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Spring Fair 2024 - New Campaign

Spring Fair, the inspirational show that puts thousands of new products for Home, Gift & Fashion at the forefront of UK retail, has revealed a thrilling snapshot of what visitors can expect at the next show in February 2024 as it kick-starts its new campaign focused on the magic of discovering new products and the people and stories behind them .

Posted: 31 October 2023

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AI to revolutionise customer experiences, says business leaders

Exclusive data from Kin + Carta, the global transformation consultancy, and Google Cloud has revealed that more than half of the UK's largest consumer facing brands see customer experience being the biggest area for AI innovation.

Business leaders from a range of consumer-facing brands, including Sky, EasyJet, ASOS.com and Tesco, came together for Gen.IE, an event co-hosted by Kin + Carta and Google Cloud to discuss the future of customer experience powered by AI technology.

Whilst there, attendees were asked: "What area do you see as the biggest opportunity for leveraging AI in your business?" with "enhancing customer experiences with innovative AI-driven solutions" coming out on top at 51 percent.

Posted: 26 October 2023

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Heating & Plumbing London introduces new umbrella colour

Introducing Heating & Plumbing London's meticulously hand-assembled ivory umbrella with burgundy detail. Combining timeless style and craftsmanship, this long walking stick umbrella is a statement piece for those who appreciate both style and function. Stay poised and protected in any weather with the latest creation, hand assembled in London. Meanwhile a slim contrasting burgundy tie holds the closed umbrella in place. The high quality Japanese polyester is manually cut for the canopy and assembled over a sturdy frame which opens and shuts extremely smoothly. A protective metal tip on the base of the shaft is the final touch that finishes off the beautiful umbrella.

Posted: 18 October 2023

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New collection from JPLUS

The new JPLUS collection starts from the street - in the sense of a reference point and reflection of today's society - to observe the everyday life in constant evolution; from style choices for the working day to more relaxed choices for a fun and informal evening. A continuous becoming with respect to the 'LIBRE' polyhedricity of genres, styles, choices, approaches that each individual decides to adopt with respect to the environment and situations that surround him or her. This is the inspiration of JPLUS, which presents a collection expressing a mix of these moods recoded to give the product a light but profound awareness without definitions, totally free to express one's personality to the full.

Posted: 16 October 2023

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Dates announced for Scotland Trade Fair Spring

Over three quarters of all stands are already secured for Scotland's Trade Fair Spring which takes place from 21st-23rd January 2024 at the SEC, Glasgow. With a healthy re-booking, on top of what hopes to be one of the busiest tourist seasons ever, the Show is looking to be a smasher of a Show. The Show will feature the best of what Scotland has to offer in terms of gifts, homeware, fashion, textiles, jewellery and crafts. A clearer identification system for Scottish producers will also ensure easier navigation around the show.

Posted: 13 October 2023

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Just Around the Corner SS24 a roaring success

Just Around the Corner (JATC) SS24 saw the show's debut in Wapping's Tobacco Dock event space. The venue's stunning aesthetics, a series of stunning wood beamed halls with oodles of natural light with excellent accessibility for both buyers and brands all connected with an outdoor courtyard housing JATC's baristas serving up their complimentary delectable treats for everyone to savour throughout the day. Buyers from independents and keys alike came out in force and perused the products on show, which included over X40 brands new to JATC...

Posted: 11 October 2023

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Retail stats hint optimism as small firms urged to have their say in FSB high street survey

On the heels of latest ONS statistics showing a 0.5 percent rise in retail sales volumes in April, after a fall of 1.2 percent in March, FSB Policy & Advocacy Chair Tina McKenzie urged SMEs to have their say on FSB's Future of the High Street survey. She said: "These statistics prove the enduring potential of our high streets. A rise of 0.8% in sales in the three months to April 2023 tells us that our traditional high street still holds its own in the business arena. It's a feather in the cap of the nimble high street retailers that stay one step ahead of market shifts and trends.

Posted: 4 October 2023

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The GA and Hilton Hotel Group join forces

The Giftware Association is thrilled to announce a new and mutually beneficial partnership with the prestigious Hilton Hotel Group. This partnership marks a significant milestone in the company's ongoing efforts to provide unparalleled benefits to its esteemed members. The Hilton is a globally recognized hospitality brand known for its exceptional service and luxurious accommodations. Through this exciting collaboration, valued members will now have access to exclusive discounts, complimentary access, and special offers at the following Hilton sites: Hilton Birmingham Metropole, Hilton London Olympia and Hilton London Canary Wharf.

Posted: 2 October 2023

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Anti Copying in Design (ACID) announces 25 years

ACID's trailblazing work and ongoing campaigning has been a game changer in championing designers and the importance of their intellectual property rights' protection. This has influenced and brought about positive change in the legal and political landscape. The Design Economy is one of the success stories of the UK contributing nearly £100 billion to the UK's GVA and the protection of its intellectual capital is critical. In its 25th year, they want to shine a light on, and celebrate with everyone the huge success that has been achieved since the organisation was co-founded by Dids Macdonald (a designer maker) and Simon Clark (an IP lawyer and Partner of Bristows). From a round table action group it has grown to be a key influencer in design law reform over many years.

Posted: 2 October 2023

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Kite Packaging launches hamper-sized ecommerce box

Leading online packaging supplier, Kite Packaging, has added a new, hamper-sized eCommerce box to their range due to growing demand. Designed with a crash lock base and adhesive peel-&-seal strip, this eCommerce-ready packaging facilitates quick assembly to support efficient pack and dispatch. It also comes with a tear strip for effortless unboxing to enhance end customer satisfaction. This new size is larger than the standard market offering, offering versatility, and provides ample space to accommodate both small and bulky items – particularly beneficial for businesses with a large product profile.

Posted: 27 September 2023

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