An Appointment With John Lewis


The Giftware Association is incredibly excited to announce a morning of appointments with the gift food buyer at  John Lewis.

The event will take a very similar concept to our meet the buyer events, but held in Central London to allow those in the south west to participate, though all members are welcome from across the country. The event will be specially curated so that you have a minimum of 15 minutes quality time with the buyer and will receive feedback on your products and ranges. 

Rachel is looking for all areas of Gift Food and Alcohol that are ‘giftable’.

The cost to attend this event is £135 +VAT, with networking opportunities.

Please book quickly as this event is only running in the morning and therefore has very limited spaces available. To book or find out more info about our events and the meet the buyers series then please contact or book your ticket below. 

*Due to the limited spaces, this event will be first come first serve and therefore no refunds will be given. 


Stationery Awards Logo

With 11 product categories, a Good Design category and a Judges’ Choice Award to select during their judging day last week (April 3rd), this year’s judging panel for the Supplier Stationery Awards spent the day surrounded by the latest stationery product developments and ideas.

“Ably guided once again by chair Henri Davis, our hard-working judges gave up their day to review the Supplier entries – which this year came to just over 370 items!” said event manager Hazel Fieldwick. 

“This year’s judging line-up represented a wide cross-section of stationery retail and they all enjoyed meeting and getting to know each other during the judging process.”

This year’s judges are Abigail Ball – deputy stationery and card buyer at Fenwick, Chris Lambert – founder of Scrawlr, Debbie Wigglesworth – consultant at The Paper Passionist, Katy Golden – head of gift at The Great British Card Company, Mark Hayhurst – editor at Craft Business, Sarah Laker – owner of Stationery Supplies Marple and Sidonie Warren – co-founder of Papersmiths.

This is the first time the Supplier Stationery Awards have been judged prior to the Stationery Show but organisers were keen to give the judges more time to review the hundreds of products that are entered.

“The judging panel will be on hand at the Awards Evening to help us hand out the Winner trophies – they did a great job for us, so will be good to give them a round of applause too!” said Hazel.

The finalists in each category are listed below and the winners will be announced at the Stationery Awards Evening on Tuesday, 30 April.  All finalists will be allocated two tickets to the Awards Ceremony and will be contacted shortly so that they can nominate who they would like to attend.

The finalists are: (this info has also just been revealed on

Art & Crafts – Sponsored by Craft Business:

Company Product
Stone Marketing Ltd ABT Dual Brush Pens (Set of 6) – NEW Candy and Vintage Colours by Tombow
Chameleon Art Products Ltd Chameleon Fineliners
West Design Products Marabu Textil Screen Printing Set
Securit by Vermes BV Woody Transparent Chalkboard

Desk Accessories:

Company Product
COLOP UK Ltd e-mark
Brahman Design Høvel
Stone Marketing Ltd Mina LED Desk Lamp by Lexon
Lime Stationery & Art Pininfarina Codex Desk Accessory

Diaries, Organisers and Calendars:

Company Product
Busy B Bridesmaid Planner
Hello Day Chic Grey Planner
Busy B Goals Diary
Quadrille Publishing Oliver Bonas: Work Hard, Play Hard & Be Kind A6 2019 Diary

Everyday Writing Instruments:

Company Product
FLB Group/Filofax Clipbook Erasable Pen Range
Studio Pens (UK Distributor) Kaweco FROSTED Sport Series
Portico Designs Ltd Sky + Miller Pens
Lime Stationery & Art Troika Construction Pen Brass

Filing & Storage:

Company Product
ExaClair Limited 1928 Filing & Organisation Range
West Design Products Noteworthy Metallic Mono Pop-Up Pen Pot

Gift Packaging & Wrap:

Company Product
Quadrille Publishing Cath Kidston: Eiderdown Rose Wrapping Paper Book
Paper Mirchi Hand Batiked Gift Wrap
Paper Mirchi Hand Tie Dyed Gift Wrap
ExaClair Limited Tiny Roll Kraft Gift Wrapping Range

Licensed Stationery:

Company Product
Portico Designs Ltd Alice Scott Range
Quadrille Publishing English Heritage: Fold & Post
Quadrille Publishing I Like Birds: Garden Birds Weekly Planner
Portico Designs Ltd Joules Range

Notebooks & Journals:

