A busy start to 2017 at Sock HQ

Posted on 27th Jan 2017 Categories: News

It has been a very busy start to the year at Sock HQ. We've recently launched our new collection and attended two trade shows last weekend. Our MD James was at Beta International Trade Show in Birmingham while Ian and I enjoyed a few days in Glasgow at Scotland's Trade Fair

Throughout the 3 days in the SECC there was a general buzz as orders were placed and new ranges were launched. We had a steady stream of new enquiries, positive feedback from existing customers and a lot of interest in our luxury socks from fellow exhibitors. 

As lovely as it is catching up with customers and chatting to buyers, it's nice to have a look around and see what else Scotland has to offer. If you've never visited the show, you might think its all tartan, bagpipe music and whisky - yes, there are a great selection of these but there are lots of other innovative products, tasty treats and quirky gifts on offer. From beautiful Silver Spirit jewellery to gorgeous tweed bears and eye-catching country themed ornaments to delicious Charbonnel et Walker chocolate, there's something to suit every shop or website. The show now offers such an extensive variety of products that it's becoming popular with businesses from all over the UK and overseas which can only be a good thing for 'Made in Scotland' brands. 

The food and drink area was a particular favourite of mine. There were an abundance of delicious samples to try which gave me an instant mid afternoon pick-me-up. A special thank you to S Luca Ice Cream who kept my sugar levels topped up by allowing me to work my way through the many flavours on offer - I highly recommend the Iron Bru and Turkish Delight.  
The interesting line up of seminars and workshops was another high point of the exhibition. I attended a Facebook seminar on Tuesday morning and thoroughly enjoyed it. Quite often web based talks are a bit of a snoozefest but Gary from NS Design was both entertaining and informative and shared so many tips and new ideas which I'm now looking forward to trying.

Overall, the show was a huge success and James enjoyed an equally positive 3 days in Birmingham. Being out of the office was a nice change but I'm glad to be back to normality now. I don't think my waistline could cope with another 3 days in Glasgow!

Thank you to everyone who visited us over the duration of the shows - we'll see you all again next year.