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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
Craft Buddy announces trade open days

Craft Buddy announces trade open days

Craft Buddy Ltd is opening its doors and inviting trade customers, both existing and new, to a series of trade...

Exciting new collection from Bothy Threads

Exciting new collection from Bothy Threads

Bothy Threads is releasing its new summer collection on Friday 7th June.

British Heart Foundation calls on crafters to join The Big Stitch

British Heart Foundation calls on crafters to join The Big Stitch

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is calling on shoppers to support its research...

Visitors to Craftfocus.com up by more than 26 per cent

Visitors to Craftfocus.com up by more than 26 per cent

Latest research has revealed that Craftfocus.com received almost 250,000 visitors last year

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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