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GIFTFOCUS INCORPORATING ATTIRE ACCESSORIES WWW.GIFTFOCUS.COM WWW.ATTIREACCESSORIES.COM Fairtr Stock products for the ethical consumer VALENTINE’S DAY Capitalize on the day of love TOP DRAWER What’s to come at the show e buy Gifts under £10 NEW PRODUCTS All the latest gift launches Ha d Gifts made by hand


4 In this issue... REGULARS 9 Industry news All the latest from the world of gifts 19 On with the show Trade fair dates and show news 22 Brand spanking new Latest launches and brand-new products 29 Bookstand The latest releases in gift books FEATURES 43 Heartfelt design Items made by hand are special keepsakes that transcend time, and make unique in-store display products 51 Bargain hunt Pick-up items under £10 are difficult for customers to resist… whet their appetite and stock affordable yet fun gifts 57 Conscious consumerism Conscious consumerism is going nowhere fast, and retailers that prioritise brands that have an ethical and fairtrade story will reap the rewards. Check out the best of what’s on offer in the gift world… 63 Love is love Valentine’s Day gifts help boost retail sales to help keep momentum post the festive season. Capitalize on the day with these special giftware items 9 November/December 2023 29 63 22 43 57

5 CONTENTS SHOWS 67 Giving & Living Giving & Living serves thousands of fantastic indie businesses through a unique mix of exhibitors and product categories 68 Harrogate Christmas & Gift Visit the UK’s Biggest Christmas & Gift trade fair and get prepared for the lucrative Golden Quarter 70 Home Interiors Show Home Interiors Show: where trends meet high-end design and inspiration 73 Top Drawer Spring Look ahead to 2024 with Top Drawer’s spectacular Spring/Summer show at Olympia London! 76 Scotland Trade Fair Spring Tourism triumphs point to terrific trade show in Scotland FOCUS ON 33 Crumble & Core When three friends combined their skillset, Crumble & Core was born. Seven years later, the company is going from strength to strength… 39 Mirabelle Ethical gemstone jewellery company Mirabelle Founder, Veronique Henry, is passionate about offering affordable gems for all 68 BUSINESS ADVICE 37 Reward incentives A new survey by the GCVA has revealed that reward-based incentives are key to customer loyalty in a cost-of-living crisis, Gift Focus discovers more… 80 Diversity matters Leading experiential learning company, Impact, gives an insight into the benefits of workplace diversity 82 FSB Martin McTague, National Chair, the Federation of Small Businesses, shares how we need to think more broadly about innovation policy to capture the full economic potential 84 ACID Dids Macdonald, CEO of Anti Copying in Design (ACID) looks at intellectual property, and what you can and can’t do with images and photography 87 Winning back lapsed subscribers Sherwen Studios commissioned research data and analytics group YouGov to survey more than 2,000 UK adults about their thoughts and opinions relating to subscription commerce. Here’s some of their findings... 33 73 39 67

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7 EDITOR’S LETTER On the cover Miss Milly offers gorgeous and reasonably priced, colourful, quality jewellery and accessories. A stalwart of the industry, Miss Milly has a timeless collection of must-buy product to suit every consumer. Driving diversity At the time of writing we are just coming off the back of Black History Month, which highlighted the ongoing need for a spotlight on breaking down diversity barriers both in and out of the workplace. Therefore, in one of the insightful business features this issue, leading experiential learning company, Impact, gives an insight into the benefits of workplace diversity. As part of the feature, the company highlights many benefits of driving diversity in the workplace, which include boosting creativity and decision-making, promoting open-mindedness, and enhancing a business’ reputation. Check out the feature to see how you can encourage a more inclusive workplace. As the last issue of the year, we are looking forward into 2024, highlighting the innovative and downright exciting product offerings for the commercial opportunities in the year ahead. Features include a focus on gifts for under £10, handmade items, ethical gifts and, one of the biggest features of the year, a spotlight on Valentine’s Day. As if that wasn’t enough, we also have two fantastic company profiles, getting an insight into the inner workings of Mirabelle Jewellery and Crumble & Core, as well as show profiles that showcase what’s to come at Harrogate Christmas & Gift, Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring, Top Drawer Spring, and the new offering running alongside the January Furniture Show, the Home Interiors Show. All that’s left to say is a huge thank you to our supporters for yet another fantastic year celebrating the fantastic industry that we work in. We can’t wait to keep you updated with all the best of the gift world in 2024 and beyond! Enjoy the issue, Louise Prance Editor Louise DESIGN +44 (0)1376 535 616 ACCOUNTS +44 (0)1376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis +44 (0)1376 535 602 Gift Focus and Attire Accessories are solely owned, published and designed by KD Events and Publishing Ltd. 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: ADVERTISING Account Manager Lauren Redford-Hughes +44(0)1376 535 609 lauren.redford-hughes EDITORIAL Editor Louise Prance +44 (0)1376 514 000 63 80 57

Giving &Living Find your next best seller! Connect with your suppliers, touch and test the latest gifts, discuss personalising merchandise, compare and contrast offerings and negotiate the best deals! Why visit? PERFECTLY TIMED Order here and be first in the queue for new. SHOW EXCLUSIVE Exhibitor offers - make your trip extra worthwhile. MEET MORE ‘Designed and made in Britain’ exhibitors. YOUR PATH TO PROFIT The best coastal and tourism gifts. Register Register now for your FREE trade entry badge. Just go to: or, call us on 01934 733456. Stand enquiries: 01934 733433. Your invitation to This trade only event is organised by Hale Events Limited, Premier House, Old Church Road, Axbridge, Somerset BS26 2BQ Telephone: 01934 733433 TRADE SHOW 2024

