In such challenging times, the trade show and conference season that gets fully under way next week with the opening of the industry's two biggest - the Four Oaks Trade Show and IoG Saltex - will be more important than ever.
By providing an opportunity for professionals to take stock, recharge batteries, share experiences, hear fresh ideas, sample new products, get up to date with the latest technologies and, above all, look ahead, the shows provide an indispensable service to the industry. Thanks to this year's challenges, there has been precious little time to do any of the above - but just a day spent at one of the major shows can pay dividends.
Horticulture Week is the media partner to both shows and we look forward to seeing you at our stands (E45 at Four Oaks and H65a at Saltex). We also look forward to exhibitors joining us at the Four Oaks Trade Show Awards, which HW will host on Tuesday 4 September, and at a HW-hosted reception on the same evening at Saltex.
In addition, HW will once again be holding a free panel discussion at Saltex this year, led by technical editor Sally Drury, that will look at cost-effective procurement of kit and machinery.
See you there.