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Thought I'd make people aware of this - note I do have a vested interest as I'm on the founding committee! Thanks to Phil for allowing me to post this.

I've attended for the last 4 years at various venues and seen it grow; it's always been great fun and a good way to meet like minded people running lawn care companies. Most are very happy to share info / hints & tips at the networking tea breaks etc and I've always found it very useful. If you're into lawn care, or are thinking or getting into it, it's well worth going:

“GETTING TOGETHER” - The 2017 UK Lawn Care Association’s Annual Conference will be held at Bisham Abbey, home of the National Sports Centre in Marlow, Buckinghamshire from the 8th to the 9th of February.  The LCA is the Association for Independent Lawn Care businesses, and this is their first 2 day event following a combination of popular demand and a host of great speakers.  Speakers will cover a wide range of relevant topics from the marketing universe, social media, digital marketing, small business mentoring to the science of fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides; there will be a host table top exhibitors showing business software, machinery and turf care agronomy to name but a few.  Finally though, it’s just a great place to meet like-minded industry professionals.

 For more information please call our Secretary Simon Johnson on  07518 516560 or email to simon@uklawncare.net

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    • PRO Supplier

      The UK LCA conference is independent and one of a kind at the moment.

      We (GreenBest) have been running smaller events in other parts of the country but there isn't likely to be another one now until next November/December.

      • thanks Daisy, id be interested in knowing more about yours nearer the time.

  • PRO

    Just seen this and thinking of attended as went to saltex last year for the first time an found it use full and met a few of the group also

  • PRO

    Jonathon,

    yes the UK LCA is the only one for lawn care companies, independent ones that is. I would recommend attendence as it's a great networking opportunity with a friendly bunch of people. I'll be there as will quite a few of others from here. There will also be supplier tables for the first time.

    Also, next week is BTME at Harrograte. It's more golf/sports targeted, but well worth a day trip as there are lots of suppliers there. You'll see a good range of chemical / fertiliser and some equipment suppliers and will be able to pick their brains on products for lawns. Again, I'm going as its a good opportunity to discuss products for the coming season.

    Happy to meet you at either venue for a chat.

    • Hi Andrew,  I cant make the BTME  but ill be attending UK LCA for sure, bearing in mind speakers and im very new to the game, any idea which day would be more beneficial for me?

      thanks for the offer of meeting up that would be great, very kind.

  • PRO

    For those thinking of going here's the latest agenda, there are alo around a dozen suppplier exhibitors attending.

    ‘GETTING TOGETHER’ UK Lawn Care Association 2017 Conference – February 8th to 9th

    Bisham Abbey, Marlow, SL7 1RR

    Getting Together Day 1 – The Elizabethan Room, the Abbey

    09.45 – 10.30                     Registration and Refreshments in the Lounge Room

    10.30 – 10.40                     Welcome and Introduction, Committee, Presenters, Exhibitors

    10.40 – 11.30                     Professor John Moverley  ‘Weed, pest & Disease Management – challenges, politics, opportunities and being proud of what we do’

    11.30 – 12.30                     Joe Kucik, the Marketing Universe, RealGreen Systems

    12.30 – 13.45                     Buffet Lunch & Networking & Exhibitors in the Lounge Room

    13.45 – 14.15                     LCA Committee Presentation and Q&A

    14.15 – 15.30                     D2D Sales Marketing, Brian Bacigalupo, RealGreen Sysytems

    15.30 – 16.00                     Break for Networking and Exhibitors in the Lounge Room

    16.00 – 17.00                     Daisy Lacey, GreenBest – Lawn care fertilisers: a history, evolution and future

    19.00 – 19.45                     GreenBest sponsored ‘Happy Hour’ in the Lounge Room

    20.00 -                                  Dinner in the National Sports Centre (canteen style

    Getting Together Day 2 The Elizabethan Room, the Abbey

    0800- 0900                         Breakfast in the National Sports Centre (canteen style)

     0915 - 10.30                        the Power of Social Media Marketing - Laura Varey

    10.30 – 10.50                     Break for Networking and Exhibitors in the Lounge Room

    10.50 – 12.00                     Online Marketing – Google, SEO, AdWords and Measurement – Baz McCarthy

    12.00 – 13.15                     Buffet Lunch & Networking & Exhibitors in the Lounge Room

    13.15 – 14.15                     Colin Mumford - Pesticides & Herbicides

    14.15 – 15.15                     Ken Sankey – Helping Businesses Succeed

    15.15 – 15.30                     Summary and Conference Closure

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    Just had a chat with Simon, the conference organizer re day attendance.

    For those of you thinking of attending 1 day, the delegate day rate is £60 (includes lunch/refreshments). Both days delegate only rate is £90.

    There are no rooms left on site at Bisham Abbey, but Marlow (Premier Inn) and Maidendhead (Holiday Inn) are nearby. Plus there are some Pub B&Bs on the A4 around Knowl Hill.

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    • PRO

      Really pleased I made time to attend this conference.

      There were really interesting presentations on both days. along with opportunity to chat with some key suppliers. An excellent spin-off was the presentation by the Grounds Manager for all National Sports Centres (NSC) who is based at Bisham Abbey. He subsequently took time to take a number of the attendees around the various pitch types and explain how they are maintained with the challenges they have with year round use.

      Over and above the conference, the other key benefit was the chance to network with like minded business owners and share ideas, concerns/issues and solutions.

      I think we all need to make time to attend such events and with advance notice can not see why one wouldn't take the opportunity.

      To the guys that organised the event; a 10/10 from me :)

      • PRO
        Just out of interest why do "we all need to make time to attend such events" ?
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