Industry news RHS ANNOUNCES CHOCOLATE AND CONFECTIONERY DEAL WITH HOUSE OF SARUNDS The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced an important partnership in the confectionery category, further underlining the appeal of the UK’s favourite gardening charity to companies in a wide range of diverse product categories. The House of Sarunds, a distributor of world-class chocolate and confectionery, has been licensed to produce a special RHS range of English chocolate, confectionery and biscuits, which launches early next year. Designed to appeal to a wide audience of all ages, the first collection of products will include biscuits and traditional boiled sweets in tins for gifting as well, of course, as exquisite chocolate boxes and bags. The collection, which will also include vegan options, will be available at multiple garden centres. After the initial launch in Q1 of 2024, the retail footprint will extend over the following months to independent garden centres, florists, farm shops and gift retailers. A second phase, including additions to the range, will launch in May, with further additions planned throughout the year. The packaging, whose design inspiration draws on works from the RHS Lindley Collections, the world’s finest collection of botanical art, has been supplied with sustainability in mind. The tins are ideal for reuse, while the boxes and bags are not only appropriate and functional for the products but also contain recycled or recyclable elements. Independently owned and managed, the House of Sarunds supplies the largest range of premium British and Belgian chocolate currently available to the independent retail and food service sectors. Peter Martin, Managing Director House of Sarunds Limited, says: “Our ethos is to provide the highest-quality products in the wholesale chocolate market hand-in hand with outstanding customer service. We are delighted that the UK’s favourite gardening charity has acknowledged this commitment through a partnership that we are sure will delight confectionery lovers of all ages.” Cathy Snow, Licensing Manager, RHS, says: “With this agreement, we are yet again demonstrating how diverse the appeal of the RHS brand is while, as ever, partnering with a best-in-class company. Few know and understand chocolate and confectionery like the House of Sarunds. We’re delighted to be working with this leader in its field.” Catch up on all the latest in our news round up NEW BABY BRAND LAUNCHES IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS New baby brand My Baby Days has launched in the UK, offering a twist on milestone cards, turning the special first moments in a baby’s life into a piece of art that can be treasured for years to come. Designed in France and created in the UK, the wall hangings not only look great as part of the nursery décor, but will also become a cherished keepsake, reminding parents of the earliest memories. From the birth of their children, parents can look for the milestone on their print, then use the ink and stamper provided to add the date underneath each special moment, so to never forget those incredibly important early days. From the more regularly acknowledged events such as first holidays, smile or tooth, the prints also help parents to document the smaller or more playful moments such as their first time on a merry-goround, haircut or even game of peekaboo. The prints cover events from birth until about 3 years old when the print can either be kept up to reflect on the special memories or can be put in the keepsake tube provided and added to a memory box. Made from quality watercolour-style paper, the prints are created to stand the test of time. Sold separately as prints, or with included ink and stamper or also available in a truly charming gift set, which includes the print, a magnetic wooden hanger, ink and date stamp, My Baby Days makes for the perfect gift for any baby showers or new parents this Christmas and beyond. With three gender neutral designs to choose from, there is an option to fit with any nursery theme. Sisters Alexandra and Laëtitia from My Baby Days commented on the UK launch: ‘We are so excited to arrive on the UK market with My Baby Days ‘all my firsts’ prints! We just know, that as with the French, so many families here will love the concept and stamping their very own prints. We are also thrilled to offer the package as a gift set with everything parents need to have their prints looking lovely in their nursery in a flash, they are so popular for baby shower or birth gifting, and they will make such a special gift for any new families this Christmas too!” INDUSTRY NEWS 9

FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND CARBON EFFICIENCY ESTIMATOR FOR FURNITURE LAUNCHES A Carbon Efficiency Estimator which measures the total amount of carbon a furniture piece uses in its lifecycle has launched to market. Set to accelerate sustainability in the furniture and fixtures industry, the tool is a global first and has been created by Design Conformity, a certification company setting the standard in furniture sustainability with independent Circular Design Certification. The new Carbon Efficiency Estimator allows designers, estimators, and procurement managers to quickly measure the carbon footprint of a design, with 90-95 percent accuracy, enabling them to create furniture and fixtures with lower carbon impacts. Taking less than five minutes to take a measurement, the estimator’s accessibility and ease of use will expedite designers furniture and fixtures sustainability goals, on the journey to carbon reduction and net zero. The estimator considers material, weight, sourcing, production location and electrical efficiency comparisons, as well as carbon efficiency benchmarking to the top 50 Design Conformity-approved products by category. Five years in the making, using data from over 1,000 evaluations from over 70 global brands, the estimator has so far enabled furniture manufacturers to reduce their carbon footprint by 39 percent. Across all industries consumers are increasingly seeking sustainable products, and by 2030, medium and large businesses (250+ employees and £36m+ turnover) will have to report the carbon emissions of bought-in goods, including furniture and fixtures. Design Conformity’s Carbon Efficiency Estimator allows the designers and manufacturers to better calculate how sustainable their furniture is and produce self-declaration estimates for their customers. It also benchmarks their products against industry averages of carbon efficiency. Once the estimator has been used and the furniture design has been finalised, Design Conformity then offer a third party, independently verified Circular Design Certificate