10 REASONS TO VISIT SCOTLAND’S TRADE FAIR
NEW DATES – 27-29 MARCH 2022
With 6 weeks to go until the re-scheduled Scotland’s Trade Fair in Glasgow, there are many reasons why this Show should not be missed, especially with the new March date.
1. Seek out new products from a myriad of Scottish suppliers who are only showing at this Show. Many will be ready to turn round orders quickly so can stock to shops by Easter.
2. Be first to see the Launch Gallery suppliers who are new young companies, with many unveiling their ranges at this Show. Exhibitors include Agate & Ayre, Fiodh, Edinburgh Illustrations, Scribe & Grow and Fiona Matheson Studio.
3. Learn new business tips, understand how to expand your business’s profile and be inspired with a series of panel discussions, masterclasses and talks in the Talking Shop Seminar Theatre on a range of subjects from working with influencers, to sustainability, Instagram to tourism tactics and much more – https://www.scotlandstradefairs.com/whats-on/talking-shop-seminar-timetable
4. Discover what’s ‘hot’ this year with Best Product Awards being judged on the opening morning of the Show by judges who are all Scottish retail experts – Linda Birkbeck from House of Bruar, Catherine McGurk, Glasgow Museums and Taisir Gibreel, Restoration Yard.
5. Scotland’s Trade Fair is the only trade gift show in Scotland.
6. Source products from all corners of Scotland, including a large area dedicated to the creative spirit of Orkney, including Sheila Fleet Jewellery, Ortak, Leo Kerr Mirrors, Karen Duncan Jewellery and many more.
7. Independent research has shown that Scotland’s Trade Fairs is one of the highest performing trade gift shows in the country with visitors particularly impressed by the high quality and range of products available.
8. Check out fine food too – Scotland’s Trade Show is run in conjunction with Scotland’s Speciality Food Show where about 120 top fine food and drink producers will be on display, allowing buyers a ‘one-stop’ buying platform.
9. Central to the Show is the Craft Gallery, which has a prominent line-up of high-end producers such as Zoe Scott Designs, Carla Edwards, Fernweh, Islewear, Rosella & Lime and Tessuti Scotland.
10. Gifts and Homewares make up the backbone of the Show with established suppliers such as Bronte by Moon, Earth Squared, Eco Chic, Isle of Skye Candle Company, Highland Stoneware, Strathmore Woollen Company, The Highland Soap Company and Pigment Productions, all taking large stands. New to the Show in this sector are companies such as Half Moon Bay, The Spektakular Agency, Lindsay McDowall Jewellery, Holy Mackerel and Burgundy Mode.
Show Director Mark Saunders said: “We had no choice about the postponement of the Show but in many ways there are more things to look forward to and be excited about with the new March dates. We have new suppliers coming forward looking for stands already, as well as many exhibitors being in a better position to provide stock immediately in March so shops should expect short lead times on supply. Together with a comprehensive programme of talks, masterclasses and other activities this date should firmly be in the diaries of independent retailers.”
Sheila Lambie from The Hairy Coo in Newtonmore added: “The virtual trade shows this year have been very useful but nothing can quite replace the live events where you can physically handle products and meet the people behind them face to face. Walking around trade shows can be exhausting but it is certainly preferable to sitting in front of a screen scrolling for new ideas and products.”