New College Cup Competition Comes to SALTEX

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has revealed that a new unique feature will be coming to this year’s exhibition, which will be held on 2 and 3 November at the NEC, Birmingham.

The SALTEX College Cup, sponsored by Ransomes, is a national student-led sports-turf challenge. It is an academic test of turf management knowledge for student competitors who are enrolled at colleges throughout the UK on relevant courses of study.

In teams of four, the students will embark on a two-hour competition consisting of paper-based multiple choice and short answer questions on turf management, plus a case study which will require a more in-depth written answer. The competition will also include live test samples for the physical identification of threats to turf health.

New College Cup Competition Comes to SALTEXThe winning team will not only get their hands on a trophy but will also receive a generous cheque for £500 which can be used towards items for the land-based college. In addition, students within the victorious team will be awarded a cash prize to be spent towards turf care books.

With SALTEX being held in November, event organisers have decided that it would be unfair to open the competition to only that academic year’s intake (16/17).

Therefore colleges may enter students who recently completed a qualification this summer (end of the previous academic year 15/16). It is absolutely free for the colleges to participate and not only will a proportion of travel expenses be reimbursed but each team will be issued with free food vouchers to use within the SALTEX halls for breakfast and lunch.

Commenting on Ransomes decision to sponsor the competition, Karen Proctor, marketing and communications manager – international, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the inaugural SALTEX College Cup in November. As a company, we are always looking for opportunities to support different initiatives and we believe that investing in education and professional development is essential to the future of the turf industry.

SALTEX is an excellent exhibition for people looking to forge a career within groundscare and the introduction of the College Cup will be a fantastic way to reward those who are dedicated and passionate about the trade.”

IOG CEO, Geoff Webb, was quick to acknowledge Ransomes support and believes it is another encouraging step in the right direction: “We are delighted that Ransomes have offered support for this new initiative, which alongside our other industry supporters who are similarly investing in the development of young people, means that with the up-front support provided, we can raise standards and encourage personal development – all of which fits perfectly with our overall strategy ‘From The Ground Up.’”

Dan Prest, learning manager for the IOG, is also upbeat about the competition: “By bringing this new feature to SALTEX, the IOG is helping to raise the level of academic professionalism in the sports turf industry while helping young people meet their career aspirations in the industry. SALTEX is a great learning environment for all visitors.

“There has already been a lot of interest from the colleges that the IOG works in partnership with, so I’m looking forward to an excellent and competitive event,” he said.

All colleges interested in participating in the SALTEX College Cup should email Dan Prest at dprest@iog.org for more details.

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SALTEX gets BIGGER

Organisers of SALTEX 2016, which is being held on 2 and 3 November at the NEC, Birmingham, have revealed that the show is expanding to accommodate an increasing number of exhibitors.

The extra floor space marks a show growth of 1,120sq/m as exhibitors continue to sign up for the event. In fact, 81% of allocated space at SALTEX 2016, which includes the extra floor space, has already been accounted for.

The extra space will not only allow for more exhibitors to showcase an even wider range of products and services, but also provides an extra seminar theatre to accommodate an enhanced free-to-attend LEARNING LIVE programme plus Young Groundsmen’s Conference sessions, sponsored by Rigby Taylor and Top Green, which will now be held on the show floor.

SALTEX gets BIGGERLast year’s conference, organised and hosted by the Institute of Groundsmanship’s (IOG) Young Board of Directors, which saw many of the industry’s leading experts taking part, was held in a separate room just outside of the exhibition halls. However, post-show feedback revealed that visitors would prefer this to be integrated into the show area. Organisers have listened and acted upon this feedback by enabling its new location.

Students and aspiring groundsmen interested in a career in turf management will be able to network with leading companies, view the latest technology and learn more about pathways into the industry by attending informative Young Groundsmen’s Conference sessions – within one easy-to-access location.

The relocation of this conference is just one of a number of revisions which are being implemented by the IOG to ensure that the show maintains a fresh feel. Last year’s education programme, LEARNING LIVE, saw 1,655 minutes of free seminars, and post-show visitor feedback revealed it to be extremely popular. This year, show organisers are planning an even more exiting programme with a greater depth of content and quality.

Commenting on the updated programme, IOG CEO Geoff Webb said: “Last year’s LEARNING LIVE programme was hailed as a great success – we had a huge range of subjects and there was something for everyone. Preparation for the 2016 LEARNING LIVE programme is already well underway and will address the issues that surround our industry.

