Scotland’s delayed trade fair hailed a success despite low attendance

Suppliers and visitors celebrated their return to the Scottish SEC show in Glasgow for the first time in over two years.

Visitor attendance was down on previous years, mainly due to the high rate of Covid-19 infection in Scotland, the postponement of the show from March 27-29 and the clash with Mother’s Day.

But organizers said the mood at the show was upbeat, with most exhibitors happy with the quality of buyers and enjoying the chance to reconnect with other suppliers and see old and new customers in person.

Show Director Mark Saunders said: “Despite many challenges, we were delighted to be able to host the Scottish Trade Fair again. A drop in footfall was expected, but we were delighted that the buyers in attendance all ordered with confidence for the coming year, even if the economic outlook remains difficult.

Yvonne Carr, VisitScotland’s Senior Retail Manager, said: ‘This show is so important to us in finding and supporting Scottish growers and we’ve loved seeing so many new businesses. The show just isn’t long enough for us to finish all of our shopping.

The Best Product awards were presented on the morning of the opening of the show by retail experts Linda Birkbeck from House of Bruar, Catherine McGurk from Glasgow Museums and Sarah Ward, Managing Director of the Giftware Association.

The next show will take place from January 22 to 24, 2023.

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