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12 Giftware Review July/August 2014 www.giftwarereview.net GANEWS&VIEWS.


In the 12 months since The GA’s new- look website (www.ga-uk.org) went ‘live’ there has been a 148% increase in new members joining online. Chief executive, Isabel Martinson


said: “It bears no resemblance to what we offered visitors in early 2013. The world of business has moved on and so has The GA. The website is now a great asset to the gift and home industry. “It’s also gratifying that we now have


a bounce rate of only 0.63%, signifying that the site is attracting relevant users and keeping them there. “The GA member search area is still


the most popular page while the virtual showrooms are also getting lots of viewings and are now the fifth most visited pages on the site. This is terrific news for our participating suppliers and the retailers who are looking for product.” The Garden Showroom is currently


open on the website and features products from T&G Woodware, Talking Tables, Winterflora, Ragged Rose, Deco- Pak, Nick Smyth Trading and Martin Baxendale Agencies, while Widdop Bingham is among the companies whose products can be viewed in the Wedding Showroom. Other showrooms this year will


feature baby, graduation and Christmas products. If you are interested in promoting your latest products in these


increasingly popular virtual showrooms please contact Michael.hardwick@ga- uk.org; tel 0121 237 1145.


Voucher scheme and special membership offers at Home & Gift


The GA and its retailer and exhibitor members will have a high profile at Home & Gift in Harrogate. The member-to-member voucher


scheme, which has gone from strength to strength, will again see retailers taking advantage of product discounts and other special offers from GA suppliers. Among the GA companies offering


deals at the show are: Blue Eyed Sun, Bottleclocks, Cavendish French, CSC Imports, Dartington Crystal, Deco-Pak, Giftscribes, Global Journey, Keep This Design, Miss Milly, Tilnar Art and Tom Cat Cards. Those businesses in the industry that


don’t belong to the association can take advantage of its special membership offers, which will run until the end of the show. Retailers who sign up with a credit or


debit card will enjoy two years’ membership for the price of one, while suppliers will receive a 20 per cent discount on their first year of membership. Those who wish to join – or require more


Award for Enesco’s Ken Johnson


Ken Johnson, managing director of Enesco UK, has been awarded The Giftware Association-sponsored Honorary Achievement Award at The Greats Retailer Awards (full story page 8). At the same event, Surrey-based GA


member Alligator Pear (above) took the Greats’ award for Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – Home Counties, South & South East. “We try to be more than just a shop


Find The GA online GA website is a big hit: visitors take positive view of virtual showrooms


information – should visit The GA stand at the entrance to Hall A, which will again feature a display of this year’s winning and highly commended Gift of the Year products.


but part of the community too,” said Sinead Merry, manager of the Tadworth retailer. “It’s a one-stop shop – you can come in and get something for everyone.” Throughout the year it organises a


number of events on the premises, an eight-room converted house on the village high street which is home to its different gift categories – everything from children’s and baby gifts to interiors and jewellery and accessories, and with pricepoints to suit all pockets. Sinead praised the


“really dedicated” 10-strong team of full-time and


weekend staff of Alligator


Pear, which also claimed the award in 2010. “Not that we didn’t deserve to win it this time, but it came as a shock four years on.”


Another GA member, Joe Davies,


again received the award for Best Service to the Independent Retailer.


Want to catch up?


If you couldn’t make it to this year’s GA members’ day which took place on 5 June, it’s not too late to find out what went on. Just go to www.ga-uk.org and click on the video link.


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