For example we will be looking at the EU Debate – whether we are out or in, the 2016 European Championships in France and the Olympics in Brazil.

“We have now commissioned a fourth lecture theatre to expand the number of presentations across the two days. Pencilled in already are expert speakers from the UK and abroad. The Young IOG are also joining the LEARNING LIVE programme with some dedicated sessions in purpose-built seminar rooms with better sound systems and screens – a direct improvement from 2015 – based on speaker and visitor feedback.

“All in all we are looking at a growing event which we look forward to welcoming you to in November.”

Since SALTEX was first held in 1938, the event has brought the industry together to network, learn and view the latest innovations. While remaining true to these core principles of SALTEX’s heritage, it is apparent that the show is moving with the times and now reflects a unique and modern 21st century trade show.

Last year’s audited visitor figures confirmed 8,714 visitors spanning 45 different nations and the exhibition’s role as the industry’s principal showcase was evident. SALTEX 2016’s improved show features and unrivalled industry support are set to work together to create the freshest and most exciting turf management event to date when the doors open later this year.

SALTEX 2016 Continues To Attract World Class Exhibitors

SALTEX 2016 continues to gain momentum after many of the industry’s leading names have confirmed their presence at this year’s exhibition, which will be at the NEC Birmingham from 2 to 3 November 2016.

John Deere, Toro, Ransomes Jacobsen, STIHL and Kubota will be returning to the show for a second consecutive year, so visitors can again expect to see an impressive line-up of top turf care equipment in addition to suppliers of leading groundscare products such as ICL, Rigby Taylor, Limagrain UK, Vitax Amenity and DLF Trifolium.

Commenting on Ransomes Jacobsen decision to return to SALTEX, Karen Proctor, marketing and communications manager, said: “We had a successful SALTEX at the NEC last year; the footfall was good and we generated some very positive enquiries, especially for our new MP range of wide area mowers. As a result of this, it was a simple business decision to attend again this year.”

John Deere’s turf division manager Chris Meacock, also revealed that a prosperous 2015 show was the reason behind exhibiting at SALTEX 2016: “We weren’t sure what to expect with the move indoors to the NEC, but it turned out to be a successful show for us and our dealers.

SALTEX 2016 Continues To Attract World Class Exhibitors“There was a good level of enquiries of the right quality from visitors to the stand, who showed a great deal of interest in the machinery and services on offer. Our dealers also saw many of their customers and from that point of view the show proved to be useful and worthwhile.”

Jo Barton-Taylor, marketing co-ordinator for STIHL, commented: “We were really pleased with last year’s SALTEX show. It was busier than expected and we saw a lot of new faces with the new location giving better access to our northern dealerships. Like always there was a lot of interest in our STIHL Cordless System range and we were thrilled to receive ‘The Best Stand’ award for our site. We look forward to exhibiting at SALTEX again this year where we anticipate even more attendees.”

As well as more than 75 per cent of SALTEX 2015 exhibitors already confirming their return to this year’s event, over 30 new companies have also made the decision to exhibit.

Companies such as Turftrax, Granuflex, Equisafe UK, SGL (Stadium Grow Lighting), Aquaterra Europe, Boston Seeds, Acorn Tractors and Parnells, will all be making their first appearance at SALTEX 2016.

Julian Simpson, managing director of Acorn Tractors, said that he was waiting to see how last year’s SALTEX fared before making a decision to exhibit.

“I attended last year’s event as a visitor and I made my decision to exhibit this year because of how good it was. We were really impressed,” he said.

As more exhibitors continue to sign-up by the day, 85 per cent of allocated floor space across the three halls has already been booked. The option of expanding the show footprint to accommodate the increasing number of exhibitors is now a real possibility according to SALTEX event director Matthew Knight.

“Many companies that didn’t exhibit in 2015 saw first-hand how fantastic the exhibition was and this has prompted them to take stand space this year to avoid missing a great opportunity. If we continue to receive the same level of enquiries and bookings then there is a great chance of expanding the show even further. It is our goal to grow SALTEX year on year and early signs are extremely positive.”

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Industry shows support for SALTEX 2016

Following the success of last year’s exhibition, more than 70 per cent of SALTEX 2015 exhibitors have already re-booked for the 2016 event – which will be held at the NEC, Birmingham on 2-3 November.

