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ONS: retail footfall increases by 4%

This morning, the ONS (Office for National Statistics) published data showing the volume of UK high street retail footfall in the week to 19 March 2022 increased by 4 per cent from the previous week and was 83 per cent of the level seen in the equivalent week of 2019. Government High Streets Task Force expert and ShopAppy founder, Dr Jackie Mulligan, had this to say...

Posted: 24 March 2022

The Giftware Association donates funds to DEC Ukraine Appeal

Alongside association partners in the British Allied Trades Federation, The Giftware Association has donated £5000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee's (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal to help provide much-needed food and supplies for those fleeing the conflict. While hope continues for a peaceful resolution, millions of Ukrainian refugees require immediate support, donations to the fund will be used to provide urgent supplies where they are needed most. The UK Government has pledged to fund match donations to DEC up to a total of £20 million, meaning contributions are automatically doubled. The Giftware Association encourage and support member companies to contribute to this vital appeal in any way they can.

Posted: 17 March 2022

INDX Gift Food makes welcome return in May

INDX Gift Food (formerly known as The Food & Gift Show) will make a welcome return to Cranmore Park Conference & Exhibition Centre in Solihull for a one day extravaganza on 4 May 2022.

Attracting footfall from Garden Centres, Department Stores, High Street retailers, Deli's and Farm Shops, INDX Gift Food will unveil a fun packed showcase, bringing together a host of leading suppliers from all gift food and gift drink categories and featuring product demonstrations and tasters.

The show will feature a commercially focused line-up of exhibitors and an exciting and inclusive mix of retail packaged products covering, sweet, savoury, baking and alcohol gifts - aimed at the September delivery window in preparation for Christmas 2022 trading.

Posted: 17 March 2022

Bira offers further support for High Street with launch of online trading platform Neartoo

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has launched online trading site Neartoo, designed to support the High Street get back on its feet.

Bira is calling on independent shops throughout the UK to get on board with the Neartoo. The website, which launched in March, is designed to not only be the latest in online shopping trends, but also help stores in hard hit High Streets recover from the pandemic. The platform allows shoppers to find out what they are 'near to' and encourage them to explore more local shops to where they live or are visiting, but also be able to shop further afield and know they are still supporting independent traders.

Posted: 14 March 2022

Stands selling fast at the Exclusively show

Stands at the Exclusively Show, which returns to its traditional June 14th and 15th dates for its 20th anniversary year, are already over 90 percent sold to housewares, gift and small electricals exhibitors eager to take advantage of the show's proven commercial opportunities. Exclusively takes place at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

Will Jones, Exclusively Chairman and Chief Operating Officer at BHETA, which owns the show says, "Plans for Exclusively 2022 are already well advanced and it is fantastic to see the support and enthusiasm of the industry so evident in these early booking figures. We are looking forward to welcoming back overseas buyers and media this year and as 2022 is the show's 20th anniversary, we have some special events planned."

Posted: 11 March 2022

Tilnar Art launches eco-friendly collection

Tilnar Art has always been ahead of the curve as all the collections are handmade, Fair Trade and recycled, which are a fabulous alternative, especially given the current trend for consumers to move away from plastic items.

Tilnar Art has launched exciting new collections of eco friendly products to its range, including a brilliantly bright AluminArk Bird Collection launched at Autumn Fair and is flying off the shelves. It is now a three-way product, being either an ornament, plant stake or pot stake! The same can be said for the fabulous AluminArk collection, which comprises of beautiful Elephants, Giraffes, Highland Cows, Sheep and Stag sculptures. Each are made from recycled aluminium in the stunning Azeti Colours.

Posted: 9 March 2022

Lesser & Pavey launches new William Morris housewares range

A new Lesser & Pavey range of William Morris designs feature on houseware gift products this year.

A hint of nostalgia and romance brought to the marketplace as individual gift boxed items at affordable prices. The range brought together makes a perfect wedding gift or a gift for the new home.

Whatever the occasion, this new range Golden Lily is a comprehensive range that includes fine mugs, mug and coaster, mugs in gift sets, jug, butter dish, teapot, storage canisters, coasters, placemats, salt and pepper, egg cups, trays in three sizes, spoon rest, tea bag tidy, laptray and glass cutting board.

Posted: 7 March 2022

Brand Licensing Europe opens applications for its Retail Mentoring Programme

Retailers are being invited to apply for a delegate place on Brand Licensing Europe's popular Retail Mentoring Programme (RMP).

The free-to-attend, CPD-accredited course is delivered through a series of seminars, workshops and 1-2-1 consultancy sessions between May and September 2022. It is now in its 12th year and boasts hundreds of alumni from the likes of Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Selfridges, Halfords, Asda George, Ann Summers, River Island, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Toymaster, The Entertainer, Morrisons and more.

Posted: 4 March 2022

Miss Milly achieves industry recognition

Miss Milly has been announced as Finalist in the Federation of Small Business Awards (FSB) for the West Midlands Self-Employed Trader of The Year, as well as being shortlisted for B2B Business of the Year by BizBubble, a small business network and community organisation.

On Monday 7 March as part of International Women's Day celebrations, Sarah Watmore, founder of Miss Milly, will be attending a special event at the House of Lords. In Spring 2021, Sarah was named as one of F:Entrepreneur's ialso 100, a campaign highlighting, celebrating and promoting inspiring female entrepreneurs in the UK.

Posted: 2 March 2022

dantoy launches Blue Marine Toys line made from recycled maritime materials

dantoy has launched its newest line – Blue Marine Toys, a range made from recycled maritime materials. 

The launch follows a successful few years for the company; in 2018 dantoy launched its BIO-line, which was made from sugarcane, then in 2020 dantoy launched the Green Bean line, products made from internal waste. Last year, dantoy unveiled its Take Back Strategy, in which it collects damaged dantoy toys to turn them into brand new ones. 

Marck Matthiasen, CEO dantoy, says, "Sustainability is not just a trend – it's our DNA. By being open and welcoming the use of new materials, we can crack the need for new materials. It is a long and hard battle but here at dantoy it is a natural part of how we work and think."

Posted: 25 February 2022

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