Industry 'buzz' returns at BTME

Harrogate exhibition reports a rise in visitors and business enquiries as greenkeepers flock in.

Companies note renewed industry buzz at BTME Harrogate show - image: HW
Companies note renewed industry buzz at BTME Harrogate show - image: HW

A return of confidence was in evidence as crowds packed the halls at the Harrogate International Centre for the 25th British & International Golf Greenkeepers' Association (BIGGA) Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) last week.

The three-day event drew 8,386 greenkeepers and turf managers - up 39 per cent on last year and an increase of more than 41 per cent on 2010 when Ransomes, John Deere, Kubota and Toro previously attended.

"We are delighted with the figures and it vindicates the huge amount of work that was carried out in advance of the show to encourage visitors," said BIGGA chief executive Jim Croxton.

Amid the crowded aisles, a great deal of business took place. "We've never taken so many good enquiries," said Gambetti managing director Patrick Dixon. "There's a real buzz back in the industry."

Campey Turf Care sold Coremaster Xtreme 12 turf aerators to Alan Ferguson at St George's Park and to Ian Tomlinson of Rungsted Golf Club in Denmark.

Charterhouse Turf Machinery product manager Curtis Allen said the number restored his confidence in shows. "We are seeing international decision-makers, which is good for us as a global company," he added.

KeyStat

39% - Percentage increase in attendance at this year's BTME show.


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