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Here is a selection of features from Gift Focus magazine.

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Eco warrior

Eco warrior

by Molly&Izzie began in 2015 as a side hustle when founder Sarah Patterson decided to use her graphic design training to launch a range of wedding stationary. This business gradually expanded to include art prints based around celebrating important moments. The business grew slowly and by early 2016 I was also designing and producing business stationery for small businesses. Here, Sarah Patterson talks us through the brands evolution from wedding stationary to the newest eco-jewellery range... read more

Gardening a lifesaver in lockdown, says Squires Garden Centre

Gardening a lifesaver in lockdown, says Squires Garden Centre

Squire's Garden Centres has released the results of its recent "Gardening during Lockdown" survey, with the results making for positive reading for the gardening industry.... read more

Message to sender

Message to sender

With messages of love, condolences and congratulations happening even during the hard times of lockdown, greeting cards have remained steadfast sellers, and its not hard to see why with this stellar lot... read more

Packages of support

Packages of support

The UK Government has supported wages of 1.73 million workers across wholesale and retail sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's more information about the schemes... read more

Effective working from home

Effective working from home

Nick Howes, managing director at Leadership Management International UK, discusses how to maintain business productivity during a period of disruption with clear actions to undertake... read more

A man's world

A man's world

We throw the spotlight on some must-have accessories for men, which are set to be great pick up gift items in-store or online as lockdown rules loosen... read more

Hyve Group launches three virtual forums in September 2020

Hyve Group launches three virtual forums in September 2020

Hyve Group is pleased to announce Autumn Fair @ Home, Glee Gathering and Fashion Together (comprising Pure, Pure Origin, Moda and Scoop), three completely virtual forums happening this September. These forums will provide exhibitors and attendees with the opportunity to showcase and discover new products, engage with suppliers via "The Virtual Showroom", and hear market leading content from retailers and trend forecasters on what 2021 may hold for the industry and how they can kick-start their own sales now.... read more

HMRC Packing Tax Consultation

HMRC Packing Tax Consultation

At the March Budget, the government announced key decisions on the design of the Plastic Packaging Tax ahead of its commencement in April 2022. This included extending the scope of the tax to plastic packaging which has been filled before being imported into the UK (i.e. bottles which are filled with liquid). Alongside the Budget announcement, the government launched a consultation to provide more information on the tax design and seek views from stakeholders. As a result of COVID-19, the government extended the consultation period by three months, with a new closing date of 20th August, 2020.... read more

Sunglasses with soul

Sunglasses with soul

Having started the company with a desire to find a role with purpose, Founder John Pritchard and his team have evolved Pala Sunglasses into a classic eyewear brand with sustainability and ethical practice at its core... read more

BCTF welcomes hundreds of buyers to online event

BCTF welcomes hundreds of buyers to online event

The first online edition of the British Craft Trade Fair ran from June 14 – 15 to support the designer-makers who were due to exhibit at BCTF 2020 before it was forced to cancel during lockdown.... read more

Sign on the dotted line

Sign on the dotted line

Amanda Hamilton, CEO of National Association of Licenced Paralegals (NALP), chats to Gift Focus and looks at where your business stand with regards contracts and the coronavirus... read more

UK Government supports wages of 1.73 million workers across wholesale and retail sector

UK Government supports wages of 1.73 million workers across wholesale and retail sector

Since the launch of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), the UK Government has supported the wages of 1,736,800 jobs in the wholesale and retail sector.... read more

Self gifting soars amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Self gifting soars amidst COVID-19 pandemic

UK consumers are increasingly purchasing gift cards to spend on themselves, according to the latest industry research from the Gift Card & Voucher Association (GCVA), in partnership with research and data specialist GlobalData.... read more

New EU draft text on design rights signals positive news for UK designers, says ACID

New EU draft text on design rights signals positive news for UK designers, says ACID

Anti Copying in Design (ACID) is pleased to announce that the text from the UK on design rights includes the recognition that designs shown in the UK would receive protection across the EU post Brexit.... read more

UK tariff changes announced from 1st January, 2021

UK tariff changes announced from 1st January, 2021

UK tariff changes announced from 1 January 2021: From 1st January, 2021, the UK will apply a UK-specific tariff to imported goods. This UK Global Tariff (UKGT) will replace the EU's Common External Tariff, which applies until 31st December, 2020.... read more

Quarantine Stories - Tilnar Art

Quarantine Stories - Tilnar Art

Tilnar Art is looking forward to touching base with its loyal customer base post-COVID-19 pandemic, and in the meantime is keeping calm and carrying on.... read more

Quarantine Stories - Chocolate Genie

Quarantine Stories - Chocolate Genie

Gift company Chocolate Genie offers a realistic view of the struggles of lockdown, however, while still creating orders for Christmas gifting, there is an air of positivity.... read more

Quarantine Stories - Willique

Quarantine Stories - Willique

Anna Willique from her namesake brand talks about how the current pandemic has brought her even closer to her team, and is witnessing an upsurge in online orders.... read more

Quarantine Stories - Three Boys Rock

Quarantine Stories - Three Boys Rock

Today as part of our Quarantine Stories series we check out online retailer Three Boys Rocks, with Founder Polly stating now is the time for businesses to engage with customers to reap future rewards... read more

Quarantine Stories - Elite Gifts

Quarantine Stories - Elite Gifts

As we continue with our quarantine stories, today we check out Elite Gifts, which has seen a boom in trade since the lockdown... read more

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