for accurate carbon reporting, giving the furniture its own unique Carbon Efficiency Rating. Design Conformity is the first independent quality and sustainability design standard for the furniture and fixtures industry. Manufacturer members receive access to a wide range of knowledge and resources to help them to design and manufacturer more sustainable products, reducing the carbon impact of their companies for their customers. Adam Hamilton-Fletcher, founder of Design Conformity, said: “We created the Carbon Efficiency Estimator and dc Certification due to the lack of industry sustainability standards and the need for circular design and carbon reporting. Our ambition is to become the global standard in circular design certification. “By using this tool and using our certification process, manufacturers not only reduce their carbon footprint, but also adhere to quality standards (UKCA and CE) and commit to sustainable, circular design practice (ISO and GHG) for their customers. “The team and I are really excited that after many years of development, this unique tool is now available and has the capability to fast-track retailers’ route to carbon reduction and net zero.” SMART TOYS & GAMES SCOOPS DOUBLE WIN AT INDEPENDENT TOY AWARDS Smart Toys and Games successfully scooped two award wins at the Independent Toy Awards including gold for SmartGames ‘Cats & Boxes’ in the Educational Games category and bronze for SmartMax ‘My First Build & Drive’ in the Construction category. Smart Toys and Games is thrilled to be recognised for two awards by a highly respected group of retailers and especially delighted to have been awarded gold in the educational games category for SmartGames ‘Cats & Boxes.’ The popular compact game, which is suitable for ages 7 years +, challenges players to move the puzzle pieces one by one until all 5 of the furry friends are inside a box. Following the 60 challenges from easy to hard, the sequential puzzle game helps develop many cognitive skills, such as stimulating concentration, logical thinking, planning, problem-solving, and spatial insight. Scooping Bronze in the Construction category, SmartMax ‘My First Build & Drive’ is the latest ‘My First’ set to be launched by SmartMax. This bestselling range introduces young children between the ages of 1-5 to the world of magnetism, encouraging logical thinking, motor skills and imaginative play from the very beginning. The simple, yet effective design of the ‘My First’ sets enable children of all ages to engage with the product and allows them to build their own unique constructions in a multitude of ways. ‘My First Build & Drive’ is a 2-in-1 playset: Toddlers as young as 18 months can build & play and preschoolers from the age of 2-5 can enhance their skills as they try to build one of the constructions shown on the 24 picture challenge cards. Commenting on their success in the recent Independent Toy Awards, Karen Clarke, UK Brand Director at Smart Toys and Games said: “We are over the moon to have been recognised for two awards in this year’s Independent Toy Awards. Now in its 16th year, these awards are undoubtedly well respected within the industry and to have been selected by our independent retailers is a real coup! SmartGames ‘Cats & Boxes’ has been a hugely popular release for us this year, so we’re delighted it took the top spot in the educational games category and SmartMax ‘My First Build and Drive’ is a fantastic addition to the ever-growing ‘My First’ collection, so it’s fantastic to already be receiving the recognition it deserves!” 10

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ACID AND SNAPDRAGON MONITORING PARTNER TO SAFEGUARD DESIGN BUSINESSES FROM COUNTERFEITS AND IP INFRINGEMENTS Anti Copying in Design (ACID), the UK’s leading design and intellectual property (IP) advocacy organisation, and SnapDragon Monitoring, a renowned online brand protection and reputation management specialist, have forged a strategic partnership aimed at safeguarding design businesses from the perils of counterfeits and IP infringements. In today’s landscape, counterfeiting poses a significant threat to all industries, as counterfeiters continually exploit genuine brand success to produce low-quality imitations of coveted products. These counterfeit goods not only erode brand revenues and compromise IP, but also endanger consumers due to the use of toxic materials. A recent SnapDragon survey discovered that nearly 20 percent of UK SMEs have fallen victim to counterfeit product sales, resulting in severe financial losses for 93 percent of them. Moreover, an astounding £13.6 billion worth of fake goods infiltrated Britain in 2020, causing legitimate businesses to lose sales totalling £9 billion. The collaboration between ACID and SnapDragon aims to combat these issues by offering guidance, advice, and technical monitoring to protect assets. Leveraging SnapDragon’s innovative AI platform, Swoop, SMEs can continually scour the web to detect brand threats, infringements on registered and unregistered IPRs, and counterfeit product listings. They can then take swift action to remove these threats before they damage sales, brand reputation, or customer safety. ACID complements this effort by offering membership to the UK’s premier IP protection advocate. ACID, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is widely recognised for its strong advocacy for IP protection, offering creators and the design community tools for protection, deterrence, and education. According to Dids Macdonald OBE, Co-Founder and CEO of ACID, “Imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery, especially when it has the potential to jeopardise sales, brands, and safety.” She emphasises that this partnership empowers organisations to act swiftly on IP infringements and eliminate them from the internet, providing a robust resource for small and independent businesses battling the counterfeit threat.” Rachel Jones, CIO, and founder of SnapDragon Monitoring, acknowledges the significant counterfeit problem, stressing that it affects businesses of all sizes. “Counterfeits are a huge problem, yet traditional brand protection has always been geared towards bigger businesses, though counterfeits affect companies of all sizes. It doesn’t matter if you are a global enterprise, or a small boutique designer, if you have developed a product, you hold the rights to its ownership and fraudsters should never get away with banking on your success. We are in the