Industry news from Gift Focus magazine

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Urgent call for retailer take-back schemes to tackle textile waste crisis

Over half of all clothing thrown away ends up in landfill – that is 53 tonnes of textile waste, which takes up 5 percent of all landfill space. The fashion industry is also responsible for 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emission. So, what can be done to reduce this negative environmental impact?

Sustainability experts from BusinessWaste.co.uk are calling on retailers to implement take-back programs for unwanted clothing to help combat textile waste – just like the current take-back scheme for electricals operating across the UK. An old clothing take-back initiative comes amid growing concerns about the sustainability of current practices in the textile recycling industry, as highlighted by the Textile Recycling Association (TRA).

Posted: 17 June 2024

Luxury retail destinations thrive as large retail centres continue recover

TheVitality Rankings, the annual index of UK retail centre health released by Newmark Retail'sLondon-based strategic consultancy and analytics team, has revealed that luxury shopping destinations thrived in 2023, with Sloane Street, Chelsea and Knightsbridge rising to the top 10.

The Vitality Rankings of 1,000 UK retail centres analyses a range of relevant factors, including retail unit vacancy rate, the change in vacancy rate, space being adapted for other uses, shopper spend per annum and footfall figures. The rankings have been released since 2014.

Cambridge has regained the top spot for the first time since 2019, the last ranking before the pandemic's impact on the high street, due to the return of tourists, students and shoppers.

Posted: 13 June 2024

BLE 2024 preps for 25th anniversary celebrations

Visitor registration has opened for Brand Licensing Europe 2024 as organisers ramp up celebrations for the show's 25th anniversary. European brand licensing professionals including retailers, manufacturers, brand owners, agents, service providers, marketers and designers are invited to secure their free pass to the three-day event now at https://utm.io/ugO2o . BLE is Europe's leading event for licensing, brand extension and collaborations and takes place slightly earlier this year from 24-26 September at ExCeL London.

Posted: 11 June 2024

ACID announces new CEO

ACID has announced the appointment of Laura Newbold Breen as its new Chief Executive Officer.

With a background in IP, Laura will open a new chapter of growth, development, and innovation for ACID.

ACID is dedicated to safeguarding the original work of creators, providing robust support and advocacy to ensure their intellectual property rights are protected. The organisation's approach has been a trailblazer in the IP landscape, establishing it as a trusted ally for designers, IP creators, and entrepreneurs.

Dids Macdonald OBE., ACID's Co-founder said, "I am confident that Laura will bring a wealth of experience and a dynamic vision to ACID. With her impressive experience in intellectual property, including leadership roles in the famous "Trunki" brand, she is well-equipped to build on ACID's legacy."

Posted: 4 June 2024

GCVA appoints Dr Hannah Shimko as Managing Director

The Gift Card and Voucher Association (GCVA) has announced the appointment of Dr Hannah Shimko as its new Managing Director.

Dr Shimko brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role, having served as Chief Executive Officer at the Online Dating and Discovery Association and Head of Policy and Communications at The Heritage Alliance.

Dr Hannah Shimko's selection for this pivotal role was based on her extensive skills and experience in managing the diverse activities of trade associations. Her track record of successfully leading teams, growing memberships, and championing initiatives aligns seamlessly with the GCVA's vision for the future.

Commenting on Dr Shimko's appointment, Siobhan Moore and Adam Hobbs (GCVA Executive Co-Chairs) stated, "Hannah's skills and experience were just what we were looking for."

Posted: 20 May 2024

Stationery Awards 2024: The Winners

The winners of the Stationery Awards 2024 were announced Tuesday 14th May at the close of the first day of London Stationery Show at the Business Design Centre. There were over 70 products nominated from 40 different brands, from the well-established to newbies on the scene. Judged by an independent panel of leading retailers, across 12 distinct product categories, the awards recognise the greatest product innovations in the stationery sector.

Posted: 17 May 2024

Thankbox marks Mental Health Awareness Week

Workplace gifting start-up Thankbox is marking Mental Health Awareness Week by donating 20 percent of each sale to Mental Health UK throughout May, to help people suffering from a range of issues such as depression and anxiety.

The Edinburgh-based online card and cash collection service, which marks its fourth anniversary this month, said it was prompted to make the gesture after research revealed an explosion of people suffering from social isolation and loneliness as a result of remote working.

The company, founded and run by husband-and-wife team Valentin and Tsvetelina Hinov, is partnering with Mental Health UK and has pledged to donate funds worth a fifth of every sale made.

Posted: 15 May 2024

Cinnamon Aitch is launching 30 new gorgeous designs

Cinnamon Aitch has become synonymous with beautiful, contemporary greetings cards and is loved for its hand-made ranges.

The company has launched 30 new gorgeous designs to its best selling range Primrose Hill.

This popular range goes from strength to strength as the love for the sensitive, hand painted images knows no bounds!

All printed on heavy weight, textured FSC board and supplied with a bespoke printed envelope, all Cinnamon Aitch cards and gifts continue to be designed and entirely made in the uk, with love.

All the cards will be exhibited at PG Live, stand 231 at the Business Design Centre, London in June.

Posted: 6 May 2024

Autumn Fair and Faire partner to simplify buying for retailers

Autumn Fair, retail's leading seasonal showcase for the home, gift and fashion industries, has announced an exclusive partnership with Faire, Europe's leading wholesale marketplace.

Faire will help hundreds of exhibiting brands take orders on its platform from retailers attending the show. This collaboration will bridge online and offline wholesale for the first time in the UK and simplify the buying process for up to 20,000 independent retailers.

Retailers at Autumn Fair will gain access to Faire's extensive global network of brands, helping them to discover products, streamline their buying process and benefit from 60-day payment terms available on Faire. Faire will also be offering new retailers a 50 percent discount on their first order to help them easily shop at the show and beyond.

Posted: 3 May 2024

ACID CEO Dids Macdonald recognised on Women in Trades Association Powerlist 2024

ACID CEO Dids MacDonald has been recognised on the Women in Trades Association Powerlist 2024.

The Trade Association Forum (TAF), the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) joined forces to champion the role of women in trade associations and celebrate their achievements.

TAF, FSB and CBI are led by strong female champions and are supported in their respective organisations by brilliant women at all stages of their careers.

In a joint statement they said: "It is our shared ambition to support our own staff and other inspirational women in trade associations to be powerful advocates for diversity and inclusion in their sectors and more widely to support and encourage female business leaders and entrepreneurs."

Posted: 2 May 2024

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