YOUR AGM AND MEMBERS DAY

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The Giftware Association AGM and members day is just around the corner featuring a day of education, networking, and fun. The event will be held on the 20th June at the Mockingbird Cinema, in the heart of the creative quarter of Digbeth, Birmingham, a fitting area for our industry. Timings for the day will start from 10.30am and approx finish at 3.30pm

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The theme surrounding this year’s members’ day will focus on preparing your business to be fit for the future, whether that means keeping up to date with the latest compliance and regulations or your journey to introducing your product range to market. We will have the experts, competition winners and member companies talking about their experiences in the home and giftware world. We will also be appointing our new Chairperson.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, networking with your industry peers as well as a wealth of knowledge shared with you, and we are even offering you a treat and a chance to sit back and relax at the end of the day with a discounted screening of a new film,Studio 54: the Documentary. Please note this will be charged separately on the day, for only £3.

Tickets to the event will be £25 only for members and £50 for non-members.

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The schedule for the day is as follows:

·         Gather between 10am and 11am, with pastries and hot drinks provided;

·         At 11am, the formal AGM will begin, including the election of a new chair of the National Committee, and a report from the current chair;

·         From around 11.20 until noon, our headline speaker Michael Wheedon will be speaking about retail performance;

·         Lunch will be served between noon and 1pm;

·         In the afternoon, three panel debates set to end not long after 3pm:

o   Compliance (CDPR, cybersecurity, CE marking);

o   The Value of Industry Awards;

o   Routes to Market: Futureproofing your Business

·         After a networking break, the film will be shown at 4pm.

As ever, this is your members’ day, and we would like to make sure we have tailored our content to suit your needs. Feel free to let us know if there are any specific questions or topics within the panel debates that you think are particularly important.

The rest of the day will feature panels allowing you to ask experts and fellow members your questions on topics such as GDPR, Marketing and PR, entry to Amazon and the importance of entering industry awards. Make sure to book your place now.

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For more information about the day simone.rose@ga-uk.org or chris.workman@ga-uk.org

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YOUR AGM AND MEMBERS DAY

GA AGM
The Giftware Association AGM and members day is just around the corner featuring a day of education, networking, and fun. The event will be held on the 20th June at the Mockingbird Cinema, in the heart of the creative quarter of Digbeth, Birmingham, a fitting area for our industry. Timings for the day will start from 10.30am and approx finish at 3.30pm

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The theme surrounding this year’s members’ day will focus on preparing your business to be fit for the future, whether that means keeping up to date with the latest compliance and regulations or your journey to introducing your product range to market. We will have the experts, competition winners and member companies talking about their experiences in the home and giftware world. We will also be appointing our new Chairperson.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, networking with your industry peers as well as a wealth of knowledge shared with you, and we are even offering you a treat and a chance to sit back and relax at the end of the day with a discounted screening of a new film,Studio 54: the Documentary. Please note this will be charged separately on the day, for only £3.

Tickets to the event will be £25 only for members and £50 for non-members.

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The schedule for the day is as follows:

·         Gather between 10am and 11am, with pastries and hot drinks provided;

·         At 11am, the formal AGM will begin, including the election of a new chair of the National Committee, and a report from the current chair;

·         From around 11.20 until noon, our headline speaker Michael Wheedon will be speaking about retail performance;

·         Lunch will be served between noon and 1pm;

·         In the afternoon, three panel debates set to end not long after 3pm:

o   Compliance (CDPR, cybersecurity, CE marking);

o   The Value of Industry Awards;

o   Routes to Market: Futureproofing your Business

·         After a networking break, the film will be shown at 4pm.

As ever, this is your members’ day, and we would like to make sure we have tailored our content to suit your needs. Feel free to let us know if there are any specific questions or topics within the panel debates that you think are particularly important.

The rest of the day will feature panels allowing you to ask experts and fellow members your questions on topics such as GDPR, Marketing and PR, entry to Amazon and the importance of entering industry awards. Make sure to book your place now.

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For more information about the day simone.rose@ga-uk.org or chris.workman@ga-uk.org

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HOME AND GIFT – THE PERFECT TIME, THE PERFECT PLACE TO DISCOVER NEXT SEASONS BEST SELLERS

 

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Be among the first to register.

As the first show of the second season, set against the beautiful, summer backdrop of Harrogate, Home and gift 2018 is the perfect place to shop next season bestsellers!

With over 100 brands, five marquess, eight halls and even more local showrooms Home and Gift offers the biggest choice of new products, big name brands and emerging designers to satisfy all your buying needs.

