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The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is calling on independent retailers to sign up to its new online trading site to help them recover from the pandemic.
The website, which is being launched in February 2022, will provide independent retailers with a new, cost-effective way to sell online, helping them build their presence both locally and nationally.
The UK-wide platform, called Neartoo, is open to all types of retail and will be owned by indies, exclusively for indies, and will operate at significantly lower sales commission than its competitors.... read more
Posted: 12 January 2022
Top Drawer is set to double in size from its AW edition, to take over the whole of Olympia London this coming January.
The destination for creative retail buyers opens its doors on 16th January for its S/S22 edition. With a focus on reinventing your new season edit, Top Drawer promises to help you find something new to excite your customers for 2022.
With safety remaining paramount the team is working closely with the Association of Event Organisers (AEO), which is liaising with the government directly on live event guidelines. In line with current government advice and previous event feedback, we have produced an All Secure Standard document which details measures we are implementing to reach our commitments above.... read more
Posted: 6 December 2021
To align with Autumn Fair at the NEC Birmingham, Moda will now open its doors on 5th-8th September 2021 allowing buyers to experience the all-encompassing fashion and retail destination for an extra day, with a line-up of exclusive and new brands including Fly London, Hukka Design, Jayley Collection, and Godske, and a headline partnership with the British Footwear Association.The all-new Moda will offer thousands of trend-forward collections across fashion, footwear, jewellery, and accessories, delivering key crossover buying opportunities, additional footfall, and a host of new retailers. Known as the National Footwear Show, Moda is one of the UK's longest standing fashion trade shows, and an essential hub for creativity, collaboration, and trading within the fashion community.... read more
Posted: 28 June 2021
The government has announced that there will be an extension to the moratorium on commercial tenant evictions in England until 25 March 2022 and mediation introduced. Discussing the news, FSB National Chair Mike Cherry said, "This announcement will be a big relief for many anxious small business tenants who have been dealing with a huge amount of disruption over the last 15 months. In many cases they were two weeks away from facing legal proceedings for rent they could not afford, for premises that have been shut. Many will have had no opportunity to raise any revenue, as they have been unable to use their premises for a prolonged period."... read more
Posted: 25 June 2021
C W Sellors Fine Jewellery has announced the appointment of Phillip Connors as its new UK trade sales manager. With a wealth of experience, Phillip joins the company to help develop and re-engage its portfolio of regional and national jewellery accounts, whilst broadening its offering to heritage and tourist sites across the UK. As the UK economy looks forward to welcoming customers back in-store, Phillip joins C W Sellors at a key period to help with the company's success in providing bespoke jewellery and gift collections to independent jewellery accounts and a growing list of national partnerships.... read more
Posted: 12 May 2021
Hyve Group is set to launch the Spring & Autumn Fair Online Marketplace. The Online Marketplace takes the wholesale home, gift, and fashion business online, enabling trade with existing and new global partners throughout the year.The Online Marketplace is a brand extension to the heritage brands Spring & Autumn Fair, two live events which are now complemented by a 365 digital trading platform. It will allow brands to access serious, vetted buyers all year round, deepen relationships started at the live events at the NEC, generate leads and take online orders. Buyers can find new products from loved and trusted brands, discover new brands online, build their collections and shop with ease throughout the year.... read more
Posted: 14 April 2021
Harrogate Fashion Week organisers have announced that the show will take place on the 1st- 2nd August at the Harrogate Convention Centre, following the Prime Minister's roadmap out of lockdown. Director Wendy Adams says, "We are delighted to confirm that Harrogate Fashion Week will be going ahead this August after such a disappointing 2020 and we are looking to ensure the event celebrates the endurance of the fashion industry."After an unprecedented year, HFW 2021 will allow indies and brands to re-unite in the popular event town of Harrogate, and will be a testament to the resolve of boutique owners, suppliers, and fashion businesses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.... read more
Posted: 12 March 2021
The Creative Retail Awards has been confirmed for 14th October 2021, with the entry deadline extended until 30th April.With the announcement of the new Government COVID-19 roadmap bringing clarity to hold the Creative Retail Awards event live in October, an unprecedented number of companies have requested an extension to the submission deadline. In light of this the organisers have extended the entry deadline until 30th April 2021. If a project was previously entered into the postponed 2020 Awards the entry has automatically been rolled over and entered into this year's.... read more
Posted: 10 March 2021
Top Drawer, the first buying event of the season, hosted an agenda of live product launches and expert seminar sessions and has now made the content available for the industry until 21st February, 2021. Liberty's Home Buying Manager, Bryony Sheridan, has praised the show's virtual offering, stating: "In these unusual times, creating ways for buyers and brands to connect has never been more important, the team behind Top Drawer On Demand has done a marvellous job at creating such a community for the retail industry."... read more
Posted: 8 February 2021
Harrogate Fashion Week has announced the dates for the spring/summer 2022 edition. Dates of Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd August have been confirmed and the response so far from agents and manufacturers within clothing, footwear and accessory brands has been positive.According to a press release, "An overwhelming comment from the industry this season has been that a fashion trade show is needed to meet up with both new and current stockists on a good date line and in a central location."... read more
Posted: 20 January 2021