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4 In this issue... REGULARS 8 Industry news All the latest from the world of gifts 14 On with the show Trade fair dates and show news 19 Brand spanking new Latest launches and brand-new products 27 Bookstand The latest releases in gift books FEATURES 33 To dad, with love Father’s Day is one of the prime gifting events throughout the year, with the product choices continuing to expand 37 Home grown Capitalize on the trend for products made in Britain with these gorgeous offerings… 41 Light up Gone are the days when candles are simply mainstays of the festive season only – they’re now perennial pick-up items. Curate a stunning in-store offering with these gorgeous options 44 Pen to paper As the nation continues to embrace putting pen to paper as a kickback from the digital era, these stationery items are destined to be bestsellers 84 Interiors: bedroom products A sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of every-day life, the bedroom is a main focus of the home – tick the right boxes and you’ll have a successful product offering to capture spend-happy customers 86 Interiors: Colour Wheel Wellness, serenity and calm are 2022 buzzwords as the world takes a breath and begins its pandemic recovery – mentally and physically. These products in a neutral tone evoke feelings of calm and will help cultivate a peaceful home 88 Interiors: Lighting Lighting can make or break a room, with the products making a style statement all on their own. Check out these on-trend options… 37 March/April 2022 33 BUSINESS ADVICE 49 ACID ACID campaign for a government review on design IP is successful, says Dids Macdonald, CEO of Anti Copying in Design (ACID) 63 FSB Martin McTague, FSB’s National Vice Chair, Policy and Advocacy, looks at the late payment crisis for small businesses and how the Government needs to do more to address the issue 72 Online excellence E-commerce experts Optiseller spotlights five new online trends that will affect all online sellers in 2022

5 CONTENTS SHOWS 53 London Stationery Show Gift Focus magazine speaks exclusively to London Stationery Show Event Director, Alex Butler about what the show will offer 57 Farm & Deli show The UK Food & Drink Shows return to the NEC, Birmingham, bringing together the Farm Shop & Deli Show, Food & Drink Expo, National Convenience Show and The Forecourt Show 61 IGHF Delhi Fair The Spring edition of IHGF Delhi Fair has been rescheduled to later dates due to the surge of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, this will ensure the health and safety of its exhibitors and hassle free travel for buyers FOCUS ON 66 Company profile With a strong range of products on offer, Lesser & Pavey prides itself on its customer contact and bringing creativity and innovation to the marketplace 68 Company Profile Groovy UK has a wide product offering that is steeped in quality design. Despite finding the pandemic challenging, the company is excited to try new ideas. Here Monique Scott, Managing Director and Owner tells us more… 74 Up & Coming The Beeswax Company was launched due to Founder Fran Beer noticing a gap in the market for sustainable alternatives to cling film. The venture was a success from the start, with collaborations forged between the likes of the National Trust and Cath Kidston 103 113 ATT I RE ACCESSOR I ES 95 Editor’s Letter 97 Industry news All the latest from the world of accessories 101 Brand spanking new Latest launches and brand-new products 103 Beach, please As consumers look towards sunnier days and warmer climes, now’s the time to stock up your store 107 To have and to hold Bright and beautiful clutch bags to stock 109 The bling ring Women’s jewellery is not only a great gifting item, but also generates selfpurchase sales 113 Company profile CME Jewellery has been in the industry for 40 years, seeing off recessions and the recent pandemic. Here Clare Belton, Marketing Manager tells us about the company’s secret to success 116 Up & Coming Every sale from the Studs of Hope collection by ethical jewellery company Vurchoo gives back to local communities and is distributed worldwide by charitable partner Teach A Man to Fish 122 Blog Having attended the first in-person Spring Fair event since COVID-19 emerged, Gift Focus Editor Louise Prance discusses the successful return of trade shows post-pandemic 107 61

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7 EDITOR’S LETTER On the cover Batala offers distinctive giftware, as well as decorative pieces for indoors and outdoors, lighting, tableware, gifts, linen, soft furnishings and much more. Founded in 1991 in the Basque Country region of Northern Spain, the company is proud of its Basque heritage, and is equally as proud of its collection of sea-inspired treasures. Trend-led design While the omicron COVID-19 variant cast the show season in doubt, and the ongoing supply chain crisis causing more uncertainty, we’re delighted to say that the in-person Spring Fair show was a roaring success. The event was not only well attended, it was a veritable feast of British talent, design and optimism. Having attended Spring Fair, Moda and the Jewellery & Watch edit, it’s safe to say that you are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to curating a wonderful in-store offering. While Spring Fair is a hive of trend-led options, this issue we are spotlighting more perfect buying opportunities. Read on for a focus on Father’s Day, Made in Britain, Candles & Home Fragrance, and Stationery. We also have a focus on London Stationery Show and the Farm Shop & Deli shows. This issue we also throw the spotlight on two companies that are a mainstay of the gift industry. Lesser & Pavey and Groovy UK both have inspirational stories that led to them being the stalwarts they are today – check out their stories on pages 65 and 68 respectively. As always we have a round-up of industry news, new products and show news. Enjoy the issue! Louise Prance Editor EDITOR Louise Prance +44 (0)1376 535 613 EDITORIAL MANAGER Danielle Harvey SALES AND EVENTS DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis +44 (0)1376 538 490 ACCOUNT MANAGER Sharon Dengate +44 (0)1376 535 601 PRODUCTION MANAGER Scott Brothwell SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Sarah Hill, Stephanie Hodder, Vicky O’Connor +44 (0)1376 535 616 PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Lorna Butcher WEB DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Stuart Weatherley SUBSCRIPTIONS +44 (0)1376 514 000 KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP Gift Focus and Attire Accessories are solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility of the standing of advertisers nor by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Gift Focus is published six times a year. ISSN 1758-0897 @giftfocus @giftfocusmag @gift_focus Gift Focus magazine is proud to be associated with and supporters of:

