The excitement is mounting for The Henries Awards 2020, to be held virtually this Thursday evening (Thursday 10 December). It is free to attend – everyone is welcome – so, if you haven’t already registered, sign up in less than two minutes by going to: hopin.to/events/henries2020
As well as unveiling all the winners of these prestigious annual industry awards, the evening will be enriched by some special messages from significant well-wishers from all around the world.
Among the leading distributors of UK publishers who will be sending their heartfelt support are US-based Alan and Vanessa Harnik of Notes & Queries and Susan January from Leanin’ Tree; popping in from Australia will be McMillan’s Jenny Cummins, Bindi and John Simson (of Simson Cards) and Eulinid Stevenson of Henderson Greetings. Meanwhile from Japan, Hiroshi Kawamura and Kayoko Kubo of Toy Symphony will be sharing their good wishes.
A bit closer to home, Netherlands-based Peter Tijink of The Art Group; Stefan Hermann from Taurus-Kunstkarten in Germany; Olivier Draeger from Paris-based Draeger; Charlie Wallin from Pictura in Sweden and Furio Ceciliato from Origamo in Italy will add their positive vibes.
The smooth-talking Henries Awards compere is Alan Dedicoat – well known as the ‘Voice of the Balls’ from The National Lottery and announcer of Strictly Come Dancing scores, who gives the whole Henries programme a ’10’ from him!
With this being the 25th anniversary of The Henries, there will also be appearances from well-known industry figures, who will be sharing their Henries memories.
And all Henries sponsors will be opening their respective golden envelopes to reveal the winners of the 2020 Awards. (The sponsors were not privy to the actual winners so all had to record a version for all the finalists in their respective categories).
To view The Henries Awards 2020 brochure and see the finalists in all their glory click here: (https://issuu.com/maxpublishing/docs/the_henries_2020)
“We just can’t wait to bring the whole industry together on Thursday to meet up virtually, chat and raise a glass or two together,” states Warren Lomax, joint managing director of Max Publishing (which owns and organises The Henries Awards). “We’ll be celebrating the achievements of our industry in this challenging year, and we’re so glad to have found a platform to do this, with the support of our wonderful sponsors and the whole greeting card world!”
On Thursday the Henries event platform will go live at 6.15pm (go to: https://hopin.to/events/henries2020), which also sees the opening of the ‘Session Rooms’ (which are like virtual tables) so you can pop in to see people you know.
The awards ceremony will start at 7.30pm sharp on the ‘main stage’ area of the site.
The Session Rooms will reopen for industry chat after The Henries winners have been announced (around 9pm).
All Henries’ sponsors have their own Session Rooms. They are: Abbotprint, Alpha Colour Printers, Aspin, EBB, Enveco, Fedrigoni, Foilco, GCA, GF Smith, Gould Paper Sales, Herbert Walkers, The Imaging Centre, Jehane, LB Warehousing, Loxleys Digital, Loxleys, PG Live, The Sherwood Group, Skylight Media, Spring Fair/Autumn Fair, UK Envelope Centre and Windles.
In addition, several other companies have booked a Session Room. These include: Abacus Cards, Belly Button Designs, Cardology, Carte Blanche Greetings, Cherry Orchard Publishing, Emotional Rescue, Glick/Nigel Quiney Publications, Hallmark, Pigment Productions, Out of the Blue Studios and Toasted Crumpet. So you can now plan your ‘Henries bar hop’! The theme of the event is California Dreamin’ so feel free to dress accordingly!
Many Q&As about the event are answered HERE.
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Top: (left-right) Alan Harnik, Eulinid Stevenson and Stefan Hermann are among the global greeters at The Henries 2020.