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Have a happy January on Hale Events! The organisers of the popular Giving & Living trade show have announced a special visitor offer to bring a bit of sunshine into January – a £250 prize draw each day! To be in with a chance to win, all retailers have to do is place orders with 5 or more companies at the show, with each order being for a minimum of £200 + vat. Collect your entry card(s) from the information desk, and every time you place five qualifying orders, you can enter! There will be one lucky winner per day, drawn 30 minutes before show closing. T’s & C’s apply and will be available at the show and on the show website.

Giving & Living is the South West’s largest gift and home trade show, and takes place from 13-16 January at Westpoint, Exeter. For more information about the show, to book a stand, or register to attend, please call 01934 733433, follow @giving_living, or visit



Giving & Living is the South West’s largest gift and home trade show, and takes place from 13-16 January at Westpoint, Exeter. Giving & Living showcases an extraordinarily wide range of merchandise at very different price points. There’s a wide and varied range of general gifts and homeware for all occasions on display, offering something for everyone, and you’d have to go a long way to find a greater choice. However, it’s not just about getting the perfect products to sell; it’s much more. With card payment systems, retail services, ePos systems, and more, Giving & Living can help your business in many ways.

Making its debut at the show in January is Speakers’ Corner, sponsored by Grow Exeter and located in the Atrium, where you can get business advice and information from experts. It will host a range of workshops and drop in sessions, all free of charge, and created around the theme of helping the Independent Retailer compete effectively in today’s challenging marketplace. Speakers’ Corner will introduce you to retail experts such as Sarah Ward, Chief Executive of The Giftware Association, Ian Retallick, author and speaker from Specialist Retailers, Barbara Khattri from Elements, who is expert in helping teams work effectively to make better profits for organisations, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), cybercrime specialists from Avon & Somerset Constabulary, and Andy Copp from Business Mentors SW.

There’s plenty more do at the show. Why not follow the Coastal Path to discover beautifully crafted gifts and unusual home accessories inspired by sun, sand and sea? Meet the “Newcomers” – new companies that have never exhibited at a trade show before. Visit the “Designed & made in Britain” area to source unusual products that combine high quality with a distinct local flavour and a great story, and look out for “Naturally” companies with great ethical and/or environmental credentials.

With all this to see and do, and four days to so, Giving & Living makes buying a relaxed and enjoyable experience.

For more information about the show, to book a stand, or register to attend, please call 01934 733433, follow @giving_living, or visit 

Please call Jennifer Trotman at Hale Events on 01934 733433, or email, for any additional information or images.




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It looks like this year’s Giving & Living trade show was a win win win for South West retail trade, with happy visitors placing orders, satisfied exhibitors finding new customers and leads, and one lucky visitor winning a Taste of the West hamper!

The visitor survey carried out by Hale Events, the show’s organisers, showed that 90% of those who attended said they’d recommend the show to a colleague or related business. Almost 70% were very satisfied, or satisfied, with the variety of exhibitors and, best of all, over 93% of visitors said they’d be back next year!

Compact, close to home, good opening hours, excellent range of suppliers (not overwhelming, as other larger exhibitions can be!!). I usually find 2 or 3 new suppliers and if I do, then I’m happy”. Caroline Taysom, Small Matters Ltd

Such a great chance to see what’s available in reality rather than on websites”. Sharan Bettridge, Aunty Em’s Gatehouse

It’s a good show to find smaller suppliers and also more bespoke/personalised items.” Marnie Edward, Box of Delights.

Very convenient venue with plenty of suppliers attending, particularly smaller ones who don’t attend the larger trade fairs such as Spring & Autumn Fairs”. Maggie Jee, Peak Hill Llamas.

We have a small seaside gift shop and basically we do all our buying for the year at the show, we don’t buy elsewhere. We can see it, feel it, discuss it and there are always new products every year. If you close this show we close our shop!” Niki Tait, Appledore Quay Gift Shop.

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The show got the thumbs up from exhibitors too.  The survey showed that 87% of visitors placed orders at or shortly after the show, which would explain why nearly 100 companies are already booked in for the 2019 show:

Donald Clark of Proctor & Clark, who offer imaginative gift and homeware ranges to the trade, commented that “It’s a good show for us, with a great atmosphere. We like it because it attracts buyers with a very specific interest in coastal themed products. This year we certainly generated some interest from a type of customer that we haven’t seen before, so that was good”.

Corrie at Yellow Publications, suppliers of user friendly walking and cycling maps, adds that “We have exhibited at Giving & Living for several years now and we always look forward to this particular show. We regard it as our local show because we work out of Bodmin….but we are always surprised how far some of our visitors come. Not only are the staff of Hale Events a pleasure to deal with, but the show itself is a very friendly affair. We see many faces, old and new, amongst both the exhibitors and visitors and we always go away with good leads and good ideas”.

