Spring Fair collaborates with GCA and Retail Trust to support Festive Friday

To kick off its new partnership with Greetings Card Association (GCA) and ongoing support of the Retail Trust, the UK’s largest and most important marketplace for the home, gift, and fashion retail industry Spring Fair has collaborated with greeting card exhibitors The Art File and Ling Design to celebrate Festive Friday by donating Christmas cards to residents of the Retail Trust’s supported living estate in North London.

Created by the GCA, Festive Friday is a nationwide campaign supported by Royal Mail and is the day when everyone in the card industry, and card lovers everywhere, sends their Christmas cards and starts the annual exchange of Christmas cards. This Friday, Retail Trust residents joined together to celebrate Festive Friday and write cards to their loved ones.

Stuart Thomas, Head of Global Partnerships, Hyve Group plc, says; “We are really pleased to have collaborated on such a wonderful project with the GCA, Retail Trust, and our generous greetings card exhibitors The Art File and Ling Design to support Festive Friday. It is wonderful to see the lovely Retail Trust residents to get together for an hour or two to write their Christmas cards to send on to their loved ones.”

Amanda Fergusson, CEO, Greeting Card Association adds; “Seeing a hand-written envelope on the doormat is a lovely feeling, opening a greeting card that someone has chosen and written specially for you creates a powerful connection; Christmas cards link loved ones together across the world. We’re delighted that Spring Fair and the Retail Trust are celebrating Festive Friday, starting the first wave of card sending, reminding everyone to post their cards.”

Marshall Estate is one of five Retail Trust supported living estates in the UK. It is a hidden gem located in the leafy suburb of Mill Hill in North West London offering 72 properties and an on-site housing support team ensuring residents can relax and enjoy peace of mind in their retirement. Creating hope, health and happiness for everyone in retail, the Retail Trust has been caring for and protecting the lives of people working in retail since 1832.

Spring Fair and the Retail Trust are working on a host of other projects like this, and to raise money for the charity, in the next few months including another collaboration with the GCA and Retail Trust for Thinking of You Week during 2022.

Spring Fair takes place at the NEC Birmingham on the 6th – 9th February 2022. With four key buying destinations to get excited about – Home, Gift (incorporating Greetings, Floral, Party and Christmas), Fashion and Design & Source – Spring Fair offers a treasure trove of much loved and established favourites as well as an array of new brands and designers showing for the first time. With its unparalleled cross-buying opportunities, the inspirational show creates a compelling and unmissable platform for buyers to touch, feel, and experience the latest products, trends and innovations across home, gift, fashion, and sourcing – from across the UK and overseas.

For further information on Spring Fair please visit: www.springfair.com

To find out more about Festive Friday visit: https://www.gca.cards/festive-friday-2021/

More information on the Retail Trust can be discovered at www.retailtrust.org.uk/

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