Firmly established as the UK’s leading turf management event, SALTEX 2015’s show floor was packed with more than 8,700 unique visitors looking to see the latest innovations and purchase products or services to enhance their turf care operations.

Feedback from last year’s event confirmed that many of the exhibitors were delighted with the quality of attendees, the high level of engagement, and quantity of new business leads– prompting many to rebook for SALTEX 2016; while brand new exhibitors are already booking stands.

Roger Moore, sales and marketing manager for Dennis and SISIS – who occupied the largest stand space at SALTEX 2015, believes it is essential that the two companies have a presence at this year’s event: “SALTEX is the shop window for the turf care industry and the 2015 show was testament to this. I was really impressed with the number and quality of visitors – which led to a good level of enquiries for our products.”

Jasmine Kirkby, sales co-ordinator for Aspen Fuels, believes that SALTEX offers the perfect opportunity for the company keep up-to-date on industry trends: “We enjoyed speaking to many existing and potential new customers at last year’s event. This show offers a fantastic opportunity to better understand how the education of modern day fuels is changing the mind-set of machinery users and we have already signed up to take part in SALTEX 2016.”

Amy Rouse from Phil Day Sports, a leading sports turf contractor, said: “After attending last year’s show and witnessing its success at its new location at the NEC Birmingham, we have decided to take the opportunity to showcase this year, with the aim of developing current and new business links and opportunities.”

As well as the quality of exhibitors from all sectors of the turf care industry, SALTEX offers exceptional show content for visitors – including Ask the Expert, free turf care advice from the Institute of Groundsmanship’s (IOG) regional pitch advisors; career advice at the Young Groundsmen’s Conference, and 1,655 minutes of free seminars within the LEARNING LIVE education programme. It has already been confirmed that SALTEX 2016 will again include these key features, as well as the IOG’s prestigious and hugely popular annual Industry Awards dinner, and SALTEX event director Matthew Knight revealed that the show organisers won’t be resting on their laurels.

“It’s been great to see so many 2015 exhibitors re-book for SALTEX this year – I believe that proves just how successful the event was. This industry is full of passionate people who truly love what they do and they deserve to have a trade show that helps put the industry on the map – both nationally and beyond.

“SALTEX’s potential is absolutely massive; last year the show attracted a number of international visitors from 45 countries – which shows that the exhibition is really starting to gain a global reputation.

“It is our job to bring the exhibition into the 21st century and we are confident that we can take SALTEX to the next level. In fact we are already looking at new and exciting features which could improve the show even further – so watch this space!”

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Over 95% of SALTEX exhibitors generate new sales leads at the show

After a recent audit confirmed SALTEX 2015 as the UK’s largest turf care event, an encouraging post-show exhibitor survey has further confirmed the undoubted success of the event.

95.24% of exhibitors answered yes when asked whether they generated new sales leads, while 98.33% believed SALTEX was perfect for promoting and maintaining their company profile. You can see from the chart below, how successful the exhibitors felt they were in achieving their other objectives.

SALTEX proved to be a fantastic platform for future deals but it didn’t stop over 50% of exhibitors taking orders then and there at the show.

86.20% of exhibitors were extremely happy with the quantity of visitors – which turned out to be an impressive total of 8,714 and 83.05% of exhibitors rated the quality of these visitors either very good or excellent.

SALTEX 2015 exhibitors also felt prepared for the show with 78.95% claiming that they received excellent pre-show customer service. With over 260 companies exhibiting, 84.75% of them were impressed with the overall amount of fellow exhibitors.

Previous SALTEX exhibitions had always been a three-day event, but the move to the NEC signalled a new compact two-day format. The exhibitor survey revealed that show organisers made the correct decision with an overwhelming 98.15% of exhibitors preferring the new two-day format.

Aside from offering a great understanding of the show itself, the survey also revealed a fascinating insight into SALTEX’s excellent range of exhibitors.

