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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

Spring Fair reveals Retail Stage line-up

Spring Fair, the UK marketplace for wholesale Home, Gift and Fashion which returns to the NEC Birmingham NEC from 5th – 8th February 2023, has announced its Inspiring Retail Stage line-up. Featuring leading industry professionals and rising stars, the line-up features 40 speakers, sharing exclusive market intelligence, insights and valuable industry information all designed to provide buyers with the opportunity to increase their knowledge, understand critical market trends and themes, and connect with leaders in the field. Located in Hall 6, the Inspiring Retail Stage has a jam-packed programme with trend updates, e-commerce advice, sustainability guidance and business tips across the four days.

Posted: 31 January 2023

Harrogate Fashion Week offers buyers a fabulous selection of brands

Harrogate Fashion Week is set to open for the eight edition on 5th February, 2023. Once again organisers Sarah and Wendy are delighted to announce it will be the largest show to date, so don't delay register now.

Held in 3 halls at the Harrogate Convention Centre which is set right in the heart of this beautiful spa town with hotels, guest houses, restaurants and bars all on its doorstep. Harrogate has a reputation as a great place to do business and network after hours – what more could you want.

Posted: 24 January 2023

National Stationery Week new partnership

Ocean Media Group has announced a collaboration with Sarah Laker, founder and owner of award-winning stationery and gift store, Stationery Supplies Marple and Wilmslow. Since its launch in 2011, National Stationery Week has celebrated stationery in all its forms and campaigned to get more consumers into shops by encouraging people to put pen to paper. This year, National Stationery Week takes place between the 15th-23rd May 2023.

Posted: 23 January 2023

ACID calls for government to address outdated laws

As one of the UK's leading campaigning organisations for Designs and IP, Anti Copying in Design (ACID) has presented Government with potential solutions to address what the majority think are an outdated set of laws that are not fit for purpose.

The organisation says: "Simplifying the complexity of design law and enabling access to enforcement more cost and time effectively are high on the agenda. Strengthening design law with a tangible deterrent against copying, includes a strong recommendation of the introduction of criminal sanctions for the deliberate infringement of an unregistered design, in line with those who rely on copyright.

Posted: 6 January 2023

The environmental impact of paper receipts at Christmas

For many, gift giving is as much a part of Christmas as any other tradition. This means a considerable rise in the number of purchases of all sorts of items, from clothing and toiletries to electronics and our favourite festive treats. But this increase in spending can come with a downside, particularly when it comes to sustainability. There's one unexpected part of Christmas that may be having one of the biggest impacts on the environment, and it's paper receipts.

Posted: 29 December 2022

LSS expands into the arts & crafts sector

The team behind London Stationery Show are delighted to announce the show's expansion into the arts and crafts industry. As the UK's only trade event dedicated to the paper and writing instruments industry this is an incredibly exciting development that will see a broader range of products on offer than ever before. According to Mintel's UK Hobbies and Interests Market Report for 2022, one in five adults have embarked on a new hobby since the outbreak of COVID-19. With people spending more time at home now than they did prior to the pandemic and a subsequent rise in concern for achieving the perfect work/life balance, more people are reaching to arts and crafts to de-stress and detox from the digital world.

Posted: 20 December 2022

IHGF Delhi Fair Spring 2023 set to be bigger than ever

IHGF Delhi Fair, organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), India, is slated to be bigger in its Spring 2023 edition to be held from 15th to 19th March 2023. Resuming its earlier form and stature with each successive show, this fair will be a full capacity show. The response and revival can be attributed to exemplary growth in exhibitor participation as well as buyer attendance in the past three editions.

Posted: 15 December 2022

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

Pantone's Colour of The Year - revealed!

Pantone's Colour of The Year, Viva Magenta, is oh-so gorgeous and perfect not just for upcoming Valentine's Day - it'll brighten up the high street all year round! Pantone's Colour of the Year, Viva Magenta 18-1750, has been described as: vibrating with vim and vigour. It's a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family and expressive of a new signal of strength. Viva Magenta is brave and fearless, and a pulsating colour whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative.

Posted: 5 December 2022

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