Neither Top Drawer Nor London Stationery Show Will Go Ahead This September

The Top Drawer Autumn/Winter 2020 trade show will not take place as planned this September (13-15), however organisers Clarion plan to launch a digital version of the exhibition at that time. 

Likewise, London Stationery Show, (owned by Ocean Media Group), which was due to take place on Friday 11 September this year (a reconvened date from its original April timeline) is also not going ahead.

The next edition of London Stationery Show will now take place on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 April 2021.

Above: The LSS which was planned for September 2020 will not happen.
Above: The LSS which was planned for September 2020 will not happen.

Top Drawer and London Stationery Show join Progressive Greetings Live, Home & Gift and Autumn Fair as trade shows that have not been able to go ahead due to the pandemic. (https://www.pgbuzz.net/pg-live-2020-will-not-go-ahead-as-planned-in-september/#:~:text=PG%20Live%202020%20Will%20Not%20Go%20Ahead%20As%20Planned%20In%20September,-By%20Jakki%20Brown&text=%E2%80%9CIt%20is%20with%20a%20heavy,co%2Downer%20of%20Max%20Exhibitions.)

Having hung on to make the final decision, in the hope that the Covid-19 situation would have improved enough for the show to run, shortly after the directive from UK Government stating that trade exhibitions are not permitted in England Until October 1, came the announcement from Clarion that the September Top Drawer show would not take place physically.

Above: The Government has decreed that no trade exhibitions, such as Top Drawer (pictured) can take place in England until after October 1 at the earliest.
Above: The Government has decreed that no trade exhibitions, such as Top Drawer (pictured) can take place in England until after October 1 at the earliest.

“While we had hoped we could deliver an event for the community, safely and successfully, we have also been busy planning for such an eventuality,” stated show director Alejandra Campos. “We are now ready to launch Top Drawer virtual, a unique digital alternative that is sure to inspire, engage and connect our community of brands and buyers. The support of our exhibitors and visitors over the last few weeks has been incredible.”

Above: Top Drawer show director Alejandra Campos.
Above: Top Drawer show director Alejandra Campos.

Meanwhile, another of Clarion’s shows, while not happening physically, Home & Gift still has its digital doors open until close of play tomorrow (Wednesday 22 July) with the programme of live product launches and ShopTalk seminars well underway.

Above: Home & Gift’s virtual incarnation is underway now.
Above: Home & Gift’s virtual incarnation is underway now.

Having started yesterday, with Belly Button Designs kicking off proceedings with its Happy Days launch (https://www.pgbuzz.net/belly-button-designs-happy-days-launch-will-kick-off-home-gift-virtual-on-monday/), other Home & Gift Virtual highlights have included a presentation from the Caroline Gardner, Toasted Crumpet and Coulson Macleod teams. The latter used the opportunity to premiere a ‘behind the scenes’ film of the company as well as its latest product launches, which is now also hosted on YouTube.

Click below to watch it:

Above: Coulson Macleod showcased its Dotty for You collection at Home & Gift Virtual.
Above: Coulson Macleod showcased its Dotty for You collection at Home & Gift Virtual.

Wrendale Designs is among those to be taking to Home & Gift screen tomorrow (11.30-12.00) to launch its inaugural Country Set plush collection.

There is still time to register to attend any of the remaining Home & Gift seminars and presentations (https://homeandgift.co.uk/home-and-gift-virtual-2020).

Above: Tomorrow (Wednesday July 23) sees the launch of Wrendale’s new Country Set plush at Home & Gift Virtual.
Above: Tomorrow (Wednesday July 23) sees the launch of Wrendale’s new Country Set plush at Home & Gift Virtual.

Top: Top Drawer will not be going ahead as a physical show this September, but a digital programme is being worked on.

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