Presenting Giving & Living 2019
Giving & Living, the South West’s largest Gift and Home trade show, is a breath of fresh air for retail buyers keen to get ahead of the game in the New Year. The 2019 show takes place at Westpoint, just outside Exeter, and runs from Sunday 13th January to Wednesday 16th January.
Spread over four days, with around 250 exhibitors and 4000+ retail buyers, and plenty of free parking, Giving & Living makes buying a relaxed and enjoyable experience. It’s no wonder that this well-established show brings in visitors from far and wide, with 43% of visitors travelling over 50 miles to attend. In fact, 90% of visitors to last year’s show would recommend it, with 93% of them planning on returning in 2019. 88% placed orders at the show or shortly afterwards, and 47% found 3 or more suppliers.
Timing is everything and coming directly after the Christmas break, Giving & Living steals a march on other shows.
It gives buyers the chance to restock successful lines and get hands on with the very latest new and exclusive 2019 gift homeware product ranges ahead of the competition, and in plenty of time for Easter, Mother’s Day, the Summer season and beyond.
There’s a wide and varied range of general gifts and homeware for all occasions on display, offering something for everyone. With well-established and familiar names suc as Kandy Toys of Exeter, Wilton Bradley & Dunoon, alongside first-timers such as Shobu, Nordic London Jewellery, Berber Leather, Cardinal Plus and Lovethatstuff, you’ll have to go a long way to find a greater choice.
Better still, if you are buying for a retail outlet or attraction near the coast, and are keen to net lots of holidaymakers, Giving & Living has more Coast than anyone else. There’s nowhere better for discovering beautifully crafted gifts and unusual home accessories inspired by sun, sand and sea.
Navigating your way to those exhibitors who are most appropriate for your business is easy. Just follow the Coastal Path around the show to discover a treasure trove of novel products, niche suppliers and fresh ideas that you might otherwise sail straight past.
The Coastal Product Revealed area will be showcasing a selection of merchandise from companies on the Path, giving you a space where you can focus on their products in your own time. Check out the new Wave Range from Berserks Glass Works, the nautical hanging decorations from Roelofs and Rubens and find your way around some of the best coastal areas in the South with The Little Map Company; and that’s just a few of the inspirational products that will be on display.
Another big attraction is the “Newcomers” area. Here you’ll find new companies that have never exhibited at a trade show before. It’s a brilliant way to spot emerging design talent and novel product ideas before your competitors.
Amongst them, you’ll discover the fine art greetings cards taken from original paintings by Jane Faires Art, marvel at
the spinners, kites, and windsocks from Life’s a Breeze, admire the decorative metal wall art, sculptures & chimes from SK Style, spread a little love with the glass hearts with charms from Heart Shack, and be tempted by the beautiful hand crafted jewellery from Silver Sapling.
The “Designed & made in Britain” area is another hotspot for buyers eager to source unusual products that combine high quality with a distinct local flavour and a great story. For many of these exhibitors Giving & Living is the only show at which they take a stand – so it’s a one-off opportunity for retailers to gain exclusive access to locally produced items that discerning customers will love.
How about the decorative terracotta relief wall plaques from Black Dog, the handmade glass and silver jewellery from Beach Art Glass, the wildlife inspired photographic greeting cards from Wildcards, the contemporary gifts from Emmeline Simpson that celebrate British cities and landscapes, and the unusual, kiln-formed glassware from glass on glass?
There’s also a strong showing by exhibitors with great ethical and/or environmental credentials, and these “Naturally” companies are clearly identified, so that you can find them with ease. See the ceramics, linens and glassware from ethical designer-supplier Claire Vaughan Designs, the luxury artisan fragranced candles from Purbeck Candles,the unique wooden wall clocks from The Cornish Workshop, and the animal themed ornaments from ABitQuackers.
Making its debut at the show in January is Speakers’ Corner, sponsored by Grow Exeter and located in the Atrium, where you can get business advice and information from experts. It will host a range of workshops and drop in sessions, all free of charge, open to all, and created around the theme of helping retailers compete effectively in
today’s challenging marketplace.
Speakers’ Corner will introduce you to retail experts such as Sarah Ward, Chief Executive of the Giftware Association, Ian Retallick, author and speaker from Specialist Retailers, Barbara Khattri from Elements, who is expert in helping teams work effectively to make better profits for organisations, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), cybercrime specialists from Avon & Somerset Constabulary, and Andy Copp from Business Mentors SW.
From bags to books, cards to cushions, mugs to maps and soaps to seascapes, Giving & Living showcases an exceptional array of gifts and homeware for all occasions, at a wide range of price points.
Whether you want to discuss personalising merchandise to match your brand or negotiate the best possible terms, discover niche products that reflect Britain’s unique heritage or just catch up with the latest fashions, trends and ideas, Giving & Living one show you can’t afford to miss.
For more information about the show, to book a stand, or register to attend, please call 01934 733433, follow @giving_living, or visit givingliving.co.uk