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What’s on at London Stationery Show 2022?

London Stationery Show is back in just under five weeks' time as the UK's only event dedicated to the paper and writing instruments industry returns to its usual spring dateline. The show is set to host its best line-up yet, as 150+ brands ranging from internationally renowned suppliers to independent boutique designers head to the UK capital to meet with over 1,800 stationery and gift buyers.The London Stationery Show team are delighted to share some of the exciting features taking place at this year's show. It is incredibly important for independent retailers to not only meet with big stationery brands but also have the opportunity to source unique, original products for their customers. The show is also focused on fostering retailer development; consequently, many of the features are centered on helping business owners enhance their potential through education. Take a look below at what is in store for retailers this May.

Posted: 15 April 2022

Suppliers and visitors celebrate being back at Scotland’s Trade Fair

In hot sunshine, rather than Glasgow's usual inclement January weather, Scotland's Trade Fair returned to the SEC in Glasgow with a fantastic range of suppliers and products.

Buyers were delighted with the quality of products, the huge number of new suppliers and the general level of innovation and originality of products. And being back at an in-person Show was widely welcomed by visitors as they could see and touch the products and connect with the suppliers in person.

Yvonne Carr, Visit Scotland Buyer said: "This Show is so important for us to source and support Scottish producers and we have loved seeing so many new companies. The Show is just not long enough for us to complete all our buying!"

Posted: 13 April 2022

HOMI Special Edition reports sustainability focus

HOMI Special Edition, the trade fair for furnishings and home accessories for contemporary living, ended on a positive note, hosting 352 brands, 40 percent from 27 different foreign countries.

Alongside the variety of products offered throughout the exhibition, there was an events programme packed with in-depth discussions, workshops and talks focusing on the main themes of interest to the HOMI community, organised in collaboration with institutions and industry experts.

The themes were diverse, ranging from the retail experience to living spaces and trade.

Posted: 11 April 2022

Scoop celebrates 21st show anniversary; takes place at Olympia West

This July, contemporary designer women's wear show Scoop, celebrates its 21st show anniversary and has announced it will take place at Olympia West, London on the 17th – 19th July.

Under the creative direction of Scoop International founder and MD, Karen Radley, Scoop will showcase the very best premium and ready-to-wear women's and men's clothing, accessory and lifestyle collections.

Looking forward to next year, 12-14th February 2023, Scoop London will take place at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London.

Posted: 8 April 2022

BCTF 2022 is almost upon us!

The very best of British designer makers are getting ready for this important trade exhibition with the return of the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) to the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate from 10-12 April. One of a kind in the trade exhibition calendar for its exclusive dedication to handmade British crafts, BCTF will showcase an exceptional array of design talent from across the crafting spectrum of ceramics, glasswork, fine art, cards and stationery, fashion accessories, textiles and soft furnishings, home fragrance products, spectacular hand-crafted Jewellery and more.

Posted: 7 April 2022

Pure London announces extensive international programme

Pure London, which returns to Olympia London on the 17-19th July, has announced its investment in an extensive International programme.

This incorporates a comprehensive Agent Network in over 30 countries created to make the show the UK's most exciting international fashion event showcasing brands from as far afield as Peru and Australia.

With governments in many markets using events to drive exports post-pandemic, the new international team is also securing subsidies from key countries including France and Poland to bolster its international brand offering.

Posted: 7 April 2022

The NAJ JET Business Network (JBN) announces Retail Jewellers’ Congress theme

The NAJ JET Business Network (JBN) has announced the theme of its upcoming Retail Jewellers' Congress, which is due to take place at the NAJ Summit 2022 on Monday, June 13.

During the JBN Regional Meetings in February 2022, JBN Members agreed that their two biggest post-lockdown challenges are centered on digital efficiency and growth, as well as hiring and maintaining staff. These are the same issues that were singled out pre-lockdown, suggesting the impact of COVID-19 has not changed core business concerns for independent retail jewellers.

The theme for this year's Congress, therefore, continues the precedent set in 2021, with the title being: "Grow your Presence, Grow your People, Grow your Profit - Part 2."

Posted: 6 April 2022

New food and drink trade show The Source Roadshow is launched

On Thursday 16th of June, the Source Roadshow will be bringing more than 100 exhibitors to Bristol's Ashton Gate Stadium, for one day only.

This new event will showcase food and drink, equipment and all the services your catering, hospitality, or food retail business needs.

Working with Taste of the West, the South West's regional food group, and BARBIE – Bristol Association of Restaurants, Bars and Independent Establishments, the Source Roadshow will present trade buyers with an engaging, exciting, and valuable business opportunity to taste, test and compare.

Posted: 4 April 2022

Godin London jewellery brand launches in the UK

Godin London, a new jewellery brand in the UK, has been launched by Orchid Global Sourcing.

The brand offers a wide range of rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. They feature 9ct. Gold, Diamonds, and Gemstone jewellery.

This latest jewellery brand is set to hit the UK market with a collection of 9ct. Gold jewellery through the start of its online store.

The jewellery features timeless stones; diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphire. The brand claims to offer stylish, chic, and minimal jewellery that will be a perfect fit for the modern-day working woman.

The name of the jewellery line has been derived from the Dutch word Godin, which means Goddess.

Posted: 28 March 2022

CHSI Stitches 2022 saw strong turnout for first post-pandemic show

CHSI Stitches 2022 saw a strong turnout, innovative new products from leading brands and high-profile speakers at its first post-pandemic show at the NEC in February.

The show, the first since February 2020, drew leading creative craft brands, showcasing new ranges, many of which were being displayed for the first time in person since the pandemic started.

The show saw new retailers attending the show for the first time, reflecting the growth in craft during the pandemic.

Independent retailer from Warrington, Stitch Station, was launched by Diane Hughes five months ago after lockdown. She was one of the many new businesses to attend the trade show.

Posted: 25 March 2022

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