Owner of the London Stationery Show, Ocean Media Exhibitions, has announced the launch of a new stationery trade show in Manchester.
The new Manchester Stationery Show will run for two days on Tuesday, 31 October and Wednesday, 1 November. It will be a specialist writing and paper products show, focused on design-led and fashion-forward product; run at the perfect time for buyers to select product for the New Year.
The show will take place in the heart of Manchester at the Cotton Sheds, part of the Victoria Warehouse venue in Old Trafford. The choice of Manchester as a location is based on its links not only to the north of England, but also the Midlands, making it well-placed to become a stationery magnet for the region.
The new show launch was decided upon as the London Stationery Show visitor data reveals a clear pattern of attracting a southern biased audience – with just over 65% of all visitors travelling to the show from London and the South East. This is reflected by national high street data which shows a 60/40 split in stationery and gift retailers based south and north of the Midlands.
The Ocean Media organising team is aiming to attract more than 50 exhibitors showcasing around 150 brands. The specialist stationery trade show offer will be supported by key features; a seminar programme offering views from across the industry and insights into the latest trends and fashions, a Manchester LaunchPad to draw in new talent from the area, a Creative Hub to get visitors hands-on and engaged and a New Product Display area to showcase new developments.