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ACID celebrates World IP Day with true or false competition

ACID celebrates World IP Day with true or false competition

Every April 26, the World Intellectual Property Office celebrates World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity. Today, we will hear from parliamentarians and some of the best UK designers from different industry sectors about the importance of IP to stimulate innovation for growth. Why IP Matters? And also, what are the challenges of bringing new ideas to market? WIPO say, "Every business starts with an idea. Each of the millions of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that operate across the globe every day started with an idea that took shape in someone's mind and made its way to market."... read more

Posted: 26 April 2021

Puckator signs lease on new European distribution centre

Puckator signs lease on new European distribution centre

Puckator has signed a lease on a modern 4,000 square metres unit located on a newly constructed logistics park adjacent to Wroclaw airport, which will serve as the group's European Distribution Centre (EDC). South West Poland is geographically advantageous for pan-European distribution and also provides a relatively benign business environment within which to operate. Initially, plans were the commencement of operations by the end of the year, but progress has been swift and now it is likely the EDC will be fully operational by 1st October 2021.... read more

Posted: 16 April 2021

Sophie la giraffe celebrates 60th anniversary

Sophie la giraffe celebrates 60th anniversary

Sophie la giraffe is celebrating its 60th anniversary this May, and to celebrate this milestone a limited-edition design has been voted for by the fans to decide a one-time design, which will be available in September 2021.Sophie la girafe has become famous with families around the world and been trusted by millions of parents to sooth gums and bring joy to little ones. A classic, cross-generational toy, Sophie la girafe remains the world's bestselling teething toy and is designed to stimulate the senses and soothe teething pains... read more

Posted: 12 April 2021

Watchfinder & Co removes gender classifications

Watchfinder & Co removes gender classifications

Luxury watch retailer Watchfinder & Co is said to be the first UK watch seller to remove gender labels from its operations, including its website and all stores. The company will instead label the watches as small, medium or large. The industry-first move has seen the brand launch a campaign with award-winning music artist Tinie Tempah –calling for all jewellery and watches to be made genderless as standard.The brand is urging manufacturers to follow suit and refer to watches by their size alone and ditch the 'redundant, restrictive and outdated' gender model, which labels certain watches as only suitable for those of a particular sex, undermining people's personal tastes and size choices.... read more

Posted: 7 April 2021

J Boult Designs updates it’s Shotgun cartridge gift set packaging

J Boult Designs updates it’s Shotgun cartridge gift set packaging

J Boult Designs has updated it's gift packaging for the Shotgun cartridge hip flask gift set. The packaging is a recyclable cardboard tube with the J Boult Designs story on an eco-friendly Kraft sticker. Made in the J Boult Designs workshop, each hip flask is made with a full leather-bound 6oz (177ml) stainless steel hip flask with an up-cycled 12 bore shotgun cartridge riveted into the high-quality leather. J Boult Designs is set to exhibit this handmade product and it's range of eco-friendly, upcycled products at the Home & Gift 2021 (18-21 July) in Harrogate. Wholesale price: £20, RRP: £50.... read more

Posted: 1 April 2021

University Games takes steps to protect work towards a greener future

University Games takes steps to protect work towards a greener future

Games, puzzles and gift specialist University Games is taking positive strides to improve its environmental impact in 2021, making significant steps towards a greener future. The company has also created a new 'Taking Steps to Protect Our Planet' logo to help enforce its message further. University Games now offers a portfolio of over 700 games, puzzles and gifts, following the acquisition of The Lagoon Group last summer, the majority of which utilise cardboard in either their production or packaging process.... read more

Posted: 24 March 2021

Joe Davies implements retailer support for a return to trade

Joe Davies implements retailer support for a return to trade

Joe Davies has announced extra help for independent retailers in preparation for a return to more normal trade. In addition to the upcoming 'At Home' Spring Fair, the company is giving an extra 30 days credit on all deliveries to independent retailers throughout March. The company's standard terms are end of month following month of delivery, with the extra help meaning that customers will have up to 90 days to pay. The company has already launched over 1700 brand new lines for 2021.... read more

Posted: 1 March 2021

Puckator launches virtual showroom

Puckator launches virtual showroom

With no tradeshows currently available, the team at Puckator has launched a virtual showroom.The company says, "We have prepared a virtual showroom for you all to enjoy while waiting for the trade fairs to resume. It is easily accessible, just visit www.puckator.co.uk and scroll down to the bottom of the page, where you will find a direct link to the virtual showroom. "You can tour the showroom at your own pace, looking at all the different collections and click in on specific products that tickle your fancy.... read more

Posted: 24 February 2021

Blue Eyed Sun scoops five awards at Gift of the Year

Blue Eyed Sun scoops five awards at Gift of the Year

Blue Eyed Sun has won five categories at the Gift of the Year Awards 2021, including the inaugural People's Choice Award voted for by the public.Shortlisted six times at this year's Gift of the Year Awards, the eco-friendly giftware distributors of Bioloco products and BambooCup by chic.mic was thrilled to be selected as Finalists in four categories (Ethical, Contemporary, Own Label and Kitchen & Dining) with four separate new products. The company went on to win the top prize in each.... read more

Posted: 22 February 2021

RHS awards key outdoor pots license to Woodlodge in four-year deal

RHS awards key outdoor pots license to Woodlodge in four-year deal

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced a new licensee for outdoor pots, one of its key gardening categories. The four-year license has been awarded to Woodlodge Products, the UK's leading supplier of garden pots and gardenware.The first products in the partnership will be launched to retailers for pre-order in September 2021. They will be distributed to retail outlets from January 2022.Although the partnership is still in its early stages, Woodlodge is already making preliminary plans for the first range. It will include both classic and modern designs and a full selection of sizes to accommodate any outdoor space. The final version of the first range will also incorporate standard terracotta, glazed and fibre clay pots.... read more

Posted: 3 February 2021

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