When exhibitors were asked to rate the importance of customer categories, the responses were as follows:

Category Very important Important Quite important
Local authorities, councils, parish, town

planning

64.29% 26.79% 7.14%
Professional sports 44.23% 34.62% 9.62%
Theme Parks, Stately Homes, Holiday Parks 28.30% 35.85% 22.64%
Contractors – landscape, construction,

grounds

79.25% 11.32% 5.66%
Schools, colleges, universities 56.60% 32.08% 5.66%
Consultants, architects, designers 19.23% 36.54% 21.15%
Dealers, distributors, retailers 39.22% 35.29% 17.65%

When it came to understanding the geographical reach and proportions of the exhibitors businesses, the survey revealed a good mix of local, national and global operations.

It is no surprise that a large number of SALTEX 2015 exhibitors have already re-booked for the 2016 event and early signs indicate that this year’s show will yet again be the must-attend event of the year.

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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.

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SALTEX 2015 – the UK’s largest turf management event

It’s official. SALTEX 2015 is the UK’s largest turf management event

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has revealed the independently audited attendance figures for SALTEX 2015. Significantly exceeding expectations, the figures confirmed that SALTEX is the largest turf management exhibition in the UK.

The independent audit, conducted by BPA Worldwide, confirmed that a total of 8,714 unique individuals made 10,112 visits to SALTEX2015.

Most likely due to the NEC’s nearby international transport links, the audit also revealed that a high number of overseas visitors attended the event.

The exhibition saw attendees from 45 countries outside of the UK, which included a wide range of visitors from Europe with large numbers coming from the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany and Denmark. Attendees from the United Arab Emirates made up the majority of visitor numbers from the Middle East while individuals from Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Iran also made the journey over to Birmingham. African visitors from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa were in attendance and visitors from Chile were the majority representing South America. From Asia, visitors from India, China and Hong Kong, while a number of visitors from the USA also made an appearance

International Breakdown
From a national perspective, SALTEX visitors came from every corner of the UK – confirming it as the UK turf management exhibition with the largest geographical reach.

Geographic Region

SALTEX visitors proved to be a very powerful group of buyers, with visitors coming from a number of various sectors from both private and public organisations.

Private Organisation Public Organisation

The widespread array of international and national visitors, combined with the new November date, certainly appeared to mark an increase in quality leads – and exhibitors were quick to acknowledge this.

“Tildenet had a really successful SALTEX this year and I was really struck by the dramatic increase in footfall at the new venue. We got some great leads and I’m already planning for next year’s show,” said Richard Jones, commercial manager for Tildenet.

Emyr Jenkins from Jenkins Garden Machinery also saw a significant increase in solid enquiries: “The show was very good for us and surpassed our expectations where we generated over twice the leads we were expecting,” she said.

Holly Jones, marketing manager for Lely Turfcare – the UK’s official distributor for Toro, gave similar feedback. “Overall we found the new SALTEX show really busy which generated more enquiries than previous SALTEX shows.”

Abbey Barnard, sports marketing co-ordinator at Harrod UK, was also impressed with the quality of the visitors. “The central location clearly made the event more accessible as we were able to network with customers who had not previously attended, during the two day show.

“The calibre of visitors across both days was extremely high with decision makers from each sector of the industry attending,” she said.

With many new products and services being launched at SALTEX, as well as 1,655 minutes of free education seminars through LEARNING LIVE, there was plenty on offer for visitors.

“It was absolutely excellent. We were always put off travelling to Windsor for previous SALTEX exhibitions but now at the NEC it’s a lot more central. We got a train which was great because we can go straight from our doorstep to SALTEX. The exhibition is fantastic for the industry – it was good to get there and have a look at what was available. We gained some great ideas and we purchased a few new products.

“The atmosphere was excellent and it was a great chance to network – we’ll definitely be returning next year,” said Phil Kime – head groundsman at Lincoln City FC.

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New SALTEX is Resounding Success

SALTEX goes off with a bang on Fireworks night

SALTEX (Sports Amenities Landscaping Exhibition) celebrated its 70th anniversary in style as the UK’s largest turf care event proved to be an unprecedented success at its new NEC Birmingham home – with over 260 exhibitors and more than 8,000 attendees showing their support.

As anticipated, the move to the NEC, at a later and more convenient date for many in the industry, not only attracted visitors from across the UK but also a high number of overseas visitors from Europe, Asia, America and Africa – due to the venue’s nearby national and international transport links.

The new show format and venue also encouraged serious business leads and significant sales, with exhibitors reporting that a substantial number of visitors were high-quality buyers with serious intent.

