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ExaClair extends its selection of Décopatch Halloween items

With Halloween creeping up quickly, Décopatch has launched some new additions to its ever popular range of papier mâché shapes in preparation for this seasonal celebration.The cauldron is just perfect for collecting treats or making a stunning Halloween decoration for the home. Complementing this are the 'cheeky' smiley faced squash and new pumpkin shapes, which can combine nicely with the existing range of Halloween shapes, that include ghosts, bats, spooky skulls, spiders and so much more.

Posted: 19 August 2021

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Dizzy & Creative embroidery kits and project books

Dizzy & Creative design and produce high-quality embroidery and sewing kits and project books. The company uses the highest quality fabrics and threads, and has step-by-step guides set out clearly for both left and right handed stitchers.The designs are crisp and contemporary and each kit represents a mini tutorial, catering for all levels of stitching experience. The company's aim is to inspire everyone to stitch! Dizzy & Creative are proudly manufactured in Devon. Here's a few of their exciting products...

Posted: 12 August 2021

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Spring Fair 2022 to take on four-day format

After extensive research, and collaboration with exhibitors, buyers and partners alike, Spring Fair organisers Hyve has announced that next year the show is to become a four-day event. The new show dates will run from Sunday 6th February – Wednesday 9th February, 2022 at The NEC in Birmingham, and will include the introduction of late-night openings until 7.30pm on the Sunday and Monday. The team will also introduce a new sourcing destination, expanding the marketplace even further.

Posted: 10 August 2021

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Celebrate World Calligraphy Day with Manuscript Pen Company

Leading calligraphy brand, Manuscript Pen Company, is encouraging people across the United Kingdom to put pen to paper this World Calligraphy Day (11th August 2021) and share their favourite words with others to spread joy and positivity. Founded by Manuscript Pen Company in 2017, World Calligraphy Day brings experts and novices across the world together to discuss, practice, learn and celebrate the art of calligraphy and creative lettering.Read on to hear about how you can contribute and join in via social media!

Posted: 10 August 2021

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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.

Posted: 5 August 2021

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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.

Posted: 2 August 2021

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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.

Posted: 30 July 2021

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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

Posted: 29 July 2021

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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...

Posted: 27 July 2021

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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.

Posted: 20 July 2021

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