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Lineup announced for first-ever global GCVA Conference

Lineup announced for first-ever global GCVA Conference

The Gift Card and Voucher Association has unveiled the speaker lineup for its annual conference, which offers the industry an opportunity to meet and discuss how the sector can continue to innovate over the coming months.The conference, is being held on March 3rd and 4th 2021, using a groundbreaking digital platform that can be tailored to each attendee. Holding a virtual conference has enabled the GCVA to open up to a wider breadth of guests across the gift card, payments, reward, incentive and loyalty markets, facilitating an immersive experience that will bring together different international perspectives on the growing industry and global markets.... read more

Posted: 2 March 2021

ICHF Events signs new three-year tenancy with the NEC

ICHF Events signs new three-year tenancy with the NEC

Following an incredibly tough year for the MICE industry, ICHF events has announced a new three-year tenancy agreement with the NEC, Birmingham. With live events unable to run from March 2020 and a return to events date not yet announced by the Government for 2021 (at time of writing), leading craft, hobby and lifestyle event organiser ICHF Events has successfully diversified into providing online content via demonstrations, shopping and virtual events over the past 10 months.... read more

Posted: 22 February 2021

Paperworld India, Corporate Gifts Show and Interior Lifestyle India rescheduled to March 2022

Paperworld India, Corporate Gifts Show and Interior Lifestyle India rescheduled to March 2022

Messe Frankfurt India Trade Fairs India Pvt Ltd and Gifts & Accessories, the Exhibition Division of Netlink Solutions (India) Ltd, together announced new dates for their leading consumer goods exhibitions due to inaccessibility of venues in March 2021. The new dates will unite key segments during the buying season of 2022 and create more favourable conditions for trade.In line with the recent announcement and discussion with venue authorities, the organisers have decided to reschedule Paperworld India, Corporate Gifts Show and Interior Lifestyle India, presented by Ambiente India, to 3-5 March, 2022.... read more

Posted: 19 February 2021

London Stationery Show moves to October 2021

London Stationery Show moves to October 2021

With the UK's vaccination programme well underway, and the Government due to announce a roadmap for easing restrictions next week, exhibitions are expected to resume over the summer. "We understand that it will take some time for retail to recover from the recent lockdown" commented event director, Alex Butler. "We believe that the October dates will allow for a successful show for visitors and exhibitors alike. We're very grateful for the support of the industry and are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the Business Design Centre in October when we can finally meet and do business once again."... read more

Posted: 18 February 2021

Harrogate Christmas & Gift moves to early May

Harrogate Christmas & Gift moves to early May

Harrogate Christmas & Gift has moved dates from Sunday 9th May to Tuesday 11th May 2021 at the Harrogate Convention Centre.Simon Anslow, Harrogate Christmas & Gift show organiser says, "After the first lockdown in spring 2020, our January show seemed a long way off and believing that the COVID situation would be under control by then, we carried on with plans as usual. By the autumn, it became blaringly apparent that this was becoming less likely and with the Prime Minister stating that it could be a further six months before exhibitions could re-open, we started to look at Plan B."... read more

Posted: 27 January 2021

Joe Davies reschedules at At Home event

Joe Davies reschedules at At Home event

Joe Davies has announced that is to reschedule its At Home event due to the current UK lockdown, moving the event to 1st to 12th March.The company has also announced that it will remain open with reduced manning throughout January and February to supply post offices, pharmacies, garden centres and online retailers. Paul explained "It's sad news that another lock is necessary but we understand the reasons completely. The good news is that the vaccination program is well under way and the end is in sight. Moving the show to March will mean that many more of our customers will be able to safely attend."... read more

Posted: 7 January 2021

Giving & Living organiser accesses Funding Circle CBILS support

Giving & Living organiser accesses Funding Circle CBILS support

Hale Events, the event organisers based in the south west has accessed a £250k CBILS loan from Funding Circle. Funding Circle is a peer-to-peer network and one of the best-capitalised lending platforms in the world. They're accredited by the Government-owned British Business Bank to provide loans under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).Hale Events organise a mix of shows in the SW region, mainly for trade buyers of Gifts and Food & Drink, so increased staycations will mean increased business, but only once they overcome the challenges that Covid-19 has presented to the events sector. The organisation remains optimistic and, with their main events postponed until May and June of 2021, can see light at the end of the tunnel.... read more

Posted: 5 January 2021

Hyve Group launches Spring Fair @ Home

Hyve Group launches Spring Fair @ Home

Hyve Group is proud to present Spring Fair @ Home taking place virtually on 8th - 10th February, 2021. This year, in place of physical shows, Hyve Group's UK portfolio will be going virtual. Designed to bring the industry together, even when we remain apart, Spring Fair @ Home will provide a key hub for industry professionals in the UK and around the world. Bringing together the key elements of what makes Spring Fair special, Spring Fair @ Home will provide key industry insights, as well as a first-hand look at the latest products, trends and collections. Amongst the exhibitor line up are names such as Coach House, Puckator, Moulin Roty, Paper Salad, T & G Woodware, and Alexander Thurlow.... read more

Posted: 21 December 2020

The Good Retail Awards open for entries

The Good Retail Awards open for entries

The Good Retail Awards are now open for entries. The awards celebrate retailers making a positive impact in the retail industry. The year 2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. It is the organisers hope that the Good Retail Awards 2021 can shine a light on those in our industry who have achieved success in spite of all the challenges faced this year.... read more

Posted: 7 December 2020

Joe Davies announces At Home event

Joe Davies announces At Home event

Following the cancellation of NEC Spring Fair, Gift Importer Joe Davies has announced a showroom event of its own. The Joe Davies at Home Spring Fair will take place every day from 1-12 February, 2021, at the company's spacious showrooms, including a special weekend opening on the 6th and 7th February.Paul Hooker, Commercial Director, commented, "We love exhibiting at Spring Fair, it really kicks the year off to a positive start and we are so sad not to be there. Following the huge success of our Autumn event, we will be having a Spring Fair 'At Home' of our own."... read more

Posted: 4 December 2020

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