Gifts Today magazine

Great line up of new companies at Scotlands Trade Fair Autumn

At the end of September is Scotland’s Trade Fair Autumn which has an excellent line-up of new companies this year. Showcasing products that are ideal for the Christmas gift market the show offers a vital last chance opportunity to stock up pre-Christmas.

Held at the SECC, Glasgow, on 20-21 September 2015 the show is well attended by Scottish and northern English retailers who need more stock pre the festive rush. With many shops leaving buying as late as possible exhibitors enjoy solid orders from this Show.

Among the 160 exhibitors is a whole raft of new companies. The Launch Gallery for young, original companies has a line-up of about 15 exhibitors showcasing some truly inspirational gifts. From Stripykat’s stylish fashion accessories to Pop up Designs’ quirky gifts and from Claire’s Baird’s beautiful stationery and cards to Angel Wire’s jewellery. The Launch Gallery is sponsored by the show and successful companies enjoy subsidised stand rates to provide very cost effective exhibiting packages for newcomers. It has become an important launchpad for many innovative start-ups who have grown into successful companies.

Other new exciting exhibitors include a company that launched in the Launch Gallery at Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring a couple of years ago and has since seen sales and its profile rocket – The Big Cheese Making Kit is a great Christmas gift and is sure to attract many retailers from both the gift and farm shop market. New are also Jill Kirkham’s home accessories, gifts from Emmeline Simpson Designs and Emseeitch, and Wilderness at Heart candles, which all add a new excitement to the Show.

Established exhibitors will be showcasing their latest 2015 Christmas ranges, some of which will only just be available at this Show. Tartan Twist and Sheila Fleet both supply some of Scotland’s most iconic jewellery and will have a good Christmas range. Complementing these on gifts are Belltrees Forge, Chloe Gardner homewares, Dekassa Candles, Hunters Quay Handbags, Mclaggan Smith Mugs and many more. Cards and small stationery items will also be on show at Cockadoodle Designs, Pigment Productions and Island Blue.

Mark Saunders, MD of Springboard Events who organises the show says: “Many retailers like to wait until the summer season is over before ordering Christmas stock. This Show is the perfect last opportunity to find new gifts, place Christmas orders without filling vast stock rooms and see what will be in trend for Christmas. The focus of many exhibitors is for impulse purchase, well designed and commercial gift ideas which are perfect for small presents and stocking fillers, as well as larger Christmas presents.”

Fiona Fabian from Papyrus Gifts in Glasgow says: “We have found quite a few of our suppliers at Scotland’s Trade Fair and are always on the lookout for niche companies that perhaps don’t show at bigger shows down south. We find customers are increasingly asked for Scottish or UK made products and it is at this Show (and the Spring one) where we can source these products.”

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