By Scott Wright

A NOT-FOR-PROFIT business set up to provide a high-street showcase for independent artists and designers has moved its Edinburgh premises to a more central location, and outlined plans to expand to other parts of Scotland.

The Scottish Design Exchange (SDX) has switched to George Street from its launch venue at Ocean Terminal, Leith, in a move said to prove there is still life on the high street, despite the relentless tide of online shopping.

The organisation says the new home offers more space for fashion designers, chocolatiers and furniture makers to display their wares. It can accommodate the work of up to 180 artists, compared with 120 at Ocean Terminal. The new store occupies a prime location in the city centre, directly across from The Assembly Rooms.

Lynzi Leroy, founder of SDX, said: “We’re delighted to be moving to an iconic location in the centre of Edinburgh where we can give our artists and producers the high-profile platform they deserve.

“The philosophy behind SDX is to provide a highly visible shop window with plenty of passing trade that they would otherwise not be able to afford.

“The success of our business model should be a lesson to other retailers, that the future of the high street lies with providing customers with products that are unique, authentic and of great quality.”

SDX does not charge commission on items sold. Tenants pay a fixed-fee to rent space, which according to SDX means they are not penalised for the popularity of their products.

The impact made by a second outlet in Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries, which opened in 2018, has convinced Ms Leroy of the potential to take the concept to other destinations in Scotland, including Tayside, the North-east and the Highlands.