GIFT OF THE YEAR VIDEO

We are incredibly excited to share this video we made to celebrate our Gift of the Year competition, from previous years winners, current entrants and the awards night.

This year was a great year for us with a record number of entries from over 250 companies.  The opportunities are amazing and we love hearing your success stories from the winners and highly commended,  about how the award evening and the display on our stand at Spring Fair brought people across to their stands and placed orders, which is always great to hear.

Watch the video to find out the real benefits of the competition.

 

 

 

UPCOMING MEET THE BUYER EVENTS

The Giftware Association is busy planning its series of Meet The Buyer events for 2019. The events have been a huge success in the past with hundreds of products on display from over 200 companies

Come and meet buyers in a more relaxed environment where you can showcase your products and get to met buyers from across the giftware industry.   Perfectly timed so as not to disrupt any major shows and a networking lunch included.

These events have been really popular with buyers and we have already worked with John LewisOcadoTK MaxxThe National GalleryBoots and many more.

MANTONS CARDS – 7TH MARCH 2019

The Giftware Association is pleased to announce it will again be working with Mantons Cards, the multi award-winning Port Erin store is the Isle of Man’s largest supplier of quality greeting cards and gifts.  Manton’s are particularly on the lookout for bath bombs and candles. The cost to attend this event is £50 + VAT.
CHOICE MARKETING AND SCOUT STORES – 7TH MARCH 2019

The Giftware Association is once again working with Choice Marketing and The Scout StoreScout Stores are looking for Clothing, accessories, gifting, christmas and novelty items. Choice Marketing, who look after 39 independent garden centre’s are looking for new innovative niche suppliers and large brands reaching out for distributors. This event will cost £125+VAT

 

 

FIND ME A GIFT – 2ND MAY 2019
The Giftware Associations first event of the year will once again be working with Find Me A Giftafter their successful event last yearFind out more and what Find Me A Gift are looking for here. The cost to attend this event is £75 + VAT

 

THE BRITISH SHOP – 6TH JUNE 2019

The Giftware Association is very excited to be working with The British ShopTHE BRITISH SHOPis the largest online shop in Germany, featuring high-quality British fashion in the country style, typical English homewear, British perfume and popular British specialties. online. The British Shop is looking in particular for Gifts, Gardening equipment, Home Textiles, Kitchenware and lifestyle products.

The cost to attend the event is £85 + VAT

 

If you would like more information on how these events work or if you would like us to approach any retailers that you have on your target list then please get in touch with simone.rose@ga-uk.org.

Thank you

The Giftware Association Team

SNAPDRAGON OUR NEWEST SERVICE PROVIDER

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Imitation is NOT the highest form of flattery! Counterfeit goods damage brands, ruin reputations and, worst of all, can harm unsuspecting customers.

The Giftware Associations newest service provider ‘Snapdragon‘ held a breakfast seminar on our stand during Spring Fair and offered some helpful insights into the world of IP copying and design protection.

  • Register your trademark in as many territories as possible, and definitely in China. As 90% of copies are found in China, it is worth paying to protect.

 

  • Register products and trademarks with the EUIPO enforcement database and its equivalent elsewhere (This is a free service and helps protect your brand at ports of entry)

 

  • Translate your brand into as many direct and slightly indirect variants as possible and search regularly for these on online platforms. Report sellers for infringing activity and get listings removed

 

  • If you find counterfeits, buy a sample and get to know it so you can help others – including customs – tell the difference – Be super aware in terms of customer safety

 

Snapdragon is a company that simply put, fights fakes online. With the rise of counterfeit goods within the home and giftware industry, Snapdragon’s mission is to reduce the number of fakes around the world, enabling brands to thrive and customers to be kept safe. They work closely with in-house lawyers, IP firms and other legal experts to ensure your registered IP works for its investment, protecting your business and your customers.

The Giftware Association have partnered up with Snapdragon to raise awareness of this issue that many of our members face, so if you are looking to learn more about fighting fakes or have been affected yourself and want to know how to protect your brand in the future then speak to a member of the team.

 

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CELEBRATE IN STYLE

The Giftware Association would like to invite you to our Gift of The Year awards evening at Spring Fair, NEC. Starting at 6.30pm on Sunday 3rd February, The winners to our annual Gift Of The Year competition will be announced in Hall 20 at The Main Stage. The event is free to attend, you don’t even need to be exhibiting at the show or be a finalist in the competition.