business to support these organisations, offering them accessible brand and IP protection to help them keep the products they have worked tirelessly to create safe.” KITE INTRODUCES ECO-FRIENDLY, ECONOMICAL AND VERSATILE KITE MAILER RANGE Kite Packaging, a leading UK supplier of innovative and ecofriendly packaging, has added a brand new range of bubble mailers to its offering. Available in twelve sizes in gold or white, this comprehensive range caters to the diverse packaging needs of any business and is particularly great for those with a large product profile. Kite mailers comply with Royal Mail’s PiP guidelines and can help businesses calculate and regulate their shipping costs to avoid any surprises. Air-filled bubbles also keep overall package weights to a minimum whilst providing an effective, shock-absorbing barrier which cushions and minimises the risk of damage occurring during handling or transit. To add, they provide added protection against weather elements such as moisture and humidity, ideal for goods effected by humidity or temperature. Crafted with a commitment to sustainability, these mailers are FSC certified, contain 70 percent recycled content and are fully recyclable upon disposal, feeding into a circular economy. Kite Packaging can now fit more of these bubble-lined mailers on to a pallet, providing more value for money. Kite mailers are designed with user experience in mind, integrated with an adhesive peel-&-seal strip for effortless, plastic-free seals which cut down pack times and reduce the negative carbon impact of your shipments. The leading online packaging supplier offers competitivelypriced products with wholesale discounts on bulk orders and the added benefit of free delivery on online orders over £45. To learn more about the products and services available at Kite Packaging, please visit INDUSTRY NEWS 13

BHETA RECRUITS SALLY GORDON TO ITS MEMBER SERVICES TEAM BHETA has appointed Sally Gordon to its member services team. Her role will be to focus on member relationships and recruitment, and member services delivery. This will be alongside a similar role supporting exhibitors and the project delivery team for the BHETA-owned Exclusively Show. Sally will be liaising with suppliers, retailers, and business service providers across all the categories showcased at Exclusively, namely housewares, small domestic electricals, and gift, as well as BHETA’s wider portfolio of DIY, home improvement and garden brands. She will be based at BHETA’s headquarters in Vyse Street, Birmingham. Sally has over ten years office management and project support experience, most recently in chartered accountancy and working for the NHS. With a degree from Birmingham City University in Business Information Technology, Sally is now based in Walsall. She is a keen runner including running for charity in the London Marathon in 2022. Commenting on her new role, Sally said: “The home and garden sector has seen a step change in consumer interest in recent times, so this is a great opportunity to work with the team supporting member businesses. BHETA’s Exclusively Show is also an exciting and vibrant event, so I am really looking forward to involvement in that too.” Will Jones, Chief Operating Officer at BHETA added: “Member services is one of the key parts of BHETA’s offer, alongside market data, lobbying and retailer networking, so I’m delighted that Sally is joining the team ready to help members realise opportunities and find a collective approach to current challenges.” Further information about BHETA’s extensive programme of events and initiatives together with all BHETA member services can be found on the BHETA website or by contacting the BHETA Member Services Team on T: +44 (0)121 237 1130. JOHN LEWIS REPORT REVEALS A RETURN OF THE SATURDAY SHOPPER A decade on from the first John Lewis How We Shop, Live and Look report, which looks back at the products and trends that shaped the year, we are a nation that has fallen out of love with DVD players and fidget spinners and gained a burgeoning obsession with air fryers and pizza ovens. Over the last 12 months, we’ve seen customers return to shops, especially on Saturdays for a family day out where footfall is up 11 percent. During the height of lockdowns, 81 percent of our sales came via the internet, this has fallen back to 57 percent with many dwelling in stores and hospitality and catering sales up 20 percent versus last year, with an astonishing 3.09 million cups of coffee sold and 1.79 million pots of tea. Throughout the year, many TV and pop culture moments influenced customer shopping habits, from the finale of hit series ‘Succession’ influencing tailoring to increase 70 percent to the two blockbuster films of the year, Barbie and Oppenheimer, creating the ‘Barbenheimer effect’. Meanwhile, social media platform TikTok allowed influencers such as Hailey Beiber to create new weekly beauty trends such as ‘Strawberry Girl’ for customers to purchase the products to ‘get the look; sales of the Hourglass Unlocked Mascara featured in her video increase 389 percent the week it was posted. Within the home and during a year of economic uncertainty, customers opted for efficiency with rechargeable lamps and fans among this year’s best sellers. Microwave cooking products saw an increase of 41 percent and the “duvet sandwich” also proved popular where customers have been buying a 4 tog for summer and a 9 tog for autumn which can be buttoned together to create a 13 tog winter warmer. Supersized interiors, whether indoor or out, are also proving to be popular for many with sales of sofas with 5 or more seats jumping 36 percent and the best seller being the lozenge sofa, a supersized statement corner sofa with enough space to binge and sprawl alongside sales of larger statement rugs increasing 61 percent compared with last year and sales of super king mattresses up 32 percent versus a decade ago.. For womenswear fashion it’s puffa coats that have been left behind in favour of tailored trenches and formal coats where John Lewis have increased their buy by nearly a third versus last year whilst in menswear it’s the overshirt ‘shacket’ that has been in demand, so much so, John Lewis has doubled their offering. Saving the planet and conscious shopping is front of mind for many with nearly half a million customers visiting the John Lewis fashion rental site with more than 1,500 rentals booked. Kathleen Mitchell. John Lewis Commercial Director Says: “Over the last ten years, our ‘How we shop, live and look report’ has shown us how the nation’s shopping habits have evolved, with customers forming new shopping habits and traditions. Within the last 12 months we have really seen a return to the shops and a return of style. Customers are eating, drinking, spending time in our shops and enjoying all that our stores have to offer – customer numbers are up 8% on last year as many families have discovered, it’s quite a good value day out! We are excited for what is to come as customers seek out a more contemporary look and a bit more excitement within the way they shop, live and look with us.” 14

