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Joe Davies announces At Home event

Joe Davies announces At Home event

Following the cancellation of NEC Spring Fair, Gift Importer Joe Davies has announced a showroom event of its own. The Joe Davies at Home Spring Fair will take place every day from 1-12 February, 2021, at the company's spacious showrooms, including a special weekend opening on the 6th and 7th February.Paul Hooker, Commercial Director, commented, "We love exhibiting at Spring Fair, it really kicks the year off to a positive start and we are so sad not to be there. Following the huge success of our Autumn event, we will be having a Spring Fair 'At Home' of our own."... read more

Posted: 4 December 2020

ExaClair expands the Exacompta Aquarel, 1928 and Eterneco ranges

ExaClair expands the Exacompta Aquarel, 1928 and Eterneco ranges

ExaClair, the UK subsidiary of the Exacompta-Clairefontaine Group, has expanded its Exacompta Aquarel, Eterneco and 1928 ranges to meet all home working needs. Aquarel has introduced an A4 expanding case, as well as lever arch and magazine files, plus new desktop accessories across a selection of soft, subtle and light pastel colours; Eterneco's new water resistant, nature inspired archive boxes, lever arch files and expanding cases suit those looking to create an earthy feel; and 1928's glossy lever arch and magazine files will bring a punchy brightness to a home office.... read more

Posted: 3 December 2020

Enesco announces Phil Atherton as new sales director

Enesco announces Phil Atherton as new sales director

Enesco has announced the appointment of Phil Atherton as company sales director. Phil was most recently the group sales and marketing director of Portmerion Group plc, where, during his eight-year tenure, sales grew from £55m to £93m. He was previously with John Cotton Home textiles for fourteen years, where he similarly oversaw significant sales growth. Before that he held senior sales management positions in the drinks trade with Remy Martin, Gaymer Group and Allied Domecq.Phil says, "I am looking forward to working with the team at Enesco and to identifying and growing the many opportunities we have. The fantastic brands and products within the Enesco portfolio have huge potential across the whole of EMEA."... read more

Posted: 2 December 2020

HOMI reschedules show to September 2021 alongside Il Salone del mobile

HOMI reschedules show to September 2021 alongside Il Salone del mobile

HOMI, the lifestyle exhibition dedicated to lifestyle and home decorations, initially scheduled for January 2021, has been rescheduled to 5 to 8 September at fieramilanocity and Mico together with the Salone del Mobile. The new calendar will enable HOMI to continue in its work of transforming the event from a simple meeting between supply and demand into an international networking hub for the entire value chain. In expectation of the upcoming event, HOMI will continue to develop its digital project and stay close to businesses and professionals with its year-round visibility platform.... read more

Posted: 30 November 2020

Enesco receives awards for Peter Rabbit collection

Enesco receives awards for Peter Rabbit collection

Enesco has received three awards for its Beatrix Potter collection, awarded by UKMums.TV and judged by consumers, the team collected a gold award in the Nursery Must Have category for its Beatrix Potter Decorative Alphabet Letters.Enesco was awarded a further gold award for the Peter Rabbit Changing Bag, in the Best Changing Bag category and finally a Bronze for the Best on The Go product for the Peter Rabbit Pram Organiser. The Peter Rabbit Baby Collection also won the very prestigious Gift of The Year 'Branded Gift' award in February 2020.... read more

Posted: 30 November 2020

Wax Lyrical CEO named ‘Business Person of the Year’ by In-Cumbria

Wax Lyrical CEO named ‘Business Person of the Year’ by In-Cumbria

Jacqui Gale, Chief Executive of Wax Lyrical, has been presented with the In-Cumbria Award for "Business Person of the Year". The Award recognises the leadership and drive demonstrated to overcome challenges and significantly transform a business. Never were those qualities need more, than in 2020.The award recognises an outstanding contribution to the company, however, Jacqui was quick to share the accolade with the Wax Lyrical team. She said, "I am of course honoured to accept this Award, but I do so on behalf of the 138 staff in Wax Lyrical and the wider Portmeirion Group. The year 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone but it is important to appreciate what was achieved in the face of such adversity."... read more

Posted: 27 November 2020

RHS to launch its first rosé wine in time for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

RHS to launch its first rosé wine in time for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced a partnership with historic South African fruit and wine farm Babylonstoren to produce an RHS rosé wine.The wine will launch just before the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on 17 May 2021, for which it will be the official rosé wine. Visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be the first to taste the special vintage.A fresh fruity rosé is best enjoyed soon after bottling and this wine is no exception. Babylonstoren will harvest and bottle the grapes mere weeks before the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021, then rush the first shipment to London. The rosé will feature a designation label on the front of the bottle. The RHS logo and information about Britain's favourite gardening charity will appear on the label on the back of the bottle.... read more

Posted: 25 November 2020

Chronicle Books acquires premier game and toy brands Petit Collage, Ridley’s Games, and Games Room from Wild + Wolf

Chronicle Books acquires premier game and toy brands Petit Collage, Ridley’s Games, and Games Room from Wild + Wolf

Chronicle Books announced today the acquisition of Wild + Wolf's three signature game & toy brands: Petit Collage, eco-friendly toys and gifts with high play value for babies and young children; Ridley's Games, imaginative and original trend-led games for all ages, including bestsellers like Avocado Smash, Selfish, and Drawsome; and Games Room, trivia decks and games featuring bespoke, iconic designs.The acquisition spans approximately 350 active SKUs and more than 10,000 existing retail partners across 60 countries. New products will continue to be produced under the Petit Collage, Ridley's Games, and Games Room brand identities.... read more

Posted: 23 November 2020

Gibsons hosts virtual trade show

Gibsons hosts virtual trade show

With the sad news that Toy Fair and Spring Fair 2021 are no longer taking place, Gibsons, the 101-year-old jigsaw puzzle and board game company, will be hosting its very own virtual trade show.From 1-5 February, 2021, you will be able to partake in a private showcase of the company's new products, have one-to-one meetings with the team to confirm listings for the year and take advantage of special show offers.Express your interest now by emailing show@gibsonsgames.co.uk to gain access to their virtual hub which is full of exclusive content.... read more

Posted: 20 November 2020

Asmodee to take Asmofair to the next level with January show

Asmodee to take Asmofair to the next level with January show

Asmodee, a UK board game supplier, has announced a new iteration of AsmoFair, the virtual trade-show substitute, to run from 17-23 January.With the COVID-19 pandemic causing a fresh wave of cancellations for major in-person trade events including Toy Fair and Spring Fair, the games specialists is continuing to find innovative ways to recreate these valuable experiences in a safe environment, keeping the industry connected during a challenging period.AsmoFair offers retailers the opportunity to book virtual meetings with Asmodee for a closer look at the company's products for 2021, including the latest from the UK's No.1 selling game, Dobble, and the Pokémon Trading Card Game ranges.... read more

Posted: 20 November 2020

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