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Bloomsbury Mill wins Beauty Shortlist Mama & Baby award

Bloomsbury Mill wins Beauty Shortlist Mama & Baby award

Children's textile brand Bloomsbury Mill has won a prestigious Beauty Shortlist Mama & Baby Award for its innovative Nap Mats in the Best Baby Product Nap Time category. Commenting on this year's winners' quality and ethics, Beauty Shortlist Awards founder Fiona Klonarides said: "2021 has been the highest-scoring year, that's to say collectively, across the board, since the Mama & Baby Awards originally launched 8 years ago in 2014. The standard of entries overall – and particularly the baby & toddler categories – was exceptional. These awards serve as a trusted, useful guide for consumers, and this year's Baby Awards winners list is packed with shining stars."... read more

Posted: 18 June 2021

Anderson Entertainment announces new publishing venture

Anderson Entertainment announces new publishing venture

Anderson Entertainment, the company founded by Gerry Anderson – the man behind such shows as Thunderbirds and Space:1999 as well as modern hits like Space Precinct and the 2005 reimagining of Captain Scarlet – has announced its entry into the direct-to-consumer publishing business. Books in a wide selection of formats – including hardbacks, coffee table books, comic anthologies, series guides, audiobooks and more – will soon be launched. They will be based on classic Anderson properties, as well as many new Anderson projects in production or planned.... read more

Posted: 16 June 2021

Home & Gift 2021 will go ahead following government announcement

Home & Gift 2021 will go ahead following government announcement

Following the government announcement on 14th June, 2021, Home & Gift Buyers' Festival organiser Clarion Events has confirmed the show will be going ahead as planned in July.Co-located with Manchester Furniture Show, it is taking place from 18th to the 21st July and is set across the Harrogate Convention Centre (HCC) and grounds of the DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate, meaning ample space for exhibitors and visitors to adhere to the Covid-secure requirements with social distancing measures in place.... read more

Posted: 15 June 2021

Manuscript Pen Company launches new animation series

Manuscript Pen Company launches new animation series

National stationery brand, Manuscript Pen Company has launched a new animation series following the success of its Lionheart Collection early learners' craft brand. Manuscript launched its Lionheart Collection in 2019, with a range of arts and craft products for children aged three to 10 years old, specially designed to support development, learn new skills and offer additional benefits, such as pen control, concentration and mindfulness for young learners.Following the success of the range, the company has now decided to bring The Lionheart Collection to life with a series of animations about the characters, which is aimed at children aged three to five years old, as well as extend the product range.... read more

Posted: 14 June 2021

NAJ Summit prepares for inaugural event in September

NAJ Summit prepares for inaugural event in September

The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) will host its inaugural NAJ Summit in September, incorporating a range of events, workshops and masterclasses designed for the entire jewellery sector, including retailers, suppliers, designers and valuers.The NAJ Summit has streamlined the Association's most popular in-person events to give time and resource-strapped jewellery business owners the best return on time investment. The five core pillars of the event are: The Valuers' Conference, hosted by the Institute of Registered Valuers (IRV); the Retail Jewellers' Congress, hosted by the NAJ Jet Business Network; the NAJ Members' Gala Dinner sponsored by Back on the High Street (BoTH); a Suppliers' Showcase, hosted by The Jeweller magazine; and a series of workshops, seminars and networking events for the trade.... read more

Posted: 9 June 2021

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London Stationery Show returns bigger and better this October

London Stationery Show returns bigger and better this October

London Stationery Show, the UK's only trade show dedicated to writing and paper products, is returning from 5th-6th October, 2021. As well as bringing together all the biggest brands in stationery and gifts this autumn, the team are thrilled at the prospect of uniting suppliers and buyers for the first time in over two years. "We're very much looking forward to bringing new and existing customers together to do business face-to-face" said Event Director, Alex Butler.... read more

Posted: 9 June 2021

Cheeky Mare launches exclusive mug in support of Albert Kennedy Trust

Cheeky Mare launches exclusive mug in support of Albert Kennedy Trust

Cheeky Mare has the launched the exclusive 'Fabulously Gay' bone china mug, with 15% of each sale donated to the Albert Kennedy Trust, the UK's national lgbtq+ youth homelessness charity providing safe homes and better futures for lgbtq+ young people.Cheeky Mare is a female-founded, independent homeware and gifting brand with an expressive, tongue in cheek ethos, a flair for design and appreciation for British hand craftmanship. With wit at its heart and quality in its soul, each piece in the Cheeky Mare collection features exclusive designs, relatable amusing slogans and is finished with 18ct gold gilding - and the 'Fabulously Gay' mug is equally as unique.... read more

Posted: 7 June 2021

Voice International ups sustainability credentials; switches to Ecosilver

Voice International ups sustainability credentials; switches to Ecosilver

Voice International now uses Ecosilver in the manufacture of all of its silver jewellery designs. Ecosilver is made of 100 percent recycled silver and as a result is an eco-friendly alternative to sterling silver, yet still has the same quality and hypoallergenic properties.As of April 2021, all of Voice's silver jewellery, from new designs such as the Pinto collection, or new batches of the staple Half Moon, Entwined or Stacking Rings, have been made from Ecosilver sourced from Cooksongold's Ecosilver range – this includes silver wire, sheet and solder but excludes fastenings and earring posts, which are currently unavailable in Ecosilver.... read more

Posted: 4 June 2021

Potters Crouch Candles appoints new chief operating officer

Potters Crouch Candles appoints new chief operating officer

Potters Crouch has announced the appointment of Matt Elvidge, who has filled the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer. Matt graduated from Manchester with a degree in Chemistry and decided to add accountancy to his CV. Following a few positions in Leeds and Manchester he moved into a senior role located in Bedfordshire before being headhunted by Potters Crouch to fill this new role. Matt says, "I'm excited to be joining the Potters Crouch team and to meet both agents and customers as I seek to ensure that the fantastic quality products are matched with outstanding customer care and efficient operations. Come and meet me at Harrogate in July."... read more

Posted: 4 June 2021

Gibsons featured on ITV's Made in Britain

Gibsons featured on ITV's Made in Britain

Independent jigsaw puzzle and board game company, Gibsons, last week featured on an episode of ITV's Made In Britain, a behind-the-scenes look at how Britain's most iconic brands are made. Daisybeck Studios, the production company behind Made in Britain, approached Gibsons in Autumn last year, and was keen to showcase a British puzzle brand that still manufactures in the UK. The TV segment follows the creation of Trevor Mitchell's 4x500 piece puzzle The Florist's Round.... read more

Posted: 31 May 2021

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