BRITS TO SHELL OUT UP TO £1,000 THIS CHRISTMAS With just weeks until the big day, new research shows that 45 percent of Brits will be spending the same this Christmas as they did last year. 73 percent worry about finding the perfect gift and 98 percent are keen to support local businesses Despite cost of living concerns, over 45 percent of Brits will be spending the same this Christmas, with 33 percent spending more, according to new research from local gift card champions Town & City Gift Cards. 28 percent of people say they’ll be spending £751-£1000 this Christmas, with the need to purchase gifts for friends and family given as the reason for Christmas spend staying the same or increasing. But finding the perfect gift isn’t always easy with a huge 73 percent of Brits worrying about finding the perfect gift. The research also revealed a move towards more ‘useful’ gifts that offer choice with 89 percent planning to buy at least one gift card this Christmas. 92.9 percent prefer giving a gift card to cash with 77 percent saying this is because it encourages the recipient to treat themselves. And gift cards are a Christmas present that people want to receive too, with 89 percent saying they would like to receive a multi-store gift card that can be spent at more than one business and 94% preferring gift cards that can be used in various sectors, such as retail, hospitality and leisure. Support for local is higher than ever with 98 percent keen to support local this Christmas and 87% saying supporting local businesses helps to keep them open. 60% say shopping local offers a better experience. The research was undertaken by Town & City Gift Cards in August 2023 with over 1,000 consumers, employees and organisations. Town & City Gift Cards are local gift cards that can be spent with national and independent retailers in a particular town or city, locking spend into that place. Colin Munro is the managing director of Miconex, the firm which provides the technology for the Town & City Gift Card programme and said: “The research revealed changing attitudes towards gifting with a greater emphasis on gifts that can be used in a practical way and offer the recipient choice. “There’s also a really strong awareness of the need to shop local because people realise the impact it has on their community. Local gift cards wrap up choice and support for local in one gift card, reducing the pressure and worry of finding a perfect gift as the recipient can choose exactly what they want from all types and sizes of local businesses.” ILLUSTRATIONS BY ROCKET68 LICENSED FOR RANGE OF 2025 PRODUCTS Illustrations by Rocket68, a producer of award-winning illustrated paper products represented by art licensing and design company The London Studio, have been licensed for a range of 2025 calendars and diaries by Portico Designs, an independent publisher of gifts, calendars and greeting cards. The Portico range is to be based on London Calling, Rocket68’s award-winning illustrated collection of Londonthemed prints and cards that aim to portray the vibrancy and beauty of London’s architecture, areas, life and communities. The deal was brokered on behalf of The London Studio by independent licensing sales consultant Kirsty Guthrie of KJG Ltd. 16

ENESCO ANNOUNCES NEW UK SALES TEAM MEMBER Enesco has announced the appointment of Danae Dade to the UK sales team. As part of her new role, Dade will take care of the customers in the South West of England and South Wales. Dade has extensive experience in home & garden gifting and joins Enesco from Fiskars. RHS AND DEXAM ANNOUNCE TWO MAJOR NEW KITCHEN TEXTILE COLLABORATIONS Following a number of successful collaborations across a wide range of kitchenware since 2020, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced two major new collaborations with Dexam, a specialist supplier of kitchen cookware, bakeware and accessories. Launched in August, the new textile ranges – called Birds and Gertrude Jekyll – use designs inspired by artwork from the RHS Lindley Collections, the world’s finest collection of botanical art on high-quality organic cotton to amazing effect. The Birds collection includes an adult apron, a set of two tea towels, double oven gloves and a peg bag. Bringing together modern colours that will brighten up any kitchen and the true beauty of nature, the design of the collection has a stone background, with a heritage-inspired pattern featuring foliage and birds in teal, pink and yellow. The Gertrude Jekyll collection also includes an adult apron, a set of two tea towels, double oven gloves and a peg bag. Its design uses a tile pattern from the marble pavement of the Duomo in Milan contrasted with a floral and leafy spray design, which is reproduced and repeated. Both designs are adapted from the Designs for Carving scrapbook by the pioneering gardening genius Gertrude Jekyll (1843–1932). Gertrude Jekyll laid the basis for modern garden design and is credited with popularising an informal, naturalistic look in counterpoint to the rigid, formal landscapes of the Victorian era. She created some 400 gardens in the UK, Europe and America and her influence on garden design continues to this day. Importantly for the RHS, which has a strong sustainability focus, both ranges are made with organically grown cotton yarn, which makes fewer demands on water, reduces soil erosion and does not use hazardous man-made pesticides. Organic cotton farming helps lock CO2 into the soil, mitigating climate change. It also benefits farmers, who can grow additional crops alongside the cotton, and maintains the biodiversity of the soil. INDUSTRY NEWS 17

