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Award-winning stitching shows return in spring 2022

Sewing for Pleasure, Fashion & Embroidery and The Scottish Quilting Show will return to major cities across the UK in Spring 2022, following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Running alongside the award-winning Creative Craft Show, these major crafting events will bring supply shopping and workshops back to life.

In March and April, these shows celebrate the world of creativity in Glasgow, Birmingham and London bringing the latest supplies, techniques and inspiration to dressmakers, crafters, quilters across the country.

Posted: 28 December 2021

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Registration opens for Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring

It's time to register to attend Scotland's Trade Fair, which opens in under eight weeks at the SEC in Glasgow. With a huge array of established and new exhibitors this trade fair is not to be missed.

With over 400 exhibitors, who are excited to unveil new designs and their 2022 ranges, this could be the first time to see many of these products and make orders. After the lull in trade shows due to the pandemic it is clear that once again trade shows will be the place to re-stock, discover new items and ensure retailers stay ahead of the game with fresh, exciting products.

Posted: 3 December 2021

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Do new business in 15 minutes with curated meetings at Spring Fair

Following its hugely successful beta trial at Autumn Fair in September 2021, Curated Meetings is supercharging new business and scaling up for its official launch at Spring Fair on the 7th - 8th February 2022 at NEC Birmingham offering more space, more meetings, and more sectors.

Curated Meetings are short, pre-scheduled 1:1 meetings between vetted buyers and relevant brands based on mutual interest to drive new business opportunities together. Designed to offer a platform for bespoke, highly pertinent and time efficient business meetings between buyers and brands, Curated Meetings delivered over 300, 15-minute face-to-face meetings at Autumn Fair, generating thousands of pounds of business and an incredible return on time for participants.

Posted: 30 November 2021

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Search Press Virtual Art & Craft Christmas Festival

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... and Search Press is hosting another free virtual art and craft festival to get everyone into the Christmas mood!

Search is bringing you a whole host of amazing Christmas fun for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own sofa. Join in from Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th November on the Search Press Facebook Page. It's completely free and there will be demos from some of our popular artists and crafters.

Posted: 25 November 2021

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Preparing for Frankfurt

Are you ready to go to Frankfurt? First, Christmasworld, Paperworld and Creativeworld will open their doors from 28th -29th January to 1st February, 2022 and present their product ranges for seasonal decorations, paper, office supplies and stationery as well as hobbies and handicrafts. Ambiente will follow from 11th to 15th February, 2022 with its focus on the table setting, kitchen and housewares, furnishing and decoration accessories, living concepts, gift articles as well as jewellery and fashion accessories.

Posted: 23 November 2021

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Success for London Stationery Show

The London Stationery Show has reported a successful event for its live show held in October, with both visitors and exhibitors alike reunited with friends, colleagues, and clients.According to the team, 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. Alex Butler, Event Director, says, "Having had a tumultuous two years, we were ecstatic to finally get back to the Business Design Centre and bring the stationery community together once more."

Posted: 1 November 2021

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Visitor registration now open for Toy Fair 2022

The British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA) has announced today that registration has now opened for visitors and media to attend Toy Fair 2022. Following a hiatus in 2021 due to the unfortunate COVID-19 pandemic, the 68th Toy Fair will return to Olympia London from Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th January, 2022. Press Day is scheduled for Tuesday 25th January, 2022. Attendees can now register to attend for free through the official Toy Fair website: www.toyfair.co.uk

Posted: 26 October 2021

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Hale Events celebrates 30 years of trading

Hale Events, the B2B events organiser based in Somerset, is celebrating 30 years of trading in 2021. Hale Events connect food, drink, gift and home companies, with trade buyers, in South West England. Based in the historic town of Axbridge the company has now been trading for 30 years, employing a small close-knit team, and recently marked the occasion with a company barbecue complete with commemorative cake! Mike Anderson, Managing Director, says, "It's been two very challenging years for the events sector. However, we are now planning our events with confidence, and companies are booking stands because they are feeling the same way. We have to get on with it!" For more information about Hale Events and its trade shows, visit www.hale- events.com

Posted: 25 October 2021

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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 (5th-6th October) 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".

Posted: 20 October 2021

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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!

Posted: 4 October 2021

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