Companies flag up concerns for turf management shows

Two large shows too expensive say exhibitors

The row over the future of the two big turf management shows is rumbling on with a number of companies in discussions with the organisers about future plans. Some say they will probably miss one event next year and it looks like decision time is coming for the others as well. Surrey-based Charterhouse Turf Machinery managing director Philip Threadgold is one of those involved in discussions. He said: “We’re members of the Agricultural Engineering Association (AEA) and we’re one of the seven companies that are involved in the discussions. “We’ve flagged up to the organisers our concerns that we really cannot afford to attend two such shows a year. Other members of the AEA have asked us to represent their views to the organisers. There’s no deadline for discussions. They’re ongoing and we want to reach an amicable compromise.” Questions about the two shows — Saltex, organised by the Institute of Groundsmanship and the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) — have been asked over the past few years. Many companies feel that the two should merge or be held in alternate years as they have so much in common. Last week BIGGA chief executive John Pemberton said a “hard core” of firms wanted their own show.

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