New Leeds Trinity Flagship Store

Here at The Pen Shop we have opened the doors to our new northern flagship store at Leeds’ spectacular new shopping centre, Trinity Leeds.

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Our New Leeds Store

We celebrated the launch of our 25th UK store in style with a visit from special guest, bestselling Yorkshire author, Neil Hanson, who signed copies of his books during the event.

Ilkley based Neil Hanson, is the acclaimed author of over 40 novels including a bestselling historic series of books, The Custom of the Sea; The Dreadful Judgement; The Confident Hope of a Miracle; The Unknown Soldier; First Blitz; Priestley’s Wars; and Monk Eastman: The Gangster Who Became A War Hero.

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Author Neil Hanson with Chairman Richard Allan and Managing Director Colin McClymont

He said: “I was delighted to be a part of the opening of the new Pen Shop store at Trinity Leeds today. The handwritten word is extremely important to me as an author – when I start out on any of my books, I’ll always work from hard copies and pen my words by hand. I’ve been fascinated to discover how dedicated The Pen Shop is to helping people find their perfect pen and it has been wonderful to celebrate with the team here today.”

A special fairy tale character even stopped by to add a touch of magic to the day, in celebration of the launch of brand new luxury Cross Limited Edition Disney Cinderella Pen, one of only 3000 produced in the world.

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Cinderella outside our Cinderella Window Display

Colin McClymont, Managing Director at The Pen Shop, said: “The opening of our flagship Trinity Leeds store marks an important milestone for The Pen Shop and this is an extremely exciting day for us.

“The needs of shoppers have changed significantly in recent years and it was vital for The Pen Shop’s development plans to be in the right location at the right time. To be part of Trinity Leeds, the UK’s major new shopping centre, is a fantastic step forward for us.

“We stock pens from some of the world’s most luxurious brands and in launching iconic and fashionable new ranges such as the Cross Limited Edition Cinderella Pen, here at our new store today, we are hoping to appeal to a wide range of people who are looking for the ultimate accessory.”

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Grand Opening by chairman Richard Allan

During the opening event, Doncaster based British Graphology Society member, Jean Elliott, offered her expertise to help uncover the hidden meaning of customers’ handwriting.

Meanwhile, displayed at the store on opening day was also a magnificent range of premium pens, including Montblanc, Caran d’Ache, Graf von Faber Castell, Kingsley, Cross, Lamy, Sheaffer, Parker and Waterman, together with an extensive range of gifts and leather accessories. The first 300 customers through the door were lucky enough to receive their own special goody bags.

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Top Author Inspires Pupils To Pick Up Their Pens

Bestselling author, Neil Hanson, visited The Grammar School at Leeds today (Tuesday 19 March), to inspire senior school pupils with entertaining and interactive workshops about the importance of the handwritten word.

The Pen Shop has teamed up with Neil to launch a special creative writing competition for year seven and eight pupils at the school ahead of our new store opening at Trinity Leeds this week. During the workshops, he encouraged the boys and girls aged between 11 and 13, to pick up their pens and begin to fulfill their writing ambitions, in order to win special writing themed prizes from The Pen Shop.

Neil Hanson

As an acclaimed author of over 40 books, including his bestselling series of popular histories, Ilkley based Neil shared his own experiences as a writer, which have taken him to all corners of the world, and encouraged the pupils to ask their own questions and talk about their aspirations.

Speaking about his visit to The Grammar School at Leeds today, Neil said: “My visit to The Grammar School at Leeds today has been fantastic. The enthusiasm and excitement from all the pupils involved in the workshop was really impressive and it was a pleasure to talk to them about my writing experiences, answer their questions and see their creativity come to life.

“I always carry a pen and paper with me – you never know where your inspiration is going to come from. In today’s digital age, it’s so important that we don’t lose our love of the handwritten word. As an ancient and one of the most individual forms of communication, handwriting is something I am extremely keen to encourage and it’s been great to work with The Pen Shop to support this.”

Head of English at The Grammar School at Leeds, Jenny Bolton, said: “The pupils were enthralled to hear about Neil Hanson’s experiences as a writer and they’re very much looking forward to taking part in The Pen Shop’s creative writing competition.

“Handwriting, creativity and reading play such a big part in life at The Grammar School at Leeds and we were delighted to welcome such a successful author to the school today, bringing together all three disciplines.”

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Neil Hanson will join crowds at Leeds’ spectacular new shopping experience, Trinity Leeds, this Thursday, to sign copies of his books at The Pen Shop’s flagship northern store.

Colin McClymont, Managing Director at The Pen Shop, said: “It has been great to team up with author, Neil Hanson, to help inspire an affinity with the written word in the youngsters at The Grammar School at Leeds.

“As our passion for the past 150 years, writing is at the heart of The Pen Shop’s ethos and when you visit us, you can rest assured that you will be given all the guidance and advice you need from people who truly care about helping you find the perfect pen.

