Progressive Gifts & Home May/June 2024

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MAY/JUNE 2024

Our May/June issue is one of those joyous, memorable times of the year when we can celebrate all that is great about our industry. The third year of the fabulous Gift Awards took place at the 5 star Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 16 May, uniting both sides of the industry, and affording a wonderful opportunity to bring together retailers, suppliers, manufacturers, reps and agents to recognise and reward the winners of The Greats gift retailer awards, (organised by Max Publishing/Progressive Gifts & Home), and the winners of The Gift of the Year Awards, (organised by The Giftware Association).

Sebnini’s founder, Gert Schyberg, was honoured to welcome the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux, and other dignitaries, to the company’s new rural premises in Horley, Surrey, where he was honoured to be formally presented with the prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2023. (Turn to page 11).

If you couldn’t make it to the Awards you can flick through the fun party pics on pages 22-23 and discover who this year’s Greats and Gift of the Year winners are - if you don’t know already! (Turn to pages 25-39).

As well as celebrating winning the prestigious Greats Outstanding Achievement Award (turn to page 39), Hannah Dale, founder and creative director of Wrendale Designs, was also thrilled to win a 2024 King’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade on May 6, (turn to page 11), while

Additionally, Mark Jones, Gisela Graham’s commercial director, became the new chair of The Giftware Association at the GA’s recent AGM (turn to pages 44-45).

And staying with the GA, turn to ceo Sarah Ward’s insightful column on page 43 to read the findings of a recent members survey. But now, it’s all systems go for dedicated greeting card show Progressive Greetings Live, (organised by Max Exhibitions), which will be opening its doors at London’s Business Design Centre on 4-5 June. With greeting cards an ever-expanding sector for gift shops - highlighted by Progressive Gift & Home’s latest Retail Barometer - it’s a ‘must visit’ experience, with thousands of new

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launches from established names and newbies at the heart of the show. (Turn to page 9).

Also back at the Business Design Centre next month (11-12 June) is dedicated housewares show Exclusively, and to tie in, we’ve taken a look at what’s trending in home entertaining. (Turn to pages 57-59).

Plus, with self-care still one of the biggest trends around, we highlight what’s helping to promote wellness. (Turn to pages 50-51). We also find out why Inis products make people feel happy (turn to pages 40-41) and why Lifestyle (part of Motivates), is encouraging SMEs to buy into gift cards (turn to pages 48-49).

And with Father’s Day homing into view on 16 June, our regular columnist, Libby Holden, owner of Lovely Libby’s, in Rayleigh, reveals why football themed giftware is the shop’s go-to. (Turn to page 47). Elsewhere, a crosssection of gift retailers share their feedback on how the year’s been so far. (Turn to pages 16-17). Plus, we reveal the hottest, most upto-the-minute industry news on pages 7-15. Enjoy the issue, and here’s looking forward to seeing lots of you at the June trade shows!

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EDITOR’S INSIGHT
Inset: The Greats and Gift of the Year winners are shown on stage with their trophies at The Gift Awards in May.
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The winners of The Gift Awards 2024 – The Greats and the Gift of the Year awards - were announced at a glittering black tie event held at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel on 16 May. Hosted by stand-up comedian Alex Ryan, the awards were attended by some 400 guests from the gift industry – retailers, suppliers, manufacturers, reps and agents – who shared in the joyous occasion, as delighted winners made their way to the stage to collect their trophies.

In her welcome speech, Sarah Ward, ceo of The Giftware Association, said: “This year, The Gift of the Year Awards attracted a record number of new brands, a testament to our growing influence and the trust you place in us. Each entry was not just a product. It was a story of innovation and persistence, reflective of our industry’s adaptation and creativity.”

from the huge number of gift retailers selfnominating and putting their shops forward.”

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Added Sue Marks, editor of Progressive Gifts & Home/GiftsandHome.net: “The 2024 Greats awards saw an unprecedented level of engagement from retailers and suppliers alike, evidenced by the wealth of nominations from the gift industry at large, as well as

The final award of the evening was The Greats Outstanding Achievement Award, which was presented to Hannah Dale, founder and creative director of Wrendale Designs by John Joyce and Kate Owen, two past presidents of the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF), category sponsor. (See page 39).

Winners of both The Greats and the Gift of the Year awards are featured on pages 25-39. View the party pics on pages 22-23.

People’s Choice Winner To Be Announced

The Giftware Association will be revealing the winner of the Gift of the Year’s People’s Choice award on Sunday 21 July at the Sundowners event at Harrogate Home & Gift. The category is judged by the general public, enabling everyone to vote for their favourite product across all Gift of the Year categories.

The Award was again opened up to all shortlisted products, affording an opportunity for a shortlisted company to get through to become the fourth People’s Choice winner.

Past winners have included Blue Eyed Sun in 2021, Cardology in 2022 and Fox Under the Moon in 2023.

The Sweet Smell Of Success

Over 100 entries were received for the Henry & Co hamper competition that linked in with the company’s sponsorship of The Greats Best Garden Centre Retailer of Gifts category and The Gift Awards place cards – a limited edition, bespoke, personalised, hand poured candle.

By scanning a QR code in The Gift Awards brochure, attendees at the event (on 16 May at he Royal Lancaster Hotel) were invited to guess the fragrance blend, with three possibilities to choose from, and a prize of a Henry & Co hamper filled with £100 worth of Henry & Co home fragrance products.

The winner was Priya Aurora-Crowe, co-owner of Lark, lifestyle and gift shops, who correctly guessed that the fragrance was oud, agar wood & patchouli. “We made the scent especially for The Gift Awards, and wanted it to reflect a strong, opulent fragrance befitting the event,” explained Henry & Co’s managing director Mark Rees.

“Attendees I spoke to thought it was a great bit of fun on the night, and following the positive feedback, we may well look to launch the scent into the collection.”

The Gift Awards 2024 were supported by an impressive roster of sponsors, with Spring Fair and Autumn Fair as headline supporters. Companies included: Allsorted, Asia Sourcing Support, Aspin, Autumn Fair, British Allied Trade Federation (BATF), Candlelight, Cardgains, Carte Blanche Greetings, Cotton & Grey, DKB, Gift Republic, The Giftware Association (GA), Gisela Graham, Harrogate Christmas & Gift Fair, Henry & Co, Home & Gift, HousewaresNews.net, Life Charms, LicensingSource.net, Lifestyle (Motivates), London Stationery Show, Messe Frankfurt, Method UK, N Smith Print & Packaging, Ohh Deer, Progressive Gifts & Home, Progressive Greetings Live, Qalara, Scotland’s Trade Fair, Source Home & Gift, Spring Fair, Talking Tables, Top Drawer, The Toy Fair and Widdop & Co.

Maia Gifts Celebrates 15 Years

This year is turning out to be an extra-special one for Maia Gifts, based in Glasgow. Not only did the award winning gift store win the Greats Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – Scotland category, but co-owners Soni Ahmed and Samantha Rose are excited to be celebrating Maia’s 15th anniversary in 2024.

Brocante Opens A Ninth Store

The end of April saw Brocante open a second store in Salcombe, with co-owner Kieron Cockley commenting: “Salcombe has proven to be a winning town for us.”

The new store is the ninth for Brocante, which also has seven stores in Cornwall.

Morley’s Opens New Camp Hopson Store

Mid-April saw Morley’s Group celebrate the opening of its new Camp Hopson store in Newbury, two doors down from the company’s department store. The new store is home to gifts, home fragrance, tableware, stationery, cookware, electricals and a toy department. It also features an exclusive range of Newbury-related giftware.

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Below: The GA’s ceo Sarah Ward and PG&H’s editor Sue Marks on stage at The Gift Awards. Bottom: The coveted Greats and Gift of the Year trophies. Above: Last year’s People’s Choice presentation. Shown from left to right are: Clarion’s portfolio director Zoe Bonser, Sarah Ward, ceo of The Giftware Association, winner Fox Under The Moon’s Stacey McNeill and her husband Jamie. Above: The interior of the new Brocante store in Salcombe. Below: Above: The Henry & Co hamper won by Lark’s Priya Aurora-Crowe. Above: GOTY judges at the live judging.
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“This Award Means The World To Us”

Greats And GOTY Winners Share Their Joy

Following a thrilling night at The Gift Awards on 16 May, winners of both The Greats and the Gift of the Year awards couldn’t contain their excitement at their success, delighted to shout about their fantastic achievements.

“When we were announced as the winners in our category we felt a rush of emotions,” commented Bill Nettelfield, co-owner of Bill & Bert’s, winner of the Independent Gift Retailer – London, South, South East and East Anglia category. “Elation, pride and also very humbled to have been thought of as winners.”

category, commented: “I had such a great night at the awards, with winning the category the icing on the cake.”

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Enthused Cilena Eason, owner of Artichoke in Tynemouth, winner of the Independent Retailer of the Year – North and Northern Ireland category: “We had an amazing night and were so thrilled to win, especially as we are celebrating our fifth anniversary. It was such a wonderful evening, and we will have fond memories forever.”

As delighted was Caroline Ranwell, owner of Hugs & Kisses in Tettenhall, winner of the Independent Retailer of the Year – Midlands & Wales category. “This award means the absolute world to us. To be recognised in this way in our wonderful industry is a huge honour.”

Carla Ringer, buyer at Blue Diamond, winner of The Greats Best Garden Centre Retailer of Gifts

What’s On The Cards At PG Live

More good news for Greats winners and finalists is that they will receive a gold ticket to spend on orders placed at PG Live which opens its doors at London’s Business Design Centre on 4 -5 June.

Gift of the Year winners included Rosie Harrison, founder and creative of Rosie Made A Thing, who received two awards for the company’s new Choccy Cards, winning the Best Card & Wrap Product Or Range and the overall Judges’ Choice category. In addition, Rosie Made A Thing’s Bags Of Fun tote bags won the Best Gift Under £15 category. “We were so chuffed with our wins,” said Charlotte Dudley, Rosie Made A Thing’s product development manager. “This was the first time we entered the Gift of the Year awards and were delighted to win in three categories.”

Also going home with multiple awards was Paul Sun, managing director and head of design at Gingko. “We were absolutely thrilled to find out that we were the winners of the Gift of the Year’s Best Contemporary Gift category, and also the Gift of the Year’s My Gift of All time category,” stated Paul.

In addition to big names such as Hallmark, UK Greetings and Woodmansterne, visitors will also be able to discover the latest launches from favourite publishers that include Rosie Made A Thing, Belly Button Designs and Wendy Jones-Blackett. Meeters and greeters will again be on hand to welcome everyone, wearing dresses made from greeting cards supplied by exhibitors.

As with previous years, both visitors and exhibitors will be able to enjoy a free lunch on both days of the show, along with complimentary tea and coffee, and an invitation to an after-show party at the end of the first day. Visit www.progressivegreetingslive.com

Widdop Opens Shenzhen Office

Widdop & Co recently opened a brand new Shenzhen office, with co-owner and ceo Stephen Illingworth commenting: “I’m so excited for the platform that this will become, and for the expansion of Widdop & Co. into whole new markets globally.”

He continued: “With 350 factories in 12 countries, 94% audited to the world’s highest standards, 35 brands, six global licenses with The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Hasbro and Mattel, Inc., ten product developers and designers, a new showroom and meeting facility, and two amazing managers, with 30 years’ experience, we are now ready to serve a whole new group of customers, shipping FOB to anywhere in the world.”

Gifts and greeting card folk – to include The Giftware Association’s ceo Sarah Ward, marketing and PR manager Chris Workman, and business development manager Alina Masood Aziz - will be putting their best foot forward on June 27 when they take part in Cardgains’ charity challenge, It’s Not Grim Up North, which will see them walking 17.5 miles.

Celebrating Cardgains’ 35th anniversary, managing director Penny Shaw is hoping to raise £35,000 for mental health charity Mind.

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Below: Walkers taking part in last year’s Cardgains charity challenge.

Crumble & Core Partners With McLaggan+Co

Crumble & Core and Mclaggan+co have collaborated to introduce a brand new collection of bone china mugs with pastel shades, watercolour designs and heartfelt sentiments. The four 'Adorable Animal' designs by Crumble & Core have been screen printed, hand decorated and fired onto high quality bone china mugs by Mclaggan+co in their factory close to Loch Lomond, Scotland.

Below: The bone china mug collection from Mclaggan+co in partnership with Crumble & Core.

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Left: The smiles say it all. Hugs and Kisses’ Caroline Ranwell and husband Jon. Below: Gingko’s Paul Sun having fun with his GOTY trophy. Above: Jumping for joy! PG Live is back on 4-5 June.

Wrendale Designs Receives King’s Award

It’s A Double Royal Honour For The Company PEOPLE

Wrendale Designs has been honoured with a King’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, with founder and creative director, Hannah Dale, naturally delighted that the company has received the award for a second time, having won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade in 2019.

“We’re over the moon to have won this award again!” enthuses Hannah. “I think that one of the toughest challenges for a brand like ours is to show you have staying power after an initial success.”

A Royal Encounter

May’s Chelsea Flower Show had an exciting twist for one exhibitor, Willsow’s co-founder Tom Willday. King Charles, who was visiting with Queen Camilla, visited the trade stands area where Willsow was selling children’s books made from seeded paper that bloom when they’re planted.

She continued: “The King’s Award recognises exceptional growth in international markets over the past five years, so for me personally, it’s a reflection of how hard we have worked to keep innovating and improving, not just in the artwork and the products but in the service we’re delivering.

“My husband Jack, co-owner of Wrendale, and myself are so lucky to have an incredible team across the world that works hard to bring our vision to life, as well as fabulous and loyal stockists. I’m so proud of the team we have, and for the loyal stockists that have supported us over the years, many of them stocking our products since I first launched Wrendale with a handful of greeting cards in 2012.”

Currently, Wrendale products can be bought in 47 different countries with the business now supplying shops in every US state, including Alaska and Hawaii.

• Hannah was also thrilled to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at May’s The Gift Awards. See page 39.

Tom gave the King ‘The Carrot Who Was Too Big For His Bed’ book – which grows real carrots when planted. “I still cannot believe that I spoke to The King,” said a stunned Tom. “He said ‘what a splendid idea’ and congratulated me. The King loved the fact that the books were all produced in the UK and how they managed to get children outside growing their own, all from a story!”

Continued Tom: “I also had a conversation with Sarah Ferguson and her daughters, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, who also loved the books. Other fans included Amanda Holden, Dan Walker and Miss England who all loved the concept. It’s great to go to a consumer show and get direct feedback.”

Tom set up Willsow with James Coulthurst, winning a £20,000 investment from BBC Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Sara Davies MBE when they appeared on the show in 2021. The following year, Willsow won the Gift Of The Year’s Ethical & Sustainable Gift category, as well as the Judges’ Choice award.

