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November/December 2022
Another year is drawing to a close, and it’s been yet another 12 months of uncertainty. With the ongoing concern over COVID still ever present, the Russian war on Ukraine, and the cost of living crisis just some of the further day-to-day worries impacting both our personal and business life, we’re all once again going into a new year feeling slightly battle-worn. However, what has been witnessed in this further 12 months of adversity, is that the independent retail market is one of the most resilient industries. As media outlets offer up yet more concerning news, independent retailers baton down the hatches and continue to do what you do best - create a sense of stability and community for weary consumers. And in return, you are rewarded with a loyal customer base and the ability to hang on in there during a seemingly never-ending cycle of problems that may or may not affect your business.

This issue we are looking ahead to the future, and while it may be unstable ground for a little while yet, there are good times ahead, and good times that consumers want to celebrate. One sure-fi re celebration to get the tills ringing is Valentine’s Day - check out our round-up of the day of love on page 49. We also cover Handmade and Fairtrade gifts, as well as budget buys under £10. Of course, we shine the spotlight on the up and coming trade shows, this issue looking at Top Drawer Spring, Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring, Giving & Living, and Harrogate Christmas & Gift.

We’ve loved bringing you all the latest and greatest giftware products and news over the last 12 months, and can’t wait to continue doing so in the new year.

Thank you, as ever, for all your continued support!

Louise x
LSS expands into the arts & crafts sector
LSS expands into the arts & crafts sector
The team behind London Stationery Show are delighted to announce the show's expansion into the arts and crafts industry. As the UK's only trade event dedicated to the paper and writing instruments industry this is an incredibly exciting development that will see a broader range of products on offer than ever before. According to Mintel's UK Hobbies and Interests Market Report for 2022, one in five adults have embarked on a new hobby since the outbreak of COVID-19. With people spending more time at home now than they did prior to the pandemic and a subsequent rise in concern for achieving the perfect work/life balance, more people are reaching to arts and crafts to de-stress and detox from the digital world.

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IHGF Delhi Fair Spring 2023 set to be bigger than ever
IHGF Delhi Fair Spring 2023 set to be bigger than ever
IHGF Delhi Fair, organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), India, is slated to be bigger in its Spring 2023 edition to be held from 15th to 19th March 2023. Resuming its earlier form and stature with each successive show, this fair will be a full capacity show. The response and revival can be attributed to exemplary growth in exhibitor participation as well as buyer attendance in the past three editions.

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Pantone's Colour of The Year - revealed!
Pantone's Colour of The Year - revealed!
Pantone's Colour of The Year, Viva Magenta, is oh-so gorgeous and perfect not just for upcoming Valentine's Day - it'll brighten up the high street all year round! Pantone's Colour of the Year, Viva Magenta 18-1750, has been described as: vibrating with vim and vigour. It's a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family and expressive of a new signal of strength. Viva Magenta is brave and fearless, and a pulsating colour whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative.

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Royal Selangor opens luxury flagship store in Battersea Power Station neighbourhood
Royal Selangor opens luxury flagship store in Battersea Power Station neighbourhood
Royal Selangor's UK flagship store opens its doors today at the Grade II* Battersea Power Station, as part of one of the most exciting mixed-use neighbourhoods in the world.

The artisans, who specialise in a wide range of gift items and are known for being the world's foremost name in quality pewter, have opened their new UK store as part of wider global growth expansion plans.

At present, Royal Selangor produces over 1,000 unique designs sold in more than 20 countries and has received several prestigious international awards including the Design Plus Award, Red Dot Award and Good Design Award.

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Simply Thank You announces new partnership with start-up Insiem
Simply Thank You announces new partnership with start-up Insiem
Corporate gifting company Simply Thank You has announced a major new partnership with North East start-up Insiem that will benefit small, independent retail businesses across the country.

The collaboration will allow global corporate clients of Darlington-based Simply Thank You to shop at niche, independent online stores, alongside high-street names and big brands, using gift cards and reward points.

Insiem, a new online shopping site that brings together hundreds of British independent retailers on one dedicated platform, is the first of its kind to form an alliance with well-established gifting giant Simply Thank You.

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Talking Tables becomes certified B Corporation
Talking Tables becomes certified B Corporation
Talking Tables is now a certified B Corporation, joining a growing group of companies reinventing business by pursuing purpose as well as profit.

B Corps are companies and organisations that have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency, demonstrating a commitment to goals outside of profit.

The accreditation process is over seen by B Lab, a non-profit network transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. The movement began in 2006 with the idea that a different kind of economy was not only possible, but necessary — and that business could lead the way towards a new model putting people and the planet at the forefront. London is the capital of B Corps – there are now almost 1,000 UK B Corps, with over 5,700 worldwide.

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Forthcoming Events
Please note: All dates are subject to changes, contact organisers for more information before making arrangements. To view more events, please visit the events page on our website...

10-11 Jan 2023 - The London Textile Fair
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH

15-18 Jan 2023 - Harrogate Christmas & Gift
Harrogate Convention Centre, King's Rd, Harrogate, HG1 5LA

15-17 Jan 2023 - Top Drawer London
Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd, London, W14 8UX

15-17 Jan 2023 - Giving & Living
Westpoint, Exeter, EX5 1DJ

19-20 Jan 2023 - Just Around The Corner - Manchester
Manchester Central Convention Complex

22-24 Jan 2023 - Scotland's Trade Fair Spring
SEC, Glasgow

24-26 Jan 2023 - The Toy Fair
Olympia, Grand & National Halls

4-7 Feb 2023 - Creativeworld
Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany

5-8 Feb 2023 - MODA
The NEC, Birmingham, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham, B40 1NT

5-8 Feb 2023 - Spring Fair
NEC Birmingham, B40 1NT, UK

5-6 Feb 2023 - Harrogate Fashion Week
Harrogate Convention Centre

8-9 Feb 2023 - Just Around The Corner - London
London, Truman Brewery, Shoreditch
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