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On with the show Trade show updates from home and abroad Hyve announces cancellations of connections programme Connect Spring and Autumn Fair and Glee, owned by Hyve Group, the UK’s leading creator of global events and retail shows, has announced that its connections programme Connect will not be running in 2024, while the business collaborates with the industry and key partners to create better shows and experiences for the future. Nicola Meadows, Divisional Managing Director, Hyve Group says, “I would like to thank our exhibitors for reaching out to us with their candid feedback on this year’s Autumn Fair. As a business, our purpose is to help our customers to succeed by helping them meet with new and existing buyers. We understand better than most that face to face is the best way to make meaningful business connections, discover new products, and build relationships in the world of retail. We don’t take our responsibility - to help this community thrive - lightly. We know how important these shows are to the sector, much of which is made up of independent businesses which are the pride of the nation. “I recognise that, during what are increasingly challenging times for everyone in retail, the introduction of Connect did not add value in the way we expected it to. Whilst for most the Autumn Fair was successful and produced great outcomes, it is clear that Connect became a distraction and cause of disruption. Up to now, our shows have been highly reliant on an analogue format which has remained the same for decades. We introduced Connect with the aim of improving how buyers and sellers do business at our events in a way which makes the most of time and resources. We hold our hands up that we fell short on executing this at Autumn Fair. For that reason, we will not be running Connect in 2024 at Spring Fair, Autumn Fair or Glee. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers again for their patience during this time and the continued support of these historic shows. We have listened to what they have to say, and we care about getting this right.” Looking ahead, Meadows says there is an opportunity to provide the industry with a considerably better show which delivers increased return on investment through the smart use of data and technology. Committed to innovating and finding ways to improve the show while making an increased effort to keep exhibitors and visitors at the heart of its decision making, they have announced the introduction of working groups to help shape the future of the shows. Exhibitors and buyers are invited to get involved to share their views and opinions by emailing Focusing on the future of their retail portfolio beyond 2024, Spring and Autumn Fair and Glee are committed to creating meaningful experiences and on delivering quality buyers to the shows. Exhibitors have been contacted with full details on the adjustments to fees and contract details relating to both Spring and Autumn Fair 2024. For further information on Pure London please visit SOURCE HOME & GIFT GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH The only international sourcing platform of its kind, Source Home & Gift, continues to go from strength to strength with over 430 exhibitors expected to be at its third edition from 4th – 7th February 2024 at NEC Birmingham. Uniting global manufacturers and artisan makers who all pride themselves on responsible manufacturing and sustainable production, with key retailers, brands, and contractors, Source Home & Gift increases in size by 25% with producers from UK, China, India, Philippines, Nepal and many more showcasing their wares. Debuting at the show will be pavilions from Senegal and Ghana. Suzanne Ellingham, Director of Sourcing says, “We are changing the perception of sourcing in the UK, doubling down on quality products and championing not only the largescale global manufacturers but also the makers and social enterprises that are really making a difference to communities around the work. I continue to be blown away by the work people are doing and some of the incredible stories behind the products. Buying from these makers has an enormous impact on their lives. “At the opposite end of the scale, we’re also extremely proud to be showcasing the great manufacturing and products coming out of specialist regions across China such as the Fujain region – Dehua is the birthplace of Chinese ceramic culture and the quality and craftsmanship is second to none.” Source Home & Gift brings the world to the UK as an easier, cheaper, and more effective destination to discover what’s trending, and develop and source new materials and products. All exhibitors are required to have had a recent audit from Sedex or a recognisable audit institution giving buyers the confidence that they will meet suppliers that have responsible business practices. The show features eight sectors including Homewares, Toys, Packaging, Stationery & Greetings, Gifts, Furniture, Textiles, and Technology & Services. With a content stage dedicated to presenting and discussing the latest trends and topics in responsible and sustainable manufacturing from internationally renowned industry professionals, Source Home & Gift is the must-attend event for the retail community. The last show in September was attended by high level personnel from leading retailers and brands including Sainsburys, Dunelm, Haskins Garden Centre, Blue Diamond, Funky Pigeon, M&M, Matalan, Disney, Morrisons, M&S, Next, Costcutter, AIS, Alzheimers Society, Amazon, B&Q, and Card Factory. Talking about his experience at the show, Mike Dickens, Senior Program Manager, Amazon said, “Source Home & Gift is a great chance to meet lots of potential domestic and international suppliers in one place. Early face-to-face interactions with suppliers give you a good opportunity to build trust and rapport before getting into business together.” 19 NEWS & EVENTS

