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Blue Eyed Sun, are launching a gorgeous fresh new range of Everyday cards called BISCUIT in Design Point 1 – Stand D110 at Home & Gift in Harrogate.

BISCUIT has sixty cute designs based on original hand-painted artworks by Jo Corner. They all feature decoupage elements and are hand finished with jewels in the UK. Covering a good selection of relations and loved ones, this cute range includes loads of relations and occasions captions. BISCUIT are 125mm x 125mm in size and retail for £2.75 (trade price £1.14 each).

Sold in sixes to trade buyers only, all of our cards are blank inside, barcoded and cello-wrapped with a coloured envelope. All are printed on board from sustainable sources.

Blue Eyed Sun’s cards are available to order through their easy-to-use, trade only website, their latest brochures and they also have a team of sales agents across the country that can come in to see you with samples and help you choose the right look for your shop.

Blue Eyed Sun’s BambooCup is Hot Property

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BambooCup is a beautiful fast selling range of eco-friendly, reusable coffee cups which continues to sell well with retailers throughout the UK.

“As exclusive distributors of BambooCup, BambooFriends and SlideCup products in the UK and Ireland we are proud to be making a difference in the world with these products. Not only that but taking care of the planet this is a hot product trend because we all want sustainable eco solutions to the problem of single use plastics.” – Jeremy Corner, MD, Blue Eyed Sun and Chairman of the Giftware Association.

BambooCup is designed to reduce the 2.5 billion plastic lined single use cups which are wasted each year. Made predominantly from sustainable, fast growing bamboo fibre and tested to the highest standards, BambooCup feels lovely to hold and has over 50 contemporary designs in the collection. BambooCup includes a patented, lockable lid made from bamboo instead off silicone and comes with a thermal sleeve. Dishwasher safe, odour free and taste neutral, BambooCup is available with great looking point of sale solutions including a 96 pocket floor stand and a 36 pocket counter top stand.

Your readers can quote GR18 for free point of sale options (when ordering the floor stand fully stocked or 36 cups for the 12 pocket countertop stand).

With lots of exciting new products planned for the coming year, follow @BambooCupUK on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news.

Email or call 01273 823003 to request a price list and catalogue. Visit for more details.

See all of Blue Eyed Sun’s bamboo products in Design Point One – Stand D110 at Home & Gift in Harrogate.

Watch a video of our new BambooCup here:

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We are excited to announce the launch of a new luxury lifestyle and gift brand, Bloom Giftware. New members to The Giftware Association, but no stranger to the world of home and gift.

Bloom Giftware is an idea blossomed from one of our members, Bloom Interiors, who are associated with Better Pathways, a leading mental health charity in Birmingham.

Building up a valuable reputation in the interior and soft furnishings industry, Bloom Giftware are now entering the giftware world. This exciting new brand features exquisite design-led gift products all manufactured in the UK. Bloom Giftware will be showcasing an exclusive preview evening on Monday 18th June in the heart of the Creative arts quarter, Birmingham at Fazeley Studios. At this preview event there will be an opportunity for you to experience the brand, hear the back story, view the products and be part of this celebratory evening.

Founders of Bloom Giftware have announced the launch of the brand to begin with three luxurious collections, Tropical Paradise, Floral Frenzy and Limited Edition by Jason Clarke. Products within these collections include washbags, scented candles, Bone China mugs and much more.

Each collection promotes individual artists and showcases the positive and creative side of mental ill health. Bloom Giftware is set to be an inspirational brand; they will provide a platform to support artistic talents within the mental health community.

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Our incoming Chairman of The Giftware Association, Jeremy Corner will be taking part in a Facebook live session, hosted by Sage, to discuss the key successes of British Business and what drives them. The session will start at 5pm today. Viewers can register for free here –

Jeremy will be joining Peter Jones (CBE), Janice B Gordon, Kevin Poulter in this session which will outline issues and opportunities facing British businesses in the current climate and with Brexit approaching. Sign up now so you don’t miss this opportunity to hear about #businessambition

Sage appointed Peter Jones, Dragon’s Den star and one of the UK’s most recognisable entrepreneurs, as its new Ambition Ambassador back in April 2018. Peter is a serial entrepreneur. He maintains a portfolio of more than 40 businesses.

