Exhibitor numbers are well above last year for Scotland’s Trade Fair in Glasgow from 22-24 January 2017, with its wide range of Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft. This year has generally been a positive one for independent gift shops with many reporting above average sales, helped by overseas tourists and the weak pound, so they are looking forward to seeking out new products and ranges in January.
Among the 500 plus exhibitors, textiles and jewellery sectors are particularly strong with many newcomers. Almost a third of all stands will be from new companies while for many established ones this is the first chance to launch their new ranges for 2017. The Craft Gallery, which was introduced last year, has expanded from 20 to 30 carefully selected high end Scottish owner makers such as Tessuti, Eileen Gatt, Fraser Knitwear and The Store Hus.
The Launch Gallery as usual will host a raft of new companies entering the wholesale market such as Nixey, Nikky d’Aguilar, Top Munro and Michelle Daykin Jewellery, demonstrating the variety of young producers across the UK, and especially Scotland. New to the Show are exhibitors such as Laughenirs, Rory Dyer furniture, Storm textiles, Great British Belt Company, and Molly Macs. Established companies that do consistently well at Scotland’s Trade Fair include Sheila Fleet Jewellery, Eribe knitwear, Bronte by Moon, Ness Clothing, Isle of Skye Candles, Bomb Cosmetics, Ulster Weavers, Belltrees Forge and Mclaggan Smith Mugs.
Exhibitor David Grant from Highland Stoneware said: “Scotland’s Trade Fair is a very good Show and we have lots of orders and positive interest from far and wide.” To make the visitor experience more complete, the Seminar Theatre features industry experts on subjects such as social media for business, maximising your business through Google, a gin tasting, retail advice from ex Harrods buyer and much more.
Best Product Awards are also judged on the opening day and offer retailers a snapshot of the best at the Show. Historic Scotland buyer Jackie Elvery said: “We attend Scotland’s Trade Fair every year and it is key in helping us source quality Scottish made products from suppliers across the length and breadth of the country.” Scotland’s Trade Fair Director Mark Saunders adds: “With many retailers reporting a buoyant summer season, we are hoping for a good attendance and strong orders. We are now firmly established as one of the top gift buying arenas and we aim to make that buying experience as easy, efficient and inspiring as possible – this year will not disappoint.”
The Show is run in conjunction with Scotland’s Speciality Food Show.
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