Trade shows pay off for Highland jewellery designer

Trade shows pay off for Highland jewellery designer

A jewellery designer in the Highlands is seeing business soar both at home and abroad after attending several high profile trade shows.

Plockton-based Gilly Langton is also taking part in trade fairs in London and New York throughout 2016, after securing £6,300 in support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

Having recently returned from a New York trade fair as part of a British stand of contemporary jewellery designers, Gilly will be returning to the city that never sleeps in April for another exhibition.

Several other London trips are also planned later in 2016 and Gilly hopes the brand's presence at the shows will help build on the progress made at past events.

She said: “Taking part in trade exhibitions means business relationships can be established in a short space of time which hopefully mature and bear fruit in the longer term.

“This approach also allows me to continue to work from Plockton and draw inspiration from the wonderful location and colours that surround me here.

“The most recent New York trip resulted in six new orders and there is good potential for the future too.”

Gilly has seen the number of galleries taking her work increase over the years and she currently supplies the Design Museum in London and National Galleries of Scotland amongst others.

Raine MacLennan, HIE development manager for Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross, added: “Attending trade exhibitions increases awareness of both products and brand domestically and overseas.

“Businesses like Gilly’s that trade internationally also tend to grow quicker and are generally more innovative.

“Gilly’s aspiration to grow is also good news for improving economic diversity and sustainability of very fragile, rural locations like those in Plockton on the west of Scotland.”

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