About the GA
WHO WE ARE
The Giftware Association (the GA) is a national trade representative body and is the only UK trade association serving the gift and home industry. We recognise the remarkable talent and creativity of members ranging from retailers to suppliers, high street brands names to individual craftspeople and many others. Since 1947, the association's commitment has always been to help and support members and help them make money, save money and save time by offering a wide selection of services and support.
HOW THE GA OPERATE
The GA provides representation in return for a subscription fee. The association offers many products and services, including design protection, networking, training, legal help, advice and support as well as a host of other money-saving services. A key focus is as a representative body putting forward the collective view and position of our members, generally to government departments, agencies and regulators and also to the media and other opinion formers. The GA is a non-profit organisation with a governing body made up of elected representatives from the industry.
The GA represents companies from across the gift and home industry – manufacturers, designers, wholesalers, importers, exporters, retailers (independents, multiples and online) – from sole traders to major PLCs.
WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU?
Whether you're a well-established company or just starting out in business, the GA can save you money, represent your views and give you lots of information and promotion. We are an additional resource, and many members use us as an extra pair of hands and a sounding board.
JOIN THE COMMUNITY
Belonging to the GA not only gives bottom line savings but also offers members the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience.
WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY
"THE GIFTWARE ASSOCIATION ADDS CREDIBILITY AND UNITY IN OUR HIGHLY COMPETITIVE INDUSTRY. IT ALSO OFFERS A FIERCELY PROTECTIVE ARM AROUND ITS MEMBERS. TWO LITTLE BOYS HAVE BEEN MEMBERS FOR AROUND 13 YEARS AND HAVE CALLED ON THE GA FOR ADVICE, FOR A SHOULDER TO CRY ON AND HAVE ENJOYED THE MUCH APPRECIATED VALIDATION OF SUCCESSES IN THE GIFT OF THE YEAR AWARDS OVER THE YEARS. THE GA SIT AT THE VERY CORE OF OUR INDUSTRY AND JUST KNOWING THEY'VE GOT OUR BACKS IS WORTH THE MEMBERSHIP FEES ALONE." - Sarah Watts - 2 Little Boys
"WE WISH MORE BUSINESSES IN OUR INDUSTRY - AND THE REGION WE WORK - WOULD PARTICIPATE AND ENGAGE MORE WITH THE GA" - Mike Anderson - Hale Events
"I SEE MEMBERSHIP AS A FUNDAMENTAL TO BEING PART OF THE GIFTWARE INDUSTRY. THE LEGAL HELPLINE BENEFITS ALONE HAVE BEEN WORTH THE MEMBERSHIP FEES OVERS THE YEARS" - Rebecca Jay - DoDo Pad
"DEFINITELY RENEWING MY MEMBERSHIP. THE VALUE IS ENORMOUS. IF WE HAD TO CHOOSE ONE ORGANISATION TO BELONG TO, IT WOULD BE THE GA" - Stuart Cox - I Like Birds
"THE GA IS AN ASSOCIATION THAT SUPPORTS BOTH WHOLESALERS AND RETAILERS OPERATING IN THE GIFT INDUSTRY IN THE UK, SO PROVIDES A FANTASTIC FORUM FOR BOTH SIDES OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN TO COME TOGETHER TO SHARE COMMON ISSUES AND OPPORTUNITIES" - Heather Watherstone - The Lagoon Group