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Top Drawer doubles in size

Top Drawer doubles in size

Top Drawer is set to double in size from its AW edition, to take over the whole of Olympia London this coming January.
The destination for creative retail buyers opens its doors on 16th January for its S/S22 edition. With a focus on reinventing your new season edit, Top Drawer promises to help you find something new to excite your customers for 2022.
With safety remaining paramount the team is working closely with the Association of Event Organisers (AEO), which is liaising with the government directly on live event guidelines. In line with current government advice and previous event feedback, we have produced an All Secure Standard document which details measures we are implementing to reach our commitments above.... read more

Posted: 6 December 2021

Registration opens for Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring

Registration opens for Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring

It's time to register to attend Scotland's Trade Fair, which opens in under eight weeks at the SEC in Glasgow. With a huge array of established and new exhibitors this trade fair is not to be missed.
With over 400 exhibitors, who are excited to unveil new designs and their 2022 ranges, this could be the first time to see many of these products and make orders. After the lull in trade shows due to the pandemic it is clear that once again trade shows will be the place to re-stock, discover new items and ensure retailers stay ahead of the game with fresh, exciting products.... read more

Posted: 3 December 2021

Enesco’s Peter Rabbit baby collection achieves Best Preschool Gift Range award

Enesco’s Peter Rabbit baby collection achieves Best Preschool Gift Range award

Enesco's Peter Rabbit baby collection achieves Best Preschool Gift Range award. Enesco has received the Best Preschool Gift Range award from the Progressive Pre School Awards for its Peter Rabbit baby collection. The collection is now the company's most recognised both in the industry and with consumers. The collection has now won a prestigious Gift of the Year award in 2020, the changing bag won the gold in the UK Mums.TV, Mums Choice Award in 2020, while the pram organiser won silver in the UK Mums.TV Baby and Preschool awards in 2021.The backpack is also shortlisted in the Mother and Baby Awards 2022, in the best changing bag category, winners to be announced on November 23rd, 2022.The collection is in stock now for immediate shipping.... read more

Posted: 2 December 2021

Gift of the Year competition extension until 15th December

Gift of the Year competition extension until 15th December

The Giftware Association has today announced the extension of its Gift of the Year competition. The awards will be extended for a massive 15 days until the 15th December, so there is plenty of time for companies to enter their products and gifts.
Although the GA does usually extend the competition as it's a busy time of year for entrants approaching the Christmas season, this year has seen other reasons for the extension. The GA has listened to a lot of companies who have been affected by supply chain issues caused by the perfect storm of Brexit and the pandemic and they want to give everyone a chance to enter within enough time, whether companies are waiting on actual products, samples, or photography to enter. This is your chance to get involved.... read more

Posted: 1 December 2021

Do new business in 15 minutes with curated meetings at Spring Fair

Do new business in 15 minutes with curated meetings at Spring Fair

Following its hugely successful beta trial at Autumn Fair in September 2021, Curated Meetings is supercharging new business and scaling up for its official launch at Spring Fair on the 7th - 8th February 2022 at NEC Birmingham offering more space, more meetings, and more sectors.

Curated Meetings are short, pre-scheduled 1:1 meetings between vetted buyers and relevant brands based on mutual interest to drive new business opportunities together. Designed to offer a platform for bespoke, highly pertinent and time efficient business meetings between buyers and brands, Curated Meetings delivered over 300, 15-minute face-to-face meetings at Autumn Fair, generating thousands of pounds of business and an incredible return on time for participants.... read more

Posted: 30 November 2021

Caprice to begin production at Sri Lankan factory

Caprice to begin production at Sri Lankan factory

Pirmasens-based shoe manufacturer Caprice is strengthening its commitment in South Asia and will be producing shoes from a production site based in Sri Lanka.
As early as April 2022, Caprice leather shoes for the coming autumn/winter season will be running on the production lines of the shoe factory in Colombo, which is operated jointly with the Pakistani SGF Ltd.
The island state of Sri Lanka has benefited from improved market access to the EU within the framework of the Generalised System of Preferences towards Developing Countries (GSP+) since May, 2017.... read more

Posted: 24 November 2021

INDX Housewares and INDX Linens combine for February 2022 showcase

INDX Housewares and INDX Linens combine for February 2022 showcase

The INDX Home group has unveiled plans to run its next Housewares and Linens shows simultaneously, creating an unmissable homewares buying experience.
Taking place at exhibition venue Cranmore Park in Solihull on 22-23 February 2022, the combined showcase will offer retailers an inspiring product mix featuring the latest innovations and seasonal trends from an expertly curated exhibitor line-up, and the team organising the show are looking forward to welcoming suppliers and buyers from all homewares sectors.... read more

Posted: 17 November 2021

Spring Fair sells 90 percent of stand space; floorplan set to increase

Spring Fair sells 90 percent of stand space; floorplan set to increase

Following on from the success of Autumn Fair and the highest ever re-book, Spring Fair has announced that 90 percent of its stand space has been sold and its organiser Hyve Group plc is looking to increase the floorplan to accommodate the flurry of new brands keen to join the show.

As the leading and most definitive marketplace for wholesale home, gift, fashion and sourcing, Spring Fair, which also now incorporates fashion destination Moda, is known as a nucleus for creativity, inspiration, trends, and order writing, as well as bringing the industry together, building communities, nurturing collaboration, and facilitating relationships that last.... read more

Posted: 15 November 2021

Enesco supports trade customers with airfreight to overcome stock issues

Enesco supports trade customers with airfreight to overcome stock issues

Enesco Ltd is planning to airfreight in stocks of seasonal goods to support its customers in the run up to Christmas.
The company recognises the difficult situation that faces all its valued customers under the current climate, and it hopes this action will ease some of the burden.
Phil Atherton, Commercial Director, says, "The supply chain is under huge stress currently from factories in China struggling to cope with ongoing covid issues and a lack of electricity. Add to this shipping line delays and the lorry driver shortages that we are seeing across the UK; we feel that any help that we can give our trade partners will be welcomed. This is the key trading period in what has been a tough year for all the trade and if we can do our bit to support our valued customers then we should take the opportunity to do that."... read more

Posted: 8 November 2021

Apparel and footwear licensees on board for Care Bears collaborations

Apparel and footwear licensees on board for Care Bears collaborations

Bulldog Licensing, which manages the UK and Eire rights for Care Bears, has announced deals with Brand International for footwear and Aykroyds TDP for a collection of underwear and nightwear. Brand International is set to design an extensive range of footwear for all ages and occasions, based on the heritage bears. Product categories include slippers, footlets, flip flops, sliders, jellies, aqua shoes, trainers, wellies, fashion shoes, and back-to-school shoes.Meanwhile, Aykroyds TDP's range of underwear and nightwear, inspired by the inhabitants of the clouds of Care-A-Lot, will feature pyjamas, onesies, and dressing gowns.... read more

Posted: 5 November 2021

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