NEW SERVICE PROVIDER PAYMENT SENSE

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The Giftware Association is proud to announce new service provider Payment Sense. Established in 2010, they have grown from a small two-person operation into an enterprise with over 250 employees with offices in London, Hull and Belfast.

Their mission is to support small businesses by helping them meet the growing demand to accept card payments. From card machines to online payment gateways and virtual terminals, they provide a range of merchant services to over 60,000 independent businesses across the UK and Ireland.

PAYMENT SENSEFor our members they are offering:

  • Free review of all merchant services costs on sight of a recent merchant statement
  • Guaranteed savings on your current supplier
  • Rock bottom rates for Giftware Association members
  • Half Price terminal for the first 12 months
  • Cancellation fees with your current provider paid by us (effectively buying you out of the contract)
  • We are 8 or 9 out of 10 on all major review sites for service and have 70,000 happy customers.

If you would like to find out more, then get in touch with simone.rose@ga-uk.org

 

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ANOTHER BLOW TO THE HIGH STREET AS HOUSE OF FRASER ANNOUNCES 31 STORE CLOSURES

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In what is surely another blow to the high street, Hosue of Fraser has announced that it will be closing 31 of its stores, leaving only 28 stores open in the UK of the departmental chain.

If the plan is approved, 2,000 House of Fraser jobs will go, along with 4,000 brand and concession roles. The stores scheduled for closure, which include its flagship London Oxford Street store and Birmingham will stay open until early 2019, House of Fraser said.

The retailer needs the approval of 75% of its creditors to go ahead. The Creditors will vote on the insolvency plan, which involves company voluntary arrangements (CVAs), on 22 June.

Frank Slevin, Chairman of House of Fraser said the company was adapting to the retail industry’s “fast-changing landscape in order to give it a future and allow it to thrive”.

He said the HoF stores currently present  “an unsustainable cost base” which “presents an existential threat to the business”. So whilst closing stores is a very difficult decision, especially given the length of relationship House of Fraser has with all its locations, there should be no doubt that it is absolutely necessary if we are to continue to trade and be competitive. Our immediate focus is on our colleagues with whom we are communicating openly and supporting at this time.”

Full List of Hosue of Fraser Stores under threat:

Altrincham,

Aylesbury,

Birkenhead,

Birmingham,

Bournemouth,

Camberley,

Cardiff,

Carlisle,

Chichester,

Cirencester,

Cwmbran,

Darlington,

Doncaster,

Edinburgh Frasers,

Epsom,

Grimsby,

High Wycombe,

Hull,

Leamington Spa,

Lincoln,

London Oxford Street,

London King Willam Street,

Middlesbrough,

Milton Keynes,

Plymouth,

Shrewsbury,

Skipton,

Swindon,

Telford,

Wolverhampton,

Worcester.

As well as the store closures, House of Fraser’s restructuring deal will also see the rents slashed for a further 10 stores that will remain open.

 

WE MADE A BOOK…

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Here at the Giftware Association, we are super excited to announce that we made a book! A yearbook specifically of all our lovely members. The book which will be distributed to our buyer contacts and will highlight members with what they do and all their contact details to be contacted by.

Simone Rose, Business Development manager of the GA said “ We are so excited that we have this tool for both our retailer members and out supplier members as it allows us to start the conversation with buyers we are targeting whilst at the same time promoting our members. The book has been fun to put together but also a lot of work and we would like to thank our printers and designers for doing such a great job in putting together this beautiful book”

Featuring 90 of our members in a full colour 130-page book, this is a great opportunity for us to approach more buyers and shout about our members more, they will be distributed around at Trade Shows we visit, our Meet The Buyer days and any other contacts we have with buyers. We are hoping this is the first of many but will also be chasing up success stories from people who have featured in the first ever GA Yearbook.

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We would like to thank everyone for taking part and the hard work in putting the put together. If you are a buyer and would like a copy then please get in touch with Simone.rose@ga-uk.org

 

 

GA CHAIRMAN HENRI DAVIS TO HOST SEMINAR AT SPRING FAIR

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GA CHAIRMAN Henri Davis will be hosting  a seminar on the first day of this years much anticipated Spring Fair, The seminar entitled ‘Independents: Manage your stock more effectively, grow your sales and maximise your profit.’

As an independent retailer what can you learn from the big retailers to help you manage your stock more effectively, grow your sales and maximise your profit? The seminar held at The Inside Retail Hub in Hall 6 will  be aimed at small independent retailers and will offer them invaluable advice direct from Henri’s huge experience in the retail industry. Make sure you catch her on 4th February from 2pm to 2.45.

About Henri Davis

Henri has worked in the retail industry for 35 years with retailers which include Habitat, Next, WH Smith and the National Trust specifically in new product development and buying roles. For the last 14 years she has worked as an Independent Retail Advisor in the cards, gifts, stationery and heritage industries, working with many small and medium-sized businesses, including multi-site retailers, national and international manufacturers and suppliers. She is also Chairman of the Giftware Association. For more information, visit www.henridavis.co.uk

 

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GA CHAIRMAN HENRI DAVIS TO HOST SEMINAR AT SPRING FAIR

Main Story - Henris Talk at BCTF

GA CHAIRMAN Henri Davis will be hosting  a seminar on the first day of this years much anticipated Spring Fair, The seminar entitled ‘Independents: Manage your stock more effectively, grow your sales and maximise your profit.’

As an independent retailer what can you learn from the big retailers to help you manage your stock more effectively, grow your sales and maximise your profit? The seminar held at The Inside Retail Hub in Hall 6 will  be aimed at small independent retailers and will offer them invaluable advice direct from Henri’s huge experience in the retail industry. Make sure you catch her on 4th February from 2pm to 2.45.

About Henri Davis

Henri has worked in the retail industry for 35 years with retailers which include Habitat, Next, WH Smith and the National Trust specifically in new product development and buying roles. For the last 14 years she has worked as an Independent Retail Advisor in the cards, gifts, stationery and heritage industries, working with many small and medium-sized businesses, including multi-site retailers, national and international manufacturers and suppliers. She is also Chairman of the Giftware Association. For more information, visit www.henridavis.co.uk

 

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