Scotland’s Trade Fair Autumn has repositioned itself as the first show of the autumn buying season. Taking place at the SEC in Glasgow on August 20 and August 21, the show gives visitors better timing for Christmas buying, allowing them to top up for autumn and giving them an early snapshot at 2024 ranges.
Over a third of exhibitors at the show are new, offering greater variety and a wider selection of gifts. Names to look out for are Enesco, Swole Panda, Shu Da Living, Kate Trouw, Academie and Cairn Candle Company.
Scotland’s Trade Fair fully supports new young companies with its specially created Launch Gallery. This area is already almost fully booked, with companies such as MUKA Jewellery, The Ink Balm (winner of Best Product Award at the Spring Show), Victoria Gordon Art (another Best Product Award winner), Designed by Islay, Rosana Exposito, Oir Soap, and Wiktor Jewellery.
Mark Saunders, director of Springboard Events, which organises the show, said: “This date change came after serious consultation with exhibitors and retailers and now fits in better with the buying season. Offering retailers an earlier chance to get their hands on new products and Christmas stock is both beneficial to them and their customers. In addition, it aligns the two Scottish shows better with a six-month gap between them. This move has brought us many new exciting exhibitors and we hope new buyers will also attend.
Almost 90% of the show is already booked up, with a good selection of gifts, homeware, jewellery and fashion accessories, making it a one-stop show for all types of retailers across Scotland and the north of England.
Already tourists from around the globe are back visiting Scotland. Coupled with the good value for money that the lower pound brings, it looks like being a good summer season. This all points to the Autumn Show being a major success – make sure the date is in your diary!