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
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
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
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
Royal Selangor's UK flagship store opens its doors today at the Grade II* Battersea Power Station, as part of one of the most exciting mixed-use neighbourhoods in the world.
The artisans, who specialise in a wide range of gift items and are known for being the world's foremost name in quality pewter, have opened their new UK store as part of wider global growth expansion plans.
At present, Royal Selangor produces over 1,000 unique designs sold in more than 20 countries and has received several prestigious international awards including the Design Plus Award, Red Dot Award and Good Design Award.
Posted: 1 December 2022
Corporate gifting company Simply Thank You has announced a major new partnership with North East start-up Insiem that will benefit small, independent retail businesses across the country.
The collaboration will allow global corporate clients of Darlington-based Simply Thank You to shop at niche, independent online stores, alongside high-street names and big brands, using gift cards and reward points.
Insiem, a new online shopping site that brings together hundreds of British independent retailers on one dedicated platform, is the first of its kind to form an alliance with well-established gifting giant Simply Thank You.
Posted: 25 November 2022
Small businesses should not feel pressured into taking part in Black Friday this year, says Lee Murphy, a small business finance expert at The Accountancy Partnership Lee Murphy said: "Many business owners are already struggling with the current economic climate, so offering big discounts when margins are already being squeezed could be more costly in the long run. Before deciding on any deals and discounts, businesses should review their cash flow, and consider the cost of processing a larger number of orders at one time.
Posted: 24 November 2022
Barista & Co has launched its new HUB concept, designed to offer retailers a new concept in coffee retail. Barista & Co's HUB is a place for people to find everything they need to enjoy specialty coffee at home. The HUB is a partnership that Barista & Co invest in to provide retailers with a unique space, enabling customers to learn about coffee, products and what it takes to make their perfect coffee at home. Barista & Co want stores to feel confident in their product/coffee knowledge and customers to feel confident in their purchase. The purpose of the HUB is to encourage a broader range of consumers into the world of specialty coffee and equipment. Targeting mainstream coffee lovers who are ready to invest in the next stage of their coffee brewing journey.
Posted: 21 November 2022
The British Millinery Association CIC (BMACIC) and ACID have been in dialogue for some months now with a joint desire to work collaboratively to promote IP awareness and have formalised this by entering a new Partner arrangement to support BMACIC members in protecting their rights in this area through education and access to ACID support and resources.Underpinning the design and making of those who create hats is a passion for originality and creativity, a proud heritage and a craft that combines skills and knowledge. From couture to ready to wear, milliners generate intellectual property in different forms including design rights, copyright, trademarks and less so, patents.
Posted: 14 November 2022
Leicester-based Heavenly Feet has moved its storage and fulfilment outlet to a new location to cater for growing demand. The new base is a carbon-neutral warehouse located near Nottingham, just off the M1 allowing easy access to the brand's retail partners nationwide. The move has taken place thanks to Heavenly Feet's huge success in recent years after continued year on year growth. The new base will cater for their planned growth and ongoing move to becoming more sustainable. Furthermore, Heavenly Feet has celebrated reaching 300 independent retail partners to stock the brand - known for its reputation to sell-through.
Posted: 10 November 2022