at Hallmark, and her assistant Amy Green were welcomed by Children’s Ward Manager Claire Hazlegreaves, Ward Clerk Melanie


Westerman and several of the LGI’s young patients. Tamsyn said: “Spending time in hospital can be tough, and especially so for children and their families, so we wanted to give a little something to the children’s ward that could help lift everyone’s spirits.” T: 01274 252000 www.hallmark.co.uk


Writing their own coverage


MORE than £5million worth of media coverage was generated by National Stationery Week and the Get Britain Writing campaign which reached more 20 million consumers. It trended on Twitter on the fi rst day in April, reaching a combined Facebook and Twitter audience of nearly 10million – even boy band Union J tweeted about it to their teen followers! The information has just been revealed by Chris Leonard-Morgan, of organisers The London Stationery Show, who said: “These fi gures are stunning and quite remarkable for a retail market of this size. They confi rm that people in this country really do like their stationery – and it makes a great extra offering for greetings retailers.” Supported by the GCA, Post Offi ce, National Handwriting Association and Writing Instruments


Association, there were over 140 articles and mentions in consumer magazines and the national and regional press including Woman’s Weekly, Woman & Home, Stylist Magazine, Good Homes, Your Home, Sunday Mirror Notebook Magazine, The Guardian and The Independent. National Stationery Week was also mentioned on the Chris Evans, Ken Bruce and Steve Wright shows on BBC Radio 2, reaching audiences of over 10 million. Chris added: “It was was once again a massive success, bringing together


stationery lovers from throughout the UK and around the world, and getting people talking about stationery and the importance of writing by hand. Next year’s takes place from April 27-May 3 – and will be even bigger!” www.stationeryshow.co.uk www.nationalstationeryweek.com


The awards, which recognise creativity, innovation and excellence in design and print, will take place at an exclusive ceremony at The Ivy Restaurant in London on September 25 when guests will be transported to the event in a special VIP Review double decker bus. A new category for luxury retail packaging and POS has been introduced for the fi rst time, while greetings card designs can be entered under the stationery category, or the recycled section for any piece produced on a recycled material. Entries to the 24th Antalis Review Awards, have to be printed on Antalis media and will be judged by a panel of experts who will consider concept, design,


origination, typography, production and overall impact of each entry. The judging panel is made up of Adam Rix, Associate Creative Director, Music, Manchester; Colin Raeburn, Director, Graphical House, Glasgow; Alan Dye, Creative Director/Owner, NB Studio, London, and Gary Elliot, Group Managing Director, creative printer company Absolute, London. www.antalis.co.uk/TheReview


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