We all like to see new companies at a trade show and nothing excites any of us more than the opportunity to see companies that have never exhibited before at any show.
This year at Giving & Living we’ve teamed up with the Federation of Small Businesses to create our special Newcomers Area. This area has been designed to showcase, to the rest of the country, fledgling companies from the South West – importers, manufacturers and British designer-makers. The sponsorship of the FSB has enabled 10 lucky companies to exhibit at nearly a third of the cost providing they met the following criteria. They had to have been trading for less than 24 months, be from the South West region ( Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire) and most importantly have not participated in a trade show before.
We are excited to by the variety, innovation and creativity that has come forward.
The ten companies include two card producers; Paper Garden is a new boutique greeting card publisher creating lovingly illustrated cards with the aim to supply design led retailers and galleries. They offer a range of intricate, original and appealing designs, printed in England on premium quality card. Cosy Toast offer a vibrant new range of greetings cards and post cards, with a strong South West flavour. Come and meet the designer and see how her ‘ansum designs will attract customers.
There is jewellery from Purple Penguins a new and exciting collection of high quality micron silver on bronze jewellery which will appeal to high street jewellers, upper end gift shops and boutiques.
For the home, Somerset Melamine Ltd manufacture melamine tablemats, coasters, kitchen boards, chopping boards, teapotstands and much more with exclusive licences. They also make to customers own designs. No Sheep Required are a new and exciting company producing bespoke, unique, individual photographic headboards, sofa size and garden art. From your photograph, their gallery or from their amazing range. They can add that ‘wow factor’ to any home or garden.
Also for the home or office there is Design-A-Clock Ltd. These A4-sized wall clock allow the purchaser to design, print and change the clock face. A perfect gift using photos of pictures downloaded from the internet as the clock face. Companies can have their own wall clock or use them to advertise forthcoming promotions/events.
Perhaps a ‘gift for him’ from Fuse-Fob.Com. They are introducing a brand new concept in the hollow key-fob named Fuse-fob and it’s sister product Shell-Fob. Fuse-fob is a key-fob containing 3x 13 amp fuses for people on the move and Shell-fob is a hollow key-fob which can carry many small objects.
Nightie Night could perhaps supply the ‘gift for her’ as they are suppliers of high quality 100% cotton nightwear.
Finally there are hand crafted ethical products from Madagascar, by BOO Enterprise. Stylish raffia handbags, beach and shopping baskets, as well as beautiful hand woven throws and a unique range of tableware. Further gifts from around the world are being brought to us by Travellers Find Ltd.
We can’t wait to share these companies with you and hopefully, with your support, give them a great first show!
See you all in a couple of days 🙂