Craft Focus - April/May 2022 (Issue 90)

retailers, we use 100 per cent recycled and recyclable plastic. We are also reducing the air miles for our products sourcing everything possible from the UK. The sustainability of our products and packaging is becoming more relevant to our customers and they particularly like the fact that we make almost everything in the UK.” NEW RETAILERS The show saw new retailers attending the show for the first time, reflecting the growth in craft during the pandemic. Independent retailer from Warrington, Stitch Station, was launched by Diane Hughes five months ago after lockdown. She was one of the many new businesses to attend the trade show: “As a new craft business this is our first time at the show. The talks and insights sessions have been excellent and so helpful. It’s been so wonderful to see products in ‘real life’ and to meet directly with brands at the show. I was looking for lines to complement our gift range that had strong sustainability credentials and I discovered a great range of products.” 33 CHSI STITCHES REVIEW