New 2023 dragons revealed

Grab one of the last retailer places as Moonpig, John Lewis and Utility prepare to enter the den


Three more big names have been announced for the 2023 Dragons Speed Dating event, with John Lewis, Moonpig and Utility joining the retailer line-up.

Continuing with a winning formula, the DSD event will see 72 publishers each pitch their ranges and companies to a trio of the 18 retail Dragons who now include buyers from Scribbler, Postmark, WHSmith, Stationery Supplies, Card Factory, Diverse Brixton, Tesco, Presents Sheen, Calladoodles Carshalton, Jarrold Norwich, Between The Lines, Wishlist Raynes Park, Garsons Farm, and north London’s The Only Place Is Pictures, along with online retailer Moonpig, department store chain John Lewis, and Utility, with two shops in Liverpool and Manchester.

Above: The GCA’s Adriana Lovesy and Amanda Fergusson with Sarah Laker for the Prepare To Slay The Dragons Zoom meeting
Above: The GCA’s Adriana Lovesy and Amanda Fergusson with Sarah Laker for the Prepare To Slay The Dragons Zoom meeting

There are just a couple of publisher places left to meet the Dragons on Thursday, 2 March, at London’s Business Design Centre so if you want to come along for a date click here.

The event will also include a panel discussion, which will see GCA members share insights into their businesses and answer questions. The panellists will include Abacus Cards md Nick Carey, AfroTouch Design co-founder Georgina Fihosy, Stormy Knight founder Sarah Jackson, and Brett Smith, md of Emotional Rescue. And there’s a GCA legal beagle in the shape of Will Miles, of Briffa, on hand for all things IP and copyright.

A fast-paced hour-long Prepare To Slay The Dragons seminar has already been held with GCA ceo Amanda Fergusson and marketing and membership coordinator Adriana Lovesy taking attendees through the rudiments and logistics of the DSD event, as well as how to make the most of it, before handing over to indie retail champ Sarah Laker from Stationery Supplies in Marple and Wilmslow, who ran through her tick list of what she looks for in a greeting card publisher.

Sarah’s full notes are available here and you can also watch the full Prepare To Slay The Dragons recording click here.

Top: Three more big names have joined the 2023 Dragons Speed Dating line-up

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