Turf show opens to 'positive buzz'

"A positive buzz" marked the opening of BTME this week, despite the absence of some of the big names in turf care.

Although the exhibition in Harrogate was reduced to four halls from the usual five, British & International Golf Greenkeepers' Association chief executive John Pemberton said he was pleased with the turnout on day one. "There's a positive buzz," he told HW. "At the start of the season the show helps create an air of optimism when we are entering into uncertain times."

Notable absences included John Deere, Toro, Ransomes Jacobsen and Hayter, which will hit revenue, Pemberton admitted.

Campey sales director Simon Gumbrill said the show was a crucial part of the firm's year: "If you're not here, you don't exist. By the end of the week we'll have a good idea of what the next few months will be like. It's a good gauge."

All Turf director John Brindley, a distributor for turf grower Lindum, said at the event: "The show can be dependent on the weather but it is nice and busy today."

This year's show saw a shift from the Thursday evening banquet to a social night on the Tuesday as a way of improving networking.

- See next week's HW for more.

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