Scotts adds weight to call for unification of turf shows

Growing media firm adds weight to call for one annual turf show

Growing media firm Scotts has joined the debate on whether the number of turf trade shows should be cut from two to one. The two bodies that run turf shows Saltex and the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) have decided to continue as they are despite a threat from some exhibitors to only show at one of the events each year. Scotts’ plea for discussions on the issue follows leading exhibitors saying they may not show at Saltex in 2006 and BTME in 2007. They include Ransomes, John Deere, Kubota, Toro, Charterhouse and Hayter. Scotts marketing manager Dave Steward said: “We support BIGGA and the IoG, and know an important part of their income comes from shows. We don’t want to see either body hurt but there’s got to be a time when firms have to choose. We’ve not got deep enough pockets for both.” BIGGA chief executive John Pemberton said: “If it [the pull-out] happens, it means a drop in revenue and we’ll have to think about adjusting the size of the [BTME] show.” IoG marketing manager Siobhan Harper said that a pull-out would leave “a big dent” in Saltex. A new IoG chief executive will not be appointed until 2006.

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