Company Product
Quadrille Publishing A Mother’s Memory Journal
LEUCHTTURM1917 Bauhaus 100 years
Stone Marketing Ltd Candy Notebook by Nuuna
Derwent Derwent A5 Bullet Journal Set
NUCO INTERNATIONAL LTD NU: Stone Vegan Leather A5 Journal & NU: Stone Flexible A5 Journal
Busy B Pregnancy Journal

Novelty Stationery:

Company Product
Securit by Vermes BV 3D Chalkboard Whale by Securit®
Lime Stationery & Art Derwent Secret Map & Compass Pencil
Handy Spelling Table Colouring Placement

Social Stationery:

Company Product
Envelopes Ltd Flutelopes
Petra Boase Ltd GC-PBC-0006 Panda Balloon Card
BrownTrout Publishers Ltd Stay Gold de Luxe Flat Notes
Cambridge Imprint LLP The Concertina Card Range

Writing Instruments over £25 RRP:

Company Product
Stone Marketing Ltd Claim Your Style 849 Ballpoint Pen by Caran d’Ache
Manuscript Pen Company Modern Calligraphy Gift Set
Lime Stationery & Art Pineider Mystery filler demonstrator pen
Lime Stationery & Art Troika Capmatic Pen

Good Design – Sponsored by The Giftware Association:

Company Product
Paper Mirchi Handcrafted Artisan Gift Wrap
VENT for Change Ideas Collection
ExaClair Limited Tiny Roll Kraft Gift Wrapping Range

The ‘Best of the Best’ Judges’ Choice Award Winner will be announced on 30 April…

ENDS | For further info please contact  | 01666 824624


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Many businesses risk their own survival by unwittingly remaining underinsured. Follow these tips to ensure your business has the proper cover to defend against disaster.

The Dangers of Being Underinsured Many businesses, regardless of industry, are risking their own survival by unwittingly remaining underinsured. The problem is widespread and perennial, and a cataclysmic event can strike at any moment, leaving businesses vulnerable to complete destruction.

A 2012 survey from the Building Cost Information Service found that 80 per cent of commercial properties in the United Kingdom were underinsured. An October 2014 survey of small- and medium-sized businesses in the UK found that about 62 per cent of respondents were underinsured due to a lack of business interruption insurance or because they did not even know if this type of cover was included in their business insurance policy.

You may only find out that your business is underinsured when you experience a major loss event, such as a data breach, flood or fire, and need to make a claim. Be proactive and know your status now so you can fix that gap and be prepared for anything.

What Does It Mean to Be Underinsured?

If your business is underinsured, it means that you possess policies but your assets are valued and insured at less than their true value, leaving your business inadequately protected. Therefore, in the event of a disaster, you would be compensated for less than the true value. A shortfall in your insurance payout could ruin your organisation.

Businesses can be underinsured for many reasons.

Often it is because business owners think that a major loss event will never happen to them, so they do not need comprehensive protection. But inclement weather, a cyber-security hack or a destructive fire can impact and destroy any business. Business owners may fail to review their cover and leave sums insured and estimates untouched for years, despite major changes at their organisation such as additional employees, new equipment or recent construction. And because buildings and content are typically insured for their reinstatement value (how much it costs to rebuild), neglecting to habitually update your sum insured could mean you are only insured for the initial market value (the price of the property when you bought it) and thus, you would only

be partially covered by your policy for rebuilding costs in the event of a partial or total loss.

Sometimes business owners choose to underestimate building costs and remain underinsured simply because they want to save money on their insurance premiums. But the short-term savings can never compensate for the out-of-pocket payments required to complement your insurance payout in the event of an insured disaster.

There are many different reasons businesses find themselves with inadequate insurance cover—but the most important thing is to recognise when your business is underinsured, to understand the attendant risks and to take action that increases your cover.

The Dangers of Being Underinsured

What Is the Danger of Being Underinsured?

Being underinsured threatens a business’ entire survival. A single loss event, no matter how trivial, can be disastrous if a business is underinsured and thus receives an insurance payout following the loss that is insufficient to return the business to its pre-loss position.

But a meagre sum insured is not your only threat—an inadequate indemnity period may cause insurance payments to stop before a business fully recovers after a loss. This could leave your business half-recovered and stagnant once the indemnity period on your insurance policy expires.

 The same applies to undervaluing your business’ revenue—if you choose a sum insured that does not accurately reflect your business’ revenue, you could receive only a fraction of your losses under a business interruption policy. Insurers can even void cover on the grounds of misrepresentation or non-disclosure, such as providing figures that incorrectly value the property or underrepresent your revenue.

