Gifts Today magazine

GA Trends Seminar

Three industry experts at the September seminar to tell you the latest trends in colours, social media and digital marketing and the current state of affairs on the high street for suppliers and retailers

Marianne Shillingford
Marianne has been working in the interiors industry for over 30 years as a colour, design and decorating expert. She is the Creative Director of Dulux and founder of the Colour in Design Awards. She knows that the gift industry is one of the most important platforms for the launch of new trends into the market and a reliable source for measuring their success and longevity. This year for the first time she will share global trend research knowledge with Giftware Association members three months before its official public launch. It is a forecast for the next 18 months and will give you a heads up for the mood of the moment, how people think, how they live and what they value.

David Glenwright
Armed with a degree in War Studies, David has spent the last five years applying the art of strategy to social media. Now, as the head of training service at JC Social Media, he works closely with many organisations of all shapes and sizes to help them navigate the digital minefield and get the most out of social media. A veteran trainer, speaker and consultant, David is one of only eight individuals in the UK accredited by Facebook as part of their 'She Means Business' initiative. He also comments regularly in the media on social media stories, with recent appearances including BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, and ITV’s Good Morning Britain

Michael Weedon
Michael Weedon of exp2 will be covering the latest data on trends in the retail locations of Britain, their online equivalents, and the gradual move to multichannel. Michael works with trade bodies, research companies and independent retailers and has three decades of experience at board level with trade associations, government and national media. He is a researcher, analyst and regular news commentator and tweets @MichaelWeedon.

The event will be held in Birmingham in the Giftware Association's offices and has limited spaces. The event will cost £75 (£99 for non-members), but you can bring a plus-one for half price. Your ticket includes lunch and the chance to meet the speakers and ask any burning questions you have about trends. Register now to avoid disappointment.

If you have any further queries, get in touch with a member of the team on or call 0121 237 1105.

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