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4 In this issue REGULARS 9 Industry news All the latest from the world of gifts 12 On with the show Trade fair dates and show news 18 Brand spanking new Latest launches and new products 24 Bookstand The latest releases in gift books FEATURES 83 Memorable moments Check out this array of anniversary gifts, ideal to mark the momentous occasions in life 93 Keeping mum Stock gifts for Mother’s Day and you’re sure to reap the rewards of the lucrative shopping event 99 For the love of some bunny Help your customers celebrate Easter in style with this plethora of product offerings 105 Trend focus As we look forward to 2024, the best brands on the market predict what will be hot sellers for the year ahead 9 January/February 2024 18 83 93 99

5 CONTENTS SHOWS 27 Spring Fair Spring Fair 2024 celebrates the magic of discovery. Read on for our extensive roundup of what’s to come at the show, and the best of the best exhibitors… FOCUS ON 65 Enesco Constantly asking what’s next? Innovation and creativity are key to Enesco’s success 68 GWCC What makes GWCC so resilient in the market? According to Ali Shaikh, “When a fan designs for a fan, you get fan-worthy products…” 73 Molly Mae Molly Mae designer and director, Jude Kenny, shares her journey creating beautiful greeting cards, having this year become the sole owner of the company, giving her exciting creative freedom 76 Up & Coming Spotting a gap in the market for ethical yet beautiful jewellery choices, Ola launched Île Kekere in 2022 88 Primeur Primeur Managing Director, Jenny Douthwaite, discusses the company’s heritage, and highlights its sustainable future 73 BUSINESS ADVICE 115 ACID Dids Macdonald, CEO of Anti Copying in Design (ACID) looks at online design theft, and gives some indepth top tips about what you can do about it 118 FSB Martin McTague, National Chair, the Federation of Small Businesses, looks into the impact of cybercrime on small businesses 105 27 86 76 68 65

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7 EDITOR’S LETTER On the cover Established in 1971 by Chairman and Co-Founder Ronnie Pavey, Lesser & Pavey has become a leading UK trade supplier of giftware and homewares. By priding itself on fantastic quality at great value for money, the Leonardo Collection has become renowned worldwide. Key moments Happy new year! Welcome to the first edition of Gift Focus for 2024, and what a bumper issue we’re kicking off with. As retailers take a deep breath from the lucrative madness that is the Golden Quarter, as ever sales will inevitably drop as consumers tighten their belts in January and regroup from what for many is an expensive spending period. Therefore it’s the perfect opportunity for retailers to do the same, and make plans for the year ahead. To help with this, I’ve summarised my top tips for getting the most out of 2024 in my blog. And, of course, attending trade shows is at the top of the list, with the imminent Spring Fair event a must-attend. This issue we’ve compiled a bumper show preview, looking at the myriad of sectors, retail talks, trends, and new and old exhibitor profiles alike. Excitingly, I will be judging the new Pitch Live concept for the Gift sector on Monday 5th February at 3pm-4pm. So do drop by the Trends Talk stage to see this fun event take place and get an insider’s look at some fresh new products that epitomise the future of retail, providing effective solutions and quality for both retailers and customers. Another bit of advice is to make the best of the key gifting events throughout the year, and this issue we focus on Mother’s Day and Easter, while also showcasing products ideal to stock for anniversaries and weddings, as well as our consistent round-up of new products and industry news. It’s an issue packed with newness, fresh companies and an in-depth industry insight. We hope you love it and I look forward to seeing you at Spring Fair! 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 99 40 93 Louise Prance, Editor 01423 815700

Industry news MAD BEAUTY TRIUMPHS AT THE ALLICA BANK GREAT BRITISH ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS Trevor & Julia Cash, founders of Mad Beauty, have been awarded Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2023 for East of England at The Allica Bank Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Recognised annually as one of the most prestigious accolades in the entrepreneurial world, The Allica Bank Great British Entrepreneur Awards received over 5,000 applications this year alone. Making the shortlist is an achievement in its own right given the calibre of competition, underlining the significance of Mad Beauty’s win. The judges commented: “Mad Beauty has achieved an impressive feat with its continued growth over 23 years, showcasing unwavering passion. With its long-established presence and resilience, Mad Beauty really stands out.” Trevor Cash, Director at Mad Beauty said: “We are humbled by this remarkable honour. Winning the Family Business of the Year award is a testament to the dedication of our incredible team and the enduring values that steer our family-run venture. This recognition fuels our passion for innovation and excellence, inspiring us to continue crafting a legacy of success in the entrepreneurial landscape.” Francesca James, founder of The Allica Bank Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said:“I am thrilled to witness the extraordinary achievements of this year’s winners. Their success stories are a testament to the dynamic and innovative spirit that thrives within UK entrepreneurship. These inspiring entrepreneurs embody the creativity, determination, and passion that are at the heart of our nation’s business success. Their accomplishments not only celebrate their own journeys but also light the way for future generations of innovators and business leaders.” Check out Catch up on all the latest in our news round up GIBSONS GAMES ACHIEVES B CORP CERTIFICATION Gibsons Games, the family-owned, independent jigsaw puzzle and board games company, has achieved B Corp certification meaning the company is now part of a global community of businesses that meet the highest standards of social an environmental impact. The certification is awarded by B Lab, a non-profit organisation that assesses companies based on their impact on their workers, community, environment, and customers. To achieve certification, Gibsons underwent a comprehensive evaluation of its business practices, including its governance, operations, supply chain, and social and environmental practices and was required to meet a minimum score on the B Impact Assessment. “We are absolutely thrilled to achieve B Corp certification, as it reflects our longstanding commitment to having a positive impact on the world around us.” said Kate Gibson, Managing Director at Gibsons Games. “Being part of the movement means that with every jigsaw puzzle and board game, as well as bringing joy to our customers, we and they can be sure we are meeting the highest standards of social and environmental impact.’’ Gibsons Games has taken a number of steps to demonstrate its commitment to social and environmental responsibility, such as: • Launching special edition jigsaw puzzles where a percentage of profits are donated to charities, such as Great Ormond Street Hospital • Localising their manufacturing, by moving away from production in China and working with factories based in the EU and UK • Installing solar panels in their office and recycling 85 percent of their waste • Providing First Class customer service, which can be seen via their 4.9 star Trustpilot review As a B Corp, Gibsons Games joins a growing community of more than 3,000 certified B Corps across 150 industries and 70 countries, including well-known brands such as Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, and The Body Shop. Check out INDUSTRY NEWS 9

