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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...

Posted: 15 July 2021

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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.

Posted: 13 July 2021

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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.

Posted: 8 July 2021

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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.

Posted: 7 July 2021

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Hawthorn Handmade owner Finalist in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards

Stephanie Carswell, owner and Creative Director of Hawthorn Handmade, a craft kit design company based in Dorset, has been announced as a finalist for this year's Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Named as one of the South West finalists for 'Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year', Stephanie has outshone almost 5000 entries after her organically grown business had its best year ever in 2020.Now in their ninth year, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards have celebrated some incredible entrepreneurs over the years, including the likes of Julie Deane OBE of Cambridge Satchel Co.

Posted: 6 July 2021

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British IP Day 2021 Roundup from ACID

On British IP Day 2021 Anti Copying in Design (ACID), joined other members of the Alliance for Intellectual Property for British IP Day celebrations virtually, showcasing the multi-faceted contributions Intellectual Property (IP) makes to the UK. The UK's creative industries are a success story and as the UK begins to re-open post-lockdown, ACID reflected on the significant impact IP rich industries have on UK growth for a positive future that maximises this potential and recognises the successes of our creators.

Posted: 2 July 2021

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SBS winners announced!

Autumn Fair has partnered once again with Theo Paphitis' #SBS Small Business Sunday to bring back the #SBS Pavilion to Autumn Fair 2021 and is delighted to announce the six winners of this year's competition. The #SBS Pavilion is dedicated to showcasing new products from ambitious start-ups and small businesses.In partnership with #SBS Small Business Sunday, Autumn Fair run a competition to give the #SBS community a chance to compete for free exhibition stands at Autumn Fair

Posted: 30 June 2021

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National Stationery Week backed by industry giant Maped Helix

World renowned stationery company Maped Helix has been announced as a headline sponsor of National Stationery Week, which is taking place between the 1st and 7th of October. The Kingswinford based brand exports to over 65 countries and has been synonymous with both traditional and innovative stationery for more than 130 years. Competitions will be launched as part of Maped Helix's sponsorship of Get Crafty Day on 6th October, one of the awareness week's Seven Days of Stationery. Maped Creativ and Color'Peps prizes will be on offer, providing everything children need to get drawing, doodling, colouring and making.

Posted: 29 June 2021

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