Retailers flock to Scotland’s Autumn Trade Fair for Christmas orders

The 2015 edition of Scotland’s Trade Fair Autumn saw retailers and buyers from across the country turn out in high numbers to secure pre-Christmas orders from the show’s most innovative line-up of exhibitors to date.

Held at Glasgow’s SECC from 20 to 21 September, a steady flow of visitors made full use of the opportunity to source a mix of gifts, jewellery, fashion accessories and toiletries from both established companies such as Ladycrow Silks, Tartan Twist, Apple to Pears and Highland Stoneware, and new companies such RJB Stone with its large selection of commercial gifts, Earth Squared, Hallmark Cards, and Helen Russell Creations.

The Launch Gallery for new, young companies attracted many retailers with some very innovative exhibitors such as Claire Baird’s animal designed gifts, Mairead Hume Harris Tweed Golf Collection and Pop up Designs.

Mark Saunders, director of the show said: “We have had a positive reception from buyers and exhibitors alike with strong orders being written and quality leads being taken. There is a quiet confidence for the Christmas sales period and visitors were pleased with what was on offer at the Show.”

Lisa Fowler from Scarlet Ribbons gift shop added: “This show is a no brainer for any Scottish gift/jewellery retailer, online or with a shop. It is a friendly, easy to access Show and we always write good orders.”

The Spring edition will take place at the SECC from 24 to 26 January 2016.