Right on trend - hottest trends in the stationery and crafting market for 2020

Right on trend - hottest trends in the stationery and crafting market for 2020

The links between stationery and craft are always strong, simply because so many crafting activities use mediums and materials that are in the core to the stationery sector. This year is no exception with calligraphy, journalling and colouring all being very popular with creatives both in the UK and abroad.

Is writing a dying art?

Is writing a dying art?

I have loved stationery since I was at school, I was the girl who collected erasers with googly eyes and looked forward to having a new pen in my Christmas stocking, then learning joined up writing was a given it was never ‘if’ but ‘when’, writing was a skill to be perfected.

Looking back over the last thirty years...

Looking back over the last thirty years...

Open the champagne and start the celebrations, because 2019 is my 30th year in the stationery industry. My love of the industry continues to grow and since becoming part of the industry, I have become an independent retail advisor in the cards, gifts, stationery and heritage industries, I work with many small and medium-sized businesses.

Have you got the competitive edge? A view on exhibitions

Have you got the competitive edge? A view on exhibitions

With the economic outlook somewhat curious for UK retail and a selection of high street mainstays falling by the wayside, there is one thing that hasn’t changed in British shopping landscape - brands of all sizes are all still competing for consumers attention, and those same retailers are always on the hunt for the “next big thing!”

Bold, Brave, Brilliant, British (and Brexit?)

Bold, Brave, Brilliant, British (and Brexit?)

For most of us the referendum vote will be the biggest single thing to impact our personal and business lives in the coming years. It has been looming for a few years now and will continue to do so given the events of the last couple of weeks. Meanwhile, negative talk and scare mongering is creating increasing uncertainty for consumers, businesses, our government and the EU itself as no one knows what will actually happen…

What does ‘REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE OR COMPOST’ mean for Retailers?

What does ‘REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE OR COMPOST’ mean for Retailers?

To make effective decisions as a retailer, I believe you need to understand the trends affecting the market sector you are trading in and how these are changing what your customers are looking to buy from you and other retailers. For instance…

How does the rise of ‘Health and Wellness’ impact the ranges that retailers stock?

How does the rise of ‘Health and Wellness’ impact the ranges that retailers stock?

As retailers, we should all be thinking about how we can maximise any opportunities that changes in circumstance present. More than that, we need to be keeping our eyes open and actively looking for them - and Health & Wellness is a growing trend that I believe we should all be paying attention to! Here’s why…

Speaking at Lucy Ledger's Creative Business Masterclass

Speaking at Lucy Ledger's Creative Business Masterclass

After a busy few days in Brighton for ACE2019 - I’m now heading to London for tomorrow’s Creative Business Masterclass led by the inspirational, multi award-winning designer Lucy Ledger at the V&A…

Why retailers can’t go wrong with ranges for children, pets, sport and games! 

Why retailers can’t go wrong with ranges for children, pets, sport and games! 

In my last blog in this series, I explained why during times of uncertainty people chose to spend time together doing things that don’t cost money. When they do buy products they will be items that enhance whatever it is they are doing together… 

A good example of this is games and jigsaws which are seeing a significant increase in sales at the moment with many new products being launched to appeal to new emerging markets and consumers who would not have bought these previously. We want to laugh and have fun and what better way to do it than play games!