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

THE 2019 YEARBOOK

The Giftware Association yearbook is back for 2019. After last year’s success in helping promote our members and raising their exposure in a printed format distributed to our network and further. This year we are aiming for a bigger and better yearbook for 2019 with a beautiful and specially designed cover by designer and Giftware member Josie Shenoy.

The yearbook is a great way for you to promote your business. As print isn’t dead and is utilised in our creative industry to its full potential, we are creating another yearbook of all our members to showcase their products and ranges, and this year everyone gets a double page spread! which means more room to let your products shine. We will take the yearbook to all the trade shows that we visit (27 shows so far this year!) distribute amongst our buyer and supplier networks and a copy will be given to all the buyers that attend our ‘Meet The Buyer’ events throughout the year. This is a huge amount of exposure all year round for your business, at trade shows up and down the country.

This year we want to give our members more space, so everyone will get a double page spread to show off your beautiful products and will also feature your company details for buyers to get in contact with you. It will be in an easy to read format and the buyers we have spoken to have loved its image led approach and praised its ease of use when looking for products and inspiration.

If you want to take part in the 2019 yearbook, would like more information or if you want to receive a copy of last years book then please get in touch with a member of the team who will be more than happy to help.

contact Callum Thompson on callum.thompson@ga-uk.org or give us a ring on 0121 2387 1149

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MOONPIG AND SHAKESPEARE MEET THE BUYER

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We are working away through Meet The Buyer season and meeting plenty of exciting new suppliers and buyers. We have had events with Boots, The National Gallery and Bonkers gift shop. Which were all hugely successful to those involved and positive feedback. We have plenty more upcoming events over the next few weeks.

MOONPIG

We are excited be working with innovative online card supplier “Moonpig’. Starting out in 2000, they pride themselves on having 100 million moments where people have bought cards and sent them through their easy to use service. 2018 sees them branching out from just cards and looking for giftware specifically Alcohol, soft toys, beauty and food and general gifting. Moonpig are all about bring their company motto to life “we’re all about making peoples days brilliant”

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SHAKESPEARE BIRTHPLACE TRUST

We are again working with the Shakespeares Birthplace Trust. The Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon. They will be looking for Shakespeare related, bespoke products, food gifts, children and licensing opportunities.

 

For more information on these events then please get in touch with a member of the team on

 

 

THE 2019 YEARBOOK

The Giftware Association yearbook is back for 2019. After last year’s success in helping promote our members and raising their exposure in a printed format distributed to our network and further. This year we are aiming for a bigger and better yearbook for 2019 with a beautiful and specially designed cover by designer and Giftware member Josie Shenoy.

The yearbook is a great way for you to promote your business. As print isn’t dead and is utilised in our creative industry to its full potential, we are creating another yearbook of all our members to showcase their products and ranges, and this year everyone gets a double page spread! which means more room to let your products shine. We will take the yearbook to all the trade shows that we visit (27 shows so far this year!) distribute amongst our buyer and supplier networks and a copy will be given to all the buyers that attend our ‘Meet The Buyer’ events throughout the year. This is a huge amount of exposure all year round for your business, at trade shows up and down the country.

This year we want to give our members more space, so everyone will get a double page spread to show off your beautiful products and will also feature your company details for buyers to get in contact with you. It will be in an easy to read format and the buyers we have spoken to have loved its image led approach and praised its ease of use when looking for products and inspiration.

If you want to take part in the 2019 yearbook, would like more information or if you want to receive a copy of last years book then please get in touch with a member of the team who will be more than happy to help.

contact Callum Thompson on callum.thompson@ga-uk.org or give us a ring on 0121 2387 1149

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MEET THE BUYER SEASON

Events ImageThe Giftware Association is proud to announce the Autumn programme of our ‘Meet the Buyer’ events.  Those who have attended before will know that, at each event, buyers from a major national retailer will be devoting time to meet Giftware Association members exclusively.  You will have a display table and guaranteed face to face time with buyers for up to 20 minutes.  This is a golden opportunity which is not to be missed.  See below for details of FIVE  ‘Meet the Buyer’ events coming up where we are presenting you with the opportunity to meet Buyers from The National Gallery, F Hinds, Moonpig, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, John Lewis  & Ocado.  We know that our wonderful members will present them with a fantastic array of products that will excite them. Book early to secure your place.  Please note – each event has a separate Eventbrite link for booking purposes.

OCTOBER 4TH 2018

Meet The Buyer - Oct 4Our first event in ‘Meet The Buyer‘ month will put you in front of the prestigious The National Gallery and independent shop Bonkers.  The National Gallery is one of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions with millions of visitors passing through it each year. With a destination gift shop enhancing the customer’s experience, the Gallery prioritises identifying new designers, homeware, jewellery and bespoke makers. Bonkers is a famous Scottish independent gift shop now in two locations in St Andrews and Edinburgh, run by former GA National Committee member

Lindsey Adams, who is looking for eco-friendly gifts, personal accessories and ceramics.

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OCTOBER 11TH 2018

Meet The Buyer - Oct 11

This event will have a jewellery focus as we welcome a buyer from F.HINDS The Jewellers, a household and high street name with over 115 stores and 162 years’ experience.  They know their jewellery and they know what appeals to their customers. They are looking for new and exciting design-led ladies and gents jewellery items plus special occasion gifts such christenings,  weddings and anniversaries.

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OCTOBER 18TH 2018

Meet The Buyer - Oct 18

We are excited to announce we will be working with innovative online card supplier Moonpig.com. Starting out in 2000, they pride themselves on having over 100 million moments where people have bought cards and sent them through their easy to use service. 2018 sees them branching out into more giftware to reflect their company motto, “We’re all about making people’s days brilliant”. They are looking specifically for alcohol, soft toys, beauty and food gifting.

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OCTOBER 18 2018

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We are again working with the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust. The Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon.  They will be looking for Shakespeare related, bespoke products, food gifts, children’s gifts and licensing opportunities.

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NOVEMBER 29 2018

Meet The Buyer - Nov 29

Our last event of the year is with two huge household names, John Lewis and Ocado.  They will each be bringing two buyers  who will be looking for innovative gift ideas to stock in John Lewis’s 50  UK stores and to feature in Ocado’s massive online retail presence. The John Lewis buyers are looking for stationery, time planners, gift-wrap and partyware, and gifts and candles. The Ocado buyers are on the lookout for beauty and gifting.

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To find out more about these events please contact Simone on simone.rose@ga-uk.org or Chris on chris.workman@ga-uk.org