Winner of SALTEX ‘heart’ Competition announced

The winner of the SALTEX ‘heart’ competition has been revealed as Paul Woolley, proprietor of Diligentis – a garden maintenance business operating in South Staffordshire.

Overwhelmed by support from the industry, the SALTEX 2015 image – a heart formed of a blade of grass prompted industry professionals and volunteers to publicly show their support to the industry and SALTEX by forming a heart shape with their hands. As the photos begun to flood in, show organisers decided to run a competition for everyone who submitted a photo.

In doing so, SALTEX partnered with Etesia UK – a company that specialises in building high quality ride-on and pedestrian rotary mowers. Paul’s winning photo landed him one of the company’s newest models complete with a rear roller kit, worth nearly £1,500.

The PRO 46 PHCS has a 46cm cutting width and offers extreme versatility with the ability to cut, collect and mulch without the need for an accessory, and when Paul saw the competition announced in an email – he didn’t think twice about entering.

“We were interested because we were running an older Etesia Pro 46 which we have had for three years and thought that it would be good to get another one on-board to improve our operations. We looked at ideas to take a good photograph and we tried to think outside the box.

“At the time we were working on a manor house in South Staffordshire, which had a lot of coloured maple leaves across its lawn. So we formed a heart with the maple leaves using a rake. My business partner Howard Medlicott then positioned himself in the centre of the heart and I climbed a tree to take the photograph.”

Paul, who established Diligentis five years ago, has been presented with his prize by his local Etesia dealer – Burrows Grass Machinery, and believes that the new mower will enable him to add yet another string to his bow.

“I’m over the moon with the new mower – It cuts well in the wet and the new roller on the back now allows us to offer customers stripes on their lawn too.”

Both Paul and his business partner Howard – who has attended SALTEX for the last 15 years, were also pleased to see SALTEX move to the NEC, Birmingham in November.

“We both attended SALTEX this year and thought it was a fantastic exhibition. Firstly, you are not affected by the weather and secondly it is now situated centrally in the country – which makes it more accessible for everyone. The previous event at Windsor seemed to be very spread out and a bit sparse but at the NEC it was nice and compact meaning that you could see everything you wanted to.

“We went to look at what was out there on the market, to get advice and I got a lot of information that I wouldn’t have been able to get from anywhere else. It’s also a much better time of year being in November because work is a bit quieter.

“Overall, it’s two big ticks from us for SALTEX moving to the NEC.”

SALTEX 2016 will be held at the NEC, Birmingham on 2 and 3 November 2016.

Results of SALTEX Visitor Survey Revealed

Visitor survey results for SALTEX announced

The 70th SALTEX exhibition exceeded all expectations after an independent audit confirmed the exhibition as the largest turf management event in the UK with a total of 8,714 unique individuals attending. Now, the visitor surveys have been flooding in – revealing a fascinating and in-depth insight into the visitor profile of the show.

With visitors traveling from every corner of the UK as well as every continent around the world it was encouraging to see that over 70% of the visitors rated their overall SALTEX experience as being good, very good or excellent.

Graph 1Over 65% of visitors said that they attended SALTEX to source new products, services or suppliers, while 20% wanted to make the most of the free educational LEARNING LIVE seminars and to receive one-to-one advice through the IOG’s Ask the Expert feature. With so much on offer at SALTEX, there was something for everyone and over 80% said that they were successful or very successful in meeting their objectives.

With such a large number of visitors attending SALTEX to source new products and services; they certainly came to the right place. The exhibition is a great way to launch and showcase new products and over 70% of visitors said that there was an excellent mix of products on display. Below you can see exactly what SALTEX 2015 visitors were looking for.

Exhibitors at SALTEX 2015 reported huge success at the show, suggesting that the visitors were a very powerful group of buyers. With deals being done there and then on the show floor, it’s no surprise to see that over 80% had purchasing responsibility. As you can see from the table below, over 75% of all SALTEX visitors also had the ability to sign off purchases of up to £100,000.Graph 2

As for the type of facilities that the visitors were responsible for, it was great to see such a wide array of visitors tending to one or more of the following.

Visitors also found the more central location of the NEC to be more accessible with 70% stating that the new location was either good or excellent. Within the halls of the NEC, visitors favoured the more compact setting with over 70% rating the layout of the event either good or excellent.

Graph 3Overall the visitor survey has demonstrated just how good the quality of attendees was – further enhancing SALTEX as the must attend event of the year.

SALTEX 2016 will be held at the NEC, Birmingham on 2 and 3 November 2016. For more information visit www.iogsaltex.com