ACID WELCOMES NEW COO Anti Copying in Design (ACID) has announced the appointment of Laura Newbold Breen as Chief Operating Officer. Laura began her new role on 4th December 2023. Having previously been Head of Legal for Magmatic Ltd, which owned the Trunki brand prior to its successful transition to new ownership earlier this year, Laura brings a wealth of relevant experience through her incredible journey on the inside track of a company which, despite its incredible success, had to battle many copycat storms along the way. What better experience could she bring to ACID than being at the coal face of what many in the UK face. Visit PANTONE ANNOUNCES 2024 COLOUR OF THE YEAR Pantone, the global colour authority and provider of professional colour language standards and digital solutions for the design community, has introduced PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz, a velvety gentle peach whose all-embracing spirit enriches mind, body, and soul as the Pantone Color of the Year selection for 2024. At a time of turmoil in many aspects of our lives, our need for nurturing, empathy and compassion grows ever stronger as does our imaginings of a more peaceful future. A warm and cosy shade highlighting our desire for togetherness with others and the feeling of sanctuary this creates, PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz presents a fresh approach to a new softness - perfect for the gifting and homewares sector! SCOTLAND LOVES LOCAL GIFT CARD SALES TOP £1M Significant show of support in drive for people to choose local and to help businesses in their communities thrive during festive period and beyond Sales of gift cards designed specifically to lock spending into local economies across Scotland have topped £1m for the first time. Corporate orders - mainly rewards for staff - have made up half of the sales of Scotland Loves Local Gift Cards across the country throughout 2023. Cards can be spent with both national retailers and independent businesses. The figure is on top of about £14m-worth of spending through the gift cards after they were used by six local authorities across Scotland to support low-income households in late 2022 - and, in turn, businesses in their region - through the cost-ofliving crisis and longer-term recovery from Covid-19. The gift cards are an extension of the wider Scotland Loves Local initiative, the drive spearheaded by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) and supported by the Scottish Government for people to build stronger, more sustainable communities by choosing local - putting the shops, services and attractions in their area first. STP Chief Officer Kimberley Guthrie said: “To reach £1m in sales for the year is fantastic - a real success story for local businesses across Scotland. “The reality is that this is an investment for communities which is well in excess of £1m because we know that when people go into communities to spend their gift cards, they generally spend far more than its value, supporting all manner of local businesses - enjoying shopping, something to eat and time with friends or family. “More than that, the cards are helping remind people of the great businesses on their doorstep and encouraging them to return time and again - supporting jobs and creating better places in which to live, work and visit. “Hopefully the cards gifted by organisations as corporate and volunteer rewards this Christmas will be a present for places in the final festive run-in and throughout 2024 as people venture out to spend.” 10

