The live talks will be a series of quick fire, 20-30 minute long presentations held alongside the Designer Area.
Take a look below to see the talks that took place at the 2018 show.
INDUSTRY STANDARDS FOR SUCCESSFUL MORDERN RETAILING
Find out what's working across the high street today. SaveTheHighStreet.org will share insight into a new Industry Standard for successful modern retailing, developed by retailers, for retailers. Listen in as Alex shares the report's key recommendations to 'grow local sales'.
SaveTheHighStreet.org is a co-ordinated industry-wide initiative accelerating the transition to a stronger, better connected and more digitally enabled high street. Today we engage with over 20,000 UK shops and have built partnerships with dozens of organisations across public and private sectors towards this common goal.
Our Retailer Advisory Board (of 250 local shops) alongside our industry partners have contributed to the development of a new 'High Street Industry Standard'. Join us at the Stationery Show to hear about how information, collaboration and our digital assistant Jo are turning these goals into reality.
TRENDS FOR CHRISTMAS 2018
Phil Pond will be presenting two trend updates, one for Christmas 2018, and one covering a longer view into Spring/Summer 2019. This presentation will cover the key trends affecting Christmas sales and include practical ideas for merchandising product that will make the most of these trends.
Part of the trend forecasting agency Scarlet Opus, Phil translates consumer and design trends into high growth business strategies for the agency’s clients. He has built an enviable reputation for creativity in product development and inspirational marketing ideas. Clients include both UK and international brands. Phil is a regular speaker at a range of B2B exhibitions and trade events and was honoured in 2014 by Lancaster University with his appointment as ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’ to the Faculty of Art & Social Sciences in recognition of his lectures and mentoring for them. Follow Phil via twitter @Phil_Pond
THE STATE OF STATIONERY
Good Retail Bad Retail - Rebecca Saunders will be covering the latest news and moves in the UK stationery market and looking at the longer-term implications for the sector.
Rebecca Saunders is an independent Retail & Ecommerce consultant, having recently run Stationery, Weddings and Christmas at Notonthehighstreet.com. She is a former John Lewis buyer and has worked across Food, Technology, Jewellery, Beauty and Baby & Child. Rebecca started her career in Finance and Strategy covering retail clients in the UK and US following an Economics degree from Cambridge University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Rebecca lives in London and tweets @retaildetail.
WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, HOW & WHY
Tracey is a well-known face in the stationery industry and her talk covers the basics behind getting press coverage for your business and products - involving the Jack The Ripper story in 27 words!
Greetings Today is part of Lema Publishing and the highest circulation magazine covering the greetings and stationery market, with just over 6,000 copies going out every month. Tracey also reports via a daily e-newsletter, Twitter and Facebook. Follow her @greetingstoday and sign up for the e-newsletter at www.greetingstoday.co.uk
WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING ON BRITAIN'S HIGH STREETS?
Michael of exp2 will be covering the latest data on trends in the retail locations of Britain, their online equivalents, and the gradual move to multichannel.
Michael works with trade bodies, research companies and independent retailers and has three decades of experience at board level with trade associations, government and national media. He is a researcher, analyst and regular news commentator and tweets @MichaelWeedon.
GLOBAL CONSUMER & DESIGN TRENDS FOR STATIONERY 2019
Phil Pond's second presentation will take a longer view into Spring/Summer 2019. Scarlet Opus has identified three global consumer and design trends it feels will have a significant influence in the UK stationery market - 'Imperfect Beauty', 'ECO 2.0' and 'Out of the Ordinary' - and will be using exhibitor products and stories to show visitors how these might manifest themselves.
STROKES OF THE PEN
Christina will be explaining what the study of a person’s handwriting can reveal, and the opportunities of using this study in a commercial environment, for example, to aid recruitment or build teams; for personal development, clinical diagnosis, or more simply to engage with customers instore.
Please note: Christina will also be available in the show to undertake quick personal analyses of handwriting. She will be based on stand G231.
Christina Strang is an affiliate member of the British Institute of Graphologists and works for various clients on behavioural profiling reporting for recruitment, team building and upskilling as well as for personal development and document examination for fraud and forgery cases. She is also known for her research studies into handwriting in early diagnosis of disease. She tweets @graphchris.
THE PAPER LIBRARY – COME AND GET INVOLVED
The Paper Library is a paper resource located in London and in educational institutions throughout the UK, for brands, designers and creatives in industry and education. It features papers from all over the world and provides everyone with the opportunity to touch, feel, engage and discover.
With its unique links to the lecturers and graphic design and illustration students throughout the UK, The Paper Library is aiming to facilitate a student placement service – matching students with leading stationery brands and companies who can offer work placements. If your company is interested, please come along to hear more about how The Paper Library and its team of Paper Ambassadors work. www.thepaperlibrary.com
Debbie Wigglesworth is an independent consultant, paper product innovator (The Paper Collaborative), paper passionist and visiting University Lecturer.