Gift shops in the running to be named Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2020

Two independent gift shops – one in Stowmarket, Suffolk and one in Worcester - have been named on the shortlist of retailers in the running to be named Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2020.

They are:

Cornucopia, a family run, independent, home and gift shop in Worcester, whose ethos is all about quality and individuality, stocks both iconic British brands such as Emma Bridgewater, Plum & Ashby and Repeat Repeat as well as products with a Danish influence that originated with the business founders, including luxury brands Dansk Smykkekunst, Bahne, Cozy Living and Broste Copenhagen. During lockdown it opened a Trouva boutique online with owners Clare and Hannah Bishop taking products home from the shop and turning their garage into a distribution centre. This enabled them to focus on distributing products to customers all over the world as well as giving them the confidence and incentive to open their own online shop.

January Furniture Show Dates Moved

  • Furniture Show Birmingham postponed to 25-28 April 2021
  • Market-led decision made in consultation with key stakeholders
  • Supply-side issues contribute to decision

Extended travel restrictions across the UK and the re-imposition of lockdown in England through to December has led January Furniture Show organiser, Clarion Events, to reschedule the event dates. 

Cleere Scamell, Event Director, said, “the Furniture Show at the NEC is the most powerful UK trade event of its kind. Over the past months we have been working towards January, determined to deliver the strong show the sector needs. The large footprint of the show, combined with a very targeted professional audience means that we remain confident in being able to fully implement the Government’s ‘All Secure Standards’ guidance for event safety. 


Potentially signalling the end of the last minute Christmas shopper, households are being more savvy and more prepared than ever before this year with the UK remaining determined to indulge in the festive spirit early - and that still includes a trip to the high street to do Christmas shopping - according to a new survey.

The survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of John Lewis has revealed how the UK is planning for Christmas this year - and as expected it looks set to be a very different one to previous years as record sales at the shop are also demonstrating.  

snoozies!® Over a million pairs sold!

Joe Davies are delighted to report that sales of snoozies!® have soared well past the 1 million pairs mark since their launch with the Company. snoozies!® are a cross between slippers and socks and they have become affectionately known as cosy little foot coverings. 

The huge success is due to the constant flow of new designs, including the introduction of the Pairables™ Collection last year, a fun concept which allows customers to mix and match from over 30 different designs and re-order by individual design. Pairables™ capture all the latest trends with designs such as bees, gin, dogs, cats and owls. With a super soft cosy Sherpa lining and stunning applique designs, they make the perfect gift for those cold winter nights and a great pick up line for the festive season ahead.