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Messe Frankfurt reorganises consumer goods sector

Messe Frankfurt reorganises consumer goods sector

To be even more active in shaping the currently accelerating process of change in the consumer goods sectors, to tap new potential and to further intensify consulting services for customers from Germany and abroad, Messe Frankfurt has decided to appoint Julia Uherek and Philipp Ferger as Vice Presidents of Consumer Goods Fairs at Messe Frankfurt Exhibition with effect from 1st June 2021. Both will thus be responsible for all leading trade fair brands such as Ambiente, Christmasworld, Creativeworld or Paperworld as well as future trade fair formats and platforms.... read more

Posted: 13 July 2021

University Games appoints National Accounts Manager

University Games appoints National Accounts Manager

Games and puzzles specialists, University Games has announced the appointment of Chris Maker as new National Accounts Manager.Chris brings over two decades of retail expertise as well as national account experience to the role and has worked many with prestigious brands that include: Joseph Joseph, Camelot and Lintd Chocolate. Chris says, "As retail begins to get back on track, this is a crucial but exciting time, not only for the sector as a whole but also for the growth and development of the business and I am very much looking forward to playing my part. With Q4 just around the corner and over 700 games, puzzles and gifts in our portfolio there is plenty to be get excited about!"... read more

Posted: 12 July 2021

Best Kept Secrets celebrates 25 years

Best Kept Secrets celebrates 25 years

Candle brand Best Kept Secrets is celebrating 25 years of trading. The company says, "It may have been a 'mid-life crisis', but in 1996 Alan and Denise Edwards decided to leave their corporate careers, to start something new, away from what had been their daily existence for the previous thirty plus years. "A very small candle business became available. With just a few products but no customers, it presented just the challenge Alan and Denise were looking for.... read more

Posted: 9 July 2021

Curated Meetings to debut at Autumn Fair

Curated Meetings to debut at Autumn Fair

Already a huge success for over five years at its partner show in Las Vegas, USA – Autumn Fair is now bringing the Curated Meetings service to the UK; introducing pre-qualified and vetted premium buyers who are actively sourcing to relevant, quality suppliers.Over 500 meetings are planned across two days, bringing together buyers from a host of leading national and independent retailers keen to hand-pick next season's bestsellers including John Lewis, JoJo Maman Bebe, Moonpig.com, Next, Oliver Bonas, Oxfam, 1517, Bloom & Wild, Superdrug, Booths supermarkets, Coopers of Stortford, Dinghams, Findon Garden Centre, Lark, Lowden Garden Centre, Mooch, Museum of Oxford, Robert Dyas, Sally Bee Lifestyle, Statement Home & Gifts, The Dispensary, Velvet Store, and many more.... read more

Posted: 7 July 2021

Edx Education launches UK retail website

Edx Education launches UK retail website

Edx Education – one of the world's leading educational toy brands – has launched its UK retail website www.shopedx.co.uk. The website offers British parents and educators more competitive prices, exclusive offer deals and discounts, alongside expert advice to support families on their home learning and play adventure.The launch follows a hugely successful year for UK retailers in the home learning market. Initially fuelled by pandemic school closures, toy trend forecasters predict the growth in the educational toy market is set to continue well into 2021 and 2022, as parents demand more educational value from toy purchases, alongside inclusive family play opportunities, encouraging siblings to play and learn together.... read more

Posted: 5 July 2021

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Toy maker Janod partners with animal charity WWF on new collection

Toy maker Janod partners with animal charity WWF on new collection

French toy brand Janod has announced a collaboration with WWF, as the team unveil a brand-new collection to inspire and engage the next generation of animal and nature lovers. According to the company, "As part of a wider promise to help the planet, Janod is thrilled to be working alongside one of the biggest environmental organisations in the world. "This partnership comprises more than 30 sustainably made, fun-filled products from animal themed push alongs, to awe inspiring underwater themed 3D jigsaws. Created using 100% eco-responsible materials, the whole collection is aimed at educating children aged 1-7 years and up on the importance of looking after the planet we live in."... read more

Posted: 2 July 2021

British IP Day 2021 Roundup from ACID

British IP Day 2021 Roundup from ACID

On British IP Day 2021 Anti Copying in Design (ACID), joined other members of the Alliance for Intellectual Property for British IP Day celebrations virtually, showcasing the multi-faceted contributions Intellectual Property (IP) makes to the UK. The UK's creative industries are a success story and as the UK begins to re-open post-lockdown, ACID reflected on the significant impact IP rich industries have on UK growth for a positive future that maximises this potential and recognises the successes of our creators.... read more

Posted: 2 July 2021

Autumn Fair and #SBS Small Business Sunday announce winners

Autumn Fair and #SBS Small Business Sunday announce winners

Autumn Fair has partnered once again with Theo Paphitis' #SBS Small Business Sunday to bring back the #SBS Pavilion to Autumn Fair 2021 and is delighted to announce the six winners of this year's competition.The #SBS Pavilion is dedicated to showcasing new and unique products from ambitious start-ups and small businesses. In partnership with #SBS Small Business Sunday, Autumn Fair run a competition to give the #SBS community a chance to compete for free exhibition stands at Autumn Fair.... read more

Posted: 29 June 2021

Moda to operate a four-day schedule

Moda to operate a four-day schedule

To align with Autumn Fair at the NEC Birmingham, Moda will now open its doors on 5th-8th September 2021 allowing buyers to experience the all-encompassing fashion and retail destination for an extra day, with a line-up of exclusive and new brands including Fly London, Hukka Design, Jayley Collection, and Godske, and a headline partnership with the British Footwear Association.The all-new Moda will offer thousands of trend-forward collections across fashion, footwear, jewellery, and accessories, delivering key crossover buying opportunities, additional footfall, and a host of new retailers. Known as the National Footwear Show, Moda is one of the UK's longest standing fashion trade shows, and an essential hub for creativity, collaboration, and trading within the fashion community.... read more

Posted: 28 June 2021

The Giftware Association’s podcast features in Top 20 Retail podcasts

The Giftware Association’s podcast features in Top 20 Retail podcasts

The Giftware Associations podcast The Prodcast, which celebrates the home and gift industry, has been featured in a top 20 list of retail podcasts.Best Startup website featured the podcast amongst others focussing on UK retail, with a curated list of the best podcasts out there. Best Startup says, "We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience."The Prodcast was set up initially to celebrate... read more

Posted: 28 June 2021

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