Book your spot at Scotland’s Trade Fair

Scotland's Trade Fair

It’s time to register for your free ticket to Scotland’s Trade Fair, which takes place from Jan 22-24 2023 at the SEC in Glasgow.

Back to its traditional dates, this Show is Scotland’s only trade gift show so the perfect place to seek out some high-quality, creative suppliers.

Around 500 exhibitors, many who only exhibit to trade here, will unveil their new ranges, network with buyers and display their gifts, jewellery, textiles and homewares. 

The 2023 Show is seeing a huge rise in soap and toiletries suppliers, as they are quick, impulse buys for consumers and something almost every gift or homeware shop will stock. Look out for Siabann, The Highland Soap Company, Lomond Soap, Mella Soap, Shetland Soap Company, Soap & Mhor and many more.

Central to the Show is the Launch Gallery for new, young suppliers and includes macSoap, The Tale of Ballard & Hill homewares, Victoria Gordan Art Scottish designs, Teeny Tartans, Ballard Homes, Atoms to Astronauts, Lin Pin Crafts and Oir Soap. 

Other new exhibitors outside the Launch Gallery include Ashwood Candles, Mosney Mill homewares, Bluebell Gray, The Kitchen Witch, The Wee Midgie, Whale & Bird Publishing, Scott’s Apothecary, Deborah Cameron Artist, The Coorie Company and Olivia Jacq Jewellery. The Show is also welcoming back some highly successful exhibitors such as Highland Stoneware, Ortak, Brook Taverner, Portmeirion, Sea Gems, Eribe Knitwear, Catherine Redgate and Tessuti. 

For some truly individual pieces head to the Craft Gallery to find knitwear from BAKKA, bags from Fernweh, jewellery from Carla Edwards and ceramics from Zoe Scott Designs. 

Added value

To help develop your business skills the Talking Shop has a rich timetable of talks, panel discussions and masterclasses. Gary Ennis from Digital Boost will educate on elements of social media and ecommerce; Visit Scotland will speak on the visitor experience; Fiona Faint will host a panel of influencers, as well as delivering the latest retail trends; packaging and shop design will be explained by Julie Mills; and the Loves Local campaign will deliver their latest initiatives. 

Nessie’s Den will be there to entertain with emerging suppliers showcasing their products to respected retailers in a light-hearted session.

The Best Product Awards from the Show will be judged by leading retailers and the winners will be displayed in the heart of the Show.

Food and Drink

Scotland’s Speciality Food Show is run in conjunction with the Trade Show with more than 100 delicious producers, principally from Scotland.

Helen Crawford from The Old School in Beauly, Highlands said: “Coming to Scotland’s Trade Fair is an absolute must as we need to source new suppliers and re-connect with existing ones. For any forward-thinking shop this Show is the place to find products made in Scotland – and beyond – that will give customers the lift of some retail therapy that we all so desperately need right now.”

Show director Mark Saunders said: “We always aim to offer our visitors a really enjoyable buying experience at the Show with plenty of innovation, a wide range of products and a day that is fun sourcing new items and meeting old friends. With an improved layout and a host of new exhibitors the 2023 Show is a must for a buyer’s diary.”

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