Handmade in Britain launches interactive virtual craft fair

British craftspeople at a financial disadvantage, with many of them losing their livelihoods. This has negatively impacted the British craft sector which until now had seen a steady growth of 5%. At Handmade in Britain, the company has been working hard for the past few months to overcome this obstacle and they have announced the launch of our first interactive virtual craft fair which aims to provide an agile response and alternative approach to trade and commerce in response to Covid-19. This will benefit British designer-makers

across the UK, providing them with new market opportunities in the current circumstances. In the medium term, it allows them to reduce operational costs and become more financially resilient. Taking place from 10-15 November , the

interactive virtual fair will showcase a handpicked selection of UK-based contemporary designer-makers on our specially built and easy to use virtual platform.

Sabichi Homewares has acquired PIFCO

Sabichi Homewares has acquired PIFCO from Spectrum Brands.

Established in Manchester in 1900, PIFCO specialises in high quality household essentials, including heating and cooling, personal care, lighting and home products. Tim Wright, vice president International, Spectrum Brands, commented: “Spectrum Brands are incredibly pleased to

have again worked with Sabichi on them purchasing one of our Heritage Brands as we look to focus on our Core Brands of Russell Hobbs, George Foreman and Remington. Sabichi now have the global brand rights of the PIFCO brand and we are sure they will focus their energy and continue growing it from within and beyond even its already long heritage of success across many diverse categories and we are sure under the strong stewardship of Sam Bagga and his Team, that they will ensure this brand continues with great success for many years to come.” Sachin Bagga, director, Sabichi

Homewares, added: “Following the success of the Haden brand acquisition and relaunch, we are thrilled to have taken on another iconic British brand

October 2020

AromaFresh Grind & Brew Therm Filter Coffee Machine

With its integrated grinder, the Melitta AromaFresh Grind & Brew Therm not only lets you freshly grind the beans for delicious filter coffee but also includes adjustable grind levels and coffee strength for individual coffee flavour. Added to this is the

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Great export opportunities in the Czech market despite Brexit, says BHETA

The Czech Republic could prove a lucrative export market for DIY, garden and housewares suppliers, according to senior trade advisors who spoke to BHETA members at a webinar on 8th October organised by The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA). Krystof Holub and Tereza Vickover, who are both based at the British Embassy in Prague not only set out compelling

reasons for pursuing business in the Czech Republic, but also outlined key hints and tips for furthering successful commercial relationships. Krystof outlined the dynamics of the Czech market and the country’s role as a ‘gateway’ to business in East Germany, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Russia. Pointing out that it was the fastest growing economy in Eastern Europe, he also said

that household goods has remained the strongest sector even after the impact of Covid. Alongside mainstream retailers like Hornbach and Obi, household retailers also included discounters and premium outlets, as well as a very fast- growing online retail channel for DIY, garden and housewares, where household goods are the second biggest category.

Smidge donates bottle to fundraising efforts

‘Challenge Against Cancer’. For those who are able to raise £150, and hopefully more, will receive a limited edition ‘Thank You’ Smidge Bottle.

Cancer is the leading cause of premature death in Bristol, where rates of premature death are significantly higher than for the rest of England.

Bristol based sustainable food & beverages accessories company Smidge has donated 1,200 limited edition bottles to enhance Above & Beyond’s fundraising efforts.

The bottles will be used for the fundraising initiative

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, cancer has continued to affect the lives of thousands of people across Bristol and the demand for outstanding cancer services continues to increase. Gemma Jenkins, Above & Beyond, corporate

partnerships officer, said: “We want to say a big thank you to everyone at Smidge for donating these amazing water bottles. If you want to get one of the limited-edition designs, visit the Above & Beyond website to find out more about our Bristol Against Cancer challenge events.” Rob Jones, Smidge, managing director, said: “We are delighted to support Above & Beyond’s fundraising efforts. Unfortunately, we have all been touched by cancer at some point in our lives, so we are thrilled to be part of this campaign raising needed funds for Bristol Hospitals fighting against cancer.” | 7

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