INDUSTRY DINNER BY CANDLELIGHT AT GOLDSMITHS HALL

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On the evening of the 14th June, The Benevolent Society had exclusive use of Goldsmiths’ Hall to host their annual charity Sponsors’ and Supporters’ Dinner, preceded by both the NAJ and BATF AGM’s.

The newly appointed Benevolent Society Chairman, Simon Dawe of T H March, spoke at the BATF’s AGM and gave an overview of the charity’s activities over the previous year. This included paying out over £44,000 in grants to help those people who have previously worked in the industries represented by the BATF and who have now fallen on hard times.

Simon commented that the Benevolent Society had also awarded over £25,000 in the last 12 months and nearly £75,000 since 2016 in bursaries to enhance the careers of individuals who were just beginning to work within the Industries that the BATF represents.

Simon was quick to observe that without the generous help of their sponsors and supporters The Benevolent Society wouldn’t be able to offer such vital financial assistance to these individuals and the Trustees were therefore truly grateful to all of these Companies and individuals.

After the AGM guests then went through to a Drinks Reception before then enjoying an evening of fabulous food and wonderful wines within the magnificent surroundings of the Livery Hall, which at times was lit only by candlelight.

As a thank you for their continued contributions, sponsors and supporters of the charity and members of the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) had been able to purchase heavily subsidised tickets for the Candlelit Dinner – thanks to the generosity of the Directors of the BATF and the Wardens of Goldsmiths’ Hall.

Guests were serenaded throughout the evening by a violinist playing a range of classic and contemporary music.

The evenings headline sponsor was The Giftware Association, with Hockley Mint, Charles Green & Son, Facets PR and Jeweller Solutions also sponsoring the evening too.

The prestigious and historical Goldsmiths’ Hall provided the perfect setting for the evening. For many of the guests this was a unique and memorable opportunity to experience the splendour of the Livery Hall, lit up only by candle light. Quite a mesmerising sight!

David Doyle, the Society’s Vice Chairman & Treasurer, began the evenings proceedings by asking the guests to stand for a one-minute silence as a mark of respect for those families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire exactly one year ago to the day. He then went on to thank the Sponsors of the evenings event and was also delighted to publicly thank both Laura Banner & Gill Price of the BATF for all of their efforts with helping him to organise the event. Sir David Reddaway, the Clerk & CEO of The Goldsmiths Company, was asked to say the Grace before Dinner.
A thoroughly enjoyable night was had by all, bringing together the industries supported by the trade associations of the BATF with guests commenting that they were ‘awestruck’ by the surroundings and that they had enjoyed a ‘fantastic time’.
 

The Benevolent Society, charitable society of the British Allied Trades Federation financially assists individuals that have worked within the giftware, jewellery, surface engineering, travel goods and fashion accessories industries. Registered Charity number 208722.

The British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) is a company limited by guarantee which comprises five trade associations. Together these represent approximately 2,500 enterprises from the jewellery, giftware, surface engineering and travel goods and accessories industry sectors. Collectively BATF members employ an estimated 46,000 people and produce annual sales worth in the region of £22 billion.

Contact:

Laura Banner, Secretary, The Benevolent Society, 07985611209 laura.b.banner@gmail.com

 

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THE GIFTWARE ASSOCIATION AGM

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Giftware Association members and non-members alike, were met with a new chairman, all important high street Information, panel debates and plenty of networking opportunities at The GA’s AGM and Members’ Day on the 20th of June.

The AGM held in Digbeth, Birmingham, known as the city’s creative district, was a suitable backdrop to our members’ creativity and innovation within the giftware world. Also fitting was the venue, independent bar and cinema The Mockingbird, which was the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the show.

 

Kicking off with the AGM formalities, outgoing chair and independent retail expert Henri Davis gave an outline of her time as chair and some of her favourite moments, before handing over the chain of office to Blue Eyed Sun’s Jeremy Corner, who laid the path for the GA’s future. Gert Schyberg of Sebini was also announced as vice chair (meaning he will take over as chair in 2020) and Henri will remain as deputy chair. These three will head up the GA’s current National Committee, whose members come from across the giftware world. Three members were re-elected for a further two years: Amanda Fergusson; Clive Briscoe of Apples to Pears; and Howard Thomas of Giftscribes.

Keynote speaker and high street expert Michael Weedon from Exp2 took to the stage to wow the audience with his view on the high street. Using in-depth data and on current trends, beautifully presented, Michael weaved a story of the high street that was more about hope than the doom and gloom you might read about in the national press.

 

After a networking lunch, allowing suppliers, retailers and service providers to mingle, the panel discussions kicked off covering regulation, IP and compliance, through to the importance of industry awards and then futureproofing a business. The panels offered open debate from the panellists’ own experiences and expert views, as well as taking questions from the audience.

Sarah Ward, the Giftware Association’s CEO said, “The aim of the day was for it to be all-inclusive and for everyone to take away a learning. When our membership covers micro business through to multi-million pound companies, it’s hard to find content that suits everyone, but speaking to people after today it seems that the mixture of subjects and panellists sharing their knowledge has seen people learn and take something away.”

The minutes to the meeting are available through the GA team and the Associations finances for the year are available on the British Allied Trades Federation website.

