Industry news from Craft Focus magazine

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Introducing Faber Artisans

Faber is a UK based online marketplace to buy and sell artisanal goods. It connects independent craft businesses with shoppers seeking one of a kind, handmade treasures. Faber aspires toward a fairer, greener future for all, where artisans are at the forefront of changing the face of online commerce. Working alongside an ever growing community of talented vendors, the platform aims to provide a selling environment that nurtures heritage artistry, creativity, sustainability, and conscious business practices.

Posted: 18 October 2022

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Poppy's Christmas projects

Poppy and her team have created 10 colourfully quirky sewing projects for Christmas. The Christmas collection of sewing kits is the designer's second collection, building on the success of the first one which was launched this spring. The sewing projects are developed directly from Poppy's embroideries and they're a chance for people to make something useful and decorative without having to master embroidery first. They can be completed by hand but are also perfect for those starting out with their first sewing machine. You can find the company's products on Faire and they'll be back at the Top Drawer Trade show in spring exhibiting in the Craft section.

Posted: 13 October 2022

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Manuscript Brands shines a light on new LEGO stationery range

Following the overwhelming success of the LEGO Stationery 2.0 launch into the UK market in early 2022, Manuscript Brands, exclusive distributor for LEGO Stationery, Lights and Bag Tags in the UK, has once again been selected as the supply partner to expand the collection and roll out a new range into the British market. The existing range also features LEGO Dots products and bag tags with a host of iconic designs including Hot Dog as well as the classic brick design that has been popular for generations.

Posted: 11 October 2022

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Curious Universe award success

Now in their 10th year, the Bath Business Awards are sponsored by Reach PLC, BathLive and BusinessLive, in partnership with headline sponsor Truespeed. The awards recognise the importance of celebrating the positive accomplishments of all Bath-based businesses and acknowledge Bath as a great place to live, work and do business. They toast successes, celebrate achievements and highlight successful and innovative businesses doing great things across the region. Bath-based arts, crafts & toy company, Curious Universe, has been awarded the prestigious Bath Business Awards 2022 SME Business of The Year.

Posted: 6 October 2022

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All that Glitters discounted in October!

Until 31st October TroGlitter cast acrylic sheets are available at a 20 per cent discount, while glitter mugs and bottles are available with a staggering 35 per cent off. Glitter products continue to grow in popularity, and with the rush to get festive products to market underway there is no better time to stock up on supplies and materials. Perfect for all occasions from personal gifts to corporate presentations, drinking bottles and mugs have grown in popularity thanks to their reusability. Easy to personalise with a laser engraving machine, these insulated mugs keep warm drinks hot for up to four hours, while the drinking bottles keep them warm for up to 12, making them the perfect product to offer customers during the cold autumnal months.

Posted: 4 October 2022

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Carte Blanche Greetings partners with Bulldog Licensing

Carte Blanche Greetings, best known for the award-winning Me to You brand and its signature character Tatty Teddy and nursery property, Tiny Tatty Teddy, has announced a partnership with Bulldog Licensing, one of the licensing industry's leading agencies. The timeless appeal of Tatty Teddy now extends well beyond its original incarnation as a greeting card character to make it a staple part of the UK brand landscape, propelling Me to You as a true heritage brand with timeless appeal. Since 2001 Carte Blanche has partnered with best-in-class licensees to bring to market best-selling Me to You products across many categories including apparel, print on demand, food, gifting and nursery – within these key categories, the characters regularly feature amongst retail number one performers.

Posted: 29 September 2022

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Craft Festival Cheltenham launches Christmas event

After the success of Craft Festival Cheltenham in March, the event returns for a special Christmas edition over the weekend of 26-27th November. More than 100 of the finest designer makers and artists from across the UK will exhibit at Cheltenham Town Hall for a celebration of making, creativity, and Christmas shopping. Craft Festival Cheltenham is a curated, selling event, selected by an independent panel of experts. This ensures that only the best British designer maker businesses are chosen to sell directly to the public.

Posted: 27 September 2022

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Success in Scotland!

Tourism in Scotland has begun to bounce back strongly with foreign visitors returning this summer, bringing much needed business to shops and attractions around Scotland. Following this successful summer season, Scotland's Trade Fair Autumn, provided a welcome chance to re-order, seek new products and network with suppliers.

The Show took place at the SEC in Glasgow from 17th-18th September. Having been brought forward by a day because of The Queen's funeral, the Show still attracted retailers keen to re-stock and re-order.

Posted: 22 September 2022

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Creative Impulse Awards 2023

The Oscar of the creative sector will be back at Creativeworld, Frankfurt, 2023. Do you have a great innovation in your range? Then apply by 12th December 2022. At Creativeworld, from 4th to 7th February 2023, the top three winners in each category will be presented in a special area in Hall 1. All manufacturers from the creative sector who exhibit at the leading international trade fair Creativeworld can apply at: by 12th December 2022.

Posted: 20 September 2022

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The Future of Retail at Autumn Fair

Four days, four destinations, 12 product sectors, thousands of retailers, hundreds of exhibitors showcasing millions of new and innovative products including homeware, décor, gifts, greetings and stationery, Christmas, beauty and wellbeing, womenswear, fashion accessories, jewellery and footwear, Autumn Fair 2022 ended on a high with a focus on collaboration, community, and conscious retailing. The inspirational show, which took place from 4th – 7th September at NEC Birmingham, offered the UK and Europe's retailers a space to meet, re-connect, network and source, as well as learn about sustainability, responsible sourcing, circularity, and advice for creating a buoyant future for retailing, all under one roof.

Posted: 15 September 2022

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