Spring Fair 2018 in pictures

Today (8 February) is the final day of the Spring Fair 2018. PG Buzz was buzzing about takes snaps of and quips from exhibitors and visitors.

Here is just a flavour of this year’s show…

7A. Riou and Mike and Paper Salad P1050113

This year’s show marked the 40th Spring Fair for Riou Baxter, co-founder of Why Management. Riou (far right) and his business partner Mike Broad (2nd left) are now also working with Paper Salad, as well as Museums & Galleries and Belly Button to give support on the sales front. Toasting the anniversary on the Paper Salad stand with co-founder Karen Wilson and her son and colleague Jack.


Here Riou shares a few words…



(Left-right) Waitrose buyer Kirsty Hicks with Wrendale’s Lisa Marcuccio, Hannah Dale and Claude, the toy poodle!



There were plenty of high rollers on the Cardgains’ stand, including (left and 2nd left) Kate and David Hall (of Card Hall, Maidstone) as members were invited to ‘spin to win’ with Cardgains’ Penny Shaw and Chris Dyson acting as croupiers.



Comedian and satirist Rory Bremner hosted the GA’s Gift of the Year (GOTY) awards event which took place on the Sunday of the show. Seen here with (right) Alison Graham, event director of Ascential (organisers of Spring Fair) and PG’s Jakki Brown.


7E. SF-Awards-146

Among the winners of the GOTYs were I Drew This, Paper Mirchi, Peace & Blessings, Talking Tables and Apples to Pears.



Catching up at the end of the day at the PG ‘pub’ (left-right) Jessica Hogarth (Jessica Hogarth Designs), Stripey Cat’s Danielle McCarthy & Jonathan Crosby, Megan Purdie (Megan Claire), Soula Zavacopoulos (The London Studio), agent Ian Bradley and Wraptious’ Simon Wadsworth.



At least GBCC’s Chris Houfe had one leg to stand on at the show with Zo & Co’s Paul and Zoe Carter there to add a sense of balance!



Great to see the Paperchase gang out in force.



An impressive £20,000 cheque was presented to the Guide Dogs charity by Cardgains as a result of monies raised by the buying group, which is being put to good use already, including training Cyril, a guide dog named after the company’s mascot.



(Right-left) Raj Arora (Davora) with Regent Envelopes’ Mark and Tom Regan.


7J. P1050027

Former Ling owner, Derek Sim (far right), caught up with Paper Rose’s former owner Alan Hawkes (now Bakerdays) and House of Cards’ co-owner Miles Robinson.




The CBG stand was full of ‘all creatures’ to mark the new plush collection’s launch! The company’s founder Steve Haines (right), CBG’s trade marketing manager Julia Andrews and PG’s Warren Lomax, ‘flush with plush’!


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