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The competition to alert individuals and companies to opportunities in the dynamic UK stationery industry is back for its fourth edition at the 2018 Stationery Show Manchester.

The ‘LaunchPad Manchester’ search is now on for up to six individuals or companies with new ideas for products or services for the stationery industry to enter a competition to win a free exhibitor stand at the 2018 Stationery Show Manchester.  The closing date for entries is 31 July 2018.

The bi-annual trade show, which runs in London in April and Manchester on 9 & 10 October, attracts the UK’s biggest retailers, influential buyers and brands in the stationery sector. As part of its Manchester offering of fantastic writing and paper products, six stands are reserved for the LaunchPad competition winners to showcase their ideas and products to visitors and fellow exhibitors.

Run for the first time by the Stationery Show in London in April 2017, and again by the Manchester Show in October, the LaunchPad initiative has so far showcased 30 new hopefuls.

“Finding and alerting designers and those who love working with paper or writing instruments to consider the stationery industry as a great market for their work is important – it’s good for all of us to see and work with new ideas. There are plenty of opportunities for those with innovative ideas and enthusiasm in our sector,” says the stationery shows event manager, Hazel Fieldwick.

“The two trade shows are currently the only dates in the stationery industry calendar where so many key suppliers and retailers come together, so they are the perfect platform for this type of initiative.  We’re looking forward to seeing all the entries.”

The show team was delighted when no fewer than three LaunchPad winners picked up prestigious Stationery Awards at the April 2018 London show – Paper Mirchi (Manchester 2017 winner) won the Gift Packaging & Wrap category, Octagon Design won Diaries, Organisers & Calendars and Back Pocket Notebooks (both London 2018 winners) won the Good Design category.

“This sort of recognition by the industry for new products and suppliers is fantastic and will help each of these companies on their way to develop and grow their sales and ideas,” said Hazel.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, 31 July 2018. The entry form can be found on the Stationery Show Manchester website home page –

The LaunchPad competition is open to any company which, or individual who:

●   Has not exhibited at either the London or Manchester Stationery Shows previously

  •   Has the rights to sell the featured product/range/service

●   Does not currently sell the featured product/range/service through any UK national retail accounts or distributors in the stationery retail sector

Each winner will receive a free exhibition stand at the Manchester show, coverage on the show website and inclusion in all the show’s marketing materials.  In addition, they will get great exposure to all the UK’s leading retailers and suppliers visiting the show and will receive PR and marketing support from the Stationery Show team.


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The Giftware Association has taken its successful Meet the Buyer events on the road for the first time, with an exclusive and exciting event with the Tillington Group of Garden Centres. The event was held in the beautiful Low Wood Bay in the heart of the Lake District, and featured giftware suppliers presenting and showcasing their products to buyers from 10 Tillington garden centres.

It is the second time that the GA has worked with the Tillington Group, with last year’s event being held in Essex, and being such a success that the GA were invited back to present members to key industry buyers. The event kept the usual formula, with all suppliers getting important one-on-one time with the buyers. The event was by application only and the successful attendees were carefully selected by the various Tillington buyers ahead of event.

Gillian Munro from Otter Nurseries who helped with the organisation of the event said, “it was a great success and the feedback was positive from the Tillington buyers and suppliers. The proof will be in the scale of new orders and accounts.”

The GA team hosted all the lucky suppliers the night before at the Low Wood Bay resort hotel, an exclusive opportunity to meet newer members and talk about the needs and wants of suppliers for the home and gift industry. Simon Wadsworth from Wraptious, one of the lucky suppliers, said, “For me, it was really well organised. And fantastic engagement from majority of buyers. And what a great setting!”

A GA representative said of the whole event, “We want to take these types of events on the road more often, as the day was a real success. We are very happy as these events have always generated orders from buyers and allowed them to see products that they may have never seen at a larger trade show or event. It was also a great chance to catch up with our members and hear more about what they want from the months ahead.”