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Sara Davies celebrates 16th birthday of Crafter’s Companion

Sara Davies' company, Crafter's Companion, is celebrating 16 years in business. To commemorate its Sweet 16th Birthday, the craft business has planned a series of special celebrations and giveaways on its digital platform, Crafter's TV, in addition to its social channels and UK, EU and US websites. From October 11th, the company is offering exclusive offers, new products and special birthday treats for customers who place an order.The craft business sells its products online, through independent retailers and its own retail stores, on TV shopping channels across the world and through the company's digital channel, Crafter's TV.

Posted: 12 October 2021

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Caran d’Ache Graphite Line

Caran d'Ache is a Swiss manufacturing company of art materials and writing instruments. The company, which was established in 1915, produces a wide range of products including coloured pencils, graphite pencils, pastels, fountain pens, ballpoint pens, mechanical pencils, markers, gouache paints, and ink cartridges. The Swiss-made Caran d'Ache Graphite Line gives artists the chance to compose their own graphite range and explore all the shades of black by exploring the wide and regular ranges of graduation.

Posted: 11 October 2021

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BlueFinity launches Evoke‘s new advanced 360° virtual tour facility

BlueFinity has released the latest of its enhancements to the Evoke low-code app development platform so that it now includes an integrated and adaptable 360° virtual tour capability. This multi-purpose feature allows for the searching, browsing and inspection of any store, venue, property or utility through an integrated part of an app, giving customers a complete virtual and immersive experience.Late in 2020 BlueFinity announced its e-commerce package, which has provided Evoke customers with the ability to incorporate a sophisticated retail environment in the apps they create using Evoke's low-code.

Posted: 11 October 2021

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Get crafty with Cats Protection

Cats Protection is releasing 5000 exclusive needle felting kits to create festive cat baubles. Designed by craft experts The Makerss, the kits contain all you need and can be colour matched to your own cat.Everyone who purchases a kit will be invited to a virtual craftalong on Facebook at 10am on Saturday 27th November, where they will be guided through creating a beautiful felted bauble by an expert from The Makerss. The kits cost £20 with £10 going towards Cats Protection's work to help the UK's in-need cats and kittens. For example, £10 could de-flea and de-worm a stray cat brought into the charity's care, or provide an abandoned cat with a warm and cosy bed while they wait to be rehomed.

Posted: 7 October 2021

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Worldline partners with Livescale to boost the global adoption of ‘live shopping’ and ‘in-video checkout’

Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry, has announced a partnership with Livescale, a pioneering force in the adoption of live shopping. Live shopping, a trend in which retailers, influencers, or celebrities promote and discuss products and services with shoppers via livestreaming video, is proving to be one of the fastest growing phenomena in ecommerce today. Together Worldline and Livescale will offer an embedded commerce solution with seamless in-video checkout capabilities across social media and websites, which will support 150 online payment methods so shoppers can pay as they like.

Posted: 6 October 2021

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New stationery brand Violet Studio debuts at London Stationery Show

Fashion-forward lifestyle brand Violet Studio will be making its debut at this year's London Stationery Show. Combining hand-drawn illustrations with a colourful and on-trend palette, Violet Studio offers chic and approachable stationery collections that aim to inspire creativity in craft and stationery lovers. International craft company, CCGlobal will be showcasing this exciting new stationery brand at the London Stationery Show from Tuesday, 5th to Wednesday, 6th October. They will be shining the spotlight on Violet Studio's brand new ranges, Pastel Crush, Rainbow Blooms, Back to School and more!

Posted: 4 October 2021

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Pentel launches new plastic-free packaging

Pentel is replacing all its key blister cards with a range of plastic-free packaging made from 100 per cent recyclable cardboard.The new hanging packs combine high impact appearance, with excellent product visibility and are the result of extensive planning and research. Pentel Marketing Manager Wendy Vickery explained, "Moving away from conventional blister cards, with their single-use plastic, is the right thing to do for the environment, but it's not without its challenges. The obvious benefit of the plastic bubble is that it affords full product visibility to the consumer, which is a real advantage in those precious few seconds at the point of sale."

Posted: 30 September 2021

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Captain Sir Tom Moore inspires donation of £60,000 by Bachmann Europe

On Thursday 9th September 2021, Bachmann Europe visited the GB Railfreight/EMD Roberts Road Rail Maintenance Depot in Doncaster where Class 66 No. 66731 'Capt. Tom Moore' was in residence. Earlier this year the Bachmann Collectors Club released its Pride of Britain Train Pack, celebrating the astonishing fundraising achievements of Captain Sir Tom Moore and honouring the outstanding efforts of the NHS and all key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. During the visit Bachmann presented a cheque for £60,000 which will be donated to NHS Charities Together, and a presentation was conducted by Keith Thomas, Financial Controller for Bachmann Europe Plc and Paul Matthews, Head of Locomotives for GB Railfreight.

Posted: 28 September 2021

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£500,000 of training funding made available to retrain in international trade

The Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT) has announced that it's making £500,000 of funding available to help workers who have been furloughed, made redundant or become unemployed. In recognition of the end of the furlough scheme, the IOE&IT has developed a new 'Step into International Trade' training programme. International trade is integral to the UK's economy and making sure that it continues to flourish will be a hugely important part of the country's recovery from the pandemic. At the same time, since the end of the Brexit transition period, the UK is also undergoing the most significant set of revisions to its trade policy for half a century. That means that there is a need for more skilled people to work in international trade.

Posted: 23 September 2021

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The colourful, independent alternative to Black Friday

Celebrate independent shops, artists, makers & small businesses with Just a Card - Indie Week 22nd-26th November, 2021. Now in its fifth year, Just A Card - Indie Week encourages people to support, value, and buy from independents during the crucial Christmas retail period. Given the circumstances of the past year, championing independents this Christmas is more vital than ever!An antidote to the fast-purchase culture of Black Friday, Just A Card - Indie Week welcomes everyone to celebrate their own businesses as well as those they love, to showcase their communities, and to tell their own stories both on and offline. The week will include the ever-popular five-day Instagram challenge which has previously featured across the BBC and beyond, and saw more than 55,000 people taking part.

Posted: 21 September 2021

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