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News Iconic Spitfire collection

The iconic Spitfire is being immortalised yet again in an exciting, brand new collection. This year at Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) Imperial War Museums (IWM) will unveil a new collaboration with Wayne Hemingway and the HemingwayDesign team. Premiering at BLE ‘The Spitfire Collection’ by HemingwayDesign for IWM

will be the first in a series of licensee designs between the museum and design house. For this range Wayne and the team have taken inspiration from the iconic Spitfire plane, creating unique and memorable designs that can be used on a number of products. Wayne Hemingway says: ‘I have a great affection

for IWM and their commitment to design thinking shines through clearly in the recent refurbishment of IWM London. It is also impossible not to be in awe of the huge collections. The team has had a ball going through the archives’ The designs are being launched to mark the 75th

anniversary of the Battle of Britain and IWM Duxford air show in September where it will be possible to experience the spectacle of 20 Spitfires taking off from the historic airfield and then flying in mass formation. Last year IWM marked the centenary of the First World War and opened

brand new First World War Galleries at its flagship branch IWM London. To date IWM products have achieved great success. The Kimm and Miller product range ‘Victory is in the Kitchen’ was popular in Sainsbury’s and the Garden Centre Group and has been nominated in the Gift Category at the Licensing Awards 2015. IWM will be exhibiting on Stand R10 at Brand Licensing

PMC undergoes huge expansion

Staffordshire based personalised gift manufacturer Personalised Memento Company has extended its premises once again this year. The huge expansion

involved moving offices, factory equipment, stock warehouse and showroom now equating to a total site area of 22,000 sq. foot. This major investment enables PMC to handle in excess of 2 million personalised items, proving them to be the experts in the field of personalised gifts. The expansion was set due to further growth and demand from their

retailers. The expansion has allowed PMC to continue their fantastic customer service and facilitate a fast and dependable dropship service during peak occasions. Established over 11 years ago, PMC has seen massive growth year-on-year.

The company offers the widest range of traditional and design-led personalised gifts available to the market. With design and manufacture all under one roof PMC now offers a full service for personalisation including website development and integration solutions. They continue to provide their free personalised gift website option for all customers. With an additional option for bespoke development PMC can make

personalised gifts work for any retailer, no matter what size their business from independent shops to high street multichannel retailers. Gift lines include engraved silverware, glassware and personalised ceramics

such as mugs, baubles and moneyboxes. From clothing and teddies to books and stationery, the choice is endless. With other gift categories such as pet accessories, memorial and graduation and back to school gifts. The kitchen and home range of slate, wooden and canvas gifts are ever expanding with brand new products launching every week. PMC will be showcasing an exciting new license partner at Autumn Fair Hall

5 Stand K03. 8 Giftware Review & Home Interiors September / October 2015 Poppies for Peace

Angelys Jewellery, a brand name of Frank Ross Ltd., will officially launch a new collection of poppy Jewellery to the trade at Autumn Fair 2015, Hall 5 Stand M27. Ten percent of the recommended retail price

will be donated to two veterans’ charities, SSAFA and Combat Stress, which will share any funds raised equally between them. This year’s fund-raising project follows on

from an £11,986.50 donation Frank Ross made to the Royal British Legion from poppy-licensed jewellery in 2014. Frank Ross has agreed to pay this year’s donation out of the trade price, so the

RRP will return a very good margin to the retailer. The collection looks set to sell well throughout the year but interest will of course be at optimum level as we approach the 11th of November. Frank Ross comments: “We have revamped the designs and with the much

higher contribution than last year hope to raise as much as £30,000 this time. The range will be launched at the Autumn Fair, where we hope to be signing up lots of new customers all over the UK. “Retailers stocking the poppies have permission to advertise the contribution

and the name of the charities so anyone buying one of our poppies will immediately know how much is being donated and to whom.” Frank Ross Ltd. is a fashion Jewellery business owned by Frank Ross featuring

two brands – Angelys and Lila – currently being supplied to shops and stores across the UK and Europe. The company will exhibit at Autumn Fair from a stand in hall 5 M27

Your invitation to Chocolate Heaven

Speciality Chocolate Fair is the UK’s largest showcase of luxury and gourmet chocolate. It can be found at the heart of Speciality and Fine Food Fair 2015 - the leading B2B showcase of fine food and drink. This tasty event takes place at London’s Kensington Olympia on September 6 – 8 2015. A focal part of the show is Speciality Chocolate Live, where an array of

talented pastry chefs and chocolatiers will demonstrate their skills in the chocolate cooker theatre. Appearances will be made from ‘Rising Stars’ including Chika Watanabe and Gavan Knox, to renowned chocolate experts including Barry Johnson and Marc Demarquette. This extravaganza of chocolate artistry, will be hosted by author, pastry chef

consultant and chocolate ambassador, Will Torrent, who comments: “I can’t think of anything worse than a world without chocolate. I’m becoming more and more passionate about the origin of chocolate and making it more sustainable. As a chef, I hope to never run out of new ideas for using chocolate, I’m great believer in underpinning a new creation with tradition, then adding a twist.” A diverse selection of gourmet chocolate products will be showcased at the

exhibition so try to get around it without drooling too much! These will include Chocolate at Home, Morse Toad, Amelia Rope, Divine Chocolate and Raw Halo. There will also be an eye catching life size chocolate sculpture which may end up with a few bites being taken out of it before the show is over!

Life Size Chocolate Baby Elephant arrives in London

Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2015 will welcome Philippe Wall, Jean-Marie Dessard and Thierry Spierkel, who will present ‘The Story Behind the Chocolate Elephant’ at the exhibition as they deliver their spectacular chocolate sculpture art installation. The aim is to raise awareness of the plight of Elephant Orphans, who are not only victims of poaching, but casualties of Human Elephant Conflict (HEC), where humans and elephants compete for habitat and food resources.

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