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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 17-18th 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: https://creativeworld.messefrankfurt.com 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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Toy Fair 2023 sells out!

The British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA) is delighted to announce that Toy Fair 2023 has sold out four months ahead of the show opening, with all exhibition spaces including the Greenhouse, now with waiting lists. The prestigious annual show, which is back for its 69th year, is taking place from the 24th-26th January 2023 at Olympia London. With 250 exhibiting companies in attendance, occupying the Grand and National halls on both levels, the toy industry is gearing up for one of the busiest shows to date!

Posted: 12 September 2022

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Giving & Living returns

As we head into the 'Golden Quarter' and retailers start gearing up for their Christmas merchandise displays, plans for the next edition of Giving & Living are well under way and a host of suppliers are lining up to join the premier Coastal sourcing event in the UK buying calendar. Running from 15th-17th January 2023 at Westpoint, Exeter, Giving & Living is a very important trade event for home and giftware in the south-west of Britain, covering more coastal regions than any other exhibition.

Posted: 8 September 2022

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Autumn Fair 2022 delivers on inspiration & discovery

Thousands of retailers visited Autumn Fair, the UK's wholesale marketplace for Home, Gift, Fashion and Sourcing, yesterday at the NEC Birmingham to source new products from hundreds of exhibitors as well as enjoy a host of insightful and educational talks and inspirational catwalk shows. The show floor was buzzing throughout the day, and feedback from exhibitors highlighted the volume of quality orders being placed while visitors were delighted to discover so many exciting new brands and products.

Posted: 5 September 2022

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Creative Retail Awards Shortlist reveals the best in global design and display for 2022

On the 21st of July the industry congregated at Sook Oxford Street, London, to learn the Shortlisted entries for the upcoming 2022 Creative Retail Awards. The shortlist presents some of the very best in global retail, leisure, and hospitality design & display with projects including Woolworths South Africa, Sports Direct, Chanel, Sky, Coach, Asda and many more. Sasha Castling, Marketing at shortlisted entrant Ribble Cycles, commented: "We are really proud, delighted, and honoured to be included and alongside some incredible competition and brands."

Posted: 5 August 2022

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New series on Conzoom Solutions: On your marks. Ready. Christmas!

A new series with expert tips for a profitable Christmas will start in August - both for online business and for the appealing design of shop windows and retail spaces. Trend expert Gabriela Kaiser and e-commerce specialist Peter Höschl guide retailers through the Christmas countdown. While customers are still celebrating barbecues, preparations for the year-end business are getting underway in both online outlets and brick-and-mortar retail stores. Because, no matter what, Christmas takes place and remains the most emotional and highest-turnover time of the year.

Posted: 4 August 2022

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Inspiration & shopping for crafters

Art stamps, mixed media, art journalling, die cutting, decoupage, beading, resin art, needle felting, decopatch, encaustic art and so much more to see, learn and buy. Watch demonstrations, join a Make & Take - enjoy a great weekend of crafting and creativity. Stamperama (event organiser since 1998) builds on the success of the Stamperama Harrogate show and launches CRAFTERAMA. The first event is held 10th-11th September 2022 at Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate; and the second event at Alexandra Palace March 11-12th 2023. Here's how to be part of this exciting event.

Posted: 4 August 2022

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