Scotland's Trade Fair has closed in an air of optimism with buyers pleased with the variety and quality of the products on offer and exhibitors happy with the orders and interest in their products. Coupled with an excellent array of winners in the Best Product Awards, Scotland is feeling buoyant as the 2015 season gets underway.
Scotland's Trade Fair has ended with three days of favourable business in the core Scottish textile, gift and jewellery markets as the country's independent shops are buoyed by strong tourist figures from 2014. Most exhibitors reported good quality leads and orders from a wide range of shops and likewise buyers were impressed with the quality of the products on offer.
More than 4,000 buyers and visitors came to the show over the three days at the SECC in Glasgow. The mood was one of optimism as hopes for 2015 follow on the success of 2014 with buyers searching for quality, original and well packaged products at competitive prices. The range on offer did not disappoint and many commented on how the quality of the exhibitors has risen dramatically over the last decade.
With this in mind those shops that are in good locations offering customers an ever changing range of goods presented in a pleasing way are the ones that are doing well.
Best Product Awards were judged and presented on the opening day of the Show by Glasgow Museum's buyer Annette Potts, Captain's Cabin owner Katrina Thomson and lifestyle guru Gabriella Bennett.
The winners were:
Home & Giftware – Hairy Coo for their Highland Cow magnets
Jewellery & Fashion Accessories – Slate and Silver for the necklace
Clothing & Textiles – Green Grove weavers for their blanket
Launch Gallery – Isle of Skye Arts Studio for their wearable art metal brooch
Buyer and Judge Annette Potts said: “The standard of the entries to the awards was very high and showed a nice mixture of contemporary and traditional which was reflected generally throughout the Show. There's no doubt that the presentation, packaging and marketing of products has improved. We managed to buy for all our core ranges which is excellent.”
The Orkney Aisles, which is a strong group of enterprising Orcadians, attracted particular interest. Martin Fleet from Sheila Fleet jewellery said: “We've been busy from morning to night and being part of the Orkney group has helped attract more varied buyers.”
Mark Saunders Show Director added: “We're encouraged by the quality of the buyers and the feeling that many retailers can do much of their early 2015 buying here. It was particularly pleasing to see so many overseas buyers from North America, Japan, France and the Netherlands. With a similar footfall to the show as previous years the difference has been the quality of the buyers as it seems evident that good shops in great locations are ordering strongly.”
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Posted: 22 January 2015
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