LSS founder back on board

Chris Leonard-Morgan has pen poised as London Stationery Show registration goes live

 

As registration for the London Stationery Show goes live, the other big news is that the event’s original founder Chris Leonard-Morgan is back on board.

Chris has joined as special advisor and will work alongside the show’s event manager Chantelle White and the Max Publishing directors following their recent acquisition of the show from Ocean Media Group.

Above: Max Publishing’s Warren Lomax, Rob Willis, Jakki Brown, and Ian Hyder with LSS event manager Chantelle White (centre)
Above: Max Publishing’s Warren Lomax, Rob Willis, Jakki Brown, and Ian Hyder with LSS event manager Chantelle White (centre)

“I was thrilled to have been asked by Max Publishing, the new owners of the London Stationery Show, to work with them on the exhibition as well as National Stationery Week, the Stationery Awards and the Stationery Matters media,” said Chris.

“I’ve known and admired the Max leadership team of Jakki Brown, Warren Lomax, Ian Hyder and Rob Willis, for over 20 years, it’s great to be working alongside them and Chantelle to take the show forward to a higher level and wider audience,” added the passionista for all things stationery, underlined by his becoming a liveryman of the 621-year-old Worshipful Company Of Stationers & Newspaper Makers.

Above & top: Chris Leonard-Morgan in early publicity shots for National Stationery Week
Above & top: Chris Leonard-Morgan in early publicity shots for National Stationery Week

Chris is in no doubt that “London Stationery Show is in good hands!” and he said: “Max Publishing is well placed to take advantage of the opportunities and synergy which exists with its market-leading titles to take the show and stationery itself to a higher level and wider audience. I feel very happy that I’ll be a part of it rather than just watching from the sidelines!”

Having founded the show in 2010, building it from one room at the BDC to taking over the whole exhibition area and expanding from a National Stationery Day to a whole week of celebrations for pens, pencils, notebooks et al under National Stationery Week, Chris sold the business, including the Stationery Matters publication, to Ocean Media in 2016.

Sharing her joy about Chris’ return, Max Publishing’s md Jakki Brown added: “It’s fabulous for Chris to be back up there where he belongs, right at the beating heart of the stationery industry for which he has done so much over the years.”

Above: Chris Leonard-Morgan (left) with Frances Burkle, former Paperchase and Harrods buyer, and Max Publishing’s Jakki Brown and Warren Lomax at a recent Stationers’ Company event at Stationers’ Hall.
Above: Chris Leonard-Morgan (left) with Frances Burkle, former Paperchase and Harrods buyer, and Max Publishing’s Jakki Brown and Warren Lomax at a recent Stationers’ Company event at Stationers’ Hall

And it’s full steam ahead on plans for the show, which takes place over Tuesday and Wednesday, 14-15 May. at the Business Design Centre in Islington with a whole roster of leading companies and entrepreneurial companies already having booked their stands.

Perfectly positioned as the ultimate destination for arts, crafts, writing and paper buyers, London Stationery Show exhibitors include Blueprint Stationery, Charfleet Book Bindery, Coffee Notes, Crayola, Daler-Rowney, Edding, Exacompta Clairefontaine, Manuscript, N Smith, Nu, Pentel, Pukka Pads, Royal Talens, Semikolon, Silvine, Stabilo, Staedtler, Studio Pens, Tallon International, The Pilot Pen Company, Zebra Pen and many more.

Taking place in the middle of National Stationery Week, which runs from Monday to Sunday, 13-19 May, LSS is the show for all stationery lovers, buyers, wholesalers, overseas distributors and licensors so make sure you register to attend the fabulous 2024 event here.

To find out about the advantages of exhibiting at the London Stationery Show contact event manager Chantelle White on chantellew@max-publishing.co.uk

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