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Hyve Group to launch online marketplace for B2B retail

Hyve Group to launch online marketplace for B2B retail

Hyve Group is set to launch the Spring & Autumn Fair Online Marketplace. The Online Marketplace takes the wholesale home, gift, and fashion business online, enabling trade with existing and new global partners throughout the year.The Online Marketplace is a brand extension to the heritage brands Spring & Autumn Fair, two live events which are now complemented by a 365 digital trading platform. It will allow brands to access serious, vetted buyers all year round, deepen relationships started at the live events at the NEC, generate leads and take online orders. Buyers can find new products from loved and trusted brands, discover new brands online, build their collections and shop with ease throughout the year.... read more

Posted: 14 April 2021

Sophie la giraffe celebrates 60th anniversary

Sophie la giraffe celebrates 60th anniversary

Sophie la giraffe is celebrating its 60th anniversary this May, and to celebrate this milestone a limited-edition design has been voted for by the fans to decide a one-time design, which will be available in September 2021.Sophie la girafe has become famous with families around the world and been trusted by millions of parents to sooth gums and bring joy to little ones. A classic, cross-generational toy, Sophie la girafe remains the world's bestselling teething toy and is designed to stimulate the senses and soothe teething pains... read more

Posted: 12 April 2021

Suffolk entrepreneur launches new eco bags for kids

Suffolk entrepreneur launches new eco bags for kids

Emily Vigor, founder of Jex clothing, has launched a new eco bag for kids. The new colour-in eco bags are available directly from the Jex website and from partners, Not on the High Street and Joules. Emily is also in talks with new stockists. Speaking about the brand, Emily says, "the gifts from Jex are not solely focussed on "educating" children in the traditional sense. If this year has taught us anything is that education comes in all forms, not just classroom based! Jex is about encouraging kids – and adults along the way if we can! – that it is ok to be our own kind of unique and express ourselves in whatever way they want, there are no boundaries or labels, just them as themselves, always."... read more

Posted: 9 April 2021

Heyland & Whittle launches eco-friendly wedding favours

Heyland & Whittle launches eco-friendly wedding favours

Heyland & Whittle has created a new eco-collection of 100% natural palm-free soap favours, which tick all the boxes for couples looking for sustainable, planet-friendly wedding choices. Beautifully boxed in recycled card, they look attractive on the table and their delicate fragrances will naturally add to the room ambience. The mini soaps inside are expertly hand blended with 100% natural essential oils, herbs, spices and natural colourings – following the distinctive Heyland & Whittle cold-processed recipe.... read more

Posted: 7 April 2021

Watchfinder & Co removes gender classifications

Watchfinder & Co removes gender classifications

Luxury watch retailer Watchfinder & Co is said to be the first UK watch seller to remove gender labels from its operations, including its website and all stores. The company will instead label the watches as small, medium or large. The industry-first move has seen the brand launch a campaign with award-winning music artist Tinie Tempah –calling for all jewellery and watches to be made genderless as standard.The brand is urging manufacturers to follow suit and refer to watches by their size alone and ditch the 'redundant, restrictive and outdated' gender model, which labels certain watches as only suitable for those of a particular sex, undermining people's personal tastes and size choices.... read more

Posted: 7 April 2021

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Exclusively offers live ‘launchpad’ for smaller suppliers

Exclusively offers live ‘launchpad’ for smaller suppliers

The 2021 Exclusively Show is to feature a live 'Launchpad' initiative showcasing products from suppliers in the housewares, small electricals and gift industries, including start-ups. The concept was trialled successfully at Exclusively Digital in 2020; but has never run as a live element of the show. Exclusively has a proven track record for enabling established brands to get in front of buyers and the media and the idea of the Launchpad is to do the same for companies who have not previously had such an opportunity.... read more

Posted: 6 April 2021

J Boult Designs updates it’s Shotgun cartridge gift set packaging

J Boult Designs updates it’s Shotgun cartridge gift set packaging

J Boult Designs has updated it's gift packaging for the Shotgun cartridge hip flask gift set. The packaging is a recyclable cardboard tube with the J Boult Designs story on an eco-friendly Kraft sticker. Made in the J Boult Designs workshop, each hip flask is made with a full leather-bound 6oz (177ml) stainless steel hip flask with an up-cycled 12 bore shotgun cartridge riveted into the high-quality leather. J Boult Designs is set to exhibit this handmade product and it's range of eco-friendly, upcycled products at the Home & Gift 2021 (18-21 July) in Harrogate. Wholesale price: £20, RRP: £50.... read more

Posted: 1 April 2021

Home & Gift to return to Harrogate for 2021

Home & Gift to return to Harrogate for 2021

In response to overwhelming industry demand and in-line with government guidelines, Clarion Events, the organisers of the summer trade buying festival, Home & Gift, has announced their intention to return to a live show format in Harrogate for 2021. Taking place from 18th-21st July across the Harrogate Convention Centre and grounds of the DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate, the show will offer the retail industry the first and largest face to-face opportunity for buyers and brands to unite and do business in over a year.... read more

Posted: 29 March 2021

University Games takes steps to protect work towards a greener future

University Games takes steps to protect work towards a greener future

Games, puzzles and gift specialist University Games is taking positive strides to improve its environmental impact in 2021, making significant steps towards a greener future. The company has also created a new 'Taking Steps to Protect Our Planet' logo to help enforce its message further. University Games now offers a portfolio of over 700 games, puzzles and gifts, following the acquisition of The Lagoon Group last summer, the majority of which utilise cardboard in either their production or packaging process.... read more

Posted: 24 March 2021

Busy Bee Candles launches VaricColour LED Electric Wax Warmers

Busy Bee Candles launches VaricColour LED Electric Wax Warmers

Busy Bee Candles has launched the new VaricColour LED Electric Wax Warmers. Themed to the season and with a nod to modern and retro interiors, these colour changing wax warmers add a touch of decorative flair and give a fabulous fragrance performance. Simply load the glass wax tray with Magik Beanz (or any wax melt), switch on and enjoy the soothing light changing show. The four styles currently on offer are just a small selection of what Busy Bee has planned. With styles for Autumn, Halloween and, of course, Christmas, the line-up looks fantastic! Most importantly they will keep your customers looking for the next warmer to match the season or their latest interior.... read more

Posted: 23 March 2021

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