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With two events left to go, the Giftware Association’s ‘Meet the Buyer’ season has got off to a cracking start with over 60 companies passing through our doors and showcasing their products and  meeting buyers from BOOTS, THE NATIONAL GALLERY, MOONPIG, F.HINDS, THE SHAKESPEARE BIRTHPLACE TRUST and independent Scottish gift shop BONKERS.

Preparations are underway for the final two events of the year with JOHN LEWIS and OCADO and NOTCUTTS and an exciting schedule to be released soon for next years events.

There has been a huge selection of products on show from all across the industry such as  children’s gifts, gift food and contemporary gifts from companies such as Ross and Ross, Shifa Aromas and Shrieking Violet, as well as many new companies that are just emerging into the home and giftware world, which The GA has been very proud to facilitate their first meeting with buyers.

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Simone Rose, business development manager for the GA said “There has been a huge amount of interest in our events as we attract buyers from all across the retail spectrum. Boots was a huge draw and we have seen returning buyers from The National Gallery to view our members' products and ranges. Feedback from those in attendance has been really positive, encouraging us to do more in the future. We want to be more targeted, and present curated specific events with focuses such as jewellery, greetings, stationery and home fragrance. We also dream of taking it around the country on a roadshow.”

Previously all the events have been held in Birmingham at the GA’s head office or The Button Factory. For 2019 The GA is looking to take the Meet the Buyer events to various cities around the UK.

I had two great meetings and a fabulous first-time experience for the meet the buyer events. Can’t wait for the next one! And please do keep me posted on upcoming events. Many thanks again for all your support, it is very much appreciatedSugarshed

For more information on future events how the Meet the Buyer event work then get in touch with one of the team. Alternatively, if you are a buyer and would like to meet new amazing products then get in touch as well and we can set up an event.



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