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GIFTFOCUS INCORPORATING ATT I RE ACCESSOR I ES WWW.GIFTFOCUS.COM WWW.ATTIREACCESSORIES.COM VALENTINE’S DAY Romantic gifts to stock COMPANY PROFILE Find out more about Moorcroft Pottery SHOW SPECIAL: Harrogate Christmas & Gift Scotland Trade Fair Spring January Furniture Show Giving & Living Top Drawer Handmade Items made with love

Jette Frölich Design, Denmark, a family run design company since 1969 who produce high quality porcelain tableware (Bone-China) together with an exciting range of quality Home interior decoration for all occasions throughout the year to include Christmas, Easter, as well as products for that ‘special occasion such as weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. The Jette Frölich Design products are sold into 17 countries around the world into Retailers and B2B across multiple sales channels throughout the world. The Jette Frölich Design superb range portfolio includes our ‘JFD Collection’, ‘Winter Stars’ and our new ‘Anemone’ which will be launched worldwide in 2023. PLEASE VISIT US AT AMBIENTE 2023 AND FIND OUT MORE ON OUR WEBSITE B2C Shop - | B2B Shop - E: | T : +45 8617 2222 | M: +45 2826 2222 UK Sales Manager, Paul Champ | | M: +44 (0)7949 180 735 Attending Harrogate, Christmas & Gift on 15th Jan - contact Paul to arrange a meeting. AMBIENTE 2023 HALL 3.0 | STAND A45

4 In this issue... REGULARS 8 Industry news All the latest from the world of gifts 15 On with the show Trade fair dates and show news 20 Brand spanking new Latest launches and brand-new products 28 Bookstand The latest releases in gift books FEATURES 44 Made with love Handmade gifts are a go-to gift purchase for consumers on the hunt for a personal and heartfelt gift. These options tick all the boxes… 49 Love language Capitalising on the Valentine’s Day is a fail-safe sales strategy. We showcase some of the best romance-related gifts on the market 56 Bargain buys Gifts under £10 act as great in-store pickup items that will entice consumers to make return visits 60 Go green As the world becomes increasingly eco-conscious, sustainable and environmentally-friendly products are a consumer favourite 82 Interiors: Soft Furnishings Interior addicts are drawn to soft furnishings like moths to a flame, and they make great in-store pick-up items to boot. Check out these products to stock… 85 Interiors: Bathroom Self care is on the rise, and the bathroom is now a sanctuary in itself. These products will create a meditation haven in any home… 89 Interiors: Colour Wheel Whether a soft accent blush, or a vivid neon colour pop – pink is an interiors accent colour that never goes out of fashion 28 November/December 2022 20 49 82 85 60

5 CONTENTS SHOWS 63 Giving & Living Giving & Living exhibitors offer everything from handmade gifts, homeware, and jewellery created by artisan makers, to market leading wholesale brands selling outdoor toys and souvenirs 64 Harrogate Christmas & Gift Harrogate Christmas & Gift is important diary date for retailers and buyers sourcing the very best ‘must-have’ products for Christmas 2023 67 Top Drawer Spring Premium lifestyle trade show Top Drawer is returning to Olympia, London with a curated selection of giftware, networking opportunities and inspiration aplenty 69 January Furniture Show January Furniture Show is back for 2023 with new launches, fresh brands, industry insights, emerging trends and more 70 Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring High quality, innovative products take centre stage at Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring FOCUS ON 33 Company Profile Best Kept Secrets has encountered many challenges, but its range of affordable candle products has stood it in good stead to face them head on. Vanessa Curry tells us more… 38 Company Profile Launched in 1897, Moorcroft Pottery has survived a world war, great depression and a pandemic. And it’s this history and quality product offering that will see the company weather whatever storm comes next… 63 BUSINESS ADVICE 74 Lucky number seven Gary Prince is Chief Strategy Officer at SimplyPayMe offers seven tips to protect your business in a difficult financial climate 76 Online art Merchandising is the art and science of displaying products online to increase sales – learn more about it from Nfinite 78 ACID Dids Macdonald, CEO of Anti Copying in Design (ACID), looks at David vs Goliath copycat cases that have been exposed 80 FSB Scaling up skills is vital for small businesses to thrive, says Tina McKenzie, Policy and Advocacy Chair, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) 70 38 33 69

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7 EDITOR’S LETTER On the cover Launched in 1897, Moorcroft Pottery has survived a world war, great depression and a pandemic. And it’s this history and quality product offering that will see the company weather whatever storm comes next. Check out their profile on page 38. Looking ahead 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-fire 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 Prance Editor Louise EDITOR Louise Prance +44 (0)1376 514 000 EDITORIAL MANAGER Danielle Harvey +44 (0)1376 535 611 SALES AND EVENTS DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis +44 (0)1376 535 602 ACCOUNT MANAGER Lauren Redford-Hughes +44(0)1376 535 609 PRODUCTION MANAGER Scott Brothwell SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Stephanie Hodder, Vicky O’Connor, +44 (0)1376 514 000 ARTWORK AND CONTENT COORDINATOR Lorna Butcher DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Katie Laley WEB DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Stuart