LJN Blog Posts

PRO Supplier

SALTEX attendance continues to grow

An independent audit has confirmed that the combined attendance over the two day exhibition totaled an impressive 8,909 – the highest ever since SALTEX moved to the NEC, Birmingham.

After two successful days, the 72nd SALTEX exhibition came to a close on 2 November and by all accounts it was a resounding success. Over the past two years the exhibition has recorded an encouraging and consistent flux of visitors on each occasion, but this year a boom of visits seemed to be apparent.

The show’s debut year at the NEC in 2015 saw 8,714 attendees, 2016 recorded 8,754 and this year saw a record 8,909 – which didn’t go unnoticed by exhibitors.

 An excellent show in 2017,” said Jeremy Hoyle, director at Earlsmere. “Enquiries on the stand were up 15% on last year, and we gained a number of significant leads with sports turf professionals, schools and colleges featuring heavily within our stand attendee list.”

Nathan George, contracts manager for MJ Abbott, said: “Having the opportunity to speak to potential new customers – as well as current customers – is invaluable when continuing growth into a new market, and that is why such an emphasis is placed on attending shows, with the large number of attendees and decision makers a particular highlight for the company at this year’s SALTEX.”

“We were really impressed with the amount of customers visiting our stand this year!  SALTEX TV was excellent too, perfect for promoting a new product,” said Holly Jones, marketing manager for Reesink Turfcare.

After a 16 year absence from SALTEX, LWS Irrigation returned this year and director Simon Edginton, confirmed that it was the correct decision. “We were delighted with the huge amount of leads we received from a wide sector of the industry including football, golf, cricket and bowls facilities. The large number of visitors created a great atmosphere and we were also able to catch up with many existing customers and industry colleagues to share news and developments. Needless to say we certainly won’t be waiting so long to exhibit again.”

Price Turfcare, a newly established business founded by Ransomes Jacobsen's former sales director, Rupert Price, was another exhibitor that achieved all of its objectives. “As a start-up business which has only been in existence since the beginning of the year, our first visit to SALTEX has been a very positive experience. One of our aims at SALTEX was to look for new dealer partners and this worked well for us. I can safely say that SALTEX ticked all the boxes,” said Rupert.

With more than 300 exhibitors showcasing their products and services, SALTEX visitors were treated to an impressive line-up of world-class innovation.

“I’m like a kid in a toy shop,” said Stuart Kerrison, Essex CCC head groundsman. “There are so many fantastic products and it’s nice to be able to see them and have a good close-up look before you make any purchases.”

“We are always looking for new ways to do things, looking for new products and new machines that may be able to help us and SALTEX gives us this opportunity,” said Hannah Richards, gardener for the National Trust. 

Chris Wood, pitches consultant at England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), suggested that SALTEX is a place where some of the greatest industry ideas are born. “The value of a show like this is being able to talk to colleagues from other codes of sport and share ideas. Not only that, it is a place to challenge exhibitors about new technology and that is how new innovation comes about.”

He continued; “I’ve been in this business for 50 years and the opportunities for young groundsmen now, compared to when I first started, are profound.”

Indeed, there were plenty of opportunities at SALTEX 2017. Learning LIVE, SALTEX’s all-encompassing education programme, featured over 100 high-profile speakers and 26 hours of free seminars; Pathology and Soil Science LIVE enabled visitors to solve any problematic soil profiles; career advice was on hand through the all-new Job Clinic and turf management advice from IOG regional pitch advisors was readily available through Ask the Expert.

SALTEX 2018 will take place at the NEC, Birmingham on 31 October and 1 November.

To view show highlights and key interviews please visit www.youtube.com/MyIOG

For more information visit www.iogsaltex.com

E-mail me when people leave their comments –

Comments

This reply was deleted.

You need to be a member of Landscape Juice Network to add comments!

Join Landscape Juice Network

Highlighted blog posts

Open forum activity

Green Girl Garden Care replied to Gavin Gray's discussion very slow start to the year
"Garden maintenance here. New enquiries seem pretty sparse at the moment but I've not done any marketing apart from switch on my Google ad words. Just starting to get repeat customers asking for things to be tidied up. I think it's most certainly due…"
56 minutes ago
dan replied to Gavin Gray's discussion very slow start to the year
"Gavin, are you referring to landscaping projects mainly ? 
Im maintanence really so i expect a quieter jan and feb - but this area is quite affluent and ive certainly noticed the 'richer' people rushing through a lot of planting projects -- i assume…"
2 hours ago
Gavin Gray posted a discussion
Hi folks returning member! I'm finding this year to a be a total struggle, since new years day I've priced enough work that would keep my business busy for 18 months yet all ive won is 2 weeks worth !! It doesnt seem to be just me, in the merchants…
2 hours ago
Gavin Gray is now a member of Landscape Juice Network
3 hours ago
Alan M replied to Alan M's discussion Darn cows!
"yes, I’m going to try forking it a bit, but it’s a large area and going to be hard work:( then maybe raking it and if then it looks any better topsoil, sand and seed ? "
7 hours ago
Graham Taylor replied to John Fulton's discussion Arbrex seal and heal and conifer reduction
"Invariably, conifers will not shoot out from old wood........ Yews being an exception here......if there's any "shoots" near the trunk at the top, you might be ok though it's unlikely.  Usually you end up with an eyesore...... flat across the top an…"
9 hours ago
Neil Darby replied to Alan M's discussion Darn cows!
"I would try lifting the rutts out with a fork if possible in the first instance, as the beasts have compacted the area below their hoofs. Then apply top dressing to level out & reseed the effected areas.
Rolling will only compact the rest of the law…"
9 hours ago
Johnathan Harpham replied to Ian Lord's discussion Trees As Cover
"I’m going to agree with Dan on the info front, but go even deeper. 
Whats the soil type, garden size, the distance from the buildings the house age and are there any below ground services that should be taken into consideration? It’s pointless plant…"
9 hours ago
Ben mann updated their profile photo
9 hours ago
John Fulton posted a discussion
I have a delicate pruning job to do which in itself might be a bit risky . I need to reduce the height of a single conifer ( not a leylandii or giant tree ) It's a tall thin column shaped conifer approx fifteen feet tall , main trunk diameter 4 inch…
10 hours ago
David Benson replied to David Benson's discussion replys to topicks
"ok Phil it seems to be working ok now they must be floating in outer space"
21 hours ago
William Mclellan, Kenny McKinnon, Matthew Carolan and 1 more joined Landscape Juice Network
22 hours ago
Vic 575 replied to Alan M's discussion Darn cows!
"How bad is it? If it's very bad and not too large then re-turfing might be the only option. Other than that, roll as best you can and fill in, level with top soil and re-seed. Personally I would never use sand. I know it is popular and somewhat conv…"
yesterday
Phil Voice replied to David Benson's discussion replys to topicks
"I can't see anything untoward from this side David."
yesterday
Michael Gall was featured
yesterday
Alan M replied to Alan M's discussion Darn cows!
"Graeme, I get the feeling a roller won't be heavy enough, also reading through the comments from the previous thread perhaps a roller is not the best route or are we just being too scientific"
yesterday
More…