THE GIFTWARE ASSOCIATION CHAIRMAN JEREMY CORNER WILL BE SPEAKING AT AUTUMN FAIR

Don’t forget newly appointed chairman to The Giftware Association, and owner of Blue Eyed Sun, Jeremy Corner will be speaking at Autumn Fair on ‘Examining the rise in eco and socially conscious trends‘. The session will take place on 2nd September and starts at 11.15, it will draw from Jeremy’s own experience of becoming one of the UK’s distributors of BambooCup – a reusable alternative to the 2.5 billion plastic lined, single-use coffee cups going into landfills in the UK each year.

No stranger to the stage being an International speaker, blogger and industry influencer, be sure to catch Jeremy talk at Autumn Fair. Add it to your diary now.

To find out more about Blue Eyed Sun and Bamboo Cup here and more about his talk here.

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TRADE SHOWS – CIELO BLU EVENTS

 

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As more of our members are looking at overseas trade shows and the economic climate rapidly changes, The Giftware Association has partnered up with Cielo Blu Events, who specialise in overseas events and promoting international shows, as well as offering expert advice to companies looking to export within their business or increase their international market visibility.  Working across many shows they help UK businesses choose the right shows for them.

The GA spoke to Benjamin Redwood from Cielo Blu Events to discuss a bit more about what they do.

Name Benjamin Redwood

Name of company Cielo Blu Events Ltd

What does your company do? and how can it help The Giftware Association members

Based in the United Kingdom, we represent two very distinctive and accomplished international exhibition organizers: Fiera MilanoIFP Group.

We assist UK businesses navigate to the most suitable, and profitable international exhibitions organized by our partners.

Our partners deliver leading, trade-only exhibitions in the following countries and sectors; Italy (Giftware and consumer goods) and Qatar (Hospitality, HORCA and giftware), creating a pathway for UK exhibitors to access to these markets.

We promote our partners international exhibitions and engage with our UK customers and potential customers. We offer expert advice to companies with a requirement to stimulate their export business or increase their international market visibility.

Where are you based and how long have you been trading?

We’re based in South West Hertfordshire.  Our location gives us easy access to London, the M4, M25 and the M1.  We’ve been trading now for 18 months. However, I have near 10 years’ experience working in the exhibition industry.  5 of those with Sherwood Events who are UK agents for Messe Frankfurt and the other 4 I was based in Dubai as a Project manager for Messe Frankfurt Middle East.  My knowledge of the global markets and the experiences dealing with such diverse customer base was completely invaluable.

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What three words best describe your shows? Mid-to-luxury, design led, business focused.

What three words best describe your activities? Partners, networkers and promoters.

Do you have a website? www.cieloblu-events.com

Do you use social media to promote your business? Yes Twitter http://www.twitter.com/cielobluevents

Do you do any advertising/PR? Do you have any news or success stories that you can share? Yes,

When we became UK agents for HOMI, our first major UK exhibitor at the fair was SIFCON plc, who just happens to be a GA member.  They joined HOMI in Milano (www.homimilano.com/en) for the first time in January 2018 with a substantial booth size.

“We have had the pleasure of working with Benjamin Redwood and Cielo Blu Events Ltd on several occasions. Every time we have been left impressed by the level of professionalism showed by the company and the level of care taken into every detail to ensure that we can achieve the best possible result using their knowledge of the industry by suggesting steps that would benefit our business as a whole.

Working with Celio Blu Events Ltd we have been able to break into the Italian market in the year 2018. The fact that they were able to negotiate on our behalf a great position at the HOMI show in January, meant that we benefitted from great exposure and are now looking to expand further in order to maximise our presence on the Italian market.”

Which trade magazines do you read?

  • Attire Accessories magazine
  • Boutique-magazine
  • Craft Focus magazine
  • Furniture news
  • Kitchen and tableware international
  • Gift Focus magazine
  • Hospitality Interiors magazine
  • Interiors Monthly
  • Retail Jeweller

What top tip could you give to people thinking of starting out making/supplying gifts in the exhibiting world? 