Liz Retires After 29 Years

Henry & Co’s Bridgnorth store manager, Liz Shelvey, has retired after 29 years. Liz originally worked in the store when it was Birthdays, which then took over the Clintons store. When the multiple went into administration, it was bought by Penmark Cards which was subsequently rebranded Henry & Co.

"Liz has been an absolute star for our retail store in Bridgnorth,” stated Henry & Co’s managing director Mark Rees. “As our long serving store manager she brought so many qualities to the role. For example, she was amazing at merchandising, had a great understanding of products and built an incredible team. Liz was also brilliant at customer service and always went over and above, building relationships with our customers. She will be greatly missed from the business and by the team."

l Lewis Samuels has joined Aspin, from Blue Alligator, as senior business development manager, bringing with him a wealth of experience and a proven track record in the field of iPad catalogue ordering apps. Right: Lewis Samuels.

l Clarion Retail has strengthened its marketing team with the promotion of Francesca Sequeira (Franky), who has been appointed senior marketing executive

Right: Francesca (Franky) Sequeira.

Sebnini Welcomed Lord-Lieutenant

May 10 was a very special day for bespoke private label home fragrancing company Sebnini. Having been awarded the King’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, in April 2023, Sebnini’s co-founder and managing director, Gert Schyberg, welcomed the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux, and nine other dignitaries, to the company’s new rural premises in Horley, Surrey, where he was honoured to be formally presented with the prestigious award.

The Lord-Lieutenant, a representative for King Charles, told Gert and the assembled guests: “It’s been fantastic to hear about the company and to meet you and your staff. I can see it’s a team effort, with everyone helping to design, produce, sell, procure, compute and so on. I hope you all feel a huge pride in this award.”

Added Gert, who said his proudest moment had been going to Buckingham Palace last summer where he met King Charles and the Duke of Edinburgh: “My deep, personal thanks to our staff. The award is a testament to their hard work and their professionalism.”

The family run business was founded by Gert and his wife Carina in 1987, with their son Sebastian now the company’s sales manager.

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Left: Hannah and Jack Dale. Above: Sebnini’s Gert Schyberg received the King’s Award from the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux. Above: Tom Willday (right) hands the Willsow book to King Charles at the Chelsea Flower Show. Above: Willsow’s ‘The Carrot Who Was Too Big For His Bed’. Above: Henry & Co’s Bridgnorth store manager Liz Shelvey, (centre), with her colleagues.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title: Area Sales Manager

Area: Midlands, including Oxford and Buckinghamshire and the Channel Islands.

Package: Competitive basic + commission, electric company car

COMPANY VISION

Wrendale aspires to be one of the best giftware brands globally and a household name across the world. We hope our customers who form part of the wider Wrendale community will love the brand not only for the products which are high quality, sustainably sourced, rich in unique detail, and always deliver a smile but also for the whole ‘Wrendale experience’. This encompasses all-around excellence from creative marketing and beautiful packaging to world class customer service. The success and sense of achievement is shared by an exceptional team who together form the core of the ‘Wrendale Family’, committed to delivering the vision and creating a happy and fulfilling environment.

THE ROLE

We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven salesperson with confidence and previous field sales experience to be our brand ambassador and spread the message of our company vision.

The ideal candidate will maintain strong relationships with our existing customers and grow sales in the Midlands with regular communication, presenting and promoting Wrendale Designs. Taking full accountability for all our customers in the designated territory and continue our reputation of excellent customer service.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ROLE

Experience of working within the greeting card and gift industry (not essential but preferred)

• Proactive with a ‘hands on’ approach

Excellent communicator, presenter, influencer, and negotiator – internally and externally

• Enjoys working as part of a team but is self-motivated to work alone.

• Highly motivated to achieve in sales and account management.

Full clean driving license

Computer Literate

Please send your CV and covering letter to

Lisa Marcuccio

Head of Sales

Wrendale Designs

lisa.marcuccio@wrendaledesigns.co.uk

Mark Jones Is The GA’s New Chair

The GA’s AGM on 8 May started a little later than scheduled due to a train strike, but it was ‘house full’, as members of the Association, along with many familiar gift industry faces, battled travel issues to make it to Federation House, the GA’s HQ in Birmingham.

Is The New Deputy Chair

Gisela Graham’s commercial director Mark Jones was confirmed as the new chair of the National Committee, taking over from BuyFrom’s founder Louise Welsby. Stephen Illingworth, co-owner and ceo of Widdop & Co was appointed as the new vice chair.

“As I pass the baton to Mark I am confident in the direction and future of The Giftware Association,” stated Louise. “The foundations we have built — from Gift of the Year growth to the educational and digital enhancements — are solid, alongside the unwavering passion of our members and the dedicated support of the GA team. Our industry is poised for even greater achievements, and I am eager to see where the new leadership will take us,” she continued. “With a commitment to nurturing

talent, embracing innovation, and fostering a supportive community, the future of the giftware industry is undoubtedly very bright.”

Louise also praised Sebnini’s co-founder and managing director Gert Schyberg who stepped down from the National Committee after 15 years of service. “It has been an honour to be an officer alongside Gert for the past four years,” she emphasised.

Mark told PG&H: “My role as chair is to support the GA’s ceo Sarah Ward and bring my expertise to the wider industry. We will also be looking for new members of the National Committee, fresh faces who will strengthen it. For example, it would be good to have representatives from the gift industry’s smaller manufacturers and designers. My focus for the next two years will therefore be to strengthen the National Committee and to increase membership.”

Women In Gifts November Event

The GA’s ceo Sarah Ward, Nest’s owner Samantha Gibbs, and Products of Change’s Helena Mansell-Stopher, will be among those taking to the stage at the third Women In Gifts event taking place on Friday 22 November at the GA’s HQ in Birmingham. An interactive retail panel Q&A session is planned, featuring experienced retailers who will share their insights. There will also be an opportunity to enjoy the Christmas markets. Email: simone@roserelations.co.uk

Talking Tables Celebrates 25 years

Talking Tables’ 25th milestone anniversary was celebrated at the company’s HQ in April, with the Talking Tables team coming together with colleagues from the past, as well as friends who have helped build the business. Suppliers from China and Poland, who have worked with the company for 18 and 12 years respectively, joined family, former art workers, finance staff, photographers and agents, as well as senior industry figures, to include The Giftware Association’s ceo Sarah Ward.

It was fitting that the birthday was celebrated in this way, as founder Clare Harris pointed out: “That was the inspiration behind Talking Tables - time together, playing games, sharing food - a way to build bonds, memories and enduring friendships.”

She added: “When I set the business up, there were no gold party poppers on the high street. There were no matching party crackers, napkins, and tablecloths. That is now the norm. But family time and those magic moments are as important now as they ever were. Bringing people together, those friendships and family gatherings – you celebrate those moments and those are the things people remember. Creating and sharing those magic moments around a table and trying to create them as a business team… that’s what keeps us going. It’s those moments that makes us human.”

•Talking Tables is launching its first giftwrappings and accessories collection at PG Live, taking place on 4-5 June at London’s Business Design Centre. “It’s a comprehensive design-led and ecologicallyconscious collection for those who care for the planet and their people,” says Clare.

Boxer Gifts Opens Warehouse In US

Boxer Gifts has opened its own warehouse in Viriginia in the US. “During our expansion into the US, we’ve struggled to find a warehousing partner that could support our smaller operation and therefore decided to bite the bullet and invest in our own warehouse,” explained Boxer’s managing director Thomas O’Brien.

“Built by us from the ground up, our warehouse will be set up to meet our needs, offer a same day dispatching service and distribute our fun gifts, games and books, across the States.”

Continued Thomas: “For brands looking for advice on how to expand into the US market, or even US warehouse space, we’d be happy to help businesses avoid the pitfalls we encountered.”

NEWS IN BRIEF

l Bira recently launched 'High Street Matters' podcast for independent retailers, providing expert insights, trends and practical tips for thriving on the high street.

l Bookspeed has launched a new Taylor Swift book collection to tie in with her Eras tour.

l The Greats 2024 finalist Little Boat Gifts was shortlisted in this year’s Small Awards High Street Hero category.

l Everlasting Pencils, from gift company Puckator, were among the finalists in the Children’s Stationery Product of the Year category at the Stationery Awards 2024

Left: Mark Jones, the new chair of the GA’s National Committee is shown with outgoing chair Louise Welsby.
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Home & Gift’s Biggest Show Yet

Hundreds Of New And Returning Brands

Registration is open for Home & Gift’s 2024 edition, which returns to the Harrogate Convention Centre and grounds of the DoubleTree by Hilton Majestic Hotel from 2124 July. Once again, Home & Gift will showcase hundreds of top brands across a new expanded footprint, hosting over 15% more exhibitors than 2023.

21-24 July 2024

Visitors will find a show of two halves, say organisers Clarion Retail, with Halls A, B, C and M of the Convention Centre featuring sectors including Gift and Home, Jewellery and Fashion, and the Food Emporium. Buyers will also benefit from an updated layout in the hotel grounds for the Design Points, where a new entrance at the Rose Gate will lead visitors to the relocated Design Point 4 and Alfresco Bistro, also taking them to Design Point 3 and an extended Design Point 1, which will be hosting an additional 10% more stands in 2024.

It's the show’s biggest exhibitor line-up in years, with hundreds of new and returning

brands. Over 40% of this year’s exhibitors weren’t present in 2023, with 32% making their show debut.

For the second consecutive year, The Better Trends Company has curated the show’s trends feature, presenting three key trends for the Autumn/Winter season. The company has also designed Home & Gift’s look and feel, reflecting a ‘sun chaser’ theme centred around summer heat, al fresco dining and summer days.

“The Home & Gift team have worked incredibly hard to deliver a third successive year of double-digit growth, and we look forward to showcasing over 15% more brands again this July, giving buyers even more choice as they look for their next best-seller,” comments show manager David Westbrooke. “Visitors will notice a significantly larger footprint and an exciting new layout for the Design Points, with hundreds of brands exhibiting in 2024 that weren’t here last year.” Register now at www.homeandgift.co.uk

Left: Registration is open for Home & Gift 2024.

Socially Speaking

Visitors to Home & Gift will be able to enjoy a host of social get togethers. After the show finishes on Sunday 21 July, visitors and exhibitors can mingle at the Sundowners drinks party, sponsored once again by Progressive Gifts & Home. Monday night sees the return of the Home & Gift Show Party, with visitors invited to enjoy a ‘Pimms on the Lawn’ on Tuesday after the show.

Exclusively Show Incentives For Indies

Independent retailers interested in visiting this year’s live Exclusively show at London’s Business Design Centre on 12-13 June can take advantage of a package of incentives – including a £100 spending voucher - aimed at enabling them to enjoy the event for a minimum outlay.

The special deal means that any independent cookshop, gift shop, garden centre or retailer of small domestic electricals, living over 50 miles from the show’s Islington home, can claim travel expenses of up to £75. There are also a limited number of free hotel rooms available, as well as free hospitality including a two-course lunch for visitors and exhibitors.

The Exclusively £100 voucher, which will be accepted by all show exhibitors, can be used towards any single order with a minimum value of £300 minimum (net VAT), placed at the show.

The show includes over 140 exhibitors and 300 brands, as well as previews of key trends, trend talks and tours from trend forecaster, Scarlet Opus, alongside display and merchandising ideas. (See Table Talk on pages 57-59).

To book a place, visit www.exclusivelyshows.co.uk or email: kate@brookesandco.net

The Tower Of London Beckons

The British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) – a sponsor of The Greats 2024 Outstanding Achievement category - and the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) will be hosting their respective annual general meetings (AGMs) on the afternoon of June 6 at the historic Tower of London. Following the events, all attendees will be able to explore the crown jewels on a private tour, followed by a sit-down dinner to celebrate The Benevolent Society’s 100th anniversary.

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Registration Goes Live For Autumn Fair

Registration has gone live for Autumn Fair, (1-4 September, NEC), with over 800 brands confirmed and over 25% of the exhibitor lineup new to the show. Additionally, over 30% of exhibitors will be exclusive.

Ten definitive product sectors include gifts, home fragrancing, home décor, greetings, fashion, stationery and toys, September’s show will also see a greater focus on new and original products, local ‘Best of British’ suppliers and products, and sustainable suppliers.

The new collaboration with online marketplace Faire will help hundreds of exhibiting brands take orders on its platform from retailers attending the show, with retail visitors also gaining access to Faire's extensive global network of brands, helping them to discover thousands more unique products. In addition, there will be a 50% discount for new retailers on their first order to help them shop at the show and beyond.

To register visit https://www.autumnfair.com/visitor-registration Visit www.autumnfair.com.

The BATF and NAJ AGMs will be taking place on 6 June at The Tower of London
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Right: Busy aisles at last year’s Exclusively. Above: Shown at the Sundowners drinks at Home & Gift 2023 are Jo and Mike Webber of Jo Amor in Tiverton. Above: Registration is open for Autumn Fair.

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An Upward Trend

“2024 has been a testing year so far with all the negative press covering just about everything imaginable,” states Bill Nettelfield, co-owner of Bill & Bert’s

“The amount of rain we’ve experienced never helps, but we have become a

Rain, Rain Go Away

The weather has been a big factor in retail this year, with one of the wettest April’s on record not helping to encourage footfall. Plus, shoplifting has continued to escalate. So, how’s the year been so far for gift retailers?

destination for shoppers to Colchester, so we still get a great footfall. One of the sad topics of conversation - both locally, nationally, and in the media this year - has been about the rise in shoplifting. I took the decision, after all the lockdowns, that the bounce back from that period would be about shopping local, and with independent shops. To keep customer service at the forefront of Bill & Bert’s, I chose to up my wage bill and always have plenty of staff. We have a minimum of six people working here every day. This has also had the effect of being able to be all over any potential shoplifters, so yes, we have had some minimal stock shrinkage, but not anywhere near the level of the nationals.”

Tradewise, Bill says that Bill & Bert’s has managed to stay double digit % points ahead of last year, like for like, “which is wonderful,” continues Bill. “Various occasions this year have proved to be very strong for us.

Valentine’s, Mother’s Day and Easter were all fabulous trading weeks. We find that lots of promotions, with free drinks and food tastings, really help to keep customers in the shop for longer, who then spend more than they planned.

“Jellycat sent its huge Jack out on a world tour, and his first point of call was Bill & Bert’s for two weeks to coincide with the second anniversary of our extension on April 8. Jack was in the window for three days, prior to coming into the shop for photo opportunities. Customers travelled from all over to have their photos taken.

Adds Bill: “I find Top Drawer in January a great show to find five or six great new lines that won’t appear everywhere, helping to keep Bill & Bert’s fresh. Hopefully the rest of the year carries on in the same positive upward trend of the first five months, with the Euros and Father’s Day still to come.”

