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All about Milano Restaurants, Giftcard & Voucher Week, Skuuudle, ekmPowershop

by on November 1, 2013

Republic of Ireland based Milano Restaurants, part of the market leading Gondola Group, has moved into the corporate incentives arena.  Its gift vouchers are already very popular with consumers who purchase to give as gifts.

This month sees the launch of a dedicated business arm, and the introduction of one of the few plastic gift card offerings in the Irish business to business sector.


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by on September 9, 2013

M&C Saatchi Launches ‘Books are My Bag’ Campaign to Reignite the Nation’s Love of Bookshops

Monday 9 September 2013. London. In a collaborative campaign between publishers, bookshops, authors and agents – devised by M&C Saatchi – booklovers across the UK & Ireland are being encouraged to join a national movement – ‘Books Are My Bag’ – to celebrate the cultural importance of books and bookshops.

The centrepiece of the campaign – which breaks on 14 September – is an iconic canvas bag sporting the simple but powerful statement: Books Are My Bag. More than 1,800 chain and independent bookshops will distribute a quarter of a million bags from 14 September until Christmas Day 2013. The bags allow readers to display their love and support for local bookshops, while encouraging others to do the same. [more…]

UK gift card & voucher industry enjoys steady growth, new report reveals

by on August 13, 2012

The UK’s gift card and voucher industry has continued its steady upward growth in the second quarter (Q2) of 2012, according to the latest statistics from The UK Gift Card & Voucher Association (UKGCVA), the trade body representing the key players in the £4 billion gift voucher, cards and stored value solutions market.

The report, compiled independently by consultants at Ernst & Young, has revealed a 5% increase in like-for-like voucher sales in Q2 2012. All types of retailers played their part in this growth, with vouchers by non-specialised stores up by 7.4% and other non-food stores showing a 6.6% increase.