Global Luxury Brands (GLB) is excited to announce that they are to acquire the iconic mail order china and giftware business, Goviers of Sidmouth. Simon Willis, owner of GLB and Alan Morgenroth, owner of Goviers of Sidmouth, first met in 1994 when Simon was Sales & Marketing Director of Royal Crown Derby. Over the next 25 years Simon and Alan worked closely together as supplier and customer and also as friends who share a common appreciation for quality products and outstanding customer service. Over that 25-year period Goviers business grew spectacularly with Royal Crown Derby, as well as within the field of Royal and general commemoratives, for which Goviers has become renown worldwide.
When Simon left Royal Crown Derby in 2013 and set up GLB little did he think that just over five years later, he would be acquiring one of the UK’s leading retailers of commemoratives and giftware. When Goviers of Sidmouth Limited moves to Staffordshire in July we intend to continue to support the same high quality brands and hope to provide the knowledgeable and friendly customer service for which Goviers have become renown.
This year the art world commemorates one of its greatest Masters, the Renaissance genius, Leonardo da Vinci, who died 500 years ago in May 1519. Whilst myriad plans are afoot in Da Vinci’s native Italy, here in Britain a series of exhibitions featuring rarely displayed works are marking the half-millennia since Leonardo’s death and giving a unique insight into the mind of the legendary artist, scientist and engineer.
Da Vinci’s notebooks and drawings reveal a spirit of scientific inquiry and mechanical inventiveness that were centuries ahead of their time. His pupil Francesco Melzi inherited these notebooks after Da Vinci’s death and arranged the drawings by subject matter. Part of the collection found its way to England in the early 1600s and by the end of the century had been acquired by Charles II. The collection of more than 550 drawings is still held by the British Royal family in what is considered by many to be the finest collection of Da Vinci’s drawings anywhere in the world.
To kick off a series of ‘Hot Topic’ Lunches with industry professionals, The Giftware Association is extremely excited to announce the first hot topic with Rob Elder from the Bank Of England. The event will take place on the 2nd July in Farringdon, London.
This will be a fantastic opportunity to meet and listen to a senior professional from the Bank of England. Rob will be discussing current initiatives before we open up the room for an open discussion, followed by Q&As. A great chance to network with your industry peers as well as an intimate discovery of what the BoE is up to.