Industry news from Craft Focus magazine

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Frankfurt consumer goods fairs set international benchmark

Ambiente, Christmasworld and Creativeworld joined forces for the first time from February 3rd-4th to 7th, 2023, to inspire as the global hub for upcoming lifestyle trends. They reflect the increasing merging of lifestyles and focus on the top theme of sustainability. 4,561 exhibitors occupied the entire Frankfurt exhibition center on 352,950 gross square meters and impressed 154,000 retailers from all over the world with their innovations. Participants from more than 170 nations celebrated the personal encounter.

Posted: 13 February 2023

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Made in Britain appoints three new Non-Executive Board Directors

Made in Britain, the trade association representing close to 2,000 SME manufacturing businesses across the UK, has appointed three new Non-Executive Directors to its board, as it marks 10 years of growth: Warren Gell, Global Global Commercial Director, Dartington Crystal; Katy Moss, Managing Director, Trent Refractories; Henry Beaver, Chief Executive Officer, Beaver Bridges.

They join existing Made in Britain board members: Prof. Chris Harrop OBE, ESG Strategy Director, Marshalls plc (Chairman); Camilla Hadcock, Owner and Director, Roach Bridge Tissues; Peter Atmore, Head of Global Sales and Marketing, Fracino.

Posted: 10 February 2023

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And the Creative Impulse Award goes to...

Just about a month before the Oscars in Hollywood, Creativeworld honours the most innovative new products with the Oscar of the hobby, craft and artists' supplies sector. The Creative Impulse Award was presented today on the opening day of the leading international trade fair. The crowds at the ceremony were huge and the excitement about who will win an award in one of the five categories was palpable.

Posted: 9 February 2023

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Crafterama ready for a crafty 2023!

The hugely popular Stamperama paper craft events have been running for 25 years and last year it expanded to include all crafts at the Crafterama craft supplies retail events! This year we have plenty of dates for your diary whether you want to visit London in March, Lincoln in May or Kent in June - or you pay want to pay a visit to them all!

Posted: 8 February 2023

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ACID CEO Dids Macdonald OBE., wins the Enterprise Nation Legal Award 2022

ACID has announced CEO Dids Macdonald has won the legal category in the UK Enterprise Nation Awards 2022.

According to ACID: "It is a fantastic outcome for ACID and all designers as it further amplifies our combined voices for the importance of IP design law reform.

"Dids has worked tirelessly over the last 25 years to raise awareness for issues within the landscape of intellectual property (IP) and the design industry."

Posted: 7 February 2023

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Last chance to enter LaunchPad

The deadline for entering London Stationery Show's LaunchPad competition is fast approaching. This is a chance for industry newcomers to exhibit their products alongside the biggest names in stationery at the Business Design Centre from 16th-17th May. Six small business owners will each receive a free stand at London Stationery Show 2023 and 50 per cent off a stand at the 2024 show (including full marketing support). As a specialist trade show attracting the UK's biggest retailers and most influential buyers in the paper, arts and crafts, writing instruments, and greeting cards sectors, this is a fantastic opportunity for emerging brands to meet buyers with real purchasing power.

Posted: 6 February 2023

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CHSI Stitches and The GA collaborate

The Giftware Association is proud to announce it is working in collaboration with ICHF Events, the UK's leading organiser of CHSI Stitches and a portfolio of lifestyle and hobby events, following its takeover of The Creative Industries Association in 2022. The GA has been learning more about the industry and getting to know creative craft businesses and members at Craft Shows organised by ICHF. ICHF Events has welcomed the association to the craft industry and the collaboration will see both businesses embarking on future events and projects.

Posted: 2 February 2023

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Spring Fair reveals Retail Stage line-up

Spring Fair, the UK marketplace for wholesale Home, Gift and Fashion which returns to the NEC Birmingham NEC from 5th – 8th February 2023, has announced its Inspiring Retail Stage line-up. Featuring leading industry professionals and rising stars, the line-up features 40 speakers, sharing exclusive market intelligence, insights and valuable industry information all designed to provide buyers with the opportunity to increase their knowledge, understand critical market trends and themes, and connect with leaders in the field. Located in Hall 6, the Inspiring Retail Stage has a jam-packed programme with trend updates, e-commerce advice, sustainability guidance and business tips across the four days.

Posted: 31 January 2023

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Throwing out the knitting rulebook!

Europe's hippest textile genius throws the rulebook out the window with a knitting book like never before. Tired of dowdy knitting patterns? Bored of videos made by traditionalists with no sense of fun? Freaked out by complicated instructions that leave no room for mistakes? Do you want to learn to knit fur? How about some funky patterns for children's clothes that kids will love? Well, Lærke Bagger is here for you.

Posted: 26 January 2023

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National Stationery Week new partnership

Ocean Media Group has announced a collaboration with Sarah Laker, founder and owner of award-winning stationery and gift store, Stationery Supplies Marple and Wilmslow. Since its launch in 2011, National Stationery Week has celebrated stationery in all its forms and campaigned to get more consumers into shops by encouraging people to put pen to paper. This year, National Stationery Week takes place between the 15th-23rd May 2023.

Posted: 23 January 2023

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