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Progressive Gifts & Home May/June 2024 Issue Out Now

Progressive Gifts & Home’s May/June issue is one of those joyous, memorable times of the year when we can celebrate all that is great about our industry.

The third year of the fabulous Gift Awards took place at the 5* Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 16 May, uniting both sides of the industry, affording a wonderful opportunity to bring together retailers, suppliers, manufacturers, reps and agents to recognise and reward the winners of The Greats gift retailer awards, (organised by Max Publishing/Progressive Gifts & Home), and the winners of The Gift of the Year Awards, (organised by The Giftware Association).

Above: The Greats and the Gift of the Year trophies standing proud.
Above: The Greats and the Gift of the Year trophies standing proud.

If you couldn’t make it to the Awards you can flick through the fun party picsclick through to pages 22-23 – and discover who this year’s Greats and Gift of the Year winners are – if you don’t know already! Click through to pages 25-39.

Above: We’ve won! Big smiles from the delighted winners of both The Greats Awards and The Gift of the Year Awards who are shown on stage with their trophies.
Above: We’ve won! Big smiles from the delighted winners of both The Greats Awards and The Gift of the Year Awards who are shown on stage with their trophies.

As well as celebrating winning the prestigious Greats Outstanding Achievement Award (click through to page 39), Hannah Dale, founder and creative director of Wrendale Designs, was also thrilled to win a 2024 King’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade on May 6, (click through to page 11), while Sebnini’s founder, Gert Schyberg, was honoured to welcome Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux, and other dignitaries, to the company’s new premises in Horley, Surrey, where he was honoured to be formally presented with the prestigious  King’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2023. (Click through to page 11).

Above: Wrendale Designs’ Hannah Dale received the Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF), from John Joyce & Kate Owen, past presidents of BATF.
Above: Wrendale Designs’ Hannah Dale received the Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF), from John Joyce & Kate Owen, past presidents of BATF.

Additionally, Mark Jones, Gisela Graham’s commercial director, became the new chair of The Giftware Association at the GA’s recent AGM (click through to pages 44-45). And staying with the GA, read ceo Sarah Ward’s insightful column to discover the findings of a recent members survey. (Click through to page 43).

Above: Mark Jones, (centre), the new chair of the GA’s National Committee, is shown with the Association’s ceo Sarah Ward, and vice chair Stephen Illingworth.
Above: Mark Jones, (centre), the new chair of the GA’s National Committee, is shown with the Association’s ceo Sarah Ward, and vice chair Stephen Illingworth.

But now, it’s all systems go for dedicated greeting card show Progressive Greetings Live, (organised by Max Exhibitions), which will be opening its doors at London’s Business Design Centre on 4-5 June. With greeting cards an ever-expanding sector for gift shops – highlighted by Progressive Gift & Home’s latest Retail Barometer – it’s a ‘must visit’ experience, with thousands of new launches from established names and newbies at the heart of the show. (Click through to page 9).

Above: Jumping for joy at PG Live! The show will be returning to London’s Business Design Centre on 4-5 June.
Above: Jumping for joy at PG Live! The show will be returning to London’s Business Design Centre on 4-5 June.

Also back at the Business Design Centre next month on 11-12 June is dedicated housewares show Exclusively, and to tie in, we’ve taken a look at what’s trending in home entertaining. (Click through to pages 57-59). Plus, with self-care still one of the biggest trends around, we highlight what’s helping to promote wellness. (Click through to pages 50-51). We also find out why Inis products make people feel happy (click through to pages 40-41) and why Lifestyle (part of Motivates), is encouraging SMEs to buy into gift cards (click through to pages 48-49).

Above: Pure Table Top’s new Eleanor Bowmer American Electric Coast collection will be showcased at Exclusively.
Above: Pure Table Top’s new Eleanor Bowmer American Electric Coast collection will be showcased at Exclusively.

And with Father’s Day homing into view on 16 June, our regular columnist, Libby Holden, owner of Lovely Libby’s, in Rayleigh, reveals why football themed giftware is the shop’s go-to. (Click through to page 47). Elsewhere, a cross-section of gift retailers share their feedback on how the year’s been so far. (Click through to pages 16-17).

Plus, we reveal the hottest, most up-to-the-minute industry news. (Click through to pages 7-15).

To read the full May/June issue of Progressive Gifts & Home click here.

Enjoy reading!

Sue 

Sue Marks

Editor

Progressive Gifts & Home | www.GiftsandHome.net

 

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