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HOMI Special Edition reports sustainability focus

HOMI Special Edition, the trade fair for furnishings and home accessories for contemporary living, ended on a positive note, hosting 352 brands, 40 percent from 27 different foreign countries.

Alongside the variety of products offered throughout the exhibition, there was an events programme packed with in-depth discussions, workshops and talks focusing on the main themes of interest to the HOMI community, organised in collaboration with institutions and industry experts.

The themes were diverse, ranging from the retail experience to living spaces and trade.

Posted: 11 April 2022

Scoop celebrates 21st show anniversary; takes place at Olympia West

This July, contemporary designer women's wear show Scoop, celebrates its 21st show anniversary and has announced it will take place at Olympia West, London on the 17th – 19th July.

Under the creative direction of Scoop International founder and MD, Karen Radley, Scoop will showcase the very best premium and ready-to-wear women's and men's clothing, accessory and lifestyle collections.

Looking forward to next year, 12-14th February 2023, Scoop London will take place at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London.

Posted: 8 April 2022

BCTF 2022 is almost upon us!

The very best of British designer makers are getting ready for this important trade exhibition with the return of the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) to the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate from 10-12 April. One of a kind in the trade exhibition calendar for its exclusive dedication to handmade British crafts, BCTF will showcase an exceptional array of design talent from across the crafting spectrum of ceramics, glasswork, fine art, cards and stationery, fashion accessories, textiles and soft furnishings, home fragrance products, spectacular hand-crafted Jewellery and more.

Posted: 7 April 2022

Pure London announces extensive international programme

Pure London, which returns to Olympia London on the 17-19th July, has announced its investment in an extensive International programme.

This incorporates a comprehensive Agent Network in over 30 countries created to make the show the UK's most exciting international fashion event showcasing brands from as far afield as Peru and Australia.

With governments in many markets using events to drive exports post-pandemic, the new international team is also securing subsidies from key countries including France and Poland to bolster its international brand offering.

Posted: 7 April 2022

The NAJ JET Business Network (JBN) announces Retail Jewellers’ Congress theme

The NAJ JET Business Network (JBN) has announced the theme of its upcoming Retail Jewellers' Congress, which is due to take place at the NAJ Summit 2022 on Monday, June 13.

During the JBN Regional Meetings in February 2022, JBN Members agreed that their two biggest post-lockdown challenges are centered on digital efficiency and growth, as well as hiring and maintaining staff. These are the same issues that were singled out pre-lockdown, suggesting the impact of COVID-19 has not changed core business concerns for independent retail jewellers.

The theme for this year's Congress, therefore, continues the precedent set in 2021, with the title being: "Grow your Presence, Grow your People, Grow your Profit - Part 2."

Posted: 6 April 2022

New food and drink trade show The Source Roadshow is launched

On Thursday 16th of June, the Source Roadshow will be bringing more than 100 exhibitors to Bristol's Ashton Gate Stadium, for one day only.

This new event will showcase food and drink, equipment and all the services your catering, hospitality, or food retail business needs.

Working with Taste of the West, the South West's regional food group, and BARBIE – Bristol Association of Restaurants, Bars and Independent Establishments, the Source Roadshow will present trade buyers with an engaging, exciting, and valuable business opportunity to taste, test and compare.

Posted: 4 April 2022

CHSI Stitches 2022 saw strong turnout for first post-pandemic show

CHSI Stitches 2022 saw a strong turnout, innovative new products from leading brands and high-profile speakers at its first post-pandemic show at the NEC in February.

The show, the first since February 2020, drew leading creative craft brands, showcasing new ranges, many of which were being displayed for the first time in person since the pandemic started.

The show saw new retailers attending the show for the first time, reflecting the growth in craft during the pandemic.

Independent retailer from Warrington, Stitch Station, was launched by Diane Hughes five months ago after lockdown. She was one of the many new businesses to attend the trade show.

Posted: 25 March 2022

Stands selling fast at the Exclusively show

Stands at the Exclusively Show, which returns to its traditional June 14th and 15th dates for its 20th anniversary year, are already over 90 percent sold to housewares, gift and small electricals exhibitors eager to take advantage of the show's proven commercial opportunities. Exclusively takes place at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

Will Jones, Exclusively Chairman and Chief Operating Officer at BHETA, which owns the show says, "Plans for Exclusively 2022 are already well advanced and it is fantastic to see the support and enthusiasm of the industry so evident in these early booking figures. We are looking forward to welcoming back overseas buyers and media this year and as 2022 is the show's 20th anniversary, we have some special events planned."

Posted: 11 March 2022

Brand Licensing Europe opens applications for its Retail Mentoring Programme

Retailers are being invited to apply for a delegate place on Brand Licensing Europe's popular Retail Mentoring Programme (RMP).

The free-to-attend, CPD-accredited course is delivered through a series of seminars, workshops and 1-2-1 consultancy sessions between May and September 2022. It is now in its 12th year and boasts hundreds of alumni from the likes of Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Selfridges, Halfords, Asda George, Ann Summers, River Island, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Toymaster, The Entertainer, Morrisons and more.

Posted: 4 March 2022

The Jewellery Show and NAJ form exclusive agreement

In exciting news, CloserStill Media and The NAJ have announced an exclusive agreement within BATF that will see members of the Association receive significant benefits including major stand discounts.

The Jewellery Show which takes place between 5th - 6th September at London's Excel Arena, is an industry wide trade event hosting fine, contemporary, designer jewellery.

At its core, the industry is about bringing people with a common interest together and the ability to connect to generate professional opportunities.

Posted: 23 February 2022