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Small businesses should not feel pressured into taking part in Black Friday this year, says Lee Murphy, a small business finance expert at The Accountancy Partnership Lee Murphy said: "Many business owners are already struggling with the current economic climate, so offering big discounts when margins are already being squeezed could be more costly in the long run. Before deciding on any deals and discounts, businesses should review their cash flow, and consider the cost of processing a larger number of orders at one time.
Posted: 24 November 2022
The British Millinery Association CIC (BMACIC) and ACID have been in dialogue for some months now with a joint desire to work collaboratively to promote IP awareness and have formalised this by entering a new Partner arrangement to support BMACIC members in protecting their rights in this area through education and access to ACID support and resources.Underpinning the design and making of those who create hats is a passion for originality and creativity, a proud heritage and a craft that combines skills and knowledge. From couture to ready to wear, milliners generate intellectual property in different forms including design rights, copyright, trademarks and less so, patents.
Posted: 14 November 2022
Leicester-based Heavenly Feet has moved its storage and fulfilment outlet to a new location to cater for growing demand. The new base is a carbon-neutral warehouse located near Nottingham, just off the M1 allowing easy access to the brand's retail partners nationwide. The move has taken place thanks to Heavenly Feet's huge success in recent years after continued year on year growth. The new base will cater for their planned growth and ongoing move to becoming more sustainable. Furthermore, Heavenly Feet has celebrated reaching 300 independent retail partners to stock the brand - known for its reputation to sell-through.
Posted: 10 November 2022
Aiming to present the UK's most comprehensive fashion offering for the A/W 23/24 edition at Olympia London from 12-14 February 2023, Pure London is launching five new destinations joining Ready-to-Wear, Pure Jewel, Accessories, and Shoes. Visitors will discover curated spaces for Premium womenswear, Purely Sustainable, Pure Edge, Pure Body, and Gen Z.
Pure London has always served as a meeting point for the fashion industry and, from this February, sustainability will be at the fore with a curated selection of conscious exhibitors.
With the global ethical fashion market expected to grow from $6.35 billion in 2019 to $8.25 billion in 2023, Purely Sustainable will raise the profile of ethical and sustainable fashion across the entire event, helping lower the industry's carbon footprint and invest in a better future.
Posted: 13 October 2022
Miss Milly has been named as a finalist in the Boutique Star Awards with nominations in the Best British Brand and Accessories/Footwear Brand of the Year categories.
It's been a stellar year for Miss Milly with the British brand chalking up nominations for The Gift of the Year and the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards.
Sarah Watmore, Managing Director, says, "We have done so much this year as we celebrate 10 years in business. As well as being a finalist in a couple of awards, we have worked on our sustainability and grown sales significantly since summer 2021. And now we're a finalist again in industry awards with our fingers crossed for a successful outcome."
Posted: 29 September 2022
Astley Clarke is launching its new collection, named Ottima, which is said to be a celebration of 'self-expression and the divine energy of fine jewels.'
Four sides and four facets, the Ottima collection merges traditional cuts for transparent stones with a striking selection of semi-precious gems, imbued with richness and strength.
Studded white sapphires paired with accents of tonal enamel on sleek gold settings frame each stone. Mix or match stones and create geometrical layers with adjustable pendants.
Posted: 22 September 2022
As we head into the 'Golden Quarter' and retailers start gearing up for their Christmas merchandise displays, plans for the next edition of Giving & Living are well under way and a host of suppliers are lining up to join the premier Coastal sourcing event in the UK buying calendar. Running from 15th-17th January 2023 at Westpoint, Exeter, Giving & Living is a very important trade event for home and giftware in the south-west of Britain, covering more coastal regions than any other exhibition.
Posted: 8 September 2022
Thousands of retailers visited Autumn Fair, the UK's wholesale marketplace for Home, Gift, Fashion and Sourcing, yesterday at the NEC Birmingham to source new products from hundreds of exhibitors as well as enjoy a host of insightful and educational talks and inspirational catwalk shows. The show floor was buzzing throughout the day, and feedback from exhibitors highlighted the volume of quality orders being placed while visitors were delighted to discover so many exciting new brands and products.
Posted: 5 September 2022
From 4th – 7th September at NEC Birmingham, Autumn Fair's Design & Source sector will bring the international sourcing market to the UK with a spotlight on ethical and sustainable manufacturers from all over the world. With the first ever Zimbabwean pavilion confirmed, other represented countries include China, Ghana, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Tunisia, and Turkey. Design & Source is where a product's journey starts and this September's showcase combines product categories including home textiles, contemporary gifts, artisan products, as well as tableware and kitchenware.
Posted: 23 August 2022
Harrogate Fashion Week closed its doors after a 2-day, record breaking event. Brands exhibiting reported record sales being reached and there was a significant increase in buyers attending.
The Sunday brought in nearly 50% more buyers than last year and the increase on Monday was a phenomenal 75% increase from last July.
The show is no longer a regional event and is now truly on the fashion trade calendar as being the largest exhibition of womenswear clothing brands under one roof, with a substantial amount of special occasion wear showing.
Posted: 12 August 2022