Woodmansterne Pulls Out Of Spring Fair Due To The “Uncertain Climate”

Woodmansterne has taken the decision not to exbibit at Spring Fair due to the uncertainty of ‘normality’ returning by the time of next February’s show that would make its presence beneficial enough to customers or the business to justify the investment.

Woodmansterne has been exhibiting at Spring Fair since 1989 and would be there in 2021 on its impressive stand at the front of the greeting card hall, were it not been for the ongoing effects of the coronavirus.

As Seth Woodmansterne, managing director of Woodmansterne told PG Buzz: “Spring Fair is our principal showcase each year, which provides structure and rhythm to our publishing and our publicity. We always enjoy meeting up with established friends and relish the opportunity to welcome new ones. Unfortunately, in this climate of uncertainty, we cannot see how things can possibly return to a level of normality that will allow us, or our customers, to benefit from our exhibiting.”

Above: The New Normal has at least resulted in a great humour collection from Woody, with designs from several of its brands, such as Hysterical Histories and Off The Leash.
Above: The New Normal has at least resulted in a great humour collection from Woody, with designs from several of its brands, such as Hysterical Histories and Off The Leash.

With Spring Fair organisers, Hyvve, understandably needing a commitment from Woodmansterne to secure their prime spot at next February’s show, Seth said that the Watford-based company had “taken the reluctant step to pull out of the 2021 show.”

Above: Seth Woodmansterne, serving champagne to customers at this February’s show. The champers will need to stay on ice until the 2022 show now.
Above: Seth Woodmansterne, serving champagne to customers at this February’s show. The champers will need to stay on ice until the 2022 show now.

Seth highlighted that the company would be channelling its “energies to improve the methods and frequency of our communication in many other ways.”

In contrast with its decision to pull back from Spring Fair next year, Woodmansterne is full steam ahead with the installation of the greeting card displays in all Waitrose & Partners stores (involving Woodmansterne and many other publishers’ designs), from August 17. Woodmansterne is taking over from Hallmark as the category manager for the card displays in Waitrose, in addition to managing the displays in John Lewis & Partners stores.

Above: (Left-right) Andy Paterson (Woodmansterne); Jerry and Debbie Brown (First Class Greetings), Sarah Green (Wave/High Tide), Paul Woodmansterne (Woodmansterne) and Guy Mitchelle (Wave/High Tide) on Woodmansterne’s stand at this year’s Spring Fair.
Above: (Left-right) Andy Paterson (Woodmansterne); Jerry and Debbie Brown (First Class Greetings), Sarah Green (Wave/High Tide), Paul Woodmansterne (Woodmansterne) and Guy Mitchelle (Wave/High Tide) on Woodmansterne’s stand at this year’s Spring Fair.

Top: Woodmansterne’s stand at this year’s Spring Fair.

MORE NEWS
story 5 feature pic
 
Tracey Colliston and Siobhan Harrison are among the six finalists in the Festival of Licensing competition ...
story 1 feature pic
 
A torrent of social media posts amplify activity at retail and publisher levels...
story 2 feature pic
 
Covid-19 ramifications sees Messe Frankfurt host no shows in Germany between January and March 2021...
story 4 feature pic
 
PG Buzz delves into how Covid-19 has impacted on the ordering processes of leading indies...
story 3 feature pic (2)
 
Publishers spread the love about their delight of making it into The Henries’ finals...
story 1 feature pic
 
Double digit sales growth on cards at Waitrose stores continue since replan...
Get the latest news sent to your inbox
Subscribe to our daily newsletter