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Ocean Fresh become first UK flip flop brand to achieve B Corp status

Ocean Fresh become first UK flip flop brand to achieve B Corp status

Sustainable footwear brand Ocean Refresh has become the first UK flip-flop brand to achieve the coveted B Corporation Certification for meeting the highest verified levels of environmental performance, economic accountability and social standards. The Manchester-based footwear brand, which also boasts the UK's first 360o RecycleFootwear Programme, hopes the B Corp certification will inspire more UK brands ofall sizes and from all sectors, to undertake the rigorous assessment process to put people and the planet above profits and not just commit to doing less harm, but to do more good.... read more

Posted: 20 July 2021

Licensing Expo Virtual reveals comprehensive 2021 agenda

Licensing Expo Virtual reveals comprehensive 2021 agenda

Licensing Expo Virtual, in partnership with industry trade association Licensing International, today announced the agenda for the event's 2021 edition taking place August 24-26 in a virtual format. Celebrating 40 years of connecting IP owners with retailers, manufacturers, and licensees, Licensing Expo Virtual will feature the most robust educational agenda to date strategically designed to fuel the $292.8 billion global licensing industry. Visitor registration is open and free of charge. This year's event features the return of Licensing U, produced by Licensing International, the US market debut of License This!, and an opening keynote address from senior executives at Warner Bros. Consumer Products, plus the launch of Digital Brand Roadshows, Retail Clinics, Sustainability Clinics produced in partnership with Products of Change, along with GLG educational content.... read more

Posted: 14 July 2021

Curated Meetings to debut at Autumn Fair

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.... read more

Posted: 7 July 2021

Baunat Jewellery introduces cryptocurrency payments

Baunat Jewellery introduces cryptocurrency payments

Baunat, the Belgian fine diamond jeweller, has announced that it is accepting cryptocurrency as a payment method for all transactions. As the jewellery does not take any position in cryptocurrency, the brand has decided to partner up with one of world's largest crypto dedicated and blockchain based payment platforms.Cryptocurrencies work using a technology called blockchain. Blockchain is a decentralized technology spread across many computers that manages and records transactions. Part of the appeal of this technology is its security.... read more

Posted: 30 June 2021

Autumn Fair and #SBS Small Business Sunday announce winners

Autumn Fair and #SBS Small Business Sunday announce winners

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 and unique 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.... read more

Posted: 29 June 2021

The Giftware Association’s podcast features in Top 20 Retail podcasts

The Giftware Association’s podcast features in Top 20 Retail podcasts

The Giftware Associations podcast The Prodcast, which celebrates the home and gift industry, has been featured in a top 20 list of retail podcasts.Best Startup website featured the podcast amongst others focussing on UK retail, with a curated list of the best podcasts out there. Best Startup says, "We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience."The Prodcast was set up initially to celebrate... read more

Posted: 28 June 2021

Moda to operate a four-day schedule

Moda to operate a four-day schedule

To align with Autumn Fair at the NEC Birmingham, Moda will now open its doors on 5th-8th September 2021 allowing buyers to experience the all-encompassing fashion and retail destination for an extra day, with a line-up of exclusive and new brands including Fly London, Hukka Design, Jayley Collection, and Godske, and a headline partnership with the British Footwear Association.The all-new Moda will offer thousands of trend-forward collections across fashion, footwear, jewellery, and accessories, delivering key crossover buying opportunities, additional footfall, and a host of new retailers. Known as the National Footwear Show, Moda is one of the UK's longest standing fashion trade shows, and an essential hub for creativity, collaboration, and trading within the fashion community.... read more

Posted: 28 June 2021

Relief for small firms as rent moratorium extended until March 2022

Relief for small firms as rent moratorium extended until March 2022

The government has announced that there will be an extension to the moratorium on commercial tenant evictions in England until 25 March 2022 and mediation introduced. Discussing the news, FSB National Chair Mike Cherry said, "This announcement will be a big relief for many anxious small business tenants who have been dealing with a huge amount of disruption over the last 15 months. In many cases they were two weeks away from facing legal proceedings for rent they could not afford, for premises that have been shut. Many will have had no opportunity to raise any revenue, as they have been unable to use their premises for a prolonged period."... read more

Posted: 25 June 2021

Kidly expands own brand label

Kidly expands own brand label

Leading online kids' retailer KIDLY is expanding its own label offering this summer, with a new Recycled Swim Collection and signature invention: a Foldaway Bucket & Spade Set. Following the success of the first KIDLY Label Recycled Swim Collection in 2020, the range has expanded; with more styles and colours on offer. Combining good looks, safety and sustainability, the seven mix-and-match pieces are all made from 80% recycled pre-consumer nylon waste and OEKO-TEX-certified dyes and they give parents the reassurance of UPF50+ sun protection.... read more

Posted: 18 June 2021

Shaftesbury announces new womenswear rental pop-up Rotaro in Carnaby Street

Shaftesbury announces new womenswear rental pop-up Rotaro in Carnaby Street

Shaftesbury announces the arrival of Rotaro, a premium womenswear rental pop-up at 45 Carnaby Street on 14th June. The 880 sq ft store contributes to the diverse array of independent brands in London's most directional shopping location. Samantha Bain-Mollison, Retail Director, Shaftesbury says: "We are very excited to welcome the arrival of womenswear rental label Rotaro to the area. Sustainability is at the heart of what we look for in a brand and Rotaro's forward-thinking digital technology and zero-waste ethos make it a great addition to Carnaby."... read more

Posted: 16 June 2021