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Sustainability Matters at LSS

Sustainability has been a growing trend and key focus in the stationery industry over recent years and has sparked an increase in innovative eco-friendly products from notebooks to gift-wrap. London Stationery Show chose to highlight this important issue with a brand-new Sustainability Matters feature taking centre stage at the event. As the largest UK trade event dedicated to the paper and writing instruments industry, it was important for the show to emphasise the alternative tools people can use in their everyday lives to affect positive change for the planet.

Posted: 1 July 2022

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The GA and CIA merge

The Giftware Association is pleased to announce that as of 22nd June it's taken over the operational, management and memberships activities of the Creative Industry Association. Both associations have huge synergies with their respective industries which will benefit the members of both associations with newly added skill and resource. This means the Creative Industry Association, and of course its members, are now part of a much larger organisation, which will help secure the associations future, with greater resources, greater support, and opportunities for all members and vice versa.

Posted: 28 June 2022

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Putting your best foot forward

In the growing world of personalisation, TheMagicTouch has again created another great opportunity for customers to benefit from the massive potential of personalised shoes and footwear. This original and easy method to personalise and decorate all kinds of shoes and footwear is using the cmpany's new DTF transfer and toner-based processes. The finished transfer is vibrant and more importantly durable. The advantages of the DTF transfer technology include no cutting, no weeding, and no pre-treatment. Plus full colour digital transfers at a low cost.

Posted: 23 June 2022

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UK Hand Knitting welcomes new member

UK Hand Knitting is delighted to welcome Cygnet Yarns, as a brand new member to the not for profit organisation, which supports and promotes yarn shops nationwide. Formed in 2004 by Katie Stephenson and Karen Hargreaves, Cygnet Yarns is an award winning, yet relatively new brand on the hand knitting scene which offers a huge range; from value yarns to pure wool and cotton yarns, Cygnet's products are very popular with both knitters and crocheters alike.

Posted: 21 June 2022

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David & Charles bring you... Exisle Publishing!

David and Charles will distribute Exisle Publishing books (Exisle), including imprints EK Books and Little Pink Dog Books, in a new agreement to begin in July 2022. The David and Charles in house team will oversee sales and marketing, with books being distributed through GBS. The list is being distributed on an exclusive basis in the UK and non-exclusively in export territories. The Exisle list features titles in mind, body, spirit and health and wellness categories alongside children's books under the EK Books imprint. The award-winning children's list has a particular focus on the communication and understanding of complex issues.

Posted: 16 June 2022

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ExaClair launches new Exacompta pencil cases

Following the success of their Exacompta pencil cases, which were introduced last year. ExaClair Limited, the UK subsidiary of the Exacompta-Clairefontaine Group, has expanded the range by adding a new selection of items to give customers greater choice. The versatile Teksto pencil case can be used in the traditional manner for carrying essentials or, with its innovative design, it can be easily converted to a pen pot that stands on a desk for easy access to the contents. Made from rPET (recycled plastic water bottles) with a recycled polyester lining that resists ink and dirt, this Global Recycle Standard (GRS) certified item is available in two colours; turquoise and water green, to match the Teksto filing and desktop items.

Posted: 14 June 2022

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Corinne Lapierre ramps up presence in Australia

After over a year of rapid expansion across the US market, from Hawaii to Alaska, Yorkshire-based Corinne Lapierre is ramping up its presence in Australia and Tasmania.

Business Manager Olivia Neligan says, "We know we have many very happy online customers in Australasia so we're thrilled that they may now also be able to find our kits in their local independents."

The company has established that there is a strong global demand for superb quality and design-led craft products and the Made in Britain label is a further boost to the reputation and appeal of the brand in foreign markets.

Posted: 10 June 2022

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The finishing touch!

Jo Insull, Sales Director at Ribbon Writer talks to Craft Focus about their exciting new machine, the Ribbon Writer The Enterprise Elite, launched for light commercial useage. The company is based in the heart of the country in the West Midlands just off the M5 in Bromsgrove. They're specialists in all forms of ribbon printing for a wide range of customers, such as crafters, party suppliers, gift and craft shops, garden centres, sweet shops and florists - the list is almost endless!

Posted: 9 June 2022

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Rex London launches new products for summer

Help your customers to refresh their homes without breaking the bank, with bright, practical and eco-friendly accessories from Rex London.

This year promises to be big on colour, with our kitchens enjoying bold, vintage-inspired pops of colour against rich and earthy blues and greens. Rex London's stylish storage tins are ideal for organising utensils on open shelving, another big trend for kitchens in 2022.

New ranges in the kitchen collection this season include recycled cotton aprons (which are sold in fully recyclable cardboard tubes), food containers and salt & pepper tins, all carrying Rex London's unique, retro-style designs.

Posted: 8 June 2022

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UK sewing franchise upsizes with new premises & retail space

Sew Confident, the UK's only sewing tuition franchise, is celebrating 10 years in business as they expand into a brand new studio and retail space four times the size of their previous site. The 360 sqft site on Great Western Road, Glasgow, will double the amount of classes on offer at the franchise headquarters, now with locations in Dundee and Chorley, while creating several new jobs including a shop manager as a retail offering is introduced.

Posted: 7 June 2022

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