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Brand Licensing Europe unveils first live fashion catwalk

Brand Licensing Europe (BLE), the leading European event for licensing and brand extension, has unveiled the timetable for its first ever live fashion catwalk, with nine inspiring 15-minute shows over the event's three days. BLE takes place 20-22 September at ExCeL London and visitors can register for free online.

To date, attending companies include stalwarts such as Primark, Stradivarius, FASHION UK, George @ Asda, Sainsburys Tu, Next, John Lewis, ASOS, GEMO, and thousands of other leading retailers and manufacturers.

Posted: 8 August 2022

Celebrate annual World Calligraphy Day

Leading calligraphy brand, Manuscript Pen Company, is encouraging people across the globe to put pen to paper this World Calligraphy Day. Founded by Manuscript Pen Company, World Calligraphy Day brings experts and novices across the world together to discuss, practice, learn and celebrate the art of calligraphy and creative lettering. Being held this year on Wednesday 10th August, Manuscript is launching an online campaign with a plethora of activities to encourage people with all levels of skill to learn, develop and showcase their calligraphy skills.

Posted: 8 August 2022

Creative Retail Awards Shortlist reveals the best in global design and display for 2022

On the 21st of July the industry congregated at Sook Oxford Street, London, to learn the Shortlisted entries for the upcoming 2022 Creative Retail Awards. The shortlist presents some of the very best in global retail, leisure, and hospitality design & display with projects including Woolworths South Africa, Sports Direct, Chanel, Sky, Coach, Asda and many more. Sasha Castling, Marketing at shortlisted entrant Ribble Cycles, commented: "We are really proud, delighted, and honoured to be included and alongside some incredible competition and brands."

Posted: 5 August 2022

New series on Conzoom Solutions: On your marks. Ready. Christmas!

A new series with expert tips for a profitable Christmas will start in August - both for online business and for the appealing design of shop windows and retail spaces. Trend expert Gabriela Kaiser and e-commerce specialist Peter Höschl guide retailers through the Christmas countdown. While customers are still celebrating barbecues, preparations for the year-end business are getting underway in both online outlets and brick-and-mortar retail stores. Because, no matter what, Christmas takes place and remains the most emotional and highest-turnover time of the year.

Posted: 4 August 2022

Smart Toys and Games acquires the Happy Puzzle Company

Belgian puzzles and games company Smart Toys and Games has announced the acquisition of the The Happy Puzzle Company.

Over the course of nearly three decades the Happy Puzzle Company, a Hertfordshire-based company known for its successful B2C operations in the UK, has reached a customer base of over 400,000 happy puzzlers and a presence in over 14,000 UK schools.

In recent years it has also experienced major growth in the B2B market, with international distribution now in over 20 countries.

Posted: 3 August 2022

Greeting card and gift shop Mantons raises more than £30,000 for charities

Port Erin's award-winning greeting card and gift shop Mantons has now raised a total of £30,000 for charities and local organisations. The money has been raised by a combination of running events, donations of stock and sales of greeting cards.

Mantons owner Chris Beards says, "We are all extremely proud to have been able to raise over £30,000 as well as recently raising £660 for the DEC and the Red Cross to help the people of Ukraine."

Posted: 1 August 2022

Trimco Group UK supports Crew Clothing Company with recycled polybags across its supply chain

Crew Clothing Company has used Trimco Group UK to manage and implement the use of 100 percent recycled polybags across its extensive global supply chain.

As part of the brand's sustainability journey, Crew Clothing Company wanted to source a more circular solution to its regular polybags. Furthermore, with the UK Plastic Packaging Tax that came into force in April, the British clothing retailer was keen to implement the change quickly.

Even though the new legislation provides that the tax applies to packaging with less than 30% recycled plastic, Trimco Group's team advised the use of 100% recycled polybags.

Posted: 29 July 2022

Royal Horticultural Society and Surface View launch new prints for children’s market

Continuing its successful partnership with online interiors brand Surface View, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced the launch of a new collection of flora and fauna-themed prints that can be used for decorating children's bedrooms and play areas.

The prints are based on specially created designs from the RHS children's style guide, which develops designs inspired by artwork from the RHS Lindley Collections, the world's finest collection of botanical art. The Surface View service allows the prints based on these designs to be customised, cropped and scaled to customers' exact specifications to illustrate a wide range of home interior products, from murals, canvases and wall hangings to ceramic tiles and much more.

Posted: 27 July 2022

Rainbow Designs appoints new National Accounts Manager

Rainbow Designs is investing in and strengthening its successful sales team with the appointment of Jo Adger to the position of National Accounts Manager.

Jo joins the Rainbow Designs Team, bringing with her a wealth of industry and specialist toy knowledge, with over a decade of sales experience.

Jo started in sales in 2011, working at DKB Household before spending the last four years at games company, Winning Moves.

Jo is delighted to be joining the Rainbow family and excited to be working with these famous brands.

Posted: 24 July 2022

Woodlodge partners with Pantone on latest outdoor collection

Woodlodge is teaming up with Pantone, the universal language of colour for designers, brands and manufacturers, for its latest licenced outdoor collection. Inspired by Pantone's most popular shades, this collaboration offers a contemporary and on-trend range of planters that will appeal to a wider range of consumers.

Buyers can get the first glimpse of this exciting partnership at Glee.

Featuring the instantly recognisable Pantone logo, the new portfolio will inject colour into sales areas and tap into the popularity of bold shades in the home.

Posted: 8 July 2022

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