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Industry news from Gift Focus magazine

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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

GB eye to expand premises as online sales soar

GB eye to expand premises as online sales soar

Sheffield-based company GB eye Ltd. is set to cut the ribbon on the expansion of its warehouse facilities, as it takes on a new unit in response to increased online sales as consumer buying trends shift during the prolonged lockdown.With the surge in online retailing, leading giftware licensee GB eye is opening an additional warehouse to efficiently serve its online fulfilment process. Working closely with its internal logistics team, the warehouse will look to cater for the processing and packing of Amazon and GBPosters.com consumer orders whilst the main warehouse will continue to serve its retail customer orders.... read more

Posted: 6 November 2020

Glee Birmingham
Spring Fair cancels physical show; launches Spring Fair @Home virtual format

Spring Fair cancels physical show; launches Spring Fair @Home virtual format

Hyve Group, the organiser of Spring Fair, together with the co-located Jewellery & Watch and Fashion (JWF) and Glee at Spring Fair, have announced that the physical show has now been cancelled and will be replaced with its Spring Fair @Home virtual event. Moda, the national footwear show, also organised by Hyve and planned to co-locate at Spring Fair 2021, also announced changes to its scheduled 2021 event.Due to new UK government restrictions on the reopening of business conferences and exhibition halls, Spring Fair will no longer take place in February 2021. The next planned home, gift and fashion retail event will be Autumn Fair, together with Moda, at the NEC Birmingham on 5th-8th September 2021, while Spring Fair will return as an in-person event, 6th-10th February 2022.... read more

Posted: 5 November 2020

Gift Focus is here for you!

Gift Focus is here for you!

As the UK heads into a second lockdown, it's more important than ever to stress that Gift Focus is here to support you. Both the editorial and sales teams are all systems go, and know that getting your brand out to the right people is more important than ever given the ongoing show cancellations. Editorial submissions are now being taken for the January/February issue of Gift Focus, our biggest of the year, with editor Louise Prance still covering Spring Fair exhibitors, Moda, Pure London and many other features. If you were planning to exhibit at the shows and are now worried about the reduced visibility of your product due to its cancellation – fear not!... read more

Posted: 5 November 2020

National Gallery Company launches first jewellery collection inspired by Artemisia

National Gallery Company launches first jewellery collection inspired by Artemisia

The National Gallery Company, in collaboration with PureJewels, has launched its first jewellery collection inspired by the new Artemisia exhibition, on show at the National Gallery in London.According to a press release, "In 17th-century Europe, at a time when women artists were not easily accepted, Artemisia Gentileschi was exceptional. She challenged conventions and defied expectations to become a successful Italian Baroque artist and one of the greatest storytellers of her time."... read more

Posted: 4 November 2020

Scotland's Trade Fair Spring goes virtual

Scotland's Trade Fair Spring goes virtual

Scotland's Trade Fair Spring has announced that it will become a virtual event in 2021 due to ongoing implications of COVID-19. The virtual event will remain online throughout 2021 to provide a resource for buyers all year. It will be available for them to dip in and out of when they are sourcing new suppliers and new ideas. Buyers have become used to using show websites as a sourcing tool throughout the year so Scotland's Trade Fair online will continue to provide this service.... read more

Posted: 3 November 2020

PPE subscription boxes launched in the UK

PPE subscription boxes launched in the UK

The first UK wellbeing and personal protection subscription boxes, Curakit, have been launched into the UK.Targeted at businesses, the personal protection and wellbeing subscription boxes enable employers to help protect and care for their employees by sending monthly Curakit boxes direct to the homes or desks of employees. In a world where personal protective equipment and physical and mental wellness is more important than ever, Curakit is an easy and affordable solution for UK businesses in a post-pandemic world.... read more

Posted: 30 October 2020

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