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3 CONTENTS In this issue... REGULARS 9 Industry news What’s happening within the craft and hobby market 15 Brand spanking new Brand spanking new products 70 Bookstand The latest book releases 86 Tried & tested Craft Focus contributor, Lily Brindley gets stuck into the sparkles with these super shiny Zodiac rhinestones from Crystal Parade June/ July 2023 57 54 49 FEATURES 31 Desktop delights Beautiful stationery 37 Haberdashery essentials Ribbons and buttons to top up eyour collections 45 Treat yourself! Crafts for under £15 49 Make your house a home Making for the home 57 Trend watch! Back to nature 61 Start them young Children’s crafts 67 Top of the class Back to school 37
4 FOCUS ON 34 The Daylight Company Fraser Hodgson, Product Development Director of The Daylight Company, talks to Craft Focus about the company’s huge array of lighting solutions for your creative hobbies 42 Differentiate Design Roger Felton, Founder and MD of Differentiate Design (trading as Popup Frames) talks to Craft Focus about shaking up the framing market with these practical and affordable options 54 My Two Ladies Alexis Mantione, CEO and Founder, My Two Ladies chats to Craft Focus about their product range designed to help you knit quicker, easier and longer with less stress on your hands, wrists and upper body. 78 KNITTING FEVER Jeffrey J Denecke Jr, Chief Operating Officer of Knitting Fever INC talks to Craft Focus about their worldwide distribution, spreading knitting joy wherever they go! BUSINESS 73 Licensed to sell Janine Richmond, Head of Product and Brand at The Point.1888 talks to Craft Focus about unlocking the potential of brand licensing for craft companies 76 How to buy a craft business If you’re looking to expand your craft business, here’s some food for thought, as Jonathan Jay of Dealmakers.co.uk, advises how to tactically grow for the long-term 88 Retailer interview Lynn Cummings, Shop Manager of Jespers of Harrogate talks to Craft Focus about the establishment’s unrivalled selection of fine writing pens, stationery, art materials and gifts 82 Green spaces Martin McTague, National Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), looks at the benefits of rural businesses 83 Copying issues This issue we look at an ACID case study on Sally Burrows, greetings card and gift designers 90 Trade show connections How important are trade shows in today’s business world? Sara Davies gives her thoughts... SHOWS 23 Shows, news & events Stay up-to-date with what’s happening in your industry 28 Stationery news What happened at London Stationery Show 31 42 31 61 15
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7 EDITOR’S LETTER On the cover Named after the Norwegian word for happiness, Lykke Crafts combine high quality materials and thoughtful design to produce beautiful, durable, happymaking knitting needles and crochet hooks. These beautiful needles and hooks are handcrafted and assembled in a scenic region of Kathmandu, Nepal. The production routines don’t rely on mechanized automation. Instead, products benefit from the skilled and graceful human touch of the skilled Nepalese craftspeople. The most popular needle is created from natural birchwood, which is infused with colour & resin using a proprietary process which gives them a smooth, silky feeling. The Blush line, shown on the cover, absorbs just enough pink to make the wood ‘Blush’. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to stock needles & tools by Lykke Crafts. For more information, visit the website: https://knittingfever.com Create & Craft It was great to see so many familiar faces at the London Stationery Show. The north London location of the Business Design Centre always has such a buzz, with so many lovely boutiques lining the high street – and when the sun shines it’s all the better! To complement my visit, I have compiled a feature entitled ‘Beautiful Stationery’ showcasing some of my all-time desktop faves and some stylish designs that really caught my eye as well as a lowdown of what happened at the stationery event of the year. We also have a focus on Crafts Under £15 as buyers are wanting affordable ways to satisfy their crafting appetite in this cost-of-living crisis. As always, we share with you the newest products on the market as well as the latest industry and trade show news. Recently, we were lucky enough to chat to USAbased Knitting Fever, about their new range of needles; and not forgetting my exclusive interview with Roger Felton, Founder and MD of Differentiate Design. Do read all about his Pop-up Frame kits – affordable and stylish and about to revolutionise the way we frame our artworks. And lastly, please shout if there’s anything you’d like to see in the magazine, we love to hear from our readers. Enjoy the warmer days ahead and keep on crafting! Louise Prance Editor Rachel DESIGN +44 (0)1376 535 616 email@example.com ACCOUNTS +44 (0)1376 535 616 firstname.lastname@example.org MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis +44 (0)1376 535 602 email@example.com Craft Focus is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility of the standing of advertisers nor by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Craft Focus is published six times a year. ISSN 1758-0900 @craftfocus @craftfocusmag @craftfocus Craft Focus is proud to be associated with and supporters of: ADVERTISING Account Manager Tracy Voice +44 (0)1376 538 555 firstname.lastname@example.org EDITORIAL Editor Rachel Westall +44 (0)1376 514 000 email@example.com BOTHY THREADS Botanical Butterfly - a timeless design. NUTSCENE TWINES I adore these crochet plant pot kits!
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9 INDUSTRY NEWS Industry news Latest news from the craft industry Kate Mason joins ACID as Director of Marketing Anti Copying in Design (ACID) has announced the appointment of Kate Mason as Director of Marketing. Kate brings a wealth of experience to the ACID team not only from her impressive credentials within the creative industries but also from her pioneering role leading The Big Draw, now a global organisation, helping children to recognise their creative soul through exploration and expression of ideas. Kate also brings her enthusiasm and passion for arts and crafts as Chair of the Society for Designer Craftsmen (SDC). On her appointment Kate said: “I can’t think of a more exciting time to be getting involved with this pioneering organisation which in so many ways is ahead of the curve in its focus, horizon scanning and leadership. It’s agility, reach and the breadth and nature of the membership ensure it is uniquely positioned. It is able to not only champion and be a leading voice against design theft, but also play a central role in the ongoing and developing narrative around copying in the creative industries and evidencing and mitigating this impact.” Dids Macdonald OBE., CEO of ACID said: “The team and I can’t wait for Kate to get started. ACID is at a pivotal time in our history, twenty-five years from its inception and together with Kate, we look to the next period of campaigning, growth and engagement with passion. As a committed advocate of the value of arts, craft and design she is streets ahead of most about understanding the importance of intellectual property as a positive force for growth.” Jay Blades presents Craftworks launch Jay Blades presents Craftworks is set to attract craft sector professionals, architects, designers, artists, brands, retailers and will be curated by television presenter and furniture restorer, Jay Blades MBE, known for the Repair Shop, Jay Blades Home Fix, and for co-presenting Jay and Dom’s Home Fix. Set to take place during London Craft Week 2024, this threeday free to attend live event (8th –10th May 2024) will host the very best of arts, crafts, and design from all corners of the craft sector and will celebrate niche craftmanship that is in danger of being lost to time. In celebration of the launch of the exhibition, an esteemed panel of industry leaders held a Q&A and discussion compared by Piers Roberts at Shoreditch Town Hall, the location of Jay Blades presents Craftworks. As well as discussing the launch of the exhibition, the panel discussed the importance of British craftsmanship, with the exhibition hoping to generate business for crafts people whose skills are little known, due to being lost to mass manufacturing; as well as revitalise and attract the next generation of crafts people to future proof some of the world’s oldest crafts practices. TV presenter, Jay Blades MBE, said: “I’m excited to bring Craftworks to life here in London, as it will be the first of its kind. This event will not only reflect my principles of great design, education, and restoration, but most importantly will ensure the future proofing of the craft sector”. Held in the beautiful and iconic Shoreditch Town Hall, Craftworks will house four very distinct exhibition areas ensuring that the event is accessible for all crafts people. The venue is perfect for presenting the very best craftspeople and designer makers from across the UK and overseas. The exhibition hopes to attract sponsors of the various areas and is looking for businesses that share in the vision of championing great British craftmanship and design and sustainability. Jay Blades presents Craftworks has already attracted endorsement and support from some of the country’s premier craft organisations and charities, such as QEST (Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust), an art and craft educational trust created to sustain traditional British craftmanship; Cockpit, the London centre for excellence in craft; and Heritage Crafts, the national charity for traditional heritage crafts which works in partnership with the Government. Visit: www.craftworks.show
10 Manuscript Brands launches plastic free packaging Manuscript Pen Company Ltd is excited to announce the launch of its globally recognised calligraphy products with new plastic free packaging. The sought-after product range will no-longer feature single-use plastic clam packaging, instead, Manuscript’s much loved calligraphy products will be presented in 100 per cent recyclable cardboard offering a sustainable packaging solution. The ‘Modern Heritage’ concept inspires each Manuscript collection, blending old and new elements to produce an assortment that combines Manuscript’s traditional colour schemes with a contemporary twist. Manuscript’s calligraphy product lines, include Classic Fountain Pen Calligraphy, Modern Calligraphy, Traditional Dip Pen Calligraphy, Callicreative Italic Markers, Heritage, and Everyday Stationery, showcase sleek designs, striking graphics, and captivating lifestyle imagery. Charlie Stockbridge, Managing Director explains, “We’re very proud of the launch of Manuscript’s new plastic-free packaging. As a forward-thinking company, we’re delighted to push ahead with an important innovation in our product cycle. Our new designs pave the way for a more sustainable future, whilst also staying true to our long and illustrious heritage with exceptional quality supplies.” Manuscript Pen Company Ltd will be showcasing the new plastic-free packaging at the London Stationery Show 2023, at the Business Design Centre from the 16th and 17th of May. You’ll also be able to see what’s new across Manuscript Brands distribution portfolio. Discover LEGO® newness, exciting products from Pininfarina Segno featuring Banksy’s iconic graffiti artwork. Explore new product launches from art and stationery brand artPOP! and enjoy a whole host of luxury pens from some of the biggest pen brands in the industry including; Visconti, Sheaffer, Diplomat, Pininfarina Segno, Monteverde, Conklin, Pineider, Tom’s Studio. Many, many more brands will be on display including The Lionheart Tales, Chameleon, Karin, LEGO® Stationery, Key Chain Lights & Bag Tags. For more information, visit: www.calligraphy.co.uk Hahnemühle UK announces new partnership Hahnemühle UK Ltd is happy to confirm the expansion of their omnichannel distribution strategy for their Traditional FineArt product range. The ambition is to provide a seamless shopping experience for customers and consumers across all channels, offering product choice and service levels commensurate with their needs. To that end Hahnemühle UK is delighted to announce that in addition to the Traditional FineArt products being available to retailers and consumers via Hahnemühle UK Ltd, they’ll also be available to UK FineArt trade via R K Burt and Company. The new trading arrangement commenced on the 16th May with a select range of products. R K Burt is a long-standing partner for the Hahnemühle Digital FineArt product range and Hahnemühle look forward to expanding their collaboration on Traditional FineArt products. This new partnership opens up more purchasing options for trade customers to buy and receive Hahnemühle Traditional FineArt products in the UK market. For Hahnemühle UK Traditional FineArt sales, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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12 Craft Buddy celebrates Craft Buddy has been named Owner-managed Business of the Year at the Thames Valley SME Growth 100 award ceremony that was hosted at the Bremont Headquarters in Henley-on-Thames London earlier this month. Co-founders Dino and Gary Wadhwani were thrilled to receive the award and spoke of their excitement at continuing to grow their business. Founded by Gary and Dino, Craft Buddy combined the Wadhwani Brothers’ experience in arts & crafts and sourcing products to establish the business. The company has been expanding exponentially in the past 10 years. The pandemicinduced growth and the strategy to venture into licensed business have fuelled the company’s growth immensely. With a company team of over 30 people and warehouses in both the UK and Germany, Craft Buddy has not only become one of the leading arts & crafts suppliers in the UK, its distribution network covers most of the EU markets, Middle East, North America and Asia Pacific region as well. They’re also an official licensee of numerous world-renowned brands, including Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, Peter Rabbit, The Smurfs and their latest additions: Paddington and L.O.L. Surprise! The judges were impressed with Craft Buddy’s passion and commitment in a challenging sector, as well as their pragmatic and timely strategies. They noted the company’s genuine bootstrapped approach as an ideal lesson in how to navigate the myriad channels of retail. What was started by two brothers in their aunt’s house is now winning new customers in over 30 countries with their innovative brand and licence portfolio. “For a company to keep growing, we understand the importance of diversification. But we certainly did not lose sight to of our core target market” Dino said, “We’ve worked very hard to keep innovating and present new products from our various brands including Crystal Art, Forever Flowerz, Paint By Numb3res, Craft Buddy Home & Craft Buddy Puzzles. TV shopping is one of our key retail channels and we’ve been performing exceptionally well with Create & Craft TV in the UK and QVC in Germany.” For more information, please visit www.craftbuddyltd.co.uk Gift Of The Year Award winners The 2023 winners of the coveted Gift Of The Year Awards have been announced. The Royal Lancaster Hotel hosted the black-tie Gift Of The Year awards ceremony which saw retailers, suppliers and industry experts gather together to celebrate the year’s best gifts. Winners were crowned across 20 highly competitive gifting categories which showcase a cross section of the industry’s most creative, new-to-the-market products, with the highly practical Fabulously Flat Paper Pens winning the coveted Judges Choice Award as well as the Cards, Wraps & Stationery category. The Gift of the Year Awards, now in its 43rd year, recognises the gifting industry’s most sensational new products each year. The competition gives a platform to all entrants, elevating businesses through exposure at trade shows, including Spring Fair which hosted the 2023 judging, website, brochures, and social channels. In addition, being crowned a category winner grants industry-wide recognition and previous entrants have seen a huge boost to their sales and revenue often going on to become bestsellers particularly in the lead up to Christmas. For full details of the Gift Of The Year Awards winners and to enter for the 2024 awards please visit the website: www.giftoftheyear.co.uk
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15 BRAND SPANKING NEW Brand spanking new Check out some new and exciting products in the current market ANCIENT WISDOM Bath salts in vials are a perfect way to add a touch of luxury to any bath routine. These vials come pre-filled with a carefully curated blends of mineral-rich salts, essential oils and other natural ingredients that help to relax, soothe and rejuvenate body and mind. +44 (0)1142 729 165 email@example.com www.ancientwisdom.biz/ntrib HAWTHORN HANDMADE Get ready to embark on an exciting creative adventure as you craft your very own majestic snow leopard with this Hawthorn Handmade complete needle felting kit. Specially designed for both beginners and seasoned felting enthusiasts, this DIY felting project provides all the essential tools and materials you need to create a stunning, one-of-akind woollen masterpiece. firstname.lastname@example.org www.hawthornhandmade.com BOTHY THREADS With it being Bothy Threads’ 30th birthday year, the company is including a special sewing themed kit in each of its seasonal collections this year. For the Spring Collection, there’s A Stitch In Time by Sally King. Sally’s fancy footwear has been a walk away success since the range launched, and there are now 11 designs available. A Stitch in Time includes a clever tape measure edge and pin cushion toe with beaded detail. This counted cross stitch kit is worked on 16 count white Zweigart Aida with pre-sorted stranded cottons and uses cross stitch and back stitch. Multi-coloured beads, full instructions and chart included. email@example.com www.bothythreads.com BACHMANN EUROPE PLC At this year’s Spring Fair, Bachmann Europe Plc launched its new distribution line – PepPlay. This new range of children’s arts and crafts products is suitable for ages three to 10 and feature colourful designs to appeal to both children and parents alike. Stock has now arrived for delivery in time for the holiday season. PepPlay is a premium eco-conscious brand, with many of the products designed to be reusable and recyclable. All the products are non-toxic and conform to all safety standards. The range is made up of around 20 products initially and includes Reusable Doodle Placemats, Sticker Puzzles, How-to-Draw books, Origami Art, Dough Art, Velvet Colouring Cards, Painting by Numbers, 3D Model Kits and No Sew Pillow Kits. The reusable doodle mats are a particular highlight and come in a range of designs. The placemats are designed to make mealtimes fun at home or on the go. They’re printed with fade proof black ink on food grade, non-toxic Polymer sheets and are BPA free. Colour in the pictures, wipe clean and the mats are ready to be reused again! firstname.lastname@example.org www.bachmann.co.uk
16 CRYSTAL PARADE The Zodiac brand is going from strength to strength and becoming the go to crystal for stylists, designers and crafters. If you’ve been lucky enough to see the Royal Opera House’s production of Cinderella or Take That’s performance for the King Coronation, you’ll see the Zodiac crystals surely do dazzle the audience. Some 96 per cent of customers who purchased Zodiac crystals would recommend them to friends. “The Zodiac range of crystals are our own brand of crystals and therefore we’re able to apply great trade discounts to retailers wishing to offer their customers the best alternative to Swarovski. We can supply the crystals in small euro hook retail bags and our minimum order value is only £100. We’re delighted in how well the Zodiac crystals have filled the gap in the world of crystal embellishment and will be adding more amazing colours and shapes to the range, our latest launch of Mermaid Bubbles has been a great hit with costume designers and crafters and the new plastic banding has been a big hit with designers.” says Poppy, Director at Crystal Parade. +44 (0)1926 484 214 email@example.com www.crystalparade.co.uk LETISTITCH Letistitch has added to its range of metallic boxes with five beautiful new designs. The tin box measures 50mm x 25mm x 10mm and includes a magnet inside, so it’s suitable for keeping your needles safe. The company is also excited to announce L8066 Romance by Martine Coppens. The kit contains Anchor floss, canvas Aida 16ct /713 Pewter, size 26cm x 18 cm. +44 (0)7780 122 430 +44 (0)7469 364 150 firstname.lastname@example.org www.letistitch.com KNITTING FEVER Named after the Norwegian word for happiness, LYKKE Crafts combine high quality materials and thoughtful design to produce beautiful, durable, happy-making knitting needles and crochet hooks. These beautiful needles and hooks are handcrafted and assembled in a scenic region of Kathmandu, Nepal. The production routines don’t rely on mechanized automation. Instead, products benefit from the skilled and graceful human touch of the skilled Nepalese craftspeople. New in stores this summer, four new gift sets featuring the company’s patented resin infused birchwood needles in both 5in and 3.5in tip lengths: Cacao case with Driftwood needles, Crimson case with Blush needles, Violet case with Indigo needles, and Dandelion case with Umber needles. email@example.com www.knittingfever.com
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23 SHOWS & EVENTS This season’s most unmissable events August dates for Scotland’s Trade Fair Autumn Scotland’s Trade Fair Autumn has re-positioned itself as the first show of the autumn buying season. Taking place at the SEC, Glasgow from 20th –21st August 2023, the show gives buyers better timing for Christmas buying, allows them to top up for autumn and gives them an early snapshot at 2024 ranges. Over a third of exhibitors at the show are new, offering greater variety and a wider selection of gifts. Ones to look out for are Enesco, Swole Panda, Shu Da Living, Kate Trouw, Academie and Cairn Candle Company. Scotland’s Trade Fair fully supports new young companies with its specially created Launch Gallery. This area is already almost fully booked with companies such as MUKA Jewellery, The Ink Balm (winner of Best Product Award at the Spring Show), Victoria Gordon Art (another Best Product Award winner), Designed by Islay, Rosana Exposito, Oir Soap and Wiktor Jewellery. Mark Saunders, Springboard Director says: “This date change came after serious consultation with exhibitors and retailers and now fits in better with the buying season. Offering retailers an earlier chance to get their hands on new products and Christmas stock is both beneficial to them and their customers. In addition, it aligns the two Scottish shows better with a six-month gap between them. This move has brought us many new exciting exhibitors and we hope new buyers will also attend. Tourism has enjoyed a strong start in the first four months of 2023. Scotland’s attractions are experiencing good footfall which is flowing into the gift shops. This bodes well for the shops, for the suppliers and for Scotland’s Trade Fairs.” Almost 90 per cent of the Show is already booked up with a good selection of gifts, homewares, jewellery and fashion accessories, making it a one-stop show for all types of retailers across Scotland and the north of England. Shows, news & events Diary dates h+h americas 21st-23rd June, 2023 Donald E. Stephens Convention & Conference Centre Rosemont, Chicago www.hh-americas.com Home & Gift 16th-19th July, 2023 Harrogate Convention Centre https://homeandgift.co.uk Scotland Trade Fair Autumn 20th-21st August 2023 SEC, Glasgow www.scotlandstradefairs.com Autumn Fair 3rd-6th September, 2023 Birmingham NEC www.autumnfair.com Harrogate Christmas & Gift 14th-17th January, 2023 Harrogate Convention Centre www.harrogatefair.com Success at h+h cologne 2023 After three busy trade fair days, the international trade fair for creative handicraft & hobby supplies came to a close in Cologne. With the participation of 280 companies from 41 countries, all of the industry’s big brands presented their products and services to the international trade audience again this year and ensured that the over 12,000 trade visitors went home with satisfied faces. In addition to gaining a comprehensive overview of the industry, the trade visitors were finally able to engage in a personal exchange at international level again this year at h+h cologne and this opportunity was exploited to the full. The industry association, Initiative Handarbeit e.V., underlined in Cologne the importance of h+h cologne’s role as a platform for the creative community and as a stimulus for new trends. Since in spite of the unabated trend towards handicrafts, the tense economic situation is also having an impact on the industry. In this way, the overall market for handicraft supplies in Germany was estimated to be around EUR 1bn in 2022, measured in end consumer prices. The market has thus declined compared to the previous years. Whereby, handicrafts were especially popular with the consumers during the lockdown, which led to the turnovers growing significantly in the years 2020 and 2021 (EUR 1.3 and 1.2 billion respectively). Which is why Hedi Ehlen, Chief Operating Officer of Initiative Handarbeit, found the wealth of innovative diversity displayed by the companies at h+h cologne this year all the more important: “Experiencing innovations and creativity together is vital for both the exhibitors and the visitors. h+h cologne is the best platform for this purpose. All of the people we talked to have emphasised the fact that the personal exchange is indispensable. This is why we are delighted that h+h cologne attracted such a convincing number of guests this year.” The motto of this year’s first-class and technically demanding event programme was ‘be creative. be unique’. Discussion rounds, lectures and workshops that provided the trade audience with plenty of inspiration and know-how were offered again on the Talk Sofa and in the course of many workshops. Here the focus lay on practice-oriented tips and information that the participants can utilise for their own business. h+h cologne next takes place, 22nd-24th March 2024.
24 New Craft section at H&G Spanning five halls and three Design Points, visitors will be able to explore everything from showstopping homewares and gifts to culinary infusions and statement accessories. An array of one-of-a-kind artisan products will also be showcased in the brand new ‘Craft’ section, where eager buyers will be able to explore handmade and bespoke pieces and meet the designermakers behind them including Nordic Flowers, Kam Creates, Zoe Scott Designs, Circle & Dash, Hive & Keeper and many more... Renowned for its stunning summer setting, diverse range of brands from across the UK and beyond, as well as its perfect timing ahead of the industry’s busiest buying season, it’s no wonder that Home & Gift has been dubbed as the place to be for visitors and exhibitors alike. The event presents the ideal opportunity to kick start your A/W buying to stay ahead of the competition and curate a one-ofa-kind edit. With over 500 brands attending for this edition (of which 25 per cent will be exhibiting for the first time), buyers will be absolutely spoiled for choice by Home & Gift’s selection of products from across the lifestyle spectrum. The show’s organisers have worked hard to create an environment that fosters genuine interaction and networking - with a wealth of social events to choose from, including Sundowners on Sunday, G&Ts on the lawn, along with the legendary Show Party, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to relax, unwind, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Harrogate. The show takes place 16th to 19th July 2023. Register for your free ticket at: https://homeandgift.co.uk Hyve Group promotes Nicola Meadows to Divisional Managing Director Hyve Group plc has announced the appointment of Nicola Meadows as its new Divisional Managing Director for the Retail, Manufacturing and Engineering Division. Nicola joined Hyve in August last year as Portfolio Director for Spring & Autumn Fair, soon adding Glee and fashion events Pure London and Scoop to her remit and taking on leadership responsibility for the entire Retail portfolio. Mark Shashoua, CEO Hyve Group plc says, “During her time with us so far, Nicola has shown herself to be a strong and calm leader for her team and she is currently overseeing the rollout of Connect on the Spring and Autumn Fair portfolio. It’s her connection with Hyve’s ‘why’ that really makes her the ideal candidate for this role. I am very much looking forward to working with her to maximise the portfolio’s potential and create even more game-changing impact for our retail, manufacturing and engineering customer communities.” Nicola Meadows adds, “I feel honoured to be guiding such established events through an exciting time for the industry, working alongside incredibly talented and passionate teams. We are transforming the future of events with the launch of Connect at Spring & Autumn Fair, and our aim is to generate higher returns on investment for our exhibitors and an unrivalled return on time and experience for visitors across the entire division. It is our role to provide the best platforms to showcase great products and innovation as well as nurture the brands and retailers of the future to ensure continued business success.”
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26 Creativeworld exhibitors show support This year, 87 exhibitors at Creativeworld donated high-quality painting utensils and handicraft accessories to the Frankfurt Children’s Office. The donations in kind included everything a young artist’s heart could desire, from canvases and stationery to brushes, paints and pens, modelling clay, stamps and stickers. Eva Olbrich, Show Director of Creativeworld, and her team handed over the donations. This year, around 4,500 children in more than 50 children’s institutions and youth centres in the Rhine-Main region will benefit from the goods. With this fundraising campaign, Messe Frankfurt is committed to the education and creative promotion of children in the region. In this way, the company creates a bridge between the international trade fair, which is reserved for a trade audience only, and the creative users. Creativity is intelligence that is fun, Albert Einstein said. But you don’t have to be a genius to have fun in creating! As a trade fair for the creative sector, it’s important for us to promote the joy of doing things - also for the next generation”, explains Eva Olbrich, Show Director of Creativeworld. “It’s wonderful to see how many exhibitors from all over the world have taken part this year!”, Olbrich continues. Madeleine Michaelis, head of the Frankfurt Children’s Office, joins in the praise and points out: “Creative learning is really essential, especially for children. It creates a sense of achievement and brings joy. And making that possible is so important, because it also creates participation. That’s why we really appreciate Messe Frankfurt’s commitment to children and young people.” Creativeworld will continue to be held at the same time as Ambiente and Christmasworld at Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre, 27th to 30th January 2024. Ones to watch at h+h americas For 2023, h+h americas created a course structure to address the varying needs of the craft industry. Attendees can purchase classes a la carte, or procure a class pass that grants access to all available classes. The Business Classes take the form of 60-minute lectures in which participants will learn best practices for building and growing their business from some of the most well-learned, experienced minds in the industry. The team has scheduled 12 of these short-form learning opportunities throughout the course of the show, from Wednesday June 21st through Friday 23rd June. Topics range from marketing and business strategies to social media content management and creation, crafting trends and more. In addition to a State of the Industry Panel on Wednesday 21st, h+h americas’ will host two keynote sessions on the Thursday and Friday of the show. These sessions feature successful business leaders and entrepreneurs in the craft industry who will share news on the latest trends and innovations in the crafting industry. For example, Crafting a Brand That Lasts with Kathy Cano-Murillo of The Crafty Chica. Learn more about our keynote speakers for h+h americas at: www.hh-americas.com/2023-keynote-speakers
LONDON CALLING Highlights from London Stationery Show The 16th to 17th May saw the return of the UK’s only trade event dedicated to the arts & crafts, greetings cards, paper products, and writing instruments industries. This year’s show saw a 20 per cent increase in new exhibitors and a 12 per cent increase in visitors, making it the most successful since its return in 2021. Exhibitors wowed with excellent product ranges, and visitors took advantage of the fantastic offerings of features and networking opportunities available to them. We spoke to Alex Butler, Event Director, who said: “This year’s show was a huge success. The range of products on offer was truly remarkable and it’s clear to see that the introduction of arts & crafts to London Stationery Show has been a huge hit with our visitors. We were delighted to see such a high number of quality buyers at this year’s show and already look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2024.” TOP BRANDS Over 200 brands showcased their bestselling and brand-new products at this year’s show. From the biggest brands in the industry, to independent start-ups, the range of products was astonishing. Each brand blew visitors away with their creative displays, with some even offering live demonstrations and interactive activities. Located at the front of the show was the Boutique Collection, offering a variety of designer stationery, unique gifts and more. This carefully curated selection of brands allowed visitors to discover an exclusive selection of products, not to be found anywhere else. Meanwhile, this year’s LaunchPad competition winners featured six brands ready to take the stationery industry by storm, as they made their trade show debuts. From greetings cards and family planners to notebooks and gift wrap, LaunchPad was a true example of the wonderful 28
London Stationery Show will return 14th to 15th May 2024. www.stationeryshow.co.uk assortment of paper products that the show had on offer. CREATIVITY Creativity is at the heart of the stationery industry. Over the course of the two-day event, the Creative Matters Workshops allowed visitors to get hands-on with the industry’s latest products. Having the chance to try before they buy and hear from exhibitors first-hand helped visitors to ensure that they were making the best business decisions possible. NEVER STOP LEARNING The Retail Matters Live Talks and the Indie Matters Business Advice Clinics were the perfect chance to pick the brains of industry leading professionals. From perfecting your sales technique or mastering PR to becoming the art director of your social media or using visual merchandising to stand out in-store, if you needed to know it the experts had you covered. There was no better place to learn from the best and the brightest within the world of stationery. SUSTAINABLY SOUND Sustainability is becoming increasingly important within the stationery industry, and London Stationery Show ensured this was front and centre. At the entrance of the event was the Sustainability Matters feature, showcasing the most ecofriendly products within the industry. Visitors were able to see firsthand how many brands are working towards greener stationery. London Stationery Show partnered with the Young People’s Trust for the Environment, who educated visitors on how they could make informed decisions on how to live their lives in a way that gives greater priority to preservation of the natural world. STATIONERY MATTERS AWARDS The Stationery Matters Awards were held at London Stationery Show on Tuesday 16th May. The aim of the awards is to recognise and benchmark good practice within the stationery industry. The finalist products of each category could be seen at the Stationery Matters Hub, and the long-awaited results were finally announced. It was great to see the industry come together to celebrate those who had been nominated and those who won. Seeing brands earn the recognition they have worked so hard for was truly rewarding. 29 LSS POST SHOW REVIEW
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