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Gift Focus magazine - Issue 143 - May/June 2024

Latest issue of Gift Focus magazine is available now

In this issue:

Go green
Check out the array of companies that aim to undertake better business practices for the good of the planet

Heart of the home
Kitchenware and homeware to stock

Table service
Our round-up of the best tableware and glassware

Rub-a-dub-scrub
Promote the art of self-care with these bath and body items

Dummy run
A perennial bestseller, baby gifts stand the test of time

Urgent call for retailer take-back schemes to tackle textile waste crisis

Over half of all clothing thrown away ends up in landfill – that is...

Luxury retail destinations thrive as large retail centres continue recover

TheVitality Rankings, the annual index of UK retail centre health released...

BLE 2024 preps for 25th anniversary celebrations

Visitor registration has opened for Brand Licensing Europe 2024 as organisers ramp up celebrations...

ACID announces new CEO

ACID has announced the appointment of Laura Newbold Breen as its new Chief Executive Officer.

With a background in...

From the editor

Authentic marketing

While March saw the onslaught of corporate campaigning around International Women’s Day, June is Pride month in the UK, and needless to say the same marketing wheels will be put in motion to capitalise on yet another very important advocacy day. But has the meaning of these events been lost as they become yet a money maker on the retail calendar? I delve into this subject further in my blog on page 34 of Attire Accessories, where I also delve into how you can be a genuine and authentic ally.

Of course, it’s not just the special days that get the tills ringing. There are perennial bestselling giftware items that any savvy retailer has in their arsenal. Baby gifts top the lot when it comes to an industry sector that will always yield results – even a global pandemic can’t halt the onslaught of new births! – while eco-friendly offerings continue to please the ever growing environmentally aware consumer. We cover the best products in these categories on page 43 and 24 respectively.

If these don’t fit the angle of your store, there’s also kitchenware, bath & body, tabletop and new products. This issue we also shine the spotlight on the amazing industry events PG Live, Exclusively Housewares, and Home & Gift. Don’t forget to head to the back of the magazine where our sister title Attire Accessories has an array of jewellery inspiration.

Enjoy the issue

Louise Prance, Editor

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Autumn is a great time of the year for incorporating orange and yellow into fashion, they just work so well with the season, easily coordinating with green and brown and creating warmth whilst still holding on to some of the brightness of summer. Miss Milly is launching a colourful new collection of scarves for Autumn-Winter. In a super soft 80% viscose with 20% cotton mix, they are a suitable weight for all year round and provide a popular alternative to thicker winter-weight scarves. www.missmilly.co.uk

 

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Summer of Sport 

'The Summer of Sport' is almost upon us – and what a summer it's set to be. The UEFA Euros, Wimbledon and of course, the Paris 2024 Olympics are all kicking off over the next few weeks. And with them comes a golden opportunity for independent retailers across the UK. With the world's eyes on Europe, the UK is set to enjoy a substantial uptick in visitors and local celebrations. Consumer confidence and spending is also expected to rise as Brits engage in garden parties, community events and a fair few trips to the local pub.

Smooth operator

National Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Martin McTague, looks at how the VAT system operates. Reaching a half century is often a point in life where we take some time to assess our lives, health, and finances, and think about what we want to change. With value-added tax (VAT) having reached that milestone in 2023, we at FSB thought it past time to look at how the VAT system operates – and whether there are ways it could be reformed and rethought, so as to unlock economic potential among the UK's small businesses and the self-employed. There's evidence that VAT is holding back growth among a significant sub-set of small businesses, making an overhaul of the tax all the more urgent as we look for ways to grow the economy.

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