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Launchpad London Winners Introduced

After much deliberation by this year’s three leading judges, 12 LaunchPad winners have been chosen. Each winner will receive a free exhibition stand at the London Stationery Show in April from which to introduce their product to the industry.

The three judges, Sidonie Warren, founder of design-led stationery retailer Papersmiths, Daniel Mark Carr, global brand director of international art supplies company ColArt and award-winning textile and stationery designer Nikki Strange commented on their judging experience:

Designer Nikki said, “It's been amazing to see such a high standard of creative and varied entries for LaunchPad, particularly with the attention to detail in presentation, packaging and finesse for such newly launched designers and brands.”

Papersmiths founder Sidonie said, “I really enjoyed seeing the product designs and hearing more about how the show is put together.”

Whilst Daniel commented, “It was incredibly difficult judging all the submissions for this year’s LaunchPad as the quality was absolutely top notch! I was so pleased to see applicants from across the UK and from Croatia, Spain and Australia. I was also impressed at the variety of submissions; a clear sign of the exciting future that is in store for the UK stationery industry.”

The 12 winners were chosen from just over 50 entries, and are:

Octàgon Design, Back Pocket Notebooks, Clipmatic, Regiftwrap™, Yo Boki, VAU, How Funny, Type a story, Not Only Polka Dots, High Meadows Stationery, The Curious Department, BATCH.WORKS

All 12 winning companies will be exhibiting at the London Stationery Show on Tuesday and Wednesday, 24 & 25 April – stationery buyers are urged to come along and see the products, meet the designers behind them, give them feedback and advice and help them onto the next stage in their business – supplying great stationery products to the UK market.

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