Giftware Association to launch Meet The Buyer Festival

The Giftware Association (GA) is preparing to launch its own Meet The Buyer Festival in its home town of Birmingham on July 6.

The event, which has now reached maximum capacity for suppliers, is on the lookout for buyers to attend.

The GA has been given exhibition space in the Custard Factory, which is a leading hub for creative and digital businesses in the heart of the city.

The premises is set in 15 acres of restored factories, built more than 100 years ago by Alfred Bird to manufacture and market his famous invention, Birds Custard. It just over five minutes’ walk from the Bullring, with both Birmingham New Street Station and Birmingham Moor Street Station within easy walking distance. Lunch will be provided from the nearby Mockingbird Bar and Restaurant.

More than 60 exhibitors are set to attend the Festival from all sectors of the gift market including housewares, toys and games, cards, stationery and craft items through to food and drink and textiles.

Names include Denby, Infruition, New Soda, Taylor’s Eye Witness, Lesser & Pavey, La Chateau Textiles, Jersey Pottery, Babbacombe Pottery Collection, Tyrell Katz, Selbrae House, Beefayre, Blooms of London , Caroline Gardner, Designed In Colour, Doreen Preston & Son, India Jane (Interiors), Melt Co, Root Candles Europe, Spice Kitchen, The English Tea Company, Luckies of London, The Little Dog Laughed and Pretty You London

Confirmed buyers so far include John Lewis and Choice Marketing, as well as select independent buyers from around the country such as Apple Pie House and Heritage Ltd, who run both bricks and mortar stores and online sites.

But the GA is on the lookout for more, to make the day even more successful and to build the foundations for an even bigger Meet The Buyer initiative in the future.

GA business development manager Simone Rose said. “This is an exciting opportunity for potential buyers to find that next best seller.”

If you are interested in attending as a buyer, please contact simone.rose@ga-uk.org or dave.kukadia@ga-uk.org. Alternatively, if you would like to attend future events, the GA will add you to its mailing list on enquiries@ga-uk.org

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