Weatherley 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 MISS MILLY NAMED AS A FINALIST AT THE BOUTIQUE STAR AWARDS Miss Milly has been named as a finalist in the Boutique Star Awards with nominations in the Best British Brand and Accessories/Footwear Brand of the Year categories. It’s been a stellar year for Miss Milly with the British brand chalking up nominations for The Gift of the Year and the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards. Sarah Watmore, Managing Director, says, “We have done so much this year as we celebrate 10 years in business. As well as being a finalist in a couple of awards, we have worked on our sustainability and grown sales significantly since summer 2021. And now we’re a finalist again in industry awards with our fingers crossed for a successful outcome. “It was incredibly tough during the lockdowns but it gave us time to develop the brand and our customer relationships. And since coming out of it it’s not got much easier with the cost of living crisis, continued Covid issues affecting supply and now a catastrophic tumble for the Pound. So any recognition is hugely appreciated and we’ll definitely be enjoying our night out!” Catch up on all the latest in our news round up 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. Dairy Diary will continue to be managed by Emily Davenport, who has over 20 years of experience with the brand and is committed to the preservation of its brand values. 8

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. The certification process entails a deep dive into the DNA of a company to understand how they operate, taking up to 10 months to complete. The BI Assessment of over 200 questions and a following verification process meant that Trendsetter had to meet high social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency in order to qualify. Trendsetter puts sustainability at the heart of everything it does. With its pioneering eco-factory based in Estonia and powered by 100% renewable energy, Trendsetter has full control of products from conception to delivery, enabling them to set the high standards on product quality, sourcing and production techniques. Furthermore, the facility is 100% paperless and is zero waste. By 2025, Trendsetter aims to have a completely carbon neutral factory, and by 2030, the brand will be fully circular, reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in line with the 1.5C Paris Climate Agreement. ROCKET EXPANDS FUZZBALLS PROGRAMME WITH NEW LICENSEES Rocket Licensing, which represents the phenomenally popular Fuzzballs property, is building on the successful consumer products offering for the award-winning property and has already announced the addition of a number of new partners to a fast-growing licensing campaign. One billion stickers used on social media underlines the reach of the brand that began life as a Tumblr web comic. The stories of the group of (kawaii) characters, staring a cat named Whisky, Timmy the Tiger, Ollie the bunny, and a host of friends inspired a major licensing push. The raft of new licensees include; Kap Toys (plush & squishes), Brain Box Candy (social stationery and gifts) and VNR Trading (pop culture confectionery and drinks). These names have joined a UK licensee list that already includes Indiego, with entertainment distribution for t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies, Pyramid International for wall art, stationery and gifting, and Pinfinity for augmented reality collectible pins. Fuzzballs is experiencing great success at retail especially with HMV, which first stocked product last summer and positions the brand front and centre of its new stores. Fuzzballs also features in Forbidden Planet’s stores and website, with over 30 SKUs including keychains, badges, travel card holders, mugs and more. Scribbler features the brand prominently online and in-store, and Hot Topic launched an online range in January this year. This has now grown to 184 SKUs. Meanwhile the brand also has its own ecommerce site – www.fuzzballs. – which has enjoyed huge year-on-year sales growth since 2020. The values of the Fuzzballs brand have captured the imagination of fans throughout the world, with a vast core audience consisting of teenage and student girls, millennials, gift buyers of all ages and pop culture followers. Each Fuzzball has their own unique personality and backstory that not only helps in the world building but is highly relatable to consumers and a key factor in their love of the brand. INDUSTRY NEWS 9

JUTEXPO CONVERTS 100 MILLION BOTTLES TO REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS Jutexpo has reached the 100 million bottle mark having been recycled and converted into reusable shopping bags. With nearly 1 million plastic bottles being sold every minute across the globe, and the average time for them to biodegrade being 450 years, Jutexpo have taken action, by quite literally taking the bottles from our oceans and converting them into the shopping bags we all use on a daily basis. Barrie Turner, Chair and owner of Jutexpo has said: “With Halt Alliance and Jutexpo we have halted the process of plastic bottles from filling our oceans and damaging the planet. We are immensely proud to be hitting the 100 million bottles converted into reusable bags, and getting all those bottles out of our oceans and made into something we all benefit from. “Over the last two decades Jutexpo have supplied some of the biggest supermarkets in the UK with reusable shopping bags, and are looking forward to the next 100 million bottles being transformed into millions of bags for our clients.” Jutexpo are the UK market leader in reusable bags and products made with rPET (from post-consumer plastic bottles), along with Jute, Juco, Cotton, and and their core principle is ‘Beyond the bag’ which focuses on integrity through ethical production, social responsibility, quality and trust. Supplying clients such as Sainsbury’s Waitrose, Merlin, John Lewis, WWF, Tesco and Marks & Spencer. 