Despite the current Coronavirus pandemic, there has still been cause to recognise innovation and ingenuity within the industry with the 2020 Stationery Awards which took place late last month.
Following last year’s Stationery Awards, London Stationery Show and Stationery Matters have continued to help showcase good practice and innovation within the stationery industry and have announced their 2020 Stationery Awards winners.
There were some additional awards created for this year which included new regional Retailer Awards and a Rising Star award to recognise the most promising project with the industry, judged by leading suppliers and senior stationery buyers.
2020 Stationery Awards – Product Award Winners
The judging panel for this year’s awards comprised of a mix of stationery buyers from the likes of WHSmiths, John Lewis & Partners, The National Trust amongst other leading retailers.
As with previous years, 2020 Stationery Awards sponsors Craft Business and The Giftware Association were also invited to be part of the judging process for entries.
Following the usual format, this year’s Product Awards were open to all suppliers and manufacturers within the sector and received a large amount of nominations and entries.
This year’s Product Awards winners were revealed as:
|Art & Crafts||Clipbook Creative Kit by Filofax|
|Children’s Stationery||Lionheart Activity Book Collection by Manuscript|
|Desk Accessories||10 Cube by Collins Debden|
|Diaries and Calendars||Peppa Pig My First Calendar by Danilo Promotions Ltd|
|Eco Stationery||100% Tree Free Notebooks – Stone Paper Notebooks by Magic Whiteboard Limited|
|Filing & Stationery||Troika On Pack Storage Set by Troika with Pen Paper Gift|
|Gift Packaging and Wrap||OnlyEco Retailer Eco Kit by OnlyEco|
|Good Design Award||Ages 3-5: Love Writing Co. Writing Pencils – pack of 5 by Love Writing Co.|
|Licensed Stationery||Stranger Things VHS Notebook by Pyramid International|
|Notebooks, Organisers and Journals||The Gratitude List ® by The Gratitude List ®|
|Novelty Stationery||Legami Erasable pens by Legami with Pen Paper Gift|
|Social Stationery||Tree Wishes Festive Box by 1 Tree Cards|
|Writing Instruments||Caran d’Ache Paul Smith 849 Ballpoint Pen by Stone Marketing Ltd | Caran d’Ache|
Retail Award Categories Added to Stationery Awards
In a conscious effort to make the 2020 Stationery Awards and any further Stationery Awards more accessible to wider manufacturers and suppliers across the country within the industry, this year saw the inclusion of new Retail orientated award categories.
Presented alongside the traditional Product Awards categories, the very first winners of the Retail Awards were announced as:
|Best Independent Retailer||South Scriptum, Midlands Artcadia and North Stationery Supplies|
|Best National Retailer||UK Cult Pens|
The judges provided some closing comments on some of the category winners in the 2020 Stationery Awards, such as Cult Pens, Artcadia and Stationery Supplies.
“The team at Cult Pens continue to drive success through many pioneering initiatives, such as ‘Inktober’ and ‘Mechanical Pencil Day’.
In addition, their dedication to produce high quality online content and customer service should be admired greatly.”
“We particularly love the support given to the lesser known artist, designers and makers by offering them a space to shine and for keeping the more traditional stationery offerings alive.
All the products are thoughtfully sourced with quality and the environment in mind too.”
Stationery Supplies – Sarah Laker
“Sarah demonstrates a real passion for the industry and her drive to promote both local community and indie stationer initiatives, as well as ecological sound products is admirable.
Her work behind schemes such as Stationery Shop Saturday are fantastic.”
2020 Stationery Awards – Rising Star Award
Another newly introduced category, the Rising Star Award, focused on any individual who demonstrates a clear passion and drive for both their business and products range, whilst also taking into account any elements of innovation, creativity and commitment to their role.
This year’s winner was announced as Marc Sach, who received the award based on his dedication and hard work on converting his web comic series into a brand called Fuzzballs.
Commenting on their decision to award Marc with the Rising Star accolade, the judging panel commented:
“Dedication, determination and hard work have paid off for Marc and his brand is obviously loved by many!
A worthy winner – well done!”
We here at Office Supplies Blog would like to congratulate both the nominees and winners of this year’s 2020 Stationery Awards.