Industry news from Craft Focus magazine

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Crafter’s Companion appoints new CEO

Crafter's Companion has appointed Mark Allsop as its new CEO to support its dynamic growth strategy. Prior to joining the global craft retailer, which was founded by businesswoman Sara Davies in 2005, Mark was COO and CDO at Currys plc. Here, he was responsible for developing and leading the business' omnichannel, data and technology strategy across both physical and digital retail.

Posted: 11 July 2023

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NSW exceeds all expectations with new direction

This year's National Stationery Week saw more than 150 retailers and suppliers take part in what some call the biggest marketing campaign in the stationery industry calendar. Taking place between 15th to 21st May 2023, National Stationery Week was backed by world renowned brands including Maped Helix, Pentel, Snopake, edding, Zebra Pens and Staedtler, as well as Jakar International, Esterbrook, Kaweko, and Sinclairs.

Posted: 6 July 2023

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Pentel announces #LovePentelPen winners

Pentel is delighted to announce the winners of its #LovePentelPens competition, in which end-users receiving special Pentel sample packs were encouraged to vote for their favourite independent retail stationer. Online stationery shop Under the Rowan Trees secured the highest number of votes, while Oswestry-based Meraki Colour came second. Pentel co-ordinated the #LovePentelPens activity to complement its sponsorship of a day during this year's National Stationery Week.

Posted: 4 July 2023

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CraftCover’s new insurance policy

CraftCover insurance brokers have designed a policy created specifically for the UK Craft Industry. The company's bespoke insurance product is made for independent crafters, by a small independent company. CraftCover has just launched a brand-new policy that has been highly requested by a lot of newer and/ or part time crafters, and that's the 'one-off craft insurance policy'. Read on to find out more...

Posted: 29 June 2023

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Increasing applications create tipping point in £8 billion UK gift card sector

When adults in the UK receive a gift card it is now more likely not to be a gift, with alternative uses for the versatile product outstripping gifting for the first time according to research from the Gift Card and Voucher Association (GCVA).

The study of 2,000 UK adults, commissioned for the association's 'What's in a Name' whitepaper (supported by KPMG and sponsored by Tillo), found that 54.1% of UK adults (equivalent to 28.8 million people) received at least one gift card in the last year.

Just under a quarter of the population (24.84%) received at least one as a gift from family or friends.

However, 29.26% received gift cards solely for non-gifting reasons.

Posted: 28 June 2023

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Fan art like a pro with Crafter's Companion!

Crafter's Companion is proud to announce its entry into entertainment licensing. The arts and crafts specialist has signed a multi year deal with Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products (WBDGCP) covering EMEA, North America and LATAM for Harry Potter and DC 'Fan Art Like A Pro' sets that will launch under its premium Spectrum Noir art brand in Q4 2023. We can't wait!

Posted: 27 June 2023

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Search Press inspires Barbie fans

Leading publisher of practical craft and art books, Search Press, continues to ignite the imagination of sewists and Barbie enthusiasts. Sewing Clothes for Barbie and Barbie Boutique, both by author Annabel Benilan, will inspire fans to create gorgeous costumes for their dolls, just in time for the release of the new film, starring Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken,.

Posted: 22 June 2023

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Metallic Elephant's sister website

New for 2023, Metallic Elephant has launched its sister website Foils-online to help unleash your creativity! This e-commerce platform offers an incredible variety of foils, each with its own special qualities that will make your prints & designs pop. Whether you're looking for metallics, holographic, pigment or matte foils, you can find it all. Start shopping today and see what possibilities await you with Foils-online.

Posted: 20 June 2023

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