Monthly Archives: January 2014

Victory for Danilo at the National Calendar Awards

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January has certainly been a month for Award Ceremonies and for Danilo it has been no different, with the National Calendar Awards taking place last night in London.

The NCA’s are a major national event (we like to think the OSCAR’s of the calendar world) held annually to celebrate the UK’s best calendars and bring together printers, designers, photographers, artists, publishers as well as the industry’s future ‘the student’. With over 30 awards being given, the NCA’s celebrate and reward the best designs from suppliers and design students alike.

Held at the beautiful Stationer’s Hall near Bank, we were delighted to mingle with our friends from Calendar Club, Grange Communications, Pixel, Carousel Calendars, Avonside Publishing among others, whilst wandering through the calendar exhibition and admiring all the 2014 nominations.

Soon it was time to announce the winners, and we were delighted to have won FOUR awards this year:

  • Minecraft won us the Best New Title Award
  • Cheryl Cole won us the Best Retail Celebrity Calendar award
  • Dr Who 50th Anniversary Calendar won us Best Retail Humour / Character Calendar Award as well as the time-honoured Elephant Award (named after ‘Elephant & Castle’ where the NCA’s used to be held)

And big congratulations to the other winners including Carousel Calendars, Allan Betrum Design LLP, Rose Calendars, Avonside, Pyramid, Flamtree Publishing and a BIG well done to University of Warwick Rowing Club for winning TWO awards including the Peoples Choice award for their naked charity calendar! Selling thousands of copies, it proved to be extremely popular (mostly with the ladies!)

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Warwick Rowing Club accepting award

To add to the evening, we had former professional Tennis star and TV presenter Andrew Castle as our guest speaker. Charming and witty, Andrew entranced the audience with an inspirational speech on his career. The unanimous verdict from the audience was “You can come again!”

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Andrew Castle as guest speaker

Then to top off a great evening, a surprise Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Co-founder of Calendar Club Gary Beck. A very well deserved award, in our humble opinion. I’m stunned” Gary said, “it’s an honour. In the future we may have calendars up
on screens in the kitchen and they may be interactive, but it’s still a strong industry, it’s still vibrant. I’m very sad to be leaving the trade, and truly touched.” Congrats Gary on your award, and you will be truly missed!

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Danilo Team accepting our 4 awards

The 2014 Top 20 Calendar Chart

As Europe’s biggest official licensed calendar and card company, we are pleased to announce the chart positions for 2014 Calendars for sales on Amazon, in HMV, Calendar Club and many good retailers both in the UK and across the globe.

  1. One Direction – for the 3rd year running and outselling all others (One Direction commented “Thanks to all our fans for making us No.1 again” )
  2. Minecraft – New entry
  3. Dr Who 50th anniversary special
  4. Manchester United FC
  5. Liverpool FC
  6. Cliff Richard – steady at No 6 the same as 2013
  7. Big Bang Theory – New entry
  8. Arsenal FC
  9. Top Gear – always in the top ten
  10. Mrs Browns Boys
  11. Cheryl (last year position 7)
  12. Robbie Williams – New top twenty entry
  13. Justin Beiber (last year position 2)
  14. Chelsea FC
  15. Olly Murrs (last year position 9)
  16. Kelly Brook (last year position 8)
  17. Union J – new entry
  18. Spurs FC
  19. Elvis – still in the top twenty for  over 35 years
  20. Keith Lemon (last year position 4)

top 10 2014 chart

Further reading:

Belfast Telegraph – http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/music/news/one-direction-top-calendar-chart-29802098.html

Yahoo News – http://uk.tv.yahoo.com/one-direction-top-calendar-chart-133432766.html

3 News – http://www.3news.co.nz/One-Direction-top-calendar-chart/tabid/418/articleID/323774/Default.aspx

Evening Standard – http://www.standard.co.uk/panewsfeeds/one-direction-top-calendar-chart-8977856.html

Metro – http://metro.co.uk/2013/12/10/one-direction-calendar-more-popular-than-cliff-richards-4225677/?ITO=news-sitemap

5 Top Tips on how to be more organised for 2014

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Now that Christmas is well and truly over (booo!), it’s time to start those New Year’s resolutions. Most people will be opting for the regular choices such as losing weight, stop smoking, learn something new etc but if yours is to be more organised, then this is the perfect article for you!

As Europe’s number one official calendar and diary publisher, we like to think of ourselves as an organised bunch (most of the time anyway) and therefore want to spread the word to all the disorganised and disordered souls out there to encourage a positive 2014!

So on that note, we hope you enjoy our top 5 tips and find them useful. In addition, if you have any recommendations of your own, please do tell us below as we’d love to see them! J

Tip One: De-cluttering

 Applicable to both work and home, allocate some time to sort through and cleanse each room (or your desk if at work). Take a few hours to sort section by section and remove what isn’t necessary or used. Try to avoid just reorganising your clutter here!  It is also a good idea to initially put items into separate ‘stay’ ’rubbish’ and ‘storage’ boxes.

At work, also take some time to sort through all your emails, ensuring you unsubscribe to any emails you no longer read.

Extra tip: To give yourself an extra incentive, why not plan something nice to reward yourself for when you complete each room.

Tip Two: Create clear goals

Think about what goals you want to achieve for this year. These could be in relation to home, work, family, friends, personal development etc. Set yourself a target, then make a list of the steps you’ll need to make in order to get there. It will also seem less daunting and more easily achievable if your break it down into small steps.

Tip Three: Write important tasks and dates down

To help achieve your goals, and remember important information and dates, invest in a 2014 calendar and/or diary and keep it somewhere safe (and somewhere you know you will check it often!). This will ensure you don’t forget, or double book yourself on important events such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings etc.

If money levels are running a bit low, you could also create a monthly budget planner, ensuring that big expenses such as car insurance, tax, mortgage/rent payments are taken into account and planned for.

Extra Tip: Create a to-do list at work as well as at home, to be updated at end of each day before leaving the office. This will not only help keep you organised but allow you to relax more outside of work, knowing you don’t have to keep reminding yourself to do X,Y or Z the next day.

Tip Four: Set up new Systems

Setting up new systems, both at home and at work, will help you keep everything orderly and structured. This might include keeping a file for important household information (Bills, Car tax, insurance policies, bank statements etc) as both a physical and computer file, setting up direct debits to pay bills automatically so you don’t miss a payment (plus companies sometimes offer a discount for choosing this method) or ensuring you have a consistent safe place to keep important items such as keys, wallet or phone. Although make sure they are not so near the front door they could be stolen.

Tip Five: Buy items in advance

Don’t wait till the day before to buy birthday or Christmas cards and gifts as it is often stressful and can mean you pay more. Instead make a list of loved one’s names and write potential gift ideas for birthdays and Christmas and every time you are out shopping try and buy at least one item from the list and tick it off.

Extra Tip: Also stock up on a variety of greetings cards in the sales and store in a designated ‘card drawer’ at home. This will mean if you need a card at the last minute you have one ready.