“We had a good start to the year with strong sales coming in earlier than expected thanks to an early Easter,” confirmed Laura Matheson, buyer, St Peters Garden Centre in Brockhill Village, Worcester

“Unfortunately. though, next came the rain which put a dampner on sales. We are extremely fortunate to have a fantastic restaurant with a very good reputation which helps us with footfall as, without this, we would have been hit very hard. Thankfully however, the sun came out for May which made all the difference. Plus, with the first May Bank Holiday came high footfall, and an uplift in sales, which was fantastic and very much needed.

“Nevertheless, as many retailers will be aware, we have all seen an increase in theft which has primarily hit our branded ranges. We have made a concerted effort to increase our presence on the shopfloor, and also put procedures in place to help combat this problem as it doesn’t seem to be going away. Being a large retailer is usually a positive, but unfortunately, not in this instance.”

Highlighted Laura: “Our gifts area underwent a refit last year and we are now seeing the impact this has had. Our biggest growth area has been in our fragrance and toiletries categories. Our bestselling ranges are from Freckleface, Inis, Heaven Scent and Wild Olive to name just a few, and we are working on expanding this category to provide even more local and UK made products.  Meanwhile, we are about to undergo a refit of our card department with Woodmansterne, which will give an already successful category a fresh new look, so we are feeling very optimistic about the rest of the year.”

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Inset: While the rain dampened footfall, the sunshine brought shoppers back to the high street. Inset: Bill & Bert’s in Colchester. Inset: St Peters Garden Centre, Worcester.

Opened A New Store

“It seems that the weather has impacted the whole country this year, but for us, as soon as the good weather came along, trade picked up,” confirmed David Lorimer and Kieron Cockley, co-owners of Brocante which has seven stores in Cornwall and two in Devon. “It’s been much the same for our suppliers too. Easter was good for us, and since then, business has picked up. Plus, we opened a second store in Salcombe on 26 April in time for the Bank Holiday and the Salcombe Crabfest.”

Explained Kieron: “Salcombe has proven to be a winning town for us, and when we were approached about the second site we felt it was a no brainer to make this our ninth store.”

Despite the escalation in shoplifting this year, David added that although it isn’t a huge problem for Brocante, it does happen. “We try to focus on giving great customer service which is definitely not what a shoplifter wants, and when we do get them, it’s always an opportunist.”

Roadworks Affected Footfall

“The cold, damp weather earlier in the year meant a welcome extension to the selling season of our winter accessory rangesnamely hats, scarves and glovesright through to mid-March. This all but negated the need for discounting and/or carrying over any of our existing stocks,” confirmed Judy Evans, owner of Williams of Audlem in Audlem

“In April, sales generally slowed to a snail's pace, as we were not only feeling the effects of general nationwide belt-tightening, but also some very unwelcome, lengthy and disruptive roadworks. They have been a bigger issue by far for us, than shoplifting.

“Our trade hit the proverbial kerb, but we capitalised on this by re-negotiating contracts, refreshing our paintwork, deep cleaning the stockroom - and just about any job you can think of that you don't ordinarily get time to do! From experience, these periods tend to be temporary so we

generally jump on the chance to devote our efforts towards reducing costs, researching new products, carrying out staff training, and improving our marketing, and other skills.

“Luckily, the recent warm weather seemed to suddenly lift the consumer mood, and we were finally able to prioritise our new Spring ranges. With the road closures finished, business is starting to bloom (rather than boom), with optimism in the air.”

Inset: Brocante’s new shop

Weather Impacted On Sales

“At Hugs & Kisses we have had a steady start to the year, but it has been really tough,” admits Hugs & Kisses owner Caroline Ranwell. “At the end of the first quarter we were slightly ahead of last year, and this quarter is much better. I don’t think the early Spring seasons helped, nor did the rainy, cold, utterly miserable weather! As we are in a village, extreme weather does affect our sales. If it’s too cold or too wet, people don’t want to come out. It’s the same when it’s extremely hotthey stay in their gardens.”

Our Hot Hits

“Trade has been OK so far this year,” confirms Bev Yates, manager at Maddison in Harborne. Speaking about the shop’s best selling products this year, Bev highlighted: “While cards have always been a good seller, it has been more of a struggle to find giftware with the ‘wow’ factor. However, candles and home fragrance have been continuing to sell well for us, with lots of beautiful products coming through. Jellycat too, continues to be one of our strongest sellers, with the company constantly coming up with amazing ideas.”

Above: Williams of Audlem, Audlem.
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Above right: Maddison, Harborne. Right: Hugs & Kisses, Tettenhall.
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ALove pattern. Love print. Love Artisanne Noir.

Blending design with influences from around

the world, the

rtisanne Noir is a new collection from luxurious lifestyle brand Sara Miller London featuring a medley of intricate patterns that have been designed to be mixed, matched and layered with a casual, bohemian feel. Combining cultural influences from around the world, the collection features four prints inspired by Morocco and the Middle East.

• The elegant Paisley is a contemporary twist on paisley tear drop. Entwined leafy details sit against the simplicity of an organic polka dot backdrop.

• The intricate Mandala is a complex mandala inspired geometric. It has been designed to be layered so that the patterns continue to grow.

• The delicate Bohemia trails leafy silhouettes that delicately frame the designs among peppercorn dots.

• The oriental Lotus features stylised blooms that float amongst a dense sea of polka dots.

“I love pattern as much as I love colour, and our new Artisanne Noir collection celebrates that,” says British award winning designer Sara Miller, who captures a little piece of the exotic in her uplifting designs.

“The collection takes its inspiration from my travels, pulling on both the informal and relaxed influences of Moroccan & Middle Eastern dining, as well as the breathtakingly beautiful patterns I discovered in Marrakesh,” explains Sara. “I loved visiting Morocco, and discovering the hidden treasures of the medinas and souksbazaars filled to the brim with lanterns with breathtakingly intricate patterns; rugs with thick pom poms, and beautiful craftsmanship -  surrounded by the aroma of spices and steaming mint tea.”

She continues: “And hidden behind simple studded wooden doorways, away from all the hustle and bustle of the crowds, the

new Sara Miller London

Artisanne Noir Collection introduces a unique new look and feel to the kitchen and dining experience.

About Sara Miller London

■ Sara Miller London is a luxury lifestyle brand, launched in January 2016.

■ The brand has been shortlisted for over 15 industry awards in the last three years, winning the Most Promising Young Designer at the Henries Awards in 2016 (the Oscars of the greeting card industry).

■ She also won Best Licensed Fashion or Talent Brand 2018, 2020, 2022, 2023 and 2024, at the Brand and Lifestyle Licensing Awards, up against the likes of David Beckham, Matthew Williamson, Emma Bridgewater and Joules to name just a few.

■ Sara Miller London’s collections now include over 1000 products across gift, stationery, bath and body, home fragrance, fashion accessories, handbags, luggage, tableware, kitchen storage & textiles, bed linen, cushions and home furnishings, including blinds, wallpaper, lampshades and fabric.

■ The brand is supported by major UK retailers including John Lewis, Next, M&S, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason, as well as nationwide independents. It is sold in 50 countries worldwide.

■ Activity has included the installation of dedicated Sara Miller pop-up shops, in-store events and award-nominated window displays. The full Sara Miller London collection is available to buy at www.saramiller.london

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lit with dappled lighting from lanterns, geometric carved wooden screens, draped fabrics, floor cushions, reflecting pools with lush palms - and tiles upon tiles of pattern bordering every surface.

“The symmetry and repetition within the patterns, used to create a beautiful harmony, and an illusion of depth and movement, was amazing. This idea of continuing patterns, layering and nesting prints across pieces in this collection comes straight from my time in the riads! And although I love pattern as much as I love colour, it has been so interesting to create something that strips the colour away entirely.”

Adds Sara: "I wanted to bring all the vibrancy from my travels

together in a homeware collection that had a comfortable feel - the tactile organic shapes echoing the warmth of large family gatherings, eating, sharing and enjoying time together," she explains. "The collection has been designed to express a person’s own individuality and can be laid in a variety of ways, layering different pieces to create a really eclectic bohemian look so that no two tables ever need look the same.

“We love how Artisanne Noir can be mixed and layered in with our other ranges, especially our India collection. Much of the inspiration comes from the same places, and the intense colour and black and white sit beautifully together.”

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Above: Designer Sara Miller with part of her new Artisanne Noir collection. Below: Part of the Artisanne Noir collections’ porcelain tableware, which has been developed in partnership with Portmeirion. Above: Artisanne Noir’s 100% cotton kitchen textiles have been developed in partnership with Elitetins.

LET’S PARTY!

For those that couldn’t be at the fabulous Gift Awards in May which united The Greats Awards with the Gift of the Year Awards, PG&H shares some memories of a very special night.

Inset: We’ve won! Big smiles from the delighted winners of both The Greats Awards and The Gift of the Year Awards who are shown on stage with their trophies. Left: London’s 5* Royal Lancaster Hotel. Below left: The Greats and the Gift of the Year trophies standing proud. Bottom left: Among the table gifts were an Ohh Deer notebook, a bespoke, personalised candle from Henry & Co, a bag from Messe Frankfurt and spices from Spice Kitchen. Below: Acclaimed fashion designer Jeff Banks, with partner Hannah Beech, were among the guests. Right: Good to see you! From left to right: Mark Saunders (left) and Stacey Mackay (second left) from Springboard Events, with Helen and William Crawford from the Old School Beauly.
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Below right: Enjoying a glass of bubbles in the pre-dinner drinks reception, (sponsored by Source Home & Gift), were Lorraine Haines (right) and Aga Marsden, owner of Highworth Emporium.

Left: Candlelight’s rock ‘n’ roll founder Mike Winch, RockStock’s front

out one of the

Right: Girls just wanna have fun!

Below: There was plenty to laugh about thanks to compere and comedian Andrew Ryan.

Left: Cheers! The Giftware Association’s Victoria Louise (left), Chris Workman, (second right), and Sarah Ward (right), with Buy-From’s Louise Welsby (second left). Right: Fashion designer Jeff Banks, and Laura Banner, membership and events officer at British Jewellery & Giftware International, drew the raffle. Left: Big smiles from seven of the 12-strong Team Best Kept Secrets, who all travelled to London for the awards from Morpeth. Right: The GA’s ceo Sarah Ward (left), and PG&H’s editor Sue Marks welcomed everyone to The Gift Awards. Far left: Crowning glory! Gingko’s Paul Sun having fun with the Gift of the Year’s My Gift of All Time trophy. man, belting band’s numbers. Inset: Rosie Made A Thing’s Rose Harrison, (left), along with Charlotte Dudley, were Inset: Live music from RockStock got everyone on the dancefloor. Below: A delighted smile from Gisela Graham’s Mark Jones, who received his prize of £250 worth of Ticketmaster vouchers, sponsored by Carte Blanche Greetings, from PG&H’s Ali Farrell. Below: Etcetera’s Katrina and Anne Raill enjoying a glass of fizz at the drinks reception.
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Inset: Looking forward to the night ahead were Lovely Libby’s Libby Holden (left) and Georgia May, and MiMi’s Julianna Moore and Sarah Lawrence. Inset: Guests enjoying a flutter at the casino.
Alice Mushroom Lamp Amber Crystal Light G WINNERS Smart Origami Lamp Gingko Design Unit C23c Holly Farm Business Park, Kenilworth, CV8 1NP, UK +44(0)1926676527 partnership@gingkodesign.co.uk www.gingkodesign.com Focus on Good Design since 2011 SUSTAINABILITY - UNIQUENESS - ELEGANCE 2024 My Gift of All Time Category Winner 2024 Best Contemporary Gift Category Winner We’re the only brand to win two category awards in the 2024 Gift of the Year Competition
Award sponsor MIDLANDS & WALES Award sponsor Award sponsor 2024 WINNER: Artichoke, Tynemouth NORTH & NORTHERN IRELAND INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR EAST ANGLIA INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR LONDON, SOUTH, SOUTH EAST &
Stephen Illingworth, ceo of Widdop & Co, category sponsor, presented the winning Greats trophy to Caroline Ranwell, owner of Hugs & Kisses in Tettenhall. She is shown with her husband Jon Ranwell. Left: Hugs & Kisses, Nuneaton. Right: Stephen gets ready to open the golden envelope.
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Mark Callaby, managing director and co-owner of category sponsor Ohh Deer, presented the Greats trophy to Artichoke’s Celina and Patrick Eason. Left: The winner is about to be revealed by Mark. Far left: Artichoke INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR Award sponsor 2024 WINNER: Attico, Westbourne WEST & SOUTH WEST 2024 WINNER: Bill & Bert’s, Colchester INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR 2024 WINNER: Hugs & Kisses, Tettenhall
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Phil announces the winner.
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Attico’s
Haskins, (right),
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Below: Phil Verrills, global sales director of Gift Republic, category sponsor, presented the winning Greats trophy to Bill & Bert’s co-owners Bill Nettelfield and Sarah Charlton. Also on stage is Bill’s daughter, Amy Myer, the shop’s social media guru. Comedian and Awards compere Andrew Ryan is shown on the left. Left: Bill & Bert’s.
INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR BEST SPECIALIST MULTIPLE RETAILER OF GIFTS BEST DEPARTMENT STORE RETAILER OF GIFTS BEST NEWCOMER 2024 WINNER: Just Lily Right: Jess England, business development manager, (left), and customer service’s Darcy Beattie, from category sponsor Life Charms, presented the Greats trophy to Rose Trow on behalf of Just Lily. Left: Jess and Darcy get ready to jointly read out the name of the winner. Right: Just Lily. Award sponsor Award sponsor 2024 WINNER: Lark London Far right: Lark co-founder Priya Aurora-Crowe was presented with the winning Greats trophy by Peter Beecroft of Allsorted, category sponsor. Right: Peter is about to announce the winner. Left: Lark. Award sponsor 2024 WINNER: Elphicks, Farnham Left: Alister Marchant, ceo of category sponsor Carte Blanche Greetings, presented The Greats trophy to Elphicks’ buyer Sandie Jenkins and managing director Alan Bushnell. Right: Alister steps up to the lectern.
PROGRESSIVE GIFTS & HOME 26 INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR SCOTLAND 2024 WINNER: Maia Gifts, Glasgow
Mark Saunders, director of Springboard Events, category sponsor, presented winners Soni Ahmed and Samantha Rose, founders of Maia Gifts, with their Greats trophy.
Mark holds the golden envelope. Right: Maia Gifts. Award sponsor
Above: Elphicks.
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Award sponsor Award sponsor BEST RETAILER INITIATIVE Stourport-on-Severn 2024 WINNER: Mooch Gifts & Home, Bewdley and
Bob steps up to the lectern. Left: Blue Diamond Group. Far right: Mooch Gifts & Home’s coowners, Jon May and Luke Jacks, were presented with their Greats trophy by Mark Jones, commercial director at Gisela Graham, category sponsor. Right: A beaming smile from Mark as he opens the gold envelope. Left: Mooch Gifts & Home. Left: Maybugs co-owner Greg Rose received his Greats trophy from Kate Winch, marketing director of Candlelight Products, category sponsor. Far right: A smiling Kate gets ready to read out the name of the winner. Right: Maybugs. OF GIFTS BEST GARDEN CENTRE RETAILER
Right:
On behalf of Henry & Co, category sponsor, retail consultant Bob Harper presented the Greats Garden Centre Retailer of Gifts trophy to Blue Diamond Group buyer Carla Ringer. 2024 WINNER: Blue Diamond Group For its artisan market initiative 2024 WINNER: Maybugs, Bexhill-on-Sea, Eastbourne and Hailsham PROGRESSIVE GIFTS & HOME 27 BEST NON-SPECIALIST Award sponsor Far right: Nicola Hibon-Jackson, owner of The Voewood, received her Greats trophy from Clare Harris, founder of Talking Tables, category sponsor. On stage with Nicola is Bastien Hibard. Middle right: Clare opens the gold envelope. Above: The Voewood. 2024 WINNER: The Voewood, Blackheath Standard RETAILER OF GIFTS BEST IN STORE OR WINDOW DISPLAY
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BEST CARDS & WRAP PRODUCT OR RANGE 2024 WINNER: The Traitors Special Edition Card Games from Ginger Fox Games Right: Sam Loveday, editor of LicensingSource.net, category sponsor, presented the GOTY trophy to Louisa Osmond, senior products development manager, and Bonita Foster, senior designer, at Ginger Fox Games. Left: The Traitors Special Edition Card Games from Ginger Fox Games. Far right: Sam gets ready to read out the winner’s name. Award sponsor Award sponsor Animal Kingdom Giant Map Far right: Rosie Harrison, (second right), founder of Rosie Made A Thing, along with the company’s product development manager, Charlotte Dudley, received their GOTY trophy from Warren Lomax, co-show director of PG Live, which sponsored the category. Left: Choccy Cards from Rosie Made A Thing. Right: Warren announces the winner. Award sponsor Right: Create An Amazing Animal Kingdom Giant Map from Clockwork Soldier. Left: Trina gets ready to announce the winner. OR RANGE BEST BRANDED GIFT PRODUCT BEST CHILDREN’S, EDUCATIONAL AND PRESCHOOL PRODUCT OR RANGE 2024 WINNER: Choccy Cards from Rosie Made A Thing 2024 WINNER: Create An Amazing THE MULTI-STORE GIFT CARD from Clockwork Soldier Left : Rob Dakin, director of Clockwork Soldier, received his GOTY trophy from Trina Scott-Priestly, head of retail partnerships at Lifestyle, category sponsor. PROGRESSIVE GIFTS & HOME 29 Award sponsor Right: Alison about to announce the winner. Left: Luxury Hand and Body Soaps from Oir Soap. Far right: Alison Graham, sales consultant at Clarion Events/Top Drawer, category sponsor, presented the GOTY trophy to Ruth Saunders on behalf of Oir Soap. Luxury Hand and Body OR RANGE Soaps from Oir Soap BEST BEAUTY, BATH & SPA PRODUCT

