It was a busy week for the Giftware Association as they hosted not one but two Meet the Buyer events in their hometown of Birmingham, From luxury candles, artisan chocolate and greetings cards to beautiful jewellery and everything in between. Hot on the success of the Tillington Group of Garden centres meet up, the GA secured buyers from TK Maxx/ Homesense, John Lewis, Fenwicks, Oldrids department store and Stratford Garden Centre, who were met by some very excited suppliers. The TK Maxx buyers visited on 6th June and were looking for specifically, non-perishable food goods, and they were not disappointed with the range of chocolate, home-made oils and small batch alcohol on offer. This smaller event was very targeted and bought in some unique suppliers in the form of Champion and Reeves, The Great British Exchange, Hobson Brewery showcasing their interesting ‘applesecco’, a fruiter version of the classic prosecco, and a selection of spices presented by Shropshire Spice. The secondary, larger event, event held on the 8th June featured a first for the GA’s Meet the Buyer events, with a buyers panel. The GA asked the attending suppliers to send in their burning questions; everything that they wanted to ask a buyer, and the buying process for different stores. The panel was a huge success with the suppliers taking heed of all the knowledge imparted by the buyers.