Sports turf trade shows review their futures

Sports turf industry bodies have met to discuss the future development of the IoG Saltex and BTME trade shows, despite ruling out a show merger in January.

Senior representatives from the Agricultural Engineers' Association (AEA), British & International Gold Greenkeepers' Association (BIGGA) and the Institute of Groundsmanship (IoG) recently attended an HTA-chaired meeting where it was agreed that more market research was needed to develop future plans for the shows.

BIGGA chairman Andrew Mellon said: "We need to ensure that our resources are directed at delivering benefits to our members. We are undertaking a thorough strategic planning process and we will ensure we realign our resources to that end."

IoG chief executive Geoff Webb said: "While both confident in, and proud of, the track record of Saltex, we believe the time is right to engage constructively in this review process."

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