Notebooks made using recycled ocean waste plastic and 100% recycled paper.

Sustainable stationery with style

Protecting the planet and supporting children’s education projects worldwide with every item sold.

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As well as the Award-Winning A5 notebooks (featured left) we have expanded our OCEAN Collection to include, bracelets, clipboards and pens made from recycled ocean waste plastic, also new matching recycled pencils and shopping / list pads.

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the GOTY
Far right:
Chantelle White, event manager of London Stationery Show, category sponsor, presented
trophy to Beevive’s co-founders Jacob Powell and Faye Whitley.
The winner is about to be announced by
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DIY Bee Hotel Kit
VENT for Change’s founder Evan Lewis, and sales director, Lucy Heath, were presented with their GOTY trophy by Suzanne Ellingham, director of Source Home & Gift, category sponsor.
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Right: Founders Susie and Leon Gunn received their GOTY trophy from Aditi Panny, founder and ceo of Qalara, category sponsor. Left: Aditi gets ready to reveal the winner.
2024 WINNER: Sterling Silver Earrings Collection from Hollie Tree Silver and Scents BEST FASHION ACCESSORIES PRODUCT BEST DESIGN & CRAFT PRODUCT OR RANGE PRODUCT OR RANGE OR RANGE
Far left: Sterling Silver Earrings Collection from Hollie Tree Silver and Scents. Far right: Ginko Design’s Paul Sun, managing director and head of design, was presented with the GOTY trophy by Bhavika Pattni, head of growth, Spring & Autumn Fair. The category sponsor was Spring Fair. Left: Alice Mushroom Lamp from Gingko Design.
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Right: A big smile from Bhavika reveals the winner.
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Erdmann Kilian, director press, Messe Frankfurt/Ambiente, category sponsor, presented the GOTY trophy to Ste Smith, (second left), founder and creative director of Pikkii and creative director of WITH Creative. With him on stage are designers Sam Fearn, (centre), and Em Lemaitre-Downton. Centre: Erdmann reveals the winner. BEST INTERNATIONAL PRODUCT OR RANGE
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THE JUDGES’ CHOICE AWARD

2024 WINNER: Choccy Cards from Rosie Made A Thing

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

2024 WINNER: Hannah Dale, founder and

creative director, Wrendale Designs

One of the most prestigious categories at The Gift Awards is the special Outstanding Achievement Award, which is presented to someone who has contributed greatly to the UK gift industry.

This year, the Award, sponsored by the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF), was won by Hannah Dale, founder and creative director, Wrendale Designs.

Home/GiftsandHome.net, said:

In an extract from her citation, Sue Marks, editor of Progressive Gifts & investment banking, there was never

“The winner of tonight’s Outstanding Achievement Award was, if truth be told, never meant to be in gifts.

“A brilliant academic, who went to Oxbridge, and subsequently pursued a hugely successful career in any doubt that our winner was destined to be a high flier. However, when the shine eventually came off the banking world, our winner left power suits and a gold Amex card behind to embrace family life on her husband’s farm, close to where they had grown up.

“Well, the rest, as they say is gift and greeting card industry history, propelling our winner from the kitchen table in 2012 onto a global stage. In the ensuing years, the company has seen exponential growth through expanding its own product portfolio as well as through licensing partnerships.

“With a passion for wildlife, and a talent for art, our winner was quickly inspired by the countryside and outdoor life, combining motherhood with her drawings and paintings of animals, with her skill being to capture their personalities and characters, drawing on her zoology degree.

“Taking those paintings to local shops, it was a gift retailer who sowed the seeds in our winner’s mind that greeting cards might be the way to put their creative talents to good use commercially.

“The first stepping stone was The Ladder Club for newbie and emerging publishers, debuting on a tiny stand at PG Live 2012 , where it was the hit of the show. Harrogate Home & Gift followed, which led to a first licensing partnership with Portmeirion for six mugs - and the world of gifts.

“Over the past 12 years, that fledgling company has grown to become an international brand, with an £15m annual turnover.

“The company she still heads up with her husband, now employs over 70 people, with their products sold in 47 countries, including every single state in America. Many retailers here tonight will be among the company’s most loyal stockists, some from the very beginning.”

A delighted Hannah made her way to the stage, where she commented: “We have so many people to thank for this award, and many of them are in this room tonight. I’m really sad that (my husband) Jack is not here to celebrate with me as, true to our career, as always, he’s behind the scenes doing a lot of hard work, and I’m out here taking the credit for it.”

Continued Hannah: “This is an incredible industry. I feel so lucky to be supported by so many people and be part of this wonderful, wonderful industry that we have. So, thank you very much, I’m totally overwhelmed – I can’t believe it.”

Top: A proud Hannah with her trophy. Above: Hannah received the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF), from John Joyce & Kate Owen, past presidents of BATF. Right: A few words from Hannah, who said she was “overwhelmed” to receive the award.
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Right: David Westbrooke, show manager, Top Drawer, category sponsor, presented the GOTY trophy to Rosie Harrison, founder of Rosie Made A Thing, (right), and product development manager Charlotte Dudley.
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21-24 July 2024
Right: Choccy Cards from Rosie Made A Thing

Fragrances of Ireland, the creators of Inis (pronounced Inish, Gaelic for Island)based in a converted farmhouse in the County of Wicklow - proudly celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Loved in the UK – and indeed globally – for its uplifting fragrance, the USP of the company’s signature scentInis Energy of the Sea – is “that it makes people happy,” says Elaine Nolan, sales manager for the UK and Australia.

As with all the best business stories, the idea for Inis, now a global brand, began with a conversation around the kitchen table in 1983 between current managing director David Cox’s late father Brian and his uncle Donald.

“They thought it would be lovely to develop an Irish fragrance,” explains Elaine Nolan, sales manager for the UK and Australia, who joined Inis back in the mid ‘90s, straight from college.

“They’d both been interested in fragrance but felt that there was noone in Ireland doing it particularly well. They therefore decided to start an Irish perfume

company - albeit part-time, as they both had other jobs - with samples and fragrances that were sniffed at home by family and friends.”

Initially, Brian and Donald developed a perfume called Innisfree, a stunning lake in the West of Ireland, based on a poem by Ireland’s W.B. Yates. It was a perfume for women, which was followed by a men’s scent, Patrick, (named after the patron saint of Ireland). However, David wanted to create a fragrance that smelt like a summer’s day by the sea - a scent that gave people a feeling of happiness. The perfume also needed to reflect Ireland’s energy – clouds scudding

Inis’ Flagship Store

across the sky and a breeze blowing - and for the fragrance to be universal, not only loved by the people of Ireland but also the world over. An English perfumer, Arthur, was given the brief.

“He initially struggled with it, but when he was brought over to a beautiful beach in the West of Ireland, on a perfect summer’s day –

In the US Inis has over 4,000 independent stockists, and recently launched a flagship lifestyle store in Huntington Beach, California – its first foray into retail.

The store boasts a shimmering sea-blue floor and marine-inspired millwork, with visitors able to enjoy a view of palm trees and the Pacific Ocean while they shop. “It has given us an even better understanding of the retail market, and is especially helpful for new product development,” points out Elaine.

In addition to the Inis collections, the store also offers a curated selection of other ocean-inspired products including seashell art, coastal lifestyle jewellery and home décor.

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Inset: The company’s flagship store in Huntington Beach, California. Below: A display at The Barn gift shop at The Hollies in Little Budworth. Inset: Handcream is universally popular as a self-purchase or gift.

a place where David Cox holidayed as a child – he finally got his inspiration,” explains Elaine. “He sent over samples and the company instantly knew they had it!”

Fragrances of Ireland officially launched Inis Energy of the Sea in 1999. Now, 25 years later, Inis has become a boutique brand favourite around the world. The range has evolved to include the signature cologne in several size offerings, seaweed enriched bath and body care, and a home fragrance collection – all with the clean, fresh scent of Inis.

Protecting The Ocean

In keeping with Inis’ core values and ethos, ocean conservation and environmental preservation are at the heart of the business. Since 2001, the company has been the core funder of the Irish Whale and Dolphin group, dedicated to the protection, conservation and better understanding of whales and dolphins in Irish water and across the world.

So, what gives this very special fragrance its USP? “Quite simply, people from all over the world love it,” confirms Elaine. “Inis the Energy of the Sea is a unisex fragrance, an everyday scent - light, clean and refreshing - that’s great to start the day with. It instantly uplifts and brings a feeling of happiness,” she emphasises.

clothing boutiques. “Many of our customers have told us that Inis is their best seller in terms of return per square metre,” Elaine states. “Despite the cost-of-living crisis, people still want to treat themselves and others.”

“At trade shows – which are a big part of our business both in the UK and globally –buyers come onto the stand, try one of the samples, and are genuinely surprised at how lovely the fragrance is. In fact, once people try the fragrance, they’re hooked!”

At the heart of Inis – across Ireland, the UK, Europe, North America and Australia – are independent retailers, with export representing 90% of the business. “We are devoted to them,” says Elaine. After taking a five-year break in 2010 to stay at home with her young family (Elaine has four sons), she was asked by David Cox to return to the business and take Inis into the UK market.

The company now supplies 600+ retail stores in the UK to include gift and lifestyle shops, garden centres, farm shops and

The company does not sell to department stores or other big multiples, with Elaine emphasising that it’s independents that are at the core of their business. “We see ourselves positioned in the gift marketplace, and although our cologne is our bestselling item across the world, in the UK market, our diffusers have the highest penetration. Plus, we offer refills, which encourages repeat business alongside other key repeat products such as our cologne, shower gel and hand cream. The more people try Inis the more they buy it, not least because it reminds them of summer holidays.”

“By last August we were set up and ready to go, and today have over 50 retail customers and our own warehouse. It’s been a challenge, but very exciting for me personally,” she confirms.

Meanwhile, looking to the year ahead, and in response to retailer demand, Inis is developing a hair care range featuring a shampoo and conditioner, along with a set of three fragranced fabric drawer sachets for the home.

“What I love most of all about working in fragrance is being part of the gift industry,” says Elaine. “It’s so warm and friendly, and I can’t wait to meet up with our lovely UK customers again at Harrogate Home & Gift in July!”

Today, UK trade shows include Spring Fair, Autumn Fair and Harrogate Home & Gift. “I love meeting customers face-to-face in that environment,” Elaine confirms. “For us as a company, it’s not just about taking orders. With the help of our independent agents, we have built great relationships with small shops all over the UK.”

Customer support includes Inis’ cologne tester, vials and body lotion samples for consumers, with many retailers popping them into a customer’s bag at the till. “Our retailers tell us how much they appreciate our free fullsized testers and samples. We also offer our customers starter packs and a ladder floor stand, based on the size of an order,” highlights Elaine. “Plus, we do promotions throughout the year, and this summer, we have a lovely glass water bottle as a ‘gift with purchase’, which will be launching soon.”

Two years ago, a chance conversation at a trade show was instrumental for Inis debuting in the Australian market, “The decision was inspired by a fellow exhibitor at Harrogate Home & Gift in 2022, who worked in a different product sector to ours,” she explains.

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Inset: Inis cologne is loved across the world. Below left: Reed diffusers are a best seller in the UK.
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Inset: Inis exhibiting at a trade show in Australia.

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Our survey provided an insightful summary of the findings from our survey, reflecting the gift industry's resilience, challenges, and the path forward. It touched on various facets of business operations, from staff investments and export activities to growth predictions and the impact of broader economic and geopolitical issues.

The survey garnered responses, primarily from GA members in the retail and manufacturing sectors, representing the core of the Association. A key insight was overall business confidence among members, which, despite the challenges posed by the cost-of-living crisis, remains steadfast. This equilibrium of optimism and pessimism among respondents underscores the resilience and adaptability of our sector.