Industry news LAURENCE KING PUBLISHING TO PRODUCE TWO NEW GIFTS FOR THE FORTHCOMING THE AMAZING MAURICE FILM Laurence King Publishing will produce two new gifts for the forthcoming The Amazing Maurice Film. Philip Contos, Commissioning Editor for Gift at Laurence King Publishing, part of Orion Books, has acquired rights to produce a 250-piece jigsaw puzzle and children’s matching card game (Puzzle at £14.99 and cards at £12.99 inc. UK VAT, for children and families ages 6+) to accompany the release on Sky Cinema of The Amazing Maurice later this year. The film – produced by Cantilever Media and Ulysses Filmproduktion in co-production with Sky – is based on Terry Pratchett’s novel The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (2001), the first Discworld novel for children, which won the Carnegie Medal in 2001. Contos says: “I’m thrilled to be working on these games to help kids enjoy the world of The Amazing Maurice, Bad Blintz, and the rat king. It’s the first-ever animated feature film based on a novel by Terry Pratchett and it’s a fantastic way of introducing younger audiences to his work. I watched the rough cut with my 7-year-old and he loved it, in spite of the fact that it was only a third finished – I can’t wait to see the finished film and it’s going to be so much fun exploring the world of the novel further in the jigsaw puzzle and matching game. It’s like a cross between Ratatouille and Robin Hood, with the spirited Malicia as narrator giving lots of hilarious asides direct to camera.” Catch up on all the latest in our news round up JOE DAVIES APPOINTED AS XPRESSIONS DISTRIBUTOR TO INDEPENDENT RETAIL Joe Davies has been appointed as distributor for Xpressions 4 U Limited for some of the most popular Xpressions Ranges to independent retailers. Retailer favourite brands such as Pots of Dreams, Boofle, Nordic Lights, Feather & Grace, Only Fools & Horses, Dad’s Army and Minecraft are available now. Kishor Shah, Managing Director at Xpressions said, “We have been working on new strategies to evolve the Xpressions business to meet the changing marketplace and to ensure we keep on track for our long-term plans for growth. As part of this strategy, we are moving to new offices and changing to third party warehousing. To ensure our independent customers receive the same level of support and service they have always enjoyed we wanted a distribution partner to supply Xpressions direct to independent retail. “Joe Davies is a well-respected family-owned business, renowned for their Award-Winning Customer Service and their ‘little & often’ order system, which is a perfect fit for the Xpressions Range and our customers.” Paul Hooker, Commercial Director at Joe Davies said, “We are very excited to be working with Xpressions and looking forward to supplying Xpressions customers, many of which we already serve. The brands are a perfect match to our existing ranges and the tie up will really benefit both companies’ customers.” For all enquiries regarding the Xpressions Range at Joe Davies or to place orders please contact Joe Davies on +44 (0)161 975 6300 or visit 8

GIBSONS TEAMS UP WITH ONE TRIBE ON CLIMATE ACTION INITIATIVE As part of its sustainability mission, the 100-year-old familyowned jigsaw puzzle and board game company, Gibsons, has announced that it has joined forces with One Tribe, the certified B corporation whose digital platform enables them to help fight the climate crisis. For every order that is placed through their website, they will make a donation to protect 100sqm of rainforest, in turn reducing their carbon footprint and helping to save our planet. Gibsons decided to collaborate with One Tribe due to its work spanning far and wide, such as protecting Amazonian rainforests, biodiverse habitats, indigenous communities and endangered species. This work is 76 times more impactful than planting a new tree – for example, planting 1 tree absorbs 53.1 kilos of carbon by 2030, yet protecting 20 trees absorbs 3900 kilos of carbon by 2030. This is so important for the future of our planet. Rainforests are the lungs of our planet because they store and remove CO2 from the atmosphere. However, they are constantly being cut down for agriculture to provide for the meat industry and mining, oil and gas extraction. Planting new trees is fantastic for the long term, but protecting the rainforest is much more effective for the present state of our planet. You can read more about the impact of deforestation here. For every complete order placed at, Gibsons make a donation to One Tribe, which in turn saves 100sqm of the rainforest, protecting five trees. You can view the Gibsons Impact Page, which tracks the difference they are making through the number of acres saved, trees protected and tonnes of CO2 stored, thanks to the purchases their customers make. One Tribe works by connecting websites with rainforest protection charities through their platform, such as Rainforest Trust UK. GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES ‘CALLS FOR VIEWS’ FOR DESIGN AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Following its recent survey on the Designs Framework, the IPO has now also announced a major Call for Views on Design and IP, which is long overdue to support an important UK