Renowned for its huge range of innovative exhibitors, Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring, is already about two-thirds full for its 2019 Show, which will take place from 20-22 Jan 2019 at the SEC in Glasgow.Next year’s Show promises a wide variety of exhibitors from small, niche producers such as Wild Rose Interiors, Kushboo Soaps and Gallery Art Publications, who are all in the Launch Gallery, to other new exhibitors such as The Highland Soap Co, Wrendale Designs and Sophie’s Wild Wollens, while not forgetting our key established stands such as Emma Ball, Selbrae, Eribe Knitwear, House of Edgar and Bronte.
What stands out is the quality of producers which has risen markedly over the 11 years since Springboard Events started running the Show. The feedback from visitors last year showed how inspired they were with many of the products - not just the quality of the products themselves but also the packaging and the way many marketing-savvy exhibitors presented themselves.
It seems that the fine summer weather has brought a rise in tourist numbers to Scotland and with them an increase in retail spend, especially in ‘hot’ spots such as North Coast 500 trail, the Isle of Skye and Edinburgh. Retailers are now hoping that the Christmas quarter will be equally buoyant.
A new layout which was introduced at the 2018 show proved a great hit with visitors and exhibitors, making the visit to the Show more efficient and easier to navigate.
January’s Show is not just about the exhibitors – there will be a busy programme of workshops, talks and seminars in the Seminar Theatre, offering visitors advice from industry experts on all aspects of improving your business. The highly popular Best Product Awards will also be a key feature.
Mark Saunders, Scotland’s Trade Fair Show Director said: “The 2019 Show looks set to have one of the most diverse and innovative range of exhibitors. We hope to have products that will appeal to all retailers, tourist outlets and department stores, be they big or small.”