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New global platform launches Meet the Buyer event

Retaissance  – the new digital global buying platform for independent retaierls (including housewares stockists) has launched buyer access, meaning brands and buyers are able to register on the site and start connecting with each other. Housewares brands are already building showcases, so that retail buyers will be able to browse and discover brands and products that match their preferences on price, features, sustainability and ethical credentials. From a buyer’s perspective, Retaissance is designed as a prospecting tool, which will allow them to source new and exciting brands from the UK, Europe and around the world.

The digital marketplace will be bringing leading brands and buyers together for Retaissance Live, its first exclusive “Meet the Buyer” event in partnership with the Enterprise Europe Network, on the November 3-4.

Cathie Osborne, founder and owner of Retaissance said: ‘We’re thrilled with the support we’ve had so far from brands, buyers and industry associations [including the Giftware Association] alike and we can’t wait to start really growing our community. A number of our brands already have some fantastic showcases live and we’re expecting many more to be prepared over the coming weeks.”

“Now is a brilliant time to join Retaissance – we want to work closely with our early adopters to tailor our site to their needs, offer real value for money and a continually improving experience for both brands and buyers. The upcoming event with the Enterprise Europe Network will be the first of many exciting opportunities we have planned for our customers.”

Rodolphe Soulard of the Enterprise Europe Network said, “We are excited about working with Retaissance and helping their disruptive retail concept reach new markets internationally. We can’t wait to actively support the Retaissance Live Meet The Buyer event November 3-4 2020. This event will enable innovative UK and European brands to connect directly with buyers, access new markets and help retailers access disruptive technologies to increase their productivity. Innovative SMEs and retailers need to adapt to new customer’s behaviour post-Covid-19 to sustain and grow their business in the UK and Europe.”

The Retaissance site has been built from the ground up on a bespoke platform and is designed specifically for brands and buyers, offering an experience tailored to the retail ecosystem. The team promises to support its members at both ends of the supply chain, with additional features to be added in future updates, as well as expansions into other global markets.

Retaissance is free to buyers and is available to brands for a small monthly subscription. The subscription period begins once a brand showcase is finalised and approved, and brands are free to explore the profile builder and showcase tools prior to payment.

To register as a buyer, or to sign up as a brand and begin building your profile, visit For enquiries, get in touch on +44 (0) 1606 822943 or email


Top: An example of a product search on Retaissance. Housewares brands are currently building up showcases.

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