Jewellery designer-makers part of new mix of entrepreneurs.
Scotland’s Trade Fair, set to take place in Glasgow between January 22 and 24, is promising to be a launch pad for new companies who will unveil their designs to the trade for the very first time.
The show is also set to attract new exhibitors who have never shown at the Scotland Trade Fair but are looking to extend their reach into the Scottish jewellery and gift market.
The show boasts an average of 150 exhibitors from the jewellery, giftware and home furnishing sectors and will also have clothing and accessories, bath and beauty and stationary exhibitors. About 1,500 buyers are expected to attend.
The show has described January’s exhibitor list as “encouraging”, noting the number of entrepreneurs taking the opportunity of the recession to start their own companies or to expand into new markets.
Mark Saunders of Springboard Events who organise the show said: “We have had a healthy interest from new, young design-led companies as well as some more established companies who have never yet ventured into the Scottish gift market.
“Our Launch Gallery will have about 25 innovative companies who are under two years old and in specially created stands will be able to showcase their products to the trade, many for the first time. For many retailers this is their first stop at the Show are they are keen to see what’s new and unique."
The show, which takes place at the SECC in Glasgow, will attract jewellery designers and manufacturers from across the UK, but in particular from Scotland. Previous exhibngel Designs Jewellery, Handmade by Hayley, Icon Watches and Sheila Fleet Jewellery.
Becky Walker from Stirlingshire’s Green Gallery described the feeling ahead of the show: “It’s encouraging to see the attitude of ‘Let’s get creative and carry on’ rather than ‘Keep calm and carry on”’. The number of new products and new companies makes the show a must visit for many retailers .”