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Largest Scottish show in a decade is all set to open at SEC

 

GLASGOW’S SEC is the venue for the biggest Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring in 10 years, which opens in just over a week.

Running from Sunday to Tuesday, January 20-22, 571 exhibitors have booked stands for Scotland’s main gift buying show and there’s still time to register for a free entry ticket for what looks set to be a busy fair.
Exhibitors across many retail sectors, from greetings and gifts to homewares, craft to textiles, and jewellery to fashion accessories, will launch their new season ranges, with many launching their whole collection to the trade for the first time.
And it’s not just a show for buying – there are plenty of extra opportunities to grow your business with a full schedule (see below) planned for the Seminar Theatre from 11am to 3.30pm daily.
Experts will be presenting seminars and workshops on all aspects of retailing such as social media, visual merchandising, maximising the tourist market, harnessing influencers, reinventing Scotland’s towns and cities, trends and how you can be a successful retailer.
New for 2019 is the interactive Nessie’s Den, at 1pm on Monday, where five exhibitors will pitch their products to an expert panel of retailers – Yvonne Carr, buyer from Visit Scotland; Nancy Smillie, from the eponymous Glasgow gift store, and Helen Crawford from the Old School, Beauly, and chaired by show director Mark Saunders.
In a similar format to BBC’s Dragon’s Den, the retailers will be commenting on whether they deem the products to be stockable, commercial items.
The best products in the show will be judged and awarded on the opening day by industry experts Rhona Henderson from Gretna Tourist Centre, Julie Pearson from Cloudberry Gifts in Edinburgh, and Anne Boyd from Dornoch Jail.
The Gold, Silver and Bronze winning products will thenbe on display on the centre of the fair shortly after midday.
Mark said: “As the biggest and best show for a decade we believe we are offering buyers a massive choice of good quality products, great networking opportunities and the chance to expand their business skills.”


T: 01877 385772
www.scotlandstradefairs.co.uk

SEMINAR THEATRE SCHEDULE

Sunday, January 20

11am – The Reinvention Of Scotland’s Towns And Cities
Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland's Towns Partnership and National Programme Director for Scotland's Improvement Districts –

Noon – Buy into the growth of your business.
Suzanne Chapman of Suzanne Chapman Consultancy, specialising in retail sourcing, buying, sales and negotiating
1pm – Maximising The Tourist Spend: Retail's Role In The Visitor Experience
Chris Greenwood and Lesley Whitehill of Visit Scotland

2.30pm – Using Social Media Effectively To Grow Your Business
Rene Looper, founder and director of Tuminds Social Media

3.30pm – Making Social Media Profitable: Harnessing The Power Of Digital Influencers
Lauren Regan-Ingram, O Communications

Monday, January 21

11am – Using Social Media Effectively To Grow Your Business
Rene Looper, founder and director of Tuminds Social Media

Noon – Visual Merchandising And Window Dressing
Lynda Murray, MD of International Visual

1pm – Nessie’s Den: Gift
Retail experts Yvonne Carr, buyer from Visit Scotland; Nancy Smillie from Glasgow gift shop Nancy Smillie, and Helen Crawford from the Old School, Beauly, judge five exhibitors' products on quality, pricing, innovation and whether they should be stocked

2.30pm – Seven Success Secrets Of High Performing Retailers
Ian Retallick, founder of Specialist Retailers

3.30pm – Making Social Media Profitable: Harnessing The Power Of Digital Influencers
Lauren Regan-Ingram, O Communications

Tuesday, January 22

11am – Social Media Food Photography: Making Light Work
Del Sneddon, director of PRC design agency and leading influencer as Instagrammer Wee Rascal

Noon – Seven Success Secrets Of High Performing Retailers
Ian Retallick, founder of Specialist Retailers

1pm – Nessie’s Den: Food
Retail experts Nikki Castley from The Cress Company; Sue Montgomery from Ardardan Farm Shop, and Emma Niven from Loch Leven's Larder and chairman Speciality Food Magazine Editor Holly Shackleton will judge five exhibitors' products on quality, pricing, innovation and whether they should be stocked

2.30pm – Visual Merchandising And Window Dressing
Lynda Murray, MD of International Visual


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