THINKING ABOUT EXPANDING YOUR BUSINESSES OVERSEAS

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Going Global Live is the leading event for any company looking to take the steps in order to join the international market. From internationally recognised brands through to world class seminars from some of the leading professionals in the industry, this event will be the one stop shop for all brands moving into the global arena. Tickets are free and readily available from Going Global website, where the full show guide is also digitally available to help plan what will be a busy schedule!

With the focus this year very much on understanding markets before progress is made, the speaker line up this year features individuals from across the globe coming to discuss a variety of topics. The speakers will all have expertise within their chosen market, with experts leading seminars about expanding into markets from the likes of China, Japan, USA, Qatar, Germany, Spain, Russia and more. Having this access to such a diverse range of speakers really is unparalleled and will provide visitors with second to none knowledge to utilise moving forward.

As well as these amazing sessions, the event will also run alongside The Business Show and Foreign Direct Investment Expo, allowing for unrivalled networking opportunities across all the events. Tickets to Going Global will grant access to the surrounding shows, opening up visitors to all the benefits of the surrounding events. With every show doing masterclasses as well, the opportunity to learn from international professionals has never been easier to take advantage of! Qatar Financial Centre will be hosting masterclasses throughout Going Global to help business break into the booming economy. Book your slot now to avoid disappointment!

With sponsorship coming from the likes of American Express, Qatar Financial Centre and Sohar Port and Freezone, as well as being in association with the Department of International Trade, Going Global has serious backing! Going Global is the UK’s first in aiding businesses expand overseas, and with tickets readily available here, the reasons not to attend are thin on the ground!

 

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Thinking about expanding your business overseas?

Going Global Live is the leading event for any company looking to take the steps in order to join the international market. From internationally recognised brands through to world class seminars from some of the leading professionals in the industry, this event will be the one stop shop for all brands moving into the global arena. Tickets are free and readily available from Going Global website, where the full show guide is also digitally available to help plan what will be a busy schedule!

With the focus this year very much on understanding markets before progress is made, the speaker line up this year features individuals from across the globe coming to discuss a variety of topics. The speakers will all have expertise within their chosen market, with experts leading seminars about expanding into markets from the likes of China, Japan, USA, Qatar, Germany, Spain, Russia and more. Having this access to such a diverse range of speakers really is unparalleled and will provide visitors with second to none knowledge to utilise moving forward.

As well as these amazing sessions, the event will also run alongside The Business Show and Foreign Direct Investment Expo, allowing for unrivalled networking opportunities across all the events. Tickets to Going Global will grant access to the surrounding shows, opening up visitors to all the benefits of the surrounding events. With every show doing masterclasses as well, the opportunity to learn from international professionals has never been easier to take advantage of! Qatar Financial Centre will be hosting masterclasses throughout Going Global to help business break into the booming economy. Book your slot now to avoid disappointment!

With sponsorship coming from the likes of American Express, Qatar Financial Centre and Sohar Port and Freezone, as well as being in association with the Department of International Trade, Going Global has serious backing! Going Global is the UK’s first in aiding businesses expand overseas, and with tickets readily available here, the reasons not to attend are thin on the ground!

 

AUTUMN TRADESHOW ROUNDUP

As we come to the end of the year, with all the major trade shows over…it’s time to start to start planning for next year’s events:

SCOTLAND TRADE SHOW, GLASGOW – 20-22 JANUARY 2019

Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring takes place over 3 days from 20th to 22nd January 2019 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

Craft

Food & Drink

Showcase Scotland

In addition to the four main product areas Showcase Scotland covers approximately one half of the show and incorporates approximately 250 of the very best Scottish companies creating a focus for UK and overseas buyers of both new and established Scottish brands. Showcase Scotland boasts some of the most internationally recognised Scottish brand names.

 

EAST ANGLIA TRADE FAIR, NORFOLK 7-9 JANUARY 2019

The East Anglian Gift & Toy Fair is taking place within St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, between the dates of Sunday 6th January and Tuesday 8th January 2019.

EAGF19 is organised by a fellow exhibitor and 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 2019.

