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Hyve Group announce Retail Trust as charity partner for Spring and Autumn Fair

Hyve Group announce Retail Trust as charity partner for Spring and Autumn Fair

Hyve Group is pleased to announce the Retail Trust as its Charity Partner for Spring and Autumn Fair for two years and Wellbeing Partner across all its Retail Shows in the UK comprising Spring Fair, Autumn Fair, Pure, Glee and Scoop, to provide dedicated support, awareness and fundraising for the retail sector. The partnership will incorporate offsite volunteer days, team challenges, and onsite activity kicking off at Autumn Fair on the 5th – 8th September, 2021 at NEC Birmingham. The partnership also sees the exciting launch of the Female Founders scheme that will offer free stands to 10 inspirational female founders.... read more

Posted: 5 August 2021

Deal signed to launch new UK-Kenya digital trade corridor

Deal signed to launch new UK-Kenya digital trade corridor

TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), and the Institute of Export and International Trade (IOE&IT) have today at the Kenyan High Commission in London, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which provides a framework for collaborating to implement a digital trade corridor between the UK and Kenya.The initiative, the 'UK-Kenya Trade Logistics Information Pipeline' (TLIP), aims to eliminate paperwork and introduce much better visibility up and down supply chains that flow between Kenya and the UK. It will cut costs for Kenyan firms producing goods like green vegetables and cut flowers for export to the UK, reducing prices for UK consumers, importers and retailers. UK exporter will also be able to benefit from better access to one of Africa's fastest growing markets.... read more

Posted: 2 August 2021

Janome and justhands-on.tv launch the #IDidntLikeToAsk video series

Janome and justhands-on.tv launch the #IDidntLikeToAsk video series

Janome and justhands-on.tv are celebrating Janome's 100 year anniversary with the launch of the #IDidntLikeToAsk Video Series and Prize Draw. Did you know that most modern sewing machines have over 300 stitches? Most of us use three to four stitches on our machines. We stick with what we know. And we "didn't like to ask" because learning a new stitch can seem like hard work. Learning one more stitch can unlock a whole new world of creativity. In the #IDidntLikeToAsk video series, you'll learn how to use different elements of your sewing machine in a way that will inspire you to try new things, from Automatic Buttonholes to Decorative Satin Stitches.... read more

Posted: 30 July 2021

h+h is going to North America

h+h is going to North America

Excitement is building for the first edition of h+h americas which will be held from June 22-24, 2022 in Chicago. The event is Koelnmesse's response to the increased demand for a strong and unified national trade fair for the handicrafts sector in North America. Due to the pandemic, handicrafts have gained growing popularity in the USA and are recording double-digit growth rates. Almost 30 million Americans crochet, knit, sew, quilt or embroider - providing an ideal basis for a successful trade fair premiere in North America. h+h cologne is a leading industry event for textile handicrafts and takes place every year in Cologne, Germany... read more

Posted: 29 July 2021

ICHF Events returns with face-to-face craft and cake shows this autumn

ICHF Events returns with face-to-face craft and cake shows this autumn

ICHF Events' craft and cake shows are set to return to cities across the UK this autumn. From September through to November, The Creative Craft Show, Cake International and the Henley Christmas Fair will be in Exeter, Glasgow, Birmingham or Henley bringing the latest supplies and ideas and products to crafters and cake decorating enthusiasts. For information about ticket sales, opening times and safety information about The Creative Craft Show and Cake International, please read on...... read more

Posted: 27 July 2021

Pentel raises £1.5 million for Breast Cancer Now

Pentel raises £1.5 million for Breast Cancer Now

Pentel has reached another significant milestone in its support for Breast Cancer Now raising £1.5 million for the charity. This huge sum has been achieved by selling more than 6.8 million pens. Or, to put it another way, if all the pens sold were placed end to end, they could scale the heights of Mount Everest and back no fewer than 56 times.Pentel became a corporate partner for Breast Cancer Now in 2006, initially launching a special edition, pink-barrelled version of its LineStyle ballpoint pen in aid of the charity. Other products followed, including a mini pink edition of the Micro Correct correction pen and a rollerball and mini ballpoint pen duo.... read more

Posted: 20 July 2021

Join the Search Press great summer art and craft book sale!

Join the Search Press great summer art and craft book sale!

Search Press wants to help you to inspire your customers and get them spending in your shop so for the entire month of august every participating retailer will receive 60 per cent discount on all books! Everyone who signs up is encouraged, with the help of resources and materials provided by Search Press, to host a 20 per cent off month-long SALE to draw customers in and compete against online retailers. It's so simple to sign up, read on for details...... read more

Posted: 15 July 2021

Messe Frankfurt reorganises consumer goods sector

Messe Frankfurt reorganises consumer goods sector

To be even more active in shaping the currently accelerating process of change in the consumer goods sectors, to tap new potential and to further intensify consulting services for customers from Germany and abroad, Messe Frankfurt has decided to appoint Julia Uherek and Philipp Ferger as Vice Presidents of Consumer Goods Fairs at Messe Frankfurt Exhibition with effect from 1st June 2021. Both will thus be responsible for all leading trade fair brands such as Ambiente, Christmasworld, Creativeworld or Paperworld as well as future trade fair formats and platforms.... read more

Posted: 13 July 2021

Latest Craft Report explores pandemic performance in the UK craft industry

Latest Craft Report explores pandemic performance in the UK craft industry

Early findings from the 2021 Report reveal that about 90 per cent of the 3,000 dedicated crafters surveyed have missed the experience of shopping for craft supplies, both in store and at craft shows. ICHF Events is focusing on new areas of research for its 2021 Craft Report to better understand the impact of the pandemic on the industry and how it can capitalise on any changes in consumer behaviour. The results of the survey will be revealed exclusively at the CHSI Stitches trade show at the NEC, Birmingham in September.... read more

Posted: 8 July 2021

Curated Meetings to debut at Autumn Fair

Curated Meetings to debut at Autumn Fair

Already a huge success for over five years at its partner show in Las Vegas, USA – Autumn Fair is now bringing the Curated Meetings service to the UK; introducing pre-qualified and vetted premium buyers who are actively sourcing to relevant, quality suppliers.Over 500 meetings are planned across two days, bringing together buyers from a host of leading national and independent retailers keen to hand-pick next season's bestsellers including John Lewis, JoJo Maman Bebe, Moonpig.com, Next, Oliver Bonas, Oxfam, 1517, Bloom & Wild, Superdrug, Booths supermarkets, Coopers of Stortford, Dinghams, Findon Garden Centre, Lark, Lowden Garden Centre, Mooch, Museum of Oxford, Robert Dyas, Sally Bee Lifestyle, Statement Home & Gifts, The Dispensary, Velvet Store, and many more.... read more

Posted: 7 July 2021

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