sector that is a USP on a world stage. Design is a national and international asset for Great Britain and is also an impressive export sector. This is an excellent opportunity for designers/manufacturers and all those engaged who use design to innovate in many different sectors to examine whether current design laws are fit for purpose and respond by reviewing the existing Designs Framework. ACID’s Chief Executive Dids Macdonald, OBE., CEO of ACID says, “Designers’ livelihoods matter and this is dependent upon a Design IP framework which is fit for purpose. From the seed of idea to market reality takes sweat equity, time, and finance not to mention all the other aspects of R & D, prototyping et al. Design infringement is a sanitised word for theft and it is critical that designers are supported by a law that has a real deterrent factor. The introduction of criminal provisions for the intentional infringement of an unregistered design (in line with copyright protection) would act as a real deterrent as a minimum. Afterall, most UK designers rely on unregistered rights. We believe that individual directors should also be liable in line with the IP Act of 2014.” According to ACID, designers continue to be baffled by a law that makes it a criminal offence to copy a two-dimensional design drawing but when that drawing is converted into a 3D product there is no criminal offence involved should it be copied. Nick Kounoupias, ACID’s Chief Counsel said, “I’m pleased that designers have been given the opportunity to explain once again how British laws need to change to better protect them. Designs law is currently over complex and not fit for purpose. Criminalising unregistered design right infringement to bring parity with copyright protection is the least they and we can expect.” Design Council’s Chief Design Officer, Cat Drew, said: “Intellectual Property rights are fundamental to the business of design. We want a design IP system that keeps pace with and reflects new technologies and global markets. It’s important that people from across the design industry give their views on the current IP framework and how it can be improved for designers. As part of our Design Economy work, we are looking at ways to enable designers to provide more value for people and planet, and we will be looking carefully at the suggestions emerging within this important review by the IPO.” INDUSTRY NEWS 9

DENBY IS FEATURED ON BBC’S INSIDE THE FACTORY Denby has been chosen to represent the ceramics industry after TV programme Inside the Factory called to create an episode featuring the process of making a mug. As an item found in every home, we witness a mug (in this case Denby’s bestselling Halo mug) transforming from raw clay all the way through to finished product. Given each piece of Denby passes through over 20 pairs of hands at its 200-yearold Derbyshire pottery, using handcrafting skills passed down through generations, Gregg Wallace has lots to do to create his mug, guided by Operations Director, Dean Barlow. With his renowned enthusiasm, Gregg seemed to find the process fascinating and during the episode all goes well until he gets to the Glazing Department, where he struggles to replicate the skill of the Denby team! Known worldwide for its durability, beauty and versatility, Denby is distinctive in the ceramic industry in using local Derbyshire clay to create its pottery and developing its own glaze recipes to create the stunning glaze effects on its products, in particular the Halo glaze featured in the programme. SMALL BUSINESS BRITAIN NAMES MOST INSPIRING FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS Small Business Britain has named 100 of the UK’s most inspiring female entrepreneurs, in a line-up that reflects the contribution to society, economy and communities that many female founders are making across the UK. From a quantum computer entrepreneur, and vegan fruit farm owners, to sustainability start-ups and inclusive fashion founders, this year’s f:Entrepreneur ‘#ialso100’ campaign celebrates the growing tide of inspiring, resilient and multiachieving female entrepreneurs that lead businesses alongside a roster of other responsibilities, such as volunteering, mentoring and community support. Now in its fifth year, the growing campaign attracted a record number of applications for this year’s ‘#ialso100’ line-up, reflecting how mission-driven female entrepreneurs continue to flourish despite the challenges of the past years, with many scaling or starting new ventures. Indeed, research undertaken by the campaign last year signalled a strong entrepreneurial outlook among women. Almost one fifth (17%) of women in the UK reported considering starting their own businesses, and two fifths (42%) said they were motivated to turn a passion into a business. Delivered by Small Business Britain – the leading champion of small businesses in the UK – f:Entrepreneur was launched in 2017 to highlight the stories of amazing female business owners and help provide inspiration and role models across the wider small business community. The campaign offers a host of events, training, and networking opportunities to boost skills, capability, and confidence. Among this year’s 100 line-up is private-chef service entrepreneur Heinin Zhang, former banker Purdey Collier who founded TingTang ‘dry wash shampoo’ to help vulnerable people wash effectively, and Ruby Raut, owner of WUKA, a sustainable period pants brand. Many of the businesses featured in this year’s campaign also demonstrate a huge commitment to the environment by championing sustainability. Michelle Ovens says, “The brilliant female entrepreneurs featured in this year’s #ialso100 are nothing short of phenomenal. “All over the UK incredible women are running businesses with a huge sense of mission and passion behind them. They are adding value to society and the economy, while supporting their communities and peers. It is so vital that we recognise and celebrate the powerful contribution of women running businesses across the UK. The last few years have been hugely challenging for small