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Spring Fair 2022 to take on four-day format

Spring Fair 2022 to take on four-day format

After extensive research, and collaboration with exhibitors, buyers and partners alike, Spring Fair organisers Hyve has announced that next year the show is to become a four-day event. The new show dates will run from Sunday 6th February – Wednesday 9th February, 2022 at The NEC in Birmingham, and will include the introduction of late-night openings until 7.30pm on the Sunday and Monday. The team will also introduce a new sourcing destination, expanding the marketplace even further.... read more

Posted: 10 August 2021

Pyramid International launches new desk clock range

Pyramid International launches new desk clock range

Whether working from home, office, or switching between the two, making your workspace a reflection of you is a must. Pyramid International's new range of licenced desk clocks gives the opportunity to personalise your space according to your own style, and with this fantastic new range, there really is something for everyone. Muggles and wizards alike will love the Gryffindor, Slytherin or Platform 9 ¾ options, whilst the Friends 'Central Perk' clock is a popular choice for fans of the beloved TV show. Other options range from Star Wars to The Nightmare Before Christmas; Stranger Things to The Mandalorian and many, many more!... read more

Posted: 9 August 2021

Rex London celebrates 40th anniversary

Rex London celebrates 40th anniversary

August 2021 sees Rex London celebrate its 40th anniversary. With humble beginnings on a market stall in Portobello Road in 1981, the giftware company has since gone on to become a hugely successful, international online retailer and wholesaler, creating Gifts of Random Kindness at affordable prices. The company began with items that the team had simply stumbled upon on their travels around the world. Before long they were on the shelves of high street institutions like Habitat and The Body Shop. For the next two decades, they continued to discover and deliver these Gifts of Random Kindness, until they decided it was time not only to choose products they liked but also to design them. From floral patterns to adorable animals, the team have loved creating colourful and playful prints that stand out and bring joy.... read more

Posted: 6 August 2021

Hyve Group announce Retail Trust as charity partner for Spring and Autumn Fair

Hyve Group announce Retail Trust as charity partner for Spring and Autumn Fair

Hyve Group is pleased to announce the Retail Trust as its Charity Partner for Spring and Autumn Fair for two years and Wellbeing Partner across all its Retail Shows in the UK comprising Spring Fair, Autumn Fair, Pure, Glee and Scoop, to provide dedicated support, awareness and fundraising for the retail sector. The partnership will incorporate offsite volunteer days, team challenges, and onsite activity kicking off at Autumn Fair on the 5th – 8th September, 2021 at NEC Birmingham. The partnership also sees the exciting launch of the Female Founders scheme that will offer free stands to 10 inspirational female founders.... read more

Posted: 5 August 2021

Deal signed to launch new UK-Kenya digital trade corridor

Deal signed to launch new UK-Kenya digital trade corridor

TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), and the Institute of Export and International Trade (IOE&IT) have today at the Kenyan High Commission in London, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which provides a framework for collaborating to implement a digital trade corridor between the UK and Kenya.The initiative, the 'UK-Kenya Trade Logistics Information Pipeline' (TLIP), aims to eliminate paperwork and introduce much better visibility up and down supply chains that flow between Kenya and the UK. It will cut costs for Kenyan firms producing goods like green vegetables and cut flowers for export to the UK, reducing prices for UK consumers, importers and retailers. UK exporter will also be able to benefit from better access to one of Africa's fastest growing markets.... read more

Posted: 2 August 2021

Glee Birmingham
Enesco appoints new Area Sales Manager

Enesco appoints new Area Sales Manager

Enesco has announced the appointment of Joanna (Jo) Castle to its UK sales team as Area Sales Manager. Joanna lives in Weston-Super-Mare and has extensive experience within the jewellery and gifting sector. Her role as Area Sales Manager, will involve the management of trade accounts in Southwest England and South Wales.Jo's most recent sales role was as Area Sales Account Manager for a well-known jewellery and ladies' accessories brand. In her spare time Jo likes to walk her cockapoo puppy Ossie with her husband Ben, who coincidently was named after Benjamin Bunny, and he has a brother called Peter, named after Peter Rabbit!... read more

Posted: 21 July 2021

Ocean Fresh become first UK flip flop brand to achieve B Corp status

Ocean Fresh become first UK flip flop brand to achieve B Corp status

Sustainable footwear brand Ocean Refresh has become the first UK flip-flop brand to achieve the coveted B Corporation Certification for meeting the highest verified levels of environmental performance, economic accountability and social standards. The Manchester-based footwear brand, which also boasts the UK's first 360o RecycleFootwear Programme, hopes the B Corp certification will inspire more UK brands ofall sizes and from all sectors, to undertake the rigorous assessment process to put people and the planet above profits and not just commit to doing less harm, but to do more good.... read more

Posted: 20 July 2021

Paloma Faith launches interior’s line; Paloma Home

Paloma Faith launches interior’s line; Paloma Home

Singer-Songwriter Paloma Faith has announced the launch of her own interior's line, named Paloma Home. Paloma has used inspiration from her own experiences of interior design – from a childhood of budget-friendly upgrades to redesigning her own London townhouse – to produce a celebration of vintage styles, retro-chic, and standout designs to truly make a house a home.According to a press release, "While beauty remains at the heart of the Paloma Home range, the sense of affordability is clear to see, with items starting at just £21."... read more

Posted: 19 July 2021

Ladelle launches new kids range

Ladelle launches new kids range

Australian-based company Ladelle is launching a new brand –Ladelle Kids. The exciting new range of mealtime accessories brings style and fun to mealtimes for kids at home and away. The five-piece dinner set and the divided tray are made of durable melamine and are best used together with the Hug Mug – designed to fit smoothly in little hands and mouths. The charming aprons protect your kid's clothes and match the dining accessories perfectly. For mealtimes away from home, Ladelle Kids provides stainless steel drinking bottles, containers and lunch bags – all with three designs: woodland, ocean and jungle animals. With the creation of the Ladelle Kids brand, the company caters to the increasing demand for coordinated kids dining series.... read more

Posted: 16 July 2021

Licensing Expo Virtual reveals comprehensive 2021 agenda

Licensing Expo Virtual reveals comprehensive 2021 agenda

Licensing Expo Virtual, in partnership with industry trade association Licensing International, today announced the agenda for the event's 2021 edition taking place August 24-26 in a virtual format. Celebrating 40 years of connecting IP owners with retailers, manufacturers, and licensees, Licensing Expo Virtual will feature the most robust educational agenda to date strategically designed to fuel the $292.8 billion global licensing industry. Visitor registration is open and free of charge. This year's event features the return of Licensing U, produced by Licensing International, the US market debut of License This!, and an opening keynote address from senior executives at Warner Bros. Consumer Products, plus the launch of Digital Brand Roadshows, Retail Clinics, Sustainability Clinics produced in partnership with Products of Change, along with GLG educational content.... read more

Posted: 14 July 2021

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