Pick the right type of show and don’t be put off by a previous experience. With good communication and relationships with the organisers or agents, there’s never anything that can’t be rectified.  Set a realistic goal.  Be prepared for all eventualities and make sure to carry out any follow-ups.

Do you feel the economic climate is improving? And how is it affecting your side of the industry? 

I believe we are in a transition period, in the sense that the market is moving, but not at the rate previously seen, due to the uncertainty of Brexit.  During my recent visits to Europe and the Middle East, businesses on the continent and further afield see now, more than ever, the importance to have some sort of UK representation.

What do you see as being the biggest problem for suppliers of giftware in the current climate?

The potential import/export tariffs, travel document requirements.  However, with Brexit upon the horizon, there will be opportunities for UK business to enter new markets and develop new partnerships without EU restrictions.

For their upcoming show HOMI in Milan (14 – 17th September 2018), there is still space available, please get in touch with a member of the team if you are interested and we can forward your details to the organisers.

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THE FARM SHOP AND DELI SHOW

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The Giftware Association are happy to announce we will again be supporting Farm Shop & Deli Show taking place next April 8th – 10th at NEC Birmingham, to ensure that giftware products can be promoted to the 1000s of independent retailers who attend.

And, to support their fellow Giftware Association members to help you to be part of this unmissable event, Farm Shop & Deli Show are offering preferential rates to members who wish to exhibit, supported by marketing campaigns to highlight giftware products and exhibitors at the show.

About Farm Shop & Deli Show
Market leading Farm Shop & Deli Show is the ideal showcase to reach the UK’s specialist food retail market. However, it’s not just about food. Whether you have fantastic gift ideas and seasonal products that can provide additional revenues or the latest services and equipment to maximise a retailer’s business, Farm Shop & Deli Show provides you with the perfect launch pad into this exciting and expanding marketplace.

Who attends the show?
Farm Shop & Deli Show has become the annual meeting place for the speciality food and drink retail community who come to see, sample and source from the diverse range of products on offer.  The show attracts decision makers countrywide from cafes & coffee shops, delicatessens, farm shops, food halls, garden centres, gift shops, local shops and online retailers – to name just a few.

Why you need to be part of it:

  • Visitors to the 2018 show increased by 53% on the previous year with a record 6032 buyers attending
  • 93% of visitors discovered or sourced products they wouldn’t have otherwise found
  • Record number of exhibitors have already rebooked their 2019 stand – with over 50% doing so while still at this year’s show
  • 2019 is set to be the biggest show yet, with the floorplan already expanded to meet demand
  • This is the only show that focuses on the growing farm shop & deli market.

Don’t just take our word for it, read and hear what their 2018 exhibitors said here.

 Farm Shop & Deli Show opens doors that cold calls can’t and wins you face-time with the professionals that make decisions daily. Don’t miss your chance to make the connection that really pays dividends, in person.

To find out more visit farmshopanddelishow.co.uk or contact Mat Rose, Commercial Director mat.rose@wrbm.com 01293 846506

 

THE GIFTWARE ASSOCIATION CHAIRMAN JEREMY CORNER WILL BE SPEAKING AT AUTUMN FAIR

 

Newly appointed chairman to The Giftware Association, and owner of Blue Eyed Sun, Jeremy Corner will be speaking at Autumn Fair on ‘Examining the rise in eco and socially conscious trends‘. The session will take place on 2nd September and starts at 11.15, it will draw from Jeremy’s own experience of becoming one of the UK’s distributors of BambooCup – a reusable alternative to the 2.5 billion plastic lined, single-use coffee cups going into landfills in the UK each year.

No stranger to the stage being an International speaker, blogger and industry influencer, be sure to catch Jeremy talk at Autumn Fair. Add it to your diary now.

To find out more about Blue Eyed Sun and Bamboo Cup here and more about his talk here.

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NEW SPONSORS FOR BCTF AWARDS 2019

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Organisers of the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) have announced that three new sponsors are on board for the next edition of their prestigious awards, to be presented during the show on Monday April 8th.

