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TCHA-UK Gets Rolling
The UK trade group is working
hard to strengthen the industry in Great Britain.
(October 1, 2012)
Hundreds of people from across the UK's
crafting community were treated to a dedicated craft and educational
section offering industry insights and advice at this year's
Autumn Fair trade show at the NEC in Birmingham, England.
Hosted by the Craft & Hobby Association UK
(CHA-UK), the craft business and seminar program included
inspirational talks from Anthea Turner and Stephanie Weightman, and
panel discussions from industry experts.
This year's dedicated craft section was double
the size of last year and included about 30 craft and hobby
exhibitors from a wide range of sectors including sewing, a seminar
theatre, and a live demo area.
Sara Davies, board chair at the CHA-UK and a
speaker at the event explained, "This year's Autumn Fair
seemed to go really well, and there was definitely a buzz amongst
the crowd relating to the thriving craft and hobby sector.
"The crafting zone provided an ideal platform
to inform and educate suppliers and buyers from all levels about the
latest trends and other practical business guidance regarding the
"For the CHA-UK, it was great to have physical
presence to tell people all about the UK chapter of the Association,
its aims and, of course, the numerous benefits it provides to
organizations ranging from small independent craft retailers to the
multinational suppliers," added Sara.
The CHA-UK launched in May this year as a
not-for-profit trade organization to look after the interests of the
booming British craft industry, which includes sewing. The CHA-UK
arm is as a chapter of CHA, which was formed in 2004 by the merger
of HIA and ACCI.
The mission of CHA-UK is to unite, represent
and develop all sectors of the British craft industry from the small
independents to the national retailers. It aims to deliver benefits
to craft businesses that include access to education, research, and
advice; financial savings off insurance, events, and credit card
processing rates; and assistance with business growth including
access to new markets.
The CHA-UK's board of directors come from all
corners of the creative and crafting industry to ensure
representation of each sector, including small independents,
national retailers, distributors, wholesalers, and TV shopping
The CHA-UK board includes Alastair McMinn,
Coats Crafts … Anna Davenport, Immediate Media … Barry Short,
Creatively Inspired … Carolyn Schulz, Creative Solutions … Catriona
Marshall, HobbyCraft … Colin Poole, Creative Expressions … Derek
Bamford, Cutting Edge Craft, Grafton Projects … Kathy Walsh,
Personal Impressions … Jane Gregory, Addicted 2 Craft … Sara Davies,
Crafter's Companion … Stephanie Burnham, The Bead Scene … Stephanie
Weightman … Art and Craft Direct … Terry Bowles … Design Objectives
… Tony Sheridan, Create and Craft … and Mark Hill, The Thomas
For more info, visit www.cha-uk.co.uk.
For membership info, email Craig de Souza at