Having consulted buyers and suppliers, the team behind Scotland’s Northpoint show decided to push the January event to after the Easter sale period this year – the agent- and rep-led show will now run from 26-28th April at Edinburgh’s Highland Hall.
The date change has already helped secure over 60 exhibitors for this year’s show, many of which are new to the event.
“The move to April has been very well received,” says exhibition organiser Bob Dymond, “with a noticeable rise in confirmed upholstery companies exhibiting such as Buoyant, Lebus, Alpha Designs, Platinum, V-Sofa, Ashwood Designs, Furnico, Vale Bridgecraft, Kebe and Divania International, joining our regular exhibitors Celebrity, Cintique, Sherborne, Scanthor, Gradi Living, Call Salotti, Sofa Factory, Mini Divani, Royams and Global Furniture Alliance, with more to follow.”
Buoyant’s MD Mike Aramayo comments: “We are glad to be back at the Northpoint show – not only to exhibit our new product, but because we get to see a great selection of our customers.”
John O’Hagan, director of regular exhibitor Value Mark Furniture, is very much in favour of the move, saying: “We have exhibited at this show for over 40 years, and the move to April allows us the opportunity to fine-tune and enhance the offering we presented earlier in the year.”
Meanwhile, Arun Pasi, director of Store Interiors in Glasgow, comments: “We have always attended the Northpoint show and are delighted about the move to the new April dates. This gives us a chance to view and consider potential changes to our upcoming summer sale displays.”
To further enhance visitors’ experience, the show’s organiser has chosen the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club as the venue for the 40th SFRA Presidents Dinner on the Monday evening of the exhibition. Set in a rural location, Dalmahoy is just five miles from the Royal Highland Centre and easily accessible from the show.
Entertainer Eric Davidson has been secured as the after-dinner speaker. In 2003, Eric started performing on the busy Scottish circuit, and has worked across the length and breadth of the UK, picking up several after-dinner speaking awards along the way, and sharing top tables with politicians, sporting greats and TV personalities.
Pictured: dinner venue, Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club