Small businesses should not feel pressured into taking part in Black Friday this year, says Lee Murphy, a small business finance expert at The Accountancy Partnership Lee Murphy said: "Many business owners are already struggling with the current economic climate, so offering big discounts when margins are already being squeezed could be more costly in the long run. Before deciding on any deals and discounts, businesses should review their cash flow, and consider the cost of processing a larger number of orders at one time.
Posted: 24 November 2022
Barista & Co has launched its new HUB concept, designed to offer retailers a new concept in coffee retail. Barista & Co's HUB is a place for people to find everything they need to enjoy specialty coffee at home. The HUB is a partnership that Barista & Co invest in to provide retailers with a unique space, enabling customers to learn about coffee, products and what it takes to make their perfect coffee at home. Barista & Co want stores to feel confident in their product/coffee knowledge and customers to feel confident in their purchase. The purpose of the HUB is to encourage a broader range of consumers into the world of specialty coffee and equipment. Targeting mainstream coffee lovers who are ready to invest in the next stage of their coffee brewing journey.
Posted: 21 November 2022
The British Millinery Association CIC (BMACIC) and ACID have been in dialogue for some months now with a joint desire to work collaboratively to promote IP awareness and have formalised this by entering a new Partner arrangement to support BMACIC members in protecting their rights in this area through education and access to ACID support and resources.Underpinning the design and making of those who create hats is a passion for originality and creativity, a proud heritage and a craft that combines skills and knowledge. From couture to ready to wear, milliners generate intellectual property in different forms including design rights, copyright, trademarks and less so, patents.
Posted: 14 November 2022
Leicester-based Heavenly Feet has moved its storage and fulfilment outlet to a new location to cater for growing demand. The new base is a carbon-neutral warehouse located near Nottingham, just off the M1 allowing easy access to the brand's retail partners nationwide. The move has taken place thanks to Heavenly Feet's huge success in recent years after continued year on year growth. The new base will cater for their planned growth and ongoing move to becoming more sustainable. Furthermore, Heavenly Feet has celebrated reaching 300 independent retail partners to stock the brand - known for its reputation to sell-through.
Posted: 10 November 2022
ExaClair Limited, the UK subsidiary of the Exacompta Clairefontaine Group, has recently added a 'Scrap-Addict' kit to complement its premium quality collections of photo albums. Scrap-Addict is a complete scrapbooking kit and allows the user to create their own memories by expressing their creativity using the components included. To help with decorating pages two stencils are included, one featuring geometric and floral shapes and the other magical children's patterns. The black spiral album contains 70 pages to fill!
Posted: 1 November 2022
Sustainable bedding manufacturing house and parent company of The Fine Bedding Company and Night Owl, Trendsetter, has recently announced its global certification as a B Corporation.
The brand joins an international movement of 4500 purpose-led businesses that meet B Corp's high standards of social and environmental responsibility and transparency.
Based on the B Corp assessment, Trendsetter earned an overall score of 84.3, performing particularly high in the 'environment' and 'worker' sections, being recognised for its commitment to sustainability, continuously innovating and investing in ways to reduce its ecological footprint.
Posted: 14 October 2022
Aiming to present the UK's most comprehensive fashion offering for the A/W 23/24 edition at Olympia London from 12-14 February 2023, Pure London is launching five new destinations joining Ready-to-Wear, Pure Jewel, Accessories, and Shoes. Visitors will discover curated spaces for Premium womenswear, Purely Sustainable, Pure Edge, Pure Body, and Gen Z.
Pure London has always served as a meeting point for the fashion industry and, from this February, sustainability will be at the fore with a curated selection of conscious exhibitors.
With the global ethical fashion market expected to grow from $6.35 billion in 2019 to $8.25 billion in 2023, Purely Sustainable will raise the profile of ethical and sustainable fashion across the entire event, helping lower the industry's carbon footprint and invest in a better future.
Posted: 13 October 2022
Trek Logistics Ltd has acquired Dairy Diary, with the change of ownership said to provide a 'secure and exciting future for the iconic brand.'
Originally launched to support the milkman by the Milk Marketing Board, Dairy Diary is still sold by milkmen and woman across Britain, as well as having soaring sales online. It was taken on by Eaglemoss Ltd in 2001, and now acquired by Trek.
Trek Logistics is owned by Nigel Mothersole, former Head of Operations at Eaglemoss, providing an already sound understanding of Dairy Diary. There is a strong synergy between the two businesses with Trek providing all fulfilment services for the products.
Posted: 3 October 2022
Miss Milly has been named as a finalist in the Boutique Star Awards with nominations in the Best British Brand and Accessories/Footwear Brand of the Year categories.
It's been a stellar year for Miss Milly with the British brand chalking up nominations for The Gift of the Year and the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards.
Sarah Watmore, Managing Director, says, "We have done so much this year as we celebrate 10 years in business. As well as being a finalist in a couple of awards, we have worked on our sustainability and grown sales significantly since summer 2021. And now we're a finalist again in industry awards with our fingers crossed for a successful outcome."
Posted: 29 September 2022
Tourism in Scotland has begun to bounce back strongly with foreign visitors returning this summer, bringing much needed business to shops and attractions around Scotland. Following this successful summer season, Scotland's Trade Fair Autumn, provided a welcome chance to re-order, seek new products and network with suppliers.
The Show took place at the SEC in Glasgow from 17th-18th September. Having been brought forward by a day because of The Queen's funeral, the Show still attracted retailers keen to re-stock and re-order.
Posted: 22 September 2022