A date for the calendar that is unmissable is 19-21 Jan 2020, when Scotland’s Trade Fair takes place at the SEC. This is a Show that is not just about buying but has so much more to offer with awards, workshops, networking and talks among the many added extras.
Nothing beats the actual face-to-face interaction that visits to Trade Shows facilitate, where buyers can meet with suppliers and where they can feel the quality of products, and choose colours, ranges and sizes. But Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring endeavours to offer more, as for many buyers it may be the only trade show they visit in a year.
This Show aims to inspire with its Launch Gallery – a hotbed of creativity and innovation where 30+ young producers will showcase their wares. It also aims to bring out originality with its upmarket Craft Gallery, with genuine handmade products.
It will also inform with its new ‘Talking Shop’ area, where industry experts will impart gems about retailing, instruct on how to improve your retail business and entertain with some light-hearted sessions. Adding to this mix the very popular Nessie’s Den is back, where a handful of exhibitors will present their products to the panel of retail experts for their feedback.
Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring is a social hub – there are plenty of networking opportunities, be it around the Best Product Award areas, or by making use of special Show discounts in local eateries.
Exhibitors that are worth looking out for are Bucktrout Tailoring, Bretons from Paris, Ness clothing, Bill Baber knitwear, Candlelicious, Jenna Macdonald jewellery, Pilgrim Jewellery, Earth Squared, Eco Chic and many more.
Helen Crawford from the Old School gift shop in Beauly emphasised: “We always think of the Scottish Show as an opportunity to cement existing supplier relationships, meet the "new kids on the block" and touch base with our fellow retailers. At the 2019 Show we doubled our orders with some key suppliers, placing our confidence 100% in Scottish made product. If you want the best good, commercial Scottish products, this trade show is an unmissable date in the buying calendar. The icing on the cake is that it is also the friendliest show you could possibly imagine attending!”
Show Director Mark Saunders added: “The aim of this January Show is to ensure we are a one-stop Show for all independent retailers in Scotland and northern England. Here they can be inspired, place orders and ensure they are ahead of the game for the coming season. Following another successful tourist season in Scotland this year, we are in an optimistic mood for another highly successful Show.”