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

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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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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GOTY FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

IMG_4013.JPGThe finalists have finally been announced. The Gift of the Year live judging day took place at The Button Factory in Birmingham on Thursday 11th January, in the home city of The Giftware Association.

With industry judges ranging from retailers like Mark Jones and Lindsey Adams to group buyer Mike Cook from Choice Marketing.  The judges arrived early to judge the 15 categories and chose their favorites of the day and choose the ultimate judges choice winner too, The products were put through their paces and some tough decisions were made.

With a hard to choose from selection of gifts ranging from Stormtrooper speakers, make your own beer kits and teddy bears. The judges whittled down the entries and selected the finalists for the awards night in February.

Sarah Ward CEO Of The Giftware Association, said of the day ” Today was a great success and we got some great feedback from the judges with the general consensus being that the companies are upping their creativeness year on year which is making the judging day harder and harder, also to see all the products in one room is great to recognise all the hard work that has gone into this year competition”

All the finalists can be viewed here

AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY

FOR SALE – FANTASTIC SMALL RETAIL BUSINESS IN DERBYSHIRE

 Castle Cards

Castle Cards,

Retailer of Cards, Gifts, Celebration Items and Confectionery in Bolsover, Derbyshire

Location

  • Prominent corner site location on the town’s market place, at the very centre of Bolsover
  • Bolsover is a town with 11,500 residents, famous for its castle which draws tourists into the area
  • Main Chesterfield Road passes the front door
  • Free town centre car parks

Store layout

  • Ground floor – 34’ long x 15’ wide (max)
  • 1st floor – further retail space, currently being used to store stock; plus a staff kitchen area and toilet
  • 2nd floor – further space which is not currently used
  • Outside – communal rear yard shared with adjacent shops

Performance

  • 12 months to April 2017: Turnover £65.3k (up 7.5% on the previous year); Gross Profit 63%
  • Trading performance has been maintained over the last 6 months
  • Nicely profitable, giving a good income for the owner
  • Stock: varies seasonally but is normally in the range of £12,000
  • Staff: the owner works in the shop 3 days a week – Mon, Tue, 1/2 days on Wed & Thu; 3 great, hardworking staff cover the rest of the days between them
  • Trading hours: 9am – 4.30pm Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri; close early afternoon Wed and Sat
  • Very loyal customer base

Potential

  • Real potential for further growth
  • No other competition in the town
  • 1st and 2nd floors not currently being used

Rent & Rates

  • Leasehold, term of 6 years from May 2015
  • Rent: currently £624 pcm (incl. VAT) = £7,488 per annum (incl. VAT); payable monthly in advance
  • Business rates: £Nil with SBRR
  • Rating Authority: Bolsover District Council

Price

  • Offers around £27,500 + SAV

The owner is selling the shop to pursue other career opportunities outside of retail. 

If you would like to arrange to view Castle Cards, please get in touch with the owner, Dawn Walker,

on 07803 588520 or dawnwalker67@live.co.uk. Many thanks.