On with the show Trade show updates from home and abroad Home at Spring Fair offers new and exclusive brands Inspiring retail’s creators and curators, Spring Fair puts thousands of new products across home, gift and fashion at the forefront of UK retail. Only available to see at the next show on 4th – 7th February at NEC Birmingham, a host of exclusive Home brands have been revealed including Coach House, Hill Interiors, Pacific Lifestyle, Garden Trading as well as the exciting new partnership between Libra and Laura Ashley. Nick Davison, Portfolio Director, Spring Fair says, “I’m extremely excited by our Home destination for 2024. We’re delighted to offer buyers some sensational exclusive brands at the show, alongside some great looking newcomers. From our work to create an easy to navigate and efficient onsite experience to the hours of free content on trends and industry topics, our aim is to produce the best possible environment for showcasing new products and trends, to put the products and their creators at the heart of the show, and offer an inspirational showcase for buyers that they can trust in to deliver the next successes for their business. Spring Fair looks set to be the must-attend Home destination for 2024.” Showing exclusively at Spring Fair 24 in Home, Living & Décor, are Coach House, CIMC and Hill Interiors. Returning with a huge collection of new designs, Coach House is set to wow buyers with a stand-out interiors showcase featuring a myriad of diverse collections spanning from traditional to contemporary furniture, lighting, design-led accessories, artificial floral, Indian antiques, spectacular festive products, garden and outdoor furniture, planters and urns, and classical ornamental items. 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 bring their sustainable handcrafted objects for the home that appeal to minimal yet meaningful aesthetics, and Burgess Reclamation make their debut. 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. The February show will also present a sumptuous spectacle of home textiles 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. They join Harwood Textiles, Swedish brands Oejbro Engros with their exuberantly creative range pure merino knits, and Skinnwille skeepskin soft furnishings, as well as Peggy Wilkins’ fantastic selection of table linen, table accessories, kitchen and home textiles for both Christmas and all year. The Summerhouse Highly inspirational, exclusive and sought-after, The Summerhouse will delight visitors with beautiful, style-led and on-trend homewares, lifestyle products, and gifts from The Libra Company who will be introducing its new Laura Ashley collections, as well as One.World, Gallery Direct, Art Marketing, Garden Trading, Pacific Lifestyle, and leading Belgian lifestyle interiors brand J-Line by Jolipa joining the star-studded line-up exclusively in the UK at Spring Fair 24. Paul McLaughlin, Managing Director at The Libra Company says, “With 70 years of design excellence, Laura Ashley is one of the world’s best-loved home and lifestyle brands. Founded on a rich heritage and on traditional values of quality and originality, Laura Ashley offers timeless designs, signature prints and quintessentially British styles to suit every home. Renowned for design and innovation, Libra has become synonymous for crafting opulent, refined interiors and shares Laura Ashley’s passion for creating beautiful living spaces. In this partnership, we have combined Laura Ashley’s enduring aesthetic and Libra’s dedication to design innovation. The result is a captivating collection of luxurious, sophisticated home accessories and furniture that encapsulates the essence of timeless design. Join us at Spring Fair where we’ll launch this exquisite collection, where every product tells a story of British heritage and style.” Nigel Lawrence, Sales Director at Pacific Lifestyle is looking forward to welcoming buyers to their larger stand at the 12

show, saying “Our dedication to Spring Fair has enabled us to increase our footprint, allowing us to showcase a wider range of our collections for 2024. Our new Home 2024 ranges launch in January, and Spring Fair is the perfect opportunity to receive some Yorkshire hospitality whilst browsing our selections. Our Account Managers will be ready to discuss your requirements, and we look forward to introducing you to some newness. We have hundreds of new Home products for 2024; many new ranges are showcased, including some innovative range extensions on our most popular collections.” The Summerhouse also welcomes a hand-picked and curated selection of desirable brands including Malini, StoneGlow, Inis, HugRug, Jellycat, Chive, Weaver Green, The Braided Rug Company, Wikholm, Bloomingville, and Blooms by Samuel Baker, as well as luxurious textiles from Ian Mankin, John Spencer Textiles and Remony. Exciting new Danish brands to the show include Piffany Copenhagen, a design company committed to bringing unique designs to life through ethical, considered craftsmanship. Look out for their collaborations with both new and established artists and designers creating beautiful pieces that bring their own personality to their function. Visitors will also discover beautifully crafted candles from KunstIndustrien, as well as dyed dipped candles, candlesticks, hurricanes, accessories for candles, Living by Heart, ANIA and much more. 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. Already Spring Fair buyer favourites, Manchester-based My Gifts Trade return with their beautiful array of homewares designs including collaborations with Costa Nova, Gusta, Casa Fina, Pip Studio, and more. Don’t miss PureTableTop featuring Kew, Olly Smith and Joules, and Captivate Brands with more new designs from Mary Berry, Yvonne Ellen, and Catherine Lansfield amongst others. Buyers will also discover T&G Woodware, Ekau Homewares, David Mason Design, Ulster Weavers, Dunlevy Distributors, Citylook Imports, International Cookware, and big-name brands from RKW featuring SMEG, Tower, and Russell Hobbs; and Ultimate Products presenting Salter, Progress, and Beldray. Housewares newcomers include MarbleHaven, Kleen-Tex Industries, Primeur Ltd, Bluebell and Lark, DRAD International Ltd, and Zensan. Firm favourites, The DRH Collection proudly return with their beautiful glassware and tableware aimed at the higher end of retail and hospitality sector. The DRH Collection also benefit from the finest design inspiration through its main partners, BIA - porcelain ovenware and giftware, Artland - glass stemware and accessory pieces, and Anton Studio Design- modern, colourful glassware. For a fun range of small domestic appliances including waffle makers, sandwich toasts and toasters, take a look at DKB Distribution, and home of brands Igenix, Statesman, Ewbank and Ariete, and via Pik-a-Pak Distribution, Bluestem Group also distributes many of the leading consumer brands including Dualit, Russell Hobbs, Panasonic, Black & Decker and Tefal – visit their stand to discover all their latest products. Everyday 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, Everyday plays host to Gem Imports, PMS International, Airpure, Ecobag, RMS International, 151 Products, DCS Group, Sheldon International, Tallon International, Whitefurze, Utopia Crafts, Winners Europe, and Pricecheck, as well as first timers Keplin Group, Bonningtons, and Ven-dens Accessories, and returning this February Edco Eindhoven B.V. As the buyers one-stop marketplace for everything new and on-trend for 2024, Spring Fair is the must-attend home, gift and fashion buying showcase. More than just a trade show, Spring Fair has been the hub for knowledge and inspiration for over 70 years and continues to be the perfect platform for knowledge, inspiration, and networking with new and existing contacts in-person. It runs from 4th – 7th February 2024 at NEC Birmingham. For more information please visit TOP DRAWER UNVEILS EXCITING NEW SPOTLIGHT AWARDS FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2024 SHOW Top Drawer, UK retail’s premier destination for design-led products has announced the launch of the inaugural Spotlight Awards at the Spring/Summer 2024 edition of the show. Top Drawer will be returning to Olympia London from the 14th - 16th January with 600 hand-picked contemporary brands presenting their new collections to over 10,000 retailers, and the new Spotlight Awards will recognise best in class products from across all sections of the event. The Spotlight Awards categories are: Best New Product - Gift Best New Product - Home Best New Product - Fashion Best New Product - Wellbeing Best New Product - Launchpad Best New Product - PLAY Best New Product - Food Best New Product - Craft Best New Product - Greetings & Stationery Innovation in Design Best Newcomer A distinguished judging panel made up of industry experts including retailers, designers, and members of the Top Drawer team will select the winners for each category, with the results being announced at the show on Sunday 14th January. Show Manager David Westbrooke said: “Having run since 1982, Top Drawer has always been seen throughout the industry as the place to find the freshest contemporary products; as we strive to remain at the forefront of creativity and design, we wanted to celebrate the amazing talent we have exhibiting with us each year, and I’m delighted to launch these awards to highlight all the unique and wonderful products that have caught the judge’s eye this season.” Visit 13 NEWS & EVENTS

