Late opening and 'speed-dating' for Kildare Show

A late opening night and "speed-dating" will be some of the new features at the Kildare Show this year.

The show organisers are working hard to make the flagship show for the Irish nursery-stock industry an event to remember, during a difficult time for Irish businesses.

The trade fair takes place at Punchestown Event Centre in Naas, County Kildare, Ireland on 22-23 July, with late opening on the Wednesday until 7pm.

The layout has been changed to give the new plants and products stand a central location in the indoor pavilion, surrounded by eight premium plots.

Three new areas are being created, covering energy waste and recycling, business support services and careers and education.

Exhibitors will be able to meet with journalists to discuss news in pre-arranged meetings the organisers have dubbed "speed-dating".

Show development manager Joseph Blair said: "We think there is enough interest to sell out the show and move the trolley fair outside of the marquee."

The show has capacity for 200 companies and 120 are already signed up, including new exhibitors playground surfaces company Crumbrubber and Treecare Ireland.

Sponsor Bord Bia has been taking a bigger role in helping to manage and market the show across Ireland and beyond.

Blair said: "The Kildare Growers and Bord Bia are aware of the present difficult trading conditions and are committed to doing everything in our power to facilitate an event that helps exhibitors to maintain contacts and create new sales opportunities."

The Kildare Show was set up in 1985 by the Kildare Growers. It features machinery, garden furniture and sundry suppliers as well as nurseries. To book contact Blair on 00 353 (0) 45 859 100.

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