Some regular exhibitors of the East Anglian Gift Fair include JonPaul Gifts Ltd, Bramble Foods, Norfolk China Ltd, Xystos, Moo Cow Studios, Lark Rise Designs, Little Spring Ltd & DS Hobbs & Sons Ltd.

GIFTS, ISLE OF WIGHT – 27-29 JANUARY 2019

GIFTS Isle of Wight is taking place at the Gracellie Hotel, Hope Road, Shanklin between the dates of Sunday 27th January and Tuesday 29th January 2019.

The show 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 2019.

GIFTS Isle of Wight is organised by fellow exhibitors and floor space costs just £49.00 per m2 (space only) along with an additional cost of £10.00 for electric.

Some regular exhibitors of the GIFTS Isle of Wight include SDL Imports, Sydney Bunce, Western Counties Wholesale, Jon Paul Gifts, Larkrise Designs and Norfolk China Ltd.

GIVING AND LIVING, EXETER – 13-16 JANUARY 2019

If you’re looking to get your products to maret – this is your open door to the South West buyers.

Giving and Living will introduce you to decision makers with purchasing power from independent retailers, multiple retailers, holiday parks, garden centres, heritage sites, tourist attractions, e-commerce and department stores. Buyers are attracted to the unique product mix, set in an easy to get to and manageable location. Spread over four days it’s less frantic than many other shows and certainly more enjoyable.

With a wealth of experience within our team of industry professionals, we work closely with you from the time of booking to arriving at the show. We will endeavour to make the whole experience run smoothly and ensure that product awareness is maximised to buyers before you arrive at the show. Exhibitors often receive orders before the show from our extensive and targeted promotional campaign.

TOP DRAWER, LONDON – 13-16 JANUARY 2019

Top Drawer is the perfect platform for UK and international lifestyle brands to present new ranges and best sellers in the curated and complementary worlds of Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft.

With each world showcasing an expert sector edit, this is where the leading brands, designers, suppliers, manufacturers and distributors come to do business with the most successful creative retailers and contract buyers from across the UK and beyond.

SPRING FAIR, BIRMINGHAM – 3-7 February 2019

Start your year off on the right foot and be a part of Spring Fair. Give your business the best possible chance; to build lucrative new partnerships, to meet buyers who are looking for products that will make their year. This is where retailers come to find the most diverse selection of the best, most innovative and exciting new home and gift products. Right people, right time, right place.

 

if you make, supply, license or distribute a gift or home product then it’s likely that this is the show for you. Exhibitors across the 16 show sectors include:

Inventors / Start-ups / Rebranded companies
Licensors / Companies launching new products
Brand owners / Manufacturers / Distributors and Agents

FARM SHOP & SHOP DELI SHOW, BIRMINGHAM – 8-10 April 2019

Farm Shop & Deli Show 2019 is on-track to be the biggest show yet and continues to grow from strength to strength, with increased stand space and a new ‘Healthy and Natural’ area.

The show is taking place next April 8th – 10th at NEC Birmingham. To support their fellow Giftware Association members to help you to be part of this unmissable event, they are offering preferential rates to members who wish to exhibit, supported by marketing campaigns to highlight giftware products and exhibitors at the show to the 1000s of independent retailers who attend.

Exhibitors can demonstrate their products and services to thousands of key buyers from the speciality sector, including farm shops, delicatessens, food halls, butchers, bakers, garden centres, greengrocers, online retailers, gift shops and so on.

 

SARAH WARD AT THE BANK OF ENGLAND

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(From L to R: Sir Ronald Halstead – EIA; Aslam Merchant – Pelican Manufacturing; Sarah Ward – the GA; John May – Chairman, Genesis Initiative; Nick Levine – ICAEW; Paul Green – Galpeg Ltd; Rob Elder – Bank of England)

The Giftware Association’s CEO Sarah Ward once again attended the Bank of England Genesis Initiative meeting, armed with our members’ views to discuss SMEs’ capital intentions and more.

On Friday 21st September, Sarah Ward along with other trade associations and other big UK businesses met up at the Bank of England for a Genesis Initiative meeting, to discuss lending to SMEs and economic reform amongst other subjects that affects today’s business environment.

The Genesis Initiative was formed to improve the quality of debate amongst SMEs, driven by SMEs and supported by Parliamentarians their joint efforts contribute to the continued growth of the SME sector within the United Kingdom.

