Richard Harding, the majority shareholder of the company, put the business up for sale in September in order to retire for medical reasons, but withdrew it from the market within weeks.
He has since undergone major heart surgery which was a complete success and as a result, he has no wish to sell. Restructuring internal staff and handing over day to day management has allowed him to take semi-retirement and keep control of the business. This is the best outcome for the company and the industry can be assured of a secure and stable future for the show. Pat Coutts has no intention of retiring, so it is 'business as usual'.
Richard Harding will continue to invest in the site and an extension of exhibition house E is planned to take place in 2018.
The 2017 show is on 5-6 September.