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Spring Fair In Pictures
Top: As next year will see a re-edited Spring Fair, with greeting cards moving to Hall 2, this was the last hurrah in Hall 3! Above: Culinary maestro Prue Leith (centre) on the Portico stand (in Hall 6) with Charlie Czul, Portico’s sales director and industry stalwart, Riou Baxter of Why Management who is facilitating the licensing programme. Prue confectionery from House of Sarunds was also on show at the fair. Below: There was a definite tropical flavour to Woodmansterne’s stand at Spring Fair with cocktails served each afternoon. (Leftright) Woody’s Kate Leach, Andy Paterson, Seth Woodmansterne and Geoff Paterson.
The Fun Of
The Fair Last month’s Spring Fair was a ‘five day bubble’ of greeting card chat, great new launches and rumours galore. PG shares some of the ‘showbiz’ moments in pictures… Left: It was a cheers from Berni Parker who christened the company’s diversification into extending its portfolio by producing glassware, calendars, clocks and more gifts under its own steam.
Above: Keen to remain in the industry, (third right) Chris Houfe, former md of Emotional Rescue (which has been sold back to former co-owner David Greaves, see news) enjoyed catching up with everyone, including at the PG stand end of the day drinks do. (Left-right) Ben Hickman (Brainbox Candy), Claire Williams (Paper Salad), Raj Arora (Davora), Karen Wilson (Paper Salad), Neil Anthony Greenwood (agent).
Right: While the Tate collection and a range of bamboo travel mugs were a major attractions on its Museums & Galleries stand, sibling brand Mint also had some great new licensed ranges. Company’s co-owner Alan Williams showed off its new ‘Be a…’ range, based on Sarah Forde’s popular books, published by Octopus, with mugs being produced under licence by McLaggan Mugs. Below: The show saw the launch of Half Moon Bay’s May The Thoughts Be With You range under its new Ice House publishing imprint. Creator of the brand, Charlotte Reed caught up with Peter Thompson, md of Half Moon Bay/Shruti.
Above: There was lots of happy chatter at the PG drinks gathering at the end of each day, including between this Stripey Cats, Wraptious and Davora group. Left: Louise Tiler Designs and Tache joined forces and showed on an impressively designed shared stand.
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