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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.

Posted: 14 September 2021

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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.

Posted: 9 September 2021

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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.

Posted: 3 September 2021

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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.

Posted: 10 August 2021

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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

Posted: 29 July 2021

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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...

Posted: 27 July 2021

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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.

Posted: 13 July 2021

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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.

Posted: 7 July 2021

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SBS winners announced!

Autumn Fair has partnered once again with Theo Paphitis' #SBS Small Business Sunday to bring back the #SBS Pavilion to Autumn Fair 2021 and is delighted to announce the six winners of this year's competition. The #SBS Pavilion is dedicated to showcasing new products from ambitious start-ups and small businesses.In partnership with #SBS Small Business Sunday, Autumn Fair run a competition to give the #SBS community a chance to compete for free exhibition stands at Autumn Fair

Posted: 30 June 2021

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