The SS19 edition of Top Drawer announces an incredible line-up for RetailFest, their complimentary programme offering a series of insightful panel discussions, interviews, practical masterclasses and clinics with leading names and brands across the lifestyle sector.
Join an industry expert panel of Penny Green of Kikki.K, Sidonie Warren, founder of PaperSmiths and Audrey Woollen, founder of Urbanic, as they discuss trends in Stationery and Greetings for the season ahead. Global leaders in the Marketing industry, Google, will give visitors and insight into ‘Building Marketing Campaigns That Convert’, delving into ways to simplify and reinvigorate your approach to marketing your business, with their panel of experts form the Google Digital Garage. For a head start on next season’s colour and design trends, visitors can attend discussions with House Curious’s Sommer Pyne and Louise Healy-Adonis from Flamingo Global, and join our expert panel including Founder of Press Loft, Nicola Snell and Buyer at Heal’s. Emily Dunstan, as they explore how to use the latest trends to drive your brand’s success.
ln just 10 days, the biggest Scotland’s Trade Fair in 10 years will open at the SEC in Glasgow where 571 exhibitors have booked stands for Scotland’s main gift buying show opens. Running from 20-22nd Jan there is still time to register for a free entry ticket but be quick as it looks set to be busy show.
Exhibitors across many retail sectors from gifts to homewares, craft to textiles, and jewellery to fashion accessories, will launch their new season ranges or in many cases launch their whole range to the trade for the first time.
Its not just a Show for buying – there are plenty of extra opportunities to grow your business. Our Seminar Theatre will be packed as we have a full schedule of experts presenting seminars and workshops on all aspects of retailing such as social media, visual merchandising, maximising the tourist market, harnessing influencers, reinventing Scotland’s towns and cities, trends and how you can be a successful retailer. The seminars run from 11am until 3.30pm daily in the Seminar Theatre at the right of the Show (see attached schedule).
It’s the news that the industry has been waiting for, The Giftware Association is excited to announce the finalists for the 2019 Gift of the Year competition.
The lucky finalists have made their way through two judging stages since the competition opened in July at Harrogate Home and Gift. The initial online stage in December and the much talked about live judging day held in Birmingham’s illustrious jewellery quarter behind closed doors In January, which is attended by judges from Dulex, John Lewis, The National Gallery and industry press gathered to inspect the shortlisted products in person.
From over 1100 products and 20 categories. The judges have had to made some tough decisions to come up with their final choices. The judges present were impressed with the quality and variation of the products on display, stating that this is probably the best year yet in terms of product ranges and with some categories being hard to judge and choose as there was such a high standard of product
Judges (and GA Staff) from L-R: Henri Davis, Independent Retail Advisor; Nathaniel Mobbs, The National Gallery; Sarah Ward, CEO of the Giftware Association; Chris Workman, GA Marketing and PR Manager; Louise Welsby, Buy From Shropshire; Stacey Foster, GA Membership Manager; Lily Henderson, Find me a gift.com; Simone Rose, GA Events Manager; Heidi Schramli, Detail retail; Louisa Stott, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust; Jenny Spivey, Sense of Retail; Marianne Shillingford, Dulux; Charlotte Cowell, Gifts and Greetings Review; Sue Marks; Max Publishing; Mike Cook, Choice Marketing; Tabi Marsh, Heritage Gift Shop; Sara Allbright, John Lewis