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Kangaru unveils new partnership with The National Gallery for drawing, painting and activity sets

Kangaru unveils new partnership with The National Gallery for drawing, painting and activity sets

The National Gallery Company Ltd has announced a new deal with Kangaru Toys. Kangaru is one of the fastest growing toy brands in the world, specialising in innovative stationery, colouring, crafts, plush, STEM and novelty toys. Known for innovation, creativity and manufacturing capabilities, the company designs, develops, manufactures and markets creative branded products for children around the globe. Within the UK, the Kangaru Toys range is being managed by Paul Fogarty at Two In One Direct.... read more

Posted: 3 May 2021

Mondo launches new BioBall

Mondo launches new BioBall

Italian toymaker Mondo has launched a new eco-friendly range with the BioBall and ReNewToys series, providing a simple, fun and direct way to teach respect for the environment.The new BioBall is made with a new bio-based formula, which replaces 50% of fossil-derived substances with a renewable sourced plant derivative. The new formula not only makes it the first green ball, but also contributes to improving its flexibility and, consequently, its playability. The ball is available in many varieties.... read more

Posted: 30 April 2021

ExaClair launches new Whiteboard notebooks

ExaClair launches new Whiteboard notebooks

ExaClair Limited, the UK subsidiary of the Exacompta-Clairefontaine group, has launched a new range of Clairefontaine Whiteboard notebooks, perfect for children and early learners. The double-faced whiteboard-inspired covers on the notebooks come with a plain side ideal for easily erasable calculations and drawing, plus a squared side with enlarged ruling, to allow little ones to easily practice their writing skills. The stapled notebooks are then filled with 48 pages of squared Clairefontaine brushed vellum 90gsm paper.... read more

Posted: 29 April 2021

IGHF Delhi Fair to go digital as COVID cases soar in India

IGHF Delhi Fair to go digital as COVID cases soar in India

In light of recent developments with the second surge of COVID in India, the organisers of IHGF Delhi Fair have announced an all virtual edition to ensure health & safety of its buyers as well as exhibitors. The physical mode of the show is cancelled.EPCH, show organisers, have opted to stall the show in favour of a digital edition to continue sourcing opportunities for buyers. Categories at the online event include home, lifestyle, fashion, textiles, gifting and furniture.... read more

Posted: 28 April 2021

Messe Frankfurt cancels Tendence 2021

Messe Frankfurt cancels Tendence 2021

Messe Frankfurt has cancelled Tendence 2021 as a result of the ongoing COVID pandemic. Cancelled for the second time in a row, Messe Frankfurt will continue to offer online platforms in the consumer goods sector, Conzoom Solutions and Nextrade, offer national and international retailers alternatives for inspiration, trend information, ordering or assortment design as well as help for self-help in these challenging times until next spring.... read more

Posted: 27 April 2021

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Enesco's Helen Cottrill to undertake charity hike

Enesco's Helen Cottrill to undertake charity hike

Enesco's marketing & product director Helen Cottrill is set to take part in a 26.2 mile hike in the Lake District to raise money for Macmillan. Helen says, "To raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support my best friend Caroline – also an ex Enesco employee – and I are taking part in the Ullswater Mighty Hike on 19th June. We will complete 26.1 miles around the hills surrounding Ullswater in the Lake District. Over the years we have lost several lovely Enesco colleagues and friends to cancer, so this is in their memory."... read more

Posted: 26 April 2021

ACID celebrates World IP Day with true or false competition

ACID celebrates World IP Day with true or false competition

Every April 26, the World Intellectual Property Office celebrates World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity. Today, we will hear from parliamentarians and some of the best UK designers from different industry sectors about the importance of IP to stimulate innovation for growth. Why IP Matters? And also, what are the challenges of bringing new ideas to market? WIPO say, "Every business starts with an idea. Each of the millions of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that operate across the globe every day started with an idea that took shape in someone's mind and made its way to market."... read more

Posted: 26 April 2021

ExaClair expands range of Rhodia Goalbooks and Softcover notebooks

ExaClair expands range of Rhodia Goalbooks and Softcover notebooks

ExaClair Limited, the UK supplier of Rhodia and Clairefontaine, has launched 11 new warm and inviting colours into its popular Goalbook and Softcover notebook ranges to further satisfy all note-taking, journaling and task-setting needs. The new colours range from deep reds to pastel pinks, earthy greens to complex blues, and have been chosen to ensure the ranges are aligned to the latest colour trends. Goalbooks come with an orange elastic closure, expanding inner pocket, a pen loop and two ribbon bookmarks, and include 120 sheets of Clairefontaine's signature premium-quality, PEFC Certified 90gsm ivory brushed-vellum paper.... read more

Posted: 20 April 2021

Top Drawer returns to live format in September

Top Drawer returns to live format in September

Top Drawer organiser Clarion Events has announced that the show is returning to a live format for its A/W21 edition. Taking place at Olympia London from 12-14 September, the show promises to reunite design-led brands, buyers and designers for trade opportunities for the first time in over a year. To ensure the needs of its audience were best met, in planning for the show's return to an in- person format, the team has extensively surveyed its community of leading retail buyers and interior designers – 82% of which said they intend to attend in September.... read more

Posted: 19 April 2021

Puckator signs lease on new European distribution centre

Puckator signs lease on new European distribution centre

Puckator has signed a lease on a modern 4,000 square metres unit located on a newly constructed logistics park adjacent to Wroclaw airport, which will serve as the group's European Distribution Centre (EDC). South West Poland is geographically advantageous for pan-European distribution and also provides a relatively benign business environment within which to operate. Initially, plans were the commencement of operations by the end of the year, but progress has been swift and now it is likely the EDC will be fully operational by 1st October 2021.... read more

Posted: 16 April 2021

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