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Victoria Eggs launches new products for Queen Elizabeth's birthday

Victoria Eggs launches new products for Queen Elizabeth's birthday

Victoria Eggs has created the hand illustrated Queen Elizabeth II limited edition tea towel and mug, to highlight a nostalgic and fairytale view of the Queen ahead of her upcoming 95th birthday.Victoria says, "Gazing through the British Countryside made up of budding blossom and beautiful roses, we catch a glimpse of the Queen inside her iconic Gold State Coach in front of Buckingham Palace. The Union Jack flies in the background, soon to be replaced for the Royal Standard as the Queen returns home."... read more

Posted: 12 March 2021

Harrogate Fashion Week to take place in August

Harrogate Fashion Week to take place in August

Harrogate Fashion Week organisers have announced that the show will take place on the 1st- 2nd August at the Harrogate Convention Centre, following the Prime Minister's roadmap out of lockdown. Director Wendy Adams says, "We are delighted to confirm that Harrogate Fashion Week will be going ahead this August after such a disappointing 2020 and we are looking to ensure the event celebrates the endurance of the fashion industry."After an unprecedented year, HFW 2021 will allow indies and brands to re-unite in the popular event town of Harrogate, and will be a testament to the resolve of boutique owners, suppliers, and fashion businesses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.... read more

Posted: 12 March 2021

Alastair Campbell to headline retailTRUST event championing retail workers’ health and wellbeing

Alastair Campbell to headline retailTRUST event championing retail workers’ health and wellbeing

Mental health advocate and former political aide Alastair Campbell is to headline a virtual event being run by retail industry charity retailTRUST to champion the health and wellbeing of retail workers. retailTRUST has brought together top industry leaders to speak at the Championing the health of retail event on 10th and 11th May, including Morrison's chief executive David Potts, ASOS's CEO Nick Beighton and British Retail Consortium's chief executive Helen Dickinson.They will speak about the mental health pressures facing the UK's more than four million retail workers following record demand for retailTRUST's wellbeing and financial services over the last year, and the measures that can be taken to build hope, health and happiness for everyone working in the sector.... read more

Posted: 11 March 2021

Harrogate Christmas & Gift cancelled for 2021

Harrogate Christmas & Gift cancelled for 2021

Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2021, which had been postponed from its original date in January to May, has now been cancelled for this year. The next event will now be from 16th-19th January, 2022, at the Harrogate Convention Centre.Simon Anslow, show organiser, explains, "Following the government's announcement that the UK will not be able to resume events until 21 June, it has been decided to now focus on the 2022 show. It is very disappointing for everyone involved – but hopefully life and business will be back to normal by January next year and we can all look forward to another bumper show."... read more

Posted: 11 March 2021

The Creative Retail Awards confirmed for October; entry deadline extended to April

The Creative Retail Awards confirmed for October; entry deadline extended to April

The Creative Retail Awards has been confirmed for 14th October 2021, with the entry deadline extended until 30th April.With the announcement of the new Government COVID-19 roadmap bringing clarity to hold the Creative Retail Awards event live in October, an unprecedented number of companies have requested an extension to the submission deadline. In light of this the organisers have extended the entry deadline until 30th April 2021. If a project was previously entered into the postponed 2020 Awards the entry has automatically been rolled over and entered into this year's.... read more

Posted: 10 March 2021

The Healthy Back Bag company launches SS21 collection

The Healthy Back Bag company launches SS21 collection

The Healthy Back Bag has launched its SS21 collection, with the company creating three themes. These are, according to the HBB, "Said to encapsulate the new mood of optimistic change as we showcase function and performance using a palette of organic neutrals, utilitarian monochromes and happy primaries. RE-claim, RE-work and RE-mix represent a new circularity bound together with a palette of genderless and seasonless Blues representing calm, confidence and strength."... read more

Posted: 8 March 2021

Heyland & Whittle launches new home eco-collections

Heyland & Whittle launches new home eco-collections

Heyland & Whittle's new home eco-collections echos the company's commitment to care for the planet. These soap and fragrance collections are on trend for consumers looking to make sustainable and ethical eco-friendly choices in 2021.... read more

Posted: 5 March 2021

Relief for Retailers

Relief for Retailers

Following a year in which the retail industry has been one of the hardest hit sectors by the Coronavirus pandemic, there was some welcome relief on March 3rd when the Chancellor's widely previewed budget was announced. It includes a package of measures to help retailers to get back on their feet once non-essential retail reopens on 12th April, 2021 under the government's planned roadmap. Gavin Matthews, partner and head of retail & consumer at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson comments on the relief expected for retailers.... read more

Posted: 4 March 2021

Rainbow Designs launches new Going on a Bear Hunt collection

Rainbow Designs launches new Going on a Bear Hunt collection

Rainbow Designs has launched a We're Going on a Bear Hunt collection of soft and wooden toys. The classic storybook, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, has been entertaining children for over 30 years and now this fun and entertaining range, inspired by the literacy classic, is set to encourage youngsters to learn through play. The Bear Hunt range includes a soft and cuddly Bear toy and a Wooden Shape Puzzle featuring the Bear, Rufus the dog and illustrated with paw prints and the wonderful Bear Hunt sayings including 'Splash, Splosh' and 'squelch, squerch!'.... read more

Posted: 3 March 2021

Lineup announced for first-ever global GCVA Conference

Lineup announced for first-ever global GCVA Conference

The Gift Card and Voucher Association has unveiled the speaker lineup for its annual conference, which offers the industry an opportunity to meet and discuss how the sector can continue to innovate over the coming months.The conference, is being held on March 3rd and 4th 2021, using a groundbreaking digital platform that can be tailored to each attendee. Holding a virtual conference has enabled the GCVA to open up to a wider breadth of guests across the gift card, payments, reward, incentive and loyalty markets, facilitating an immersive experience that will bring together different international perspectives on the growing industry and global markets.... read more

Posted: 2 March 2021

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