“We hope to welcome many people to our flagship new store at Trinity Leeds this Thursday, where they will be able to meet Neil, have their handwriting analysed by a member of the British Graphology Society and view our range of stunning pens.”

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National Stationery Week

National Stationery Week is a celebration of the written word and all things stationery. We want to get more people putting pen to paper and writing by hand more often, and spelling stationery correctly with an ‘e’!

The truth is, technology has merely distracted us from the joy and importance of writing, it hasn’t replaced it. There is still something special about stationery and receiving a handwritten letter or card.

Send one to a friend or relative during National Stationery Week, and show you care!

The Competition

To celebrate National Stationery Week, The Pen Shop is inviting you to indulge your creative streak by writing a short story (no more than 1000 words) beginning with one of the opening lines below. We’ll be rewarding the best submissions with writing instruments by Cross, Faber-Castell and Lamy.

Selection of Opening Lines

‘A hush fell over the room as…’

‘There was a sudden knock at the door…’

‘Quick, there’s no time to explain…’

To enter, please email your story to hannah.storey@penshop.co.uk, or you can send it to us in the post at the address below. We’re happy to accept both word-processed and handwritten submissions, and all entries should be received no later than 28th April 2013. A parent or guardian will required to enter on behalf of the younger age groups.

The judging categories will be based on age; under-8, 8-12, 13-18 and 18+. If submitting your entry via post, please remember to include a valid email address and telephone number, as this is how the winners will be contacted.

The Prizes

Aged Under-8 = First Prize: Faber-Castell Playing & Learning Mechanical Pencil, 20 Playing & Learning Clip Colour Markers, Playing & Learning Erasable Colouring Pencils, Faber-Castell Pocket Pen and Lamy Safari Fountain Pen. 3 x Runner-Up Prizes: Double-ended Markers, Erasable Colouring Pencils, Faber-Castell Pocket Pen.

Age 8-12 = First Prize: Faber-Castell Playing & Learning Mechanical Pencil, 20 Playing & Learning Clip Colour Markers, Playing & Learning Erasable Colouring Pencils, Faber-Castell Pocket Pen and Lamy Safari Fountain Pen . 3 x Runner-Up Prizes: Double-ended Markers, Erasable Colouring Pencils, Faber-Castell Pocket Pen.

Age 13-18 = First Prize: Cross Apogee Chrome Fountain Pen, 3 x Runner-Up Prizes: Cross Century Chrome Ball Pen.

Age 18+ = First Prize: Cross Apogee Chrome Fountain Pen, 3 x Runner-Up Prizes: Cross Century Chrome Ball Pen.

Competition Entry Details

Name:
Age:
Age Category:
Email Address:
Telephone Number:
Your Story:

Send your entry to:
The Pen Shop
5 Bamburgh Court
Team Valley
Gateshead
NE11 0TX

Alternatively, email your entry to hannah.storey@penshop.co.uk.

Terms and Conditions

1) Competition closes 28th April 2013. 2) Winners will be notified by email no later than 20th May 2013. 3) Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 4) The entries will be split into age categories – under-13, 13-18 and 18+ – with one winner and three runners-up selected from each category. 4) No cash alternative will be offered. 5) By entering, you agree that your work may be reproduced by The Pen Shop, with full credit given to the author. 6) Regrettably, entries which are submitted via post cannot be returned. 7) All entries must be the author’s own work; entries which include material from other authors will not be included in judging.

New Northern Flagship Store

Here at The Pen Shop we are pleased to announce the opening of a new northern flagship store in Leeds in the newly built Trinity Centre.

Our grand opening is at 10am on Thursday 21st March. We’re expecting to celebrate in style and invite you all to come and join in the fun. Meet Cinderella, a local author and a qualified Graphologist to give analysis of your handwriting. You will also be in with a chance of receiving an exclusive Pen Shop goodie bag as well as special offers for our new Leeds store.

Trinity Leeds will be the most important city-centre development of recent times. The 1 million sq ft scheme will bring together the best of the UK high street, aspiring brands and international retailers.

Leeds is the UK’s largest financial centre outside of London and is the third largest city in the country. It is also considered one of the UK’s best shopping destinations being dubbed the Knightsbridge of the North.

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A design of the new Trinity Shopping centre in Leeds.

To make life easier, Trinity Leeds has been designed to be the most digitally advanced shopping destination in the UK with free wi-fi, assistants on hand with internet-connected iPads, and large video walls that offer fun and futuristic experiences via gesture recognition. Not only this, Trinity Leeds will have a mobile app that allows you to personalise your experience and a link with Google which allows you to search for items on sale in the centre.

Lighting in the sweeping glass dome roof of the three-storey shopping quarter can be programmed to create different shapes and auroras for visitors when late-night shopping.

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Some of our staff visiting our new store.

Lying in the heart of Leeds City Centre, Trinity Leeds is easily accessible by all modes of transport.

When finished, the development will be a 1,000,000 sq ft (92,900 sq m) centre and will have 120 shops and restaurants bordered by Briggate, Albion Street and Boar Lane.

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