businesses, yet despite this female entrepreneurship continues to grow and flourish in the UK. We must continue to nurture and protect this spirit, as these businesses will undoubtedly be at the heart of driving the UK’s recovery.” To see the full line-up of the 100 amazing women featured in this year’s f:entrepreneur #ialso100 campaign visit REX LONDON LAUNCHES SPRING 2022 DIGITAL TRADE CATALOGUE Rex London has launched a digital trade catalogue for spring 2022, filled with nearly 130 completely new products alongside existing bestsellers, award-winning products, and favourite design collections. The catalogue also features top-performing categories such as toys & games, stationery, baby and its ever-popular recycled bags. New designs include Wild Flowers, which was inspired by vintage botanical illustrations, with the collection adorned in some of Britain’s most cherished wildflower meadow species, and Sharks. Expanding popular collections include Fairies in the Garden, Cheetah, Butterfly Garden and Home & Garden. 10 Makasi Imports Ltd supplies the UK’s largest range of high quality, driftwood style teak root furniture and home accessories. We have continued to ship our fast selling home, gift and garden products throughout the pandemic for our trade only customers, without stopping. If you would like a trade login to purchase from our website please email your company details to

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CANDLELIGHT CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH PRODUCT RELAUNCH Candlelight is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with the re-launch of its original iconic Vintage Amber Storage range. Kate Winch says, “Our original amber range was launched in 1979, proving to be exceptionally successful, for many decades. We have chosen to re-launch this to commemorate our 50th anniversary, perfect for the vintage, amber trend about to explode. This retro range of Amber Storage coming full circle and back full of life in 2022, just as fresh as it was in the 1980s.” This was one of the most successful stylish commodity storage ranges of the 80s and 90s, available from distributors around the world, most prevalent in Germany, USA, Scandinavia and UK retailers. Early indications confirm the re launch to the market is selling out of the stores at an astounding rate. Based in Aldwarke, South Yorkshire, Candlelight was born out of the 1972 miners’ strike, when founder and owner Mike Winch had the enterprising idea of selling homemade decorated candles to local independent stores, out of a farm building. Since then, the family owned and run company evolved into a market leading designer and wholesale supplier of design-led giftware, florals, fragrance and home accessories to the retail market. ‘As we celebrate this milestone, we can’t wait to find out what the next 50 years will bring. We are both proud and privileged to be able to celebrate this golden anniversary with the re-launch of this range’ says Mike. BACHMANN EUROPE APPOINTED AS UK AND IRELAND DISTRIBUTOR FOR GÜNTHER TOYS Bachmann Europe has announced its appointment as a UK and Ireland distributor for the Günther range of outdoor toys. For more than 65 years Günther has been developing and producing ‘Anything that Flies!’ – classic children’s kites, dynamic stunt kites, model aircraft, gliders, and a variety of airborne toys. Many of the products are made in their factory in Germany, where they are manufactured to the highest of standards. The brand ethos is to encourage families away from screens and get back to the great outdoors. A highlight of the range is a variety of colourful licenced children’s kites, which feature characters from Disney and popular children’s cartoons, such as Paw Patrol and PJ Masks. These kites are made from robust PE foil and are very easy for young children to fly, even in the lightest of winds. There is also a range of glider toys, from chuck gliders to rubber-band powered options, which are made of durable materials and are suitable to use all year long. For budding sailors, there is a selection of small sail boats that are capsize-proof and seaworthy, thanks to a weighted keel and well-balanced rigging. INDUSTRY NEWS 13

On with the show Trade show updates from home and abroad Scotland Trade Fair Spring postponed to 27-29 March, 2022 Scotland Trade Fair Spring has been re-scheduled to 27-29 March, 2022. There are many reasons why this show should not be missed especially with the new March date. • Seek out new products from a myriad of Scottish suppliers who are only showing at this Show. Many will be ready to turn round orders quickly so can stock to shops by Easter. • Be first to see the Launch Gallery suppliers who are new young companies, with many unveiling their ranges at this Show. Exhibitors include Agate & Ayre, Craftypups, Edinburgh Illustrations, Eriskay Candles and The Cute Soaperie. • Learn new business tips, understand how to expand your business’s profile and be inspired with a series of panel discussions, masterclasses and talks in the Talking Shop Seminar Theatre on a range of subjects from working with influencers, to sustainability, Instagram to tourism tactics and much more - seminar-timetable • Discover what’s ‘hot’ this year with Best Product Awards being judged on the opening morning of the Show by judges who are all Scottish retail experts – Linda Birkbeck from House of Bruar, Catherine McGurk, Glasgow Museums and Taisir Gibreel, Restoration Yard. • Scotland’s Trade Fair is the only trade gift show in Scotland. • Source products from all corners of Scotland, including a large area dedicated to the creative spirit of Orkney, including Sheila Fleet Jewellery, Ortak, Leo Kerr Mirrors, Karen Duncan Jewellery and many more. • Independent research has shown that Scotland’s Trade Fairs is one of the highest performing trade gift shows in the country with visitors particularly impressed by the high quality and range of products available. • Check out fine food too – Scotland’s Trade Show is run in conjunction with Scotland’s Speciality Food Show where about 120 top fine