SAVE THE DATE FOR IHGF DELHI FAIR 2024 Save the date for the IHGF Delhi Fair Spring 2024, taking place from 6th-10th February 2024 at the India Expo Centre & Mart, Delhi NCR, India. The show will feature more than 3500 exhibitors in 16 Halls and 900 Mart Showrooms. The sourcing show covers: Home, Lifestyle, Fashion, Furnishing and Furniture from India’s leading manufacturer exporters to be complemented by thematic pavilions, regional craft displays and live demonstrations. It is a must-attend event to connect with a diverse manufacturing base and like-minded suppliers. This five day trade event, with several curated lines and design affirmations from a cross section of exhibitors ranging from medium and small exporters, artisan entrepreneurs and designers to India’s leading manufacturer exporters, is an inspirational sourcing platform for importers, wholesalers, retail chains, design professionals and others, interested to stock their reserves for upcoming seasons in home, lifestyle, fashion, furnishing and furniture. This industry-led show has 14 broad based display segments collectively offer a full spectrum of thoughtfully curated concepts and products at a single platform. The assortments will feature housewares, tableware, home furnishing, furniture, gifts and decorative, lamps and lighting, Christmas & festive décor, fashion jewellery & accessories, spa & wellness, floor coverings and rugs, bathroom accessories, garden accessories, educational toys & games, handmade paper products & stationery and leather bags. Expect more on the growing trend of sustainable products, as well as current themes such as rustic, handmade, hand crafted, innovative raw material usages, utilitarian, crossover design interventions and new product variants. Buyer Lounges and Refreshment Zones, cultural shows and buyer assistance offer ease of visitation to the attendees. Major Product Categories at IHGF Delhi Fair: Gifts & Decoratives |Houseware & Home | Utility Lamps & Lighting | Rugs & Floor coverings |Home Furnishing | Furniture & Accessories |Christmas & Festive Décor| Handmade Paper Products & Stationery Bathroom Accessories | Garden & Outdoors | Leather Bags & Cases | Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Educational Toys & Games | Candles, Incense & Potpourri Visit Industry veteran Alison Graham joins Clarion Retail Clarion Retail has announced the appointment of Alison Graham, who will spearhead the commercial team on flagship tradeshow Home & Gift. Graham joins Clarion having spent more than two decades working at Spring and Autumn Fair and more recently on logistics event, Deliver, and brings a wealth of experience and contacts to the role. Clarion Retail Show Manager David Westbrooke said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Alison to the team – having worked with her previously, I know without doubt that she is the perfect person to help drive our portfolio forward; her impressive event experience combined with strong relationships across the retail industry reinforces our campaign to deliver the best possible customer experience.” Graham added: “It’s fantastic to be joining Clarion at such an exciting time, and a pleasure to be working on an event I can truly believe in. I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve visited Home & Gift over the years, and I’m excited to be there this time as an organiser instead!” Graham joins Clarion Retail at a pivotal moment, with Home & Gift having seen a double-digit visitor increase in 2023, and with the 2024 edition already 75 percent sold after just three months. Following a record on-site rebooking in July, combined with a host of new and lapsed brands returning for next year - including Elizabeth Scarlett, Half Moon Bay, Jackie Brazil, Jardinopia, Price’s Patent Candles, Soctopus, Sophos, The School of Life, Trixie Baby and Upper Canada UK - the stage is set for another tremendous year in Harrogate. Visit 14