For 2018 we’re also launching four new sectors: Taste, Design Now, Made and Design Home and interiors. There has never been a better time to visit home and gift.

Open for 4 days, and with 13 halls ram-packed with thousands of new launches, Home & Gift is well worth the trip!

If you have never experienced the unique Home & Gift buying experience then you are in for a treat. Quintessentially British, Harrogate offers the perfect summer buying trip for any new or seasoned buyer

To avoid disappointment and receive the best rates available book your accommodation and travel today.

We look forward to seeing you at #HomeandGift2018

 

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TRADE SHOWS

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Autumn Fair – 3 – 6 September 2017

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Yes, It is that time again to start thinking about Autumn Fair.

Autumn Fair is the season’s number one wholesale gift and home trade event, showcasing amazing brands, new products, retail insight and bucket-loads of inspiration!

VISIT

Imagine finding all of the homewares, gifts and ideas you need to inspire and delight your customers, all in one place. Autumn Fair does just that, bringing visitors and exhibitors together across 12 carefully curated show sectors, under one (rather large) roof at the NEC. Getting to see and touch new products in person, along with making real-life connections with new and existing suppliers, is an experience that can’t be replicated online. Taking place at a pivotal buying time in the year (just before Christmas) it’s a great opportunity to re-stock, re-connect and re-charge your business for a successful year ahead.

EXHIBIT

Trend-led, fresh, inspirational design. These are just a few words to describe the products exhibitors bring to Autumn Fair. Exhibitors across all sectors are welcome, and if you deal in wholesale, licence a brand, have your own brand or make your own products, there’s a spot just for you. Independents, multiples and online retailers visit the show to look for the most brilliant new products and innovations ahead of Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and Spring. It’s a chance to showcase your collections, launch new ones, scope out the competition, build on old relationships and spark new ones too.

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GLEE – 11-13 September 2017

Glee is the UK’s most valuable garden and outdoor living trade show, showcasing the freshest and most exciting brands, amazing new products and inspiring garden retail insights.

At Glee we bring the most exciting exhibitors together with the most powerful and influential visitors and buyers in the industry. Spread across 8 select show sectors Glee offers three jam packed days of networking, selling and purchasing which are not to be missed. Whilst discovering the latest in innovative products, you can also meet hundreds of new and existing suppliers all under one roof. Taking place at the perfect time of year to re-stock your shelves just before Christmas, Glee is the most crucial garden trade event in any retailer’s calendar.

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Top Drawer Craft – 10-12 September 2017

Craft at Top Drawer, the UK’s leading international design led event. featuring a selection of handmade products from the finest contemporary makers. London’s  international event for creative retailers from across the UK and beyond is back and we will be visiting with our team. 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 distributor’s come o do business with the most successful creative retailers and contract buyers from across the UK and beyond.

Calling all makers: Applications for entries now open

Applications for the 5th edition of CRAFT at Top Drawer are open and members of Design Gap are invited to apply for the last professional buying event in the European calendar from 10-12 September 2017 at Olympia, London.

Craft at Top Drawer has successfully connected hundreds of makers with lucrative commercial opportunities. Every edition presents a carefully curated selection of work of the highest quality to an engaged audience of over 14,000 trade buyers, from independent retailers and department stores to galleries and museums from across the UK and beyond.

Makers and groups are encouraged to apply from a broad range of disciplines including: ceramics, glass, jewellery, fashion, textiles, mixed media, furniture, metalwork, sculpture, woodwork and prints.

All group and individual stands benefit from a comprehensive package, including a ready built stand, carpet and lighting, plus free marketing support.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more.

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THINK ASIA THINK HONG KONG – 21ST SEPTEMBER 2017

As Asia continues to drive the global economy’s growth, British companies keen on exploring new business opportunities in the East can partner with Hong Kong, Asia’s international trade and financial centre, in their search for success.

Following the overwhelming response in the UK, Japan, USA, France, Italy, Canada and Germany, Think Asia, Think Hong Kong will revisit the city of London, UK in September 2017.

The event will feature:

  • A range of sector-specific seminars covering: FinTech, Finance, Chinese Outbound Investment & Doing Business in China and throughout Asia
  • Internationally renowned speakers to share expert insights
  • Free business consultation with service providers from Hong Kong
  • Extensive networking opportunities

 

For more details or to secure complimentary tickets for this event, please click here: http://www.thinkasiathinkhk.com/2017/en/

 


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MANCHESTER STATIONERY SHOW – 31ST October 2017

Ocean Media Exhibitions, which owns the London Stationery Show, has announced the launch of a new stationery trade show in Manchester.