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. The store, which is located within the legendary London landmark, pays homage to the Battersea Power Station throughout its store design. Measuring 1,132 sq. ft, the store is designed to create an all-encompassing retail experience for visitors and customers. The store possesses a welcoming facade, through its use of clear glass windows, and its interior includes well-conserved brick walls, which are part of the building’s original structure. The intentionally monotonous palette contributes to the store’s clean and sleek appearance, while the lighting helps stage the products to highlight the fine craftsmanship for customers to appreciate. The pewter pieces are placed with uplight displays that seem to float over tinted-glass showcases. A Mezzanine floor spanning 252 sq. ft. was built for the retail team to be closer to customers. Below the mezzanine are built-in pullout units which function as storage space for the products. The unit’s forms include highly-valued antique gazetteers, comprising well-preserved meters and machinery, that were part of the Power Station when it was first built. These heritage pieces represent the power plant’s rich history. LED screens illuminate the store with bright and colourful videos, making the depth of the store visually ambiguous. Royal Selangor also showcases its expertise in the world of interior design through Metalesce, which can be spotted on the wall behind the store’s cashier. Metalesce, a technology by Royal Selangor, fuses a thin metal layer on substrate materials - demonstrating the potential of pewter and its various uses and capabilities in the world of interior architecture like bespoke door handles, pillars, sculptures, panels and counters. To commemorate the opening, Royal Selangor will also launch the understated Battersea capsule collection derived from the heritage building’s architectural details, particularly those of the four chimneys, the iconic brickwork façade, and the decoration of Control Room A’s coffered ceiling. The collection comprises lifestyle essentials and décor, that pays homage to the heritage building including a valet tray, hip flask, photo frame, cufflinks, tealight and candlestand, and things for the home – just in time for Christmas shopping. Yong Yoon Li, Managing Director of Royal Selangor commented: “Known for its stately Art Deco style, Battersea Power Station is an iconic London landmark and one of the most innovative mixed-use neighbourhoods in this century. In addition, it occupies one of the most accessible locations in Central London, enabling us to serve our customers around London more effectively. Our store in Battersea Power Station will feature our new retail concept which enhances customer experience with immersive visual, tactile and audio-visual technologies. We plan to incorporate the building’s preserved and reconditioned switchgear devices in the store interiors. To mark our new opening at Battersea Power Station, we’re delighted to be unveiling our new capsule collection.” The Battersea collection will be available at Royal Selangor stores, authorised dealers, and online at The new Royal Selangor flagship will be located at store G-017D, 030, The Power Station, Ground Floor, Battersea Power Station, London SW8 5BN. 10

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 wellestablished gifting giant Simply Thank You. Its founder Trina Scott-Priestley, who worked for 15 years as an accountant in blue chip companies, said the partnership is a major step forward for smaller, standalone retailers. “There is a growing trend to shop small and shop sustainably, and, by joining forces with Simply Thank You, we can open the door for British independents to enter an untapped area of sales within the corporate gift market,” she explained. “Historically, independent businesses have been underrepresented in the corporate gift and employee rewards market, through lack of awareness and barriers to entry. Insiem exists to champion these bespoke businesses and we are delighted to announce this partnership with such an important player in the industry.” Established in 1993, Simply Thank You offers a vast range of more than 20,000 corporate gifts, allowing clients to reward employees and operate loyalty schemes, for example, or incentivise customers with products or reward cards for their business. It has a 35,000 sq ft warehouse in Darlington and works with some of the leading names in banking, media, insurance, and telecommunications. Mark Eglington, Managing Director of Simply Thank You said: “We have listened to the market and responded with a completely new way to spend reward money. We know times are becoming increasingly hard for everyone right now, which makes it even more important to offer our customers a way to make their money work harder than ever before. “By choosing to reward their customers and employees through products brought to them by Insiem, not only will they be able to purchase beautiful, bespoke gifts, they can also support their ESG initiatives, and offer a new stream of money to British Independents.” CARTE BLANCHE GREETINGS PARTNERS WITH BULLDOG LICENSING Carte Blanche Greetings, best