New Products: Industry news from Craft Focus magazine

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h+h cologne 2024: Know-how and networking as a career booster

With a new zones concept that promotes knowledge transfer and networking, across four new zones an event programme tailor-made to meet the needs of the retail trade and its partners awaits the visitors of h+h cologne from 22nd to 24th March 2024. One of the highlights is the Future Talents Day on the last day of the fair, which gives young talents the opportunity to present themselves to the international trade audience. Tickets for the trade show as well as for the Deep Dive workshops that enable the concentrated transfer of knowledge are available now.

Posted: 18 January 2024

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The Little Black Book has launched

Spring Fair, the UK's diverse, and trend led marketplace for Home, Gift, Fashion, and Everyday, has launched this season's The Little Black Book – the buyer's go-to guide for the show taking place from 4th – 7th February 2024 at NEC Birmingham. Digital copies of The Little Black Book will also be sent to everyone who registers. To register for Spring Fair and be in with a chance of receiving a free copy of The Little Black Book visit the website:

Posted: 2 January 2024

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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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Feeling peachy with Pantone's Colour of the Year 2024 announcement

Pantone, the global color authority and provider of professional color language standards and digital solutions for the design community, today introduced PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz, a velvety gentle peach whose all-embracing spirit enriches mind, body, and soul as the Pantone Color of the Year selection for 2024. At a time of turmoil in many aspects of our lives, our need for nurturing, empathy and compassion grows ever stronger as does our imaginings of a more peaceful future. A warm and cozy shade highlighting our desire for togetherness with others and the feeling of sanctuary this creates, PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz presents a fresh approach to a new softness. Subtly sensual, PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz is a heartfelt peach hue bringing a feeling of tenderness communicating a message of caring and sharing, community and collaboration.

Posted: 7 December 2023

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John Lewis report reveals a return of the Saturday shopper

A decade on from the first John Lewis How We Shop, Live and Look report, which looks back at the products and trends that shaped the year, we are a nation that has fallen out of love with DVD players and fidget spinners and gained a burgeoning obsession with air fryers and pizza ovens.

Over the last 12 months, we've seen customers return to shops, especially on Saturdays for a family day out where footfall is up 11 percent.

During the height of lockdowns, 81 percent of our sales came via the internet, this has fallen back to 57 percent with many dwelling in stores and hospitality and catering sales up 20 percent versus last year.

Posted: 1 December 2023

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Kite introduces eco-friendly, economical and versatile kite mailer range

Kite Packaging, a leading UK supplier of innovative and eco-friendly packaging, has added a brand new range of bubble mailers to its offering.

Available in twelve sizes in gold or white, this comprehensive range caters to the diverse packaging needs of any business and is particularly great for those with a large product profile.

Kite mailers comply with Royal Mail's PiP guidelines and can help businesses calculate and regulate their shipping costs to avoid any surprises.

Air-filled bubbles also keep overall package weights to a minimum whilst providing an effective, shock-absorbing barrier which cushions and minimises the risk of damage occurring during handling or transit.

Posted: 17 November 2023

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Knitters and stitchers set to take over Harrogate

Thousands of knitters and stitchers are counting down until The Knitting & Stitching Show opens its doors at the Harrogate Convention Centre, 16th-19th November. Whether you're a newbie or an accomplished stitch expert, this popular annual textiles celebration has something for everyone. Want to start a new craft project or learn a new skill? The Knitting & Stitching Show's Learning Curve studios offer hundreds of workshops, all hosted by top tutors. A packed programme of daily classes covers every textile craft imaginable, from macrame, crochet and embroidery to Fair Isle knitting, post box toppers and jewellery making. Fans of Christmas crafting and handmade gifts will find fun, seasonal workshops to try, like needle felt gnomes, crochet beanie hats, macrame plant hangers, quilted purses, and beaded decorations.

Posted: 9 November 2023

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New character for popular range of ‘Little Couz-IN’ kits

Avenue Mandarine, part of the Exacompta Clairefontaine Group has launched a new character to its popular range of 'Little Couz-IN' kits, with the addition of Noah the Penguin. Little Couz-IN kits are CE marked and suitable for children of 6 years and over, having been developed to engage youngsters in crafting activities, whilst introducing them to the joys of sewing. The kits act as an easy all-in-one sewing initiation to the craft of haberdashery, with each containing pre-holed felt and fabric pieces, adhesive felt sections, wadding, a plastic needle, 3-4 spools of thread and a set of step-by-step instructions.

Posted: 30 October 2023

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Seasonal offers at WTTB

Where The Trade Buys (WTTB) is getting into the seasonal spirit early, with a special deal on one of its most popular products. WTTB offers a huge range of festive items, all of which can be personalised to add an individual flavour – perfect for anyone wanting to reward customers or promote their brands. As a leading UK print provider, WTTB work with thousands of trade print professionals and creatives, providing tools and support to make their businesses thrive.

Posted: 10 October 2023

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The Source trade show

The Source is where the region's food and drink buyers come to shop. From delicious speciality foods and locally produced drinks to major, market-leading brands and artisan produce to suit every taste, The Source is here to inspire retail choices, great hospitality, and facilitate profitable catering. In partnership with regional food group Taste of the West, this trade show will delight your senses with the latest flavours and ideas. New to the show in 2024 are companies such as Kin Vodka, House of Sarunds and Sloe Motion, who will be exhibiting alongside more familiar names such as Forest Produce, Denhay Farms, Frobishers, The Real Olive Company, and Friary Liqueurs.

Posted: 6 October 2023

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