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Selbrae House reports record year of sales; up 40 percent year on year

Selbrae House reports record year of sales; up 40 percent year on year

Scottish gift and homeware business, Selbrae House, has recorded a record year of sales to date, up almost 40 percent on the best previous year. With a new trade website and more than 60 new products launched for its AW21 range, it is buoyant for a bumper Christmas season.Having re-focused on its core values and products, and adapted how it sells as a result of the pandemic, the family-led business has expanded its product offering and launched many on-trend products, such as bee related gifts, dog designs and new barware and drinks gift ranges.... read more

Posted: 17 September 2021

Autumn Fair & Moda deliver record orders

Autumn Fair & Moda deliver record orders

Millions of pounds worth of business was generated during the last four days at the UK's leading home, gift and fashion trade show, Autumn Fair co-located with Moda, reigniting, and refuelling the retail industry.Retailers from across the UK, including Harrods, Anthropologie, Dunelm, Walt Disney Company, Graham & Green, Tesco, Hobbycraft, La Redoute, Lakeland, Next, Paperchase, Pets at Home, and Sainsbury's, flocked in their thousands to attend the first major retail trade show since lockdown in March 2020.... read more

Posted: 15 September 2021

New hand care production underway in Cumbria for Wax Lyrical

New hand care production underway in Cumbria for Wax Lyrical

Wax Lyrical, the UK's largest home fragrance manufacturer, has completed the build of its new factory in Lindal-in-Furness and with orders already secured, has also launched in the hand and body care sector.Wax Lyrical owners, Portmeirion Group, invested £1.5 million to build the new production facility expanding capabilities at the Cumbria plant and heralding the new era.The first products are about caring for hands with hydrating wash and moisturising lotion and the third new product, a fragranced no-rinse hand cleanser, does the same great job as Wax Lyrical sanitiser. As well as protection from germs you get fragrances such as Mediterranean Orange, Sunflower and Exotic Fig.... read more

Posted: 13 September 2021

Theo Paphitis discusses Hybrid Retailing at Autumn Fair

Theo Paphitis discusses Hybrid Retailing at Autumn Fair

On day three of the UK's leading home, gift and fashion show, Autumn Fair co-located with Moda, visitors were treated to an insightful and honest conversation with retail entrepreneur and small business advocate Theo Paphitis in which he championed hybrid retail - the mix of physical and online retailing. As well as highlighting the growth in convenience and localised shopping, he urged would-be retailers to take the opportunity now to open physical stores and revealed that his businesses are looking to open more stores and have identified 200 sites to investigate.... read more

Posted: 9 September 2021

Don’t miss out on Glee, register now!

Don’t miss out on Glee, register now!

As Glee 2021 gets set to open its doors at the NEC from 14th – 16th September, retailers and other trade buyers are invited to register online for its first in-person European event for our industry taking place within the last 18 months.More than 300 brands – including 100 companies which are brand new to the exhibition – will present their latest product innovations across eight thriving products sectors, including: Landscaping & Garden Decoration, Garden Care, Outdoor Entertaining, Food & Catering, Home, Gift & Clothing, Plants, PAW (the pet section!) and Retail Experiences & Services.With the absence of live events having been keenly felt for well over a year, retailers from independent and multiple garden centre chains, DIY and high street stores, e-commerce sites, pet shops, home & gift and outdoor leisure specialists, builders' merchants and landscapers alike will not want to miss out on securing their free ticket to the show.... read more

Posted: 7 September 2021

Glee Birmingham
BCTF Online delivers for makers

BCTF Online delivers for makers

BCTF Online 2021, which ran from 27 June – 1 July, welcomed close to a thousand verified retail trade buyers to the five-day digital event, plus hours of content from an expert line-up of speakers.Participants in the show, where categories ranged from jewellery and fashion accessories through to ceramics, glass, woodwork, fine art and paper products, were lavished with attention from exclusive retail buyers in search of the best British handmade products.The event attracted 888 buyers in total, who viewed thousands of catalogue pages and images, watched hundreds of videos and created hundreds of favourites during the show.... read more

Posted: 3 September 2021

TV Dragon Theo Paphitis to delve into the evolving shape of UK retail at Autumn Fair

TV Dragon Theo Paphitis to delve into the evolving shape of UK retail at Autumn Fair

The largest European Home & Gift buying event of the year, Autumn Fair, taking place on 5th – 8th September at NEC Birmingham, is pleased to announce that retail entrepreneur, TV Dragon, and founder of Small Business Sunday, Theo Paphitis will deliver a keynote conversation on Tuesday 7th September delving into the evolving shape of UK retail.For more information and to view the full programme please visit https://www.autumnfair.com/seminar-programme-2021 or pre-register and download the official Autumn Fair App https://www.autumnfair.com/show-app-visitor.... read more

Posted: 2 September 2021

Aden + Anais launches Baby Activity Gym

Aden + Anais launches Baby Activity Gym

aden + anais, the global babycare brand, has continued its expansion into the 'playtime' category, with the launch of the baby activity gym.Designed to inspire babies to play, learn and explore in the safest way possible, the stylish baby activity gym is made using aden + anais' signature 100% cotton muslin.With more than developmental benefits, the baby activity gym encourages little explorers to reach new milestones. Babies can learn through play as they discover their new animal friends, colours and textures of the activity gym.... read more

Posted: 1 September 2021

The UK’s hottest interior designers revealed; Kelly Hoppen tops the list

The UK’s hottest interior designers revealed; Kelly Hoppen tops the list

Kelly Hoppen is the UK's most searched-for interior designer, according to a new research study by Design Bundle. The designer and former Dragon – famous for her classic East-meets-West style –pulls in more than 20,000 searches a month on average. The UK's second most popular interior designer is Philippe Starck. Known for his eclectic transformations of hotel interiors, Stark rakes in 12,100 searches a month, nearly double the average number of searches (6,650) for the top ten designers.... read more

Posted: 30 August 2021

UK shoppers to spend £120.5 billion online in 2021; increase of £10 billion from 2020

UK shoppers to spend £120.5 billion online in 2021; increase of £10 billion from 2020

Following a surge in online sales in 2020 thanks to COVID-19, UK shoppers are predicted to further increase their spending as new data forecasts £120.48bn of online purchases in 2021.The VoucherCodes.co.uk Life after COVID: Prospects for online retailing, physical stores, and how we pay report, carried out by the Centre of Retail Research (CRR), examines the impact of the pandemic on both online and offline retailing. It also looks ahead to 2021 and 2022 to understand how online sales will be impacted as the UK recuperates from the pandemic.... read more

Posted: 27 August 2021

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