Industry news from Craft Focus magazine

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Gemporia Craft Welcomes Sizzix to the HobbyMaker Family

Gemporia Craft, a leading name in the crafting industry, is thrilled to announce the newest addition to its family – Sizzix. This exciting collaboration marks a significant milestone for Gemporia Craft and brings together two powerhouse brands in the crafting world. Gemporia Craft is a leading provider of high-quality crafting materials and tools, committed to inspiring and supporting the global crafting community.

Posted: 4 January 2024

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The Little Black Book has launched

Spring Fair, the UK's diverse, and trend led marketplace for Home, Gift, Fashion, and Everyday, has launched this season's The Little Black Book – the buyer's go-to guide for the show taking place from 4th – 7th February 2024 at NEC Birmingham. Digital copies of The Little Black Book will also be sent to everyone who registers. To register for Spring Fair and be in with a chance of receiving a free copy of The Little Black Book visit the website: https://www.springfair.com/visitor-registration

Posted: 2 January 2024

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STABILO wins Silver in German Sustainability Awards 2023

Demonstrating its dedication to sustainability, STABILO has achieved recognition by securing a coveted silver medal in the 2023 German Sustainability Awards. The award is an important recognition of STABILO's intensive sustainability efforts for the environment, society, and the company. At the recent awards ceremony, STABILO secured the second position in the Office Supplies and Promotional Items category, competing among 10 nominees.

Posted: 26 December 2023

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Industry veteran Alison Graham joins Clarion Retail

Clarion Retail has announced the appointment of Alison Graham, who will spearhead the commercial team on flagship tradeshow Home & Gift.

Graham joins Clarion having spent more than two decades working at Spring and Autumn Fair and more recently on logistics event, Deliver, and brings a wealth of experience and contacts to the role.

Clarion Retail Show Manager David Westbrooke said: "I'm thrilled to welcome Alison to the team – having worked with her previously, I know without doubt that she is the perfect person to help drive our portfolio forward; her impressive event experience combined with strong relationships across the retail industry reinforces our campaign to deliver the best possible customer experience."

Posted: 21 December 2023

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ACID welcomes new COO

Anti Copying in Design (ACID) is delighted to announce the appointment of Laura Newbold Breen as Chief Operating Officer. Laura began her new role on 4th December 2023. Having previously been Head of Legal for Magmatic Ltd, which owned the Trunki brand prior to its successful transition to new ownership earlier this year, Laura brings a wealth of relevant experience through her incredible journey on the inside track of a company which, despite its incredible success, had to battle many copycat storms along the way. What better experience could she bring to ACID than being at the coal face of what many in the UK face.

Posted: 19 December 2023

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Spring Fair and Autumn Fair strengthen leadership team with new appointments

Hyve Group has announced the appointment of two new leaders to the team, Jackson Szabo as Portfolio Director for Spring Fair and Autumn Fair and Soraya Gadelrab as the new Event Director for Spring Fair and Autumn Fair.

The two senior appointments to the team will strengthen the leadership team for Retail's definitive wholesale shopping destinations, shaping the future of the industry.

Nicola Meadows, Divisional Managing Director for the Retail, Manufacturing and Engineering Division says: "We're thrilled to introduce our two new leaders Jackson Szabo and Soraya Gadelrab who are joining our team. Their fresh perspectives and wealth of experience will undoubtedly invigorate our sector. Bringing together years of experience with a track record of innovation and success, these talented individuals will propel the team forward."

Posted: 14 December 2023

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Sustainability centre stage at Paperworld Middle East

Sustainability takes centre stage at Paperworld Middle East and Gifts and Lifestyle Middle East trade fair. Green initiatives are high on the agenda at Paperworld Middle East and Gifts and Lifestyle Middle East, which took place in November at Dubai World Trade Centre. From fascinating panel debates around sustainability at the event's discussion platform, The Hub Forum, to Project Sustainability, a showcase of the most noteworthy eco products from across the exhibition, environmental awareness was at the forefront of the co-located events.

Posted: 14 December 2023

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CHSI Stitches 2024: Speakers confirmed

Speakers have been confirmed for CHSI Stitches 2024. Making the line up at the industry trade show is James Gold, successful entrepreneur and businessman who has taken the fashion world by storm with his brand Skinnydip and Helena Langdon who has held many important roles such as Head of Online Content at the RSPB charity and former Head of Digital and Communities at Innocent.

Posted: 12 December 2023

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Top Drawer unveils new Spotlight Awards for Spring/Summer 2024 show

Top Drawer has announced the launch of the inaugural Spotlight Awards at the Spring/Summer 2024 edition of the show. Top Drawer will be returning to Olympia London from the 14-16th January with 600 hand-picked contemporary brands presenting their new collections to over 10,000 retailers, and the new Spotlight Awards will recognise best in class products from across all sections of the event. A distinguished judging panel made up of industry experts including retailers, designers, and members of the Top Drawer team will select the winners for each category, with the results being announced at the show on Sunday 14th January.

Posted: 8 December 2023

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Feeling peachy with Pantone's Colour of the Year 2024 announcement

Pantone, the global color authority and provider of professional color language standards and digital solutions for the design community, today introduced PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz, a velvety gentle peach whose all-embracing spirit enriches mind, body, and soul as the Pantone Color of the Year selection for 2024. At a time of turmoil in many aspects of our lives, our need for nurturing, empathy and compassion grows ever stronger as does our imaginings of a more peaceful future. A warm and cozy shade highlighting our desire for togetherness with others and the feeling of sanctuary this creates, PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz presents a fresh approach to a new softness. Subtly sensual, PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz is a heartfelt peach hue bringing a feeling of tenderness communicating a message of caring and sharing, community and collaboration.

Posted: 7 December 2023

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