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Thinking about expanding your business overseas?

Going Global Live is the leading event for any company looking to take the steps in order to join the international market. From internationally recognised brands through to world class seminars from some of the leading professionals in the industry, this event will be the one stop shop for all brands moving into the global arena. Tickets are free and readily available from Going Global website, where the full show guide is also digitally available to help plan what will be a busy schedule!

With the focus this year very much on understanding markets before progress is made, the speaker line up this year features individuals from across the globe coming to discuss a variety of topics. The speakers will all have expertise within their chosen market, with experts leading seminars about expanding into markets from the likes of China, Japan, USA, Qatar, Germany, Spain, Russia and more. Having this access to such a diverse range of speakers really is unparalleled and will provide visitors with second to none knowledge to utilise moving forward.

As well as these amazing sessions, the event will also run alongside The Business Show and Foreign Direct Investment Expo, allowing for unrivalled networking opportunities across all the events. Tickets to Going Global will grant access to the surrounding shows, opening up visitors to all the benefits of the surrounding events. With every show doing masterclasses as well, the opportunity to learn from international professionals has never been easier to take advantage of! Qatar Financial Centre will be hosting masterclasses throughout Going Global to help business break into the booming economy. Book your slot now to avoid disappointment!

With sponsorship coming from the likes of American Express, Qatar Financial Centre and Sohar Port and Freezone, as well as being in association with the Department of International Trade, Going Global has serious backing! Going Global is the UK’s first in aiding businesses expand overseas, and with tickets readily available here, the reasons not to attend are thin on the ground!



 A Gift From the Gods

 A Gift From The Gods stationery makes its prime-time debut on the flagship BBC panel show HIGNFY

 Sometimes great stationery pops up in the most unlikely places. And that was certainly the case on Friday 12th October, when items from the A Gift From The Gods Dream Odyssey collection were featured on the iconic BBC1 comedy show, Have I Got News For You. Host, comedian Richard Ayoade, introduced the final round of the popular panel game (The Missing Words Round) with the news that it would feature industry publication, STATIONERY Matters. And who popped up on the very first question? None other than A Gift From The Gods! Contestants were asked what was ‘a consequence of visiting the London Stationery Show’? The answer was, of course, ‘a sudden urge to buy pencils’! The show illustrated the laugh out loud moment with an image of the Dream Odyssey pencil set, daily planner, pen, and spiral notebook.

Game For A Laugh

Have I Got News For You is always good for a Friday night chuckle. And this week was no exception with guests commenting that the blank pages of the Dream Odyssey Stars Aqua Weekly Planner reflected the booking diary of comedian Seann Walsh, the celebrity who was recently caught getting a little too close to his married dance partner, Katya Jones, off the dance floor during his stint on Strictly Come Dancing. But the A Gift From The Gods stationery itself didn’t come under fire from the quick-witted host or panellists. The distinctive collection looked as bright and beautiful as ever on the small screen.

The Dream Odyssey Collection

The Dream Odyssey Collection is perfect for goddesses who love to dream big. Those who embrace travel, adventure, and everything life has to offer. Designed in a soft aqua palette and embellished in gold, with a distinctive star print, it’s a collection that never goes unnoticed. Goddesses can choose to seek their Dream Odyssey on in a variety of ways, with everything from makeup pouches to keyrings, mugs, sleepwear, and stationery on offer. Popular pieces from the collection include this Dream Odyssey Stars Aqua Square Cosmetic Bag and the practical Dream Odyssey Dreams Aqua A5 Journal.

One thing is for sure, the A Gift From The Gods team couldn’t be happier with their moment in the spotlight. With founder and managing director, Jane Reucroft, saying:  We’ve made it. We’ll be on Dave forever!

A Gift From The Gods is an accessories brand that never goes unnoticed. And it seems that even the powers behind prime time tv can’t get enough of its distinctive look. Until their next starring role, the A Gift From The Gods team will be concentrating on what they do best, creating amazing stationery, accessories and loungewear.

About A Gift From The Gods

Get Your Goddess On. A Gift From The Gods is a wholesale and consumer UK fashion and accessories brand that celebrates the goddess in every woman. Their varied collection includes loungewear, jewellery and accessories all created around the distinctive A Gift From the Gods aesthetic. Founder, Jane Reucroft was inspired by her involvement in the 90s club scene where she helped female DJs add a little sparkle to a male-dominated world. Club nights named ‘A Gift From The Gods’ led to a demand for t-shirts adorned with the logo and the brand was born. Now, A Gift From The Gods creates stylish accessories, homeware and apparel for goddesses everywhere.

