Today (29 November) was a date to remember, as the winners of the first ever Calies, UK Calendar Awards were revealed at a well attended awards event held at the historic Stationers’ Hall, in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
Among the delighted winners were Allan and Bertram, Allsorted, Andrews McMeel UK, Carousel Calendars, The Eco-Friendly Card Co, Flame Tree Publishing, Moving Stationery, Pomegranate, Portico Designs, Roger la Borde, Rose Calendars, teNeues, Turnowsky and Universe Publishing.
The Calies, the successor to the National Calendar Awards, were organised by Max Publishing, with the support from the calendar and diary sector. The award categories recognised and rewarded excellence right across the spectrum – from retail calendar titles to B2B bespoke creations; diaries to Advents.
The award ceremony was hosted by comedian Tania Edwards with Danilo’s founder Laurence Prince and BrownTrout managing director, Jack Straw sharing their insights on the market in two snappy pre-awards talks.
It was an especially emotional evening for Gary Beck, co-founder of Calendar Club/Carousel Calendars and Danilo’s founder Laurence Prince, both of whom were presented with a prestigious Calendar Ambassador Award.
The Calies were judged by a panel comprising retail buyers, marketers and design experts.
The Winners 2017
Best Animal Kingdom Calendar: Angela Harding from Flame Tree Publishing
Best Transport Calendar: England by Rail from Pomegranate
Best Scenic Calendar: Lunar from Universe Publishing
Best Art, Illustration or Design Calendar: TV Boy Modern Icons from teNeues
Best Charity Calendar: RNLI Gallery from Carousel Calendars
Best Music, Talent or Sports Calendar: The Beatles Collectors from Danilo
Best Entertainment or Humorous Calendar: Hurrah for Gin from Portico Designs
Best Family Organiser or Planner: Happy Jackson from Danilo
Best Advent Calendar: 3D Winter Critters from Roger la Borde
Best Diary – Generic: Trigg Life Mapper from Moving Stationery and Allsorted
Best Diary – Licensed: Caroline Gardner Hearts from Portico Designs
Best Desk Calendar: Johanna Basford from Andrews McMeel UK
Best Corporate (B2B) Bespoke Calendar: The Lost Gardens of Heligan from The Eco-Friendly Card Co
Best Corporate (B2B) Animals or the Natural World Calendar: Untamed from Allan and Bertram
Best Corporate (B2B) Contemporary Calendar: One World Pulse from Turnowsky
Best Corporate (B2B) Scenic Calendar: Explorer from Allan and Bertram
Best Corporate (B2B) Special Interest or Humour Calendar: Natural Contrasts from Rose Calendars
The Calies’ Calendar Ambassador 2017: Laurence Prince
The Calies’ Calendar Ambassador 2017: Gary Beck
Commenting on the inaugural event, Warren Lomax, joint md of Max Publishing commented: “We feel incredibly privileged to be continuing the legacy of The Calies’ forerunners, The National Calendar Awards. We would never have even considered launching The Calies however without the wholehearted support and input we have received from the calendar and diary community, especially our sponsors and official supporters.”
The sponsors of The Calies 2017 are 8 Days a Week, Calendar Club, Carousel Calendars, Danilo, Premier Paper, Rose Calendars.
The official supporters include Allan and Bertram, Andrews McMeel UK, BrownTrout Publishing, Avonside Publishing, Emma Ball, Flame Tree Publishing, Grange, Graphique de France, London Stationery Show, Pomegranate, Portico Designs, Pyramid International, Reeve Calendars, Tallon, Tams Packaging and teNeues.