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10

ATTIRE

FIND OUT WHAT’S NEW IN FASHION

ACCESSORIES RETAILING

HALE EVENTS APPOINTS

NEW ACCOUNTS & OFFICE

ADMINISTRATOR

Hale Events is delighted to announce that

Rebecca Thomas has joined the Hale Events

team. Following its acquisition of the Hotel,

Catering & Retail Show last year, the

company now runs five successful trade shows, including Giving &

Living, and has expanded staff numbers accordingly.

Rebecca will be supporting Tracey Davies, Office Manager, with

client liaison, accounts management, and office administration.

Hale Events currently organise The Source show in partnership

with Taste of the West, at Westpoint, Exeter; ‘Expowest

Cornwall’ in Wadebridge; The Hotel, Catering & Retail Show in

Bournemouth; and The Food and Drink trade show at the Three

Counties Showground, Malvern.

For information about Hale Event’s trade shows, visit the website

hale-events.com

READERS’ POLL

What we’ve learnt from the latest reader

poll at

www.attireaccessories.com

Do you plan to expand your business

in 2017?

Yes:

86%

Maybe:

14%

Industry news

UNITED ODDSOCKS TO LAUNCH NEW

BRAND AT SPRING FAIR

United Oddsocks is set

to launch its new brand

Cockney Spaniel in February

2017. Focusing on fun,quirky,

and themed matched pairs,

Cockney Spaniel will make the

company’s product range broader and even more appealing.

The range will include a fun Christmas line and socks for life’s

big events such as birthdays and weddings.

Also from January, both United Oddsocks and Cockney Spaniel

will become brands of the new group name Sock Academy Ltd.

The company intends to add more exciting sock brands over the

coming few years. Gary Redman-Schaffer, Managing Director of

Sock Academy says, “Our aim is to provide the trade with the best

selection of sock and accessories gifting and become a truly global

one-stop-shop for any retailer wanting to maximise revenue from

this ever popular and fun gift. United Oddsocks will continue

to focus on mismatched sock gifting with some amazing new

additions to the range in 2017, Cockney Spaniel will offer the

industry what I believe to be the quirkiest range of matched novelty

socks available anywhere. Sock Academy is all about having fun

with “humorous hosiery” and we’re really excited about our new

brand, and new products.”

You can visit Sock Academy and its brands – United Oddsocks

and Cockney Spaniel – at Spring Fair Hall 6 Stand P14-Q15.

OnBuy adds new tier to support small retailers

Rapidly-growing online marketplace OnBuy is introducing

a new service tier to support smaller sellers. Having already

signed up sellers offering 2.4million product lines since its

launch at the beginning of November 2016, it has launched

OnBuy Basic Seller in response to feedback from customers.

OnBuy basic sellers pay no subscription fee at all, and

OnBuy charges a fee of just six per cent on products sold.

OnBuy is continuing to offer a no-commission, £49-a-month

subscription for most sellers, as well as its premium no-

commission, £89-a-month subscription for managed sellers.

Sellers that join before 1

st

February, 2017 will receive £500

credit to have their products featured as boosted products.

Cas Paton, Managing Director of OnBuy says, “Our

commission-free model is working brilliantly for many retailers

who are benefiting from the fact they don’t have to pay selling

fees. We’ve listened to feedback from some of the smaller sellers

who don’t want a monthly fee that may absorb a large portion

of their profits. We’ve decided to add an extra tier for a limited

time to help support these smaller sellers so they can get their

products online quickly without a monthly commitment.

OnBuy’s vision has always been to work with sellers, not

against or in competition with them, and we feel this additional

offer will help support the smaller retailers.”

After June, a monthly fee of £25 will be introduced to the

Basic Seller account, with a commission rate of three per cent.

OnBuy is expected to grow dramatically in the next three

months as products in dozens of categories are uploaded,

including electronics, toys, clothing, jewellery and furniture.

It’s a trading platform and not a retailer – it does not hold

any inventory so unlike other major online retailers, it will

never offer products in competition with its own sellers.

“The benefits aren’t just for sellers and customers, but for the

UK economy as a whole.

“We’re excited to be at this crucial stage in the development

of a marketplace, which we believe will shake up online retail

and offer both sellers and shoppers the deals they deserve.”

For more information about OnBuy go

toOnBuy.com

and

for specific information for sellers see

OnBuy.com/sell.