Forum reprieves trade shows

Inquiry finds that IoG Saltex and BTME have little overlap and should remain as standalone events.

Two of the sector's largest trade shows should continue to be held as separate events, an independent inquiry by the Grounds & Turf Care Industry Forum (GTCIF) has concluded.

The GTCIF, a body representing the Institute of Groundsmanship, the British International Golf Greenkeepers Association, the Agricultural Engineers Association and the HTA, considered whether IoG Saltex and BTME were too similar to necessitate two shows.

There have been continuing calls from sector figures in recent years to merge the shows because of many exhibits being the same, but the GTCIF analysis found "little overlap".

"Each show has a distinct sectoral focus," said chairman David Gwyther. "Merging them in somewhere like central England would only increase costs," he added.

Gwyther said the GTCIF would continue to work to provide a "common voice" in areas of mutual interest to the Government.

Agricultural Engineers Association View

"Many of my members want a single show, but there are others who don't. I personally think it makes sense to have single show, but the HTA's independent analysis told us that everyone wants slightly different things and the two shows are meeting different needs. So, until market forces dictate otherwise, the chances are these shows will continue as they are. There will be some people who will disagree, but they can choose whether or not to attend."

Roger Lane-Nott, chief executive, Agricultural Engineers Association.

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