Saltex to move to NEC Birmingham in 2015 with new November date

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has announced that SALTEX will be moving to the NEC Birmingham and will take place on 4-5 November in 2015.

NEC Birmingham: new home for Saltex
NEC Birmingham: new home for Saltex

This year’s show on 2-4 September will be the last to be held at SALTEX’s long-term home Windsor Racecourse.

The IOG is hoping to attract more visitors and a wider range of exhibitors with the move to the centrally located and well connected venue, which it claims can be reached within three hours by 75 per cent of the population.

Speaking on behalf of the IOG board, IOG CEO Geoff Webb said: "The IOG board has been looking at ways to improve the format and overall experience of SALTEX for visitors and also create maximum benefit for exhibitors. After evaluating all options, we have decided it’s time to change the date and venue to meet the demands of the industry going forward."

The IOG plans to extend the range of educational seminars at the event, which will be in its 70th year in 2015. It says November is a better time of year for groundsmen, greenkeepers, landscapers, local authorities, schools, colleges, universities, contractors and exhibitors.

The new date will also bring together SALTEX and the IOG’s other key event of the year, its annual conference and awards.

Exhibitors were informed of the plans this morning, and further details will be announced at this year’s show.

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