This year’s Australian Gifts and Homewares Associations (AGHA) Melbourne Gift Fair (5-9 August) will see retail buyers support local businesses through the Australian Made Pavilion, showcasing various Australian made products, featuring 21 local manufacturers who proudly produce Australian Made goods.
Linda Hickey, CEO of the Australian Gifts and Homewares Association (AGHA) has highlighted that Australian made products are a big deal for retailers. “Australian Made approved products are a point of difference for retailers. A trip to the Pavilion ensures attendees can explore locally made products as part of their retail offering.”
Hickey believes in supporting local manufacturers, and she’s proud of the high-quality products they make. They’re perfect for gifting all year round, and people love knowing they’re supporting Aussie businesses. Since the Pavilion’s launch at the 2020 Sydney Gift Fair, Caitlin Blair, from Australian Made, has been thrilled with the positive feedback. Buyers are excited about stocking more Australian made products, and makers love the chance to connect with these buyers. It’s been a fantastic way to bring people together and support local businesses.
The Australian Made Pavilion is a shining example of AGHA’s dedication to promoting Aussie talent. It’s a celebration of creativity and craftsmanship that boosts our economy and makes us all proud of what’s made in our own backyard.
One of the success stories that has blossomed from the Australian Made Pavilion is Cascie Kambouris, founder of Little Bread Winner, a business established nine months ago.
Little Bread Winner specializes in crafting Australian made bread saws, specialty bread boards, and accessories. The company’s inception was inspired by Kambouris’ own wrist movement struggles, and their products have proven to be particularly beneficial for clients dealing with arthritis, as the bread saw enables them to cut bread effortlessly.
Kambouris emphasizes her commitment to producing Australian made products: “I think it’s the responsibility of every Australian business to keep as much money in this county as possible. “Kambouris shares that participating in the Sydney Fair during February 2023 resulted in securing 19 retailers across the country, which led to the rapid growth of her business: ‘I was able to get in front of people and share our story and build valuable relationships…that really grew us quickly.’
Through the success of Little Bread Winner, it underscores how the Australian Made Pavilion at previous markets has been a game-changer in providing valuable opportunities for small businesses to network, receive feedback, and gather ideas to further enhance their products beyond just making sales.