food and drink producers will be on display, allowing buyers a ‘one-stop’ buying platform. • Central to the Show is the Craft Gallery, which has a prominent line-up of high-end producers such as Alison Haddon Jewellery, Carla Edwards, Fernweh, Helen Chatterton Textiles, Rosella & Lime and Tessuti Scotland. • Gifts and Homewares make up the backbone of the Show with established suppliers such as Bronte by Moon, Earth Squared, Eco Chic, Isle of Skye Candle Company, Highland Stoneware, Strathmore Woollen Company, The Highland Soap Company and Pigment Productions, all taking large stands. New to the Show in this sector are companies such as Scribe & Grow, Dreamair, Lindsay McDowall Jewellery, Das Impex and Burgundy Mode. Show Director Mark Saunders said: “We had no choice about the postponement of the show but in many ways there are more things to look forward to and be excited about with the new March dates. We have new suppliers coming forward looking for stands already, as well as many exhibitors being in a better position to provide stock immediately in March so shops should expect short lead times on supply. Together with a comprehensive programme of talks, masterclasses and other activities this date should firmly be in the diaries of independent retailers.” Visit FASHION SVP RETURNS TO LONDON WITH A NEW VENUE Fashion SVP is returning to London on 13th April with an exciting new venue and a new format. An apparel and accessory sourcing event in the UK, and the only event that is 100% dedicated to sourcing, FSVP has evolved to meet the needs of its visitors. With an expanded ethical and responsible sourcing focus, organisers will be running several events each year dedicated to specific sector requirements, and this Spring it’s focussing on Knits & Jersey. Organisers will be inviting visitors to take part in a matching process to find out specifically about your requirements so that they can make efficient and effective recommendations and introductions for your time at the show. FSVP presents a hand-picked selection of high quality manufacturers who are able to meet the varied demands of retailers, brands and designers. Leading knits and jerseywear suppliers from the UK, Europe and across the world will be showcasing their products and services and discussing their capabilities. 14

 LONDON STATIONERY SHOW SET TO CHAMPION FULL STATIONERY SUPPLY CHAIN London Stationery Show (LSS) believes in championing the full stationery supply chain. From the brands behind the latest products to the stores who lovingly select and sell a vast array of stationery to hungry consumers, LSS supports them all. LSS wants buyers to ‘Discover New, Buy Original and Be Inspired’ while attending the show. Are you looking for a new sustainable brand to entice Gen Z into your store? Do you want to add a new product category after feedback from your customers? Or are you just looking for something to excite you? If you are in the market to discover new products for your business, then London Stationery Show is a must attend. Visitors to this year’s event will have the opportunity to browse over 150 brands and are sure to discover their next hero product. Exhibitors include large scale manufacturers to independent boutique creators and much more. Exhibiting brands pride themselves on their original, innovative concepts. They are the leaders in their sectors and are always at the forefront of stationery trends. Each of our brands have their own unique proposition, meaning that you’ll leave the show with original, exciting and profit yielding products to showcase in your store. When planning your visit to London Stationery Show 2022, make sure you allow time to attend the educational sessions. All visitors to the show have access to our Retail Matters live talks, the Creative Matters workshops and Business Advice Clinics. Details for each of these sessions will be announced in the coming weeks, make sure you’re following @stationeryshowsuk for updates. Registration for this year’s event in now open. Head to to register for fast-track entry. HARROGATE CHRISTMAS & GIFT REPORTS RESOUNDING SUCCESS After two years and a lot of uncertainty in the months running up to the show due to the Covid pandemic, Harrogate Christmas & Gift finally took place this year – and what an absolute resounding success it was for everyone involved. Simon Anslow, Show Organiser, explains: “We are absolutely delighted with how successful this year’s show has been and thank everyone who participated for giving us their confidence, voting with their feet and turning up in hoards. Visitor numbers were marginally lower than the 2020 show, but exhibitors have reported full order books and brisk business for the entire four days. In fact, some exhibitors have stated that this was not only their best Harrogate Christmas & Gift show, but their best of all trade shows ever.” Previous exhibitor Sifcon International (SIL) gave positive feedback with Alan Pimm, managing director, commenting: “I am pleased to say that we had a fantastic show. The stand was continuously busy and the value of orders far exceeded our expectations. We also saw a higher volume of new customers this year and will definitely be returning next year.” 15 NEWS & EVENTS

