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Spring Fair confidently planning ahead

Spring Fair, the UK's diverse, vibrant, and exciting wholesale marketplace for home, gift, sourcing and Moda as the fourth fashion destination incorporating footwear and the Jewellery & Watch Edit, confirms it will take place from 6th – 9th February 2022 in Halls 1-8 at NEC Birmingham, as planned. Registration is live and visitors can visit www.springfair.com and www.moda-uk.co.uk for the latest news, information on over 1000 exhibitors, inspiring content, and up to date Safe & Secure guidelines

Posted: 7 January 2022

Frankfurt consumer goods fairs in January and February 2022 to be cancelled

In view of the exponential worsening of the pandemic situation worldwide and the accompanying tightened travel and contact regulations, the consumer goods fairs Christmasworld, Paperworld, and Creativeworld are cancelled for January 2022 and Ambiente for mid-February 2022.

The regionally-oriented trade fair Nordstil from 15 to 17 January 2022 in Hamburg will take place at the present time. The easing of the pandemic situation that was still hoped for in December is no longer in sight. Instead, the situation is deteriorating worldwide with an enormous, unforeseeable dynamic. This extreme deterioration due to the spread of the Omicron virus in Europe and Germany currently makes it impossible for Messe Frankfurt, as organiser of the leading international trade fairs Christmasworld, Paperworld, and Creativeworld, as well as Ambiente, to keep their dates in Frankfurt at the end of January and in mid-February 2022.

Posted: 5 January 2022

Joe Davies appointed as Xpressions distributor to independent retail

Joe Davies has been appointed as distributor for Xpressions 4 U Limited for some of the most popular Xpressions Ranges to independent retailers. Retailer favourite brands such as Pots of Dreams, Boofle, Nordic Lights, Feather & Grace, Only Fools & Horses, Dad's Army and Minecraft will be available from Joe Davies from January 2022.

In addition to retailers being able to order Xpressions from Joe Davies from January, the collection will also be on display on the Joe Davies stand at NEC Spring Fair, 6th to 9th February 2022. Prices are unchanged for customers.

Posted: 4 January 2022

Top Drawer S/S22 Postponed to February 2022

Following the significant increase of Omicron Covid-19 Variant cases within London and across the UK, show organisers have taken the decision to postpone Top Drawer Spring. The event will now take place from 20th to 22nd February 2022.

Show Director, Russell Rule comments: "We are committed to bringing you Top Drawer S/S22 in a safe environment that you can feel comfortable attending for your yearly buying needs. With this in mind we feel it's the right decision to postpone to a later date in the same buying season. We will always work in the best interests of our exhibitors, visitors, contractors and staff and we believe a safe and successful event can be run in late February 2022. I'd like to extend a huge thank you to the industry for its patience, understanding and support in these challenging times".

Posted: 30 December 2021

Ethical gift and homewares brand, Green & Heath, enters the pet market

This month, UK-based, ethical gift and homewares brand, Green & Heath, is introducing a new range for pets.

With the launch of a line-up of personalised, embroidered luxury pet accessories, Green & Heath aims to provide beautifully designed pet products that enhance home décor.

The range boasts an array of premium velvet accessories including cosy, personalised pet beds, toys and bow ties. Soft, machine washable and designed to last, the range is certain to be a hit with furry four-legged friends and owners alike. As with all Green & Heath products, the pet accessories collection shares the same premium quality and is lovingly handmade in the UK using locally sourced, sustainable materials.

Posted: 27 December 2021

UK consumers spending more with small businesses due to social media, research reveals

New research from American Express Shop Small shows that social media has driven UK consumers to spend more with small businesses in the last 12 months.With social media being key for businesses and customers to stay connected and engaged during the pandemic, nearly three-quarters (72%) of UK adults who follow more small businesses on social media now than they did 12 months ago are spending more with them. In total, UK consumers have spent £3.7 billion with small businesses they follow on social media in the last year.

Posted: 23 December 2021

MORI launches toy and baby book collection

MORI is delighted to announce the launch of its first ever 'Playtime' toy and baby book collection.

The toy range is made sustainably from FSC beechwood, FSC MDF and painted with non-toxic paints, giving parents peace of mind that their little ones and the planet are kept safe from harmful substances and manufacturing processes.

It features tactile shapes and textures, which encourage the development of fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, shape and colour recognition, creativity and cognitive development, and is the perfect collection to ignite the 'learning through play' adventure for babies and toddlers aged 12m+.

Posted: 20 December 2021

BHETA advises on impending plastic tax legislation

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) held a webinar aimed at all UK housewares, DIY, garden and small electricals suppliers on the implications and preparations required ahead of the forthcoming Plastic Packaging Act (PPA), which comes into force in April 2022. The key speakers were Paul van Danzig and Alyce Morris from BHETA business service provider, Wastepack who outlined everything that supplier companies need to do to comply with the forthcoming legislation.

Under the new legislation, from April 2022 all plastic items used in the packaging of products must include a minimum of 30% recycled content, or face taxes of £200 per metric tonne of chargeable plastic packaging components.

Posted: 17 December 2021

Joe Davies to exhibit at Top Drawer

Joe Davies has announced that its Equilibrium jewellery brand will be making its debut at the upcoming Top Drawer exhibition in January 2022.  This will be the first time the company has attended the event and in addition to showing its best selling ranges, the company will also be launching its new Equilibrium collections for Spring/Summer 2022, including the Gem Stone collection. You can see the Equilibrium collection on the Joe Davies stand from the 16th to 18th January 2022 at the Top Drawer show, stand 283.

Posted: 16 December 2021

Textile manufacturer Ulster Weavers relaunches as homeware brand

Northern Ireland-based textile manufacturer Ulster Weavers has announced it will relaunched a homeware brand.

The 140-year-old textile manufacturer from Northern Ireland is going through its biggest change in generations as it repositions its business as a contemporary homeware brand targeting the millennial audience.

The company, which has customers in 50 countries, is introducing new contemporary kitchen textile and homeware collections that are inspired by the places and culture of Northern Ireland as part of the major brand relaunch.

Posted: 15 December 2021

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