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Craft Works – artisans on the rise during lockdown

Craft Works – artisans on the rise during lockdown

According to the BBC (9th May, 2020) more than one in 10 people in the UK has learnt something new during the lockdown. This is further enforced by a Guardian article the same week, that suggests 'Britain is in the thrall of a crafting revolution, the likes of which has not been seen since the Second World War." With 88 per cent of UK craft businesses being sole traders, the last 10 weeks have given many artisans and hobbyists the opportunity to try something new.... read more

Posted: 3 June 2020

Pinflair's 30 Years of Crafts

Pinflair's 30 Years of Crafts

Christine and Nigel Bell started Pinflair in June 1990 producing specialised polystyrene and beaded kits using pins, sequins, ribbons, braids, beads and polystyrene shapes. Firstly, selling direct to the public but it wasn't very long before there was an interest from craft shops around the UK.... read more

Posted: 1 June 2020

Retailer Ryman helps Children’s Charity During Covid-19 Pandemic

Retailer Ryman helps Children’s Charity During Covid-19 Pandemic

Starlight Children's Foundation is to provide a bolstered version of its current hospital service to help reduce anxiety for children isolated in hospital, thanks to support from Ryman and their suppliers. Despite the charity's expected £1.5 million drop in fundraising income, an estimated 50,000 children in hospital could be reached during the pandemic, by adding additional items from the retailer to the charity's 'Boost Bost' service.... read more

Posted: 29 May 2020

New Crystal Art Rainbow stickers to raise money for The Care Workers

New Crystal Art Rainbow stickers to raise money for The Care Workers

You can help to support those helping the nation's must vulnerable whilst enjoying one of the most on-trend craft activities of the moment by purchasing Craft Buddy's Crystal Art Rainbow Sticker kit! For every purchase of the sticker kit from www.crystalcardkit.com, Craft Buddy Ltd will donate £1 directly to The Care Workers Charity. After launching this initiative on Wednesday 6th May, they have already raised nearly £1500!... read more

Posted: 27 May 2020

Social media matters

Social media matters

Melissa Davin-Smith, founder of Creative Craft Supplies, discusses the impact of social media on her business and how the likes of Facebook and Instagram Stories have been key to the company's success... read more

Posted: 25 May 2020

TheMagicTouch: Behind the mask

TheMagicTouch: Behind the mask

The world now accepts the reality of wearing face masks and coverings will be part of our daily lives for the foreseeable future, and as expected the immediate demand for mask personalisation and design decoration has dramatically escalated over the past few weeks and will continue to do so for many years to come. Currently there appears to be a vast range of options, materials and styles together with various claims relating to specification and personal safety.... read more

Posted: 21 May 2020

Hobbycraft partners with 'How I See Tomorrow' - a new global project for children

Hobbycraft partners with 'How I See Tomorrow' - a new global project for children

Hobbycraft is delighted to be one of the first companies to sign up to support the launch of 'How I See Tomorrow", a global initiative that invites children across the world to share their thoughts on COVID-19 in a creative way. Whether it's a drawing, a painting, a photograph, or even a sculpture that tells the story, children across the globe are being invited to share their creations on https://www.howiseetomorrow.com/. These pieces of art could show how they're spending their time, what they've learnt and how they're interacting with loved ones.... read more

Posted: 19 May 2020

British Craft Trade Fair to run online event

British Craft Trade Fair to run online event

The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) has announced that it will run an online, interactive exhibition for designer-makers who are already signed up for this year's event.The online show will be open to registered and approved buyers from 14th-15th June, from 10am to 5pm via the BCTF website (www.bctf.co.uk), with this year's BCTF award-winners being announced on Monday 14th June 14 at 5pm.... read more

Posted: 18 May 2020

Wide-ranging services and package offers for exhibitors at Paperworld 2021

Wide-ranging services and package offers for exhibitors at Paperworld 2021

Paperworld (30 Jan - 2 Feb 2021) has prepared packages with additional services for (new) exhibitors. Whether for start-ups or manufacturers looking to reach new target groups - the trade fair for stationery, office supplies and writing materials in Frankfurt am Main offers a wide range of opportunities for participation.... read more

Posted: 14 May 2020

Sara Davies to Guest Host Virtual Crafternoon with Mind

Sara Davies to Guest Host Virtual Crafternoon with Mind

Craft business leader and Dragons' Den's Sara Davies MBE will be sharing her crafting expertise to guest host a one-off special virtual Crafternoon, to help raise vital funds for Mind, the mental health charity... read more

Posted: 11 May 2020

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