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Portmeirion Group launch window display competition

Tableware International announced as judge in window display competition to celebrate 200 years of Blue Spode

Leading tableware manufacturer, Portmeirion Group, has revealed it is set to launch a window display competition to commemorate 200 years of Spode’s timeless British design, Blue Italian.

The competition, which commences on 1st May 2016, invites all of the Group’s UK customers to come together and celebrate the anniversary, in true Blue Italian fashion, with striking window displays to celebrate an iconic design which has captured the hearts of the nation for 200 years.

With no set theme, suppliers are encouraged to use their imaginations and create stunning displays which highlight Blue Italian’s anniversary and the different settings in which Blue Italian tableware can be used. 

A panel of judges including Group sales and marketing director Phil Atherton, professional merchandiser Janet Billings and Kate Birch of Tableware International, will have the deciding vote on who will be crowned the Blue Italian display champion. 

The winner and two highly commended runners up will be announced on Monday 6th June. The overall winner will receive £1,000 worth of Blue Italian product, a £250 Portmeirion Group voucher for the team, PR and social media coverage and to top it all off, a bespoke winner’s plate made specially at Portmeirion Group’s factory.
The runners up will not miss out on any of the excitement, with both teams winning £500 worth of Blue Italian stock for their store and a £100 Portmeirion Group voucher.

To enter the competition, please email for an information pack. 

About Spode
Founded by Josiah Spode in 1770, Spode positioned itself at the forefront of the ceramics industry with the introduction of under-glaze blue transfer printing. Acquired by Portmeirion Group in 2009, the Spode brand is synonymous with classic and elegant designs that are iconic and of the highest quality. It continues to be designed at its birth place, Stoke-on-Trent, where its factory produces over 150,000 pieces a week.

About Blue Italian
Launched in 1816, Blue Italian is one of the collections that secured Spode's reputation as a leader in the ceramic industry; it is now one of Spode's most collected ranges and is still made to this very day. Inspired by scenes of the Italian countryside featuring remarkably detailed figures amongst Roman ruins and framed by an 18th Century Imari Oriental border, the incredibly detailed design is now regarded a Great British design icon.

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