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Ten days to go until Scotland’s Trade Fair opens on 21 January as one of the biggest shows yet with a huge and diverse range of exhibitors. With a new layout and many enhanced features, the 2018 Show will allow buyers easier navigation and a better buying arena.

The Launch Gallery for new young companies and the Craft Gallery have greater prominence in the centre of the Show with a new ‘block’ layout. The Best Product Awards judged on Sun 21 at 9am will also be more visible allowing the ‘best in Show’, as judged by industry experts National Trust for Scotland buyer Gemma McQue, Top Drawer Gifts Jenny Morrison and Brodie Countryfare’s Anna Taylor.

The Seminar theatre will be offering informative and valuable tips for retailers throughout the three days on all topics from social media, digital marketing, Trip Advisor, making your own promotional videos to the future of retail, Brexit and retail and many more relevant themes.

Mark Saunders, Director of the Show said: “We are encouraged by the wealth of talent and innovation displayed by our exhibitors. We believe this Show offers many top quality and inspirational products that will appeal to the many thousands of visitors whom we look forward to seeing on 21 Jan.”

For further press information, please contact:

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Tel: 01389 830390/ 07721 324696      



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


Bookspeed - Lewis Dawson (left) and Matthew Perren.jpgGiftware Association members and Fast-evolving independent UK retail supplier Bookspeed has reinforced its position for future growth with Lewis Dawson’s appointment as Managing Director and Matthew Perren as Operations and Finance Director. Lewis will also become a shareholder in the company as part of the owning family’s succession plan.

These new appointments of the Board members underpin the significant growth of Bookspeed which expanded into additional facilities last year after reporting a rise in sales from around £6million in 2015 to just under £9million in 2017. The company is now expecting sales for this financial year to surpass £10million for the first time in its history.

Lewis said: “Through investing heavily in all areas of our business, we have exceeded growth expectations and it is important that our team structure continues to evolve to support ongoing expansion.

“In recent years, I have been involved in working closely with our Sales Director, Fiona Stout, on business development while Matthew has performed a crucial role in expanding our operational functions, including our IT infrastructure, which now allows us to operate efficiently out of the company’s two sites.

“Together, the team is looking forward to the ongoing growth of the company and our customer base by continuing to deliver a highly-personalised, proactive and responsive service. We believe our commitment to this service, combined with the team’s industry insights and track record for staying ahead of the game for up-coming trends, is behind the strength and longevity of Bookspeed’s business model. My goal is to make Bookspeed simply irresistible to do business with.”

Edinburgh-based Bookspeed, which was established by Lewis’ parents more than 30 years ago, specialises in creating bespoke ranges of books to meet different retailer needs. Its portfolio of customers ranges from independent businesses and multi-site national companies to heritage attractions and other specialist retail sectors while the company is also the exclusive UK distributor for a number of overseas brands behind some of the most sought-after design led gifts and toys.

Last year, Bookspeed more than doubled its operational capacity by investing in additional warehouse facilities on Edinburgh’s Albert Road, which is located close to the firm’s headquarters at Salamander Yards in Leith. The new facility saw operational space increase from around 13,500sq ft to more than 25,000sq ft.

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The competition to find and support individuals and companies in their efforts to break into the growing stationery industry is back for its third edition at the 2018 London Stationery Show.


The ‘LaunchPad London’ search is now on for up to 12 individuals or companies with new ideas for products or services for the stationery industry to come forward and claim a free stand at the 2018 London Stationery Show.  The closing date for entries is 9 February 2018.


The annual specialist trade show attracts the UK’s biggest retailers, influential buyers and brands in the stationery sector. As part of its offering of fantastic writing and paper products, 12 stands are reserved for the LaunchPad competition winners to showcase their ideas and products to show visitors and fellow exhibitors.


Run for the first time by the London Stationery Show in April 2017, and again by the Manchester Show in October, the LaunchPad initiative has so far showcased 18 new hopefuls.


“We’d love the whole industry to share the details of this opportunity to encourage new blood into stationery.  There are plenty of opportunities for those with innovative ideas and enthusiasm,” comments the London and Manchester stationery shows event manager, Hazel Fieldwick.


“The two trade shows are currently the only dates in the stationery industry calendar where so many key suppliers and retailers come together, so they are the perfect platform for this type of initiative.  We’re looking forward to reviewing all the entries.”


The London show will feature two previous LaunchPad winners who the show team felt deserved further support; Frankfurt based My Pretty Circus, a ‘wrap & writing’ company run by Maythe Stavermann, and luxury gift wrap supplier Paper Mirchi, run by Rani Moochhala, who launched her range at the Manchester Stationery Show and has just been shortlisted for the Gift of the Year 2018 Awards.


The closing date for entries is Friday, 9 February 2018. The entry form can be found on the London Stationery Show website –


The LaunchPad competition is open to any company which, or individual who:

●   Has not exhibited at either the London or Manchester Stationery Shows previously

●   Has the rights to sell the featured product/range/service

●   Does not currently sell the featured product/range/service through any UK national retail accounts or distributors in the stationery retail sector

Prizes will include a free display space at the show and the opportunity to enter the Stationery Awards 2018.  All the winners will get great exposure to all the UK’s leading retailers and suppliers visiting the show and will receive PR and marketing support from the London Stationery Show team.


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Its time to register now to attend Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring, which is bursting with new innovation, fantastic products and exciting exhibitors. Taking place from 21-23rd Jan at SEC in Glasgow, this Show is the main buying platform for retailers in Scotland and the north of the UK.