We want to extend the invite to the whole of our industry so come and raise a glass of champagne, network with your peers and celebrate the best new products and winning companies in style.

But wait there is more…

To continue on with the celebrations, The Giftware Association is hosting a ‘Curry Night’ at Pushkar Indian Restaurant in Birmingham. The fine dining Indian restaurant is located on Broad Street, about 20 mins journey from the NEC*, in the centre of City and will begin at 8.30pm. Birmingham is home to the curry, so it would only be right to celebrate with our cities favourite dish.

We would be delighted if you could join us, the cost to attend is £40 + VAT, which includes a three-course dinner and drinks. Please book here, once we have received your booking, we will send over the menu options and request any dietary requirements.

For more information on future events with The Giftware Association, please contact Simone Rose on simone.rose@ga-uk.org.

 

*Please note we will not be able to provide transport to the venue but buses, trains and taxis all travel into Birmingham and are readily available at the NEC.

SCOTLAND TRADE SHOW SPRING

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GREAT BUZZ OF CONFIDENCE AT SCOTLAND’S TRADE FAIR SPRING

With the air buzzing with order-making and new relationships being forged, Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring 2019 heralded a confident start to the new season. 2018 witnessed another busy tourist season which kept footfall moving in many of Scotland’s independent shops and in particular those serving overseas visitors. There is great confidence this will continue in 2019 despite domestic political upheavals and concern over the global economic outlook.

With the largest number of exhibitors for both the Trade Show and Scotland’s Speciality Food Show for a decade, there was plenty of variety for buyers with a massive range of gifts, homewares, jewellery, textiles, craft and speciality food and drink on offer. Buyers relished the quality and range of products making it a highly successful Show.

 

Helen Crawford from The Old School, Beauly said: “We always think of the Scottish Show as an opportunity to cement already existing supplier relationships, meet the “new kids on the block” and touch base with our fellow retailers. This year we doubled our orders with some key suppliers, placing our confidence 100% in Scottish made product.  If you want the best of commercial, good Scottish products, this trade show is an unmissable date in the buying calendar. The icing on the cake is that it is also the friendliest show you could possibly imagine attending!”

As well as buying and sourcing products, the Show increased its additional content this year with among other events, the introduction of Nessie’s Den. Six new exhibitors pitched their products to three key buyers in a fun and entertaining session. In addition, Minister for Trade, Innovation and Investment Ivan Mckee MSP visited the Show and presented one of the Best Product Awards.

The Best Product Awards were a highlight of the Show with some very talented exhibitors winning, and a superb range of high quality, mostly Scottish products, taking the top awards. Julie Pearson from Cloudberry Gifts and one of the judges added: “The range and quality of the products on display was fantastic and we were impressed by not just the winning products but their packaging and price points too. This Show is a great source for finding new suppliers. There was a wide choice of categories and new products on offer and it seemed all companies no matter how big or small had put extra effort into adding to their ranges and seemed to really enjoy the show, which came across to buyers.”

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Seminars and workshops on a wide range of topics from social media to success secrets for retailers, were well attended and many commented on how useful these extra events are for retailers who often struggle with time to learn new tips.

Exhibitor Fiona Ritchie from Siabann said: “This Show has been so busy for us with many existing and new customers coming to our stand. We need to be here in person to showcase our new products and re-acquaint with existing customers so it’s a must attend Show.”

Mark Saunders Show Director said: “There was a real air of optimism at the Show from exhibitors and buyers. Foreign buyers were also plentiful from predominantly the US, Canada and Europe, who were searching out high quality Scottish made products which are world renowned for their excellence and commercial appeal. We are hoping that the 2019 season will be a profitable one for Scotland.”

The Best Product Winners are:

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Gold – Clarabella Christie – range of interiors products  (LG58)

Silver – Kushboo Soaps  – soap (LG74)

Bronze- The Wee Book Company  – book (LG24)

 

Clothing & Textiles

Gold – Eribe Knitwear  – jumper (C66)

Silver – BAKKA – scarf (CG42)

Bronze – Brook Taverner – tweed jacket (C71)

 

Home & Giftware

Gold – Highland Stoneware  – bowl (A46)

Silver – My Little People  – picture (E18)

Bronze – Siabann  – home fragrances (E42)

 

Jewellery & Fashion Accessories

Gold – Rarebird Design – bag (D83)

Silver – Karen Duncan Jewellery – necklace (E111/F115)

Bronze – Zoe Davidson – jewellery set (E111/F115)