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GA to unveil rebranding at June members’ day

The Giftware Association members’ day will take place at Federation House in Birmingham on Wednesday 15 June when the complete rebranding of the association will be unveiled.

The chairmanship of The GA will pass from Ravensden’s Michael Papé to independent retail advisor Henri Davis, the first person from a retailing background to hold the position.

Blue Eyed Sun managing director Jeremy Corner will take over as vice-chairman.

Members’ day guest speakers have yet to be finalised, but the format for the day – which includes the AGM – will follow last year’s successful formula, with panellists debating current industry issues and, following a networking lunch, GA workshops and surgeries spanning a wide range of subjects of interest to both retailers and suppliers.

Recently-appointed chief executive Sarah Ward will tell the meeting how The GA team has been reaching out to existing and would-be members, covering 16 previously unvisited trade shows in the first few months of the year.

These included The East Anglian Gift & Toy Fair; Wales Spring Fair; The Toy Fair and Craft, Hobby & Stitch International – with The Baby Show, Asian Bride and the National Asian Wedding Fair also on the agenda. A further eight shows will be visited in April and May.

Sarah explained: “Our industry is extremely diverse and we are very keen to engage with businesses which do not necessarily attend, or exhibit at, what are generally recognised as being the key gift and home events, as we feel our services can be of real relevance to a wider audience.”

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