Spring Fair comes back with a bang Spring Fair, the UK’s trade show for home, gift and fashion, generated millions of pounds worth of business kick-starting and refuelling the retail industry. A return in buyer confidence and the buzz, enthusiasm and energy throughout the show was backed up by reports of huge volumes of orders and the average order values going up. Buyers including John Lewis, Next, Morleys, Wayfair, Oliver Bonas, Fortnum & Mason, Fenwick, National Trust, V&A, Merlin Entertainment, Tesco, Sainsbury, Argos, B&Q, Paperchase, Scribbler, Funky Pigeon, Waterstones, Hobbycraft, Matalan, as well as garden centres such as Squires, Notcutts, Dobbies, Blue Diamond, British Garden Centres, and Barton Grange attended. Charlotte Overend, Buyer from La Redoute said; “We have been to the Spring Fair a few times now and it’s better than before, so happy with meeting all our suppliers and new ones too, placed a few orders and its definitely the show to be at. Will be back for Autumn Fair.” Julie Driscoll, Divisional Managing Director, Spring Fair & Moda, says; “It’s been a truly extraordinary four days at Spring Fair, we’re so pleased to be able to report on such overwhelming success stories and hear the brilliant feedback from our visitors and exhibitors. “Backed up by our 72-year heritage and experience, Spring Fair continues to look forward, to listen to and understand the marketplace, to evolve and innovate, to strive to deliver the ultimate buying experience and the best return on investment for our exhibitors. Despite the two-year break, the team haven’t stood still. We have invested in our people and in new products such as Curated Meetings to ensure we not only have our finger on the pulse of what our customers and the retail industry needs, but also to continually think ahead to the future to create the new ways of doing business. We look forward to putting on another retail spectacle at Autumn Fair and look forward to welcoming you all back.” Curated Meetings continued to offer the wow factor with its super-charged and game-changing way of doing business. Hundreds of focused face-to-face meetings took place leading to new partnerships and connections. Maritia Osipova, Buyer, Wallaces Homevalue & Garden Centre, Ireland said; “Curated Meetings are great, short, one to one meetings, and you have the full attention to your potential customer or new supplier. It’s a quick and really easy way to communicate. It’s a brilliant opportunity and everybody should try it. I’ve met with nine companies all in one day. It’s great, really energizing. I’ll definitely be placing orders with some of them when I get home. I would 100% join Curated Meetings again.” 16

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19 BRAND SPANKING NEW Brand spanking new Check out some new and exciting products in the current market EXACLAIR ExaClair Limited, the UK distributor for Clairefontaine, has announced its new collaboration with the renowned German graffiti art brand Molotow by releasing a selection of six fine art competence sets. The sets contain specially chosen essentials from both of the brands to highlight watercolour or acrylic techniques. Each set combines a variety of products, such as Molotow One4all marker pens or Aqua Colour brushes with carefully selected Clairefontaine Fine Art papers that perfectly complement these artistic instruments. All of the items are contained in either a handy portfolio or gift box that can be both personalised and easily stored. There are three acrylic sets that pair up a selection of the highly opaque and UV-resistant Molotow One4all marker pens, alongside pads from the bestselling Clairefontaine PaintON, Etival and Acrylique ranges. Similarly, the three watercolour sets feature a variety of the brightly coloured and quick-drying Molotow™ AQUA COLOR brush markers and blackliner pen, which are presented in conjunction with pads from the popular Clairefontaine Goldline Aquapad, PaintON and Crok’Book collections. Lawrence Savage, Marketing Manager at ExaClair Limited, says, “These sets contain everything needed to create stunning artwork for beginners and experienced artists alike. Comprising the best of both European brands these sets combine Clairefontaine papers with Molotow™ pens for perfect results.” ExaClair Limited is also the UK distributor for Décopatch and has launched three new kits to complement its popular mini kits range, containing everything required for a new Décopatch project all in one convenient box. These new mini kits featuring a teddy bear, dragon and turtle are perfect for kids and adults alike and make a great introduction to the world of Décopatch! Each kit contains one ready to decorate papier mâché shape, two sheets of Décopatch paper, one glue pot and a brush. There are a dozen different mini kits to choose from, including a unicorn, dinosaur, elephant and dachshund to name a few! Also for 2022, the mini kits packaging design has been refreshed, with the box colour in harmony with the picture of the finished item, making the kits aesthetically pleasing to inspire crafters. To make the packaging eco-friendly the plastic film ‘window’ has been removed. All mini kits are set at a low minimum order quantity of just five units per design and they benefit from an attractive price point that makes them an ideal gifting item. Lawrence Savage, Marketing Manager at ExaClair, says the mini kits are a great way to get creative and have fun: “Simple and original, these mini kits are an ideal activity for children and parents. They offer an imaginative and enjoyable way for the family to spend time together. In addition to a number of in-store merchandising options, such as our popular ‘Bunny’ FSDU, we can also provide retailers with a variety of online marketing collateral to support sales, as well as offering demonstration solutions for events and open days.” T: +44 (0)1553 696 600 E: WHOLESALE GIFTS TOMORROW Wooden Bark Bird nesting House SRP £15.99 Attract wild birds to your garden with this bird box made from barked wood that looks great in natural or modern surroundings. The 30mm hole and the size of the box are suitable for a variety of small birds to nest inside and roost in the winter. In rural areas, there is a huge shortage of safe natural nesting places for birds. Having a birdhouse/nesting box is a great way to attract different species of birds to your garden. Vintage Style Milk Bottle Holder/Carrier: SRP £24.99 - £27.99 This vintage inspired milk bottle holder sits neatly beside your front door for that early morning or late-night delivery. Made from rust-resistant, powder-coated steel which is durable for the outdoors and easy to wipe over. The milk carrier has a ball foot and a sturdy frame that securely holds and stores up to 6 glass pint milk bottles. 4 bottle version is also available. T: +44 (0)1446 731 246 E: TILNAR ART Spring is starting to appear and to celebrate new beginnings Tilnar Art has launched exciting new collections of products including a brilliantly bright AluminArk Bird Collection and an animaltastic AluminArk Collection, which comprises of beautiful Garden Birds, Elephants, Giraffes, Highland Cows, Sheep and Stag sculptures. Each are made from recycled aluminium in the stunning Azeti Colours. Tilnar has also enhanced these collections by making them poptastic Plant and Pot Stakes. Tilnar has also added items to the ever popular Azeti Collections, including a whole new Brushed Silver range, which is proving a hit with customers already and new heart dishes and salad servers. As ever all Tilnar’s Collections are Fairtrade and handmade recycled and recyclable making the perfect eco-friendly gift. T: +44 (0)1277 297 259 E: 

