Industry news from Gift Focus magazine

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Greetings card Lima Lima announces expansion

Based in Colwyn Bay, Lima Lima was launched by Carly and James Brands in 2015 and got off to a flying start, producing and selling daring and risqué gifts and cards that quickly gained popularity and began selling the world over. The impact of Brexit that same year took its toll on the company, notably in Europe, but the couple have diversified and bounced back. They achieved a significant rise in turnover, sell more than 550,000 items annually, and now employ up to 10 full and part-time staff. As they prepare to move to new, larger premises in the seaside town, they have big plans for the future and a fresh selection of product ideas.

Posted: 26 July 2023

Dartington Crystal joins BHETA

Leading UK glass manufacturer Dartington Crystal has joined BHETA. Dartington Glass as it was known until the 1980s, was born in 1967 as one of the Dartington Hall Trust's social enterprises in North Devon. It became the most recognised manufacturer of simple yet functional glassware in the UK. Dartington's vision was built on a clean and simple design style, handmade using age-old techniques of Scandinavian roots. It remains the only remaining factory scale producer in the country.

Posted: 24 July 2023

Autumn Fair launches Product Preview

Autumn Fair, the UK's ultimate shop for shop for wholesale Home, Gift, and Fashion taking place from the 3rd – 6th September at NEC Birmingham, has launched an inspirational new and exclusive Product Preview offering buyers the scoop on the forthcoming show. In the exclusive first look at what buyers can expect at the show, Autumn Fair has curated the most sought-after products. From gifts to greetings cards and footwear to furniture, the Autumn Fair Product Preview features the must-have products destined to be your next bestsellers.

Posted: 21 July 2023

Gift cards supporting local businesses

With a handful of accolades including best seaside resort in Britain, best beach in the UK and the happiest place to live, St Ives is ready to showcase its charms with a new gift card. Led by St Ives BID, the St Ives Gift Card is available to buy online as either a physical or digital card, and can be spent like a debit card on everything from accommodation and eating out to shopping and leisure activities, making it ideal for UK holidays and locals looking to explore where they live. One of the places that accepts the new St Ives Gift Card is restaurant Hub Box, located on St Ives harbour, and home of the live harbour webcam.

Posted: 19 July 2023

Home & Gift 2023 delights buyers with exciting product launches and themes

The Harrogate Convention Centre came alive this Sunday (16th July) as the opening of Home & Gift 2023 saw thousands of retailers flock to the start of this year's 4-day event, eager to discover the very latest product launches from across the globe. Strong visitor pre-registration that included a 21% increase in department stores and a 6% increase in galleries and museums was evident on-site, with a combined buying budget of over £300 million from the show's first-day attendees.

These retailers found more than 500 exhibitors across Home & Gift's six curated sectors, and over 150 brands making their show debut - presenting them with an abundance of choice as they sourced products for their A/W23 offering. Despite uncertain weather conditions, enthusiastic crowds arrived throughout the day, finding the show's seven halls brimming with an array of showstopping homewares, gifts, culinary infusions and statement accessories.

Posted: 18 July 2023

Scoop welcomes buyers to Moroccan-inspired show

The Spring/Summer 24 edition of the UK's premium contemporary fashion and lifestyle trade show, Scoop, enjoyed a stellar first day after opening its doors at Olympia West.

Exuberant buyers from leading luxury retailers including McElhinneys, Annas, Katherine Draisey, Applause, Courtyard, 32 The Guild, Cordelia James, Sister, Moda Rosa, Lulu & M and many more flocked to the show to discover the exclusively curated edit of over 250 contemporary designers.

Posted: 17 July 2023

Fanattik celebrates the 30th anniversary of Jurassic Park

Fanattik, the award-winning UK based pop culture company, celebrates the 30th anniversary of Jurassic Park with several new collectible releases including jewellery and in-world replica's. Anthony Marks, M.D Fanattik, says: "I remember working on 25th anniversary product for this iconic brand, our first item which had a retail of £35 sold out quickly and within a week they were selling for unbelievable money on eBay, up to $1,000 each. We knew at that point that this franchise when put together with the quirkiness of Fanattik was a winning combination for our retail partners."

Posted: 17 July 2023

The Big Christmas Press Show launches its own official awards

The Big Christmas Press Show, hosted by PR solutions company CIJ Group, has announced the launch of its own official awards; The Big Christmas Wishlist. Back bigger and better than ever for its sixth year: The Big Christmas Press Show, which is taking place on Wednesday 13th September 2023, is turning it up a notch with an awards presentation that's set to crown the hottest products tipped to be best sellers for Christmas coming out of the show. Brands such as Not on The High Street, Baylis & Harding, Pokémon, Nicky Clarke, Ravensburger, Russell Hobbs, hampers. com and more are showcasing at this year's event. Judged by a panel of industry experts from retail and the media, The Big Christmas Wishlist is a chance for the brands and

Posted: 14 July 2023

MAD Beauty shortlisted for 2023 Great British Entrepreneur awards

Award-winning bath, body and cosmetics brand, Mad Beauty has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2023 Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Family Business and Retail categories for the East of England region. This recognition reflects its exceptional entrepreneurial spirit, dedication, and remarkable achievements within their industry. Now in its 11th year, The Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrate the outstanding individuals and businesses that drive innovation, generate employment opportunities, and contribute to the growth of the UK economy. These awards serve as a platform to honor the remarkable stories of entrepreneurs who have overcome challenges, demonstrated resilience, and make significant contributions to their communities.

Posted: 12 July 2023

Wedding gifting from Yvonne Ellen

Speaking from her own experience in finding the perfect wedding gift for friends, Yvonne Ellen says, "Not being able to find that perfect wedding gift was where it all had kickstarted my love of designing a gorgeous and chic range of homeware. It was my best friend's wedding, and I was struggling with what to buy for a gift. I wanted to give the couple something beautiful and unique, something super special that I just couldn't find on the high street, no matter how hard I looked.

Posted: 10 July 2023

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