MAX PUBLISHING HAS ACQUIRED LONDON STATIONERY SHOW Max Publishing, known for its strong roster of B2B retail trade media and awards, as well as its Progressive Greetings Live trade show, has acquired London Stationery Show from Ocean Media Group. London Stationery Show is the UK’s only event dedicated to the stationery, arts, crafts, paper and writing instruments sector. Founded in 1990, Max Publishing is an independent media business, wholly owned and run by its four directors, Warren Lomax, Jakki Brown, Ian Hyder and Rob Willis. “We are absolutely delighted to welcome London Stationery Show into the Max Publishing family and look forward to really getting to know the stationery community. Ocean Media Group has done an outstanding job in the last few years, elevating the London Stationery Show as the most important event in the stationery industry’s calendar. I would like to thank Ocean’s CEO Robert Brighouse, and CFO Declan Cassidy, for their cooperation throughout the transaction,” commented Rob Willis, COO of Max Publishing who concluded the acquisition with Ocean Media Group. “Every market has its own nuances, but with us at Max Publishing being so entrenched in affiliated retail sectors through awards and PG Live, notably greeting cards, gifts and licensing, this wonderful synergetic opportunity to extend into the wider stationery field was too good to miss. We are already overflowing with ideas and can’t wait to get deeply involved in this fascinating and fast-moving retail sector,” added Jakki Brown, cofounder of the company. London Stationery Show 2024 will take place, as planned, 14th - 15th May at London’s Business Design Centre and Chantelle White has joined the Max Publishing team from Ocean Media to continue as its Event Manager. “I love the stationery industry and am so happy to be continuing in my role,” said Chantelle. “Max Publishing is the perfect home for London Stationery Show, Stationery Matters and National Stationery Week, especially given the company’s Progressive Greetings Live exhibition and its trade awards programmes,” she added. As well as further developing London Stationery Show, Max Publishing is fully committed to elevating National Stationery Week, which falls 13th -19th May 2024. Sarah Laker, owner of Stationery Supplies, the award-winning indie retailer, with stores in Marple and Wilmslow is to continue to head up the promotional and PR activities for this celebratory week of all things stationery. “I totally believe that under the ownership of Max Publishing, London Stationery Show and National Stationery Week will really flourish,” commented Sarah Laker. “I have had the good fortune to have known Jakki Brown and Warren Lomax, the co-founders of Max Publishing for several years, and am in no doubt that they will embrace the stationery community and make good things happen, just as they have in the greeting card sector. Bring it on!” London Stationery Show 2024 already has a very impressive line-up of exhibitors, covering writing instruments, gift stationery, office supplies and arts & crafts. Among the many leading brands already on board are Crayola, Stone Marketing, ExaClair, Daler Rowney, Royal Talens, Leuchtturm1917, Manuscript Brands, Jakar International, Studio Pens, Pentel, Snopake, Staedtler, Sinclairs, Stabilo, Pukka Pads, Edding, Hahnemuehle, Ultratape, The Pilot Pen Co, Zebra Pen, Nu:notebooks, Tallon International and many more. To find out more about stands and sponsorship opportunities contact Chantelle White on or +44(0)7795 951 244. Spring Fair and Autumn Fair strengthen leadership team with new appointments Hyve Group has announced the appointment of two new leaders to the team, Jackson Szabo as Portfolio Director for Spring Fair and Autumn Fair and Soraya Gadelrab as the new Event Director for Spring Fair and Autumn Fair. The two senior appointments to the team will strengthen and revitalise the leadership team for Retail’s definitive wholesale shopping destinations, shaping the future of the industry. Nicola Meadows, Divisional Managing Director for the Retail, Manufacturing and Engineering Division says: “We’re thrilled to introduce our two new leaders Jackson Szabo and Soraya Gadelrab who are joining our team. Their fresh perspectives and wealth of experience will undoubtedly invigorate our sector. Bringing together years of experience with a track record of innovation and success, these talented individuals will propel the team forward setting new standards within our industry. “Jackson and Soraya are brimming with exciting ideas that will inspire. Their vision and creativity will shape our future endeavours, fostering growth and excellence. With their arrival, we’re embarking on an exciting chapter; together, driving positive change and achieving remarkable results.” Szabo adds: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Spring Fair and Autumn Fair, brands that are aspirational for anyone in the UK events industry. Spring Fair is coming up to 75 years old and was the first show to call the NEC home as well as being the largest show in Europe. Spring Fair and Autumn Fair exist to serve the retail industry – an industry fuelled by Britain’s entrepreneurs, bellwethers and creative minds and I very much look forward to working with this incredible community to ensure that the shows do everything they can to drive value to retailers and suppliers alike while serving and supporting both exciting, new businesses and institutional incumbents.” Gadelrab says, “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the team at Spring Fair & Autumn Fair. I look forward to working with this passionate team to drive forward these heritage events, ensuring we evolve them to reflect the ever-changing retail sector which we serve.” Spring Fair takes place on the 4th - 7th February 2024 and Autumn Fair from 1st – 4th September 2024, both at NEC Birmingham. Visit 15 NEWS & EVENTS

