Gifts Today magazine

Scotland's Trade Fair Autumn

If you’re looking for some new, inspirational gifts to stock for this Christmas then attend Scotland’s Trade Fair Autumn, which will be held at the SEC, Glasgow, from 16-17 September 2018

Brimming with fresh, new talent, this year’s Show has a host of new exhibitors in both the Launch Gallery and the main Show.

Ones to look out for in particular in the Launch Gallery are Lumens with their stunning, stylish glass Christmas decorations, Botanic Isles’ jewellery, Cascayde’s cushions and gifts for mgem1 smallinteriors, The Divine Hag’s aromatherapy products, Clarabella Christie’s upcycled interiors, and stationery from Rama McCrorie. All exhibitors in the Launch Gallery must be under two years old so if you are looking for genuinely new products to stock this is not to be missed.

As one of the last of the autumn Shows, Scotland’s Trade Fair offers the final opportunity to place orders for the Christmas season. In its compact location it is a friendly, easy-to-navigate Show, much loved by exhibitors and retailers alike for the ease of ordering and making contacts.

In the main Show there is a host of new exhibitors – Bawbags will be showcasing their unusual underwear, Gordon Castle will exhibit their well-known wellbeing range, Diloll have a stunning array of cushions and interior products, beautiful new jewellery from Heilagr and Silver Sparrow, and wooden interior objects from Humblewood, to mention just a few of the new stands.

Exhibitor Sandra Woolner from Code Naturel said: 'There are several good reasons to exhibit at this show; for exhibiting - to get your brand out there, and very importantly for selling, for networking and for keeping up existing relationships. This is a must attend event.'

Over 170 exhibitors will be there in total, which includes the Food Section which provides some welcome foodie Christmas gifts from companies such as CoCoCo, Black Liquorice Co, Pixel Spirits, Stateside Emporium, Chrystals Shortbread, Mirrie Dancers, Galloway Lodge Preserves and Scotia Spice Foods.

Mark Saunders, Director of the Show, said: 'It is encouraging to see such fresh, new talent coming through and we are always excited by companies who show that extra bit of innovation with new products that appeal to the ‘ever more difficult to please’ customer. With the hope and prospect of a great summer season – at least the sun is finally shining – retailers are optimistic that the tourists will flood in to Scotland, putting them in a good position to re-stock come the autumn.'

Wendy Ross from Ruby Red and Driftwood shops added: 'We always attend the Autumn Show and look forward to hopefully finding those one or two little nuggets that can help to make the difference in the busy last quarter of the year.'

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