Last week I visited the offices of Maped Helix in Kingswinford. I hadn’t realised until then that Helix, the stationery firm, have been based in the West Midlands for over 100 years. It was interesting to learn about the firm’s history and also their outlook on the future. The big event on their horizon this year is their sponsorship of National Stationery Week.
National Stationery Week is a celebration of the written word and all things stationery, and is organised by the London Stationery Show. Maped Helix are one of the sponsors of 2015’s National Stationery Week and Get Britain Writing campaign which runs from Monday 27 April to Sunday 3 May.
Meeting up with Maped Helix gave us a great opportunity to try out their products in the flesh as it were. I turned my hand to a bit of colouring in with some of their fab felt pens and innovative crayon products. I was really impressed by the way the crayons and pens were easy and balanced to use and loved the fact that the colour went on so well with deep, vibrant colours.
I was impressed by the wide range of products, plus the thought, care and attention to detail that goes into developing them. The Maped range is full of bright colours and innovative ideas.
Then there are traditional products from the Helix and Oxford ranges. In fact, Maped Helix are on the lookout for the oldest Oxford Maths Set tin in the country. They would love anyone who thinks they may own the oldest one to get in touch. Do you have yours from school still around at home somewhere? If you do, tweet Maped Helix a picture.
We also got to see and try the latest new product: Bunny Innovation. The bunny’s teeth crunch away at the pencil sharpening it as it goes. It’s a lot of fun and it’s effective too. Cleverly, it teaches children to sharpen pencils correctly by rotating their pencil clockwise with the reward of a munching bunny rabbit to produce a perfectly sharpened pencil. Not just for kids though, all the adults there wanted one too.