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Issue 55 September/October 2009

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Official media partner for Autumn Fair International 2009

Eco-friendly gifts We reveal the latest ethical lines

THE GOOD

OLD DAYS Nostalgia and retro revival

SEASONAL SHOW

PREVIEWS • Autumn Fair

Fine Dining

• Top Drawer

Top tableware trends

WIN!

Dremel Hobby products worth over £740

PLUS • • •

Licensed ranges Toys Teen market

101 September/October 2009 Issue 55 Group Editor Emma Cant +44 (0)1376 535 609 [email protected] Editor Sarah Reeve +44 (0)1376 535 614 [email protected] Sales Manager Mark White +44 (0)1376 535 606 [email protected] Sales Executive Sharon Connelly +44 (0)1376 535 607 [email protected] Design Manager Vicky O'Connor +44 (0)1376 535 616 [email protected] Graphic Designers Sarah Barnes Sophie Farage Laura Perry Steve Mckea +44 (0)1376 535 616 Production Manager Stuart Weatherley

contents news&events

features

industry news 6 Round up of giftware’s movers and shakers

play time top toys for bumper sales

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on with the show Trade fair dates and news

property ladder Find out what’s driving licensing

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brand spanking new 14 New product launches and latest additions

pushing the envelope 74 Spotlight on the flourishing greetings card sector

competition 127 Win Dremel Hobby products worth over £740

the good old days Focus on nostalgia and retro revival

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q & a special Our experts tackle your retail queries

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fine dining Top tableware trends

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hot property Spotlight on the world of licensing

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teen-tastic Funky lines for fickle teens

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Administration Scott Brothwell +44 (0)1376 514 000

christmas on the high street 112 Alan Monahan talks to suppliers and retailers about prospects for the festive season ahead

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bright & beautiful Gloom-busting products

Cover courtesy of The Milford Collection www.themilfordcollection.co.uk

retailer interview 123 Ship-shape selling on board the Britannia gift shop

Gift Focus is solely owned, published and designed by Kline Davis Limited. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility of the standing of advertisers nor by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Gift Focus is published six times a year. Subscription rates for overseas readers are £40 per annum (incl. p+p), Cheques should be made out to Kline Davis Limited and sent to Gift Focus @ Broseley House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2UL.

Average Net Circulation: 7,438 (01/07/08 to 30/06/09)

Gift Focus magazine is proud to be associated with and supporters of: MEDIA SUPPORTER

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focus on... retail technology The first in a series on selling online

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retailer initiatives 67 Making the most of your website to boost sales acid 71 Combating the risk of copying at exhibitions the ga 96 All the latest from The Giftware Association

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up and coming 138 Business success story inspired by family mealtimes

special feature green gifts We reveal the latest ethical lines

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shows autumn fair international 29 Bumper guide to the season’s biggest launch platform for new product top drawer 77 Raising the curtai