All the visitors who completed the survey were entered into a prize draw with the opportunity to enjoy a hamper filled with goodies from Taste of the West. We’d like to congratulate Julie Williams from A Dimond & Co, who was the lucky winner.  Independent stationers & newsagents, A. Dimond & Co. have been trading at the same address in Honiton for over 115 years. The company is owned by directors Anthony and Janet Dimond, the 4th generation of the family to run the business, and it was Julie’s first visit to the show.  First time lucky!

Next year Giving & Living takes place from Sunday 13th to Wednesday 16th January 2019 – why not put those dates in your diary now? Maybe you’ll be a winner next year too!

For more information about the show, to book a stand, or register to attend, please call 01934 733433, follow @giving_living, or visit


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Giving & Living 2018 – presenting you with what your business needs.

 If you’re looking for exciting new products for your customers, then look no further. Giving & Living is the largest Gift and Home trade show in the South West, and presents a sensational selection of products and lifestyle inspiration for retail buyers, from bags to books, cards to clothing, maps to mugs, soaps to sculpture, and tea to toys, at a wide range of price points. The 2018 show, which takes place at the Westpoint Exhibition Centre, Exeter, and runs from Sunday 14th January to Wednesday 17th January, will bring together up to 250 exhibitors and 4000+ retail buyers.

As the first show of the season, Giving & Living provides visitors with the perfect opportunity to see and purchase the very latest new and exclusive 2018 product ranges before anyone else. Packed full of inspiration, and with an impressive lineup of exhibitors, you’ll get a real insight into current and new trends for the coming seasons. Restock successful lines and enhance your offering with new gifting options to get ahead of the competition before Easter, Mothers’ Day, the Summer and beyond.

Regular visitors to the show will recognise familiar faces such as Berserks Glass Works, Bomb Cosmetics, Bramble Foods, Cole, Dolphin Minerals, Elgate Products, F & J Collection, JBA, KandyToys, Melamaster, Nauticalia, Puckator, Santoro, Quay Traders, Talbot Fashions, and TY UK. Making their debut at the show are many first-time exhibitors – new faces to meet, with products not seen at the show before. Try out the contemporary garden furniture & wind sculptures from Jonart Design, admire the beautifully gift boxed collections of necklaces and collectable bracelets from Life Charms, check out the award-winning tablet stands from iBeani, and relax with the cocktail-inspired, alcohol themed body care gifts from Boozi Body Care. And that’s just for starters!

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In addition to the exceptional array of general gifts and homeware for all occasions on display, the show covers more Coast than anyone else. For buyers from retail outlets and attractions on or near the Coast, and for those that are keen to order coastal merchandise to target the holidaymaker, it’s THE show to visit. Once again Giving & Living’s Coastal Path will lead you around the show to find exhibitors that are perfect for your business. This dedicated path will lead you to Claire Vaughan Designs, Glass Relief, Gone Crabbing, Small World and many more, and you’ll discover an exciting variety of unusual products, niche suppliers and fresh ideas

Other special show features include a Newcomers’ area dedicated to new companies that have never done a trade show before. The show offers special rates for these companies, giving them a chance to showcase their products to retailers that they might not otherwise be able to afford. It’s your chance to spot emerging design talent and pick up beautiful & original new products that will delight your customers.  Discover the gifts & prints from Paul Liggins Art, the beautiful, handmade Hammam towels from Ebb & Flow, the enigmatic Preseli Bluestone jewellery from Out of the Blue, the farmhouse soap made with sheep’s milk by New Ewe, and much more, before anyone else.

The Designed and made in Britain area is dedicated to unusual products of high quality and authenticity that reflect the UK’s unique heritage, such as the intricate decorative terracotta wall plaques from Black Dog, the creative crystal gifts from Wild Things, the artisan confectionery from Buttermilk Confections, and the stunning range of coastal themed household wares from Iona Buchanan. Many of these exhibitors only exhibit at Giving & Living, giving retailers exclusive access to locally produced items that shrewd customers will love.

The show also attracts a range of exhibitors with a strong ethical and/or environmental background, such as Cadwyn Fair Trade Gifts, Gringo Imports, Purbeck Candles, and Silver Jewellery Cavern. These “Naturally” companies will be clearly identified at the show, offering retailers the chance to track down products with the right credentials, in keeping with their brand values.

Get your 2018 off to the best possible start, and make your way to Exeter in January.  With two halls to explore, and four days in which to do so, Giving & Living makes buying an enjoyable experience. In fact, 92% of visitors to last year’s show would recommend it, while 87% placed orders at the show or shortly afterwards. Meet existing suppliers, discover new ones, place orders for the coming year, and build partnerships for the future.  From pocket money toys and gifts that can be personalised for your venue, to one off pieces for the customer in search of something a little more unique, Giving & Living has it all.

For more information about the show, to book a stand, or pre-register to attend, please call 01934 733433, follow @giving_living, or visit

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Trade Shows As we look towards the end of the year and Christmas, we are looking in advance to 2018 and the trade shows at the beginning of the year

EAST ANGLIA GIFT FAIR – 7-9TH January 2018

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Are you looking for more customers within Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Essex? Are you fed up with paying way too much for your trade fairs?

If the answer to both these questions is YES then the East Anglian Gift Fair could be the trade show for you!