One poignant reflection, shared by a member, highlighted the urgency for a cohesive strategy to revitalise high streets and town centres, emphasising a peoplecentred approach to regeneration. This sentiment echoes the collective call for governmental collaboration and support in creating a conducive environment for retail and hospitality businesses to thrive. Meanwhile, growth expectations within the gifting sector present a cautiously optimistic outlook, with 32% of brands anticipating higher growth, despite prevailing economic uncertainties. This optimism is, however, tempered by concerns over consumer spending, as financial pressures have

GA Member Survey Findings

Earlier this year, a comprehensive survey carried out by The Giftware Association – which was open to all members - set out to gauge the health and future outlook of the gift industry. The findings highlighted overall business confidence, with growth expectations within the gifting sector presenting a cautiously optimistic outlook, says ceo Sarah Ward.

curtailed the discretionary spending that traditionally fuels the gift industry.

The survey also shed light on the export landscape, revealing a mixed sentiment, but a noticeable pivot towards exploring international markets for growth. This diversification strategy is crucial as businesses navigate the complexities of trade in the post-Brexit era, which, as highlighted by many respondents, has introduced significant challenges and costs, particularly in trading with the European Union.

According to the survey, workforce trends within the gift sector reflect a commitment to maintaining and potentially increasing staff levels, despite economic pressures. This is a testament to the gift industry's resolve to support its workforce, even as businesses grapple with rising operational costs, including minimum wage increases.

Additionally, investment intentions among our members indicate a determination to sustain or even increase business investment levels, underscoring the sector's forwardlooking stance and its readiness to seize growth opportunities. However, this ambition is hampered by ongoing

challenges such as Brexit-related disruptions, which have markedly impacted export activities and operational costs. The need for more supportive governmental policies and practical assistance for SMEs, especially in navigating the complexities of international trade, was a recurring theme in the feedback.

Furthermore, the pandemic has left a lasting impact on the gift sector, altering consumer behaviours and presenting both challenges and opportunities for adaptation and innovation. The shift towards online retail, for instance, has been both a boon and a bane, catalysing growth for some while sidelining traditional retail formats.

The survey results paint a picture of an industry at a crossroads, facing significant challenges but also possessing the resilience and innovative spirit to navigate through. As we move forward, it is imperative that we, as an industry, collaborate more closely with government bodies, leverage international opportunities, and continue to adapt to the evolving consumer landscape. Together we can chart a path towards sustained growth and prosperity for the giftware sector.”

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Left: The GA’s ceo Sarah Ward. Below: Among the findings of a recent survey by The Giftware Association was the urgency to revitalise high streets and town centres, with a people-centred approach to regeneration.

Talking Heads

The GA’s AGM on 8 May featured a line-up of insightful speakers, as well as a lively panel discussion covering everything from doing business in China to omnichannel retailing and the importance of LinkedIn. PG&H was in the audience, pen poised.

With a new chair and vice chair of the GA’s National Committee appointed at May’s AGM - Mark Jones, commercial director of Gisela Graham, and Stephen Illingworth, co-owner and ceo of Widdop & Co respectively - the next chapter for the Giftware Association began with a line-up of speakers who shared their individual journeys and what they’ve learned. Among them was Lang’s Keith Edmondson,

subsequently didn’t take up), to becoming joint managing director of the company, following a management buy-out (MBO) three weeks before lockdown in 2020.

He said that what he’s learned over the years is that understanding people and their situations is half the battle. “Also, you have to accept that you can’t do everything,” he

who took delegates through his career at the company, where he started out as a temp in the warehouse, prior to going to university, (a place he

Highlighting people was also a key focus for James Arnold, founder of award winning financial services company Birchstone Markets. “In a commoditised world, service and quality of people are two very important factors in financial services when delivering FX risk management, cash deposits and commercial finance,” he stated.

setting up consultancy Retail100 with three former JLP colleagues. “We have great skill sets in business and now work collaboratively with various companies. Between us we covered every department store category and are very open and honest about what we can do for businesses.”

A break for lunch – affording an opportunity for attendees to network with industry colleagues - was followed by an afternoon panel session, facilitated by The Giftware Association’s ceo Sarah Ward. The line-up included Mark Jones, Stephen Illingworth and Sebnini’s co-founder and managing director Gert Schyberg, alongside the GA’s marketing and PR manager Chris Workman, new business development manager Alina Masood Aziz and head of membership Victoria Louise.

“The way people operate, and their values, are the most important thing and are our number one asset,” he emphasised.

The morning session ended with Retail100’s co-director Anna Berry, a former buyer at the John Lewis Partnership for over 33 years, talking about her career trajectory with the department store, and how it’s evolved since

Having received the King’s Award For Enterprise: International Trade in 2023, Gert Schyberg took attendees through the company’s journey, offering advice to other businesses thinking about applying. He also offered expert advice to brands looking to branch out into private label, something Sebnini did in 2010.

Meanwhile, Mark Jones was asked how brands can derive value from omnichannel retailing. “Omnichannel gives a company scalability, an opportunity to extend its reach,”

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Inset: From left to right: The GA’s ceo Sarah Ward; new chair Mark Jones and vice chair Stephen Illingworth. Below left: Langs’ joint managing director Keith Edmonson.
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he pointed out. “It also controls a company’s presence online, but the challenges are that every platform has a different way of working and managing data. Therefore, you have to get your platform right.”

Having recently opened an office in China, Stephen Illingworth was asked about doing business in the Far East. “In 2024, it’s very easy for people to say stop buying from China, but nothing matches the efficiency, speed, scale and quality level that is the Chinese way of working. India is good, as is Turkey and Poland, and Portugal for ceramics. However, in today’s cost-of-living crisis, China is still the best at providing quality product at the right price. And while we’ve opened an office in China, at the other end of the spectrum, we are also growing the manufacturing side of the business at our HQ in Manchester.”

Asked about sourcing and ethical practices, Stephen advised companies to be cynics. “There is no question that is a bad question to ask a supplier,” he stated. “Today, you have to take people a lot less for their word and never be afraid to interrogate them.”

Benefits Of Membership

“Joining The Giftware Association isn't just about membership—it's about unlocking exciting opportunities for businesses,” said the GA’s head of membership Victoria Louise. “As a member, companies gain access to a wealth of resources and support to help their business thrive. From internationally recognised awards to legal and HR advice through our Business Mentoring Scheme, we're here to protect and promote our members’ interests.”

Highlighted Victoria: “But it's not just about protection, it's also about connection too. Our extensive network of experts, suppliers and retailers means that members will never be alone on their journey. Plus, our regular meet-ups and educational webinars ensure members stay ahead of the curve. You don’t know what you don’t know!”

“Brands that do well are those that ask me lots of questions before entering. It’s very much about companies thinking about what they are creating. It’s also been a huge benefit to entrants, and to retailers, to have the Gift of the Year’s live judging at Spring Fair,” he added.

Speaking about her role as the GA’s head of membership, Victoria Louise emphasised that the Association exists for the benefit of members, to support their businesses. “We have an expert available in every area. All businesses have different personalities, challenges and questions, and the knowledge people can garner from the Association and our members is invaluable,” she pointed out.

Speaking about the growing importance and influence of the Gift of the Year competition, Chris Workman, explained:

Chris also stressed the Association’s education side, which is there to help both members and nonmembers. “There is so much covered on our website, from HR to marketing, and much more besides,” he pointed out. “A lot is free, and it’s a resource we offer to everyone to use. We are always on the look out for gaps to fill too.”

reason for the journey in order to make customers connect in a meaningful way, and from purpose comes profit.”

She also stressed the importance of LinkedIn as part of a company’s business strategy. “It is about people, it’s about you and your brand. It encourages conversation. Everyone on it wants to grow their community and it gives companies a purpose and a voice. It’s very multi-faceted and an amazing platform and opportunity.”

During the day, Sarah Ward reminded attendees that along with Chris Workman and Alina Masood Aziz, all three would be putting on their walking boots to take part in Cardgains’ It’s Not Grim Up North 17.5mile Sheffield Round Walk charity challenge on Thursday 27 June – which is hoping to raise £35,000 for

Asked about what makes a good sales team, Mark Jones said a team was only as good as the effort a company puts into it, and the type of person they employ. “Look for hungry people who will drive the business forward,” he advised.

Buy-From’s founder Louise Welsby highlighted the importance of companies owning their brand purpose. It’s vital,” she underlined. “Consumers are looking for meaning in their purchases which is absolutely critical. It all comes back to the ‘why?’. You have to connect people to the

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Inset: The panel discussion at the GA’s AGM in May. From left to right: Chris Workman, Louise Welsby, Gert Schyberg, Stephen Illingworth, Victoria Louise and Mark Jones. Below: Retail100’s director Anna Berry.
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Inset: At the GA’s AGM, Louise Welsby handed over her chain of office to new chair Mark Jones.

Our summer stock was arriving thick and fast, but customers were definitely not in that summer mindset in April, and we did (albeit prematurely!) start to have a panic. The primary sales in April were presents and cards, hinting that there was an overall restriction on disposable income. I must admit, we were worried that this was a sign of the times, and more scarily, of things to come, but the appearance of the sun in May definitely helped to revive this stagnation in sales, particularly in the boutique. It’s amazing how a glimpse of sun can alter people’s mindset. The weekend Rayleigh hit 25 degrees, people were enthusiastically popping in to buy multiple clothing items for their holiday wardrobe. So, here’s hoping the sun sticks around a little longer! Looking forward, the next event in the retail calendar is Father’s Day. While it’s not one of our major seasonal celebrations (we are definitely more of a female gifting destination!), we always try to source unique gifts for people to pick up while passing through. We gravitate towards a theme we know is guaranteed to sell all year round – football – which is a huge hit for us –especially anything West Ham-related. So, we’ve topped up on our all year round best sellers - our boxed marble coasters. With a variation of price ranges, starting at £7.99 for one, and £29.99 for a set of four, these handcrafted coasters are available with prints of vintage football programmes, tickets and caricatures of iconic players, as well as comedic phrases such as ‘I’d rather be watching (West Ham!)”. Not only are they quirky and unique, there is also the benefit that they sell all year round.

Meanwhile, we’ve found that the primary sentiment Father’s Day gifts that sell are those targeted towards younger children buying for ‘Daddy’, which we’ve made sure to top up in preparation!

A new product we have this year is from White Cotton. We’ve stocked the company’s cards for years and were very excited when they released their new range of football socks! We first got our hands on them at Christmas and they sold out within in a week, so we were over the moon to receive our new delivery last month. Retailing at £6.99, we stock them in most major

Libbys Lines

With Father’s Day around the corner, and putting the wettest April on record to one side, Libby Holden, owner of Lovely Libby’s in Rayleigh, reveals why football themed giftware is the shop’s go-to.

Premier League teams. They’re the ideal price point for a pick up gift, meaning that we still have the benefit of generating Father’s Day custom despite not being the primary destination for ‘main’ presents. Another product we’ve found falls into this category is the Rosie Made a Thing coasters. They’re just £3.50 and always result in a giggle from customers. Again, a great add on gift that can also sell all year round. My favourite is the one that reads ‘there is no greater love than that between a grumpy dad and the pet they said they never wanted’. Accompanied with an illustration of a dad and a dog cuddling on the sofa, it’s proving to be the most popular so far!

We’re well known in Rayleigh for our window displays,

WITH MEN IN MIND

and this year our town councillors requested that shops in the high street turn their windows Forget-Me-Not blue in aid of Dementia Awareness Week (13–19 May). We took this opportunity to combine our Father’s Day window with all things blue to help raise awareness of the illness in our community, and we’re over the moon with how many people have stopped to admire the display. This involvement in community schemes is something we will always do. I think is imperative to small local businesses! Not only does it reflect a dedication to the town in which you’re based, it also has the benefit of raising our profile to those who reside there, a win-win for all.”

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Above: Among Lovely Libby’s best sellers are White Cotton’s Premier League football socks. Above left: An eye-catching window display for Father’s Day.

Card Sharp

Ifind it incredible that there are two great industries, giftware and gift cards, yet there seems to be little or no overlap at the moment,” says Trina Scott-Priestley, Lifestyle’s head of retail partnerships. “As gift card specialists, I hope we can start to bridge that gap and educate companies – especially the smaller companies - about the opportunity a gift card presents. One simple product with so many opportunities.” The gift card market, said to be growing twice as fast as retail, and valued at £7bn (source: KPMG), covers consumer purchases

Gift cards in supermarkets and other major high street retail Motivates), wants to encourage SMEs to buy into the concept too. “It’s a win win,” Trina Scott-Priestley, the company’s, head

through to businesses that use the cards as a ‘reward and recognition’ tool for employees, a market that’s grown significantly since the pandemic. Employees can be rewarded with a card – ranging from £5-£5000 - in recognition of long service or personal achievements, promoting a culture of kindness within an organisation, with recipients able to spend their card in over 250 major brands including Caffè Nero, TK Maxx, M&S and Argos. “It encourages staff retention and therefore lowers business costs,” points out Trina, with the company recently publishing its own ‘It’s Cool To Be Kind’ report in January. Lifestyle became a standalone brand six years ago, originally part of the B2B rewards offering at Red Letter Days. “Red Letter Days was a company acquired in 2015 by ‘Dragons’ Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis,” explains Trina, a former accountant and software

A Force For Good

Lifestyle’s values include being a force for good, giving back to people and the community.

In 2022 the company joined the ranks of over 4000+ companies by becoming a B Corp certified business, focusing on their three key pillars - people, planet and profit.

“We’re proud to be the only certified company in the gift card space that currently holds the accreditation,” states Trina.

‘Walking the talk', Lifestyle is committed to being a sustainable and ethical business, with initiatives to give back to communities and the environment and to reduce its carbon footprint, as well as adopting environmentally friendly and sustainable materials.

consultant who joined Lifestyle just over a year ago. Three years later, following a management buyout, (MBO), Motivates was born, with Lifestyle splitting from Red Letter Days to focus on providing customers with expert advice on how to make rewarding easy.

In 2020, the company partnered with InComm to go into the gift card mall space too, starting out in Sainsbury’s, Asda and WHSmith. Today, Selfridges, Primark, H&M, Asos, Pizza Hut, JD Sports, Boots, Odeon, Costa and Cineworld are among the 250 brands on board. “That decision transformed the business,” states Trina. “We were the first two step multi-choice gift card company in

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Inset: Trina Scott-Priestley. Pages 48-49: Some of the many multi-choice gift cards available from Lifestyle.

the sector, which has helped the company to grow significantly, making Lifestyle one of the market leaders in the multi-choice space, where a card can be swapped for a large variety of partners across all categories. For example, a customer can swap their Lifestyle gift card for anything from Asos to cottages.com and so many more,” she explains.

There seems to be a Lifestyle gift card for everything – Ultimate, Birthday, Thank You, Congrats, Eat, Home and Fashion & Beauty –with recipients able to use the card to redeem everything from a coffee to a holiday, with the multi-choice aspect giving consumers greater choice and flexibility. While multi-choice gift cards are a staple within the UK gift card market, there is still “so much opportunity for new brands and consumers,” says Trina. “We are therefore continuing to educate people on how best to use the product, and where it can add value to both the purchaser and the recipient.