Here’s every reason why this Show must not be missed:

  1. A third of all exhibitors are new to the Show such as Cape Mohair, Berber Bags, Ablekids, Cardology, House of Tweed, I Drew This, Noble Wilde knitwear, Steiff teddy bears, Oubas knitwear, Tif Tiffy and Neon Magpie.
  2. A new layout gives greater prominence to the Launch and Craft Galleries, as well as Showcase Scotland and allows easier navigation around the Show for buyers.
  3. Launching themselves in the Launch Gallery is a group of young, innovative companies chosen for the quality and originality of their products. These include Hey Ewe cards, Bangin’ Beards, Nutdust, Iris Artisan Jewellery, ISLES Scotland maps, Sandra Vick gifts, Love Scottish Candles, Neon Gray, Slated and Truly Scotland.
  4. Textiles and clothing are particularly strong this year with newbies Cadenza Italy wraps and jumpers, Noble Wilde New Zealand, as well as new ranges from companies such as Eribe knitwear, Black Yak, Glencroft, BAKKA, Outdoor knitwear and Lona Scott Cashmere.
  5. The Craft Gallery, with its new more prominent location has a spectacular line-up of craft exhibitors such as Olive Pearson Designs, Carla Edwards, Kathryn Williamson, Mixter Maxter and Beastie Assemblage.
  6. This Show is traditionally the place where many companies unveil their new season ranges. Established exhibitors include Isle of Skye Candles, Siabann toiletries, Sea Gems, Brook Taverner, Bookspeed, Selbrae, Ashleigh & Burwood, Snow Paw, Belltrees Forge, Brook Taverner and Xystos. In total there will be about 500 exhibitors across Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft.
  7. Independent research has shown that Scotland’s Trade Fairs is one of the highest performing trade gift shows in the country with visitors particularly impressed by the high quality and range of products available.
  8. The Orkney Aisles – a huge group of producers from the Orkney Isles including Sheila Fleet, Ortak, Quernstone knitwear, Aurora jewellery, Hilary Grant and Hume Sweet Hume will have a specially designated ‘corner’.
  9. Learn something new with a very comprehensive programme of talks, seminars and workshops. These include social media for business, getting good Trip Advisor reviews, how to become digitally-savvy, Brexit and Retail, motivating customers to buy through clever selling techniques and a practical look at using video to promote your business, as well as many more relevant topics.
  10. Best Product Awards will be given to the best in Show, with judges Anna Taylor from Brodie Countryfare, Gemma McQue from NTS and Jenny Morrison from Top Drawer gifts..
  11. Find fine food too – Scotland’s Trade Show is run in conjunction with Scotland’s Speciality Food Show where about 150 top fine food producers will be on display, allowing buyers a ‘one-stop’ buying platform.
  12. Held at the SEC, in the centre of Glasgow, it is easy to access from motorway, train and airport with many large hotels close by.
  13. One large hall houses both Shows in a clear block layout makes for a more enjoyable visitor experience.
  14. As Scotland’s only gift and accessory trade Show many exhibitors from Scotland and the north of England will only exhibit at this Show so it is a unique place to source some artisan products.
  15. This is the first opportunity in the year for many buyers to see the new ranges and place orders before the big southern UK shows.

Wendy Ross from Ruby Red and Driftwood in Glasgow said: “I come to this Show to find my little gems that are perfect for my shops. I’m now not going to any other Shows as I find it all here.”


With so many good reasons to attend make sure you register now for free entry –


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Our ‘Gift of The Year’ competition closes this Friday so this is your last call for entries!

We have over 50 judges in this year’s competition, almost twice as many as ever before. That means your products will be going up in front of our largest ever panel of retail buyers, trade press and industry experts, giving them the recognition they deserve

All entrants will receive branding they can use online or in print, with even more exclusive marketing goodies if your products are shortlisted, become finalists or even win. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony hosted by Spring Fair, and led by our celebrity compere Rory Bremner, on Sunday February 4th.*

The timetable for the competition is now as follows:

  • The closing date is this Friday, the 1st December 2017;
  • Shortlisted companies will be notified w/c 11th December 2017;
  • Shortlisted samples will be required by 8th January 2018.

To enter, visit the Enter Now section on the Gift of the Year website.

The Gift of the Year team is here to help, so if you need guidance please contact us on 0121 237 1142 or email



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Defining a clear brand story is essential for retailer success”. That is the theme behind the new Spring/ Summer 18 (S/S18) campaign for Top Drawer, the creative powerhouse for inspired retailers.

“Brand identity is increasingly important so a differentiated offer with clear brand values is vital for retailers” states Alejandra Campos, Event Director of Top Drawer. “The store concept, the brand – these are the stories you tell the world hoping to create resonance with customers and generate a desire to associate with your brand.”

Gone are the days when retailers simply stocked products. Now stores – online and physical – are lifestyle partners, entities with which consumers can build relationships. Creating an in-store experience that reflects your brand identity and brings it to life are significant steps in telling your story and enabling customers to connect with it, to live it.

By providing access to the latest trends and an expertly curated selection of over 1,500 design-led lifestyle brands from the UK and abroad, Top Drawer is the perfect platform for retailers to create and define those stories.

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The S/S18 edition, held during 14-16 January, brings thousands of new, original and commercially appealing design-led products into one stunning space: Olympia London. Encompassing the dynamic worlds of Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft, and showcasing new talent as well as leading brands, Top Drawer provides unique access to this season’s hottest new products giving buyers the ultimate choice for a successful new season.

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