Cardies Contribute To The ‘Shop Local’ Panel Discussion At Tomorrow’s Autumn Fair@Home

Leading independent greeting card retailer, Samantha Gibbs (owner of Nest in Stoneygate, Broughton Astley and Thurlaston) and Georgina Fihosy, the talented founder of diverse publisher AfroTouch Design will be contributing to the panel discussion, entitled  ‘Shop local: Winning the customer voting with their wallet’ that is slated for 1pm on tomorrow’s (September 9) Autumn@Home, the second day of the digital alternative, in place of the physical Autumn Fair.

Above: Julie Driscoll, UK regional director of Hyve Group officially opening Autumn Fair @ Home this morning.
Above: Julie Driscoll, UK regional director of Hyve Group officially opening Autumn Fair @ Home this morning.

The 45 minute webinar, which is free for all to attend will watch, will see Samantha and Georgina join Therese Ørtenblad, the founder of the Small Business Collaborative/Let’s Talk Shop small business podcast series and Kathy Sirl, the owner of The Naked Pantry, a zero waste gift shop and coffee shop to discuss the consumer’s changing demands and behaviours.

Above: Panellist Samantha Gibbs has owned and run Nest for 18 years, which has rural and city- based outlets plus a garden centre concession. It also trades on Notonthehighstreet.com, Etsy and nestgifts.co.uk.
Above: Panellist Samantha Gibbs has owned and run Nest for 18 years, which has rural and city- based outlets plus a garden centre concession. It also trades on Notonthehighstreet.com, Etsy and nestgifts.co.uk.

Setting out the stall for the discussion, the Autumn Fair @ Home website details: ‘Consumers are becoming more educated and are now using their purchasing power in more conscious ways. From looking for ethical, sustainable pieces to wanting to support local artisans, the power of the consumer wallet is changing the face of retail today. With the shop local trend set to stay, learning how to succeed through promoting local, sustainable products is key for many retailers.
From creating a local ecosystem of micro-makers and brands to support your store to communicating your credentials with potential consumers, this expert panel will bring together retailers and artisans to discuss what the shop local trend means for retail and how best to implement this in store.’

Above: Georgina Fihosy, is a pharmacist and the creative power behind AfroTouch Design, an Afrocentric brand producing diverse hand-finished greeting cards.
Above: Georgina Fihosy, is a pharmacist and the creative power behind AfroTouch Design, an Afrocentric brand producing diverse hand-finished greeting cards.

This is just one of a whole programme of talks, webinars, presentations and product showcases which collectively have formed the two day digital Autumn Fair @ Home event, instigated by Hyve Group, organisers of Autumn Fair and Spring Fair.  For the full programme and to register to attend, visit https://www.autumnfair.com/autumn-fair-at-home

Above: Therese Ørtenblad, founder of the Small Business Collaborative and small business podcast called Let’s Talk Shop is passionate about helping small businesses and retailers.
Above: Therese Ørtenblad, founder of the Small Business Collaborative and small business podcast called Let’s Talk Shop is passionate about helping small businesses and retailers.

Tomorrow’s agenda sees the second Greetings and Stationery Edit (between 12pm and 1pm) which are short and snappy product presentations from a number of brands, including The Art File, Deckled Edge, GBCC, Go Stationery, Ling Design, Lola Designs, Paper Salad, Penguin Ink, Sabivo Design, Well Weird and Wrendale Designs.

Above: Today (September 8) saw Minister for Export, MP Graham Stuart take to the Autumn Fair @ Home platform to unveil the Government’s new slate of measures aimed at helping UK companies to export.
Above: Today (September 8) saw Minister for Export, MP Graham Stuart take to the Autumn Fair @ Home platform to unveil the Government’s new slate of measures aimed at helping UK companies to export.
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