It’s here – our Spring Fair 2020 special! If you’re planning on doing some serious buying, this is the show to do it. The Birmingham show has been redesigned with two distinct sourcing destinations, and we caught up with show director Julie Driscoll to discover what this will mean for visitors to the show.

Our fabulous cover stars, Price’s Candles, were founded back in 1830, and yet they’re still as on-trend and relevant as ever. Their comprehensive range now offers something for all customers, for every season.

We take a look at the new Colour of the Year – Classic Blue, and also catch up with Phil Atherton, Portmeirion Group, about Spode’s 250th anniversary and the company’s acquisition of US premium housewares company Nambé.

Our fascinating retail interview is with The Piece Hall, Halifax – a really good example of where ‘heritage can be used as the currency of the future’. The Piece Hall is a stunning building that’s undergone a £19m revamp and, as well as restaurants and events, it also offers 35 retail outlets, many of them gift shops. It’s so successful, there’s a waiting list of around 30 businesses that want to join.

In addition, this issue is packed with page after page new product from the leading gift companies. We give you a sneak peek of some of the best new products being launched at Spring Fair, so pop the kettle on, put your feet up and have a peruse ahead of the show.

You can read the issue HERE