Award Winning artist, Meg Hawkins, had an incredible 2019 and things are only set to get better as the nation clamors for her latest Christmas collaboration.
In August 2019 Meg teamed up with a couple of fellow independent Shropshire businesses, The English Drinks Company and Matthew Mills Designs to create a special Shropshire design for their Christmas Crackers.
Graham says, "We wanted to work with a local artist to create an image for our new miniature gin crackers. Having seen Meg's work, we knew she would be perfect for the job and we haven't been disappointed! The watercolour of The Wrekin is superb and sits perfectly on our cracker. Together with designer Matt Mills, it's the perfect local business collaboration!"
Meg, “Such a fantastic opportunity to be working with great like-minded local companies, new ideas and exciting forward-thinking projects. Can’t wait for the next project!”
January Furniture Show 2020 is set to excel in its green credentials by being the greenest JFS yet – reusing materials, reducing waste and recycling where possible.
The aim for 2020 is to increase the recycling rate to over 80% - up from the rate of 76.4% achieved in 2019.
New green initiatives include: reusing the signage and graphics from this year’s show, lanyards and visitor badges will be collected at all exits - the paper will be recycled and the lanyards and badge holders reused.
Technology will help to reduce the amount of paper – more show related documents will be available on the JFS website and the press stand will include a touchpoint for all trade magazines.
Spring Fair, the number one sourcing destination for home and gift retail, is set to launch a new international Sourcing sector as part of its commitment to help buying teams unearth the most inspired products for 2020 and beyond.
The new sector, which had a successful first outing at Autumn Fair 2019 following investment from organisers Hyve Group, will give buyers the opportunity to explore markets outside of the UK and make connections with the best manufacturers from key sourcing regions around the world. All without the need to spend excessive amounts on travelling to those destinations.
With the global retail sourcing and procurement market expected to grow by nearly 12% in the period up to 2024, retailers can ill-afford to miss out on opportunities international sourcing can offer.
The showcase will welcome manufacturers of gifting, cookware, home furnishings, textiles, toys, private label goods and white label products from a number of key markets, including China, India, Egypt, South Korea and Ghana. They will have the opportunity to exhibit the best of their portfolio of products to buyers from across the UK’s £378bn retail market.