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News Buying event is a sellout


The chance to pitch to John Lewis at a special ‘Meet the Buyer’ event organised by the Giftware Association has proved ‘overwhelmingly successful’. A heavyweight team of senior


John Lewis buyers has been lined up for the event on November 11 where they will outline JLP’s approach to working with new suppliers. There will also be an opportunity for participating companies to pitch their products in structured presentations. With the event heavily oversubscribed, places were being


Anna Rigby


“the response from suppliers who want to meet John Lewis gift buyers has been overwhelming”


allocated on a first-come-first-paid basis and only paid-up members of the GA were considered. GA chief executive, Isabel Martinson said: “We recently


trialled a Meet the Buyer day with Utility in Liverpool and realised that there was a terrific appetite for such events. However, the response from suppliers who want to meet John Lewis gift buyers has been overwhelming and augurs well for future days. We are delighted.” Anna Rigby (above) head of buying for Home Accessories,


Gifts and Seasonal will lead an introductory session outlining JLP’s approach to newness and innovation, its key drivers and how it operates with new suppliers. This will be geared towards those without experience of working with JLP but other participants were welcome to book into the session. Other buyers at the session will represent Seasonal and


Calendar Events, Gift Food, Home and Gift Collections, Outdoor Living. There may also be opportunities in the future for retail


buying groups to be represented at such an event and Isabel invited anyone interested to contact her.


Iconic store display


Congratulations go to madebyzentm – a regular in Giftware Review & home interiors – which has just completed a successful window display in the iconic Oxford Street John Lewis in London. Dharmesh Bhayani, founder and MD said: “We have been working on the project for a long time in order to set the right tone which is one of ultimate relaxation and luxury in the build up to the Christmas trading period and we were thrilled with the results.”


Your letters Tweeting advice needed


Just getting started on social media and wondering how much time to devote to it and how others in the business organise it. It seems to me it’s important to be consistent and to be relevant but with everything else there is to do in this business it’s easy to forget and leave it until another day. Do you think it’s worth paying someone else for the service or is it just a question of being more disciplined and finding it will get easier? Have to confess I am not a natural user being of the ‘older generation’ but currently trying my best! Would appreciate some advice.


Pauline, Horsham


If you have personal experience that would help send your advice to Sandra@giftwarereview.net – Editor


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Have your say. Write to sandra@giftwarereview.net


High streets continue to decline


Am I the only one left wondering what happened to the campaign to save Britain’s high streets? Out of town superstores continue to be approved and not much seems to be being done to help those of us still battling for business in town and city centres. When will we wake up and realise the social and economic importance of these high streets because where they have gone they have left huge gaps in the local community and I believe they will be very difficult to ever establish again.


Paul Rush, Sheffield Congratulations Giftware Review


Love the new look Giftware Review & home interiors! Working on my own it’s sometimes difficult to find inspiration for fresh displays so it was great to find your magazine on the mat one day. So many of the ideas were perfect for my little shop – can’t thank you enough. I suddenly felt refreshed with new enthusiasm for the day ahead. Name and address supplied


Toy Fair treats


Now that the biggest toy giving event is almost upon us it will soon be time to go shopping again and there will be ample opportunity at next month’s Toy Fair to be held at London’s Olympia January 20-22. The three


day event is organised by the British Toy and Hobby Association and includes original toys, games and hobby gifts from established manufacturers and smaller companies. More than 250 exhibitors are


booked in including the likes of Hasbro, LEGO, Bandai, H Grossman and Keel Toys showcasing brand new products for 2015. Special attractions include the


return of the Demo Zone where exhibitors will demonstrate their products and Toy Fair TV with 24 screens around Olympia broadcasting highlights from around the show. There will also be the opportunity


to view winners of the Toy Fair’s Best New Toys judged by a panel of independent retailers.


Book review


Never has a painter been so influenced by his garden and passion for botany than the French Impressionist, Monet who’s famous Water Lily paintings were produced in his garden at Giverny. Jennifer Pulling’s new novel, Monet is set in that period and imagines the explosive effect a young American heiress has on Claude Monet.


By Jennifer Pulling


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