Almost every stand is taken at Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring as retail business remains relatively strong in Scotland.
As one of the first shows of the year and taking place from 22-24th Jan at SECC in Glasgow, this Show is the main buying platform for retailers in the north of the UK. Registration has opened so its perfect timing to get organised and register for your free ticket.
Here’s every reason why this Show must not be missed:
1. A third of all exhibitors are new to the Show such as Rory Dyer furniture, Storm watches, Leonard Smith Publishing, Holy Mackerel, Isle of Bute Candles, Jenni Douglas Designs and Oxford Blue.
2. Fashion, accessories, textiles and clothing are particularly strong this year with stalwarts such as Ness clothing, Eribe knitwear, Black Yak, Outdoor knitwear along with newcomers Skye Snood, We Are Rushworth and Lona Scott Cashmere.
3. The Craft Gallery has grown from its first appearance last year with specially selected craft exhibitors such as Tessuti Scotland, Eileen Gatt, Warped Textiles, Lisa Rothwell Young jewellery, Olive Pearson Designs, Carla Edwards and Bestie Assemblage.
4. Launching themselves in the Launch Gallery is a group of young, innovative companies chosen for the quality and originality of their products. These include Nikky d’Aguillar’s scarves, Mutlove cards, Whisky Frames, Top Munro books, Iona Buchanan homewares, Michelle Dakin jewellery, Lanags and Alicorn Cards.
5. This Show is traditionally the place where many companies unveil their new season ranges. Established exhibitors include Isle of Skye Candles, Portmeirion, McLaggan Smith Mugs, Ulster Weavers, Sea Gems, Ashleigh & Burwood, Belltrees Forge, Brook Taverner and Harris Tweed and Bomb Cosmetics. In total there will be about 500 exhibitors across Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft.
6. With a new website and new look creatives Scotland’s Trade Fair has a very contemporary and fresh approach, making it far easier for retailers to search out exhibitors on the website and plan their buying experience.
7. The Orkney Aisles – a huge group of producers from the Orkney Isles including Sheila Fleet, Ortak, Quernstone knitwear, Aurora jewellery, Hilary Grant and Hume Sweet Hume will have a specially designated ‘corner’.
8. Learn something new with a very comprehensive programme of talks, seminars and workshops. These include the Google trainer talking about maximising yourself on Google; social media workshop for retailers; digital expert David Taylor from FSE speaking on understanding digitally-savvy customers; Stuart Gates, ex Harrods and Fortnums consultant, on making retail work; Scott Gilmour from Entrepreneurial Scotland on making shopping a seamless experience and a gin tasting by Demijohn.
9. Best Product Awards will be given to the best in Show, with judges including The Old School, Beauly, owner Helen Crawford and Maia Gifts owner Soni Ahmed.
10. Find fine food too – Scotland’s Trade Show is run in conjunction with Scotland’s Speciality Food Show where about 150 top fine food producers will be on display, allowing buyers a ‘one-stop’ buying platform.
11. Held at the SECC, in the centre of Glasgow, it is easy to access from motorway, train and airport with many large hotels close by.
12. One large hall houses both Shows in a clear grid layout makes for a more enjoyable visitor experience.
13. As Scotland’s only gift and accessory trade Show many exhibitors from Scotland and the north of England will only exhibit at this Show so it is a unique place to source some artisan products.
14. This is the first opportunity in the year for many buyers to see the new ranges and place orders before the big southern UK shows. Katrina Thomson from The Ship’s Cabin in Ullapool said: “2016 has been a good year and certainly we have benefited from a weak pound against the `Euro' and a safe place to holiday. We are hoping for the same for next year.”
So with so many good reasons to attend make sure you register now for free entry - https://registration.n200.com/survey/0pi6osk9qu7ur
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Note to Editors: Scotland’s Trade Fair, Spring – 22-24 January 2017, SECC, Glasgow.
Organised by Springboard Events - Tel: 01877 385772 www.scotlandstradefairs.co.uk
For further press information, please contact: Fenella Taylor at Fenella Taylor PR
Tel: 01389 830390/ 07721 324696