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Tourism brings cheer to the British economy

As we enter autumn and the start of a new school year, tourist resorts around the UK are counting the profits after another booming staycation season. Chief amongst these chosen destinations for holiday makers was the South-West* of England, home to the most important regional event of the trade show calendar, Giving & Living - taking place 14th to 16th January, Westpoint, Exeter.

Posted: 14 September 2023

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That's a wrap at Autumn Fair!

Thousands of retailers including Sainsbury's, Next, Dunelm, Boots, Ocado, Waterstone's, Osprey London, Brand Alley, Tropic Skincare, Scribbler, Clintons, Oliver Bonas, Fenwick Ltd, Cardzone, Lakeland, M&S, Matalan, Pengethley Garden Centre, Aldi, Tesco, TJX Europe, Toys R Us, The Works, WHSMITH, and The Walt Disney Company,to name a few, converged at the NEC Birmingham from the 3rd – 6th September to shop the show for their next bestsellers across a huge breadth of product categories within Home, Gift and Fashion. Many enjoyed special features including the New Product Showcase and the Gift Of The Year Showcase which took centre stage in Hall 6 as well as an insightful and visual content programme on the Inspiring Retail Stage & Moda Catwalk.

Posted: 11 September 2023

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CHSI Stitches developments

Plans for CHSI Stitches, the UK's trade show for the creative craft industry, are well underway for 25-26th February 2024 at the NEC, Birmingham. This year the experienced event organisers, ICHF Events, have announced an extended partnership with Sarah Hurley from the Sarah Hurley Academy. The multi-year partnership brings creative business education to the CHSI Stitches programme of events through Sarah's new 'Sarah Hurley Academy,' launched in 2022

Posted: 7 September 2023

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Supercraft themed cruises this September

While exploring the British Isles and discovering its hidden treasures onboard Ambience, guests will be encouraged to join crafting workshops throughout the sailing, with accomplished tutors including Julie Peasgood of Supercraft Cruises. Both experienced crafters and beginners are encouraged to take part in the impressive schedule of interactive workshops taking place during the 10-night trip, which will feature sessions creating jewellery, personalised cards and notebooks, ornaments, trinket boxes, wreaths and more – guests will learn the top tricks of the trade from the best in the business.

Posted: 29 August 2023

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Start Planning for h+h americas 2024

Save the date! Since the dates for h+h americas 2024 have been bumped to earlier in the year, you actually have a little less time than usual to plan to attend. h+h americas has become the home for the creative arts. The team set new records in 2023, with 34 per cent more exhibitors and attendance from more than 2,500 creative arts professionals from 22 countries around the world. Mark your calendar for May 1st to 3rd, 2024, to meet again in Rosemont, IL!

Posted: 29 August 2023

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The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

This autumn, now in its 16th year, this award winning event brings together more than 200 of the most talented makers and designers from across the UK including printmakers, ceramicists, jewellery makers, textile and glass artists, metal workers and silversmiths as well as furniture and lighting designers. Each of the exhibitors has been specifically selected for their outstanding craftsmanship and talent.

Posted: 15 August 2023

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Exacompta enters into partnership with SumUp

Exacompta, a leading European manufacturer of office supplies and thermal reels, is pleased to announce a licensing partnership with SumUp, the global fintech. A new Exacompta SumUp co-branded reel has been developed to be compatible with the SumUp printer and card reader bundles, but also to reinforce the sustainable development commitments of both companies. This Exacompta-SumUp reel, produced in France at the Exacompta plant in Breteuil, will have no core, no plastic packaging, no phenol, is FSC®-certified (FSC-C002321), and complies with all local and European regulations and is now available.

Posted: 10 August 2023

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14% attendee increase and record rebooking at Home & Gift Harrogate

Home & Gift Harrogate, UK retail's premier summer trade show for the gift and home industry, has concluded the highly anticipated 2023 edition on a resounding note of success. Held in both the Harrogate Convention Centre and the grounds of the prestigious DoubleTree By Hilton, the event brought industry professionals, exhibitors and buyers together from around the world for an immersive and inspiring experience. Over the show's 4 days, exhibitors saw significantly increased footfall vs. 2022, with an overall growth of 14% and a 9% increase in the individual companies that attended. Notably, the show also benefited from a 15% increase in buyers from garden centres, a 48% increase in museum and gallery buyers, and a 63% increase in those from department stores. These robust numbers indicate a strong Q3 and 4 ahead for the retail industry, and increased positivity for customer spending ahead of 2024.

Posted: 9 August 2023

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A look into the future of retail

The second episode of the Digital Academy of the leading consumer goods trade fairs focused on the future of retail and took a look at China. With Beryl Hsu, Editor-in-Chief of AD China, and Wayne Xiang, Managing Director of United Home and founder of Likuai Lifestyle Stores in China, two proven experts provided insights into a market of the future and comprehensively illuminated future retail from a consumer and retail perspective

Posted: 25 July 2023

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Plans for CHSI Stitches underway

Experienced event organisers, ICHF Events, is planning further investment in high calibre speakers for the 2024 show following the success of the 2023 education programme which included entrepreneur and founder of a celebrated luxury fashion label, Barjis Chohan; Claire Harper, leading branding expert with Argos, Ocado, Sainsburys and Mamas & Papas and Safia Minney, award-winning social entrepreneur and founder of sustainable fashion brand, People Tree.

Posted: 18 July 2023

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