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IOG Saltex review

For anyone attending this week's Institute of Groundsmanship Saltex show at Windsor racecourse, please consider adding your views and reviews on this page. Please add your photos and videos; likes and dislikes; favourite or best machinery; new products - in fact, anything about the event. I will be in attendance and my mobile number is 00 33 642 350125 if you'd like to add this your contacts. Skype: philvoice

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  • PRO
    For all the latest Saltex news - click here
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    For the Saltex seminar programme - click here
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    For Saltex visitor information - click here
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    See who's exhibiting at Saltex - click here
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    To see the Saltex planner - click here
  • PRO
    I've just been reading the visitor profiles:

    groundsman, greenkeeper, sports ground manager, local authority parks officer, contracts manager, leisure facilities manager, landscape gardener and designer, architect, surveyor, nursery manager, park keeper, arborist, estate manager, conservation officer, tree surgeon, bursar, principal, owner, partner, general manager, finance director, chief leisure officer, grounds manager, contracts manager, estate manager, local authority client services manager, plant/machinery manager, designer, purchasing officer, consultant, centre manager . private contractor, operations manager, maintenance contractor, mechanic, surveyor, plant contractor, builder, play development officer, children's services division

    Are these profiles landscaping and garden maintenance centric?
  • PRO
    It's not too late to register for Saltex online - once registered, your access pass will be emailed to you so you can download it and print it off (saves waiting in the registration queue at the event itself).
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    Attended Saltex this morning.

    Free flowing traffic meant I was there before opening, but was surprised at how quiet it was. Minimal queues to get into the car park and into Exhibition.

    A few absences (no Toro, Hayter, Ransomes, Kubota - unless I missed them), some downgraded (ie smaller) stands (ie Stihl), but in reality everyone who mattered (to me anyway) was there.

    It meant I got to see the couple of dealers/suppliers I had to see and was able to discuss what was necessary before I had expected it to get busy. However, a couple of suppliers commented that the first day is normally the busiest and were concerned at the turnout.

    Still a lot of good kit to see, a few new products from various sources.

    Met up with a few people and we all managed a moan about business etc....

    Then the heaviest downpour I had seen for sometime bought to Saltex/the Racesource to halt for some 20-30mins at Lunchtime and left the grounds waterlogged.

    So for me it was in and out in a few hours, business done, updated information to hand and back to the Yard.

    Appreciate not a really in depth review, but I do enjoy Saltex as a chance to see products in the flesh. Will be interesting what a couple of my guys make of it when they go.
  • im gutted due to some unexpected circumstance we had to pull out at the last moment ,i was looking forward to meeting lots of old and new clients.
    looks like next year for me
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    Hi All

    I'm currently in Bagshot having spent yesterday evening with Andy and Cat Fereday in Coulsdon.

    I had a very long day yesterday driving up from my home to Dunkirk - about 600 miles and then another 78 to Coulsdon (and I managed to get lost using Google maps on the iPhone:)

    I spent from 10.00am until 5.30pm at Saltex with 3 hours spent with Hale Events discussing our proposed Creating Landscapes trade exhibition (more on that shortly).

    I spoke with several stand owners and the feedback was mixed with some happy and others not so. With 2,700 visitors attending yesterday, one stand owner told me that they don't see a long term future with Saltex in its current format.

    I will publish attendance figures tomorrow but there is talk it was nearer 4,000 but I cannot confirm this.

    My view is that the aisles looked empty.

    More tomorrow.
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