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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 British Allied Trades Federation is the parent company of the National Association of Jewellers. BATF

are searching for an interesting piece of silverware, to sit alongside other important silverware items collected over the years by the Federation.

The winning design will be bought for the Jewellery & Giftware Silver Collection curated by the BATF from silverware made by great UK designer makers, manufacturers or silversmiths.

The competition brief asks entrants to design and make a piece of Sterling silverware either functional or decorative to commemorate the end of the First World War taking that ceasefire as inspiration. If the silversmith prefers, Britannia silver may also be used, and the design can incorporate other metals, embellishments and mixed media.

Industry Ambassador Lindsey Straughton commented: “The Federation have often commissioned significant pieces for their Silver Collection to mark a moment in time and £8,500 should encourage interesting entries that I look forward to judging!”

“The brief was made as broad as possible to encourage entrants to propose imaginative ideas to be modern but appropriately reflect the poignancy of this historical date. We look forward to receiving proposals for a piece to sit within our eclectic collection which includes pieces made over the last 100 years.” Rosina Singleton, BATF, Chief Operating Officer.

Any UK company designing and making in the UK may apply. The piece of silver is to be created in the designer silversmith’s own style and design-to-scale drawings or CAD files are to be donated to the BATF. It may incorporate mix media and metals as well as enamel, stones or texture and finishing techniques.

Closing date for design-to-scale entries:  2nd July 2018

Winners announced: 9TH July 2018

The item needs to be delivered to Federation House in Birmingham by October 31st, 2018.

The winner will be announced to industry press, across the NAJ’s online platforms, and an editorial feature in the September issue of The Jeweller magazine will highlight the workmanship of the piece.

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South East based SplashMaps® Selected to Exhibit at the New York Rights Fair

SplashMaps logos_HORIZONTALOne of the UK’s most innovative outdoor brands has been selected to exhibit at the New York Rights Fair (May 30 – June 1, 2018).  South-East based SplashMaps® is being sponsored by the Department for International Trade to showcase its ultra-practical award-winning¹ fabric maps in the US for the first time.

SplashMaps® uses mapping data from partners like Ordinance Survey, A to Z and Harvey Maps in the UK to make unique, versatile fabric maps for clients as diverse as Lush (the ethical cosmetic brand), the Scouts and the Scientific Exploration Society.  Following its success with this approach in the UK outdoors and gift markets, the company’s focus now includes helping US businesses increase profits from their existing content too.

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“We’d like to help boost publishers’ current sales beyond paper maps by offering another revenue stream; our highly practical weather-proof, washable, wearable range of fabric maps – which don’t need folding, batteries or a signal!”  says SplashMaps® MD David Overton.  “Two thirds of our export sales are to the US, which demonstrates an appetite for fabric maps and with the right partners we see huge potential for US sales. We aim to show potential US partners the benefits of marrying their content, be they maps or detailed art, with our expertise in fine printing maps on fabric,”

For the New York Rights Fair, the company will present exciting new SplashMaps® ranges including best-selling Toob headwear, which now accounts for more than half UK sales.  There will be bold new partner products and latest in-house designs along with eye-catching gift packaging aimed at the new markets. The range includes our latest fully recycled ethical lines available on-line and via retailers in the UK.

“We’re delighted that SplashMaps® has started to see success internationally and look forward to seeing what the future holds for this ambitious, innovative, South East-based company,” said Ben Raby, Regional Director, South East, Department for International Trade.  “With SplashMaps identifying demand for its product overseas, we hope its presence at the New York Rights Fair will quite literally put it on the map!”

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