A couple of weeks back, quite by chance, I spotted an opportunity.
I was flicking through the Spring/Summer edition of Stationery Matters, (as you do), when my eyes connected with an editorial piece featuring Manchester Stationery Show's ‘LaunchPad’ competition.
I duly downloaded the entry form, which said:
"Welcome to our entry form for the Manchester Stationery Show's ‘LaunchPad’ competition.
This is a product/service design competition open to new stationery suppliers looking to break into the booming design-led stationery market.
The competition aims to find 6 winners to showcase at the Manchester Stationery Show, which runs on 31 October and 1 November at the Victoria Warehouse in Old Trafford, Manchester.
The Manchester Stationery Show is specialist trade show, offering a fantastic range of writing and paper products which attract the UK’s biggest retailers and most influential buyers and brands in the sector. The show is creating a specific display area in the show for the LaunchPad competition winners to present their ideas to visitors.
The competition will be judged by three leading names from the stationery sector in early September. Their task will be to find 6 products or services they think are of true interest to the stationery industry and their huge number of stationery loving consumers.
The closing date for entries is: 8 September 2017"
Hmm. Over to the small matter of what to enter...
My VDUB BUDZ wedding stationery was the standout choice. So I had three pieces printed up by the lovely folk at Redcliffe Imaging, packaged them up along with their shiny silver envelopes and posted them off this morning. I may have attracted one of two sideways glances at the post office as I sent them on their merry way.
Doesn't everyone kiss their envelope for luck before posting? OK, well maybe a snog is pushing it - we'll see!