 The new Manchester Stationery Show will run for two days on Tuesday, 31 October and Wednesday, 1 November.  It will be a specialist writing and paper products show, focused on design-led and fashion-forward product; run at the perfect time for buyers to select product for the New Year.

The show will take place in the heart of Manchester at the Cotton Sheds, part of the Victoria Warehouse venue in Old Trafford.

“The Cotton Sheds are a great piece of Manchester’s history, which have been developed into a modern, industrial space that we can make our own,” says Tim Willoughby, managing director of Ocean Media which owns the London Stationery Show.

The new show launch was decided upon as the London Stationery Show visitor data reveals a clear pattern of attracting a southern biased audience – with just over 65% of all visitors travelling to the show from London and the South East.

This is reflected by national high street data which shows a 60/40 split in stationery and gift retailers based south and north of the Midlands.

The choice of Manchester as a location is based on its links not only to the north of England, but also the Midlands, making it well-placed to become a stationery magnet for the region. Easily accessible from both the North and South by car, train, tram and bus, the Cotton Sheds sit within a great transport network with a good choice of travel options for the show’s target audience.

Ocean Media already has access to the UK industry key players and to current retailer and buyer data.

The London Show attracts visitors from across the industry including booksellers, craft retailers, dealers and wholesalers, department and variety stores, gift and greeting card retailers, mail order and online business, visitor attractions, specialist print & copy shops and stationers and all the national supermarkets.  Just under 50% of visitors to the London Stationery Show do not visit Top Drawer or the Spring Fair.

The Ocean Media organising team is aiming to attract more than 50 exhibitors showcasing around 150 brands.

The specialist stationery trade show offer will be supported by key features; a seminar programme offering views from across the industry and insights into the latest trends and fashions, a Manchester LaunchPad to draw in new talent from the area, a Creative Hub to get visitors hands-on and engaged and a New Product Display area to showcase new developments.

“Stationery is on trend and in fashion.  Research* has shown that growth will come from the trend of purchasing stationery as a gift, partly driven by increased personalisation, increased product ranges and design-led products and innovation.  We want to share that message across the UK and support the growth of the stationery industry.

 

THE GIFTWARE ASSOCIATION AT HARROGATE

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The Giftware Association team had an extremely productive time at Harrogate Home and Gift where the sun shone and the weather was glorious.

Simone Rose, Business Development Manager, said of the event “Harrogate has become a firm staple on our events calendar, as it’s a nice relaxed show in a beautiful setting, and enables us to meet our members mid-way through the year to find out what they have been up to and what they have planned for the next half of the year, and following on from last year we have launched our Gift Of The year competition at Harrogate as well” expanding on the Gift of the year “ We have met some great companies that will be a perfect fit for Gift of the year with beautiful and innovative products, so it’s our job to encourage them  to enter and win this amazing accolade”

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The Home & Gift show is very close to The GA’s  hearts, as a recent delve into our 70 year long history revealed that after the birth of the Giftware Association, then known as the Fancy Goods Association in 1947 by Elkin Simons, his love for exhibitions soon saw the first trade show in 1950 here in Harrogate with just 19 members, within five years it had more than doubled in size and a new home was needed. But it’s great to see how Home and Gift Harrogate is seen as one of the biggest trade shows in the UK which grows year on year. There is a huge amount of proud history connected to Harrogate and The Giftware Association and we are glad to represent The GA every year at the show

CEO , Sarah Ward said “The Giftware Association has had the honour of attending this show for many many years and it’s a great way for us to meet our members and also meet with potential new members, this is especially made easy as we launch our annual search for ‘The Gift Of the year’ with the competition of the same name opening over the exhibition weekend. This year the competition will to be bigger and better with the announcement of some exciting new news. It’s a great way for us to meet new suppliers who produce exciting and innovative new gifts which are usually a perfect fit for the design led competition”

As always we were on hand to talk about ’The Giftware Association’ and what we do, as ultimately we are there to help as many of our members businesses prosper but to also find out what are the prominent  issues and concerns our members and of course non-members are facing in the industry today, this will help us shape us as an organisation and allow us to build our strategy for helping more businesses. We will be able to tell you about our services and benefits, whether from finance support Copy right protection through to Marketing and PR and Legal advice.

It’s also a great chance to catch up on seminars from many of the speakers at the show with, Janet Street Porters’’ the Importance of Made In Britain Products’ and ‘Top Trends for Christmas 2017’ by Neil McLennan, a lifestyle journalist explaining the Christmas tends in ‘July’. This allows us as an organisation to impart this allows the team to educate themselves and also impart tis knowledge to our members vis the blog, newsletters and social media.