Local Makers Showcase at Homes & Interiors Exhibition 2007
Wednesday 12th of September 2007 21:05
A group of makers from West Kilbride took part in the Homes & Interiors Exhibition at the SECC Glasgow on the 8th and 9th of September.

The Homes & Interiors Scotland Show is organised by the company that publish the “Homes & Interiors Scotland” magazine, Scotland’s biggest selling home magazine. With over 13,000 visitors coming to see what is described as “the strongest roll-call of high quality interior and design companies brought together under one roof”, the exhibition is now well established as Scotland’s quality interiors event.

Five of the makers were represented: Nic Beattie, handcrafted candles; Maggie Broadley, ceramics; Marion E. Kane, silverware; Susan Roberts, stained and fused Glass and Lorna Reid, textiles & soft furnishings.

From the moment the doors opened at 10am until the end of the day at 5pm, the Craft Town Scotland stand was inundated with visitors who were drawn in by the quality and variety of craft on display. Over the two-day period, 1300 people stopped to speak to us – with huge numbers definitely impressed and promising to visit!

800 leaflets, with incentives for customers on presentation at the studios, were taken away, which bodes well for increased visitor numbers. Increased trade will not only impact on the craft businesses but will also benefit other retail and service businesses in and around West Kilbride, including other nearby Visitor Attractions in North Ayrshire.

Both Nic and Lorna received substantial orders with Marion, Susan & Maggie having follow up enquiries for commissions. The stand also attracted the attention of John Amabile, Interior Designer and T.V. personality, who hopes to mention Craft Town Scotland in his Sunday magazine column.

Everyone agreed that the show had been a tremendous success, providing a unique opportunity to promote their products and services directly to large numbers of potential customers with an interest in quality bespoke craft & design