Scotland’s trade fair autumn follows a successful summer | New

Tourism in Scotland has started to rebound strongly with the return of overseas visitors this summer, bringing much needed bargains to shops and attractions across Scotland. After a successful summer season, the Autumn Trade Fair in Scotland provided a welcome opportunity to place new orders, source new products and network with suppliers.

The Show took place at the SEC in Glasgow from September 17-18. Having been brought forward a day due to the Queen’s funeral, the show still attracted retailers keen to restock and place new orders. Although visitor numbers were down from pre-pandemic levels, those who attended were encouraged by the continued innovation and creativity exhibited by vendors.

The Launch Gallery for New Suppliers was as usual a mecca for buyers looking for new products and ideas. Suppliers such as Christine Gilbert Art, Fiona Matheson Studio, Lin Pin Crafts, Little Paper Soul cards, 1874 Works and Flow Glass were exhibiting for the first time.

Exhibitor Chris Lewis said: “Despite the expected drop in attendance, I had a great show, my orders were up on last year, so was order value and all with good customers and many of them new.”

Show manager Mark Saunders said: “Business has been brisk after a strong summer season and autumn is expected to follow. Despite the challenges facing the economy, there is still a strong demand for good quality gift items, which we have witnessed in the past couple of days.

The Scottish Spring Trade Fair will be held at the SEC, Glasgow from 22-24 January 2023. Visit: www.scotlandtradefairs.com

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