known for the award-winning Me to You brand and its signature character Tatty Teddy and nursery property, Tiny Tatty Teddy, has today announced a partnership with Bulldog Licensing, one of the licensing industry’s leading agencies. The timeless appeal of Tatty Teddy now extends well beyond its original incarnation as a greeting card character to make it a staple part of the UK brand landscape, propelling Me to You as a true heritage brand with timeless appeal. Since 2001 Carte Blanche has partnered with best-in-class licensees to bring to market best-selling Me to You products across many categories including apparel, print on demand, food, gifting and nursery – within these key categories, the characters regularly feature amongst retail number one performers. Alister Marchant, CEO of Carte Blanche Greetings comments: “Carte Blanche have a guiding mantra of considering category, customer and consumer in everything we do. We work handin-hand with our retail partners to execute elite class products in targeted categories to deliver excellence to the Me to You consumer. Rob Corney and the team at Bulldog share this approach and we’re thrilled to be partnering with them on this exciting new opportunity. Collaborating with Bulldog comes at the right time for Carte Blanche and our ambitions for Me to You and we’re looking forward to working with Bulldog to identify and deliver exciting ways to take our brand to new heights.” Rob Corney, MD of Bulldog Licensing, commented: “The positive response to Me to You and its delightful imagery made it an ideal candidate for extension into multiple categories very soon after its launch. Now it’s time to take Me to You to the next level. We’re extremely excited to be part of this new stage for this wonderful brand.” Talia Tester, Carte Blanche Greetings Head of Licensing, who will be spearheading the relationship with Bulldog, as well as managing a number of existing accounts, adds: “Bulldog is known as an industry leader in its field with a great commercial philosophy and second-to-none retailer relationships. The team and I are looking forward to working with the Bulldog team to open new doors and enter into new categories to further strengthen our existing brand performance.” INDUSTRY NEWS 11

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. The B Impact Assessment doesn’t focus on one product or service but rather the business as a whole. B Corps are legally required to consider the impact of its decisions on all its stakeholders – from staff, to customers to the local community. B Corp is a global movement of businesses supporting each other to improve and drive social change. Talking Tables believes in everything B Corp stands for and has long been working towards becoming the most sustainable business possible. The company says: “We’re committed to our people – for example, everyone has a £500 budget to spend on their well-being – as well as the community, supporting gatherings for local groups and charities. “We’re mindful that in a marketing world where green washing is the latest ‘trend’, customers need to know that they are making informed buying decisions. B Corp provides that reassurance.” 72% of people believe that businesses should have a legal responsibility to the planet and people, alongside maximising profits. Talking Table’s sustainability initiatives include removing single use plastic – 91% of the TT autumn/winter collection is free from single use plastic, producing recyclable paper products from FSC sustainably managed forests, ensuring where products can’t be recycled they are built to last, offering a rental service, offsetting napkins and games with tree planting, supporting wind farms and solar projects and reducing its office carbon footprint. HOUSE DOCTOR LAUNCHES FIRST B2B WEBSHOP House Doctor has launched its first B2C webshop. Home interior enthusiasts can finally explore a complete House Doctor universe of product news, bestsellers and always-in-stock signature items - all gathered in one place. The webshop is available in Denmark and will be expanding into other European countries soon. Eugen Coulthard, E-Commerce Director looks forward to establishing a stronger online presence for the House Doctor brand: “We cannot wait to tap into the community of interior enthusiasts - getting to know their needs and wants for home interior will be invaluable insights for us. The webshop will also enable us to show what we’re best at - designing beautiful home interior and displaying an aesthetically pleasing and complete House Doctor universe.” COFFEE ROASTER BARISTA & CO LAUNCHES NEW ‘HUB’ CONCEPT Barista & Co has launched its new HUB concept, designed to offer retailers a new concept in coffee retail. Barista & Co’s HUB is a place for people to find everything they need to enjoy specialty coffee at home. The HUB is a partnership that Barista & Co invest in to provide retailers with a unique space, enabling customers to learn about coffee, products and what it takes to make their perfect coffee at home. Barista & Co want stores to feel confident in their product/coffee knowledge and customers to feel confident in their purchase. The purpose of the HUB is to encourage a broader range of consumers into the world of specialty coffee and equipment. Targeting mainstream coffee lovers who are ready to invest in the next stage of their coffee brewing journey. The HUB will benefit partners such as premium department stores, shopping centres, fashion & lifestyle stores, food festivals and lifestyle events. Barista & Co want to work in partnership with retailers and support profitable growth of the coffee category. Retailers have a 3 option in-store point of sale kits to choose from ranging from free demo products, Interactive learning aids (through QR code), free table fixture right through to retail ready bags of whole bean coffee and in-store grinder In addition, Barista & Co Live is available to support Hub and pop-up partners. For more information on becoming a HUB partner and to receive a presentation pack, contact 12

