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Smart Toys & Games scoops double win at Independent Toy Awards

Smart Toys and Games successfully scooped two award wins at the Independent Toy Awards including gold for SmartGames 'Cats & Boxes' in the Educational Games category and bronze for SmartMax 'My First Build & Drive' in the Construction category.

Smart Toys and Games is thrilled to be recognised for two awards by a highly respected group of retailers and especially delighted to have been awarded gold in the educational games category for SmartGames 'Cats & Boxes.' The popular compact game, which is suitable for ages 7 years +, challenges players to move the puzzle pieces one by one until all 5 of the furry friends are inside a box.

Posted: 28 August 2023

St. Eval unmasks 2023 Christmas collections

Drawing inspiration from the stunning autumn and winter months, St. Eval has seized the festive season and are delighted to divulge their charming Christmas collections for 2023, including elegant pots, showstopping pillars and beautifully illustrated tins and tealights. New for 2023, watch the magic of the season come alive in jewel-toned pots of mesmerising midnight blue, charming winter plum purple, and enchanting forest green. Crafted with care and infused with the spirit of Christmas, these festive candles add warmth, joy, and a touch of elegance to enchant the evenings.

Posted: 23 August 2023

Bradley’s jewellers launches new Eco Rocks Colour Editions Collection with synthetic coloured stones

Independent award-winning jewellery retail business Bradley's Jewellers York has updated its Eco Rocks brand with the new Eco Rocks Colour Editions Collection of fine jewellery set with synthetic coloured stones and laboratory-grown diamonds.

Following the success of its first foray into laboratory-grown diamond jewellery, Bradley's Jewellers York has created a debut line of three-stone rings, each one set with a laboratory-created coloured stone solitaire flanked by two laboratory-grown diamonds.

Posted: 22 August 2023

Toy Fair 2024 has sold out five months ahead of the show

The British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA) is delighted to announce that Toy Fair 2024 has sold out five months ahead of the show opening and will expand into the Upper West Hall to accommodate the growing demand for space. The UK's largest toy, game and hobby trade show, which will be celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2024, will take place at Olympia London from the 23rd-25th January 2024. More than 200 exhibiting companies will be occupying the Grand and National halls on both levels- and now also part of the Upper West Hall. One of the stands to occupy the Upper West Hall will be TOMY who are returning to the show in 2024.

Posted: 21 August 2023

Autumn Fair puts trends and sustainability centre stage

Renowned for its inspirational and insightful content, Autumn Fair has announced this year's focus will be on home & gifting trends and sustainability with dedicated days for each. Visitors to the show, taking place from the 3rd – 6th September at NEC Birmingham, are invited to attend trend workshops with leading global futures agency TrendBible, sustainability sessions with Products of Change, as well as presentations offering trade show advice for new businesses, how to navigate through challenging economic times, and motivational masterclasses – all taking place on the Inspiring Retail Stage & Moda Catwalk in Hall 8 which will also host the high energy trend-led catwalk shows.

Posted: 19 August 2023

Homeware Christmas gift ideas from Pure Table Top

Pure Table Top has something for every type of Christmas wish list this festive season; for foodies, interiors addicts, stocking fillers, Secret Santas, dog lovers, colour fans and everyone in between, starting from just £8. As a newly Certified B Corp, customers can be reassured that Pure Table Top works to design, manufacture and promote homeware products that are elegant, innovative and responsibly sourced.

Posted: 18 August 2023

New Christmas decorations and gift from Adams & Mack

New for AWS 2023, Adams & Mack are excited to introduce an exquisite collection of Christmas decorations and gifts. Renowned for its luxury door knockers, these new products are captivating replicas of their popular designs. Made by hand using traditional methods and recycled materials, this nature-inspired collection of Christmas gifts will delight animal lovers and enthusiasts of artisan craftsmanship alike. Among the highlights of the collection are the brand-new candles, thoughtfully designed to showcase the beauty of Cora, the Bee and Manston, the Fox.

Posted: 16 August 2023

Pure London teams up with Just Around the Corner from 2024

Pure London, the UK's largest Festival of Fashion, has announced that from February 2024 Just Around The Corner (JATC) will unite with Pure London to create Pure London x JATC, sitting under Hyve's retail division umbrella.

The first combined show will take place on the 11th – 13th February 2024 at Olympia London and will offer buyers a transformed show with an increased number of inspirational fashion designers and brands.

Posted: 16 August 2023

Star-studded judging panel for The Big Christmas Wishlist 2023

The Big Christmas Wishlist 2023 will be the first-ever awards of The Big Christmas Press Show, now in its sixth year. This highly anticipated event will exclusively reveal the winners at a special presentation on the morning of the show, on Wednesday 13th September. CIJ Group is proud to introduce the esteemed panel of industry experts, carefully selected by renowned 'Queen of Christmas', and founder of The Big Christmas Press Show, Courtney Rogers. The experts represent excellence in various key areas and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the judging process.

Posted: 15 August 2023

Enchanting Christmas collection launched from We Love Seasons

Get ready to immerse yourself in the magic of the holiday season as We Love Seasons proudly announces the launch of its newest Christmas collection, blending the essence of hygge, Scandinavian heritage, and contemporary aesthetics. This festive assortment is sure to delight customers seeking a warm and inviting ambiance for their celebrations. We Love Seasons sells decorations and gifts for Valentines, Easter, Halloween and Christmas; owner Malene adds...

Posted: 14 August 2023

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