Question Mark Over Scottish Trade Show



Question mark over Scottish trade show
15th May 2018

By Sandra Pearce
Vic's daughter Robin Chalmers, who has her own dog day care centre, is also organising the Dog Lover Show, which will be held in Glasgow
Confusion reigns as to whether a Scottish pet trade show is going ahead.
The Scottish Pet Show, described as a dedicated trade and consumer pet show, is scheduled for Friday, August 31, and Sunday, September 2, at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh.
The event was announced last September. However, pbwnews has since learned that potential exhibitors who register interest have not had a reply.
Repeated attempts by pbwnews to contact the organiser via telephone, email and social media to gain clarification over whether the show is going ahead have been unsuccessful. Its website and Facebook pages are still up – though the last posting on its Facebook page was November 2017 – and a spokesman at the show’s Edinburgh venue said it is still actively listed.
Meanwhile, the inaugural consumer Dog Lover Show is going ahead. To be held at the SEC Glasgow over the weekend of September 8 and 9, organiser Vic Shields said 80 exhibitors and about 30 dog clubs have already signed up. 
Among those committed are BigPaws, Botanica International, Burns Pet Food, Celtic Connection Holistic Pet Food, Natures Menu, Pets at Home and the Scottish SPCA.
Initially Vic had hoped to run a trade-only opening on the Friday evening from 6-9.30pm, but has dropped this element to focus on the consumer aspect.
Vic is organising the event with his daughter Robin Chalmers, who owns a Glasgow-based dog day care centre, and said: “The problem for us is they {Scottish Pet Show} haven’t even had the decency to post the fact it is not going ahead and the fact it is off, causing confusion. At least if the trade knew it was off it would help us.”
Natural pet food and treats firm Finer by Nature has booked a large stand at the show. Gary Pitchford said: “The Scottish market is desperately lacking a show of this type. There is, from my understanding, nothing outside of breed championship shows, which is a selective market.”
He said Scotland ‘deserves a show like this’ and that it would provide ‘a good tool’ to help Finer by Nature develop its Scottish market further.
Another exhibitor is, an online pet products supplier specialising in grooming products at competitive prices for salons and pet owners. 
Despite registering interest to attend the Edinburgh show as an exhibitor, their emails were left unanswered. Paul Bryce said: “We just could not get hold of them. So we made a decision to concentrate our efforts on the Dog Lover Show. You need to be able to get hold of the organisers, especially in the run-up to a show when you need advice.”
Paul, who also lives in Glasgow, said: “I trust Vic, I know how much he is investing in this show, and I know his daughter and her doggie day care.”