18 Brand spanking new Check out some new and exciting products in the current market LESSER & PAVEY Friends and family that have green fingers will love this new range from Lesser & Pavey. Designed by the in-house art department, it includes gift items for those that love to potter in the garden. The range includes fine mugs, matching coasters, placemats, and trays – perfect for the greenhouse or the lunch table. As well as wooden plaques and gardener’s tool carry box as featured in the image. Stationery joins the range to assist gardeners with planning, and a tin mug for out and about in the garden. Fresh is a new range of diffusers from Lesser & Pavey as part of the Desire range of fragrance products. With pastel-coloured containers, bamboo reeds, and matching floral feature, this new addition is ideal for the spring. Fragrances include the six best sellers: Velvet Rose and Oud, Pomegranate Noir, Lavender and Chamomile, Vanilla and Anise, Fresh Linen, and Fig and Lotus. JOE DAVIES Discover the beauty of robin jewellery with the pretty Equilibrium Robin’s Appear collection from Joe Davies (Spring Fair, Hall 4, Stand C10-D11). Each piece is plated with real silver and gold and coated with an anti-tarnish protection to keep it looking clean and polished. We all have a soft spot for this sparky little bird which is regularly voted Britain’s favourite and this collection is proven to be a firm favourite amongst Equilibrium customers. Spring Fair will see the launch of many new robin pieces, including a bookmark, keyrings, brooches, necklaces and bracelets all carrying the message: “Robins appear, when Angels are near” either on the actual piece or on the packaging – a spiritual reminder of a lost loved one. Country Hedgehogs from Joe Davies is the new cute hedgehog range that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. These sweet character figurines make the perfect gift for the home, sit them on a windowsill, mantle place or shelf. They have added charm with the addition of red and white toadstools in the designs adding a splash of colour. You can be assured of a warm welcome on the Joe Davies stand (Spring Fair, Hall 4, stand C10-D11), the friendly, award-winning team look forward to showing you around and introducing you to the vast array of gifts, jewellery and fashion accessories. They will make your buying experience as easy and enjoyable as possible with their “little and often” ordering quantities and their industry beating minimum order value of just £100 for a carriage paid order. LADELLE ALTO Modular serveware is a versatile and modern addition to your dining collection. The off-white bowls can be rearranged for a customised serving experience, while the beautiful Acacia timber tray provides a warm contrast. Suitable for any occasion, from casual family gatherings to elegant dinner parties, Alto Modular serveware adds sophistication and style to your table setting.

19 BRAND SPANKING NEW AHMAD TEA Give the gift of tea with a treat from Ahmad Tea’s new Tea Bouquet collection. Inspired by the rise of everyday tea treating, the new collection features three stylish gift caddies containing some of Ahmad Tea’s best-loved blends including bold English Breakfast, warming Cardamom and fragrant Earl Grey, plus exciting new flavours to tempt tea lovers such as zesty Lemon & Lime Twist, luscious Peach & Passion Fruit and sweet Strawberry Sensation. A gift from the New Tea Bouquet Collection is one that gives back, as the brand donates 20 percent of its profits to local grassroots projects to help communities in need around the world. Tea Bouquet 9 x 8 Teabag Selection (RRP £15.99): The perfect gift for tea explorers, featuring nine exquisite blends bold English Breakfast, fragrant Earl Grey with bergamot oranges, warming Cardamom, delicate Green Tea, sweet Jasmine Green Tea, zingy Mint Green Tea, luscious Peach & Passion Fruit, zesty Lemon & Lime Twist and sweet Strawberry Sensation. For moments of relaxation or sharing with friends. Tea Bouquet 4 x 8 Teabag Selection (RRP £8.99): Tea lovers will be delighted with this stylish gift, containing four aromatic and enticing Ahmad Tea blends English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Peach & Passion Fruit and Green Tea. For wherever the mood takes you. Tea Bouquet English Breakfast Teabags x 10 (RRP £3.99): Featuring 10 Great Taste award-winning teabags, this gift will transport you straight to the Tea Gardens. Ahmad Tea Masters have expertly blended Indian Assam, Ceylon, and Kenyan teas with generous amounts of second flush Assam leaves, for a unique and bold blend to enjoy at any time of the day. PERSONALISED MEMENTO COMPANY PMC is excited to announce that it is working with Hotchpotch® to create a beautiful range of personalised gifts. The first range to be released is this wonderful floral range, which includes candles, cushions, ornaments and more, which make the perfect gift for any occasion including Mother’s Day. Keep an eye on the website to see the full range of products that are due to be released soon! With a wide range of styles to choose from – all available to be effortlessly personalised, PMC supply gifts for all occasions, all year round. Fast turnaround, dropship services and a diverse range of products make them the front runner in personalised gifts – whatever the occasion. EXACLAIR Inspire young minds with Avenue Mandarine 3D Puzzles—crafted for little discoverers aged 4 to 8. These captivating puzzles offer a playful twist with delightful themes like dinosaurs, unicorns, boats and many more. With 15-17 pieces, they strike the perfect balance of challenge for curious minds. Beyond fun, these puzzles promote problem-solving skills, fine motor development and imaginative play, making them a cherished source of entertainment for children, allowing them to explore the joy of learning through play. ECO-FRIENDLY CARD CO Hot off the press from the Eco-friendly Card Co is a new collection of art cards from artist Julia Crossland. Inspired by the British coast and countryside, Julia creates illustrative mixed media paintings from her riverside studio in Yorkshire. She enjoys going out with her sketchbook for walks, observing the birds and wildlife, the colours and textures of the landscape and the change of seasons. She uses all these influences to create collections of work that convey a sense of story that is reflected in this new card collection. Cards are printed on a 100 percent recycled, textured, FSC certified board, carbon-balanced with The World Land Trust. 153mm square, the cards are supplied either with a compostable bag or ‘naked’ with a card clasp label and white textured 100 percent recycled envelopes. RRP £2.25-£2.35. Christmas card packs featuring Julia’s designs are also available.

