Tourism in Scotland has begun to bounce back strongly with foreign visitors returning this summer, bringing much needed business to shops and attractions.
Following this successful season, Scotland’s Trade Fair Autumn provided a welcome chance for retailers to seek new products and network with suppliers. The show took place at the SEC in Glasgow from September 17 to September 18.
Having been brought forward by a day to accommodate the Queen’s funeral, the event still attracted attendees keen to re-stock and re-order. Although visitor numbers were below pre-pandemic levels, exhibitors said ordering was good and ahead of last year.
The Launch Gallery for new suppliers was as usual a mecca for buyers seeking new products and ideas. Companies such as Christine Gilbert Art, Fiona Matheson Studio, Lin Pin Crafts, Little Paper Soul cards, 1874 Works and Flow Glass exhibited for the first time.
Show Director Mark Saunders said: “Business was brisk following a good summer season and the autumn should follow suit. Despite the challenges facing the economy, there is still strong demand for good quality giftware which we witnessed over the two days.”
Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring will be held at the SEC in Glasgow from January 22 to January 24.