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BCTF 2022 Award Winners

The 2022 BCTF Award winners were announced on Monday April 11th in an emotional ceremony that saw the amazing British craft community raise a glass together for the first time since 2019. The award sponsors included some of the UK's greatest champions of British crafts and consistent supporters of the British Craft Trade Fair, an event which is unique for its exclusive focus on handmade British products and inspires great loyalty amongst exhibitors and retailers alike. The incredibly eclectic mix of talented designers and partnerships who make up the BCTF community once again ensured that deciding upon the winners was an extremely difficult task. Along with excellence of design (rich on the ground at BCTF!) many judges were moved by the compelling personal stories they heard from exhibitors and the powerful emotion they were able to channel into work of an exceptional quality and resonance

Posted: 5 May 2022

Scream Pretty unveils fourth design collaboration with make-up artist Hannah Martin

British jewellery brand Scream Pretty has unveil its fourth design collaboration with make-up artist Hannah Martin.

Having launched in with 18 pieces across two drops, Scream Pretty x Hannah Martin Bridal has been designed by Hannah and Scream Pretty to bring playful accents to any occasion outfit."

The collection features delicate tennis-chain waterfalls, pearl details and art-deco inspired motifs crafted from recycled sterling silver, and gold-plated recycled sterling silver.

Hannah says, "My first taste of designing was my wedding rings and I've always dreamt of creating my own collection. We've been building to this bridal capsule since I launched my first range with Scream Pretty so to finally unveil what we've been working on is amazing. The new collection compliments our previous designs, whilst adding more classic touches that will work perfectly for weddings, parties and everyday jewels.

Posted: 3 May 2022

Future For International Trade Conference speakers advise on how to proceed in the current environment

The key out-take from the BHETA / Gardenex / PetQuip Future for International Trade Conference which took place on March 17th, was that while export was likely to outperform the home market in the coming year, it was vital for both importers and exporters to ensure they were not dependent on any one territory for either sales or supply chain.

Speakers, who included UK government insiders, successful companies exporting from the UK currently, market analysts, legal, financial and compliance advisors, concurred in advising both current and novice UK exporters on both big picture opportunities and perils and the detail of how to proceed successfully in the current environment.

Posted: 29 April 2022

Silvine - New Sponsor Announced for NSW 2022

The National Stationery Week team are thrilled to announce the first official sponsor of the 2022 campaign - Silvine. Rich in history, the iconic stationery brand's heritage dates back since 1837 and this May will see the brand take centre stage as one of the leading sponsors of NSW. Silvine will sponsor World Stationery Day, which is Wednesday of Seven Days of Stationery. National Stationery Week is 16th - 22nd May. Make sure to keep an eye out for all the plans and activities for the week and how you can get involved.

Posted: 28 April 2022

Victoria Eggs moves ceramic production to Duchess China 1888

Victoria Eggs is hugely excited to be working with one of the oldest potteries in the UK, Duchess China 1888, to manufacture all their ceramics.

Made entirely in the UK the products are hand-crafted using Cornish clay in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, the heart of the 'Potteries'. Using traditional craftsmanship, up to 20 pairs of hands can be involved in making each product. This includes attaching every mug handle skilfully by hand.

Victoria Eggs is hugely passionate about UK made products and sustainability and is very excited by this new partnership.

Posted: 27 April 2022

Enesco acquires Allen Designs

Enesco LLC is pleased to announce the completion of its acquisition of Allen Designs, a growing creative and whimsical international branded line of quality and functional products sold by retailers around the world.

Leading the continued development and execution of her brand will be creator and designer Michelle Allen, who joins the Enesco Team.

Commenting on the acquisition, Todd Mavis, CEO of Enesco, explained, "We are very excited to have Michelle Allen, her designs, and her product line become a part of the Enesco Family of international brands."

Posted: 25 April 2022

From You To Me celebrates 15 year anniversary

Giftware company From You To Me is celebrating 15 year anniversary.

Founded in 2007, the business has grown from its early beginnings with a range of four journals to an international brand with a current portfolio of over 150 products, many of which can be personalised. All providing emotive gifts for both special occasions as well as just because you care.

A great start in 2008 saw the range of Journals of a Lifetime win both the UK's Gift of the Year award as well as receiving the USA's Best New Product award and this provided the foundation for the company to develop both its range as well as market presence.

Posted: 22 April 2022

Enesco announces launch of new Painted Peace collection from US Artist, Stephanie Burgess

Contemporary gift retailer Enesco is proud to present Painted Peace, a brand-new and exclusive range from US artist, Stephanie Burgess.

Based in Bellingham, WA, Stephanie has been creating art since 2009. Influenced by a traditional Peace Pole created by the World Peace Prayer Society, this colourful, multi-cultural piece became the inspiration for her 'Art Poles'.

Using wood, metals and other recycled materials, each Art Pole was crafted to evoke feelings of love, hope, family and peace. Since first selling her work at a farmer's market in 2012, Stephanie's poles and artwork have been a huge hit with customers all over the US, with her work winning the Best New Product by New York Retailer Magazine.

Posted: 20 April 2022

St Eval awarded a Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award for 2022

St Eval has been awarded a Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award for 2022, in recognition of its exceptional level of quality and service.

Feefo is the trusted ratings and reviews system that only collects feedback from purchase-verified customers, meaning that they are always genuine.

Only the businesses meeting Feefo's criteria of excellence and demonstrating the best customer experience are awarded a Platinum Trusted Service Award.

Feefo's annual awards shine a light on businesses that demonstrate an outstanding service to customers, and winners are decided based on ratings that they receive from their customers.

Posted: 18 April 2022

Toy brand Lilliputiens launches in the UK

Toy brand Lilliputiens is thrilled to bring a whole new world of wonders to the UK. Originating in Belgium, the inspired and enchanting toy brand is thrilled to launch its much-loved range to the British market this spring.

One product collection destined to be a best seller over here is the charming and multifunctional 'My First Farm' and 'Noah's Ark'. Like all Lilliputiens toys, what you see isn't just what you get as these timeless and thoughtful toys offer a wonderful world of discovery, sparking little imaginations and bringing so much more to playtime.

Posted: 15 April 2022

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