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Jewellery Designer Alison Moore enters homeware market

Orkney jewellery designer Alison Moore has taken the plunge into homeware, creating a striking range of goods incorporating the stunning, award-winning underwater images she takes when diving in the seas around the islands.

The new collection includes vibrant jellyfish tote bags and sumptuous seaweed cushions, in addition to tea-towels and washbags. Each piece features one of Alison's photographs revealing Orkney's rich and colourful oceanic environment. More items are set to be added to the range in the coming months.

Posted: 15 June 2022

Victoria Eggs sees increase in demand for ‘made in Britain’

Victoria Eggs has found that retailers and consumers already have an increasingly strong appetite for products that are made in Britain, with many retailers now including UK-made products as part of their buying strategies.

This thirst for UK made products only seems to be increasing and the success of Victoria's recent Platinum Jubilee collection was enhanced by the UK made nature of her products.

In a recent survey by 'Made in Britain' which polled 2,000 consumers about their buying habits, 90% of Brits believe it is important to buy British made products.

The UK has a strong heritage of design and manufacturing and with every British made purchase you are investing in skilled craftsmanship whilst helping to secure the future for British.

Posted: 13 June 2022

Corinne Lapierre ramps up presence in Australia

After over a year of rapid expansion across the US market, from Hawaii to Alaska, Yorkshire-based Corinne Lapierre is ramping up its presence in Australia and Tasmania.

Business Manager Olivia Neligan says, "We know we have many very happy online customers in Australasia so we're thrilled that they may now also be able to find our kits in their local independents."

The company has established that there is a strong global demand for superb quality and design-led craft products and the Made in Britain label is a further boost to the reputation and appeal of the brand in foreign markets.

Posted: 10 June 2022

Rex London launches new products for summer

Help your customers to refresh their homes without breaking the bank, with bright, practical and eco-friendly accessories from Rex London.

This year promises to be big on colour, with our kitchens enjoying bold, vintage-inspired pops of colour against rich and earthy blues and greens. Rex London's stylish storage tins are ideal for organising utensils on open shelving, another big trend for kitchens in 2022.

New ranges in the kitchen collection this season include recycled cotton aprons (which are sold in fully recyclable cardboard tubes), food containers and salt & pepper tins, all carrying Rex London's unique, retro-style designs.

Posted: 8 June 2022

The Holiday Shop London rebrands as Go Emu, and launches new products

Go Emu, formally known as The Holiday Shop London, has rebranded and is launching a new range of colourful, practical, lifestyle accessories and continues to move towards its goal of using 100% recycled materials or materials from sustainable sources.

Go Emu is crazy about colour, travel, family and sport and has combined all four to create a vibrant range of exclusive travel, sport and leisure accessories designed to make life easier, packing lighter. Products are increasingly sustainable and include quick-drying towels made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, dry bags, stylish cross body bags and totes, caps, 'keep-it-safe' body belts, wallets, air loungers and unisex, UV400 folding sun glasses. Many items are also ideal for the gym, jogging, cycling, riding, sailing, paddle boarding, walking and everyday life.

Posted: 6 June 2022

UK & Eire rights for global icon Miffy to be managed by Rocket Licensing

UK & Eire rights for global icon Miffy are to be managed by Rocket Licensing.

After DRI Licensing's decision to wind down the company it became paramount to find a new home for Miffy. The brand Miffy has been carefully nurtured and grown over the last 20+ years and, according to Mercis, it was important to secure this foundation, but also build on the program to further stimulate visibility and growth.

According to a press release, "We believe that award winning agency Rocket Licensing has all the prerequisites to jointly fulfil this mission and are pleased to announce our partnership in the UK and Eire. Finding synergies between our existing partners and Rocket's established network of best-in-class licensing partners forms a solid base to further build the brand across all categories and age groups."

Posted: 3 June 2022

The Giftware Association collaborates with The Great British Exchange

The Great British Exchange and The Giftware Association have announced an exciting new partnership to create opportunities for suppliers, designers and manufacturers to utilise a network of pop-up locations across the UK. Using the combined skills of both organisations to successfully propel British brands to the next level of their journey. The exciting partnership comes hot on the heels of GBE awarding the Gift of the Year judges choice winner an exclusive pop-up deal in a John Lewis of their choice.

Posted: 2 June 2022

Gibsons offers free puzzles to help support their customers

Gibsons, the family-owned jigsaw puzzle and board game company, has coined June as 'Kindness Month' and launched their #PuzzleItForward campaign. Running from the 1st-30th June, the campaign challenges Gibsons' trade customers to gift a completely free puzzle to their shoppers and brighten their day.

Alternatively, puzzlers can make a purchase directly from the Gibsons website between 1st-30th June and they will receive one free puzzle with their order. Minimum order spend is £10 and the free puzzle will be automatically added to their delivery.

Jigsaw puzzles have been scientifically proven to boost one's mental health through the meditative benefits and separation from digital devices. Piecing together a jigsaw is a great way to combat stress, but it is also beneficial for your physical health too. By refocusing the mind away from negative and stressful thoughts decreases your cortisol and blood pressure levels, making both your body and mind healthy (Dr Newton, 2017).

Posted: 1 June 2022

Pure London announces empowering change theme and keynote speakers

Pure London, the UK's leading trade fashion buying event taking place on 17th – 19th July 2022 at Olympia London, has announced that 'Empowering Change' is the overarching theme for the show, and reveals two exciting retail industry legends as keynote speakers; Ed Burstell and Alan O'Neill will bring their retail leadership and international experience in fashion to the Pure London audience.

On Monday 18th July, retail executive Ed Burstell will discuss fashion expansion, growth and bounce back. His adept leadership of Liberty during his near decade at the department store saw double-digit year-on-year growth driven by a renewed focus on young British designers like Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto, as well as spearheading a host of collaborations with brands like Nike, Barbour, and Levi's, to highlight Liberty's renowned floral prints.

Posted: 30 May 2022

Top Trumps launches new range to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Top Trumps has rounded up 30 moments across Her Majesty The Queen's life and reign. With everything from births to marriages and pets to residences, celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with this Top Trumps pack.

Top Trumps has been an iconic card game for almost 50 years and over this time has launched hundreds of titles across the world, in many different languages and is the UK's #1 card game.

From cars to skyscrapers and films to TV shows and now 'HM Queen Elizabeth II' Top Trumps.

This limited edition pack includes 30 beautifully presented cards showing iconic moments from across Queen Elizabeth II's life and reign as she approaches her Platinum Jubilee.

Posted: 30 May 2022

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