Gifts Today magazine

Coming on strong for Christmas

Quiet confidence from visitors to Scottish show.

Christmas orders were strong at Scotland’s Trade Fair Autumn where another successful show was seen with strong orders, high quality products and an innovative line-up of exhibitors.

Held at Glasgow’s SECC over 20-21 September, this was the last chance for most retailers and buyers to make pre-Christmas orders and a steady flow of visitors over the two days saw exhibitors report they had taken good orders, had some excellent leads and enjoyed meeting with their retailers and buyers, both existing and new.

Show director Mark Saunders, of organisers Springboard Events, 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.”

With a mix of established companies such as Ladycrow Silks, Tartan Twist, Apple To Pears and Highland Stoneware and new companies such RJB Stone with their large selection of commercial gifts, Earth Squared, Hallmark Cards, and Helen Russell Creations, there were greetings, gifts, jewellery, fashion accessories and toiletries to suit all retailers.

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

Catherine Geddes from RJB Stone added: “This is our first Scottish Show and we are really happy with the interest in our products and the high number of orders we have. We will be back again!”

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

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