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 On with the show Trade show updates from home and abroad Toy Fair 2024 sells out The British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA) has announced 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. After another successful show earlier this year, the BTHA is delighted with the number of re-bookings for 2023 as well as a significant number of new applications. The show will be welcoming exhibitors from large renowned brands, through to mid-size and smaller innovative start-ups, many of which can be found in the popular Greenhouse in the Grand Hall. Names joining the ranks for Toy Fair 2023 include Hasbro, Moose Toys, LEGO, Basic Fun!, Dolu, Funko, Kidicraft, Rubies Masquerade, Rainbow Designs Ltd, Mood Bears, Juratoys UK Ltd, PLAYMOBIL, Magformers, movies inc, John Adams Leisure Limited, among many others. The full floorplan and exhibitor list can be found on the Toy Fair website. Any companies interested in exhibiting are encouraged to get in touch with Director of Fairs & Special Events, Majen Immink said; “The momentum and excitement we have seen for Toy Fair 2023 is just fantastic. The fact that the show has sold out already and 89% of exhibition space has been booked by returnees after a successful 2022 showcase, following the hiatus in 2021, speaks volumes as to the strength of the toy industry and the importance of the fair to participants. “We recognise the continued challenges the industry is facing and are thankful to all our exhibitors for the continued support; it is greatly appreciated. We look forward to working with exhibitors and supporting them in the run up to the event and making this Toy Fair 2023 a show to remember!” Many brands see the show as pivotal to their overarching yearly strategy, Adam Moore, Marketing Communications Manager at PLAYMOBIL commented; “Toy Fair is one of the biggest events in the PLAYMOBIL calendar each year. Attending Toy Fair is extremely important to us and we start planning the next show almost immediately after one finishes. It is the best place to meet with buyers from major national and independent retailers and provides us with the opportunity to build on our current relationships and create new ones.” Those in attendance will be showcasing thousands of new and exciting products ranging across categories including tech toys, plush, games and puzzles, construction, plus many more, to retailers, buyers and the media. There will also be sneak previews of new themes and trends for 2023 and exclusive on-site retail offers. Kasia Leskow, Head of Marketing GB/IE at Zapf Creation, commented: “Zapf Creation is truly excited to be exhibiting at Toy Fair 2023 – a huge event for the toy industry. Toy Fair offers us a fantastic platform to showcase our ranges to key retailers and industry friends, in addition to communicating our commitment to sustainability with our plastic-free packaging.” SMART TOYS AND GAMES IS RECOGNISED FOR FIVE AWARDS IN THE INDEPENDENT TOY AWARDS Smart Toys and Games HQ are announced as winners of the much-anticipated Independent Toy Awards. Smart Toys and Games successfully scooped a series of award wins not only for its own brands, but also for The Happy Puzzle Company, which has recently been acquired by the business. Smart Toys and Games have been recognised across many categories and are delighted to announce the following award wins: • SmartGames - Grizzly Gears – SILVER (Educational Games category) • SmartMax - Roboflex – GOLD (Construction category) • The Happy Puzzle Company - Got It! – GOLD (Educational Games category) • The Happy Puzzle Company - Genius Gems – BRONZE (Jigsaws & Puzzles category) • The Happy Puzzle Company - Trampoline Tennis – COMMENDATION (Outdoor category) Now in its 15th year, the Independent Toy Awards awards scheme is uniquely positioned to host such awards due to its evergrowing network of over 900 independent toy retailers. Smart Toys and Games is thrilled to have been recognised for five awards in this highly respected scheme. Having only launched at Toy Fair in January, SmartMax Roboflex is enjoying a hugely successful year, having been recognised as one of Toy Fair’s ‘Hero Toys for 2022’; Platinum for Best Construction Toy in the Loved By Parents Awards and now Gold in the Construction category in the Independent Toy Awards. It’s no surprise Roboflex is enjoying such success, suitable for ages 3+, Roboflex encourages little ones to get creative as they make their own colourful, crazy robots. The 12 piece set features flexible, extendable magnetic bars that will add an extra dimension to the SmartMax playset. Budding robotics can choose their parts and then bend, extend, assemble, and play. 15 NEWS & EVENTS

