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ATTIRE

FIND OUT WHAT’S NEW IN FASHION

ACCESSORIES RETAILING

READERS’ POLL

What we’ve learnt from the latest reader

poll at

attireaccessories.com

With the new business rates due to

affect 600,000 small businesses.Will it

affect your business’ bottom line?

Yes, dramatically:

40%

Yes, but it’s manageable:

50%

No, we have plans in place:

10%

Industry news

A THANK YOU

FROM JOE DAVIES

Joe Davies would like to

thank all its customers for

their fantastic efforts in

selling the Equilibrium

Poppy jewellery. For each

piece sold, 50 pence of the

price is donated to charity.

Last year as a result of their customers’ hard work, Joe Davies raised

a total of £21,462.50, which has been split evenly between these

two fantastic forces related charities: Scotty’s Little Soldiers and

Soldiers Off The Street.The result is outstanding and will make a real

difference to the lives of a lot of people.

The Poppy Collection is still available and will continue to raise

money for each piece sold. Take a moment to learn about the below

charities, which were both delighted by the support:

SCOTTY’S LITTLE SOLDIERS

This is a charity dedicated to helping bereaved British forces

children by way of Christmas parties, counselling, holidays, etc.

The charity is very small and therefore our donation will make

a massive difference to them. For further information visit

scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk

SOLDIERS OFF THE STREET

This is a small charity dedicated to helping homeless ex-forces

personnel find accommodation and receive counselling where

necessary.They are based all over the country and again a very

worthy cause. For further information, visit

soldiersoffthestreet.com

BIANCA ELGAR WINS TWO AWARDS

Fashion Designer, Bianca Elgar, has won two coveted A’ Design

awards at the International Fashion and Travel Accessoies Design

Competition with her versatile, innovative and stunning ‘Three-Sided

Skinny’ silk scarf design and her Ava Tunic Dress.

Bianca Elgar was delighted to win the Coveted Silver A’ Design

award for her three-sided skinny scarf and the Bronze award for the

Ava tunic dress. Judged by a panel of international referees, Bianca

Elgar was chosen as winner amidst a great deal of high quality,

international competition from more than 100 top fashion designers.

“The idea for the designs came when I needed to pack light for

travel, I had a lot to bring with me and that

left me having to keep my own clothes to

a minimum,” says Bianca. Inspired by the

opportunity of creating a variety of looks

with just a few items, as well as showing off

scarf prints in a new way, Bianca started her

own UK-based fashion brand once back in

the UK.

The scarves are lightweight, easy-to-

style and a wonderful start for those who

wish to experiment with different ways of

wearing a touch of colour and print with

their outfits. Investments pieces, they’re

made with the highest quality silk and

can be seen as wearable pieces of art.

To view the designer’s full range,

visit

biancaelgar.com

Solesmith is named in the

Top 100 UK Startups

Startups.co.uk

and AXA Business Insurance has announced

its annual list of the UK’s 100 most promising new

businesses, the Startups 100. It is industry-renowned for

uncovering businesses that will go on to become major

brands, and even household names. It boasts alumni

companies including Propercorn, Purplebricks, LendInvest,

Deliveroo, onefinestay, and many more.

This year, in its first year of entering,

solesmith.co.uk

were

announced as part of this prestigious list. Lauren Dorling,

aged 27, Solesmith’s founder and Managing Director

is literally jumping for joy at being included in such a

prestigious list.

Solesmith is one of only 21 companies based outside of

London and one of only 27 companies with a female leader.

Solesmith is looking to use its inclusion in this national

list to help with its continued growth, investing in new

machinery and tools.

To see Solesmith’s full range, visit

solesmith.co.uk