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h+h cologne 2022 impresses

h+h cologne 2022 closed on Sunday with a convincing result. Around 4,500 visitors from 49 countries led to thoroughly satisfied faces at the exhibition stands. 'Back to the Future' was the motto on the central event zone of the trade fair and couldn't have been chosen more appropriately. The relief and joy at being able to engage in an exchange, discuss the current trends and being able to touch and feel materials after a compulsory break of two years triggered off an equally positive mood among both the exhibitors and the trade audience. The success of h+h cologne was rounded off by a high order intake.

Posted: 22 March 2022

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The Giftware Association donates funds to DEC Ukraine Appeal

Alongside association partners in the British Allied Trades Federation, The Giftware Association has donated £5000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee's (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal to help provide much-needed food and supplies for those fleeing the conflict. While hope continues for a peaceful resolution, millions of Ukrainian refugees require immediate support, donations to the fund will be used to provide urgent supplies where they are needed most. The UK Government has pledged to fund match donations to DEC up to a total of £20 million, meaning contributions are automatically doubled. The Giftware Association encourage and support member companies to contribute to this vital appeal in any way they can.

Posted: 17 March 2022

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New consumer-facing event in Harrogate

The owners of the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF), Kerrison Exhibitions, have partnered with Handmade in Britain to launch a premium and contemporary British craft and design fair in Harrogate. With highly regarded Handmade in Britain events already established in Chelsea, Oxford and Kew Gardens, the Yorkshire location offers discerning shoppers in the region a new opportunity to discover exceptional and inspiring British handmade products for their home, garden and as gifts to give this Christmas.

Posted: 15 March 2022

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Enter the Stationery Matters Awards

There's only one week left to enter the Stationery Matters Awards! Enter now!

Entering the Stationery Matters Awards puts products in front of the best buyers in the industry, giving them the recognition they deserve. Each year these awards honour and applaud the finest achievements in the stationery sector and shine a light on the hero products of tomorrow. Brands that enter the awards will receive huge benefits, such as valuable business exposure, excellent marketing materials and increased customer loyalty.

Posted: 10 March 2022

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New papercraft expert joins Crafter’s TV

Papercraft expert, Corrine Robinson is joining live crafting channel, Crafter's TV. Corrine is the latest craft expert to become part of the digital channel dedicated to crafting and run by Crafter's Companion. She will demonstrate craft techniques and inspiring makes live on air alongside the existing Crafter's TV team including Sara Davies and Leann Chivers. With over 20 years of crafting experience under her belt, Corrine comes to the channel after six years with the Tattered Lace brand. A dedicated papercrafter she has been crafting since 2001 and specialises in cardmaking.

Posted: 8 March 2022

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Painting Competition for the Hahnemühle Calendar 2022

The Hahnemühle calendar painting competition 2023 is open! This year's theme is: Colours of the Earth. The beauty of the earth in its breathtaking blaze of colours offers a variety of motifs: whether this is the orange glowing deserts, the bright red protruding Uluru Rock, the Canadian Indian Summer, or the ocean with its numerous shades of blue. Plants in their varied colours and habitats, but also bright spices, colourful traditional costumes, and the deep, dark, starry night, they all stand for the Colours of the Earth. Plus so much more. Every country, every region has an immense wealth of colours. Show Hahnemühle your colours of the earth!

Posted: 3 March 2022

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Cats Protection and Paraffle Embroidery announce interactive craft-along!

Craft for Cats and Paraffle Embroidery join forces for a live, online craft workshop on 2nd April, with an exclusive new design and proceeds donated to Cats Protection. The craft-along event on 2nd April, 2022 is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced crafters, and is hosted by Sammy Bishop, the founder of Paraffle Embroidery. Embroidery kits for the craft-along event cost £20, with £10 from each kit going directly to Cats Protection to support their work for cats in need.

Posted: 1 March 2022

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Crafter's Companion partners with HobbyMaker

Crafter's Companion is celebrating a new partnership with the latest shopping channel for craft, HobbyMaker.

The new partnership will be supported by a series of shows beginning 2nd March, featuring Crafter's Companion's popular craft experts including Sara Davies, Leann Chivers, Debbie Fisher, Debby Robinson, Jan Brown and Craig Laird alongside HobbyMaker's team of presenters.Each programme will feature exciting demonstrations showcasing innovative launches from the company's much-loved brands including Gemini, Spectrum Noir, Crafter's Companion, Violet Studio and more.

Posted: 24 February 2022

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New Lego Stationery to be distributed by Manuscript Brands

Manuscript Brands has been selected as the Exclusive UK Distributor of a new range of exciting Lego Stationery products – adding a global brand to a carefully selected existing product portfolio.

Lego 2.0 is the new generation of Lego stationery that features everything you would expect from the iconic brand including its hallmark brick-based technology. With Lego's universal appeal, Lego 2.0 has been cleverly branded without a specific theme, expanding its popularity to a wide variety of age groups.

Posted: 22 February 2022

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BCTF will return live and direct in Harrogate

The owner of British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF), Kerrison Exhibitions, is thrilled to confirm a return to the physical exhibition this April following a two-year hiatus. The much-loved show will take place from 10th-12th April at its usual venue of the Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC) in beautiful Harrogate.

Having run for more than 45 years, BCTF is a very special event in the trade exhibition calendar in its focus on purely handmade British goods. From exquisite hand-wrought jewellery and spectacular works of fine art; to the best of British-made ceramics, woodwork, metalwork, paper products, textiles and more, BCTF is proud to fly the flag for British artisans.

Posted: 17 February 2022

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