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Scotland’s Trade Fair Isle of Sky Candle Company Fast Facts

What: Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring When: 24-26 January 2016 Where: SECC, Glasgow Who: Springboard Events Tel: 01877 385772

Aubin Stewart

Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring Giftware Review looks at innovation north of the border

Scotland is renowned for its energetic, entrepreneurial spirit, which will be abundantly apparent at its Spring Trade Fair from January 24-26 2016 at the SECC Glasgow. More than 400

exhibitors will be together under one roof presenting a multitude of interesting gifts, jewellery, greetings cards, home textiles and clothing. Scotland’s Trade Fair

is also held in conjunction with Scotland’s Speciality Food Show where 140 fine food and drink producers will be exhibiting. This allows buyers from tourist shops, cafes, gift stores, garden centres, hotels, restaurants and large stores to buy under one roof. The regional nature of this northern show means

that many of its exhibitors are using the event as an exclusive launchpad for their brand new 2016 ranges. Products on offer will range from home-produced goods to more mass market offerings, and from gallery pieces to small affordable gifts. Demand from retailers to see more crafts at the

show has resulted in the launch of a Craft Gallery, which will introduce 30 carefully selected, high quality craft producers in their own designated area, organised by Craft Scotland and Springboard Events. These include textiles from Warped Textiles,

Chantal Allen, Joan Fraser and Wonky Woollies, jewellery from Christina Hirst, Eileen Gatt, Gabrielle Reith and Aubin Stewart, ceramics from Tom Hopkins Gibson and Redcastle Pottery and glass from Michael James Hunter.

Bill Baber Knitwear Another essential destination on site will

be the Launch Gallery, where new, young, innovative companies will exhibit, in a special zone in the centre of the Show. This year’s line-up includes Amy Britton’s tweed accessories, designer homewares from Lux and Bloom, Lisa Marsella jewellery, Scott & Robson cards and Clanbags, Daisy Blue Candles and Pop Up Designs. About a

quarter of all the total stands are first time exhibitors, including companies such as RJB Stone’s affordable home and giftwear,

“Scotland’s Trade Fair is a great way to begin January’s buying process and its size and layout means it is easy to navigate and see so many producers”

Emma Ball Designs, Earth Squared, Peartree Heybridge cards, Hummingbird Sculptures, I Like Birds cards, Alexander Thurlow and Harris Tweed, Isle of Harris. For many retailers Scotland’s Trade Fair is also a

prime opportunity to re-connect with suppliers and see what the 2016 collections will be. The Show stalwarts include Strathmore Woollens, McLaggan Smith Mugs, Churchill China, Portmeirion, House of Edgar, Wildernness at Heart and Bomb Cosmetics. The Orkney

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hub of creativity, which this year merit a special zone called The Orkney Aisles, where a group of inventive producers come together under one banner. Sheila Fleet will launch her 2016 jewellery, as will Ortak and Aurora Jewellery. A mix of newcomers and familiar faces comprise the rest of the group which includes, Castaway, Hume Sweet Hume, Celina Rupp, Leo Kerr, Fluke and Hilary Grant. Best Product Awards are made for the best products in four categories – home and gift; jewellery and fashion accessories; textiles and clothing and Launch Gallery. Judged by industry experts at the opening of the Show the winners will be displayed in special cabinets. Along with a fabulous

array of exhibitors this year’s Spring Trade Fair will have an impressive line-up of educational seminars on subjects such as social media, e-commerce, pop-up shops, how to choose a successful brand, food tastings and more.

Mark Saunders, Director of the

Show said: “What we offer in Scotland is rarely found elsewhere in the UK. In the comparatively intimate surroundings of the SECC in the centre of Glasgow, buyers can find gifts, jewellery, clothing, crafts and food from some of the best and most interesting producers around. Caroline Smith from Wild Things

gift shop in Braemar said: “Scotland’s Trade Fair is a great way to begin January’s buying process and its size and layout means it is easy to navigate and see so many producers.”

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