Here is a selection of features from Gift Focus magazine.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Quarantine Stories - Vent For Change

Today marks the start of our Quarantine Stories series, where we get to know what you, the heart of our industry, is doing during lockdown. We kickstart with Vent For Change, a sustainable stationery company.

The increase in online gifting ahead of Ramadan during the Coronavirus

As Muslims across the world prepare for the Holy month of Ramadan, Mariam Manawer, founder of award winning Islamic gift and lifestyle brand, Ibadah London, shares her unique insight as to what she has discovered throughout the build up to Ramadan amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

Eco-Friendly Products

As it's Earth Day, we thought when better to highlight a host of gorgeous sustainable and eco-friendly products from some of the best in the industry?

Talbot Fashions celebrates 40 years of business in 2020

It's not hard to see why this company has stood the test of time. Creating sought-after pieces, Talbot differentiates itself by offering jewellery for everyone, and having total belief in its story.

Gift Focus and Attire Accessories a pillar of support

Gift Focus and Attire Accessories a pillar of support after Home & Gift announcement - let's keep businesses and the trade industry thriving