Giftrap : Giftrap July Aug 2014
16 | Giftrap | agha.com.au Quack quack! Fooling around on a massive in atable duck during our latest photo shoot at Carriageworks in Sydney. A LAST HURRAH I recently went to a fascinating event run by women's networking organisation, Business Chicks, where Megan Quinn, founder of luxury retailer Net-a-Porter discussed the importance of kindness in business -- connecting the bottom line with the heart. While it may sound like a bit of fluff, Quinn pointed out that in this day and age when technology and efficiency are now such high priorities on our agenda, we seem to have lost a sense of what is important in business -- human relationships. As the late, great American poet Maya Angelou once said: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." It's something that small business owners like you are well-placed to implement, whether it's leading your staff with empathy, building authentic relationships with your clients or making your customers feel special by going that extra mile. And at the end of the day, taking this longer-term vision of your business will result in a healthy bottom line. On another note, goodbyes are really tough, aren't they? Unfortunately, this is our last ever issue of Giftrap. Stay tuned for some exciting new communication developments over the next few months that will keep you up to date with everything you could possibly want to know about our fantastic industry. To make sure you stay in the loop, please connect with Australian Gift & Homewares Association on social media. We've had an absolute ball producing Giftrap over the past few years, so thank you to all of you who've made it so enjoyable! Jo-Anne Hui firstname.lastname@example.org Are you ready Sydney? Last month, AGHA officially launched the Sydney 2015 Home & Giving Fair, releasing information about the amazing new things to come in the future. With Sydney Showground now offering a total 32,000 square metres of pillar-less, purpose-built halls, AGHA can now create a gift and homewares event the industry truly deserves. Sydney Showground recently added a 9,000 square metre expansion and their growth plans for the future means AGHA can deliver a 10 year vision to ensure that you grow and flourish by providing the optimum commercial environment well into the future. In 2015, we will introduce more exhibitors, a creative new onsite destination theme, a heightened Design Life experience, opportunities for emerging companies, the launch of an upgraded Style Section, an Online Organiser, buying zones sectioned by product and quality -- everything that's needed to make buying and selling easy. The Sydney 2015 Home & Giving Fair will take place 21-24 February 2015. For more information, visit homeandgiving.com or call 1300 441 384. Stay organised at the Home & Giving Fair While it's jam-packed with exciting products and stylish exhibitor stands, it can be a bit daunting to tackle the Home & Giving Fair. The Online Organiser is a handy way for buyers to keep on top of their visit at the fair, from viewing up-to-date exhibitor listings to accessing an interactive floor plan where they can highlight the location of target exhibitors. Accessible 24/7 on any mobile or tablet device, the organiser helps exhibitors and buyers to find each other online. Using the service, buyers are able to make appointments with exhibitors before and after the fair, connect with exhibitors and fair organisers and search for exhibitors by name, product and category. Meanwhile, exhibitors are able to use the online organiser to attract buyers, by including a 200 word company description, updating all their contact details and uploading images and product categories. To access the Home & Giving Fair Online Organiser, visit: homeandgiving.com EDITOR'S LETTER NEWS FROM YOUR ASSOCIATION Connect with us. Search for: 'Australian Gi & Homewares Association (AGHA)'
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