20 HABULOUS It’s a match striker pot from Habulous is the perfect personalised gift for couples, anniversaries, weddings, and the one you love. A wheel thrown pot carefully glazed with your choice of personalisation inside the heart, just like the old days and your love doodles. Handmade in the UK these personalised ceramic match striker pots look at home in your living room. The choice of its inhouse five glaze colours means it will easily fit with all interior colour schemes. Personalised match pots are made with a British fleck clay and are available in off white, mint green, pale pink, cornflower blue and light yellow. ST. EVAL Nestled in North Cornwall, St. Eval combine traditional and contemporary methods to sustainably craft candles and home fragrance with people and the planet at their heart. Inspired by the essence of secret gardens and flourishing blooms, St. Eval’s new Garden Path collection is home to a trio of delicate aromas that guide you through a botanical haven of nature’s finest scents. Presented in beautiful pots adorned with soft pastel shades that echo the joyous hues of spring and summer. PUCKATOR Every house needs a pack of playing cards or two. For those relaxing rainy evenings inside with the parents, or playing in the back of a car on long journeys. Puckator is bringing out a whole bunch of new playing cards this winter. Coming in a range of different designs from the Gothic Skulls and Roses, to the junglethemed Animal Kingdom; you’re guaranteed to find your perfect style. But these cards aren’t just pretty; they’re tough cookies too! Built to last, they’re perfect for all kinds of games and flashy card tricks. Think of it as an upgrade for your game nights. Whether you’re a pro or just love cool stuff, these cards are made to be your new favourites. Check out the full range at online. Puckator is also bringing out a new range perfect for Mother’s Day gifting. Butterfly Meadows is the new collection featuring stunning butterfly and floral illustrations perfect for those who like nature. The range contains many beauty products, including nail files and gorgeous-smelling lip balms, making your daily care a little bit more special. Each set contains four different designs for you to choose your favourite from, and are the perfect size for popping in a pocket or a handbag. From nourished lips, to fancier nails, Butterfly Meadows bring a bit of springtime to beauty routines. D & J GLASSWARE D & J Glassware has announced the launch of its new brand: Waxham Candle Company. Taking its name from a favourite place on the Norfolk coast, the brand’s soy wax candles and melts are handpoured in small batches in the heart of Norfolk. There are 12 fragrances to choose from including Christmas designs - something for all tastes. The recyclable tins are decorated with colourful designs, some inspired by D & J Glassware’s fused glass animals. Bespoke labelling is possible for tailoring a range that is unique to the retailer or visitor attraction. Contact David and Jocelyne for further details or visit the company’s stands at Harrogate Christmas and Gift (Q40), Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring (J20) and Spring Fair (Hall 4 B13).

The very best British makers are getting ready for the return of ArtisanMadeuk on Sat 23rd & Sun 24th March 2024 Showcasing an exceptional array of over 150 exhibitors- many of which are new to the trade fair industry Meet the artists and discover unique products for your customers ART . JEWELLERY . CERAMICS . TEXTILES . METALS . WOODWORK . HOMEWARE . GLASS . GIFTS & MORE View the line-up or Sign up to attend by visiting OPEN TO TRADE VISITORS ONLY ARTISANMADEUK.COM

