Attire Accessories - May/Jun 2018 (Issue 70)

ATTIRE 17 NEWS AND EVENTS It looks like this year’s Giving & Living trade show was a win, win, win for South West retail trade, with happy visitors placing orders, satisfied exhibitors finding new customers and leads, and one lucky visitor winning a Taste of the West hamper! The visitor survey carried out by Hale Events, the show’s organisers, showed that 90 per cent of those who attended said they’d recommend the show to a colleague or related business. Almost 70 per cent were very satisfied, or satisfied, with the variety of exhibitors and, best of all, over 93 per cent of visitors said they’d be back next year! The show got the thumbs up from exhibitors too.The survey showed that 87 per cent of visitors placed orders at or shortly after the show, which would explain why nearly 100 companies are already booked in for the 2019 show. Donald Clark of Proctor & Clark, which offers imaginative gift and homeware ranges to the trade, commented,“It’s a good show for us, with a great atmosphere. We like it because it attracts buyers with a very specific interest in coastal themed products.This year we certainly generated some interest from a type of customer that we haven’t seen before, so that was good.” Next year Giving & Living takes place from Sunday 13 th to Wednesday 16 th January, 2019 – why not put those dates in your diary now? For more information about the show, to book a stand, or register to attend, please call +44 (0)1934 733 433, follow @giving_living, or visit BIG THUMBS UP FOR GIVING & LIVING 2018 The world’s largest trade fair for creative handicraft & hobby supplies, h+h cologne 2018, achieved an outstanding result when it came to a close in March. In total, around 16,000 visitors from 73 countries attended the show, which features a Trend Fashion Show, and having placed a large number of orders ensured an excellent mood among the 423 exhibiting companies.The high quality and internationality of the trade visitors was particularly praised. Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH said, “The industry’s most important decision-makers from all over the world don’t come together in this quality at any other event. As such, h+h cologne has confirmed its outstanding position as an export-oriented top trading place for the industry.” In terms of the level of internationality, h+h cologne was able to underpin its impressive results of the past years. At 38 per cent, the share of trade visitors from abroad was, as last year, very good, as was the decision-making competence of the trade visitors with more than 78 per cent of the visitors stating in a survey that they have a significant influence on the procurement decisions within their companies. The handicraft scene has changed significantly over the past years according to a representative survey carried out by GfK Nuremberg on handicraft usage behaviour in Germany: it has become younger, more fashionable and more diversified.This was also clearly noticeable at h+h cologne.The visitors praised the quality of the company presentations and affirmed that the trade fair has a young, dynamic and fresh appearance. The event and workshop programme also presented the international trade fair visitors with offers that are oriented to the current themes of the industry.The offers that ranged from the right implementation of social media, to marketing new handicraft techniques, through to tips for the successful design of shop windows, went down exceptionally well the visitors. Visit h+h cologne 2018 show achieves outstanding results