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Barnsley Card – A Gift Shop Hub Interview

Barnsley Card

Barnsley Card is a new scheme which aims to boost trade in Barnsley. It was founded by two Barnsley locals earlier this year to help improve trade in Barnsley and the surrounding regions. People can buy a Barnsley Card for £1.99 per month, and gain access to a huge range of deals across all kinds […]

10 Great Gifts That Retail Under £10

Wish Strings Bracletts

It’s tricky finding the right gifts for your shop and more importantly at the right price too. With that in mind Gift Shop Hub has put together 10 great gifts that retail for under £10. A mixture of different products that should make perfect additions to your shop’s gift ranges. All prices are RRP but […]

Seven Things I Learned Running A Retail Trail

Cudworth Bunny Trail Rabbit

Hi, my name is Chris Fox and I’m the digital content manager for greeting card and gift shop Wishes of Cudworth. I try to look as Wishes as a brand. Not a corporate, soulless brand I must add. No, it’s rather about consistency of tone and dreaming up new ways to promote the shop. To […]

The Science of Retail Store Layouts and Design 

Small Shop Tips

Retail stores have come a long way from when Harry Selfridge pioneered the storefront display window in the early 20th century. Today, stores do more than lure people inside, they keep them in. It is quite like The Eagles’ song, “Hotel California”.   It is hard to discuss store layout designs without referencing IKEA’s legendary maze-like floor plan. With each unsuspecting […]

Down Your High Street

Down Your High Street

Down Your High Street is a online marketplace dedicated purely to the local shop owner to make it easier to connect with people in and around their area and across the UK. Their mission is to bridge the gap between offline and online retail so the independent high street shop owners of the UK can […]

4 Heatons Traders Association – A Gift Shop Hub Interview

4 Heatons Traders Association

Today Gift Shop Hub talks to The 4 Heatons Traders Association, or 4HTA for short. The purpose of the 4HTA is summed up in it’s mission statement:“To make the Heatons, a better place, to live, work and prosper”. Any business based in the SK4 post code area, which covers the villages of Heaton Mersey, Heaton Moor, Heaton Norris […]

Photography Tips With Richard Jackson

Greeting Card Photography by Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson is a product and still life photographer based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Working with artists, designers and craftspeople Richard creates photography with design at its heart. Exploring the ideas and styles behind his clients work to produce images that really tell a story. He chooses props, carefully crafts the lighting, select surfaces, and backdrops to […]

Cool by Association – The Power of Business & Community Associations

Cudworth Doodle Map

The Internet is a wonderful tool but can be scary if you don’t know how to make the best use of it. In today’s blog post Chris Fox the digital media manager of Wishes of Cudworth looks at how joining a business or community association can benefit your shop. This article was originally published in […]

The Greeting Card Association

Sharon Little from the GCA at Top Drawer

The GCA is the trade association for the greeting card industry, a great community of card publishers, retailers and specialist suppliers. Gift Shop Hub spoke to Sharon Little who is the CEO for the Greeting Card Association. Hi Sharon, let’s start with finding out about the GCA… The Greeting Card Association is a not for profit membership […]

5 Great Art & Shopping Trails

First let’s start with explaining this post’s title. Just what are “5 Great Art & Shopping Trails”? It’s ok, Gift Shop Hub is here to help. We’re the ultimate retail resource of useful and not so useful facts after all. Below we’ll be exploring 5 retail trails. And exploring really is the key word here. […]