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September/October 2022
The spend game 
As consumers gear up for Christmas, we're sure the independent retail market is looking forward to the financial boost the festive season brings, and it will be much needed as consumers continue to tighten their belts amidst the cost-of-living crisis. But spend they are, and this issue we are focusing on our Christmas products part two, Toys & Games, Women’s Jewellery & Accessories, and Greeting Cards.  
That’s all topped off with our regular dose of industry news, new products and insightful business advice.  

Louise x
ExaClair Ltd
Pure London launches new areas; Premium womenswear, Purely Sustainable, Pure Edge, Pure Body, & Gen Z
Pure London launches new areas; Premium womenswear, Purely Sustainable, Pure Edge, Pure Body, & Gen Z
Aiming to present the UK's most comprehensive fashion offering for the A/W 23/24 edition at Olympia London from 12-14 February 2023, Pure London is launching five new destinations joining Ready-to-Wear, Pure Jewel, Accessories, and Shoes. Visitors will discover curated spaces for Premium womenswear, Purely Sustainable, Pure Edge, Pure Body, and Gen Z.

Pure London has always served as a meeting point for the fashion industry and, from this February, sustainability will be at the fore with a curated selection of conscious exhibitors.

With the global ethical fashion market expected to grow from $6.35 billion in 2019 to $8.25 billion in 2023, Purely Sustainable will raise the profile of ethical and sustainable fashion across the entire event, helping lower the industry's carbon footprint and invest in a better future.

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ExaClair's Scrap-addict!
ExaClair's Scrap-addict!
ExaClair Limited, the UK subsidiary of the Exacompta Clairefontaine Group, has recently added a 'Scrap-Addict' kit to complement its premium quality collections of photo albums. Scrap-Addict is a complete scrapbooking kit and allows the user to create their own memories by expressing their creativity using the components included. To help with decorating pages two stencils are included, one featuring geometric and floral shapes and the other magical children's patterns. The black spiral album contains 70 pages to fill!

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Trek Logistics acquires Iconic Diary
Trek Logistics acquires Iconic Diary
Trek Logistics Ltd has acquired Dairy Diary, with the change of ownership said to provide a 'secure and exciting future for the iconic brand.'

Originally launched to support the milkman by the Milk Marketing Board, Dairy Diary is still sold by milkmen and woman across Britain, as well as having soaring sales online. It was taken on by Eaglemoss Ltd in 2001, and now acquired by Trek.

Trek Logistics is owned by Nigel Mothersole, former Head of Operations at Eaglemoss, providing an already sound understanding of Dairy Diary. There is a strong synergy between the two businesses with Trek providing all fulfilment services for the products.

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Trendsetter bedding company achieves B Corp certification
Trendsetter bedding company achieves B Corp certification
Sustainable bedding manufacturing house and parent company of The Fine Bedding Company and Night Owl, Trendsetter, has recently announced its global certification as a B Corporation.

The brand joins an international movement of 4500 purpose-led businesses that meet B Corp's high standards of social and environmental responsibility and transparency.

Based on the B Corp assessment, Trendsetter earned an overall score of 84.3, performing particularly high in the 'environment' and 'worker' sections, being recognised for its commitment to sustainability, continuously innovating and investing in ways to reduce its ecological footprint.

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Heavenly Feet celebrates growth with launch of carbon-neutral warehouse
Heavenly Feet celebrates growth with launch of carbon-neutral warehouse
Leicester-based Heavenly Feet has moved its storage and fulfilment outlet to a new location to cater for growing demand. The new base is a carbon-neutral warehouse located near Nottingham, just off the M1 allowing easy access to the brand's retail partners nationwide. The move has taken place thanks to Heavenly Feet's huge success in recent years after continued year on year growth. The new base will cater for their planned growth and ongoing move to becoming more sustainable. Furthermore, Heavenly Feet has celebrated reaching 300 independent retail partners to stock the brand - known for its reputation to sell-through.

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ACID and The British Millinery Association unite as Industry Partners
ACID and The British Millinery Association unite as Industry Partners
The British Millinery Association CIC (BMACIC) and ACID have been in dialogue for some months now with a joint desire to work collaboratively to promote IP awareness and have formalised this by entering a new Partner arrangement to support BMACIC members in protecting their rights in this area through education and access to ACID support and resources.Underpinning the design and making of those who create hats is a passion for originality and creativity, a proud heritage and a craft that combines skills and knowledge. From couture to ready to wear, milliners generate intellectual property in different forms including design rights, copyright, trademarks and less so, patents.

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Forthcoming Events
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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
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