Industry news from Craft Focus magazine

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JPS Stationers wins Pentel merchandising prize

Ray Williams of JPS Stationers in Chesham, Buckinghamshire is the winner of the trade competition associated with Pentel's #PassionForPens campaign, which launched during National Stationery Week. In the campaign independent retailers could apply for special sample packs containing Pentel's new Mattehop gel pens, a quick-drying EnerGel pen, a photo and a piece of blank paper. They were required to announce the availability of the free packs on social media and encourage their customers to come into store and request a set - which also gave them the opportunity to enter a competition to win a bundle of Pentel products worth £100.

Posted: 11 July 2024

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Hawthorn Handmade celebrates new partnership with Ryman

Hawthorn Handmade, known for its high quality beginner craft kits, is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Ryman. From July 2024, Ryman will stock a wide range of Hawthorn Handmade's beautifully designed craft kits in over 100 stores across the UK. This exciting development marks a significant achievement for the Dorset-based company, as it continues to spread the joy of crafting.

Posted: 9 July 2024

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Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies confirmed as keynote for Brand Licensing Europe 2024

Sara Davies MBE, the dynamic entrepreneur and youngest female investor on BBC One's long-running Dragons' Den TV programme, will present the day two keynote at this year's Brand Licensing Europe (BLE), which runs from 24-26 September at ExCeL London. Sara will take to the stage at 12:30 on Wednesday 25 September for 'Crafty Licensing: Transforming a business through brand licensing' for a Fireside Chat with the Global Licensing Group.

Posted: 4 July 2024

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Koelnmesse celebrates 100th anniversary with opening of Confex

To mark its impressive 100th anniversary, Koelnmesse is hosting a grand opening ceremony for Europe's most cutting-edge event and congress centre: Confex. The technologically and environmentally groundbreaking new building creates new opportunities for innovative event formats in the region. After almost three years of construction, a core element of the one billion euro investment programme Koelnmesse 3.0 is launching on schedule.

Posted: 2 July 2024

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Digital showrooms for Ambiente and Christmasworld Trends 24+

The trend areas of the leading consumer goods trade fairs now have digital twins: 360° images of Ambiente and Christmasworld Trends 24+ enable users to discover new trends all year round - and order them directly. Via Conzoom Solution, the content hub specifically for retailers, users can now get inspired by Ambiente and Christmasworld Trends 24+ all year round. In addition, embedded information tags provide details to the exhibition products and link directly to the exhibitor profile for ordering.

Posted: 27 June 2024

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Consumer loyalty on the rise: UK public engaged in loyalty schemes

The Gift Card and Voucher Association (GCVA) has released comprehensive research findings revealing the impressive engagement levels of UK consumers with loyalty schemes.

The survey, conducted over 1,000 UK consumers and insights from 36 GCVA member organisations, highlights that loyalty scheme participation remains robust across all age groups. 94 percent of those aged 66 and over are engaged in at least one scheme, alongside 81 percent of young adults between 18 and 25. Schemes also appeal to those on both high and low incomes, with 96 percent of those with a household income of over £75,000 actively involved in such schemes.

Posted: 24 June 2024

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First Scottish store under the Ryman Design banner

Iconic high-street stationer Ryman has opened a new Ryman Design Store in Edinburgh, Scotland. The store is the latest addition to a growing number of Ryman Design stores across the UK, following the opening of the London Bishopsgate in June 2023, and London Marble Arch and Birmingham Grand Central stores later last year. Located in Edinburgh's St James Quarter, the store is a one-stop shop for stationery enthusiasts and professionals looking for unique, high-quality products.

Posted: 20 June 2024

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Urgent call for retailer take-back schemes to tackle textile waste crisis

Over half of all clothing thrown away ends up in landfill – that is 53 tonnes of textile waste, which takes up 5 percent of all landfill space. The fashion industry is also responsible for 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emission. So, what can be done to reduce this negative environmental impact?

Sustainability experts from are calling on retailers to implement take-back programs for unwanted clothing to help combat textile waste – just like the current take-back scheme for electricals operating across the UK. An old clothing take-back initiative comes amid growing concerns about the sustainability of current practices in the textile recycling industry, as highlighted by the Textile Recycling Association (TRA).

Posted: 17 June 2024

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STABILO announces new partnership with ASDA

Leading European manufacturer of pens, pencils, and other writing instruments, STABILO, has announced a new partnership with ASDA to stock its range of high-quality stationery. This exciting development marks a significant milestone for STABILO as it expands its retail presence. Shoppers can now easily access STABILO's popular products from vibrant highlighters to precision pens, ensuring they have the perfect tools for school, office, and creative projects.

Posted: 13 June 2024

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BLE 2024 preps for 25th anniversary celebrations

Visitor registration has opened for Brand Licensing Europe 2024 as organisers ramp up celebrations for the show's 25th anniversary. European brand licensing professionals including retailers, manufacturers, brand owners, agents, service providers, marketers and designers are invited to secure their free pass to the three-day event now at . BLE is Europe's leading event for licensing, brand extension and collaborations and takes place slightly earlier this year from 24-26 September at ExCeL London.

Posted: 11 June 2024

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