Sponsors and Supporters
The Independent Spirit of our Sponsors
The organisers of the Oxford Indie Book Fair would like to show our appreciation of our generous sponsors. Why are they supporting us? Because they too are INDEPENDENTS – not big corporations
Annie Sloan is an entrepreneurial artist who from small beginnings and one shop in Headington has grown an international business with 950 stockists worldwide. At a party in Montreal Sylvia was asked who she was about to interview. When she replied, ‘You may not have heard of her. My next castaway is Annie Sloan’, She was proved embarrassingly wrong. They not only knew about Annie saying ‘She’s the chalk paint lady’ but had visited the shops in Montreal which are supported by her brand.
These shops aren’t franchises selling identical products from identical premises. They are independent businesses reflecting the location and the personality of the owner but trained by Annie Sloan to develop and express a certain Annie Sloan style. These outlets encourage the creative use of her specialist easy to use paints as well as stocking some of her 25 books and other products and running workshops in paint techniques for revitalising furniture. Part of Annie’s philosophy is to support independent businesses.
Lucy’s Lucy & Co. was established in 1780 − brought industry to Jericho in 1812 leaving its mark on the fabric of Oxford from street lighting in St Giles, original shelving in the Bodleian Library to the canopy over the entrance to the Randolph hotel and continues to make railings for houses in North Oxford in conjunction with the Oxford Preservation Trust. Although it has become an international company employing over 1200 people worldwide its heart and roots are local – in Oxford.
Holywell Design & Print: As Oxford’s leading provider of innovative corporate design, fine quality printing and finishing; the Holywell tradition of excellence dates back to 1890. Their mission is to provide their customers with a bespoke, cutting edge communication service offering no compromise over excellence; supported by their dedicated team who are full of creative flair, professionalisn and ability.
The Woodstock Bookshop Sometimes it feels like Amazon is taking over so please support your local independent bookshops. It’s where you can browse and be surprised. It is a source of support for local readers and writers and a community hub. The Oxford indie Book Fair wants to be the same – a place where book lovers readers, writers, poets, illustrators artists and independent publishers can meet and share ideas and support each other.
Novel Entertainment. As specialists in the creation and development of successful children’s character brands around the world, Novel Entertainment proudly celebrate their independence, bringing an entrepreneurial spirit to everything they do.
Writers in Oxford is the society for Oxford and Oxfordshire’s published writers and authors. Founded in 1992 it now has over two hundred members spread across the city and county (although if you live a little way beyond you are still welcome to apply). It is run on an entirely voluntary basis by a small elected committee.
Daily Information Daily Information is the place to go to find out what is on locally. Independent and local, like Oxib
Other sponsors are individuals like…
Graham Crossley who wants to support creative spirits..
We need YOUR support if the independent and local spirit is to thrive.
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