The history of The Giftware Association is a rich tapestry spanning more than seven decades. These years have shaped the way we do business today, but we have always had our member's needs at our heart.
Elkan Simons CBE originally conceived the idea of Giftware Association, this was put on hold due to World War 2.
Fancy Goods Association Founded.
TPS involved in fairs across the whole of The UK with trade shows in Torquey, Blackpool, Glasgow, Earls Court and Mount Royal, still popular areas for shows today.
The Gift and Fancy goods magazine is created and would run for 14 years, featuring members news, stories and industry insights.
The Gift Fair had outgrown Blackpool and had changed its name to The International Gifts Fair and was being opened by royalty such as the Duchess of Gloucester.
Creation of The Benevolent Fund – The Fund distributes money and helps to house and educate those who have worked in the industry.
The very first London gift fair is organsied by TPS at Olympia / Earls Court.
First West of England Fair opened in Torquay.
New Name: the gift and Fancy Goods association.
Around the time of the newly formed federation, the gift and fancy goods association adopted its new name and what it is currently known as today – The Giftware Association. A new logo was created featuring The Gift Horse.
500th member – Burtondale Gifts was presented a certificate from the Birmingham Lord Mayor at the time.
HRH Princess Anne opens the International Gift Fair.
NEC and TPS sign deal to use whole of NEC for Spring Fair
The very first International Spring Fair. Spring Fair was the very first exhibition to take place at the newly formed NEC in Birmingham after it has outgrown its original Blackpool home. This event soon replaces the Blackpool Fair.
The Very first Gift Awards – now know as The gift of The year awards, three categories in the first incarnation – Home, Fashion Accessories and Original Gift. 85 entries produced the first grand winner of Bristol Glass Collections.
Gift of the year winners.
An earlier picture of GA's trade stand.
Old Harrogale show.
Old Christmas advert
An earlier picture of the GA's National Committee.
Giftware Clairmen S.Demcourt handing over to A.N.Leach
The GA at Spring Fair
Princess Diana visits Spring Fair
Gift of the year opened up for the first time to non members and everyone in the industry. Winners were Hazel Ceramics, Roger Lascelles Clocks, David Hayward English Pewter and Les Aquarelles.
New Logo launched at International Spring Fair, a striking modern design for its time.
Alan Leach, chairman of the giftware Assosiation, David Wildman, putworking director of gifts international, Isabel Jones GA Sec Joseph Beanstock, chairman of the Gift Award, Sally Butler, PR Manager at TPS and David Metcalf, managing director TPS
Seminars introduced to our members in subjects such as marketing, retailers and new EEC regulations and working with agents in the EU.
The giftware Association celebrates its 50th Birthday with a celebration in February with people from all sides of the industry, at Birmingham’s Metropole Hotel. The Retail Section was also launched at the party, after 50 years of serving suppliers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors the doors were finally opened to retailers.
Export Services Department takes 62 GA Members to overseas markets.
60th Anniversary Celebrations with a diamond jubilee yearbook and events throughout the year.
New Website launched. The GA Welcomed Members of the Art Metal manufacturers Association (AMMA). Gift of the year Show House and Garden at Summer Fair
The GA gets social by joining LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube. 15 Trade fairs visited across the UK.
Rebrand to how we look now, including a new website , literature and signage at Shows. Gift of the Year given a rebrand too and has been the most successful year yet with a huge amount of non-members applying and also a huge amount of new companies entering.
Meet the Buyer Initiative started introducing hundreds of our members with face to face meetings with buyers from department stores, independent and multi nationals.
the UK leaves The EU
Pandemic hit but that didn’t stop The GA from supporting its members through online educational webinars, one on one meetings with our CEO and so much more to help protect the industry that we serve even running our Gift of the year awards totally online.