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The War on Plastic

The War on Plastic

Pictures from Indonesia showing  ‘solid rafts’ of plastic bags and bottles in local rivers, talk of the 965,000 square miles of plastic in a region of the South Pacific created by circular currents and Blue Planet 2 showing images of delicate seahorses holding cotton buds in their tails have all raised the profile of our use of and disposal of plastics in recent months… But as consumers, are we ready to change what, and the way we buy, and take responsibility for disposing of it?

Are you brave enough to open a retail shop at the moment?

Are you brave enough to open a retail shop at the moment?

I expect most of you reading this headline would say ‘NO WAY’ - who would be daft enough to do something like that this in the current economic climate? Well the truthful answer is ‘plenty of people’. Both small independents and larger multiples. But why are they doing this when so many outlets are closing; what do they know that we don’t?

My greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement?

Last month, I stepped down as chair of the Giftware Association - and in doing so, was asked what I felt my greatest achievement was. It took me a while to come up with the answer! For those who didn’t make the AGM, here are my notes from my handover speech, and the answer to the question…

Do you have eligible product?

Do you have eligible product?

Why doesn't every supplier or manufacturer enter at least one eligible product for an industry award... every year? With the many, many category options across the various industry awards, nearly every supplier or manufacturer has an eligible product - which means any buyer or retailer can stock award-winning product! It's time to embrace the fact that wherever you are in the supply chain you can use this year’s industry awards to your advantage. Here's how:

Celebrating the Big Day

Celebrating the Big Day

The great thing about weddings and anniversaries is that they drive a whole tranche of linked events that are card giving occasions. As retailers we need to consider whether these present an opportunity for us in terms of the products we offer. Once Easter is over it could be a strong product focus for you if you believe it is relevant to your customers and there would be enough demand to justify the space and stock investment needed. And if you decide to go for weddings ‘big time’ - here are my top tips for making your wedding range profitable…

Interview: How to make the most of exhibitions

Interview: How to make the most of exhibitions

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of being invited to speak to Small Man Media about the season's tradeshows and how to prepare for them with my top tips: '3 Musts' and '1 big Must-Not!'...

I was also asked some really insightful questions about trends in the industry... For the answers to all these questions and many more - check out the full Small Man Media article >

My tips for clearing Old Stock effectively

My tips for clearing Old Stock effectively

If you've been to any of the season's Trade Fairs, you'll no doubt be excited by the prospect of the new stock you've sourced. But clearing old stock is just as important an activity - and can present a great opportunity to excite your customers and generate sales. Depending on the products you sell and who your customers are, your SALE strategy will vary.

10 things to consider if you're thinking of introducing new product categories to your shop

10 things to consider if you're thinking of introducing new product categories to your shop

Are you heading to Spring Fair 2018 taking place at the NEC in Birmingham over the next few days? Perhaps you're hoping to find some giftware to complement your instore range? Here are 10 things you'll need to consider to ensure that it sells and adds to your profitability...

Gifts can make all the difference to your profitability

Gifts can make all the difference to your profitability

With the winners of the Gift of the Year Awards 2018 set to be announced at tomorrow's ceremony at the Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham - here's why you might want to consider adding gifts to your store's range to make it more profitable...

Speaking at Spring Fair 2018

Speaking at Spring Fair 2018

Are you heading to Spring Fair in February (4th - 8th, NEC, Birmingham)? It's set to be a great show - packed with immersive trends installations, seminars, meet the experts sessions, and workshops...! I'm particularly looking forward to joining the speaker line up for the event again this year!