20 WILD THINGS GIFTS Window Jewels is a curated collection of Wild Things’ most popular motifs to date, reworked in spectacular golden metallics with stained glass effects. Angels In My Window is an expansive offering to meet the increased demand for spiritual-themed collectables while The Collector’s Cabinet is a versatile display to maximise any retail space. The new developments have been long coming and anticipation is riding high. “We don’t introduce new products unless we’re extremely confident of high sell-through rates, and these are no exception,” explains Jules Vahrman, Director of Wild Things. “We spent the entirety of the pandemic – a whole two years – in research and development to make sure that these items were on another level.” T: +44 (0)1392 211 268 GIBSONS GAMES Gibsons, the family-owned jigsaw puzzle and board game company, has launched almost 50 new jigsaw puzzles. Among the new puzzles are some exciting additions, the first of which is a collaboration with the Original Stormtrooper brand. Troopers on Tour is the 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle that depicts a montage of polaroids. The next exciting addition is a brand-new puzzle by the talented Mike Jupp. Known for his hilarious ‘I Love’ puzzle collection, Mike has created something a little different this year. ‘Harvest Feastival’ is a 1000-piece puzzle showing a cheeky mouse that has taken advantage of the harvest festival treats! Finally, among the new releases are two new circular jigsaw puzzles. The two new 500-piece circular puzzles take puzzlers on a trip across the world: There is No Planet B promotes conservation and sustainability (with amazing illustrations of animals across the globe) and World Food is a mouth-watering delicious treat with a collection of cuisines, created by Laura Korzon. Samantha Goodburn, Marketing Manager at Gibsons. says, “We are so excited to share this new collection with the world as we’ve been working on the designs for months and months! “We’re thrilled to be able to launch a brand-new Mike Jupp jigsaw puzzle as I know his fans have waited a long time for this. We want to thank all of our customers for the support they’ve given us during a truly difficult 2021. We really hope they enjoy our 2022 collection, and we can’t wait to hear what they think!” T: +44 (0)20 8661 8866 E: CINNAMON AITCH Cinnamon Aitch is very excited to extend their gift offering into sustainably sourced, hand-made soy wax candles. With twelve in the range, each candle contains 70g of beautifully fragranced soy wax, boxed, tied with jute, hand finished with a recycled tag and bespoke wooden flower. Made in the UK, the gorgeous fragrances include vanilla, white citrus and honeysuckle and jasmine and each candle is clean burning and low in soot. Beautifully packaged, the range complements the newly launched ‘Bloom’ range, a of colourful crop of ten floral greetings card designs, focusing on female relations popping with colour and pattern. The range also beautifully translates onto the Company’s best-selling range of eco soaps and lip balms, all proudly hand made in the UK. Further additions to the gorgeous range of environmentally kind, contemporary cards and gifts that resonate with today’s consumer. The candles retail at £9.50. T: +44 (0)121 773 6833 E:

21 BRAND SPANKING NEW BURNS CRYSTAL Burns Crystal, known for its handcrafted, traditional Scottish glassware, is revealing a new look as part of a relaunch campaign this season, in a bid to elevate it to first choice for consumers looking for Scottish gifts with heritage. The relaunch sees the creation of a whole new brand in terms of colour and design, alongside the curation of a new website, online shop and social media channels. The glassware range – perfect for Father’s Day – features beautiful, handcrafted glasses specially designed for whisky, gin, wine and champagne, many of which are beautifully engraved with Scottish themed designs. There’s also an opportunity for consumers to find out if they have a Scottish clan name connected to a family crest, that can then be added onto the chosen glassware. In addition to glassware, Burns Crystal also offers a selection of Scottish-themed hand crafted gifts including a crystal Celtic cross, highland piper and fun Loch Ness Monster ornaments. The Scottish company was originally established 35 years ago by a talented professional crystal cutter, Donald Kay, whose ambition was to create the finest handcrafted crystal and glass gifts on the market. The company was acquired in 2015 by Scottish family run Glencairn Crystal Studio – the creators of the Glencairn Glass, also renowned for producing hand-crafted bespoke packaging, often for the oldest and most luxurious spirits ever released. Jason Kennedy, Sales Director at Glencairn Crystal, said, “We are incredibly proud of our Scottish heritage - it’s an exciting opportunity for us to give Burns Crystal an image refresh and reset alongside, but still separate to, our existing Glencairn Crystal product offering.” BEST KEPT SECRETS Best Kept Secrets says, “We have been working extremely hard and are so excited to have several new products for 2022. “We have redesigned our ever popular Just Because range. When we first launched this range five years ago the demand for these occasion candles blew us away. There was clearly a real hole to be filled in the