Show News: Industry news from Gift Focus magazine

Frankfurt consumer goods fairs set international benchmark

Ambiente, Christmasworld and Creativeworld joined forces for the first time from February 3rd-4th to 7th, 2023, to inspire as the global hub for upcoming lifestyle trends. They reflect the increasing merging of lifestyles and focus on the top theme of sustainability. 4,561 exhibitors occupied the entire Frankfurt exhibition center on 352,950 gross square meters and impressed 154,000 retailers from all over the world with their innovations. Participants from more than 170 nations celebrated the personal encounter.

Posted: 13 February 2023

And the Creative Impulse Award goes to...

Just about a month before the Oscars in Hollywood, Creativeworld honours the most innovative new products with the Oscar of the hobby, craft and artists' supplies sector. The Creative Impulse Award was presented today on the opening day of the leading international trade fair. The crowds at the ceremony were huge and the excitement about who will win an award in one of the five categories was palpable.

Posted: 9 February 2023

Last chance to enter LaunchPad

The deadline for entering London Stationery Show's LaunchPad competition is fast approaching. This is a chance for industry newcomers to exhibit their products alongside the biggest names in stationery at the Business Design Centre from 16th-17th May. Six small business owners will each receive a free stand at London Stationery Show 2023 and 50 per cent off a stand at the 2024 show (including full marketing support). As a specialist trade show attracting the UK's biggest retailers and most influential buyers in the paper, arts and crafts, writing instruments, and greeting cards sectors, this is a fantastic opportunity for emerging brands to meet buyers with real purchasing power.

Posted: 6 February 2023

CHSI Stitches and The GA collaborate

The Giftware Association is proud to announce it is working in collaboration with ICHF Events, the UK's leading organiser of CHSI Stitches and a portfolio of lifestyle and hobby events, following its takeover of The Creative Industries Association in 2022. The GA has been learning more about the industry and getting to know creative craft businesses and members at Craft Shows organised by ICHF. ICHF Events has welcomed the association to the craft industry and the collaboration will see both businesses embarking on future events and projects.

Posted: 2 February 2023

Spring Fair reveals Retail Stage line-up

Spring Fair, the UK marketplace for wholesale Home, Gift and Fashion which returns to the NEC Birmingham NEC from 5th – 8th February 2023, has announced its Inspiring Retail Stage line-up. Featuring leading industry professionals and rising stars, the line-up features 40 speakers, sharing exclusive market intelligence, insights and valuable industry information all designed to provide buyers with the opportunity to increase their knowledge, understand critical market trends and themes, and connect with leaders in the field. Located in Hall 6, the Inspiring Retail Stage has a jam-packed programme with trend updates, e-commerce advice, sustainability guidance and business tips across the four days.

Posted: 31 January 2023

Harrogate Fashion Week offers buyers a fabulous selection of brands

Harrogate Fashion Week is set to open for the eight edition on 5th February, 2023. Once again organisers Sarah and Wendy are delighted to announce it will be the largest show to date, so don't delay register now.

Held in 3 halls at the Harrogate Convention Centre which is set right in the heart of this beautiful spa town with hotels, guest houses, restaurants and bars all on its doorstep. Harrogate has a reputation as a great place to do business and network after hours – what more could you want.

Posted: 24 January 2023

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.

Posted: 15 December 2022

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.

Posted: 13 October 2022

Success in Scotland!

Tourism in Scotland has begun to bounce back strongly with foreign visitors returning this summer, bringing much needed business to shops and attractions around Scotland. Following this successful summer season, Scotland's Trade Fair Autumn, provided a welcome chance to re-order, seek new products and network with suppliers.

The Show took place at the SEC in Glasgow from 17th-18th September. Having been brought forward by a day because of The Queen's funeral, the Show still attracted retailers keen to re-stock and re-order.

Posted: 22 September 2022

Toy Fair 2023 sells out!

The British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA) is delighted to announce that Toy Fair 2023 has sold out four months ahead of the show opening, with all exhibition spaces including the Greenhouse, now with waiting lists. The prestigious annual show, which is back for its 69th year, is taking place from the 24th-26th January 2023 at Olympia London. With 250 exhibiting companies in attendance, occupying the Grand and National halls on both levels, the toy industry is gearing up for one of the busiest shows to date!

Posted: 12 September 2022