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Creative Retail Awards Shortlist reveals the best in global design and display for 2022

On the 21st of July the industry congregated at Sook Oxford Street, London, to learn the Shortlisted entries for the upcoming 2022 Creative Retail Awards. The shortlist presents some of the very best in global retail, leisure, and hospitality design & display with projects including Woolworths South Africa, Sports Direct, Chanel, Sky, Coach, Asda and many more. Sasha Castling, Marketing at shortlisted entrant Ribble Cycles, commented: "We are really proud, delighted, and honoured to be included and alongside some incredible competition and brands."

Posted: 5 August 2022

Rainbow Designs appoints new National Accounts Manager

Rainbow Designs is investing in and strengthening its successful sales team with the appointment of Jo Adger to the position of National Accounts Manager.

Jo joins the Rainbow Designs Team, bringing with her a wealth of industry and specialist toy knowledge, with over a decade of sales experience.

Jo started in sales in 2011, working at DKB Household before spending the last four years at games company, Winning Moves.

Jo is delighted to be joining the Rainbow family and excited to be working with these famous brands.

Posted: 24 July 2022

The Shop & Display Equipment Association votes in new President

The Shop & Display Equipment Association held its 75th Annual General Meeting in May, which saw Mark Chatterton, Managing Director of Morplan, voted as the new President of the Association and Rob Hill, Production Director of Graphica Display elected Vice President.

EDEA members logged on to the Virtual AGM and heard all about the hard work that has been undertaken over the past year for SDEA members and the exciting plans in store for the year ahead, including the upcoming Creative Retail Awards in September.

Posted: 17 June 2022

Winners announced for the Stationery Matters Awards 2022

The industry came together on in May at the Business Design Centre to acknowledge and celebrate this year's Stationery Matters Awards winners.

The aim of the awards is to celebrate the latest and greatest products in the stationery industry and the organisers are delighted to say that the standard of this year's entries was truly outstanding.

This year's judging panel was made up of individuals from companies that span the breadth of the stationery industry. This includes Ruth Burgess (B&M), Judy Bendall (Blenheim Palace), Tallie Patterson-Gordon (Coleman Group), Joe Guest (Cult Pens), Claire Marsom (Hallmark), Alanah Whittaker-Thompson (Morrisons), Kat Squire (Papier), Katherine Walsh (Southbank Centre), Anna Balan (The Courtauld), Chris Workman (The Giftware Association), Elizabeth Lovatt (V&A), Andrew Foster (WHSmith), Hannah Fisk (ZSL).

Posted: 25 May 2022

Autumn Fair almost fully booked

Autumn Fair, taking place on the 4-7th September at NEC Birmingham, is now almost fully booked and a host of industry leading bellwethers set to showcase their latest collections.

Timed to get retailers ready for the Golden Quarter, retail's busiest and most profitable time of year, the market's most innovative and inspirational brands are returning to the September show including stylish and on-trend furniture, textiles and decorative interior accessories from Coach House, Hill Interiors, and the newly launched Mint Interiors by Kettle, within Home; hand-picked and curated Summerhouse stalwarts Pacific Lifestyle and Gallery Direct; best-sellers, contemporary designs, unique and personalised and licensed gifts, stationery and greetings.

Posted: 20 May 2022

Gift of the Year award winners revealed

The great and the good of the giftware industry gathered at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in May for the inaugural Gift Awards, recognising the very best products and retailers in the UK. This event marked a significant, unified step forward for the UK gift industry, with the Giftware Association's Gift of the Year awards and The Greats gift retailer awards joining forces in one glittering ceremony.

The black tie awards event was attended by suppliers and retailers, making it one of the largest events in the home and gift calendar. We celebrated 22 category winners from Gift of the Year, as well as the finalists for The Greats, with the fantastic Willsow taking home the coveted Judges' Choice Award after winning in two other categories.

Posted: 18 May 2022

Future For International Trade Conference speakers advise on how to proceed in the current environment

The key out-take from the BHETA / Gardenex / PetQuip Future for International Trade Conference which took place on March 17th, was that while export was likely to outperform the home market in the coming year, it was vital for both importers and exporters to ensure they were not dependent on any one territory for either sales or supply chain.

Speakers, who included UK government insiders, successful companies exporting from the UK currently, market analysts, legal, financial and compliance advisors, concurred in advising both current and novice UK exporters on both big picture opportunities and perils and the detail of how to proceed successfully in the current environment.

Posted: 29 April 2022

HOMI Special Edition reports sustainability focus

HOMI Special Edition, the trade fair for furnishings and home accessories for contemporary living, ended on a positive note, hosting 352 brands, 40 percent from 27 different foreign countries.

Alongside the variety of products offered throughout the exhibition, there was an events programme packed with in-depth discussions, workshops and talks focusing on the main themes of interest to the HOMI community, organised in collaboration with institutions and industry experts.

The themes were diverse, ranging from the retail experience to living spaces and trade.

Posted: 11 April 2022

New food and drink trade show The Source Roadshow is launched

On Thursday 16th of June, the Source Roadshow will be bringing more than 100 exhibitors to Bristol's Ashton Gate Stadium, for one day only.

This new event will showcase food and drink, equipment and all the services your catering, hospitality, or food retail business needs.

Working with Taste of the West, the South West's regional food group, and BARBIE – Bristol Association of Restaurants, Bars and Independent Establishments, the Source Roadshow will present trade buyers with an engaging, exciting, and valuable business opportunity to taste, test and compare.

Posted: 4 April 2022

CHSI Stitches 2022 saw strong turnout for first post-pandemic show

CHSI Stitches 2022 saw a strong turnout, innovative new products from leading brands and high-profile speakers at its first post-pandemic show at the NEC in February.

The show, the first since February 2020, drew leading creative craft brands, showcasing new ranges, many of which were being displayed for the first time in person since the pandemic started.

The show saw new retailers attending the show for the first time, reflecting the growth in craft during the pandemic.

Independent retailer from Warrington, Stitch Station, was launched by Diane Hughes five months ago after lockdown. She was one of the many new businesses to attend the trade show.

Posted: 25 March 2022