John May, Chairman of the genesis Initiative states “Small business is the backbone of the British economy and when it does well the whole country does well. The role of Genesis is to act as an umbrella organisation, working on your behalf to optimise potential growth in the SME sector by fostering a “can do” culture. We aim to participate fully in achieving economic and structural reforms that will enable business to flourish.”

The Giftware Association recently sent out a survey, and collated our members views which Sarah Ward presented at the meeting, and recognising the amount of information and big data that the GA had collated, Sarah led the meeting into discussions with other trade associations about the current economic state, who all agreed that the present climate and the struggles that all businesses across all sectors are facing everyday are very real.

The main findings of the day were that companies were relying on cash flow and reserves in the future of their business, rather than to rely on borrowing, and of course, there was a lot of uncertainty around Brexit with data showing that companies are sitting on the side of caution and waiting it out with a lot of areas of their business not being impacted over the last 12 months.

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The Giftware Association has certainly made an impact in having been invited back for the forth year in a row and is now being invited to other events at Government that will raise the profile of the home and gift industry as well as take our members views and voices further and be heard by those that can make a difference. Sarah Ward said “Obviously Brexit is the talk of the table in most of these meetings, and now that we have established a connection as a respected association we want to be able to bring our members views to the forefront on how the giftware industry is surviving and adapting but also the worries that we all face”

The Giftware Association relies on its members’ views to create these opportunities. We will be working more closely with the Genesis Initiative so look out for more surveys and have your say.

If you would like more information or the full survey results please contact a member of the team on enquiries@ga-uk.org.

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STUDENT STATIONERY DESIGN COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED

 

Students from Staffordshire University managed a clean sweep in the inaugural Student Stationery Design Awards, managing to win all three placements – with entries from one hardworking student being chosen twice!

Leanne Haycock, a 3rd year student in Graphic Design, created entries for both the Portico Design and Paperchase design briefs, and was rewarded by being chosen by both design directors as their placement winner.

“Leanne’s work stood out for being well-presented, well thought out, with two distinct styles and solutions for each brief,” said Iona Purchas, creative manager at Portico Designs in Bath.

Gemma Parris, pattern design manager at Paperchase agreed, saying “Leanne’s entries were certainly the most commercial and we look forward to working with her.”

The entry from Zoe Benjamin, also a 3rd year student, but studying 3D Design Ceramics, was selected by Nicola Breen, design director for Caroline Gardner.

“Zoe’s design experience, and her entry, which championed the idea of taking a pause during a working day and making writing a letter or note a pleasurable experience – resonates well with the lifestyle products we are developing at Caroline Gardner,” commented Nicola.

Partners and Winning Entries for 2018 Student Stationery Design Comp

This is the first time The Paper Library and Stationery Show London have collaborated to encourage stationery suppliers and retailers to support student design.  The competition attracted entries from Universities in Cardiff, Bath, Birmingham and the University of the West of England in Bristol as well as Staffordshire.

“We’re very grateful to Caroline Gardner, Paperchase and Portico Design for supporting this first competition and we’ll continue to back The Paper Library in their quest to develop a placement programme for students and alert them to the opportunities within the stationery industry to use their skills,” said Vanessa Fortnam, head of content & PR, for Stationery Show London.

Debbie Wigglesworth, co-founder of The Paper Library, also acknowledged the three partners saying, “The designers from Paperchase, Portico Designs and Caroline Gardner have been wonderful – their Q&A session with students at the London Stationery Show earlier this year was candid and hugely inspiring.  Their support has already encouraged other stationery companies to come forward and register their interest in getting involved.”

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The students will now arrange to take their placements over the summer, with each being asked to record their experience however they wish – via video, diary, planner or blog – so that it can be shared with the next batch of hopefuls.

Any stationery retailers or suppliers who would like to support students, either by offering work placements, or other prizes, are encouraged to get in touch via vanessa.fortnam@stationeryshow.co.uk or debbie@thepaperlibrary.com.

 

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Vanessa Fortnam – vanessa.fortnam@stationeryshow.co.uk | 01666 824624

Debbie Wigglesworth – debbie@thepaperlibrary.com | 07718 619521