Industry news from Gift Focus magazine

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First-of-its-kind carbon efficiency estimator for furniture launches

A Carbon Efficiency Estimator which measures the total amount of carbon a furniture piece uses in its lifecycle has launched to market.

Set to accelerate sustainability in the furniture and fixtures industry, the tool is a global first and has been created by Design Conformity, a certification company setting the standard in furniture sustainability with independent Circular Design Certification.

The new Carbon Efficiency Estimator allows designers, estimators, and procurement managers to quickly measure the carbon footprint of a design, with 90-95 percent accuracy, enabling them to create furniture and fixtures with lower carbon impacts.

Taking less than five minutes to take a measurement, the estimator's accessibility and ease of use will expedite designers furniture and fixtures sustainability goals, on the journey to carbon reduction and net zero.

Posted: 27 November 2023

ACID and SnapDragon Monitoring partner to safeguard design businesses

Anti Copying in Design (ACID), the UK's leading design and intellectual property (IP) advocacy organisation, and SnapDragon Monitoring, a renowned online brand protection and reputation management specialist, and have forged a strategic partnership aimed at safeguarding design businesses from the perils of counterfeits and IP infringements.

In today's landscape, counterfeiting poses a significant threat to all industries, as counterfeiters continually exploit genuine brand success to produce low-quality imitations of coveted products.

These counterfeit goods not only erode brand revenues and compromise IP, but also endanger consumers due to the use of toxic materials.

A recent SnapDragon survey discovered that nearly 20 percent of UK SMEs have fallen victim to counterfeit product sales, resulting in severe financial losses for 93 percent of them.

Posted: 24 November 2023

Two weeks to go to enter Gift of the Year!

This is it, the final two weeks of the largest competition in the gift and homeware world, Gift of the Year awards, and a chance to enter your fabulous products and get them seen by the buyers and retailers who judge the competition.

Be quick to meet the 30th November 2024 to enter...

The competition is a great way to get products and business noticed, from just entering the competition businesses get collateral to shout about their nominated products and guaranteed for them to be seen by the audience that matters – buyers and retailers.

At each competition stage that entrants make it through to, they get extra opportunities to raise their profile, and their exposure will be raised from extra PR and promotions from trade press and partners.

Posted: 22 November 2023

BHETA recruits Sally Gordon to its member services team

BHETA has appointed Sally Gordon to its member services team. Her role will be to focus on member relationships and recruitment, and member services delivery. This will be alongside a similar role supporting exhibitors and the project delivery team for the BHETA-owned Exclusively Show. Sally will be liaising with suppliers, retailers, and business service providers across all the categories showcased at Exclusively, namely housewares, small domestic electricals, and gift, as well as BHETA's wider portfolio of DIY, home improvement and garden brands. She will be based at BHETA's headquarters in Vyse Street, Birmingham. With a degree from Birmingham City University in Business Information Technology, Sally is a keen runner including running for charity in the London Marathon in 2022.

Posted: 20 November 2023

Kite introduces eco-friendly, economical and versatile kite mailer range

Kite Packaging, a leading UK supplier of innovative and eco-friendly packaging, has added a brand new range of bubble mailers to its offering.

Available in twelve sizes in gold or white, this comprehensive range caters to the diverse packaging needs of any business and is particularly great for those with a large product profile.

Kite mailers comply with Royal Mail's PiP guidelines and can help businesses calculate and regulate their shipping costs to avoid any surprises.

Air-filled bubbles also keep overall package weights to a minimum whilst providing an effective, shock-absorbing barrier which cushions and minimises the risk of damage occurring during handling or transit.

Posted: 17 November 2023

RHS announces chocolate and confectionery deal with House of Sarunds

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced an important partnership in the confectionery category, further underlining the appeal of the UK's favourite gardening charity to companies in a wide range of diverse product categories.

The House of Sarunds, a distributor of world-class chocolate and confectionery, has been licensed to produce a special RHS range of English chocolate, confectionery and biscuits, which launches early next year.

Designed to appeal to a wide audience of all ages, the first collection of products will include biscuits and traditional boiled sweets in tins for gifting as well, of course, as exquisite chocolate boxes and bags.

The collection, which will also include vegan options, will be available at multiple garden centres.

Posted: 13 November 2023

Christmasworld sold out

Christmasworld rings in a new round with its globally unique product mix of seasonal decorations and festive decorations. All key players are on board. With optimised routes and better connections to global sourcing, buyers will be able to find the latest highlights even faster – whether for festive decorations at home, for shopping centres or for city centres. The question is: Which exhibitors will be there?

Posted: 13 November 2023

In A Matchbox are set to re-release its most popular product

The gifting gurus behind In A Matchbox are set to re-release its most popular product and this one will be hotter than ever. Marvling Bros, founded by friends Hayley Madden and Emma Dobie, creates mini gifts that can fit inside a matchbox (and your letterbox) which range from mini marshmallow toasting kits and micropub seed kits to novelty stationery and their best-selling "Hot stuff" chilli in a matchbox gift. Now, to celebrate its 10th anniversary, the team are set to get those tastebuds tingling once again with a relaunch of Hot Stuff, and this time, it will be even hotter, as Emma explains.

Posted: 10 November 2023

Two new offerings from Lesser & Pavey

A new addition to the Lesser & Pavey fragrance range of gold-plated candles and diffusers, Desire, the Madelaine Boutique range from Heart Designs, offers ranges of candles and diffusers with added bling bows and gold bauble balls features on the sticks. Toppers to seal the fragrance in when not in use, the candles (large size has three wicks) burn wood sage and sea salt, oud and bergamot, and cashmere and silk. The same fragrances are featured in the diffusers coming in three sizes, with set of three 50ml diffusers. Each item is presented in a stylish cylinder packaging.

Posted: 8 November 2023

Brits to shell out up to £1,000 this Christmas

With just weeks until the big day, new research shows that 45 percent of Brits will be spending the same this Christmas as they did last year. 73 percent worry about finding the perfect gift and 98 percent are keen to support local businesses.

Despite cost of living concerns, over 45 percent of Brits will be spending the same this Christmas, with 33 percent spending more, according to new research from local gift card champions Town & City Gift Cards.

28 percent of people say they'll be spending £751-£1000 this Christmas, with the need to purchase gifts for friends and family given as the reason for Christmas spend staying the same or increasing.

Posted: 8 November 2023

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