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Crafter’s Companion partners with QVC

Global craft business, Crafter's Companion, is announcing a brand new partnership with video commerce retailer, QVC UK. As well as launching online via the website www.qvcuk.com, Crafter's Companion's first live QVC show will be a Christmas crafting special on 9th August, 2022. The tv show, which will be hosted by QVC presenter Alex Kramer alongside Crafter's Companion founder Sara Davies, will feature exciting new Christmas-themed launches, mystery crafting bundles and core crafting products from the brand.

Posted: 28 July 2022

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New h+h americas dates set for 2023

After concluding a very successful premiere of h+h americas last month with 2,000 attendees and 198 exhibitors, Koelnmesse Inc. has announced the show dates for their follow-up event next year are set for June 21st - 23rd, 2023 (Wednesday to Friday) at the Donald E. Stephens Convention & Conference Centre in Rosemont. Koelnmess will extend the show from 2.5 to three full days, weekdays only. This change is based on survey results of exhibitors and buyers asking for additional time on the show floor.

Posted: 26 July 2022

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Wake up with Ben Murray

Craft TV Presenter Ben Murray is the latest addition to the ever expanding HobbyMaker family joining their popular morning show 'Wake Up with HobbyMaker'. Having already worked with favourite brands Be Creative, Hunkydory & Crafter's Companion; the ever popular craft name founded by Dragons Den and Strictly star Sara Davies MBE, Ben is sure to be popular with viewers of the new channel. You can catch up with Ben weekday mornings from 6am for lots of crafty chat with fab guests, your favourite brands and brilliant demo's... Just be sure to set your alarm and get the kettle on in time for your crafty brew!

Posted: 21 July 2022

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New Christmas florist crepe paper kit from Clairefontaine

ExaClair Limited has announced the addition of a Christmas Decoration Kit to the popular florist crepe paper creative kits from Clairefontaine. This new kit gives users the opportunity to create a beautiful hanging decoration for the festive season featuring red poinsettias, which can be a particular Christmas favourite. Everything needed is in the box, including step-by-step instructions, four 25cm wooden sticks to create the frame, four thick board templates for creating perfect petals and leaves, five assorted sheets of florist crepe paper, wires, gold glitter and a burlap bow to complete the rustic look.

Posted: 19 July 2022

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Award-winning craft show comes to Farnborough

For the first time, the award-winning Creative Craft Show will be arriving at Farnborough International from 2nd to 4th September, 2022 bringing exciting workshops, impressive features and fascinating demonstrations from industry leaders plus more than 100 expert exhibitors ready to assist and advise visitors. An ultimate weekend for hobbyists and crafters, the Creative Craft Show will welcome in the autumn season with cosy displays and festive features from local artists and organisations with the theme of harvest.

Posted: 14 July 2022

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Get Christmas gift ready with Trotec laser

As businesses are preparing for their busiest time of the year, many are thinking of ways to minimise stress levels to improve focus on productivity and profit. Businesses can shop thousands of engraving materials and supplies with next day delivery and the support of Trotec's friendly and knowledgeable team. Trotec is a world leader in the field of laser technology and sets new standards. As part of the Trodat-Trotec Company Group, the European leader in innovation develops, manufactures, and markets laser system solutions and laser equipment for marking, cutting and engraving a wide range of materials and substances.

Posted: 12 July 2022

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ACID celebrates British IP Day with launch of new ACID IP Charter and new website

ACID, the UK's membership and campaigning organisation for design and IP, marks this year's British IP Day celebrations with the launch of its new ACID IP Charter.

Browse ACID's new look website at www.acid.uk.com

First mooted by ACID and established in 2016 by the Alliance for Intellectual Property, British IP Day is an annual celebration of the role that intellectual property plays in the cultural standing and economic success of the United Kingdom, underpinning innovation and creative excellence.

Posted: 7 July 2022

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Curious Universe celebrates inclusion in The Sunday Times 100

The prestigious annual ranking of Britain's fastest-growing private companies produced by The Sunday Times has listed Arts, Crafts & Toy company, Curious Universe, as a business which has earned recognition for its significant achievements and growth over the last few years. The Bath-based company is renowned for creating high quality and innovative products for curious minds around the world. With ranges spanning multiple industry sectors including Arts & Crafts, Books, Stationery, Toys & Jigsaws plus an established Sustainability program in place, the foundations of their growth are underpinned by their E.P.I.C company ethos: Explore.Play.Imagine.Create.

Posted: 7 July 2022

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Craft Your Christmas with Sara Davies

Sara Davies, Queen of Crafting, is launching her debut UK tour bringing every possible tip and solution to create the perfectly styled Christmas. 'Craft Your Christmas with Sara Davies' begins in Reading on 19th November and then tours the country, finishing in Edinburgh on 11th December. Tickets went on sale on Tuesday 28th June at 10am from Sara-Davies.com

An estimated two in three women take part in some craft hobby, making it one of the fastest growing trends of recent times. From gifts to garlands, cards to crackers, wrapping paper to mantlepiece decorations, Sara will show audiences how to craft their own Christmas with a range of practical demonstrations, lots of top tips and a healthy slice of her down-to-earth know how.

Posted: 5 July 2022

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Pentel appoints John Cotterell into sales team

Stationery brand Pentel has appointed industry veteran John Cotterell to manage its sales territory from Staffordshire to the Channel Islands, encompassing south and mid-Wales, south-west England and much of the M40 corridor.

John joins Pentel following the recent retirement of long-standing Pentel territory manager Sally Evans.

With over 40 years' experience John has extensive knowledge of the stationery industry and writing instruments in particular, gained through territory and national account manager roles with Stabilo, Esselte and, latterly, Pilot.

Posted: 4 July 2022

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