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Big screen plan for show’s footie fans

ANYONE worried about missing the World Cup Final while at Harrogate Home & Gift can rest easy – a cinema-style, state-of-the-art projection screen has been arranged to broadcast the game live on the Sunday night. So everyone can cheer as England captain Steven Gerrard lifts the trophy out in Brazil while having a few snifters from the on-site fully-stocked payable bar in the Harrogate International Centre auditorium.

Ok, we might be a little hopeful about the chances of the only team competing

from the Home Nations, but it’ll be a good night for footie fans all the same. The full social events calendar for Home & Gift, which runs from July 13-16 is

currently being fi nalised and will be revealed shortly. Meanwhile on the serious front, the Best Of British and Eco Showcase applications have been coming in and, following an initial selection process by designers David Nicholls and Oliver Heath, 54 of the 55 of applicants were accepted. This is an unprecedented result across any of the Clarion retail shows and highlights the quality of applications received. Final selections will be made in the next two weeks and the list will be announced mid-June.

A new concept for Home & Gift, the showcases have been put together to help retailers easily source products that support the British economy and that support the environment. “With retailers becoming more conscious of the impact of their sourcing decisions on the environment and the economy, we are very excited to announce the launch of these showcases,” said show director Cleere Scamell. The selected products will be on display at the Cairn Hotel, and will also be available as part of a trail around the show where a stand sticker will highlight all exhibitors included. Cleere added: “We understand that retailers are short on time when visiting our events, which is why we’ve decided to offer both a showcase and trail, to help retailers source environmentally-responsible products, and products that support the

British economy, quickly and effortlessly.” To help retailers get even more from their visit to the show, VIP cards have been landing the doorsteps of some of the most important Home & Gift guests which give them exclusive discounts around Harrogate on bars, restaurants, attractions, and also around the show itself. A handful have also been kept back to release over the coming weeks through competitions on social media, so be sure to follow @

HomeandGift2014 on Twitter, and on Facebook to fi nd out how to enter. Confi rmed exhibitors on the greetings side include Holy Mackerel, Peartree Heybridge, Jonny Javelin, Berni Parker, Blue Eyed Sun, Caroline Gardner, My World, Coulson Macleod, Artebene, Oliver Preston, Tillovision, The Art File and Colcards. And remember that Greetings Today and our sister magazine Gifts Today are

the extremely proud media partners for the fair for the sixth year running so will be producing the Daily Newspaper which ensures visiting buyers are kept up to speed on a daily basis about what’s on show and making waves, and is available free to all visitors via the event entrances, courtesy transport and key hotels.

Edging on designer side

THERE’S a designer edge to plans for Autumn Fair as organisers i2i Events are featuring a number of areas devoted to design-led products across various market categories.

The majority will be housed in Hall 3, while exclusive to Autumn Fair will be the Summerhouse Showcase, an inspirational selection of the best home

people news Fundraising by the light of the Moonwalk

WALKING the walk saw Peartree Heybridge director Louise Martin complete a half-marathon in the Moonwalk – and raise more than £1,000 on the way.

The event on May 10 had usually involves wearing a fancy bra – and some do it in heels – to raise funds for organisers Walk The Walk charity which gives grants to various projects and campaigns involved with breast cancer, including Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Louise, pictured with her teammates at the start of their walk and in training, had their bras on their t-shirts, and she shook off the exertions to help man the publishers’ stand at PG Live just two days later. Louise’s charity fund-raising efforts which have passed the £1,000 mark on her website page and still have the fi nal income of 2.5 per cent of all Peartree Heybridge invoiced sales to independent retailers in May. T: 01423 876311


and gift products from 36 designers from across the world, including India Jane and Jellycat. Demand for retail space for the event at the NEC on September 7-10 means that Contemporary Gift & Home will cross over into Hall 4, also hosting Greetings & Gift, and Fashion Accessories & Jewellery.

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