Having doubled our B2B client base in the last two years we are now continuing to thrive in the B2C space. The card creates new opportunities for us to drive innovation within the gift card marketplace, and with the retailers that we work with. There are so many opportunities that are still to be explored.”

partner with retailers who are unfamiliar with the gift card space, and a 100% incremental sales channel featuring a controlled ‘closed loop’ card. The company also provides an additional, and relatively cheap form of marketing support, where a brand can be seen by millions of redeemers, boosting brand awareness. Plus, there is a no risk entry to market, with a discount-only model available. “If we don’t sell a company’s gift cards then there is no cost,” explains Trina.

“It is the one product that you can create digitally at no cost – making it ideal for SMEs – offering another product, payment method and access to new markets and new customers,” she continues. “We have created a business model that enables small companies to become our partner, while helping them to sell their gift card. This enables us to build our portfolio of new brands that meet consumer demand, be it sustainability or shopping with independents.”

Lifestyle is also seeing an increasing number of larger high street retailers starting to focus on their gift card offering, with the company looking forward to introducing them to the multi-choice gift card world too.

Gift Of The Year Gift Card

Working alongside The Giftware Association, Lifestyle, (which this year sponsored the Gift of the Year’s Best Children’s, Educational and Pre-School Product or Range category), has been working on a Gift of the Year gift card, bringing together all the shortlisted companies, past and present. “This is a unique initiative and it’s very exciting to see it come to life,” enthuses Trina. “It’s a gift card that can be purchased and redeemed at any of these fantastic brands.”

Also helping to differentiate Lifestyle in a crowded marketplace are several other USPs. They include the number of brand partners that the company works with; the ability to

“This is where the opportunity for small companies is so important. Getting involved with the multi-choice gift card market as it continues to grow puts them ahead of the curve, and working with us means that they can be up and running very quickly. Most ecommerce platforms have the ability to create gift card codes which can be supplied to us in bulk, ready for any of our customers to swap for. Once we have all the requested information we can be up and running in days.”

So what else will drive Lifestyle forward year? “As well as expanding into new retailers we will also be unlocking new market areas, bringing our cards to a wider and more unique audience,” confirms Trina. “Last November, we created a combined greeting card and gift card – becoming the first company, in the UK, to do this - and we are working on more innovation in the greetings and gift space. Meanwhile, we are currently developing a gift card that’s focused on parent and baby brands to continue to support our growing gift card mall space across high street retailers. We are therefore continuing to build portfolios of brands on request, demonstrating the consumer/retailer demand for the multichoice gift card.”

Challenges - such as ways to push boundaries, and to be the first to marketare seen as opportunities for the company, encouraging Lifestyle to think about what it can do to stay ahead. “There are lots of new opportunities coming through this year, such as expanding across gift card malls, and working on new gift card products,” highlights Trina.

“I love to innovate, and to be driving change in this market. I have ambitions to open up the gift card market - that has traditionally been dominated by the retail giants - to smaller boutique and niche brands. We are excited to be doing things differently, working with companies of all sizes to bring them together to give consumers what they want - choice and flexibility.”

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ITake Good Care Of Yourself

n today’s troubled world, where both issues close to home, and external concerns such as crime, global wars, and a pervading general uncertainty prevail, it’s no wonder that people sometimes find it difficult to cope emotionally. Media headlines don’t help by constantly screaming doom and gloom, causing people to worry about not only today but the future too. To calm the mind, and help to promote a feelgood factor, it can be important to make time for self-care.

“The wellness sector is currently being driven by a multitude of factors, including a

growing awareness of the importance of mental and physical wellbeing,” says Claire Sowden, co-founder of Cotton & Grey. “Therefore in terms of our new launches this year, we've been attentive to these trends. For instance, we've introduced products that emphasise holistic approaches to wellness, recognising that mental and emotional wellbeing are just as important as physical health. Our Mind Body Soul collection, with our Twenty Minute candles, promote mindfulness, stress reduction, and overall emotional resilience.”

Karen Wilkinson, Fragrances Of Ireland’s US based marketing director, concurs. “As life stresses abound, consumers are more interested than ever in mood-boosting qualities in their self-care routines,” she points out, “with our partners and devoted users of Inis focused on value,

with an emphasis on the quality of ingredients. Our Inis The Energy of the Sea fragrance is clean and uplifting – a simple, everyday way to feel brighter and happier. And our body care range is formulated with carefully selected ingredients that nourish and rejuvenate the skin. These include sea minerals and our signature seaweed extracts, harvested from the pristine waters of the North Atlantic ocean,” points out Karen.

“Consumers are prioritising mental wellbeing with a growing desire for products that go beyond physical benefits to promote feelings of happiness and relaxation,” agrees Julia Cash, creative director at Mad Beauty. “Just the act of taking care of yourself physically can significantly boost your mood,” she points out. “This aligns with our approach, as our products are not only effective but also designed to spark joy and create a self-care ritual. An example is our Veggie Friends skincare, bath and body care range which taps into the growing demand for fun and playful products that add a touch of joy to daily routines. The collection injects vibrancy and cheerfulness into self-care rituals,

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Inset: Wild Olive’s Mineral Bathing. Infusions. Right: Heathcote & Ivory's Cloud Nine collection offers a holistic approach to personal care. Bottom: The Herb Wellness Lavender Box from Herb Dublin.
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enhancing the overall experience with its whimsical and colourful approach.”

Julia continues: “We are also leveraging the enduring appeal of beloved cultural icons with our brand new Disney’s The Lion Kinginspired range, commemorating the timeless classic's 30th anniversary. By incorporating must-have gifts, body, beauty, and hair care products, inspired by Disney's iconic characters, it offers consumers a unique opportunity to infuse their self-care rituals with a dose of magic and nostalgia.”

As the wellness sector continues to grow, Heathcote & Ivory remains dedicated to delivering innovative, highquality products that enhance wellbeing and elevate the everyday. The company has seen consumers becoming much more aware of sustainability, provenance, quality, effectiveness and thoughtfulness, which has been mirrored in their new launches this year. Highlighting the demand for sustainability, creative director Lesley Aaronson explains: “We have moved the Bronnley production back to the UK using only the finest raw materials that can be traced back to source, and we only use sustainable packaging. With the launch of Cloud Nine, we have a proven fragrance to make the user feel uplifted, and with the William Morris At Home Beautiful Sleep collection, we have a fragrance that over 90% of the consumers tested, confirmed it promoted sleep. With our latest launch, Nobody’s Child, we have gone even further and are using recycled material wherever possible.”

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Inset: Mindfulness from Cotton & Grey’s Mind Body Soul collection.

Left: Mad Beauty’s playful Veggie Friends range adds joy to daily self care.

Below centre: Positive vibes from Love Country.

go lives,” she points out. “We are being encouraged to turn of our phones, light a candle, run a bath, add some essential oils, close our eyes, take a deep breath and relax as often as we can, not forgetting to use a spray of pillow mist to ensure a relaxing night’s sleep. It’s why the Herb Wellness Lavender Box from Herb Dublin makes an ideal gift or self-purchase.”

“Wellness is very much the key driver in the bath and body sector, with self-care and mental wellbeing at the forefront,” says Julie Holmes, founder of Wild Olive. “Trends in manifestation, and interest in the metaphysical properties of crystals, has inspired our latest range, Mineral Bathing Infusions. A natural drawstring bag contains mineral salt from the Dead Sea and uniquely fragranced crystals,” she explains. “The infusion gives a soft, scented, charged bathing experience, and afterwards, the fragranced crystals can be used for meditation, manifestation or as a drawer scenter. Value is also key at this time, and at £4.99 RRP it represents a thoughtful gift or personal treat,” adds Julie. “Plus, we have also created a range of candles for the ultimate bathing experience.”

crystals attached), 18 wishing stone cards, and ten wishing candle cards with different coloured candles attached. “Each card is illustrated on a theme to nourish the mind, body and soul,” explains Sarah.

“In today’s busy world, more and more people are trying to gain inner wisdom and sanctuary,” she continues. “To slow down the hectic days, they are turning to healing crystals and the mind, body spirit culture as part of their daily lifestyle and personal development.

“At Love Country, we’ve focused on this popular lifestyle trend by releasing a different card and gift collection which promotes selflove, meditation, mindful living, manifesting someone’s dreams, and all-around good vibes. It’s been designed specifically to offer thoughtful gifts supporting positivity and mental health.”

Adds Sarah: “Each crystal, gemstone and candle used in the collection has been carefully chosen for its unique healing properties and purpose.”

It seems that self-care is are no longer an option but a must for many people. And aside from self-purchasing, there’s a wide array of products which would make a welcome gift for those who may be struggling.

With most time-stressed people preferring a quick shower, Enesco’s trade marketing manager, Aylish Ellwood, says that there seems to be a renewed love for the bathtime, self-care ritual. “Time out, time to unwind, to switch off and just relax is vital to our go, go,

Staying with crystals, Sarah Reilly, founder of Love Country, has launched a crystal card collection featuring wishing stones and wishing candles. The collection features three card and gift-in-one elements: six crystal cards (with real

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Inset: Inis The Energy of the Sea body butter.

1: Inis

Rejuvenating Body Butter

Full of nutrient rich seaweed extracts and sea minerals, the luxurious treatment cream rejuvenates and provides deep, lasting hydration. Shea butter, coconut oil and aloe vera leave skin silky smooth, while vitamin and antioxidant-rich argan and evening primrose oils help keep skin supple and conditioned. Especially good for dry areas, it makes an amazing after-sun treatment too.

Inis

T: +3531 286 7125

E: hello@inis.com

W: www.inis.com

2: The Naked Bee

‘All the good stuff none of the bad stuff’, natural and organic ingredients and part of the Operation Pollination Project, The Naked Bee’s most popular fragrance is the original Orange Blossom scent, followed by the Coconut and Honey and the Grapefruit Blossoms Honey collection. Xystos’ bestselling high-quality range is popular in both garden centres and gift shops alike and is supported by a free of charge quality wooden display stand. You can check out the full collection on the website.

Xystos

T: 0191 499 1570

E: sales@xystos.co.uk

W: www.xystostrade.co.uk

3: Create Some Tranquil Moments

With the growing awareness of the importance of mental and physical well-being, Cotton & Greys Tranquillity Candles from the Mind Body Soul

Collection of 20-minute relaxation candle gift sets, encourage 20 minutes of focused time each day, promoting mindfulness and restoring inner calm. Each box contains 12 x 20-minute candles and a ceramic holder. See all the designs across the collections at www.cottonandgrey.com/brochure.pdf

Cotton & Grey Ltd

Visit: PG Live, Stand 537

T: Claire on 07876763774

E: info@cottonandgrey.com

W: www.cottonandgrey.com

4: Oasis Of Calm On The Go

10ml Roll-Ons with Essential Oil Blends are compact, easy-to-use roll-on 10ml bottles providing a swift aromatherapy experience, ideal for moments of stress or tension, offering a muchneeded oasis of calm on the go. Made with 100% pure essential oils and enriched with Vitamin E base oil for skin-safe application.

Agnes & Cat

T: 01142677723

E:  enquiries@agnesandcat.org

W: www.agnesandcat.org

5: Perfect Relaxation Bath Kits

Encourage self-love, gratitude and inner healing with the herbal ritual bath kits from Something Different Wholesale. The natural and vegan bath salts are made with Himalayan salt and infused with essential oil to boost self-esteem and relaxation. Light a spell candle, visualise a goal and transform bath time into a ritual focused on self-nurturing. Ritual bath kits for happiness, selflove, abundance and stress-less are available. Something Different Wholesale

T: 01792 940288

E: customercare@somethingdifferentwholesale.co.uk

W: www.somethingdifferentwholesale.co.uk

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Come and see us at the following shows. Contact us to make an appointment. Stand number EH276 Stand number M-A10 +44 (0) 1386 421 622 info@captivatebrands.co.uk www.captivatebrands.com Exclusively distributed by

Table Talk

As home entertaining, dining al fresco and tablescaping continue to trend, what will consumers be looking for in housewares and tableware this year and into 2025? Exclusively, organised by Brooke House Exhibitions, will be revealing all in June – to include insightful seminars and displays from trend interpreters Scarlet Opus, created from exhibitors’ products - with the show featuring some 250 brands, many of whom are new to Exclusively this year.

Among the companies exhibiting is Captivate Brands. Brand new for SS 2024 is Maxwell & Williams, with Cath Kidston, Mary Berry and Yvonne Ellen part of Captivate’s licensed portfolio, with all especially strong on gifting.

“The pandemic – which made it difficult for people to get together - has brought home entertaining into sharp focus, with an emphasis on the table as the focal point for getting together with friends and family,” says managing director Kevin McKay.

As Exclusively gets ready to open its doors at London’s Business Design Centre on 11-12 June, PG&H takes a look at some of the newest launches from exhibitors, as well as who is doing what in the home entertaining/gifting space.

“There is a strong demand for mix and match – something we have running through our quintessentially British brand Cath Kidston, with bold designs across dinnerware, textiles - and even glassware - within some of the collections. We also have a selection of Christmas designs coming out, where we’re expecting a strong response.”

Highlights Kevin: “Another of our licensed brands, and, in fact, the first one in our portfolio, is Mary Berry. The products have all been designed with Mary, who, of course, is very much about family occasions. Therefore there are a lot of serveware pieces and simple styling, with Mary suggesting that items such as the acacia wood pinch pots – for

salt, pepper, herbs and spices - from her Signature Collection, make a great gift to take to a dinner party for the host.”

Staying with licensed tableware, Pure Table Top will be unveiling a brand new collection by illustrator and designer Eleanor Bowmer. Launching in June, it’s been inspired by Eleanor’s childhood summers spent across the pond, with the new all-American Electric Coast collection marrying Eleanor’s vibrant design style with a new range of dinnerware, serve pieces, glassware, table linens and accessories.

Explains Pure

Table Top’s content manager Ellie

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Inset: Sales of Mepal’s Silueta range are increasing. Inset: Mary Berry with her Captivate Brands Signature Collection giftable pinch pots. Above: Pure Table Top’s new Eleanor Bowmer American Electric Coast collection. Left: Lifetime Brands Mikasa x Sarah Arnett teapot.

The perfect gift for busy people

The Mepal Vita drinking bottle with its elegant design can be used with both still and carbonated drinks, is completely leak-proof and available in three sizes. The Mepal Vita Bento lunch bowl defines a new generation of eating on the go. With its unique 100% leakproof twist lid and five separate compartments you can enjoy a different lunch every day – hot or cold.

Mepal Vita products are available in five modern stylish colours for the perfect present – or why not create a gift set with a bottle and bowl combination?

Mepal has been producing smart products to store and take along food and drinks in, since 1950. Over 80% of our production takes place in The Netherlands and these products are being assembled in various social workplaces. Mepal products are built to last a lifetime, due to their high quality materials and the availability of spare parts. Both products are 100% recyclable.