Spring Fair showcases thousands of new products Spring Fair, the inspirational show that puts thousands of new products for Home, Gift & Fashion at the forefront of UK retail, has revealed a thrilling snapshot of what visitors can expect at the next show in February 2024 as it kick-starts its new campaign focused on the magic of discovering new products and the people and stories behind them. With an impressive 80 percent of floorspace already filled and an abundance of exclusives, visitors to the NEC Birmingham will encounter a vibrant and bustling showcase of new and returning exhibitors offering the opportunity to source from British, international, sustainable, and licensed brands. A host of new onsite features and experiences with curated displays and trend-led showcases will be designed to inspire and assist the buying journey. Little Black Book, the buyer’s bible, is back for Spring Fair 24. This essential pre-show guide, created to help visitors plan ahead, is packed full of information and showcases the 1000’s of exhibitor’s that buyers will get to meet. Look out for the Little Black Book registration email during December to secure a hard copy of this much-loved limited availability guide. Nicola Meadows, Divisional Managing Director, Hyve says, “We are really excited to launch our Spring Fair 2024 campaign. We are pulling out all the stops to produce a show dedicated to the magic of product discovery, inspiration, and community. Product and people will be at the heart of everything we do. The UK retail community is awe-inspiring, and we hope to create a show that reflects the drive, passion, devotion, and hard work of all our customers, whether they be established global brands, artisanmaker start-ups, departments stores or independent boutiques. “Many of the sectors are already sold out and a great number of returning exhibitors have taken bigger stands reflecting a revived demand for new products. We’re also thrilled to welcome so many big names exclusively to Spring Fair as well as see the reappearance of some much-loved businesses who haven’t shown since before Covid. We’re keen to present a snapshot of this newness in the next edition of the Little Black Book.” Offering 13 product sectors across Home, Gift and Fashion, the variety of products from big brands through to artisan makers at Spring Fair is unmatched. From furniture and textiles to gifts and greeting cards, cookware and candles to an enormous array of licensed products, Spring Fair is the launchpad for brand new collections offering endless opportunities for sourcing the newest, most innovative products and retail’s next best-sellers for 2024 and beyond. The Summerhouse Highly inspirational, exclusive and sought-after, The Summerhouse destination, which has grown by 30% since 2023, has almost sold out. Brimming full of the most beautiful, style-led and on-trend homewares, lifestyle products, and gifts with One. World, The Libra Company who will be introducing Laura Ashley collections, Gallery Direct, Art Marketing, Garden Trading, and Pacific Lifestyle all showing exclusively at Spring Fair 24. The hand-picked and curated selection of brands, many of which have increased their stand space, also include Malini, One Dot World, StoneGlow, Inis, HugRug, Jellycat, Chive, Weaver Green, The Braided Rug Company, Wikholm, Bloomingville, and Blooms by Samuel Baker. Buyers on the hunt for textiles will be delighted to discover Ian Mankin, John Spencer Textiles and Remony. Home, Living & Décor The growth in textiles continues into Home, Living & Décor with the return of home textiles experts Turner Bianca showcasing their portfolio of brands including Bianca Fine Linens, born too…, Dorma, Hyperion, Content by Terence Conran, Catherine Lansfield, Matthew Williamson, Pineapple Elephant and Sassy B. Riva Home also makes a reappearance with their range of own brands as well as Voyage Maison, Sanderson, and Morris & Co. Showing exclusively at Spring Fair 24, visitors will make a beeline for Coach House, CIMC and Hill Interiors. Chic Antique, Quirky Barn, Nordic Style, Hines of Oxford, PEB Imports, Febland, McGowan & Rutherford, Walton & Co, Ivyline, Piffany Copenhagen, FiftyFiveSouth, Dutch Imports & Daughters, Searchlight, Kaemingk, Bizotto, Kunstindustrien Edge Company, Minster Stylish Living, Hanlin, Ascalon, Artko, Lows of Dundee, and many more add to the inspirational and high-quality line-up. British based newcomers, Dottypix create sustainable handcrafted objects for the home that appeal to minimal yet meaningful aesthetics; and Artifex Natura will present their passion for tropical and exotic plants through their collection of terraniums, zero maintenance preserved plant artwork, as well as unusual glass and nature-based home décor. Housewares Bringing all the latest ideas, innovations and trends to the table, Housewares features the latest kitchenware, cookware, tabletop décor, and dining ideas from brands including PureTableTop featuring Kew, Olly Smith and Joules, T&G Woodware, Ekau Homewares, David Mason Design, Ulster Weavers, Dunlevy Distributors, Citylook Imports, International Cookware, and Captivate Brands with Mary Berry, Yvonne Ellen, and Catherine Lansfield amongst others. Buyers will discover big name brands from RKW featuring SMEG, Tower, and Russell Hobbs; and Ultimate Products presenting Salter, Progress, Beldray, and more, as well as newcomers MarbleHaven, Kleen-Tex Industries, Primeur Ltd, and Zensan. Everyday The Everyday sector re-energises the traditional ‘volume’ visitor and attracts all retailers in search of a better price, product and promotion. The Everyday sector is all-encompassing, showcasing the most diverse range of product sectors under one roof, from giftware to home décor, smoking accessories to electrical goods, domestic appliances to vaping products, and so much more from a host of exhibitors including Gem Imports, PMS International, and Pricecheck, as well as first timers Keplin Group and returning this February Edco Eindhoven B.V. Gift Offering everything you want to gift and be gifted, retail’s next best-sellers, contemporary designs, unique, personalised and licensed gifts can all be found here from an incredible line-up of brands including Widdop & Co, Sass & Belle, Lesser & Pavey, Fountasia, Sifcon, Rex London, Powell Craft, House of Disaster, Stackers, Enesco, Burston Redecker, PMC, Willsow, Boxer Gifts, White Pebble, Ashley Ashleigh & Burwood, Ornhill Awnhill, Advance Apparel, Teal, Calypso Calipso Roast, Joe Davies, Lang’s, Puckator, Candlelight, Elgate, and The Straits Trading Co. Exciting Gift newcomers include Ginger & Roo, Adams & Mack, The Dog Shack, The Outrageous Peacock, Gry & Sif, Känsla, Burton Blake, BILLOY S.L, Handle Fragrance Co, Helio Ferreti, Flow Amsterdam, Vivid Mind Gifts, and Adhock Homeware. Spring Fair will be hosting the live judging of the Gift Of The Year Awards and the finalists showcase. Commenting on their 20

