Hats off to award-winning Hatters

My Stockport poster takes cover design of the year

One of my works has helped a Stockport firm win a national award.

Hatters, a leading North West promotional merchandise company based in Heaviley, won the  cover design of the  year at the Advantage Group brochure launch event with an adaptation of my Hats off to Stockport poster. 

The finishing touches were done by Future Design, another Stockport-based company.

Hosted at the 4-star Georgian country house hotel Sopwell House, the Advantage Group brochure launch takes place annually, bringing together merchandise distributors from across the country.

Hatters has just celebrated its 25th anniversary, and it seemed fitting that it should be marked by an image of the iconic Battersby Hat Works in Offerton - a symbol of Stockport’s industrial heritage.

Founded in 1994 by Managing Director Jo Shippen, Hatters has grown year on year and has worked with scores of national and blue-chip brands.

It specialises in promotional merchandise, print management and product fulfilment – including ordering of stock, storage and delivery.

Jo Shippen said: “I’m delighted that Hatters has been recognised for the brochure cover this year.”

 “It means a lot to me – and the team, that it has coincided with our 25th anniversary and I couldn’t be prouder to be celebrating our milestone achievement in this way.”

 “We couldn’t have done this without Eric Jackson from Statement Artworks and the team at Future Design for pulling it all together for us. It’s truly been a team effort.”

The winning cover design, and right, the original.

The winning cover design, and right, the original.

Hats off to Offerton

Although I'd driven through it a thousand times on the way to the amazing Vernon and Woodbank parks, I'd never noticed the old Battersby hat factory in Offerton, Stockport, just along from the Finger Post pub. It's got that striking water tower - but more importantly the giant letter B on two sides. What a godsend for an idea for a poster, which I think has a definite world war 2 look about it. While the tower was the inspiration, I have to thank the lovely Imogen Francesca Hart, one of my fellow traders, who was the model for the poster. Chorlton-based Imogen is the boss of The Sardinistas, which specialises in Portuguese products, especially those fabulous tinned sardines. The first prints of the Offerton poster will be produced next week, but I am also doing a limited edition of 20 specially marked A2 posters, which I am selling ready framed for £150. www.statementartworks.com

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