Spring Fair is on our mind as we prepare to visit Birmingham and see what is new and exciting for 2020 at the over 280 greetings and stationery exhibitors. Whether you’re after inspiration for some new colours and trends, or picking up ideas for some new publishers, you never know what you might find in our bumper preview (p34).
In our cover story on page 20, Danilo looks at the new opportunities for the new year ahead across calendars, licences and more.
On page 28, Ellie Bartle, owner of Tigerlillys in Littleover, Derbyshire, gives some top tips to help independent retailers maintain a good work-life balance and staying sane while juggling the demands of running a business.
Berni Parker reflects on her time in the industry as she celebrates the 10th anniversary of her own business on page 29. Publisher and designer Fay Miladowska of Fay’s Studio is also marking a decade in the greeting card industry and discusses her plans for the future (p32).
As Paperworld opens in Frankfurt, we talk to Julia Uherek, Group Show Director, Consumer Goods, Messe Frankfurt about the event (p26).
Malcolm Naish reflects on issues and events gone by in Step Back In Time (p74), John Ryan looks at design trends and the impact colour predictions can have on the industry (p18), plus Henri Davis looks ahead at what colours we can see popping up in stores over the coming months with all the upcoming celebrations (p24).