Being underinsured leaves your business vulnerable to financial ruin. With weak, inadequate insurance cover, you may need to close for an extended period of time—or even forever if your cover fails to account for the total cost of returning to business.

Which Policies Are Most Often Underinsured?

Any commercial policy can be underinsured, but insurers report that the following are the most commonly underinsured policies:

Buildings – Business owners often only consider the market value of a building and ignore the actual cost of rebuilding. Failing to regularly reassess the value of your property and adjust your policy accordingly could lead to your business being underinsured and consequently unprepared for even the smallest losses.

Machinery and plant – A frequently updated list of all machinery and plant is the best way to ensure it will all be covered when making a claim. Reflect any changes in your machinery and plant by adjusting your sum insured.

Business interruption – The inability to maintain business operations in the wake of a crisis can be devastating. Possessing a current continuity plan and the insurance payout to cover it are essential.

Cyber liability – Data breaches are an increasing threat to businesses of any size. Improving your cyber security and developing an action plan are now necessary business practises to offset the potentially huge losses of a data breach.

How Can I Avoid Being Underinsured?

You can prevent your business from being underinsured by accomplishing the following:

 Provide the cost of rebuilding the property (including the costs of demolition, materials and professional fees) to your insurer rather than the market value or the amount you purchased it for.

 Calculate and use your actual total revenue.

 Conduct regular, accurate valuations of your business and property.

 Determine an appropriate indemnity period that allows your business enough time to recover.

 Review your policy wording to ensure you have the broadest cover possible.

 Increase your sum insured to reflect inflation.

Complete Your Cover

Your business is your lifeblood, and you should do everything you can to protect it—this includes properly insuring it against any possible damage. T.H. March is here to help you review your policies and to ensure that you are covered for any type of claim.


NY NOW Handmade Designer Maker UK pavilion

10-13 August 2019

A great opportunity to showcase Britain’s finest Craftsmanship to the US Market.

NY NOW is the market for HOME, LIFESTYLE, HANDMADE and GIFT. It’s the market for premier designers to stand out from the competition. Handmade® Designer Maker showcases 350 designer maker resources from across the United States and around the world, with a focus on limited-production makers across all categories and media.

Be part of the UK pavilion showcasing some of the Finest British designers at this leading trade show. DIT Funding of £2000.00 is available to eligible companies.

For further information, please contact Taran on or 0121 237 1114



Storyteller has created the gift that keeps on giving in the form of its customisable FlagMate collection. Better still, 10% of every sale goes directly to supporting educational programmes run by charities around the world.

 Combining the simplicity of a souvenir and longevity of a travel journal, FlagMate is the perfect gift for your favourite globetrotter. Whether it’s a memento of a friend’s gap year or a souvenir of a special holiday you shared with your significant other, the collection is the perfect travel companion, helping to celebrate your memories whilst making a global impact.




The bespoke products from Storyteller allow modern explorers to create and remember their most treasured travel memories by adding hand painted flags to the ethically sourced faux-leather keyring from just £9.99. Each flag is hand-painted and customisable, so you can engrave the back of each flag with special memories, ensuring this incredible visual storytelling tool is completely unique to the holder.

A key aspect of Storyteller’s mission is the determination to give back. 10% of each sale is directly donated back to support educational programmes and workshops for those less fortunate, both here in the UK and around the world.  Storyteller has already worked with the likes of UNICEF NextGen (UK), Room to read and the Barefoot College, and since launching, has donated over £3,000 to worthwhile causes worldwide.


Speaking about why FlagMate should be at the top of your Gift list, Founder of Storyteller, Bhav Patel, said:

FlagMate is truly the gift that will keep on giving, and it’s genuinely heart-warming to buy your loved one a gift knowing that your purchase will also be making an impact to other people’s lives. To us, it’s a win-win! I am a strong believer that travelling is one of the best things you can experience in your lifetime and given how fast-paced our lives are, it’s easy to forget some of the special moments we’ve made, FlagMate is there to help keep those memories alive forever.”

Storyteller have some great packages, starting from just £9.99, including a limited edition red FlagMate!

To find out more about Storyteller and to get your hands on your first FlagMate, head to: and follow the team on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @storytellerteam.


For all media enquiries please contact Storyteller on 07595458150, or email:

Bhavesh Patel, CEO Storyteller |