A Glasgow online travel retailer whose sales have dropped 95 per cent in the past two weeks has donated 5,000 pairs of compression socks to help Scots nurses combat Covid-19.
Worth £125,000, the colourful knee-length socks will help 5,000 acute nurses in six hospitals across Scotland fight fatigue in the coming weeks.
And the firm has pledged to give away 5,000 more in the next seven days to nurses in London , bringing the total to 10,000 (£250,000).
Home & Gift Harrogate has been a key date in the retail calendar for 60 years, bringing the retail industry together and allowing buyers and brands to meet, share and do business.
Clarion Events, the organisers behind Home & Gift, today confirm that he 2020 edition of the show is set to continue as planned on 19-22 July, offering an opportunity to bring the industry back together at a critical time.
Kelly Grant, Show Director explains, “Over the show’s history the retail industry has weathered many storms, with the current COVID-19 outbreak undoubtedly one of the toughest, but it is together that the industry will persevere. We will of course continue to monitor the situation closely and adhere to the advice of relevant authorities, with the safety of our visitors, exhibitors, suppliers and staff being the number one priority. Now more than ever, we want to ensure our valued community can get the most out of every opportunity Home & Gift presents, and the entire team will be on-hand to help however possible. If there are any decisions that need to be made, we will work through these with our customers and involve them every step of the way.
“For almost 40 years Top Drawer has been a place for like-minded buyers and brands to meet, share and truly connect. COVID-19 presents us with one of the greatest challenges that the majority of us have seen, but there is no doubt that our creative community, always adapting to its customer needs, will once more show its resilience. We recognise that this is a very challenging time for most of you and are here to offer as much support as possible.” says Show Director, Alejandra Campos.
Campos continues, “Our commitment is to provide our industry with the resources and information required to keep looking ahead and maintain our community’s engagement with one another, whether that is sharing inspiring brand stories, exciting new products, expert advice or, simply, providing a welcome distraction.
The Top Drawer team are here to help. If there is any information needed to navigate the next few months, we invite our customers to get in touch and we will do our best to assist them. We thank all our visitors, exhibitors and suppliers for their continued support.”
Due to the advice given by the World Health Organisation and recent announcements by the Government we have made the decision to cancel this year's Fair.
The forecast given by the Government that the situation may reach its peak in 14 or more weeks has raised our concerns for the safety of our exhibitors, visitors and the wider population, so we have decided that to reschedule the event for the autumn is unwise as it is increasingly likely events scheduled for later this year may also be cancelled.
We very much appreciate and are overwhelmed by the support of our exhibitors and their commitment to BCTF 2021. The kind words spoken and emailed to us over the past days have only re-enforced our belief that in difficult times people pull together, this is a strong community and together we will get through this.
We will continue to communicate with buyers and invite them to browse our up-to-date online catalogue, which includes all exhibitor contact details, a good showcase of their product images and a link to their online site. We have also been encouraged to see that buyers accessing our social media community on Facebook and Instagram are already finding BCTF exhibitor products they like and are placing orders.