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Buy less. Buy better. Buy handmade

With everyone feeling the squeeze this Christmas, Manchester's award winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) has joined forces with the Crafts Council and other leading UK craft organisations to launch a national Christmas shopping campaign, designed to support makers across the UK and encourage shoppers to BUY LESS, BUY BETTER, BUY HANDMADE. This initiative to promote thoughtful gifting has also received the backing of The Repair Shop's Jay Blades MBE and The Great Pottery Throwdown's Keith Brymer-Jones.

Posted: 1 December 2022

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A focus on craft at G&L

Working with The Gift of the Year Awards (organised by the Giftware Association) www.giftoftheyear.co.uk, The British Craft Directory (www.britishcraftdirectory.co.uk) and Small Business Collaborative (www.smallbusinesscollaborative.co.uk/), the show welcomes crafting for the first time. Local makers will bring their crafts and skills to life at the show with an area dedicated to showcasing up and coming designers and makers with a focus on craft. The Giftware Association will facilitate training with Therese Ørtenblad of Small Business Collaborative, so that participants gain the most benefit from taking part.

Posted: 29 November 2022

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Small businesses shouldn't feel pressured to take part in Black Friday

Small businesses should not feel pressured into taking part in Black Friday this year, says Lee Murphy, a small business finance expert at The Accountancy Partnership Lee Murphy said: "Many business owners are already struggling with the current economic climate, so offering big discounts when margins are already being squeezed could be more costly in the long run. Before deciding on any deals and discounts, businesses should review their cash flow, and consider the cost of processing a larger number of orders at one time.

Posted: 24 November 2022

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Speakers confirmed for CHSI Stitches 2023

Speakers have started to be confirmed for CHSI Stitches 2023. Speakers making the line up so far include Safia Minney, MBE, internationally recognised founder of sustainable fashion brand, People Tree; and Andrew Davis, award-winning digital expert who has worked with some of the UK's biggest brands. The key annual trade event is now open for registration and attracts around 6,000 craft buyers looking for the latest products, new ideas and innovative suppliers. It brings together the creative craft industry for two days of education, networking, procurement and business opportunities.

Posted: 22 November 2022

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Crystal Art Buddies now available

Named Best Licensed Toy, Best Collectible Toy and Best Creative Toy at the BlogOn Toy Awards 2022, Craft Buddy's latest collectible toy range, Crystal Art Buddies have finally launched this month. Available online and also at major nationwide retailers including Hobbycraft, B&M, Forbidden Planet and ToyTown, the first series of Crystal Art Buddies ('Buddies') features 25 of your favourite characters from the Disney, Disney Princesses, Star Wars, Marvel and LOL Surprise! universes. Suitable for kids over aged 6, the Buddies are perfect gifts and stocking fillers for the festive season.

Posted: 17 November 2022

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Metallic Elephant turns 15!

Metallic Elephant turns 15 this year and it's testimony to the brand that, in 2022 have had record machine sales, their best since trading began in 2007. Metallic Elephant continues to deliver excellence in engineering with 'ease of use' being a priority for the hot foil press market where personalisation has seen exponential growth. With five models currently in their stable the company serves a global base of clients including many luxurious and leading brands.

Posted: 15 November 2022

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Big Colour Co new eco-friendly arts & craft ranges

Big Colour Co. is renowned for inspiring young artists both at home and in the classroom thanks to its extensive range of high-quality ready mixed paints that are manufactured in the UK. The brand is constantly innovating and evolving to suit the needs of its customer base and therefore, Brian Clegg, the company behind the Big Colour Co brand, has dedicated much of its recent product development to creating an eco-friendly paint range that's not only sustainable but that also matches the quality of Big Colour Co paints

Posted: 10 November 2022

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Artstat's new mailers

Artstat's new mailers are available now. Simply login for hundreds of seasonal promotions to suit any retailer with an artistic or creative element to their business. Artstat is based in Manchester, conveniently sited to provide rapid nationwide distribution. Established in 1978, it has many years of experience supplying a vast range of top quality art and craft products to our wide base of trade customers. The company services independent retailers, department stores, museums, galleries and tourist attractions.

Posted: 8 November 2022

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WTTB expands merchandise range

One of the UK's leading online print platforms is expanding its offering – which is great news for its customers wanting to grow their businesses. WTTB has added to its already extensive range of products with a whole host of new merchandise, all of which can be personalised. And that should be of huge benefit to reseller customers as well as businesses which want to create bespoke corporate gifts. Along with acrylic blocks – suitable for awards – WTTB has a number of different kind of mugs, mouse mats, coasters, canvas prints and photo blocks which can all be personalised. This range has now been extended to include aprons, snow globes, card packs, phone cases and bespoke journals.

Posted: 3 November 2022

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ExaClair's Scrap-addict!

ExaClair Limited, the UK subsidiary of the Exacompta Clairefontaine Group, has recently added a 'Scrap-Addict' kit to complement its premium quality collections of photo albums. Scrap-Addict is a complete scrapbooking kit and allows the user to create their own memories by expressing their creativity using the components included. To help with decorating pages two stencils are included, one featuring geometric and floral shapes and the other magical children's patterns. The black spiral album contains 70 pages to fill!

Posted: 1 November 2022

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