Organisers say 75% of stands are already booked for Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring, and that the show will take place, 21-23 Jan 2023 at the SEC, Glasgow.
The healthy re-booking, organises say, is a signal of a busy tourist season ahead.
The exhibition will feature the best of what Scotland has to offer in terms of gifts, homeware, fashion, textiles, jewellery and crafts. A clearer identification system for Scottish producers will also ensure easier navigation around the show.
Scottish suppliers are the backbone of the show, coming from the furthest Scottish islands to Central Belt producers. Complementing this will be a range of innovative suppliers from the rest of the UK and abroad.
Mark Saunders, show director, says: “It is clear that trade shows play a key part in the buying programme for shops and retail outlets. They want to meet the suppliers face to face, look and feel the products and ensure they are sourcing the best stock for their shops. Scotland’s Trade Fairs offer this in a creative and welcoming environment and so attracts a wide range of suppliers. Our show in January promises to offer innovative products, creative suppliers and a host of added extras to interest buyers.”
Among the 450 or so exhibitors, there will be the Launch Gallery for new, young companies, the Craft Gallery for creative, more niche suppliers, plus designated areas for homeware and gifts, jewellery and accessories and textiles.
Charmaine Fox from Caulders Garden Centres said: “Being able to visit a stand and look at their products is essential in the buying process. It’s just not the same as picking from a catalogue or online. I am so glad to be allowed to meet again and get back to business.”