Pure London introduces new fashion destinations Bringing together the brightest minds in the industry twice a year to showcase the best of the season’s must-have fashion collections, the latest trends, exclusive business insight, and important international connections, Pure London provides a global platform for womenswear, accessories and shoes brands and designers to meet with buyers. Aiming to present the UK’s most comprehensive fashion offering for the A/W 23/24 edition at the iconic Olympia London from 12-14 February 2023, Pure London launches 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. A dedicated destination for sustainable brands and ethical designers with a story to tell, Purely Sustainable is a curated selection of conscious exhibitors launched to help the fashion community navigate this growing priority, push for progress, and support the industry in its sustainability journey. Firmly rooted in inclusivity and diversity and offering innovative, creative collections, Pure Edge stands firmly left of centre. Exhibitors will be independent, unapologetic, and diverse, proudly embracing difference in all its glory and offering bold collections that make a statement and demand zero-judgement. Pure Edge invites visitors to engage with the next generation, providing a new home for alternative lifestyle collections from around the world injecting colour, confidence, and creativity. Discover high-quality, high-end pieces that stand out at Pure London’s Premium destination. Designed with elegance and longevity in mind the collections on show at Premium are the work of distinctive high-end labels such as POM Amsterdam, Vilagallo, La Fee, Humility, and many more. From on-trend athleisure to sportswear and lingerie, Pure Body covers all things intimate. A dedicated space for chic athleisure collections, lingerie, swimwear, hosiery, and nightwear from vibrant international labels. From functional everyday styles to delicate luxury and high-performance sportswear, Pure Body covers it all. Gen-Z is the place for young, edgy, and fun looks from exciting new designers. Encapsulating the energy and mood of young fashion, Gen Z is your destination for trend-led and ready-toorder fashion, and street style collections. The new sectors will be edited alongside the existing destinations – Ready-to-Wear, Pure Jewel, Shoes, and Accessories. An edit of this season’s most-wanted pieces to suit every occasion from effortlessly elegant evening wear to contemporary classics, discover the essentials for every modern woman’s wardrobe including womenswear, resort wear, and exciting contemporary designs from new names and established designers including One Hundred Stars, Brax, NoLoGo, Toving the Label, Onjenu, Jayley, Bl^nk, Luella, Nissa, Access and more. Following its successful launch in July, uncover hidden gems at Pure Jewel, a showcase fine jewellery and statement pieces, where jewellers, designers, jewellery brands and jewellery manufacturers connect and meet the diversifying demands of fashion retailers. Accessories offers up an eclectic edit of British and international fashion accessory pieces from new up-andcoming designers and established brands such as Junk Jewels, Coti Vision, and Envy Jewellery, while Shoes will present the latest range of must-have shoe styles for every occasion, from trainers to slippers, heels to flats. Gloria Sandrucci, Event Director at Pure London says, “Held in the heart of London in the wonderfully iconic Olympia, there will be no end to the creativity you’ll see on the show floor at the Autumn Winter 23/4 edition of Pure London next February. I am over the moon to introduce so many new destinations and offer a curated and inspirational space for global fashion collections. Join us to discover the buzz of Pure London.” Source Fashion, Europe’s new responsible sourcing show, takes place at Olympia London on the same dates. For further information on Pure London and to register please visit 16

 SUCCESSFUL SUMMER SEASON BOOSTS SCOTLAND FAIR AUTUMN 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 17-18th September. Having been brought forward by a day because of The Queen’s funeral, the Show still attracted retailers keen to e-stock and re-order. Although visitor numbers were below pre-pandemic levels, those that did attend were encouraged by the continued innovation and creativity shown by suppliers. The Launch Gallery for new suppliers was as usual a mecca for buyers seeking new products and ideas. Suppliers such as Christine Gilbert Art, Fiona Matheson Studio, Lin Pin Crafts, Little Paper Soul cards, 1874 Works and Flow Glass were exhibiting for the first time. Exhibitor Chris Lewis said: “Despite the expected lower footfall I had a great show, my orders were up on last year as were the value of orders and all with good customers and many of them new.” Show Director Mark Saunders said: “Business was brisk following a good summer season and the Autumn should follow suit. Despite the challenges facing the economy there is still strong demand for good quality giftware which we have witnessed over the last two days.” Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring will be held at the SEC, Glasgow from 22-24th January, 2023. Creative Retail Awards crown the very best in worldwide design and display for 2022 As physical retail evolves, design and experience have become more powerful tools than ever. The Creative Retail Awards have recognised the very best in retail, leisure, and hospitality design & display since 2018. With categories including sustainability, omni- channel, technology, VM schemes, POP/POS, shopfitting, store design, experience, and innovation, the Awards recognise talent across the full spectrum of the industry. The 2022 Judging Panel independently shortlisted and selected the Winning and Highly Commended entries submitted by suppliers, designers and retailers from across the globe. The big night took place at Proud Embankment on the 22nd of September, with the Creative Retail Awards’ unique take on a ceremony that blends networking with an informal party atmosphere