For the days minutes and finance reports, please contact luke.palmer@ga-uk.org

YOUR AGM AND MEMBERS DAY

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The Giftware Association AGM and members day is just around the corner featuring a day of education, networking, and fun. The event will be held on the 20th June at the Mockingbird Cinema, in the heart of the creative quarter of Digbeth, Birmingham, a fitting area for our industry. Timings for the day will start from 10.30am and approx finish at 3.30pm

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The theme surrounding this year’s members’ day will focus on preparing your business to be fit for the future, whether that means keeping up to date with the latest compliance and regulations or your journey to introducing your product range to market. We will have the experts, competition winners and member companies talking about their experiences in the home and giftware world. We will also be appointing our new Chairperson.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, networking with your industry peers as well as a wealth of knowledge shared with you, and we are even offering you a treat and a chance to sit back and relax at the end of the day with a discounted screening of a new film,Studio 54: the Documentary. Please note this will be charged separately on the day, for only £3.

Tickets to the event will be £25 only for members and £50 for non-members.

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The schedule for the day is as follows:

·         Gather between 10am and 11am, with pastries and hot drinks provided;

·         At 11am, the formal AGM will begin, including the election of a new chair of the National Committee, and a report from the current chair;

·         From around 11.20 until noon, our headline speaker Michael Wheedon will be speaking about retail performance;

·         Lunch will be served between noon and 1pm;

·         In the afternoon, three panel debates set to end not long after 3pm:

o   Compliance (CDPR, cybersecurity, CE marking);

o   The Value of Industry Awards;

o   Routes to Market: Futureproofing your Business

·         After a networking break, the film will be shown at 4pm.

As ever, this is your members’ day, and we would like to make sure we have tailored our content to suit your needs. Feel free to let us know if there are any specific questions or topics within the panel debates that you think are particularly important.

The rest of the day will feature panels allowing you to ask experts and fellow members your questions on topics such as GDPR, Marketing and PR, entry to Amazon and the importance of entering industry awards. Make sure to book your place now.

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For more information about the day simone.rose@ga-uk.org or chris.workman@ga-uk.org

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YOUR AGM AND MEMBERS DAY

GA AGM
The Giftware Association AGM and members day is just around the corner featuring a day of education, networking, and fun. The event will be held on the 20th June at the Mockingbird Cinema, in the heart of the creative quarter of Digbeth, Birmingham, a fitting area for our industry. Timings for the day will start from 10.30am and approx finish at 3.30pm

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The theme surrounding this year’s members’ day will focus on preparing your business to be fit for the future, whether that means keeping up to date with the latest compliance and regulations or your journey to introducing your product range to market. We will have the experts, competition winners and member companies talking about their experiences in the home and giftware world. We will also be appointing our new Chairperson.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, networking with your industry peers as well as a wealth of knowledge shared with you, and we are even offering you a treat and a chance to sit back and relax at the end of the day with a discounted screening of a new film,Studio 54: the Documentary. Please note this will be charged separately on the day, for only £3.

Tickets to the event will be £25 only for members and £50 for non-members.

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The schedule for the day is as follows:

·         Gather between 10am and 11am, with pastries and hot drinks provided;

·         At 11am, the formal AGM will begin, including the election of a new chair of the National Committee, and a report from the current chair;

·         From around 11.20 until noon, our headline speaker Michael Wheedon will be speaking about retail performance;

·         Lunch will be served between noon and 1pm;

·         In the afternoon, three panel debates set to end not long after 3pm:

o   Compliance (CDPR, cybersecurity, CE marking);

o   The Value of Industry Awards;

o   Routes to Market: Futureproofing your Business

·         After a networking break, the film will be shown at 4pm.

As ever, this is your members’ day, and we would like to make sure we have tailored our content to suit your needs. Feel free to let us know if there are any specific questions or topics within the panel debates that you think are particularly important.

The rest of the day will feature panels allowing you to ask experts and fellow members your questions on topics such as GDPR, Marketing and PR, entry to Amazon and the importance of entering industry awards. Make sure to book your place now.

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For more information about the day simone.rose@ga-uk.org or chris.workman@ga-uk.org

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BATF AGM

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You’re invited to join us for the BATF Annual General Meeting at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London on Thursday 14th June 2018 – 4pm until 6.15pm. The British Allied Trades Federation is hosting its AGM at Goldsmiths Hall on 14th June and as a member of the Giftware Association you are invited to the day.

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Keynote speaker: John Benjamin

BBC Antiques Roadshow’s jewellery expert and former International Director of Jewellery at Phillips Auctioneers in the 1980’s and 1990’s he now runs his own independent jewellery consultancy.  John gives talks in the UK and overseas on a wide range of jewellery related topics. He is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company and a founder liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars.

BBC Antiques Roadshow’s jewellery expert and former International Director of Jewellery at Phillips Auctioneers in the 1980’s and 1990’s he now runs his own independent jewellery consultancy.  John gives talks in the UK and overseas on a wide range of jewellery related topics. He is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company and a founder liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars.

 

Frank FletcherKeynote speaker: Frank Fletcher

Frank Fletcher is currently CEO of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust having been involved since it’s inception. The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust takes young people aged between 8-24 sailing to help them regain their confidence, on their way to recovery from Cancer. The British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) were delighted to be able to give the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust a donation of £19,500 to enable them to purchase 162 new life jackets to be used across their fleet. The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust works with young people aged 8 – 24 in recovery from cancer. The Trust provides a lifeline after treatment to start re-building their lives and confidence, using sailing as a mechanism for this. The BATF Directors were pleased to be able to support the unique cause in such a practical way.

To book your place speak to Laura Banner laura.banner@batf.uk.org

 

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