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Craft Focus magazine - Issue 73 - June/July 2019

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In this issue:

  • Industry news
  • Brand spanking new
  • Ask the experts
  • Bookstand
  • Social media matters
  • Tried & tested
  • Value for money
  • Bright young things
Fabric Freedom
Crafters Companion Limited
British Craft Trade Fair will open to public for one day

British Craft Trade Fair will open to public for one day

The organisers of the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) have revealed a major new development...

Craft and hobby sector among best for female-led businesses

Craft and hobby sector among best for female-led businesses

Latest research by merchant services provider Paymentsense has revealed that the craft...

New licensing deals for Craft Buddy

New licensing deals for Craft Buddy

Craft Buddy will extend its Crystal Art collection with two new licences.

Monaluna launches new sustainable fabric collection

Monaluna launches new sustainable fabric collection

The Saturday collection by Monaluna Fabrics is now available from Hantex.

From the editor

Andrea Ashfield, Editor

Mixed fortunes

There was some positive news for beleaguered retailers recently, with latest figures from Springboard revealing an increase of 1.4 per cent in customer footfall for the month of March. On the high street, footfall was up by 2.5 per cent, while in retail parks, it rose by 1.5 per cent. Frustratingly, this growth did not translate to an increase in spending, but in uncertain times, getting customers through the shop door represents an opportunity that’s too good to miss.

To ensure that your product selection is second to none, this issue contains plenty of ideas to grow seasonal sales. In addition to craft ideas that will keep kids busy over the summer holidays, we’re looking at the latest fabrics, home sewing ideas, on-trend tropicals and some amazing low-cost profit boosters. There’s unmissable expert advice and business tips, and we’ll also be reporting on the trends we discovered at this year’s Stationery Show London.

Enjoy reading. 


 

Andrea Ashfield, Editor

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Readers' Poll

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How was footfall in your shop over the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same period in 2018?

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