Welcome to the UK Calendar Awards

The UK Calendar Industry Awards, now known as The Calies, made their debut two years ago, but have quickly established themselves as true accolades in the calendar, advent calendar and diaries sector, including retail, charity and corporate (B2B) titles.

Launched in 2017 by Max Publishing, owners of Progressive Greetings, with the support from the calendar and diary sector, The Calies 2019 will build on the success of the last two years’ awards programmes justifiably shining a spotlight on the innovation and design excellence in this dynamic arena.


The winners of The Calies 2019 awards will be unveiled at a memorable early evening awards event held on Tuesday 19 November at the historic Stationers’ Hall, in the City of London. (Click here to get a flavour of last year’s Calies event).

This year’s Calies will once again ‘bang the drum’ for a very special product area that has stood the test of time while marking time! The UK calendar market remains a vibrant sector - over 16 million calendars are sold every year in UK alone, with one in every three homes having at least one calendar on their walls, often more. There are over 40 different calendar publishers in UK market alone, and that number does not include the companies who produce diaries and advents.

To celebrate the diversity, the award categories of The Calies 2019 encompass the whole spectrum of calendar, diary and Advent publishing, recognising excellence in the retail, B2B and charity sectors.

The Calies 2019 awards are for calendars and diaries dated for the year 2020. Entering The Calies is easy and free of charge. All retail entries will be judged by a panel of knowledgeable retail buyers while the corporate (B2B) categories will also go under the scrutiny of industry and design experts.

The closing date for entering The Calies 2019 is Friday 4 October. (See how to enter for full details).

A brief bit of history…

The Calies are the successors to the National Calendar Awards (NCAs), which in turn were a progression from the National Business Calendar Awards (which initially only recognised business calendars).

"The calendar and diaries sector has been close to our hearts for many, many years through Progressive Greetings and Progressive Calendars. We are delighted to be given the opportunity and support from calendar publishers large and small to build on the success of the NCAs by establishing The Calies is very credible annual accolades," commented Warren Lomax, joint managing director of Max Publishing, which also owns and organises The Retas and The Henries awards in the greeting card sector as well as other leading awards programmes. "Now, as we get fully underway with the third ever Calies, we are greatly enjoying combining our experience in organising leading awards with input from the industry’s retailing and publishing calendar experts, whose passion and knowledge is invaluable."

Max Publishing has published Progressive Calendars, the only trade magazine for the calendar and diary sector, for the last 20 years. Produced in late January each year, this is the annual tome to fanfare the new dated product launches as well of course, the winners of The Calies!
Max Publishing also promotes The Calies through Progressive Greetings in the run up to the event as well as through its digital sibling, PGBuzz.net, which goes out to the world twice a week.