It’s time to register for your free ticket to Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring, which takes place from January 22 to January 24 at the SEC in Glasgow. Back to its traditional dates, this event is Scotland’s only trade gift show.
Around 500 exhibitors, many of whom only exhibit to trade here, will unveil their new ranges, network with buyers and display their gifts, jewellery, textiles and homeware.
Organiser Springboard Events said the 2023 Fair is ‘seeing a huge rise in soap and toiletries suppliers, as these are quick, impulse buys for consumers and something that almost every gift or homeware shop will stock’. Look out for Siabann, The Highland Soap Company, Lomond Soap, Mella Soap, Shetland Soap Company, Soap & Mhor and many more.
Central to the Fair is the Launch Gallery for new, young suppliers, which includes macSoap, The Tale of Ballard & Hill homeware, Victoria Gordan Art Scottish designs, Teeny Tartans, Ballard Homes, Atoms to Astronauts, Lin Pin Crafts and Oir Soap.
Other new exhibitors outside the Launch Gallery include Ashwood Candles, Mosney Mill, Bluebell Gray, The Kitchen Witch, The Wee Midgie, Whale & Bird Publishing, Scott’s Apothecary, Deborah Cameron Artist, The Coorie Company and Olivia Jacq Jewellery.
“We always aim to offer our visitors a really enjoyable buying experience with plenty of innovation, a wide range of products and a day that is fun sourcing new items and meeting old friends. With an improved layout and a host of new exhibitors, the 2023 Show is a must for a buyer’s diary”SHOW DIRECTOR MARK SAUNDERS
The Fair is also welcoming back exhibitors such as Highland Stoneware, Ortak, Brook Taverner, Portmeirion, Sea Gems, Eribe Knitwear, Catherine Redgate and Tessuti.
For some truly individual pieces head to the Craft Gallery to find knitwear from BAKKA, bags from Fernweh, jewellery from Carla Edwards and ceramics from Zoe Scott Designs.
To help visitors develop business skills, the Talking Shop has a rich timetable of talks, panel discussions and masterclasses, while Nessie’s Den will entertain with emerging suppliers highlighting their products to retailers in a light-hearted session. The Best Product Awards from the show will be judged by leading retailers, and the winners will be displayed in the heart of the Fair,
With many shops offering far more than just gifts or homeware, Scotland’s Speciality Food Show is run in conjunction with the Fair with more than 100 producers, principally from Scotland.
Show director Mark Saunders said: “We always aim to offer our visitors a really enjoyable buying experience with plenty of innovation, a wide range of products and a day that is fun sourcing new items and meeting old friends. With an improved layout and a host of new exhibitors, the 2023 Show is a must for a buyer’s diary.”