scented candle market. There is a phrase or saying that can celebrate friends, family and special occasions. The excitement does not stop there, there is Tea Lights Threes to match! In the same vein as our existing Tea Light boxes, we have brought this innovative gift right up to date with a gloriously, colourful design. They simply are the most perfect gift. “You can now have our clever little boxes with the following sayings, Happy Birthday, Thank You, Lovely Mum, New Home, Special Friend and Congratulations. “There is no need to buy an additional card with these as they also have wonderful verse on each box that totally captures what you want to say to the recipient. “Our existing Three Lights range have been brought right up to date with a fabulous new makeover. Fans of these cute, sliding little boxes will love their new look. “They now come in six fragranced sets, Daydream, Blooming Lovely, Happy Hour, Sparkling You, Coastal Shores and Festive. “These are sure to be a real hit with your customers, the superb designer looks of these, matches the outstanding quality of fragrance you know you can expect from Best Kept Secrets. “Both are a fabulous addition to our ever-expanding range of products. As our customers know, colour, sparkles and incredible fragrances is what we do best at Best Kept Secrets.” T: +44 (0)1670 512 222 E: ULSTER WEAVERS Ulster Weavers, the 140-year-old textile manufacturer from Northern Ireland, has revealed its new-look kitchen textile and table linen ranges. A leading supplier of kitchen textiles on the global market, Ulster Weavers is expanding its range with a collection of new designs inspired by the landscapes of Northern Ireland. The new collections connect people and places, blending the contemporary and rustic, appealing to millennial homemakers across the globe. Tablescaping is a new introduction to the collection and sees a range of linen placemats, napkins and table runners, designed and handcrafted locally in Northern Ireland. Also new is a range of eco-friendly linen cloths. These long-lasting polishing and cleaning cloths offer a sustainable way to clean the home or wash dishes. Thanks to the hollow fibres found in linen, they are fast-drying, extremely absorbent and lint-free. Machine washable, they last much longer than sponges or single-use kitchen towel and contain no plastics. Proving to be one of the most popular kitchen trends this year, sustainable living is a core feature of Ulster Weavers’ new kitchen textiles, cleaning cloths and tablescaping ranges. Annie David, Head of Innovation at Ulster Weavers, said: “Our new eco-friendly kitchen textiles and table linens combine traditional craftsmanship and heritage with the latest trends. These products are designed to support the conscious consumer to live their life more sustainably. They reconnect us with nature through their authentic materials and earthy tones, but brave pattern-making also helps to bring out individual personality and accentuate the kitchen space.” 

22 REPEAT REPEAT Repeat Repeat’s Country & Coast range is proving very popular and its customers are regularly coming back for more. The company has expanded the range again with six new designs and a new phrase – Happiness is being in the garden, which includes a Blue Tit, Blackbird and a Bee. Repeat Repeat has also added a Leaping Sheep, Ram and Highland Cow. Customers can now have mugs suitable for lovers of the countryside, the garden and the coast. All the designs can also be personalised, including the names of local towns, villages or regions for example, Happiness is being in Herefordshire. This bespoke option is available in relatively small quantities. The response so far has surpassed all expectations and the team is seeing demand growing. T: +44 (0)1782 845 870 E: ENESCO Featuring everything from home accessories to hanging ornaments, the Demdaco collection from Enesco strives to lift the spirits of all in times of celebrations, when comfort is needed most or just to put a smile on someone’s face. Demdeco features six sub-collections, one of which is the newly launched Inspired Everyday range; a collection which seeks to uplift the spirit in a fun, calming and unique way, through a suite of beautifully handcrafted bells that help to mark any occasion in a sweet-sounding way. The Inspired Bell range features a calming aesthetic and light versatile colour pallet which is perfect for any home. With gentle hues of creams and golds, earthy tones of stone and grey, and relaxing shades of pale lavender, blues and greens, these hanging decorations feature a twine handle, are presented in its own gift box and include a tag containing a sentimental message. Perfect for any occasion as a self-purchase to lift the spirits or a thoughtful gift for a lucky recipient, some of the bells in the Inspired Collections range include pieces that are perfect to capture emotions, such as Gratitude, Love and Hope & Healing, as well as gift-giving specific occasions, such as Wedding, Two of Us and Faith, and not forgetting recipientspecific pieces too, such as Mum, Grandma and Friends. Measuring between 18.0cm and 30.5cm tall, each piece in the Inspired Collections range retails with a SRP of £19.95. E: ANCIENT WISDOM Get your scrub on with these Loofahs Smiley Soaps from Ancient Wisdom. Exfoliating is one of the best things you can do for your skin, and what is a better way of doing that than with a Luxury Soap Scrub? The Ancient Wisdom production team has been working around the clock to bring to your customers these new ranges of hand-crafted Happy Scrub Soap, made from the highest quality fragrance oils and natural luxury Egyptian loofah. They are perfect for use in the shower and bath, due to its unique fibers a loofah is great for scrubbing the body and will leave your customer skin beautifully smooth and smelling wonderful. Happy Scrub Soap loofah provides excellent exfoliation. A loofah is a fibrous plant seed pod. The luffa plant is a cucurbit, a group of plants including gourds, pumpkins, and cucumbers. It grows as a flowering annual vine. T: +44(0)1142 729 165 E: