Licensing: Industry news from Craft Focus magazine

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Brand & Lifestyle Licensing Awards 2024: The Winners

The winners of The B&LLAs 2024 were announced on 25th April at a glittering awards event, held at the Royal Lancaster London. Hosted by Cally Beaton, the brand licensing community's annual get-together, was attended by some 400 retailers, licensees and brand owners who shared in the joy as the worthy winners made their way to the stage to collect their trophies.

Posted: 30 April 2024

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ACID welcomes new COO

Anti Copying in Design (ACID) is delighted to announce the appointment of Laura Newbold Breen as Chief Operating Officer. Laura began her new role on 4th December 2023. Having previously been Head of Legal for Magmatic Ltd, which owned the Trunki brand prior to its successful transition to new ownership earlier this year, Laura brings a wealth of relevant experience through her incredible journey on the inside track of a company which, despite its incredible success, had to battle many copycat storms along the way. What better experience could she bring to ACID than being at the coal face of what many in the UK face.

Posted: 19 December 2023

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Sustainability centre stage at Paperworld Middle East

Sustainability takes centre stage at Paperworld Middle East and Gifts and Lifestyle Middle East trade fair. Green initiatives are high on the agenda at Paperworld Middle East and Gifts and Lifestyle Middle East, which took place in November at Dubai World Trade Centre. From fascinating panel debates around sustainability at the event's discussion platform, The Hub Forum, to Project Sustainability, a showcase of the most noteworthy eco products from across the exhibition, environmental awareness was at the forefront of the co-located events.

Posted: 14 December 2023

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The application for the sustainability programme is open

The three leading international consumer goods fairs Ambiente, Christmasworld and Creativeworld focus strongly on the important meta theme of sustainability. With the Special Interest Ethical Style, they offer exhibitors the opportunity to present their particularly environmentally friendly, ethically produced and sustainable products to the trade fair public. The application for the sustainability programme runs until 24th November 2023. So there's still time!

Posted: 14 November 2023

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Anti Copying in Design (ACID) announces 25 years

ACID's trailblazing work and ongoing campaigning has been a game changer in championing designers and the importance of their intellectual property rights' protection. This has influenced and brought about positive change in the legal and political landscape. The Design Economy is one of the success stories of the UK contributing nearly £100 billion to the UK's GVA and the protection of its intellectual capital is critical. In its 25th year, they want to shine a light on, and celebrate with everyone the huge success that has been achieved since the organisation was co-founded by Dids Macdonald (a designer maker) and Simon Clark (an IP lawyer and Partner of Bristows). From a round table action group it has grown to be a key influencer in design law reform over many years.

Posted: 2 October 2023

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Curious Universe reveals new licensed Squishmallows

Dedicated to sourcing sustainable alternatives to traditional methods of production, design and packaging, Curious Universe announces a new line of licensed Squishmallows Arts & Crafts products for 2023. With multiple industry accolades under its belt, including Toy of The Year 2022, Squishmallows continues to be an incredible success story that is now set to take the world of Arts & Crafts by storm. Incorporating a host of cute, colourful Squishmallows styles the new collection from Curious Universe will include a Crystal Creations Carry Case, Crystal Creations Folder and a Colour and Carry Activity Kit, alongside multiple new designs within the Kaleidoscope branded collection.

Posted: 24 August 2023

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Fan art like a pro with Crafter's Companion!

Crafter's Companion is proud to announce its entry into entertainment licensing. The arts and crafts specialist has signed a multi year deal with Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products (WBDGCP) covering EMEA, North America and LATAM for Harry Potter and DC 'Fan Art Like A Pro' sets that will launch under its premium Spectrum Noir art brand in Q4 2023. We can't wait!

Posted: 27 June 2023

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