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Look Who’s Talking At Home & Gift

Get your sunhats out, ‘Harrogate time’ is days away. Greeting card exhibitors are putting the final touches to their launches that will debut at Home & Gift, which runs from this Sunday (July 14) until Wednesday 17 July. 

Above: Greeting card companies will join with hundreds of gift and homewares companies exhibiting at the imminent show.
Above: Greeting card companies will join with hundreds of gift and homewares companies exhibiting at the imminent show.

The GCA is to also have a presence at the show, with a specially created display to promote Thinking of You Week, fanfaring loads of lovely designs from exhibiting member publishers to promote the week-long event to, which this year falls September 22-28.

But there will be lots of great stuff to listen and learn from as well as look at, due to show’s inspiring ShopTalk seminar programme of leading keynote speakers, masterclasses, hands-on clinics and panel discussions.

The line-up includes entrepreneur, Secret Millionaire and former ‘Dragon’ Piers Linney, who will be sharing his ecommerce hacks for future proofing a business on Sunday July 14. Also speaking on Sunday will be Matthew Galvin of The Galvin Brothers, Claire Yuille of the Indie Retail Academy and Louise Daniel of And So To Shop, who will be sharing their secrets to turning a creative passion into a successful business.

Above: The Meme-ing of Life is an extensive new collection of open humour cards from JellynBean that will launch at the show.
Above: The Meme-ing of Life is an extensive new collection of open humour cards from JellynBean that will launch at the show.

Speaking on Monday July 15 will be jewellery designer, socialite and reality star Rosie Fortescue, along with author and interior designer Pearl Lowe who will be taking part in an insightful Q & A with ESTILA magazine’s Karolina Barnes.

Above: The GCA’s Thinking of You Week website has gone live with updated downloadable assets.
Above: The GCA’s Thinking of You Week website has gone live with updated downloadable assets.

In addition, on Tuesday July 16, designer Sophie Conran will be helping delegates to develop a confident approach to colour and design.

Above: Among the ShopTalk speakers is reality star Rosie Fortescue.
Above: Among the ShopTalk speakers is reality star Rosie Fortescue.

“This year, we’ve definitely upped the inspiration factor in our ShopTalk line-up, so I’d implore all visitors to make some time to sit in on a session or two-after all, the show is as much about enhancing the retail industry through shared learnings as it is about great buying opportunities,” states show director Louise Morris. “Whether you’re an independent store or a seasoned department store buyer, everyone can learn something from our programme.”

Debuting at the show are new sectors Design Now, Craft and Taste.

Visit www.homeandgift.co.uk

Top: Sophie Conran, Matthew Galvin and Pearl Lowe are among the speakers at Home & Gift.

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