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ONS: retail footfall increases by 4%

This morning, the ONS (Office for National Statistics) published data showing the volume of UK high street retail footfall in the week to 19 March 2022 increased by 4 per cent from the previous week and was 83 per cent of the level seen in the equivalent week of 2019. Government High Streets Task Force expert and ShopAppy founder, Dr Jackie Mulligan, had this to say...

Posted: 24 March 2022

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h+h cologne 2022 impresses

h+h cologne 2022 closed on Sunday with a convincing result. Around 4,500 visitors from 49 countries led to thoroughly satisfied faces at the exhibition stands. 'Back to the Future' was the motto on the central event zone of the trade fair and couldn't have been chosen more appropriately. The relief and joy at being able to engage in an exchange, discuss the current trends and being able to touch and feel materials after a compulsory break of two years triggered off an equally positive mood among both the exhibitors and the trade audience. The success of h+h cologne was rounded off by a high order intake.

Posted: 22 March 2022

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The Giftware Association donates funds to DEC Ukraine Appeal

Alongside association partners in the British Allied Trades Federation, The Giftware Association has donated £5000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee's (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal to help provide much-needed food and supplies for those fleeing the conflict. While hope continues for a peaceful resolution, millions of Ukrainian refugees require immediate support, donations to the fund will be used to provide urgent supplies where they are needed most. The UK Government has pledged to fund match donations to DEC up to a total of £20 million, meaning contributions are automatically doubled. The Giftware Association encourage and support member companies to contribute to this vital appeal in any way they can.

Posted: 17 March 2022

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Enter the Stationery Matters Awards

There's only one week left to enter the Stationery Matters Awards! Enter now!

Entering the Stationery Matters Awards puts products in front of the best buyers in the industry, giving them the recognition they deserve. Each year these awards honour and applaud the finest achievements in the stationery sector and shine a light on the hero products of tomorrow. Brands that enter the awards will receive huge benefits, such as valuable business exposure, excellent marketing materials and increased customer loyalty.

Posted: 10 March 2022

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New addition to DTFMagic printer range

TheMagicTouch in the UK and Ireland, under the DTFMagic brand, has confirmed the arrival of an additional printer option to its DTF (Direct to Film) transfer portfolio with the introduction of the new Mutoh/STS VJ-628D printer.

The 630mm wide compact desktop printer, manufactured by Mutoh in Japan, is based on Mutoh's proven Valuejet 628 8-channel printer chassis and Epson industrial print head. The solution offered is a global collaboration with leading ink manufacturers STS who have configured the best entry-level option for those looking to investigate the many opportunities DTF transfer technology offers.

Posted: 11 January 2022

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Speedball announces new distribution agreement

Speedball Art Products Co. today announced a distribution agreement in the UK with the leading Art & Craft distributor, West Design Products. Beginning 1st January 2022, West Design Products will become the new and exclusive distributor for the brand locally, taking over the responsibility of existing Speedball's customers as well as further developing Speedball's presence in the UK. "We are very excited to rely on the West team to further grow our brand and footprint into the British Educational, Fine-Art and Craft markets" says Dave Valliere, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at Speedball Art. "We share similar values and are looking forward to building a long-term partnership."

Posted: 30 December 2021

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Announcing the Pantone Colour of the Year 2022

Pantone 17-3938 Very Peri, is a new Pantone colour whose courageous presence encourages personal inventiveness and creativity.

Rekindling gratitude for some of the qualities that blue represents complemented by a new perspective that resonates today, Pantone 17-3938 Very Peri places the future ahead in a new light.

Pantone 17-3938 Very Peri is a symbol of the global zeitgeist of the moment and the transition we're going through. As we emerge from an intense period of isolation, our notions and standards are changing, and our physical and digital lives have merged in new ways.

Posted: 9 December 2021

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Where The Trade Buys unveils custom Christmas range

Businesses spreading festive cheer to clients and customers can put a seasonal stamp on their branding this year. Leading print platform Where The Trade Buys specialises in creating personalised products for a wide variety of industries, covering everything from construction to hospitality. Its new range contains a selection of Christmas essentials – including wrapping paper, advent calendars and cards – which can be fully customised with logos and brand imagery. And the products can be ordered in custom quantities to suit a business' demand, making them an option for everyone from Etsy sellers to large corporations.

Posted: 2 December 2021

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£500,000 of training funding made available to retrain in international trade

The Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT) has announced that it's making £500,000 of funding available to help workers who have been furloughed, made redundant or become unemployed. In recognition of the end of the furlough scheme, the IOE&IT has developed a new 'Step into International Trade' training programme. International trade is integral to the UK's economy and making sure that it continues to flourish will be a hugely important part of the country's recovery from the pandemic. At the same time, since the end of the Brexit transition period, the UK is also undergoing the most significant set of revisions to its trade policy for half a century. That means that there is a need for more skilled people to work in international trade.

Posted: 23 September 2021

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Join the Search Press great summer art and craft book sale!

Search Press wants to help you to inspire your customers and get them spending in your shop so for the entire month of august every participating retailer will receive 60 per cent discount on all books! Everyone who signs up is encouraged, with the help of resources and materials provided by Search Press, to host a 20 per cent off month-long SALE to draw customers in and compete against online retailers. It's so simple to sign up, read on for details...

Posted: 15 July 2021

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