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Gatwick goes Scandi-chic as kikki.K moves in

The outlet is the Swedish stationery brand’s first airport store in Europe & has opened in Gatwick’s North Terminal.

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Renowned Swedish design brand kikki.K has opened its first European airport store at London Gatwick, allowing passengers the opportunity to bring the brand’s distinctive range of stylish stationery with them as they jet off across the globe.

The multi award-winning retailer, founded in Australia by Swedish-born entrepreneur Kristina Karlsson, has opened the 25sqm Little Boutique store – featuring the brand’s unique ‘kiosk-style’ store design – in the airport’s North Terminal.

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Passionate about creating beautiful Swedish design that inspires and empowers people to live their best life every day, kikki.K offers a broad range of products from their Energise Your Life, Own Your Story and Inspiration Collections at the Gatwick store, including the brand’s much-loved journals, gifts, accessories and greeting cards.

As they await their flight, passengers can also make sure they’re travel-ready with kikki.K’s The World Is Waiting Travel Collection. Featuring gorgeous leather passport holders, luggage tags and travel wallets, as well as inspiring travel journals to help capture and treasure every holiday moment, this essential collection is available in full at kikki.K Gatwick.

Plus, to add a more personal touch, products can be monogrammed for passengers in store – and pre-flight shoppers don’t have to worry about fitting purchases into their hand luggage, as Gatwick’s “carry on-board” service allows them to bring a kikki.K shopping bag onto their flight alongside the pre-existing hand luggage allowance.

kikki.K Gatwick is the retailer’s sixth stand-alone UK store, and follows the launch of its flagship Covent Garden outlet in December 2015. The global brand, created by Karlsson at her home in 2001 after a 3am brainwave, has also opened boutiques in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Kristina Karlsson, Founder, kikki.K said:

“It’s so exciting to see more and more of the UK fall in love with kikki.K, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be sharing our products with guests in Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal. As one of London’s busiest airport terminals, Gatwick is an ideal location for a kikki.K Little Boutique. Travellers can enjoy our world-class guest experience, and shop our gorgeous range of curated travel accessories, stationery and gifts for friends and family.”

Rachel Bulford, Head of Retail, Gatwick Airport said:

“We’re very excited that kikki.K has chosen Gatwick as the home of its first ever airport boutique in Europe. As a distinctively high-quality design brand with a global following, kikki.K fits in perfectly with the wealth of quality retailers in Gatwick’s busy international departure lounge, and our passengers can expect a one-of-a-kind experience in this fabulous new boutique as they visit Gatwick in the weeks and months to come.”

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Criminals beware, Project Servator has launched at Gatwick and it WILL spot you!

Unpredictable, that’s the key word for the project launched at Gatwick Airport for the first time, ensuring that security checks are performed without any notice.

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In this day and age we all feel a sense of safety whenever we see a police patrol going about their business.  None more so than at an airport.

“deter, detect and disrupt hostile reconnaissance”

Now Gatwick has gone one step further and adopted the national project Servator that has performed so well up and down the country.

Inspector James Biggs from the Gatwick Police Prevention Team explained:

“Project Servator is a project initiated by the city of London police that has now gone nationwide including railway stations and airports.

It’s designed to deter, detect and disrupt the hostile reconnaissance coming to the airport and places of interest.  That’s all levels of criminality from shoplifters to terrorists.

The project has been live nationwide for a number of a years which is why we adopted it here.”

But what is it?

The aim is be as unpredictable as possible and run security checks utilising all arms of the available resources available to the police, from uniformed to plain clothed and armed officers.  Additionally the use of dogs and the sophisticated CCTV and number plate recognition software all combine to create the airports very own ring of steel.

The officers have been specially trained to detect people who may come to the airport and act in a different manner.  Something not easy in an environment as busy as Gatwick where the people change every single hour and day.

But it is not just within the airport buildings that the project is undertaken.

Road checkpoints have also been set up ensuring that if anyone even thinks about getting close to the airport for wrong reasons then they will have no choice but to come face to face with the police.

Whilst the whole project is all about being unpredictable and therefore catching out would-be criminals, there is an additional side that could be witnessed first hand while watching the officers in action.

Smiles on the faces of passengers.

The very presence, the interaction and the belief that Gatwick is showing that safety is of paramount importance to all who both work and travel through the airport.

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