24 Bookstand The latest releases in gift books DACHSHUNDS, WHAT DACHSHUNDS WANT: IN THEIR OWN WORDS, WOOFS AND WAGS Author: Jane Eastoe RRP: £12.99 Format: Hardback ISBN: 9781849948401 The Dachshund now ranks in the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the world. Their immense popularity is hardly a surprise; the German-born breed are renowned for their lively and curious nature, despite their small size, they’re brave, eager explorers, with their own charmingly cheeky side. Covering topics such as the puppy months, diet and training and advice on grooming, maintaining good health and identifying illnesses, this richly illustrated book follows on from Labradors, Whippets and French Bulldogs and is packed with adorable photographs of beloved pets and helpful day-to-day advice to ensure that your Dachshund is happy, healthy and as playful as ever! Jane Eastoe has been a journalist and author for over 35 years. She loves dogs of all shapes and sizes, but particularly her pet whippets. She is the author of several books including Whippets , Labradors and French Bulldogs (within this series), as well as Fabulous Frocks, Vintage Roses and Tulips. She lives in Northumberland and is available for interview. Meredith Jensen is an illustrator and surface designer. She studied at Haverford College and the University of the Arts, and now lives in Philadelphia with her husband, kids and cat. THE PULSE CURE Author: Torkil Færø RRP: £16.99 Format: Hardback ISBN: 9781529437331 With the help of a fitness tracker, smartwatch or phone, The Pulse Cure offers a new way to measure and master your energy and stress levels to optimise your health, happiness and longevity. SHAKEN NOT PURRED: KITTYTHEMED COCKTAILS FOR CAT LOVERS Author: Jay Catsby RRP: £14.99 Format: Hardback ISBN: 9781529435696 A hilarious and beautifully illustrated book featuring over 60 feline-themed cocktails. The purrfect gift for cat lovers. HOW TO READ THE UNIVERSE Author: Astrid Carvel RRP: £10.99 Format: Paperback ISBN: 9781837991914 Has a song ever popped into your head only for you to hear it on the radio a minute later? Does the same sequence of numbers follow you wherever you go? This could be more than a coincidence. The universe is always pointing you in the right direction - all you have to do is heed its whispers. Filled with advice and inspiration, How to Read the Universe will be your essential guide to reading the universe. Complete with fill-in sections to chronicle your experiences, inside these beautiful pages, readers will learn how to: • Ask for and manifest guidance from the universe • Interpret common signs, synchronicities and their meanings • Unlock your unconscious and reconnect with your inner voice It’s time to discover your true path and find magic and meaning in the everyday. The cosmos is ready and waiting to guide you in your endeavours.

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27 SPRING FAIR PREVIEW Spring Fair, the UK’s most popular, diverse, and trend led marketplace for Home, Gift, Fashion and Everyday, and retail’s definitive wholesale shopping destination, returns this February giving retailers unparalleled cross-buying opportunities to find their next bestsellers from a star-studded line-up. Inspiring retail’s creators and curators, Spring Fair has revealed a thrilling snapshot of what buyers can discover at the next show running from 4th – 7th February at NEC Birmingham. The variety of products from big brands through to artisan makers at Spring Fair is unmatched. From gifts and greetings cards, socks and stationery to furniture and textiles and cookware and candles, as well as 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 bestsellers for 2024 and beyond. ONE-STOP SOURCING SHOP With 13 product sectors across Home, Gift, Fashion and Everyday destinations, Spring Fair is the one-stop-shop for sourcing the newest products in UK retail, offering 1200+ exhibitors and over 100,000 new products. With over 100 brand new exhibitors expected, the show will offer the latest and most popular products on the market enabling buyers to stock their shelves with their next bestsellers! The show will welcome hundreds of retailer’s favourite brands such as Coach House, Garden Trading, Hill Interiors, Suck UK, Oli Olsen, Pacific Lifestyle, Libra, Fallen Fruits, De Ree, Waspinator, Sass & Belle, Joe Davies, History & Heraldry, Burgon & Ball, Chalk A sourcing bonanza Spring Fair 2024 celebrates the magic of discovery. Read on for our extensive round-up of what’s to come at the show, and the best of the best exhibitors… IN BRIEF: WHO: Spring Fair, WHERE: NEC, Birmingham WHEN: 4th – 7th February 2024

28 UK, Sandy Bay, DW Collective, Paladone, Rock Luggage, Turner Bianca, CIMC, Heaven Sends, Malini, StoneGlow, Inis, HugRug, Jellycat, Weaver Green, Bloomingville, Blooms by Samuel Baker, Ian Mankin, Nordic Style, Fifty Five South, Gallery Direct, Deluxe HomeArt, Chic Antique, My Gifts Trade, Quirky Barn, Hines of Oxford, Febland, McGowan & Rutherford, Walton & Co, Ivyline, Piffany Copenhagen, Dutch Imports & Daughters, Searchlight, Kaemingk, Lows of Dundee, Peggy Wilkins, Riva Home, and many more which add to the inspirational and show-stopping line-up. Soraya Gadelrab, Event Director, Spring Fair says: “2024 is all about the magic of discovery, putting the products and their creators at the heart of the show. We’re excited to have the opportunity to bring the retail community together, to let the products be the stars while also shining a light on the people behind them to find out what inspired them to create their designs. There’s a real buzz of anticipation for the show. We’re also upping the bar with our onsite experience delivering more education, trends, inspiration, networking, and fun. NEW EXPERIENCES The show has revealed a raft of new experiences and activations to inspire buyers and make their visit easier and more enjoyable. Following months of research and insights from key partners, the Spring Fair team have created a ream of features that will be available to buyers who visit including free tea & coffee for all visitors, cloakrooms, more seating areas, buyer concierge information points around the show. After a long day walking the aisles, buyers can attend the show’s new Sip & Shop Happy Hours. Six locations including the Summerhouse Café, Trend Talks and Inspiring Retail Stage will offer bubbles, music, and networking from 4.30 – 5.30pm on Sunday to Tuesday. Soraya Gadelrab, Event Director, Spring Fair adds: “Spring Fair 2024 is all about creating a seamless buying experience that brings maximum delight and efficiency. A one-step registration for buyers ensures a more personalised and efficient experience pre-show and our new information points offer quick resolutions