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Wild Things Gifts raises money for NHS Charities Together

Wild Things Gifts – a wholesale gift supplier based in Devon – has pledged support to NHS Charities Together by donating £2,277 this week, generated through sales of its signature Thank You Rainbow.With the two-year mark of the pandemic on the horizon, support for NHS staff and volunteers has never been more crucial. Amid uncertainty and widescale burnout being reported in the care sector, NHS Charities Together is offering support to such workers via its federation of 241 different charitable organisations.

Posted: 1 October 2021

Heist partners with The Lady Garden Foundation to support Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month

Heist Studios has partnered with The Lady Garden Foundation and has launched vulva-print tights to support Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month.This launch is about championing the work that The Lady Garden Foundation does to raise funds to extend and improve gynaecological health – and arm women and girls with the knowledge they need to break down these taboos. Heist will donate 100 percent of net profits from all sales of The Lady Garden tights to the foundation.

Posted: 29 September 2021

Enesco Peter Rabbit Baby collection shortlisted for three categories

Enesco's Peter Rabbit Baby collection has this week been shortlisted for three categories; the Progressive Pre School Awards 'Best Pre School Gift Range' category with the new Peter and Flopsy backpacks also shortlisted in the 'Best Kids Lifestyle Range' category.In addition, the Peter Rabbit Changing Backpack has been shortlisted for a prestigious Mother and Baby Awards, 2022 (supported by Asda) in the 'Best Changing Bag Category.'The news follows Enesco having won a Gift of the Year award in 2020 and a silver award in the UKMums. TV awards 2021.

Posted: 27 September 2021

The colourful, independent alternative to Black Friday

Celebrate independent shops, artists, makers & small businesses with Just a Card - Indie Week 22nd-26th November, 2021. Now in its fifth year, Just A Card - Indie Week encourages people to support, value, and buy from independents during the crucial Christmas retail period. Given the circumstances of the past year, championing independents this Christmas is more vital than ever!An antidote to the fast-purchase culture of Black Friday, Just A Card - Indie Week welcomes everyone to celebrate their own businesses as well as those they love, to showcase their communities, and to tell their own stories both on and offline. The week will include the ever-popular five-day Instagram challenge which has previously featured across the BBC and beyond, and saw more than 55,000 people taking part.

Posted: 21 September 2021

Timex Group announces license agreement with Judith Leiber Couture

Timex Group, a global leader in watchmaking for over 165 years, has announced a strategic new license agreement with global luxury brand Judith Leiber Couture.The partnership began this month with the introduction of two limited-edition watch designs, the T80 digital and Q analog. With the fashion-forward touch of Judith Leiber, the styles will be limited to 200 units each and feature over 900 hundred Swarovski crystals on the watch cases, dials and bracelets in playful colour combinations.

Posted: 20 September 2021

Rex London celebrates 40th anniversary

August 2021 sees Rex London celebrate its 40th anniversary. With humble beginnings on a market stall in Portobello Road in 1981, the giftware company has since gone on to become a hugely successful, international online retailer and wholesaler, creating Gifts of Random Kindness at affordable prices. The company began with items that the team had simply stumbled upon on their travels around the world. Before long they were on the shelves of high street institutions like Habitat and The Body Shop. For the next two decades, they continued to discover and deliver these Gifts of Random Kindness, until they decided it was time not only to choose products they liked but also to design them. From floral patterns to adorable animals, the team have loved creating colourful and playful prints that stand out and bring joy.

Posted: 6 August 2021

Ocean Fresh become first UK flip flop brand to achieve B Corp status

Sustainable footwear brand Ocean Refresh has become the first UK flip-flop brand to achieve the coveted B Corporation Certification for meeting the highest verified levels of environmental performance, economic accountability and social standards. The Manchester-based footwear brand, which also boasts the UK's first 360o RecycleFootwear Programme, hopes the B Corp certification will inspire more UK brands ofall sizes and from all sectors, to undertake the rigorous assessment process to put people and the planet above profits and not just commit to doing less harm, but to do more good.

Posted: 20 July 2021

Best Kept Secrets celebrates 25 years

Candle brand Best Kept Secrets is celebrating 25 years of trading. The company says, "It may have been a 'mid-life crisis', but in 1996 Alan and Denise Edwards decided to leave their corporate careers, to start something new, away from what had been their daily existence for the previous thirty plus years. "A very small candle business became available. With just a few products but no customers, it presented just the challenge Alan and Denise were looking for.

Posted: 9 July 2021

Edx Education launches UK retail website

Edx Education – one of the world's leading educational toy brands – has launched its UK retail website www.shopedx.co.uk. The website offers British parents and educators more competitive prices, exclusive offer deals and discounts, alongside expert advice to support families on their home learning and play adventure.The launch follows a hugely successful year for UK retailers in the home learning market. Initially fuelled by pandemic school closures, toy trend forecasters predict the growth in the educational toy market is set to continue well into 2021 and 2022, as parents demand more educational value from toy purchases, alongside inclusive family play opportunities, encouraging siblings to play and learn together.

Posted: 5 July 2021

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