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BCTF Online delivers for makers

BCTF Online delivers for makers

BCTF Online 2021, which ran from 27 June – 1 July, welcomed close to a thousand verified retail trade buyers to the five-day digital event, plus hours of content from an expert line-up of speakers. Participants in the show, where categories ranged from jewellery and fashion accessories through to ceramics, glass, woodwork, fine art and paper products, were lavished with attention from exclusive retail buyers in search of the best British handmade products. The event attracted 888 buyers in total, who viewed thousands of catalogue pages and images, watched hundreds of videos and created hundreds of favourites during the show.... read more

Posted: 3 September 2021

TV Dragon Theo Paphitis to delve into the evolving shape of UK retail at Autumn Fair

TV Dragon Theo Paphitis to delve into the evolving shape of UK retail at Autumn Fair

The largest European Home & Gift buying event of the year, Autumn Fair, taking place on 5th – 8th September at NEC Birmingham, is pleased to announce that retail entrepreneur, TV Dragon, and founder of Small Business Sunday, Theo Paphitis will deliver a keynote conversation on Tuesday 7th September delving into the evolving shape of UK retail.For more information and to view the full programme please visit https://www.autumnfair.com/seminar-programme-2021 or pre-register and download the official Autumn Fair App https://www.autumnfair.com/show-app-visitor.... read more

Posted: 2 September 2021

Aden + Anais launches Baby Activity Gym

Aden + Anais launches Baby Activity Gym

aden + anais, the global babycare brand, has continued its expansion into the 'playtime' category, with the launch of the baby activity gym.Designed to inspire babies to play, learn and explore in the safest way possible, the stylish baby activity gym is made using aden + anais' signature 100% cotton muslin.With more than developmental benefits, the baby activity gym encourages little explorers to reach new milestones. Babies can learn through play as they discover their new animal friends, colours and textures of the activity gym.... read more

Posted: 1 September 2021

The UK’s hottest interior designers revealed; Kelly Hoppen tops the list

The UK’s hottest interior designers revealed; Kelly Hoppen tops the list

Kelly Hoppen is the UK's most searched-for interior designer, according to a new research study by Design Bundle. The designer and former Dragon – famous for her classic East-meets-West style –pulls in more than 20,000 searches a month on average. The UK's second most popular interior designer is Philippe Starck. Known for his eclectic transformations of hotel interiors, Stark rakes in 12,100 searches a month, nearly double the average number of searches (6,650) for the top ten designers.... read more

Posted: 30 August 2021

UK shoppers to spend £120.5 billion online in 2021; increase of £10 billion from 2020

UK shoppers to spend £120.5 billion online in 2021; increase of £10 billion from 2020

Following a surge in online sales in 2020 thanks to COVID-19, UK shoppers are predicted to further increase their spending as new data forecasts £120.48bn of online purchases in 2021.The VoucherCodes.co.uk Life after COVID: Prospects for online retailing, physical stores, and how we pay report, carried out by the Centre of Retail Research (CRR), examines the impact of the pandemic on both online and offline retailing. It also looks ahead to 2021 and 2022 to understand how online sales will be impacted as the UK recuperates from the pandemic.... read more

Posted: 27 August 2021

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The Popcorn Shed launches new letterbox gift range

The Popcorn Shed launches new letterbox gift range

The Popcorn Shed has launched a new letterbox gift range. Elegantly designed and filled with three gourmet popcorn flavours, there are numerous varieties to choose from, including Happy Birthday, Happy Easter, Happy Halloween, Merry Christmas, Thank You, Love and more. The Popcorn Shed began in 2016 when founders and cousins Sam and Laura started experimenting with popcorn recipes in Laura's mother's kitchen. As recipe development continued to create the perfect tasting popcorn, so did the mess and they were banished to the garden shed in Laura's mother's back garden. The family started referring to the shed as the 'Popcorn Shed', and that's how they stumbled upon a name for their burgeoning business!... read more

Posted: 25 August 2021

UKG collaborates with renowned artist Kendra Dandry on new Bouffants & Broken Hearts range

UKG collaborates with renowned artist Kendra Dandry on new Bouffants & Broken Hearts range

Following on from the high-profile collaborations with leading brands including Anthropologie, Bobbi Brown, VANS, Estee Lauder and Sephora, renowned international artist, Kendra Dandy has worked with UK Greetings on a collection of greeting cards, launched last month. The brand new Bouffants & Broken Hearts range will make its UK debut and is set to especially resonate with millennials and Gen Z-ers. The designs feature Kendra's distinct style of individuality and self-expression shown in a mix of patterns, colours, and subjects.... read more

Posted: 23 August 2021

ExaClair extends its selection of Décopatch Halloween items

ExaClair extends its selection of Décopatch Halloween items

With Halloween creeping up quickly, Décopatch has launched some new additions to its ever popular range of papier mâché shapes in preparation for this seasonal celebration.The cauldron is just perfect for collecting treats or making a stunning Halloween decoration for the home. Complementing this are the 'cheeky' smiley faced squash and new pumpkin shapes, which can combine nicely with the existing range of Halloween shapes, that include ghosts, bats, spooky skulls, spiders and so much more.... read more

Posted: 19 August 2021

Lesser & Pavey launches new William Morris homewares

Lesser & Pavey launches new William Morris homewares

Brand new from Lesser and Pavey is a stylish new range of tableware featuring designs from the William Morris adding to the existing collection.These include the William Morris Bachelor's Button – a grey and white pattern, which is called Bachelor's Button - the colourways being very on trend. It features chinaware mugs, jug, tea for one, tea pot, butter dish with coasters, placemats, trays, cutting board and lap tray. New items added include cushions and doorstops.... read more

Posted: 16 August 2021

Autumn Fair launches sustainability library

Autumn Fair launches sustainability library

Following the successful launch of the Sustainability Trail at Spring Fair 2020, the focus on sustainability continues for Autumn Fair 21 with the launch of The Sustainability Library and a host of onsite initiatives. Pre-show, visitors can connect with sustainable brands at Autumn Fair 2021 at www.autumnfair.com/the-sustainability-library-at-autumn-fair-home in just a few clicks; making it super easy to discover the brands and suppliers that are striving to do their part to ensure a more sustainable and ethical future for us all.Simply visit the Exhibitor List on www.autumnfair.com or via the soon-to-launch Autumn Fair app, filter by The Sustainability Library and discover exhibitor stories, pledges and initiatives from brands who are doing their part.... read more

Posted: 12 August 2021

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