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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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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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