EAGF18 is organised by a fellow exhibitor and floor space costs just £49.00 per m2.

EAGF18 will introduce you to decision makers from independent retailers, garden centres, heritage sites, tourist attractions and department stores looking to secure all the new and exciting products for 2018.

After last years successful show at St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Hall, we will be holding the 2018 EAGF at the same, excellent venue.

Top Drawer – 14-16 January 2018

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Whether you are an independent retailer, multiple, department store, an exclusively online retailer or contract buyer, Top Drawer will inspire you to dial up your creative instincts and business insights; source wonderful new products at a range of price points from names you know, and names you’ll be thrilled to discover; find exciting new collaborations; stimulate your senses; access new trends; inject new impetus into your business and challenge your thinking.

Design-led, carefully curated, commercially appealing products
Immerse yourself in  beautifully curated worlds: Home | Gift | Fashion | Craft. They all feature a cherry picked edit of design-led products, many of them exclusive and revealed for the first time at Top Drawer. You’ll find covetable collections chosen for their serious commercial appeal and great design credentials.

Ethical and Sustainable approach
We champion British and ethically sustainable products through our link with the Product GB initiative and via our Eco Trail.

Supporting Emerging Talent
We support new talents and emerging designers in our Spotted area.

Knowledge Exchange
The Academy, our online content platform, deepens your retail know-how and stimulates your curiosity, exposing you to new ideas and approaches. We take the Academy LIVE at the show: come and hear pioneering voices, and knowledgeable experts to keep your business fit for the future.

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Giving & Living is the biggest Home & Gift trade show in the South West. A vibrant trade show, with a strong focus on the tourism sector and an unrivaled selection of products for those targeting the holidaymaker market.

If you’re looking to get your products to market – this is your open door to South West buyers. If you’re looking for the best products for your retail business, this is your chance to meet a great range of exhibitors at a relaxed, timely & effective show.


Scotland Trade Show – 21 – 23 January 2018

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Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring takes place over 3 days from 21st to 23rd January 2018 at Glasgow’s SEC. Over 500 companies exhibit thousands of products to 5000 trade buyers from department stores, multiples, mail-order, online, tourist attractions and independent retail outlets who attend the show.

The show incorporates the following 4 Specialist Areas:

Home & Gift

Fashion & Accessories


Food & Drink

The food and drink sector is growing and becoming more and more popular year on year, so this is the show for you if you have any artisanal food products that you would like showcasing.

The Furniture Show 21-24 January 2018

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Are you a retailer, interior designer, contract buyer, architect or developer? If you buy furniture and interiors this is the big one for your diary. You’ll discover the newest products from over 500 suppliers, the biggest brands and emerging designers and manufacturers.

All the leading UK names are here, joined by many international suppliers who you may not see again at any other UK event this year. You’ll get an in depth view of what’s available in the furniture and furnishings industry today, and keep an eye on the trends for tomorrow

Perfectly timed at the start of the year when you need to place orders for the year ahead, this is where suppliers launch thousands of new collections and designs. Over 21,000 of your industry peers and connections agree, and attend every year at the NEC. Easy to shop – less than 3hrs away for most of the UK. Five halls, packed with great products, and we’ll help you find them!

The Toy Fair – 23 – 25 January 2018

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The Toy Fair is the UK’s largest dedicated toy, game and hobby trade show taking place annually at the end of January at Olympia Grand and West Halls, London. The toy industry’s showcase welcomes more than 270 companies exhibiting thousands of products to visito

 The Nursery Show 2-3 February 2018

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Nursery World is the leading title for everyone in the early years community.

The Nursery World Show is our annual flagship event in London and is the largest, most-established show in the early years and childcare sector. After three successful years, and due to increasing demand from visitors and exhibitors, the Nursery World Show expanded in 2017 with the launch of an additional, new event in May: Nursery World North.

Wherever you are based and whatever your aspirations in early years, we will deliver the right event for you. Choose from the Nursery World Show or Nursery World North below to find out more and be part of the best-attended events for early years and childcare professionals.


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We would like to welcome you to the first edition of Handmade Oxford, the contemporary crafts & design fair at the elegant and historic Oxford Town Hall. The event will take place from Friday 18 May to Sunday 20 May 2018, with a private view evening reception on Thursday 17 May. Deadline for applications: Thursday 30 November
For the past decade, Handmade in Britain’s shows have become the top contemporary craft selling events for designer makers in UK. This three day showcase sees the industry’s biggest talents exhibiting alongside new graduates and emerging designer-makers. With innovative design alongside truly exceptional craftsmanship, visitors are treated to a unique event, set to the beautiful backdrop of Oxford Town Hall. The Town Hall is located at the heart of Oxford. It is a centre of local government in the city and also houses the Museum of Oxford.

The event targets and appeals to an informed and highly motivated audience of local and UK consumers, collectors and aficionados as well as a select audience of professionals; including those who represent corporate and public sector buyers. The consumer audience includes local residents; tourists; shoppers and craft/design collectors. Selected press, trade buyers, media and VIPs are also invited to attend.