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Enesco announces collaboration with EttaVee

Having enjoyed previous product collaborations with names including Pottery Barn Kids & Teen, Erin Condren and Anthropologie, contemporary gift retailer – Enesco – is delighted to announce a brand-new collaboration with EttaVee.

The partnership was brokered by EttaVee's licensing agent, Jewel Branding & Licensing. EttaVee is represented by Start Licensing in the UK.

EttaVee is a lifestyle brand that expresses optimism and joy through the expressive use of colour.

Posted: 3 February 2023

Talking Tables becomes certified B Corporation

Talking Tables is now a certified B Corporation, joining a growing group of companies reinventing business by pursuing purpose as well as profit.

B Corps are companies and organisations that have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency, demonstrating a commitment to goals outside of profit.

The accreditation process is over seen by B Lab, a non-profit network transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. The movement began in 2006 with the idea that a different kind of economy was not only possible, but necessary — and that business could lead the way towards a new model putting people and the planet at the forefront. London is the capital of B Corps – there are now almost 1,000 UK B Corps, with over 5,700 worldwide.

Posted: 15 December 2022

Royal Selangor opens luxury flagship store in Battersea Power Station neighbourhood

Royal Selangor's UK flagship store opens its doors today at the Grade II* Battersea Power Station, as part of one of the most exciting mixed-use neighbourhoods in the world.

The artisans, who specialise in a wide range of gift items and are known for being the world's foremost name in quality pewter, have opened their new UK store as part of wider global growth expansion plans.

At present, Royal Selangor produces over 1,000 unique designs sold in more than 20 countries and has received several prestigious international awards including the Design Plus Award, Red Dot Award and Good Design Award.

Posted: 1 December 2022

Simply Thank You announces new partnership with start-up Insiem

Corporate gifting company Simply Thank You has announced a major new partnership with North East start-up Insiem that will benefit small, independent retail businesses across the country.

The collaboration will allow global corporate clients of Darlington-based Simply Thank You to shop at niche, independent online stores, alongside high-street names and big brands, using gift cards and reward points.

Insiem, a new online shopping site that brings together hundreds of British independent retailers on one dedicated platform, is the first of its kind to form an alliance with well-established gifting giant Simply Thank You.

Posted: 25 November 2022

Small businesses shouldn't feel pressured to take part in Black Friday

Small businesses should not feel pressured into taking part in Black Friday this year, says Lee Murphy, a small business finance expert at The Accountancy Partnership Lee Murphy said: "Many business owners are already struggling with the current economic climate, so offering big discounts when margins are already being squeezed could be more costly in the long run. Before deciding on any deals and discounts, businesses should review their cash flow, and consider the cost of processing a larger number of orders at one time.

Posted: 24 November 2022

Coffee roaster Barista & Co launches new ‘HUB’ Concept

Barista & Co has launched its new HUB concept, designed to offer retailers a new concept in coffee retail. Barista & Co's HUB is a place for people to find everything they need to enjoy specialty coffee at home. The HUB is a partnership that Barista & Co invest in to provide retailers with a unique space, enabling customers to learn about coffee, products and what it takes to make their perfect coffee at home. Barista & Co want stores to feel confident in their product/coffee knowledge and customers to feel confident in their purchase. The purpose of the HUB is to encourage a broader range of consumers into the world of specialty coffee and equipment. Targeting mainstream coffee lovers who are ready to invest in the next stage of their coffee brewing journey.

Posted: 21 November 2022

Heavenly Feet celebrates growth with launch of carbon-neutral warehouse

Leicester-based Heavenly Feet has moved its storage and fulfilment outlet to a new location to cater for growing demand. The new base is a carbon-neutral warehouse located near Nottingham, just off the M1 allowing easy access to the brand's retail partners nationwide. The move has taken place thanks to Heavenly Feet's huge success in recent years after continued year on year growth. The new base will cater for their planned growth and ongoing move to becoming more sustainable. Furthermore, Heavenly Feet has celebrated reaching 300 independent retail partners to stock the brand - known for its reputation to sell-through.

Posted: 10 November 2022

Trendsetter bedding company achieves B Corp certification

Sustainable bedding manufacturing house and parent company of The Fine Bedding Company and Night Owl, Trendsetter, has recently announced its global certification as a B Corporation.

The brand joins an international movement of 4500 purpose-led businesses that meet B Corp's high standards of social and environmental responsibility and transparency.

Based on the B Corp assessment, Trendsetter earned an overall score of 84.3, performing particularly high in the 'environment' and 'worker' sections, being recognised for its commitment to sustainability, continuously innovating and investing in ways to reduce its ecological footprint.

Posted: 14 October 2022

Trek Logistics acquires Iconic Diary

Trek Logistics Ltd has acquired Dairy Diary, with the change of ownership said to provide a 'secure and exciting future for the iconic brand.'

Originally launched to support the milkman by the Milk Marketing Board, Dairy Diary is still sold by milkmen and woman across Britain, as well as having soaring sales online. It was taken on by Eaglemoss Ltd in 2001, and now acquired by Trek.

Trek Logistics is owned by Nigel Mothersole, former Head of Operations at Eaglemoss, providing an already sound understanding of Dairy Diary. There is a strong synergy between the two businesses with Trek providing all fulfilment services for the products.

Posted: 3 October 2022

Miss Milly named as a finalist at the Boutique Star Awards

Miss Milly has been named as a finalist in the Boutique Star Awards with nominations in the Best British Brand and Accessories/Footwear Brand of the Year categories.

It's been a stellar year for Miss Milly with the British brand chalking up nominations for The Gift of the Year and the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards.

Sarah Watmore, Managing Director, says, "We have done so much this year as we celebrate 10 years in business. As well as being a finalist in a couple of awards, we have worked on our sustainability and grown sales significantly since summer 2021. And now we're a finalist again in industry awards with our fingers crossed for a successful outcome."

Posted: 29 September 2022

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