In just 10 days, the biggest Scotland’s Trade Fair in 10 years will open at the SEC in Glasgow where 571 exhibitors have booked stands for Scotland’s main gift buying show opens. Running from 20-22nd Jan there is still time to register for a free entry ticket but be quick as it looks set to be busy show.

Exhibitors across many retail sectors from gifts to homewares, craft to textiles, and jewellery to fashion accessories, will launch their new season ranges or in many cases launch their whole range to the trade for the first time.

Its not just a Show for buying – there are plenty of extra opportunities to grow your business. Our Seminar Theatre will be packed as we have a full schedule of experts 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. The seminars run from 11am until 3.30pm daily in the Seminar Theatre at the right of the Show (see attached schedule).

New for 2019 is Nessies Den where in an entertaining and interactive session, five exhibitors will pitch their products to an expert panel of retailers – Yvonne Carr buyer from Visit Scotland, Nancy Smillie from Glasgow gift retailer Nancy Smillie, and Helen Crawford from the Old School, Beauly and chaired by Show Director Mark Saunders. It will be a similar format to BBC’s Dragon’s Den, but the retailers will just be commenting on whether they deem the products to be ‘stockable’, commercial products. Don’t miss this enjoyable event at 1pm on Mon 21 Jan in the Seminar Theatre.

The best products in the Show will be judged and awarded on Sun 20 Jan by industry experts Rhona Henderson from Gretna Tourist Centre, Julie Pearson from Cloudberry Gifts in Edinburgh and Anne Boyd from Dornoch Jail, who together will choose Gold, Silver and Bronze winners. They have a huge wealth of buying and gift experience between them and the winning products will be on display on the centre of the Show shortly after midday.

Show Director Mark Saunders 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.”

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Have a happy January on Hale Events! The organisers of the popular Giving & Living trade show have announced a special visitor offer to bring a bit of sunshine into January – a £250 prize draw each day! To be in with a chance to win, all retailers have to do is place orders with 5 or more companies at the show, with each order being for a minimum of £200 + vat. Collect your entry card(s) from the information desk, and every time you place five qualifying orders, you can enter! There will be one lucky winner per day, drawn 30 minutes before show closing. T’s & C’s apply and will be available at the show and on the show website.

Giving & Living is the South West’s largest gift and home trade show, and takes place from 13-16 January at Westpoint, Exeter. For more information about the show, to book a stand, or register to attend, please call 01934 733433, follow @giving_living, or visit



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Gallery Direct Strengthens their Complete Interiors Solution with the Purchase of Parlane International.
In a deal designed to reinforce their business further, leading interiors company Gallery Direct has announced the purchase of Parlane International, one of the UK’s top interior companies, who design and supply home accessories to the trade. The purchase, which was completed on 3rd January 2019, was part of a strategic decision to expand Gallery’s home accessories collection to boost their complete interiors offering.
“This is great news for Gallery’s and Parlane’s clients” commented Peter Delaney, Managing Director of Gallery Direct. “The two companies share the same core values and work ethics. Like ourselves, they are a well-established business who have developed a strong, trusted brand, focusing on design, quality and value for money. They have close working relationships with their suppliers, who produce excellent products for them. Many are designed in-house by the Parlane team or are exclusively procured from their high-quality international suppliers. I am confident that the two businesses will work closely together to deliver benefits to both companies and their respective customers.”
The strength of the combined team’s offer, with their knowledge and experience, and in-house design and development teams, will ensure Gallery stay at the forefront of the interiors sector. Their already impressive trade show stands look set to become even larger and more eye-catching.

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Mike Burgess, Managing Director of Parlane International Ltd, commented, “We are very proud of our business, which has been developed over the last 48 years with the outstanding team here in Bourton-on-the-Water. We have grown to a size where we now need to partner with a like-minded business. The synergies between Gallery Direct and ourselves are obvious and we are delighted to become part of the Gallery team going forwards.”

Peter Delaney added, “Mike and his team have such in-depth sector knowledge that we know will help our ongoing strategy and expansion further into the sector. It has been a pleasure dealing with and getting to know him and the Parlane team, and we look forward to welcoming them onboard. We are excited about the future and have great plans to continue leading by design!”

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Farm Shop & Deli Show, supported by The Giftware Association and proud sponsors of the Gift of the Year 2019 competition, is the sector’s leading event for delicatessens, farm shops, restaurants, garden centres, gift shops, food halls, butcheries and bakeries will be back at the NEC from 8-10 April. For nine years, the show has built a reputation as the unmissable annual event for the speciality food and gifting sector, offering visitors the opportunity to meet with over 450 suppliers that encompass the core food categories from chocolate, hot drinks and olives, to condiments, meat and preserves.

And that’s not all – as the show has developed, a growing and popular focus on other areas of the speciality market has also evolved. Exhibitors representing categories including stationery, candles, furniture and home goods will be present, as well as those offering equipment, labelling and packaging.

Artisan food continues to be climbing in consumers’ consciousness, with food wholesaler Bidfood recently describing how the political environment in the UK and concerns around sustainability and food provenance are set to fuel the major food trends of 2019[1].