INTRODUCING INDX NATIONAL FLOORING SHOW Buying Groups National Flooring Show (BGNFS) will see an overhaul for 2024, relaunching as the INDX National Flooring Show and now open to all independent retailers. Taking place on Tuesday 30 April and Wednesday 1 May 2024 at Cranmore Park, West Midlands exhibition and event venue - and home of INDX Shows -the INDX National Flooring Show will bring together trends, insight, and innovation as well as top brands across carpets, rugs, laminates, woods, vinyl, LVT’s, underlays and accessories. The INDX National Flooring Show will be curated by buyers for buyers, working in partnership with flooring industry buying groups including ACG, AIS Flooring One, Bond Retail Marketing, Carpet 1st, Greendale, and SMG, and supported by all the key UK and European flooring suppliers. INDX delivers the busiest calendar of events in the retail industry and Jane Bartlett, Event Director, AIS, INDX and Cranmore Park, explains why the INDX National Flooring Show will complement and strengthen its portfolio of home sector shows: “We’re delighted to be adding the flooring category to INDX shows, and the INDX National Flooring Show will sit perfectly alongside our existing Furniture, Homewares, and Beds & Bedroom shows. “The Buying Groups National Flooring Show has always been a busy, buzzy, and wellattended event and we look forward to working with our partner buying groups to build on that success. “INDX Shows are well-established, wellrespected and highly successful, and as business and buyer focused events, they have always had a direct synergy with the Buying Groups National Flooring Shows, so it makes total sense to bring the two together. “The INDX National Flooring Show 2024 will be an unmissable opportunity for flooring retailers to see the best the industry has to offer, all under one roof, and we also have some exciting plans to make the show extra special.” The good news for flooring retailers is that the INDX National Flooring Show will be open to all independent retailers - you do not need to be a member of a buying group to attend the 2-day event. Visitor registration is open and can be completed online at Exhibitor enquiries should be directed to Event Manager Liz. work Sarah Ward, CEO of The Giftware Association says, “The Giftware Association will be supporting our members at Spring Fair. Our team spend a good portion of the year visiting every appropriate trade show in the country, speaking to members, understanding what their needs are, offering advice where needed and encouraging them to take on some of the further retail opportunities provided by the organisation. We exist first and foremost for our members, providing resource, advice and connectivity so that, no matter what you face in the future, you not only survive but thrive - especially with a 5% discount offered to all members to help with exhibiting cost.” Beauty & Wellbeing Beauty & Wellbeing continues to flourish with fragrant products that pamper, groom, spritz and energise. From holistic homefragrance to men’s grooming to luxurious lotions and soaps, the Beauty & Wellbeing sector will lavish the senses with a host of exquisite established brands and artisans including Luxcents, Annie Oak, Heathcote & Ivory, Upper Canada UK and Bomb Cosmetics plus debut appearances from Northern Lavender and Okiki Skincare. Greetings & Stationery As the nation looks set to re-discover the joy of writing and sending cards, the Greetings & Stationery sector at Spring Fair will offer buyers the ultimate assortment of every kind of greetings card, as well as the most creative, colourful and fun wrapping papers, stationery and paper decorations. For upand-coming designers head to the GCA Debut area, and don’t miss Art File, Cardgains, FiveDollarShake, Rosie Made a Thing, Ling Designs, Brainbox Candy, Louise Tiler, Nicole Elders, The Seed Card Company, Dream Daisy, Ginger Betty, Moongazer, Ohh Deer and many more who will be presenting their latest ranges. Apple and Clover, publishers of beautiful cards that make people smile whilst being kind to people and the planet, attend for the first time. Kids, Toys & Play Home to the finest, most magical children’s toys, gifts and gadgets, tap into the hottest play trends and those captivating Christmas hits at the Kids, Toys & Play sector. Check out Aurora World, Keel Toys, The Puppet Company, Nature’s Planet, Funstickers, Giant Microbes, Wild Republic, Hippychick, Mudlit, Inside Out Toys, BigJig Toys, Orange Tree Toys, House of Marbles, Floss and Rock, Gibsons, Candy Toys, Wilson Bradley, Whitehouse Leisure, Padgett Bros, Brown Watson, Tiny Victories, Mai Clothing, Lanka, Blade & Rose, Plus Plus, and PODS with their innovative sensory play spaces, audiobooks and eBooks. Newness abounds in this sector with an exciting selection of brands making their Spring Fair debut including The Gift Scholars, Floss and Rock, BTL Diffusion with CloudB, Baby to Love, and Big Little Friends, I See Me, Cryptic Killers, Reyon Sports, and Tiny Tickers. Christmas, Floral & Seasonal Decorations Christmas, Floral & Seasonal Decorations brings the enchanting festive season to life. From small seasonal decorations to lifesize Santa’s and show-stopping floral décor and the latest trends, buyers will delight at Lotus Imports, Davies Products, Country Baskets, Christmas Inspirations, Florelle, and The Seasonal Group who are back with their animatronic characters which are an enthralling attraction for everyone to see. With one of the largest offerings of Christmas decorations and floral designs on the market, CB Imports will showcase their latest trends and product lines. Party & Celebrations The Party & Celebrations sector sparkles with exciting and bright new finds for every occasion. From decorations and balloons to dress-up, there’s an international flavour to the line-up with Grabo Srl, Gemar Srl, Procos S.A, and Kalisan exhibiting. Hailing from Greece, Procos which has won multiple awards for creativity and sustainability, cameos at Spring Fair 24 with a wide array of licensed products. The UK’s oldest established Christmas and party cracker company, Robin Reed, is back with a bang, as is award-winning supplier Unique Party who brings the party to life with the trendiest party patterns, popular birthday licenses, and over 30 solid colour programmes. Spring Fair is more than just a trade show, it’s a hub for knowledge and inspiration and provides the perfect platform to network with new and existing contacts in-person, enabling long-lasting connections to be made. As the buyers one-stop marketplace for everything new and on-trend for 2024, Spring Fair is the ultimate home, gift and fashion buying showcase. It runs from 4th – 7th February 2024 at NEC Birmingham. For more information please visit 21 NEWS & EVENTS