G. F Smith

Janet Stevens from GF Smith has been involved with PaperFest since the very beginning, combining an expert knowledge in paper and print with support, guidance and care to hundreds of publishers and design and print creatives – alongside Mark Jessett who has been speaking at PaperFest since 2014.

GF Smith are the key ingredient in the success of emerging and established stationery and greetings publishers and we are incredibly proud that they are the official sponsors of PaperFest.

About The Brand
George Frederick Smith was a man with a singular passion for paper.

Both he and his son were driven by a belief in its beauty and possibilities and shared an admiration for the craft of the printers and publishers that used it. In 1885 George founded G . F Smith & Son as a paper merchant. It was his vision and ambition that steered the company through challenging times; his belief in the business saw him expand its horizons.

George travelled with an almost obsessive energy, by land and sea, to seek out the very finest paper manufacturers of their day. From an office in London and a warehouse within a stone’s throw of the docks on the Humber in Hull, he won business in Europe, found partners in America and gathered a loyal and industrious staff. G . F Smith was a merchant company in the truest sense.

Nearly 130 years later in a very different world, George Frederick Smith’s fortitude and determination are qualities we are proud to carry forward. He was a driven, hardworking man, loyal to and respected by those who worked for him and those who bought his paper.

He was responsible in the way he ran his business. He was curious enough to search out the finest paper he could find wherever it was, and determined enough to find a way of bringing it back.

Above all else, George Frederick Smith was celebrated for his passion for paper, and if our predecessor left just one thing we are proud to embody it is this. Paper defined his era, and despite much evidence to the contrary, it defines ours.

The world might have changed; our love of paper and its possibilities has not.