“I found the show to be very, very good and the indoor venue of the NEC was much better than Windsor. The show was well attended and busy with the right people all showing a lot of interest. We’ve made a number of sales on the stand and have a huge amount of demonstrations lined up off the back of SALTEX,” said Mike King, sales and marketing manager for Vitax Amenity UK.

Stuart Archer, managing director at Post Pullers UK agrees: “I was really pleased with the new SALTEX venue, it worked well for us, resulting in a very busy stand on both days. We did a tremendous amount of business on the stand and have some positive leads to follow up on.”

David W Jenkins, managing director at DJ Turfcare Equipment gave similar feedback: “Windsor had always been successful for us but I have to say that we had double the amount of serious enquires as we would have expected in previous years.”

Groundsman Industries also found the show to be extremely worthwhile after picking up an order for 10 four-wheel drive sod cutters on the first day and managing director Billy Warke was impressed with the geographical range of people that visited the stand.

“Overall, we are very pleased with SALTEX at the NEC and I was happy to greet visitors from Iceland, Italy, Belgium and the Czech Republic on our stand,” he said.

SALTEX Collage 2Branson Tractors chose SALTEX 2015 for the official launch of their range of compact tractors, and managing director Nathan Walker believes that the exhibition proved to be the ideal platform to reach the UK market.

“I was really buoyed by the exhibition because we had a lot of positive enquiries, both from dealers and from end users as well. We even signed up our first official dealer on our stand,” he said.

Abigail Fordham, marketing assistant at Duralock Performance Fencing, commented that SALTEX “was definitely our most successful exhibition of the year” while Derek Smith, sales and marketing manager at DLF & Johnsons Sports Seeds, said: “There was a real buzz about the event! I lost track of how many new faces we saw. As well as picking up several new accounts there were some really informative educational presentations on the show floor.”

It wasn’t just the thousands of products and services on show that appealed to the masses – SALTEX visitors also benefitted from attending the LEARNING LIVE programme over the two days.

Mike Cartwright, a greenkeeper at the Highcliffe Castle Golf Club in Bournemouth, made the three-hour journey to Birmingham and believes that the LEARNING LIVE programme was a great addition to the show.

“I was interested in the extensive range of seminars on offer and also attended the show to see what was happening in the grounds care market. We only work with four or five suppliers so it’s nice to see what else is out there. Our trip turned out to be half a buying day and half an educational day. I didn’t know what to expect, but next year I’ll be going to both days so that I can attend more seminars.”

“The time of the year is so much better for us greenkeepers – you can actually afford to take the day off whereas it was quite difficult to do that in September [the previous SALTEX date]. I thought SALTEX this year was slicker and more professional in the way that it was set-up. At Windsor you’d find that you were always rambling around a bit because it was such a large area. This year’s event was nice and compact and you can visit a lot more stands than you’d normally do,” he said.

SALTEX proved the ideal platform for the Institute of Groundsmanship [IOG] to reinforce its encouragement of bringing young people into the industry. The Rigby Taylor and Top Green sponsored Young Groundsmen’s Conference offered a fantastic opportunity for those looking to develop a rewarding career in groundsmanship.

Luke Devlin, 26 from Weybridge Surrey, made the journey to SALTEX 2015 with the sole intention on attending the conference – and he wasn’t disappointed.

“I’ve been in the industry for two years now and I came to SALTEX to meet the IOG Young Board of Directors and find out a bit more about what they do. I definitely took a few things away from the conference. I’m ambitious and would like to think that in a few years’ time I could be running my own site. So the motivational talk and the discussion on morale was particularly helpful.”

Advice was in abundance at the new look SALTEX and hundreds of visitors also benefitted from Ask the Expert. Situated at the IOG Hub on the show floor, the IOG’s regional pitch advisors were on hand throughout the event to offer free pitch care advice.

Just as SALTEX 2015 was a resounding success, so too was the annual IOG Industry Awards which was held on the evening of the first day at the exhibition. The awards saw a record attendance with over 640 of the UK’s and Europe’s leading grounds care experts from both the professional and volunteer sector. It was the first time the awards had been part of the exhibition and Karl Standley, assistant head groundsman at Wembley Stadium, thought it was a job well done.

“I would like to say just how fantastic SALTEX and the IOG Awards were this year – I think the IOG thoroughly pulled it off. It was a fantastic show over two days and also an incredible awards. It just shows how proud the groundsmen of the United Kingdom really are.”

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