For more information, visit www.agiftfromthegods.com



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Contact Chloe Bayles at chloe@agiftfromthegods.com to find out more.A GIFT FROM THE GODS



The HMRC has today launched a pilot scheme for the new online VAT service. The Making Tax Digital scheme, which The Giftware Association has attended meetings in its initial phases, will bring all but the smallest businesses to self-manage their tax affairs in a real time online relationship with the HMRC. Today over half a million businesses are invited to try out the new system before its roll out in April 2019.

Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT will make it easier for businesses to manage their tax and will save them, and their agents, time which can instead be devoted to maximising business opportunities, encouraging growth and fostering good financial planning.

Sarah Ward, CEO of The Giftware Association said:

“This is great for the productivity of many SME’s, as an association we speak to so many of our members who are struggling to manage every aspect of their businesses. The MTD will help with basic tax processes and takes away human error and delay, giving more time to focus on other aspects of their businesses. As a trade association, it’s one of our jobs to educate our members and champion brilliant schemes like this and a move towards digital engagement”

From 1 April 2019, under MTD, around 1m businesses registered for VAT with a taxable turnover above £85,000 will need to keep their VAT records digitally and file their returns using MTD-compatible software.

The pilot will be made available to company whose taxes are straightforward and or tax affairs are up to date. It will have a phased roll our to more businesses throughout the year.

With many companies now using online portals for banking and stock-taking, the digital skills gap is closing and this new way of recording tax is set to narrow it further, especially amongst SME’s as it offers them the greatest opportunity to maximise the success of the MTD and the benefits it can present for UK productivity.

Theresa Middleton, Director for Making Tax Digital for Business, said:

“Millions of people are already banking, paying bills and interacting with their suppliers and customers online. Using digital tools to help businesses manage their business income and expenses and get their tax right builds on this momentum and will also help them get more control over their finances.”

Find out ore here at the HMRC website here GOV.UK. or get in touch with us at The Giftware Association.

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The Giftware Association yearbook is back for 2019. After last year’s success in helping promote our members and raising their exposure in a printed format distributed to our network and further. This year we are aiming for a bigger and better yearbook for 2019 with a beautiful and specially designed cover by designer and Giftware member Josie Shenoy.

The yearbook is a great way for you to promote your business. As print isn’t dead and is utilised in our creative industry to its full potential, we are creating another yearbook of all our members to showcase their products and ranges, and this year everyone gets a double page spread! which means more room to let your products shine. We will take the yearbook to all the trade shows that we visit (27 shows so far this year!) distribute amongst our buyer and supplier networks and a copy will be given to all the buyers that attend our ‘Meet The Buyer’ events throughout the year. This is a huge amount of exposure all year round for your business, at trade shows up and down the country.

This year we want to give our members more space, so everyone will get a double page spread to show off your beautiful products and will also feature your company details for buyers to get in contact with you. It will be in an easy to read format and the buyers we have spoken to have loved its image led approach and praised its ease of use when looking for products and inspiration.

If you want to take part in the 2019 yearbook, would like more information or if you want to receive a copy of last years book then please get in touch with a member of the team who will be more than happy to help.

contact Callum Thompson on callum.thompson@ga-uk.org or give us a ring on 0121 2387 1149

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Meg Hawkins Art Wins in the Midlands Best Rural Business Start Up Category of the Rural Business Awards 2018/19!

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Shropshire lass, Meg Hawkins is a licensed, published watercolour artist whose work features on greetings cards, prints, gifts and homeware. Her unique style and prolific work rate have earnt Meg loyal fans and customers throughout the UK since her brand was launched. Last night her skill, dedication and hard work were recognised by the Rural Business Awards when she was awarded Best Start Up Business. She is thrilled to have been awarded this prestigious accolade, particularly as she was amongst some stiff competition from throughout the region.  The award also recognises her brand’s intimate relationship with the countryside in which it was born.

The Rural Business Awards (RBAs) began in 2014 and are now in their 4th year.

The aim of the awards has not changed over the years and they aim to give recognition to businesses operating right across the Rural sector, to acknowledge the breadth and depth of opportunity presented by the Great British countryside, as well as to celebrate the achievements of rural businesses, from engineering through to artisan food producers and professional services organisations.


The thirteen award categories were decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, official agencies and rural charitable organisations. The aim is to grow The Rural Business Awards to become the UK’s most prestigious and respected awards for rural businesses and to develop a strong network and community of rural business owners.

Speaking of her achievements in being awarded, Meg says, “I am really honoured and humbled to have won my category of the prestigious Rural Business Awards. This means such a lot to me and the whole MHA team who all work so hard. Being a rural business in many ways defines our story and our journey to this point. It was so much fun celebrating rural businesses at the awards ceremony and I can’t wait for the national awards in February.”

Discover Meg Hawkins Art  by visiting www.meghawkins.co.uk.

For more information, photos and interview requests please contact: Meg Hawkins, M: 07811 672460 and E: meg@meghawkinsart.co.uk