Visit us and discover the Vita range at the Exclusively Housewares Show from 11th-12th June in London, Stand EH120 or contact j.stalder@mepal.com 07384 317364.

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Wilcock: “The collection embraces the 2024 trend for ‘creative confidence’, with playful hand-drawn icons including palm trees, lips and the iconic eye. By combining retro elements with expressive pattern and print, it’s a striking range that adds energy and expression into the kitchen, dining, and entertaining areas of the home, with each individual piece in the collection ideal for gifting. All items in the collection bring a mood-boosting pop of colour that captures the nostalgic feeling of summer sunsets and the love we feel when we’re surrounded by family.”

Also exhibiting at Exclusively is Eddington’s, with managing director Richard Walker emphasising that the company is seeing consumers steering towards trusted brands that reuse and recycle materials, as well as brands that offer something unique in terms of style, form and function.

Mepal. “As we move to warmer weather. we are seeing home entertaining being extended to the outdoors, with demand for our new outdoor tableware range, Silueta, rapidly increasing,” says Mepal’s country manager Joe Stalder. “This new range is made in the Netherlands from PP & PET and is 100% recyclable. unlike melamine tableware.”

As Joe points out, home entertaining doesn’t end when the guests leave. “Consumers are becoming far more conscious of food waste, and consequently we are also seeing sales steadily growing for our food storage products along with lunch boxes and drinks

“Our brand partner Guzzini offers style and environmental sustainability all-in-one, with the Dolce Vita serveware collection –which is ideal for outdoor entertaining, BBQ’s and parties - made entirely of bio-based plastic, a renewable, non-fossil, organic material, derived from plant waste. Products include bowls, salad servers, pitchers and drinkware in trendy jewel colours, which are all ideal for lazy summer days.”

this year, the brand launched Portmeirion Minerals, a new stoneware collection inspired by nature. Explains Portmeirion Group’s brand manager Diane Clark: “It was inspired by ‘comfort core’, a predicted trend for 2024, and is based on people wanting to find comfort in their homes after the uncertainly of the last few years. The simplicity of the Minerals collection, and the flexibility to mix and match with other collections, makes it an ideal fit for this trend.”

bottles, with our new range of Vita bowls and bottles on show at Exclusively.”

Making Memories

With the kitchen the heart of the home, accessories need to reflect that through form and function. “More than ever, people are making the most of spending time together and entertaining at home, so are wanting to find pieces for their home and kitchen that are both beautiful and practical,” says Wrendale Designs’ founder and creative director Hannah Dale.

“Our latest range of kitchen textiles and tinware are perfect for enjoying time with family and friends. They’re about making memories in the kitchen, whether it is baking together or hosting an intimate meal.”

In addition, he highlights that for sleek style, form and function, Eddington’s brand partner Stelton offers Scandinavian design-led housewares and drinkware. “The BRUS carbonator allows people to create their own fizzy water, juices and drinks at home, cutting down on the need for single use, disposable drink bottles,” explains Richard.

Also putting a focus on outdoor dining is

Lifestyle Brands’ product director, Emma LewisJones, says that giftable tableware has evolved into a year round category. “Staying in is the new going out, and social media tablescaping and homeware styling continues to

drive the desire for must-have items to impress across a variety of consumer profiles making it easy to see why giftable tabletop is such an important focus,” she comments. “Our Mikasa x Sarah Arnett designer collaboration is filled with gorgeous gifts across tableware and barware guaranteed to fill consumers with that must-have ‘found it’ feeling.”

Meanwhile, bringing something different to the table at Exclusively is Portmeirion. Earlier

Gift companies too, are also tapping into the tabletop space. At Rex London, Scott Clarke, head of sales and operations, says: "We're leaning into the popularity of home entertaining with our new tabletop glassware and candle ranges.”

As Enesco’s trade marketing manager, Aylish Ellwood, points out: “People are ready to create a mood lifting gathering created by colour, so that everyone knows they have arrived at an exciting party ready to have a good time. Designs by Lolita is an ideal showstopper as it features a hand-painted, embellished collection of glasses that bring fun to home entertaining.”

With trend-led tabletop bringing joy to the table, it comes as no surprise that more and more gift and lifestyle retailers are adding functional, fashionable colourful, sustainable serveware, glassware and more to their product mix, with gift retailers on the lookout for tableware that reflects the trends.

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Inset: A colourful bowl from Guzzini’s Dolce Vita collection from Eddington. Top left: Designs by Lolita, distributed by Enesco. Below left: Rex London’s Bubble glasses, tumblers and vases.
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1: Just The Thing

Just The Thing is the latest in-house brand from Captivate Brands and is an essential everyday range of kitchen and household accessories. The comprehensive range of products is designed to make preparing and cooking food that much more pleasurable. Whatever the task, Captivate Brands will have ‘just the thing’ to make life that little bit easier - like these kitchen gadgets and utensils pictured here.

Captivate Brands

Visit: Exclusively, Stand EH276

T: 01386 421622

E: info@captivatebrands.co.uk

W: www.captivatebrands.com

2: Prestige Disney – Mickey Mouse Monochrome Collection

Inspired by Mickey Mouse’s timeless charm, the Prestige Disney collection aims to offer equally timeless designs for the kitchen, with a touch of Mickey’s classic playfulness. Each piece showcases Mickey’s iconic silhouette, from prints to charming lid knobs. A stand-out within the collection, the ceramic canisters, are designed featuring a Mickey Mouse-inspired geometric pattern on the ceramic surface with a Mickey-shaped knob for a playful grip. The tight-fitting lids with silicone sealing ring ensure a snug fit, keeping air and dust at bay. The canisters come in three practical size options for all daily storage needs, perfect for all types of kitchen essentials from coffee beans to granola. Welcome Mickey into your cooking and dining experiences, adding a touch of whimsy to every meal.

Meyer Group

Visit: Exclusively, Stand EH293 W: www.meyergroup.co.uk

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Luxe Kitchen

Where professional quality and pure functionality meet - Luxe Kitchen from Captivate Brands gives you all the right tools for the job. With heavy gauge bakeware, quality textiles and superior gadgets like the scales pictured here to choose from, you’ll always find the right product for your home chef experience. From birthday bakes to the family Sunday roast, Luxe Kitchen lives up to the task every time.

Captivate Brands

Visit: Exclusively, Stand EH276

T: 01386 421622

E: info@captivatebrands.co.uk

W: www.captivatebrands.com

4: The Snowman Alpine Adventure collection

The Snowman, Alpine Adventure licensed collection from Eddingtons features illustrations of The Snowman accompanied by the alpine fox, made famous in illustrations from the Raymond Briggs books. The kitchen textiles (featuring a repeat pattern in a soft grey and white) are available as a set of two cotton tea towels, double oven gloves, single oven mitt and adult apron featuring a special on-trend bobble decoration across the top of the front pocket. The set of two baking spatulas features the same repeat pattern, as well as variation and is sold as a mix set of 12. Finally, the wooden napkin holder has a hand painted snow scene from The Snowman and raised snowy houses for effect.

Eddingtons

Visit: Exclusively, Stand EH321

T: 01488 686572

E: sales@eddingtons.co.uk

W: www.eddingtons.co.uk

5: Electric Coast Eleanor Bowmer

New for SS24, the Electric Coast collection from Manchester-based designer, Eleanor Bowmer, is colourful, quirky and fun, and designed to breathe life into the home. Designed in the UK, the range consists of dinnerware, serveware, mugs, glass and textiles.

Pure Table Top

Visit: Exclusively, Stand EH444

E: raven.sprague@puretabletop.com  W:  www.puretabletop.com

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Being at the heart of our industry allows us unparalleled access and insight to boost your businesss.

Great organisation to be a part of if you are a business in the UK designing and selling gifts. They really have your back, and you’ll get lots of help and support from them. One of the few organisations I’d say it’s absolutely well worth being a member of.

Our members, ranging from creative artisans to large suppliers, benefit daily from the wealth of resources, support, and networking opportunities we offer.

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1: Majestic Stags

New and exclusive to Hot Tomato are these elegant, ornamental stags. Standing at 11cm, they come left and right facing (as shown) and further complement Hot Tom’s growing ‘home’ offering – there are Christmas trees and hanging decs in the range with the promise of more to come! Covered in glorious sparkles, they effortlessly capture the festive season with the ‘vintage vibe’ styling so synonymous with this company – launching Harrogate. Hot Tomato

Visit: Harrogate Home & Gift, Hall DP1, Stand D05

T: 01225 422188

E: sales@hot-tom.com

W:  www.hot-tom.com

2: Equilibrium Candy Collection

There’s nothing quite like a vibrant burst of colour to brighten up your day, and the all new Equilibrium Candy Collection from Joe Davies promises to do just that to your Spring/Summer outfits.  Featuring shades reminiscent of sweet candy floss pink, moody lilacs and cooling blues, this charming collection offers a range of candy coated colours from to choose from!  Each piece in the collection exudes femininity and elegance, with a variety of designs of necklaces, earrings and bracelets to choose from, many of which can be paired to create matching sets, making them perfect for that special occasion.  With a focus on quality and affordability, synonymous with the Equilibrium brand, this exciting new collection won’t disappoint. At Joe Davies customer service is paramount.  From their signature ‘little and often’ ordering quantities to their remarkable minimum order value of just £100, they strive to make your shopping experience as easy and affordable as possible.

Joe Davies

T: 0161 975 6300

E: sales@joedavies.co.uk

W:  www.joedavies.co.uk

3: Give A Gift Of Imagination And Adventure

This Personalised Sleeping Beauty book from Personalised Memento Company is a classic tale with a modern twist! Filled back-to-back with bright colourful pages and featuring the child’s name not only on the front cover, but also as the main character throughout the story all adding to an extra-special personal touch. This personalised book is part of PMC’s wonderful range of books. Visit PMC’s website to see their full range available. PMC

E: sales@personalisedmemento.co.uk

W:  www.personalisedmemento.co.uk

4: Stylish Accessories For The Home

This nickel-plated cast aluminium octopus table and shell wine cooler have just arrived together with numerous other ice buckets and culinary items.

JJ Vaillant

T: 0121 667 3629

E: info@jjvaillant.co.uk

W:  www.jjvaillant.co.uk

5: It’s All About Stitch!

Enesco invites you and your consumers to embark on a journey of Ohana Home from Enchanting Disney. Prepare to ignite the imaginations of your customers, embrace the magic, and capture hearts with this brand new playful, yet on-trend collection. A planter adorned with a charming Stitch figurine, a whimsical desk clock marketing the time, and a pair of bookends, where Stitch and Angel stand united are just a few exciting pieces available.

Enesco

T: 01228 404022

E: uksales@enesco.co.uk

W:  www.enesco.co.uk

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1: Cosmos Lamps

These stylish glass orb lights from Joe Davies make the perfect statement piece. Each planet-like pattern is unique, due to its handmade qualities. These lights create a beautiful, coloured glow when switched on and make a striking glass feature when turned off. They are mains powered to UK British standards. With different shapes and sizes there are plenty to choose from and even better, the stunning colourways in greys, blues, and pinks will match any home décor. Free nationwide delivery, carriage paid orders of just £100 and an easy to buy ‘little and often’ ordering system are all hallmarks of the award-winning Joe Davies service.

Joe Davies

T: 0161 975 6300

E: sales@joedavies.co.uk

W: www.joedavies.co.uk

2: New Beetlejuice Collection

Enesco and Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products are excited to announce the introduction of the newest collection from award-winning artist Jim Shore – Beetlejuice! Inspired by the cult classic Warner Bros. 1988 film, this collection features the Sandworm, the Maitlands and the bio-exorcist himself –Beetlejuice. Jim has carefully recreated fanfavourite scenes and characters, giving each a little twist of uniqueness with his signature folk-art style rosemaling to create eyecatching collectibles.

Enesco

T: 01228 404022

E: uksales@enesco.co.uk

W: www.enesco.co.uk

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Bejewelled Beauty

We continue to be beguiled by Hot Tomato’s beautiful brooches and their latest offering is no exception, with this bejewelled beauty as a signature piece in the range. The glamorous ‘emerald’ crystal emphasises one of this season’s go-to colours. Overall dimensions of 5 x 4cm ensure this ‘Incy Wincy’ will certainly make a statement! Launching Harrogate.

Hot Tomato

Visit: Harrogate Home & Gift, Hall DP1, Stand D05

T: 01225 422188

E: sales@hot-tom.com

W: www.hot-tom.com

4: Strut In Style

Walking stick specialists Classic Canes has launched this ‘folk flowers’ print adjustable walking stick in line with the current trend for folk art and accessories.  As managing director Charlotte Gillan explains: “Floral prints on a dark background always sell very well for us, so we took the folk art fashion and adapted it to create our own design featuring blue, red and tan folk-inspired flowers and butterflies on a black background. Being adjustable in height, it makes a great gift because it is so easy to fit to the recipient.”  Classic Canes stocks over 500 models of traditional and contemporary canes to suit all tastes and budgets.

Classic Canes

T: 01460 75686

E: info@classiccanes.co.uk

W: www.classiccanes.co.uk

5: A Heartfelt Touch For The Special Day

Personalised Memento Company offer a wide range of thoughtfully designed memorial products, among which is this beautiful personalised memorial photo frame. This frame is a touching way to honour and include a beloved family member who is unable to be present for the special occasion, perfect for weddings, graduation or Christmas. Visit their trade website to find out how to add drop ship personalised gifts to your range.

PMC

E: sales@personalisedmemento.co.uk

W: www.personalisedmemento.co.uk

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1: Positive Vibes!

Love Country has just released a fabulously different card and gift collection which promotes self-love, meditation, mindful living, manifesting your dreams, and all-around good vibes! In our modern world, more people are turning to crystals and candles as part of their daily lifestyle. This special collection has been lovingly designed to offer thoughtful gifts supporting positivity and mental health through this lovely gifting concept with various themes. Each crystal, gemstone, and candle used in the collection has been carefully chosen for their unique healing properties and purpose. Featuring six Crystal Cards with real crystals attached, 18 Wishing Stone Cards with crystals, and 10 Wishing Candle Cards with different coloured candles attached. Each card is beautifully illustrated on a theme to nourish the mind body and soul. Offering thoughtful and sentimental gifts for the modern world, this collection comes with a free display stand with a complete introductory set of each card. Enchanting and sentimental gifts for a whimsical life.

Love Country

T: 01502 507352

E: support@lovecountryuk.co.uk

W:  www.lovecountryuk.co.uk

2: Artisanne Noir Kitchen Storage

Store your kitchen essentials in style with a collection of giftable tins and kitchen storage from Elitetins, all embellished with stunning signature gold details in an on-trend monochrome palette. The collection includes a trio of cork-lidded caddies, ideal for storing everything from sweet treats to tea and coffee, an air-tight biscuit barrel, deep rectangular tin and a stylish nest of three sized cake tins. RRPs £12-£45.

