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Betsy Benn launches new family photo gift

Betsy Benn launches new family photo gift

If you can't get together with the family at Christmas this year, send a mini stand in – such as these small wooden versions of your whole family from Betsy Benn.According to the company, "We'll use your photographs and make gorgeous mini wooden versions of you to post to your loved ones."Imagine the fun to be had, positioning your mini wooden substitutes next to the gravy boat at the Christmas dinner table, standing next to the biscuits with a morning cup of tea, or thoughtfully posed in the background of a selfie?! Imagine the Instagram opportunities!"... read more

Posted: 18 November 2020

New dates for the Source trade show

New dates for the Source trade show

Following the current lockdown measures and continuing COVID-19 uncertainty, the Source trade show has been postponed until June. The show will now take place from Tuesday 8th – Wednesday 9th June, at Westpoint Exeter. Mike Anderson, Managing Director of show organiser Hale Events, says "Based on current market conditions, in this extraordinary year, we do not believe that running the show in February will present the best opportunity for the food and drink sector in the SW. Although postponing Source was not an easy decision, we are delighted to have secured these new dates, which will allow visitors to trade though Easter and the Spring, before coming to find new products and suppliers for Summer and beyond."... read more

Posted: 16 November 2020

Joe Davies reports an uplift in sales of LED & light up lines

Joe Davies reports an uplift in sales of LED & light up lines

Joe Davies has reported an uplift in sales of LED and light up lines, a sales surge and this is predicted to continue as the nights draw in with the clocks going back. The extensive range of tea-lights, burners and lanterns are the perfect gift or self-purchase to create an inviting and cosy feel in any shop or home. According to the company, "Many retailers use our attractive LED string lights to drape around retail displays and gain extra additional sales. With larger pieces available, such as moving flame lanterns, they really do have something for every type of retailer.... read more

Posted: 16 November 2020

Sustainable accessories brand teams up with prison rehabilitation charity on new line

Sustainable accessories brand teams up with prison rehabilitation charity on new line

Prison reform charity, Leather Inside Out, has announced that it is joining forces with sustainable accessory brand, Terracotta Row, to create a collection of socially and eco conscious bags through the Design for Life programme, which are crafted by women in prison and on release. The new collection of stylish tote bags, which are made from recycled material, are available to buy from the Tate Modern online shop www.shop.tate.org.uk – as part of its Tate Edit Makers' Showcase. The collection consists of a range of 14 tote bags, which are created in bold colourways and will retail from £59.... read more

Posted: 13 November 2020

Hyve Group announce changes to the Pure London and Scoop calendars

Hyve Group announce changes to the Pure London and Scoop calendars

Due to ongoing government restrictions arising from the coronavirus pandemic regarding the hosting of exhibitions and events, Hyve Group has announced a change in the datelines of its London fashion shows, Pure London and Scoop. Pure London and Scoop will now take place as a virtual forum, Fashion Together.Due to the latest UK Government restrictions on the re-opening of business conferences and exhibition halls, Hyve Group has been forced to cancel events scheduled to take place in February 2021, including Pure London and Scoop. The next planned fashion events will take place on 12th- 14th September 2021 with very exciting plans to be announced soon.... read more

Posted: 13 November 2020

Mad Beauty creates Minnie Magic Christmas collection exclusively for Superdrug

Mad Beauty creates Minnie Magic Christmas collection exclusively for Superdrug

Following the success of the Disney Mulan collection earlier in the year, Superdrug has once again partnered with Mad Beauty to launch an exclusive Minnie Magic collection of beauty essentials, bath products & lifestyle accessories.'Bring the gift of Minnie Magic this Christmas' range includes Minnie Lip Scrub & Balm, Minnie Hair Slides, Minnie Hairbrush set and Minnie Hand Cream set. Another great partnership for Mad Beauty who even in this turbulent year are seeing great opportunity.... read more

Posted: 13 November 2020

Giving & Living springs forward

Giving & Living springs forward

Following the new lockdown rules and continuing the Covid-19 uncertainty, Giving & Living, the South West's well known gift and home trade show, has been postponed to the spring of 2021. The show will now take place from Monday 10th May to Wednesday 12th May and will be held at Westpoint, Exeter. It will, as ever, be the place for buyers looking to stock up with the very latest trends in gifts and home accessories for the year ahead.... read more

Posted: 10 November 2020

The online delivery experience: consumers have their say

The online delivery experience: consumers have their say

According to statistics, the UK has the most advanced e-commerce market in Europe. Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that revenue from e-commerce amounted to £688.4 billion GBP in 2018, with the value of online retail sitting at £76.04 billion in 2019. With such a recent surge in an already rapidly growing market, the delivery experience when buying products online has become more important than ever. Brands and businesses are focusing their attention on improving their overall service.... read more

Posted: 9 November 2020

Joe Davies remains open during lockdown

Joe Davies remains open during lockdown

Joe Davies has announced that it will remain open during November, with many of its customers still trading throughout the UK such as Post Offices, pharmacies, garden centres and online retailers, as well as those offering Click & Collect. In addition, at the time of writing Scottish retailers continue to operate with Welsh customers due back on the 9th November.... read more

Posted: 6 November 2020

New dates announced for London Stationery Show 2021

New dates announced for London Stationery Show 2021

Organisers have announced that the 2021 edition of London Stationery Show will take place from 18th to 19th May at the Business Design Centre. Exhibitions in the UK have been halted over the course of the pandemic and were originally due to resume in October. The government Department for Culture, Media and Sport has already approved the event industry's Covid-19 guidance, and was also satisfied with pilot events which took place in September. It is now expected that events will be allowed to restart from March 2021.... read more

Posted: 6 November 2020

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