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The stationery community reunites at London Stationery Show

The stationery community reunites at London Stationery Show

"Having had a tumultuous two years, we were ecstatic to finally get back to the Business Design Centre (5 -6 Oct) and bring the stationery community together once more" says Event Director, Alex Butler.Both visitors and exhibitors alike were reunited with much-missed friends, colleagues, and clients, and it didn't take long before stationery buyers were placing orders face-to-face, keeping up to date with current trends and getting hands-on with new products. "It's great to be back seeing our clients again. Being able to present products, not over video calls, but at the show where visitors can touch and feel the products", commented Glenn Bowen of Pukka Pads. Rachel Owen, who heads up the marketing for Staedtler UK said that "it's great to be back seeing customers face-to-face and having those quality interactions, as well as being able to meet new customers".... read more

Posted: 20 October 2021

New stationery brand Violet Studio debuts at London Stationery Show

New stationery brand Violet Studio debuts at London Stationery Show

Fashion-forward lifestyle brand Violet Studio will be making its debut at this year's London Stationery Show. Combining hand-drawn illustrations with a colourful and on-trend palette, Violet Studio offers chic and approachable stationery collections that aim to inspire creativity in craft and stationery lovers. International craft company, CCGlobal will be showcasing this exciting new stationery brand at the London Stationery Show from Tuesday, 5th to Wednesday, 6th October. They will be shining the spotlight on Violet Studio's brand new ranges, Pastel Crush, Rainbow Blooms, Back to School and more!... read more

Posted: 4 October 2021

Manuscript Pen Company announces attendance at the London Stationery Show

Manuscript Pen Company announces attendance at the London Stationery Show

Midlands' stationery brand, Manuscript Pen Company has confirmed it will be exhibiting at the 2021 London Stationery Show.Taking place at the Business Design Centre on the 5th – 6th October, the London Stationery Show is the UK's only trade event dedicated to stationery and showcases the biggest selection of writing and pen products from around the world.Now in its fifth generation, Manuscript is a family company which distributes its own brand calligraphy products across the world, as well as operating as a UK distributor for a number of well-known businesses in the luxury pen, gift and stationery industry including Koh-I-Noor Art Products, Karin Markers, Pininfarina and Visconti.... read more

Posted: 14 September 2021

Theo Paphitis discusses Hybrid Retailing at Autumn Fair

Theo Paphitis discusses Hybrid Retailing at Autumn Fair

On day three of the UK's leading home, gift and fashion show, Autumn Fair co-located with Moda, visitors were treated to an insightful and honest conversation with retail entrepreneur and small business advocate Theo Paphitis in which he championed hybrid retail - the mix of physical and online retailing. As well as highlighting the growth in convenience and localised shopping, he urged would-be retailers to take the opportunity now to open physical stores and revealed that his businesses are looking to open more stores and have identified 200 sites to investigate.... read more

Posted: 9 September 2021

BCTF Online delivers for makers

BCTF Online delivers for makers

BCTF Online 2021, which ran from 27 June – 1 July, welcomed close to a thousand verified retail trade buyers to the five-day digital event, plus hours of content from an expert line-up of speakers. Participants in the show, where categories ranged from jewellery and fashion accessories through to ceramics, glass, woodwork, fine art and paper products, were lavished with attention from exclusive retail buyers in search of the best British handmade products. The event attracted 888 buyers in total, who viewed thousands of catalogue pages and images, watched hundreds of videos and created hundreds of favourites during the show.... read more

Posted: 3 September 2021

Spring Fair 2022 to take on four-day format

Spring Fair 2022 to take on four-day format

After extensive research, and collaboration with exhibitors, buyers and partners alike, Spring Fair organisers Hyve has announced that next year the show is to become a four-day event. The new show dates will run from Sunday 6th February – Wednesday 9th February, 2022 at The NEC in Birmingham, and will include the introduction of late-night openings until 7.30pm on the Sunday and Monday. The team will also introduce a new sourcing destination, expanding the marketplace even further.... read more

Posted: 10 August 2021

h+h is going to North America

h+h is going to North America

Excitement is building for the first edition of h+h americas which will be held from June 22-24, 2022 in Chicago. The event is Koelnmesse's response to the increased demand for a strong and unified national trade fair for the handicrafts sector in North America. Due to the pandemic, handicrafts have gained growing popularity in the USA and are recording double-digit growth rates. Almost 30 million Americans crochet, knit, sew, quilt or embroider - providing an ideal basis for a successful trade fair premiere in North America. h+h cologne is a leading industry event for textile handicrafts and takes place every year in Cologne, Germany... read more

Posted: 29 July 2021

ICHF Events returns with face-to-face craft and cake shows this autumn

ICHF Events returns with face-to-face craft and cake shows this autumn

ICHF Events' craft and cake shows are set to return to cities across the UK this autumn. From September through to November, The Creative Craft Show, Cake International and the Henley Christmas Fair will be in Exeter, Glasgow, Birmingham or Henley bringing the latest supplies and ideas and products to crafters and cake decorating enthusiasts. For information about ticket sales, opening times and safety information about The Creative Craft Show and Cake International, please read on...... read more

Posted: 27 July 2021

Messe Frankfurt reorganises consumer goods sector

Messe Frankfurt reorganises consumer goods sector

To be even more active in shaping the currently accelerating process of change in the consumer goods sectors, to tap new potential and to further intensify consulting services for customers from Germany and abroad, Messe Frankfurt has decided to appoint Julia Uherek and Philipp Ferger as Vice Presidents of Consumer Goods Fairs at Messe Frankfurt Exhibition with effect from 1st June 2021. Both will thus be responsible for all leading trade fair brands such as Ambiente, Christmasworld, Creativeworld or Paperworld as well as future trade fair formats and platforms.... read more

Posted: 13 July 2021

Curated Meetings to debut at Autumn Fair

Curated Meetings to debut at Autumn Fair

Already a huge success for over five years at its partner show in Las Vegas, USA – Autumn Fair is now bringing the Curated Meetings service to the UK; introducing pre-qualified and vetted premium buyers who are actively sourcing to relevant, quality suppliers.Over 500 meetings are planned across two days, bringing together buyers from a host of leading national and independent retailers keen to hand-pick next season's bestsellers including John Lewis, JoJo Maman Bebe, Moonpig.com, Next, Oliver Bonas, Oxfam, 1517, Bloom & Wild, Superdrug, Booths supermarkets, Coopers of Stortford, Dinghams, Findon Garden Centre, Lark, Lowden Garden Centre, Mooch, Museum of Oxford, Robert Dyas, Sally Bee Lifestyle, Statement Home & Gifts, The Dispensary, Velvet Store, and many more.... read more

Posted: 7 July 2021

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