Elitetins

T: 01603 418153

E: info@elitetins.com

W:  www.elitetins.com

3: Artisanne Noir Kitchen Textiles And Trivets

New from Elitetins, Sara Miller London’s intricate Artisanne Noir designs feature across a collection of 100% cotton kitchen textiles, including apron, double oven glove and tea towel which coordinate with striking rectangular and round cork trivets sets for the table. RRPs £12-£27.

Elitetins

T: 01603 418153

E: info@elitetins.com

W:  www.elitetins.com

4: Artisanne Noir Tableware And Serveware

The porcelain table and serveware collection, developed in partnership with ceramic specialist Portmeirion, features the intricate black and white mix and match designs across a medley of pieces for every occasion, including large and small plates and an array of various sized bowls and statement serving platters. Embellished with gold details and finished with coordinating black rims, this collection has an irresistibly tactile hand-crafted feel. Complemented by striking gold embellished gift packaging, the Artisanne Noir collection by Sara Miller London for Portmeirion comprises a 12-piece set, dinner plates, salad plates, bowls and serving bowls in a range of sizes, mugs, espresso cup and saucer, and serving platters, which are all dishwasher and microwave safe. RRP for the 12piece set is £191.

Portmeirion

T: 01782 743427

E: homesales@portmeiriongroup.com

W:  www.portmeirion.co.uk

5: Inis Home Scented Seashells And Sea Glass

Create a unique, sparkling scented ocean accent anywhere in the home with Inis’ new Scented Seashells & Sea Glass product. Beautifully boxed and ready for giving, it includes an Inis Home glass vessel, three seashells made from plaster of Paris, sea glass made from mineral sea salt, and a 2ml starter/sample size vial of the Inis Home Refresher Oil.

Inis

T: +3531 286 7125

E: hello@inis.com

W:  www.inis.com

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1: Time For Tea

The new Meg Hawkins bone china mug range, part of her Signature Collection, has been a massive success since its launch. The range features eight watercolour designs including highland cows, British birds and hares. The mugs look beautiful, have handturned features and are the perfect size for a proper brew.

Meg Hawkins

E: hello@meghawkinsart.co.uk

W: www.meghawkinsltd.com

2: Uplifting New Fragrances

The award-winning Best Kept Secrets is expanding its popular fragrance repertoire with the introduction of three new scents to its bestselling collections. The Marshmallow and Green Pistachio scent offers a sweet, comforting aroma combined with rich, nutty essence providing a unique and refreshing fragrance. The Soft Linen and Eucalyptus fragrance combines the crisp, clean scent of fresh linen with the sharp, minty notes of eucalyptus, creating a revitalising and uplifting ambiance. The innovative additions underscore Best Kept Secrets’ ongoing commitment to sustainability, showcasing the use of eco-friendly ingredients and processes. The brand continues to offer vibrant, high-quality and affordable home fragrance gifts perfect for any occasion, any season and any home.

Best Kept Secrets

T: 01670 512222

E: sales@bestkeptsecrets.co.uk

W: www.bestkeptsecrets.co.uk

3: Timeless Designs

Lesser and Pavey has introduced some new colourways for 2024 in the form of quality housewares reflecting the charm and beauty of timeless designs by William Morris. Three new colours include William Morris Larkspur (Green), William Morris Midnight, Pimpernel (Dark Blue) and William Morris Strawberry Thief (White). Lesser and Pavey has a signature offering of fine china mugs, jug, butter dish, cruets and egg cups. Gift sets of two mugs and sets of four mugs in deluxe rigid hat box gift boxing. Non ceramics include complementary coasters, placemats, melamine trays and lap trays.

Lesser & Pavey

T: 01322 279225

E: sales@leonardo.co.uk

W: www.leonardo.co.uk

4: Heat Reactive Glazed Candles

The Desire Reactive Glazed Candles and Diffusers come in three fragrance options: the tranquil scent of Cashmere & Silk, earthy with Amber & Sandalwood, and passionate with Oud & Bergamot. Each of the scents reflect in the unique colour selected for the reactive glazed ceramic vessel. The candles are available in 45 hours or 60 hours burning time, while reed diffusers are available in 100ml and 200ml with natural wood reeds. As always, the unique Lesser and Pavey premium gift boxes encapsulate these fragrance treasures with foil embellishment and fragrance smell test on the side of the diffusers.

Lesser & Pavey

T: 01322 279225

E: sales@leonardo.co.uk

W: www.leonardo.co.uk

5: Luminescence Collection

Best Kept Secrets has welcomed the new Luminescence Collection for spring/summer 2024. The new collection responds directly to what the award-winning home fragrance brand’s customers want and showcases the ongoing commitment to creating exceptional, sustainable products. The collection features stylish glass vessels with a trending ombre effect that adds a touch of elegance to any setting. Available now, the Luminescence Collection includes four new fragrances, with Midnight Rose & Oud expected to be a big hit for its rich and adaptable scent. With fragrances that capture the essence of summer gardens and quiet woodlands, such as the soothing patchouli, the collection aims to offer a refreshing sensory experience. Vanessa Curry, md, commented: "We're thrilled about the Luminescence Collection. It combines modern design with enchanting fragrances, all crafted with care for the environment, perfectly aligning with retailer needs for quality and sustainability."

Best Kept Secrets

T: 01670 512222

E: sales@bestkeptsecrets.co.uk

W: www.bestkeptsecrets.co.uk

6: Brighten Up Your Coffee Break

The super bright white mugs, with matching ceramic coasters, are the latest lifestyle range from Global Journey Gifts. With full colour glaze and intricate designs inside the mugs that complement the outside wording beautifully, the specialised range of mugs and coasters is as unique and innovative as it is colourful and attractive - not to mention surprisingly affordable and competitively priced. With high temperature decals inside and out, the products are also fully microwave and dishwasher safe.

Global Journey

T: 0161 872 0333

E: isamuels@global-journey.com

W: www.global-journey.com

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SONI AHMED, CO-OWNER, MAIA GIFTS, GLASGOW

A medium sized gift shop, located off the high street in Glasgow City Centre.

CATEGORY SUPPLIERS/RANGES COMMENT

Decorative Home Accessories

Fragranced Giftware

Jewellery

Fashion & Fashion

Accessories

Greeting Cards

Sass & Belle: homewares

Freckleface: wax melt fragrances;

Gold Moss: Vintage Book candle

Lisa Angel: across the board;

Gold Trip: contemporary jewellery

Pachamama: knitwear

Jolly Awesome; Wee Wishes

Collections are regularly updated.

The best wax melt fragrances, especially Clean Laundry.

This is a new Scottish supplier for us.

Well-priced contemporary necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

A new collection for us that’s been well received by customers.

Excellent quality knitwear and fun felt figures.

Great humour, and very popular in store.

Probably our favourite range of Scottish sentiment cards.

JOHN AND JACKIE MURRAY, OWNERS, PLUSH HOME & GIFTWARE, CLEVELEYS

A medium sized gift shop on a high street.

CATEGORYSUPPLIERS/RANGES COMMENT

Decorative Home Accessories

Fragranced Giftware

Jewellery

Greeting Cards

Other Hot Hits

East of India: across the board

Quay Traders: nautical

Emily Victoria Candles: across the board;

Best Kept Secrets: across the board

Life Charms: bracelets

Hearts Designs

Yodeyma Perfumes;

Airys Fairies: angels

The company’s boxed porcelain mugs, hearts and matchbox gifts are very popular.

A wide range of nautical-themed products which are all year round good sellers.

From wax melts to room sprays, along with soaps, sponges and bath bombs, this is one of our strongest brands.

The Just Because range of tin candles, Three Lites boxes and reed diffusers are the ‘go to’ gifts for customers.

A beautiful range of gift boxed silver and gold plated bracelets for all occasions.

A stylish range of cards embedded with diamante hearts and bows.

Amazing perfumes and aftershaves. Beautifully packaged.

Lovely handmade wooden guardian angels and macrame angels. Customers adore them.

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Above: Vintage Books candle from Gold Moss. Below: Freckleface Clean Laundry soy wax melts. Right above: A macrame angel from Airys Fairies. Right: An Emily Victoria room spray.

CELINA EASON, OWNER, ARTICHOKE, TYNEMOUTH

A large gift shop located in the village of Tynemouth.

CATEGORYSUPPLIERS/RANGES COMMENT

Fragranced Giftware

Neom: Sleep range;

Oir Soap: soaps

Jewellery

Greeting Cards

Giftwrap

Other Hot Hits

Joma Jewellery: bracelets

Rosie Made A Thing

Anne Davison Studio

Bookspeed: books;

Wot Ma Like;

Streetdoodler; Kate Miller;

Raw Print; Sugar Shed

Jellycat: Amuseables;

Maileg: Mice in Matchboxes

The Sleep range is our best seller, with the gift bags making it easy to wrap.

We have stocked this range of over a year and it’s very popular with our customers.

Ideal for customers looking for a gift for under £20. Each one comes wrapped in a beautiful envelope.

We love to listen to customers laughing when they read the cards.

Beautiful quality wrap featuring modern graphics.

Travel, local area and mindfulness are our best sellers.

Best selling local brands that cover postcards, prints, coasters, mugs, tote bags and keyrings.

These are popular with everyone.

A Danish brand of mice in matchboxes that children love to play with.

ALICE MILNER, MANAGER, BUMBLES, ASHTEAD A medium/large gift shop located inside another store on the high street.

CATEGORY SUPPLIERS/RANGES COMMENT

Decorative Home

Accessories

Fragranced Giftware

Jewellery

Fashion & Fashion

Accessories

Greeting Cards

Giftwrap

Other Hot Hits

Liga: printed cork mats; Langs: Summer Collection cushions

Inis Energy Of The Sea: shower gel

Toasted Crumpet: Lime, Basil & Bergamot candle

PoM: fashion jewellery;

Hollie Tree Silver: sterling silver earrings

Powder: Embroidered

Hummingbird sunglasses pouch;

Miss Shorthair: Sarta V neck shirred maxi dress

Wendy Jones-Blackett

Globe Enterprise

Choc Affair: Seasonal chocolate bar range

Jellycat: High Summer range

Sustainable and pretty.

Simple and stylish, these affordable cushions are a best seller.

A new brand for us that flies out. The unisex fragrance is loved by everyone.

The brand is local to us, and every product is beautiful.

A great affordable gift for customers.

They come in mini corked jars and customers love the unique packaging.

The pouches were a big hit in 2023 and are proving very popular this year too.

Customer love the bright colours and patterns from MSH.

The Quicksilver range is one of our new top selling card ranges.

Customers like the bright, luxury gift bags.

Great packaging and rotation of seasonal flavours makes these a winner.

High quality quirky designs for children and adults.

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1: Blooming Lovely

A flower for every month - July’s flower is the delphinium. The whole range bursts with vibrant colours and mesmerising sparkle. Each design is also complemented with beautiful beads. The stainedglass effect adds depth and dimension, while a top quality Aurora Borealis crystal heart adds an irresistible shimmer. Designed by Jules Vahrman. Head over to wildthingsgifts.com to take advantage of a very special introductory offer or phone Lisa on the number below.

Wild Things Gifts

T: 01392 211268

E: sales@wildthingsgifts.com

W: www.wildthingsgifts.com

2: Thermacell – Halo Mini Protector

The Halo Mini targets mosquitos and midges with a minute dose of active ingredient that disrupts their sensors, irritates them and drives them away without having the same effect on larger beneficial insects. Great for the garden, park and even the beach, the Halo Mini comes with 12 hours of protection included (with refills available to buy separately). With no noise or scent, the compact, portable and sleek device looks great on any patio. Designed to be easy to use, simply insert the heat-activated mat, a butane cartridge and turn on. Thermacell devices create a zone of protection for you and your family.

Burton McCall

Visit: Exclusively, Stand EH249

T: 0116 234 4611

E: sales@burton-mccall.com

W: www.burton-mccall.co.uk

3: Stunning New Collections For The Home

Kate Heiss is a contemporary British printmaker who create limited edition screen prints and linocuts on paper. Designed in collaboration with Kate, Half Moon Bay’s studio has created a beautiful homewares collection with a distinctive colour palette which reflects a shared love of the natural world.

Half Moon Bay

E: sales@halfmoonbay.co.uk

W: www.halfmoonbay.co.uk

4: Breathing New Life Into The Classics

Pulteney Press delves into the archives of historic libraries transforming literary classics into beautiful home and gift collections. Using heritage colours and drawing inspiration from vintage library cards, the new range brings the classics to life. What will you check out of the Pulteney Press library?

Half Moon Bay

E: sales@halfmoonbay.co.uk

W: www.halfmoonbay.co.uk

5: Brighten Someone’s Day

Go La La has launched a new range of cards called ‘Cherry Drops’ which feature a collection of occasions and everyday designs, guaranteed to raise a smile and liven up the shelves. Aimed at people of all ages, the cards are C6 and printed on an uncoated textured board and supplied with contrasting bright envelopes.

Go La La

E: info@golala.co.uk

W: www.golala.co.uk

6: ALPEN Gelbhorn Pruning Shears

Swiss brand ALPEN is new for 2024 and is a sister company to FELCO. The Gelbhorn 140 is a powerful cutting tool that cuts branches up to 18 mm precisely and cleanly. Thanks to its PTFE coated blade that provides smooth cuts, its steel-reinforced lightness and 2-component plastic handles, the Gelbhorn 140 can easily perform various pruning jobs in the field and garden. Professionals and home gardeners will notice the Swiss precision in the Gelbhorn 150 Pruning Shears (pictured). Its fully chromed blade ensures a clean cut, up to 20 mm. The Gelhorn’s corrosion-resistant guarantee means that it will be your go-to secateur for years.

Burton McCall

Visit: Exclusively, Stand EH249

T: 0116 234 4611

E: sales@burton-mccall.com

W: www.burton-mccall.co.uk

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What better testimonial for products than those of your fellow retailers. Here's all the information you need to get in touch and start stocking! INIS T: +3531 286 7125 E: hello@inis.com W: www.inis.com LIFE CHARMS T: +44 0203 488 2656  E: sales@lifecharms.co.uk W: www.lifecharms-trade.co.uk POM T: 01225 777749  E: sales@pom925.com W: www.pom925.com HOLLIE TREE SILVER & SCENTS T: 07485 450617 E: info@hollietreesilver.co.uk W: www.HollieTree.co.uk POWDER T: 0131 331 2908 E: info@powder-uk.com W: www.powder-uk.com OIR SOAP E: hello@oirsoap.co.uk W: www.oirsoap.co.uk GOLD MOSS T: 07498 347 677 E: hello@goldmoss.co.uk W: www.goldmoss.co.uk BEST KEPT SECRETS T: 01670 512222   E: sales@bestkeptsecrets.co.uk W: www.bestkeptsecrets.co.uk FRECKLEFACE HOME FRAGRANCE T: 01778 393699 E: hello@frecklefacehomefragrance.com  W: www.frecklefacetrade.com
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