Harrogate, England: The countdown to BTME (BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition) 2015 is continuing as anticipation builds ahead of the turf show that boasts more than 100 exhibitors and first-class education.
Exhibitors from across every area of the turfcare industry will be packing four halls of the Harrogate International Centre, with several new names joining the party including Perrot, Engo Group, Gianni Ferrari and GGM Groundscare.
There are also a host of returning companies – with Asian Golf Industry Federation members Ransomes Jacobsen, Toro and John Deere among them.
BIGGA’s largest ever Continue to Learn education programme is thriving with some seminars already sold out. There are a series of free seminars for BIGGA members on a wide range of subjects from staging the Open Championship to guidelines for fertiliser use, bentgrass, disease control, fairway renovation, fairy rings and employment rights.
Also the Turf Managers’ Conference returns to Harrogate’s Crown Hotel on January 19 with five internationally renowned speakers providing ‘bitesize’ learning on a range of topics including customer service, water conservation and precision organic matter management.
Another highlight of the week is the ‘Welcome Celebration’ which takes place in the Royal Hall of the HIC on January 20, celebrating the various greenkeeping achievements of BIGGA members over the last 12 months.
Following on from the success of Peter Alliss last year, it will again feature a special guest speaker.
BIGGA CEO Jim Croxton said: “Our focus is now firmly on ensuring BTME 2015 builds on the excellent foundations of recent BTMEs which have been overwhelming successes.
“We’re constantly communicating with exhibitors to ensure BTME remains the ‘must visit’ turf industry exhibition and provides the best delegate experience. We’re extremely confident in providing this in January.
“For 2015 we’re particularly proud of our Continue to Learn programme which is the largest and most comprehensive ever.
“The whole BIGGA team is very much looking forward to welcoming delegates, exhibitors and Continue to Learn presenters from across the UK, Europe and the world and from every corner of the industry to our flagship show.”