Over three quarters of all stands are already secured for Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring which takes place from 21-23 Jan 2024 at the SEC, Glasgow. With a healthy re-booking, on top of what hopes to be one of the busiest tourist seasons ever, the Show is looking to be a smasher of a Show.
The Show will feature the best of what Scotland has to offer in terms of gifts, homeware, fashion, textiles, jewellery and crafts. A clearer identification system for Scottish producers will also ensure easier navigation around the Show. Scottish suppliers are the backbone of the Show coming from the furthest Scottish islands to Central Belt producers. Complementing this creativity is also a wide range of innovative suppliers from the rest of the UK and abroad, all keen to secure a slice of the Scottish market.
Overseas visitors have been in short supply during the last few years but with a weak pound and all areas open to travel again, shops and tourist outlets across Scotland are seeing these tourists in their droves. Many are having to re-stock mid-season which bodes well for suppliers and Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring.
Mark Saunders, Show Director, says: “It is clear that trade shows play a key part in the buying programme for shops and retail outlets. They want to meet the suppliers face to face, look and feel the products and ensure they are sourcing the best stock for their shops. Scotland’s Trade Fairs offer this in a creative and welcoming environment and so attracts a wide range of suppliers. Our Show in January promises to offer innovative products, creative suppliers and a host of added extras to interest buyers. Make sure the date is firmly in your diary!”
Among the 450 or so exhibitors, there will be the Launch Gallery for new, young companies, the Craft Gallery for creative, more niche suppliers, plus designated areas for homeware and gifts, jewellery and accessories and textiles.
Charmaine Fox from Caulders Garden Centres said: “I love the Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring as there is a great mix of products and suppliers, and I come away with a host of new ideas and contacts, as well re-connecting with trusted suppliers. Being able to visit a stand and look at their products is essential in the buying process. It’s just not the same as picking from a catalogue or online. I am so glad to be allowed to meet again and get back to business.”