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Gift Focus magazine - Issue 114 - July/August 2019

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In this issue:

  • Industry news
  • On with the show
  • Brand spanking new
  • Day of the dead
  • Home sweet home
  • Picture this
  • Milanese innovation
  • Looking sharp
Gisela Graham Ltd
Mad Beauty
Clere Concepts
Bumble Wrap
Celebration as The Retail Mutual completes two decades of protecting independent retailers

Celebration as The Retail Mutual completes two decades of protecting independent retailers

The Retail Mutual is celebrating its 20 years of giving...

BLE delivers packed retail programme for 2019

BLE delivers packed retail programme for 2019

Brand Licensing Europe is hosting a packed programme for retailers at this year’s event as it announces...

Beware - false green glitter claims

Beware - false green glitter claims

The Glastonbury stance on reducing plastic pollution, including a ban on non-biodegradable glitter, hit the...

From the editor

Georgina Pearsall, Editor

Hear the bells

It’s that time of year again: The world of retail has to start thinking about Christmas. Put aside the deceptively bright weather and get into the festive spirit with the first part of our Christmas gift guide, starting on page 55. For a spookier selection, we also take a look at everything you need to dress a shop window for Halloween on page 29.

Clinging to the last of the sunshine, we preview the beautiful Harrogate Home & Gift with an in-depth look at some of the best exhibitors and all of the information you need to help you navigate the show floor. Hopefully the weather holds! In other show news, we look at the new format for HOMI’s September edition, Formex’s new hall layout and what to expect if you visit Glee. Home accessories, men’s accessories and photo frames and albums are highlighted alongside our roundup of industry news, show news and the Brand Spanking New features.

Next issue Rachel returns to the magazine – yes, it has been a year already! With Home & Gift around the corner, she’s back at the perfect moment to pop along to Harrogate. I’m sure you’ve all missed her. I’ll be leaving the magazine to pursue other projects, but I’ve loved working with you all!

Georgina Pearsall, Editor

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Competition

Competition

Blue Eyed Sun is giving Gift Focus readers the chance to boost retail sales and make a difference to the planet at the same time. Simply answer the question below and enter for the chance to win a free 12-pocket counter-top spinner and 36 gorgeous reusable coffee cups made from bamboo fibre to stock it with.

Competition

Blue Eyed Sun is giving Gift Focus readers the chance to boost retail sales and make a difference to the planet at the same time. Simply answer the question below and enter for the chance to win a free 12-pocket counter-top spinner and 36 gorgeous reusable coffee cups made from bamboo fibre to stock it with.

Competition

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Rachel Westall, Editor of Gift Focus magazine
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Madlug was founded in 2015 by Dave Linton. A man whose only experience in the luggage industry was bags of enthusiasm. dave, a Youth Worker was heartbroken to learn that most children in care transport their worldly belongings in a bin bag. In that moment, he set out to do something about it. With just £480, Dave started Madlug and came up with our 'Buy one Give one' approach: with every bag you purchase, one will be given to a child in care.
The Classic Backpack (featured) is the bag that started the movement. It is designed in Belfast and styled to meet your travel needs along with really helping you stand out as someone who cares. It's your perfect everyday backpack for shopping, travel, school, college, university, hiking and commuting every day to the office.
For further information, visit https://madlug.com

 

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