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10 Giftware Review May/June 2014 *


“Word on the Street ”

Retail news, views and gossip ‘Glastonbury for small business’

National recognition that small businesses need continued support if they are to survive and prosper has prompted fresh initiatives for the year ahead. For many small businesses the recovery

is yet to begin and for others it remains fragile. Reports that an increase in interest rates could be coupled with a lower tolerance of company debt have been worrying. ‘Ingenious Britain’ is a resource and

advice hub dedicated to small businesses that plans a brand new event later this year that organisers are informally calling a ‘Glastonbury for small business’. The event, Ingenious Britian Live! – the Festival of Small Business will be held at Millennium Point, Birmingham, September 4-5. Spokesman and CEO, Marlon Wolff said:

“Small businesses are the beating heart of the UK economy. In 2013 more small businesses were started in the UK than ever before. They employ more than 24 million people with a combined turnover of £3.3 billion. Most people in the UK own, work for or know somebody who works for a small business. That’s why we aim to focus so

Gorgeous Aquiesse

Aquiesse is the rising star in the Xystos flame and fragrance portfolio. These gorgeously packaged and presented candle and reed diffuser collections feature designer, nature-inspired fragrances made with the highest grade essential oils and natural ingredients. These are concentrated perfectly to quickly scent a space without overpowering it, while the elegant custom-designed glass is extremely safe and reusable. Visit: t: 0191 499 1570

heavily on them with this event.” Several high profile speakers will be

revealed over the next few months and the whole look and feel of the event will be very different from a conventional business conference or exhibition. As part of the preparations, organisers

are looking for ten Ingenious Britons – business owners who can demonstrate a tangible impact on their business as a result of being ingenious. Ingenuity can be demonstrated through the business idea itself, the company’s use of money or funding, through its use of marketing or through the use of ingenious business processes or models which has led to growth or success for the company. “We know there is some seriously

ingenious thinking going on in our small business sector and we want to bring out the best and showcase it so other companies can learn from the techniques and thinking.” said Marlon. Enter or nominate at: Deadline is May 30.

Every so often a great new product turns up and just makes one smile. There are so many great socks on the market it was almost impossible to think somebody could come up something new and then a pair of Chattyfeet arrived. The vibrant colours and hilarious expressions instantly lift the spirits – and for some reason they are funnier if the whole family wears them (top).

Happy feet

British journal wins award

A recent foray into the USA market has been an overwhelming success for publisher, From You to Me which has taken a major prize in an international competition. The company produces gift journals

and was singled out for its ‘Bump to Birthday: Pregnancy & first Year Journal’ at an international competition held in New York. The journal is a colour illustrated guided memory walk with week by week information about the growing baby. Various prompts encourage the mum-to-be to tell the story of pregnancy and the first year.

Neil Coxon, CEO said: “We have only

recently launched our business in the USA and early sales of all our products have been encouraging with this title proving very popular.”

Small Business Saturday returns

The success of last year’s Small Business Saturday has ensured the return of the campaign On December 6 – in plenty of time for the pre-Christmas sales rush. The aim of the campaign is to get

consumers shopping locally and supporting their local community and Prime Minister David Cameron has already voiced his support saying: “I have the utmost

admiration for the millions of people who run a small business in this country. “They are making an enormous

contribution to our economic recovery and their hard work and commitment embodies all that is great about the UK. Small Business Saturday is a vital reminder that we need to celebrate small businesses, not just on one day, but all year round.”

Individually designed Fascinating histories Creative recycling

Shared Earth has hundreds of innovative products which make ideal gifts. This crayon frame is a great example. The pencils are factory rejects and the company’s producer, Aspiration collects them from a small town 200km from Delhi - also a great example of creative recycling. Shared Earth has crayon boxes too and due to their popularity will be introducing more products later this Summer. Visit: www.sharedearth- t:01904 670321

Unique in colour and form

Alex R is a prize-winning glass artist who normally works on larger commissions, but she is currently creating works of art on a much smaller scale with her exquisite 'Wall Butterflies'. However just as much care goes into the making of these handmade glass wall pieces, as each is unique in colour and form. As one might expect from an artist, presentation is just as important and these butterflies come beautifully packaged in elegant gift boxes. Visit: t: 020 8761 6464

Distinctive gifts from Hall of Names provide something that little bit different. Available framed or unframed, each surname history displays the earliest coat of arms relating to the chosen name, selected from a database of over a million. The history itself contains a wealth of fascinating information and is printed to order onto A3 parchment. Visit: t: 01984 632120

Quality tea

Early in the life of Ahmad Tea, the managing director promised: “I will not sell anything that I would not drink at home.” This refusal to accept anything but the finest teas – primarily in terms of their flavour, aroma, colour, strength and consistency, but also in their image, branding and packaging – continues to guide the company’s tasters and inspire the entire company. Visit: t: 023 8027 8910

Sphere of Life jewellery is handmade from Sterling Silver and is individually designed in the heart of London. The company’s highly personal jewellery designs convey a message, a meaning and a story. Guarantee an overwhelming and exciting gift experience with the iconic ball packaging and the unique gift wrap layers. Buyers and interested stockists should call or email to order a catalogue and a free ‘cuddle’. t: 01438-900347 e:

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