Pyramid Gallery, York, Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge and ACID (Anti Copying in Design), join existing award sponsors The Giftware Association (GA), NAJ (National Association of Jewellers), Greetings Today magazine and DesignGap/ArtGap. The full sponsorship line-up for 2019 is as follows:

  • Pyramid Gallery will sponsor the BCTF Award for Excellence
  • Heart Gallery will sponsor the Best Newcomer Award
  • ACID will sponsor the Post Newcomer Award
  • GA will sponsor The Giftware Association Award for Excellence
  • NAJ will sponsor the Award for Excellence in Jewellery
  • Greetings Today magazine will sponsor the Greeting Card Award
  • DesignGap/ArtGap will sponsor the Wow Factor Award, with the winner decided by exhibitor votes.

Established in 1982, Pyramid Gallery is an independent craft and art gallery in the centre of medieval York that stocks British sourced art and crafts, specialising in handmade jewellery and British studio glass. Commenting on the new sponsorship agreement, owner, Terry Brett, said:

“Since taking ownership of Pyramid Gallery in 1994, I regard this show as the most relevant and useful to me for sourcing handmade crafts and art of the right quality for my business. The show is always a joy to visit and gives me the opportunity to chat to makers that I have known and represented for many years. Some makers at this event have supplied Pyramid Gallery since 1982.

“I have always had high regard for the BCTF Awards and the opportunity to sponsor a category comes with a great responsibility. It feels to be a great privilege for me. As part of our sponsorship we will offer a gallery exhibition to the winner and runners up. The timing and nature of each artist’s show will be arranged with the winners to suit their needs, as some will require a bigger space than others. We will also publicise the shows”.

Alison Bartram, owner of the Heart Gallery was also very pleased to be involved, saying: “I am delighted to have been asked to sponsor the BCTF Best Newcomer Award and hope that I can fill the big shoes that Angie and Paul (of previous category sponsor, Craft & Design Online magazine) have left for me to fill. It’s an absolute honour and I am really looking forward to 2019. I would love to offer exhibition opportunities to newcomers and nurture them through the process as well. What I can offer depend on who the winner of Best Newcomer is. For example, if we select an artist it could be a solo show, but a jewellery designer would probably form part of a group exhibition in the gallery”.

Heart Gallery opened in 2006 with a clear vision to support artists/designers and makers in the UK and hopefully change the way people shop by seeing how important it is to support and shop locally. Alison has been visiting BCTF to help fulfil this remit for almost two decades. Alison adds: “We have helped to put Hebden Bridge on the map as a town full of independent shops that meant in 2016 we won two awards – Best Small Market Town and The People’s Choice.”

ACID Chief Executive, Dids Macdonald commented: “ACID is delighted to sponsor the Post Newcomer Award at next year’s BCTF event, and we were also delighted that there was such a good response to the ACID seminar on design protection at the 2018 show.”

A representative of ACID will judge the award from around 30 post newcomers exhibiting at BCTF 2019. The winner will receive complimentary ACID membership for a year which includes free initial legal advice on intellectual property and design issues, access to the ACID IP Databank to upload evidence of original designs, along with the full range of ACID member benefits. In addition to this, the winner will be presented with a unique ACID trophy, £100 shopping voucher and an ACID Member Focus promoting their products to the ACID community.

“ACID is very much looking forward to developing our relationship with BCTF”, Dids added.

Giftware Association chief executive, Sarah Ward, explained why she thought it was important to support the BCTF awards, saying: The Giftware Association, as the voice of the gift industry, is proud to be one of the sponsors at BCTF.  We are particularly delighted to have been asked to present our Award for Excellence, which gives our talented designer-makers much-deserved recognition, and gives their products more crucial visibility.

“With a more varied and accessible gift market than ever before, shows that promote strongly design-led gifts, particularly those made in smaller studios, are vital. For the GA, learning more about these smaller businesses and the challenges they face allows us to better help the whole industry face those challenges.

“BCTF is a great show for the Giftware Association to support, which is reflected in our membership base, it’s the smaller, independent micro and macro businesses that need our help and it’s the inclusiveness of this show that supports and builds confidence amongst these companies.“

For more information about BCTF and to register for free (trade only) visit the website:  https://bctf.co.uk/