Craft Focus - April/May 2022 (Issue 90)

LSS LOWDOWN Show Event Director, Alex Butler talks exclusively to Craft Focus giving you all you need to know about the upcoming London Stationery Show Each year buyers use London Stationery Show to meet with new brands, find the next trending product and catch-up with industry colleagues and friends. It’s a must visit for the team here at Craft Focus and we’re so excited to visit this May. In this issue we caught up with the organisers behind the UK’s only trade show dedicated to writing and paper products, London Stationery Show. Here’s what Alex had to say about LSS 2022. Alex, to start, can you give us an overview of London Stationery Show London Stationery Show takes place from 17th-18th May, 2022 at the Business Design Centre. This year, buyers will be treated to over 150 brands, along with seminars, workshops, and business advice clinics. It’s a business-critical event for anyone looking to source arts and craft materials. Our suppliers launch brand-new products at the show and offer exclusive deals for buyers meaning you won’t get a better price anywhere else. The Show returns to the BDC with a spring dateline for 2022. Are you excited to be getting back to normal after the past couple of years? We’re really excited to hold the show during the spring season once again. It was great to have the opportunity to bring the industry together in October, but to bring the show back closer to its normal April date feels great. For us, like so many, we want to move forward, and this is a great step in the right direction. It’s the perfect time for buyers as they’ll find new, exciting, on-trend products that will be delivered ahead of the busy Christmas 2022 season. What makes London Stationery Show so different from other shows in the buying calendar? We’re the only dedicated stationery event in the UK, meaning buyers know exactly what they are going to get from attending the show. Buyers won’t be overwhelmed as our carefully curated selection of suppliers showcase thousands of products in a focused environment. Our aim is to support all businesses that sit within the industry. From large-scale online stores to independent stationery, gift, art and craft shops, we want our visitors to feel at home at London Stationery Show. Will you be offering talks, workshops and advice? Yes, we’re delighted to continue to deliver market-leading education to help our buyers take their stores/ranges to the next level. The Retail Matters Live Talks will return for 2022 with a fantastic line-up of experts delivering sessions on the topics 37 LONDON STATIONERY SHOW