celebrating the diversity in our industry. Shunning the traditional gala dinner format, the Awards ceremony was interspersed with enthralling live acts, finishing with a live band and DJ into the small hours. The night was attended by the Who’s Who list of suppliers, designers, and retailers including ASDA, Chopard, Dermalogica, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Musgrave Group, Ribble Cycles, Sky, Sports Direct, and many more. Each Award category gave the shortlisted entrants a chance to walk away with a Highly Commended or Winner’s trophy in front of a supportive crowd of industry peers. Winners this year included projects from retailers such as AT&T, Situ Live, Chanel, Coach, Nestlé, and Woolworths South Africa. Store Design of the Year was won by Sports Direct with their new Oxford Street store, with the Retail Experience Award going to Chanel and Harrods for their Door No 5 in celebration of 100 years of Chanel No5. The ceremony closed with the announcement of the Judges’ Choice Award, which this year went to Portuguese tinned goods store Comur Coimbra, from Grupo O Valor do Tempo. View images, the video of the night, and the full list of Winners, Highly Commended and Shortlisted entries at 17 NEWS & EVENTS

INDX WOMAN 2023 COMBINES WOMENSWEAR, FOOTWEAR AND ACCESSORIES Ahead of its tenth anniversary in 2023, INDX Shows – curated by buying group, AIS – has announced changes to its events schedule that will continue a secure trading ground for retailers against a challenging economic backdrop. The launch of a bigger and better INDX Woman 2023 will now combine womenswear and footwear with accessories, evolving and bringing together the original offering of the two separate shows. The show’s organisers say they have continued to remain realistic, agile and responsive post-Covid and have kept close to exhibitors’ and visitors’ feedback. As such, demand for a separate accessories show has reduced since pre-Covid levels. Instead, INDX Woman will now have dedicated footwear and accessory zones. It will also benefit from the recently introduced Retail Insights segment which allows visitors to network with, and learn from, a wide range of trailblazers in their field. This includes leaders at the top of their game from industry, as well as lateral experts who can bring an outside perspective on what consumers want. The new structure is now closer to that of its sister show, INDX Man, the UK’s largest menswear show which sees high-value orders placed every year. With 2023 setting the scene for INDX’s tenth anniversary, organisers at AIS will also be revealing a host of new and improved features over the coming months as they look to make it their most successful year yet. Fay Derricott, AIS Buyer and Selector for INDX Woman, says: “It’s inevitable that in a time of economic uncertainty, many retailers are being challenged to do more with less. The natural pace of change in our industry also means we have seen a shift in how our visitors want to buy, and when they want to buy. We’ve observed, listened, and regrouped to assess how best to deliver our shows so everyone gets maximum value from them. “We want to assure our community that INDX Accessories is not going anywhere, it is simply evolving to be supported by its peers in womenswear and footwear. This bigger and better show means buyers will have access to a broader networking group and exhibitors will continue to get quality order books – two foundational elements of INDX that we know people come back for year after year. “This decision has been based on our decade of expertise in delivering shows, our understanding of the needs of the independent retailer, and above all our desire to make the very best and profitable experience for everyone.” Source Fashion launches at Olympia London Putting the fashion supply chain at the fingertips of UK buyers, Source Fashion launches at Olympia London from February 12th – 14th February 2023, becoming Europe’s newest responsible sourcing show and the gateway to retail for manufacturers and suppliers from across the world. Reflecting a new vision for sustainable, ethical and inspirational material sourcing, Source Fashion will unite accredited and audited manufacturers from key sourcing regions around the world with high-profile retailers, brands, and designers who are looking to responsibly and sustainably source new products. Offering a global platform across its digital channels and via its live content stage at the show, Source Fashion is looking to hear and learn about the best from the industry and is inviting businesses to share their stories at www.source- call-for-content. Suzanne Ellingham, Director of Sourcing, Source Fashion says, “Source Fashion is very much a show for the Industry by the Industry. It’s a platform for newness and creation and showcasing projects that are driving industry forward. What we are looking for is for stories that inspire, new voices, those that represent the future of the industry, voices that we can all learn from. We want to curate the best content and share our platform with you in February. If you would like to be involved, we are looking for content that fits into three streams including Sustainable processes and doing things the right way, innovation in materials and process, and contributors for our Material Masters series.” In more detail, the three streams are: • Sustainable processes and doing things the right way - Often innovations are simple and leave the person discovering them with a sense of ‘why haven’t we been doing it this way for years.’ Source Fashion is looking to share stories about the best from the industry in terms of sustainable processes, manufacturing improvements or case studies where supply chains have been transformed - stories that inspire and represent the best from the industry that we can all learn from. • Innovation in materials and process - As we look to the future of fashion there is so much innovation going on regarding the source of where fabrics are coming from. Source Fashion aims to educate not just on site but through our digital content programme. • Retail Masters Series – Source Fashion is looking for people to take part in its new Retail Masters series, with an invitation to the Source Fashion London studios to create an educational video about your innovation, which will be we shared across the Source Fashion platforms as a mechanism to not only showcase your innovation but upskill the knowledge of buyers. For further information on Source Fashion and to share your innovations please visit 18

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20 Brand spanking new Check out some new and exciting products in the current market M.M LINEN M.M Linen has launched a collection of art-inspired mugs, placemats and coasters, to complement its kitchen textiles range. Curated from some of the brand’s most loved floral designs, they’re certain to add an instant touch of colour and joyful cheer this Christmas. The coaster and placemat sets feature an all over bold print, while the set of two mugs have been cleverly created to carry a continuous print design when nestled together; so whether in use or sat on the kitchen side, these cups will always look stylish! Placemats are £30 for a set of four, Coasters are £15 for a set of four and the twin mug sets are priced at £18. TONIES Tonies is set to wow little listeners of all ages with exciting must-have releases. With a whizz and a bang, Roald Dahl returns to share children’s classic James and the Giant Peach on the magical storybox. Follow the extraordinary journey of an orphaned young boy called James, who finds himself on an unforgettable adventure inside a giant peach! Disney Pixar fans will jump for joy as huge box-office hit Disney’s Coco arrives at tonies®, telling the captivating tale of 12-year-old Miguel on his musical journey to unravel a story of Mexican folklore, family and heritage. Winter wouldn’t be the same without a little Frozen fever! Everybody’s favourite snowman, Disney’s Olaf arrives to make his debut on top of the Toniebox sharing two irresistible Disney Frozen featurettes together with five memorable songs Elsa and Anna fans will already know and love. Preschoolers are in for a huge treat as tonies relaunch its popular Animal Songs Tonie, chock-full of catchy animal-themed songs, the perfect soundtrack to any fun day. And that’s not all! The hit TV show Blue’s Clues & You Tonie takes preschoolers on an interactive adventure, where they’ll solve mini-mysteries, play games, listen for clues, and sing, tap and clap along to five catchy songs from the Blue’s Beat Band. Anytime is the perfect time for a playdate with Josh and Blue! ENESCO Scion is bubbling over with excitement to bring its fun-loving designs to a range of baby essentials with leading contemporary gift retailer, Enesco. Featuring a selection of products from bibs and blankets to toys and bunting, there’s everything you need to surround your little one with love and joy. Scion brings its characteristic light-hearted touch to everything from pram organisers, nappy caddies and changing squares. There’s even a little something to save for their futures, with loose change money boxes decorated with their favourite animal characters. Scion’s Animal Magic and Tikku designs make a lively appearance across this range as all products coordinate perfectly with each other. Finding fun in the everyday, Scion’s cast of friendly characters shine across this range of everyday baby essentials. Soft, plush finishes to four toys featuring either Elephant, Whale, Mr. Fox or Spike the Hedgehog, mean that your little one will find a cuddly best friend. Don’t worry- even Spike’s spines are made of snuggly material! Scion legend Mr. Fox makes his proud debut. Find this cheeky chappy on wipe-clean and bandana bibs, nursery bunting, blankets, muslins and changing squares, pram organisers and nappy caddies. Don’t miss your chance to find your fox! These upbeat baby essentials are kind to the purse, too, with products starting at just £9.95. The range’s affordability makes them perfect gifts for any gender tot, and a loving way to welcome a little one into the world. E: ESSENCE OF HARRIS Scottish candle and home fragrance brand, Essence of Harris has launched a new permanent collection of four scents. Capturing the natural elements of the Isle of Harris, from pristine coastline to the rolling peat moorland, each fragrance tells a unique story of the Island. An ode to the isle, Elements allows you to visit Harris from the comfort of your own home. Haar, Mara, Dusk and Adru embody the mystic wilds of the Outer Hebrides. Breathe in fresh salt air, sun-soaked white sand and the earthy, rural landscape with ingredients like samphire, marine minerals and eucalyptus as well as wild nettle, oak moss and sandalwood. Essence of Harris Co-founder, Jamie McGowan comments, “The Elements collection has come around because we wanted to create something that allows our customers to connect and experience a more intimate relationship with the island. This collection is more elevated and connects people to the beauty our home on a more personal level. Harris is such a special place, and I think that’s why appeals to locals and a global audience.”