Sarah Sibley – Director, Got2Jot
Sarah has always had a passion for stationery, recognising that stationery addicts are always on the lookout for products combining style, creativity and organisation. In 2013 she decided to take the plunge and move away from the corporate world and use her experience in retail marketing with her passion to set up Got2Jot as an online shop focusing on fashion stationery.
Over the years the business has grown and evolved and now focuses on sourcing and working with up and coming stationery and card designers that fit with the brand. Sarah frequently writes on stationery trends and regularly publishes her "Meet the designers" blog series enabling designers to tell their story and help raise their profile.
Michael Owen – Co-Founder, Lime Stationery & Art
Michael started Lime Stationery & Art with wife Tracy around ten years ago. Their aim was to bring pen and stationery brands to the UK that hadn’t been available previously, with the focus on making premium, cool and beautiful products accessible to every independent gift and stationery retailer in the country. They offer low minimums and a quick service. The product is always the priority, ensuring retailers can offer their customers new, innovative products at least three or four times a year. Finding new products therefore, is a huge part of their lives, and Michael is very excited to see what the Launchpad entries have to offer.
Jamie Mitchell – Co-Founder and Creative Director, Ohh Deer
Ohh Deer began with Jamie Mitchell’s vision of creating a business to celebrate the work of creatives from all over the world. From an online company based in the spare bedroom of his Grandparent’s home, Ohh Deer has become a multi-national brand with products featured in some of biggest stores in the world. Jamie’s vision grew from his desire to create something unique, without creative boundaries; this passion drove Jamie to connect with artists across the world via Twitter to form a creative collective to create products everyone with an IP address could enjoy.
Penny Green - Director Retail & Wholesale Europe, kikki-K
Penny helped to introduce Australian stationery & gift retailer kikki-K to the UK and is now responsible for its retail and wholesale operations throughout the UK and Europe. Her previous experience is from the world of luxe design and fashion, as UK Retail Director of American brand Coach, and Area Business Manager for Hobbs.
Kaushal Shah – Director, Paper Plus Europe
Kaushal Shah is the founder and CEO of a Sustainable Paper and Packing Materials Solutions business, Paper Plus. Kaushal believes that good ethics make good business. He set out with a vision to introduce sugar cane-based papers into Europe which are manufactured in India. Having worked in India, he felt the need to sell paper on its specifications and not on price in the European Market.
Paper Plus Europe make paper from sustainable fibres and envoPAP is a hugely exciting product with the potential to create real transformational change and positive impact. Kaushal’s vision and determination have already resulted in three years of successful trade for Paper Plus, the company is poised to become the leading supplier of sustainable solutions in Europe with strong global presence.