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The four ‘mega’ trends predicted are perfectly in line with what Farm Shop & Deli Show represents, with gourmet food; low waste; healthy and allergen free options; and lesser-known cuts of meat all topping the list, alongside an elevated consumer interest in understanding the provenance of their food and the process by which it is made. And Bidfood also anticipates that 2019 will see diners embracing seasonal produce, foraged food and artisan products that have a strong marketing and sourcing story behind them.

Among the key suppliers gathering at the NEC in April will be Beech’s Fine Chocolate; A Little Bit Food Company with its gluten-free, vegan range of dressings, ketchups, sauces and dips; kitchen store cupboard staple Epicure, which has a portfolio of over 100 products from prepared fruits and vegetables to meat and fish; Boost Drinks will showcase its value energy, protein and sports drinks; while Fentimans will display its award-winning beverages, hand crafted using the finest natural ingredients and the time-honoured botanical brewing technique.

The major players on the equipment side will also be present, with Brook Food demonstrating its extensive bakery equipment, among others, while all-impotant store lighting queries will be answered by Self Electronics Germany GmbH – a leading manufacturer of professional LED lighting solutions.

Hailing from Farm Shop & Deli Show’s growing gifting representation will be Apples to Pears, a Cotswold-based gift company known for its award-winning Gift in a Tin range. Jackson’s Greetings Card Ltd, a multiple award winning family run business that supply greetings cards, stationery, toys, party, gifting and seasonal products. On a buzzing show floor you’ll also find The Scottish Bee Company selling their honey and beeswax products and Anco Dog Treats who will present their 100% natural biscuits, chews, treats and food, demonstrating that dogs can follow the same eating trends as their owners.

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In addition to the top produce, equipment and gifting options on show, visitors will also be drawn to listen to industry leaders speaking at the Farm Shop & Deli Live Stage. Attending bakers will be sure to watch Cinnamon Square’s Paul Barker’s session on blending bread with botanicals like magnolia and fennel and learn more about the innovative techniques that led him to win at British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards.

Meanwhile, retailers with a strong drinks offer will be able to pick up tricks from a session with The Wine Tipster’s Neil Phillips and Anthony Johns, who will talk attendees through refreshing their alcohol offer and building customer loyalty.

Christine Tacon, the Groceries Code Adjudicator, will be on hand to make sure every supplier knows all about the Code, how to benefit from it and when to speak up. This will, no doubt, be a well attended session as retailers navigate the rapidly changing regulations in the industry.

Live competitions

After a tricky few years for the bread market, wrapped and artisanal varieties are on the rise with value sales up by 4.3% to £1.4bn last year[2], and still rising. And so, back by popular demand, British Baker’s Britain’s Best Loaf 2019 will see another batch of bakers fighting it out for this prestigious title. Visitors will be able to watch judges deliberate over who will take home the coveted crown next year across a range of categories, including Best Sourdough, Best Wholegrain and Best Gluten Free Loaf.

The live line-up will also see budding entrepreneurs face a formidable panel of judges in the show’s Dragon’s Pantry slot, where they will present their best new product ideas in a 15-minute pitch in hope of winning professional advice on the best route to market.

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards Final

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards have become incrementally more popular year on year as industry creatives battle it out for the prestigious titles awarded across both regions and categories. Back for their sixth year, the awards recognise the very best independent retailers, celebrating the highest standards in the UK and Northern Ireland market.

The long-awaited finals will be hosted by Chair of Judges Nigel Barden, renowned food and drink broadcaster. Nigel and his fellow judges have evaluated the finalists shortlisted with the highly-anticipated winners to be announced live at the show on Monday 8 April.

There will be 12 category winners across Baker, Butcher, Cheesemonger, Delicatessen, Farm Shop Large Retailer of the Year, Farm Shop Small Retailer of the Year, Fishmonger, Food Hall, Greengrocer, Local Shop or Village Store,  Newcomer of the Year, and Online Business of the Year. Nine regional awards will also be handed out, plus the overall Farm Shop & Deli Awards Retailer of the Year.

Farm Shop & Deli Show Commercial Director Mat Rose said: “The ongoing trend for artisan produce, provenance and entrepreneurial innovation has not slowed down in recent years and we are delighted to bring the Farm Shop & Deli Show back in 2019 to provide a platform for all the exciting companies and retailers who have devoted their careers to this sector.

“We will showcase the very best products that our country has to offer, providing invaluable inspiration for businesses in the UK and further afield, and creating further drive for this revolutionary sector to continue its rapid and enthusiastic growth.”

As well as inspiring retailers with the latest products, innovations and ideas, attendees will have the unique advantage of networking with peers in an unrivalled benefit offered by this sector-specific show.

Farm Shop & Deli Show is co-located National Convenience Show, The Forecout Show and the second instalment of The Ingredients Show. Together they will bring together suppliers from across the food and drink retail industry To register your interest for all the free-to-attend shows and receive more information, visit

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