Orders flowed, confidence abounded and the atmosphere was buoyant at Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring in Glasgow, which took place this week from 21-23 Jan. Despite some terrible Scottish weather with snow, rain and gales, retailers were keen to place orders and be inspired with new products, following the highly successful 2017 season.
Praise was given to the high quality of products and exhibitors that make up Scotland’s Trade Fair which has improved dramatically over the last decade. Gone are the days of ‘tartan tat’ and many visitors commented on the incredibly high quality, well designed and inspirational products that graced almost all stands.
Textiles and clothing was a growth area for the 2018 Show and was warmly welcomed. With exhibitors such as Green Grove Weavers, Oubas Knitwear, Cape Mohair, Pachamama, Scott Officer, Black Yak, Bill Baber Knitwear and many more, buyers were spoilt for choice with the quality and variety of the products on offer.
The Show highlights were particularly well received. Best Product Awards (see list of winners at end) were judged at the opening of the Show with the judges praising the innovation and strength of the entries. Judge Gemma McQue buyer from National Trust for Scotland said: “The entries were very strong and varied and we were particularly struck by the quality and production of the home-produced items. Packaging and presentation is all-important and many have this spot on.”
Jenny Morrison from Top Drawer Gifts said :”It was an excellent show and I made many orders from current and new suppliers. It was well laid out and easy to navigate around and it puts us shops in good stead for Spring/ Summer season.”
The Seminar Theatre, where experts from the world of social media, video creation, retail, digital marketing and sales, shared their knowledge in lively and informative sessions throughout the Show, was very well attended.
The newly located Launch Gallery and Craft Gallery proved big hits as many buyers sought out their creative, original and innovative products.
Mark Saunders, Show Director said: “There is an air of optimism in the independent retail market in Scotland which was plain to see at Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring. Despite a slightly lower footfall caused by the bad weather, this hasn’t stopped the orders and leads flowing and most exhibitors and visitors left the Show feeling buoyant about the year ahead. Indications show that outlets catering for tourists should continue to flourish as Scotland remains a very popular place to visit.”