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As SALTEX 2016 came to a close, it was apparent to exhibitors and visitors that Europe’s largest annual turf management event has found its rightful home at the NEC in Birmingham.

SALTEX 2016 was taken to a new level after an independent audit confirmed that the combined attendance over the two-day exhibition totaled an impressive 8,754.

With 292 exhibitors (28 more than 2015), increased show features, an enhanced education program and extended floor space which saw three exhibition halls packed with an overwhelming number of UK and international visitors – it was clear to see that SALTEX is growing.

SALTEX 2016 also encouraged serious business leads and significant sales, with exhibitors reporting that visitors were high-quality buyers with serious intent.


Gabriella Fox – sports sales and marketing coordinator for Harrod UK reported a successful show: “During SALTEX we obtained a number of strong business leads and maintained many relationships with customers, we were delighted with the amount of repeat and new visitors! We will definitely be returning to SALTEX in 2017 as we saw a 20% increase in leads this year.”

Having previously opted to exhibit bi-annually at SALTEX, Reesink Turfcare has broken this trend by already committing to SALTEX 2017, with Holly Jones, marketing manager, commenting: “We were impressed with SALTEX 2016! Many of our customers visited our stand along with plenty of new ones.”

Richard Fry, marketing director for Rigby Taylor, remarked on a successful event: “The 2016 SALTEX was the best ever, both in terms of the number of visitors to the Rigby Taylor stand and the quality. Front yard landscaping for small homes For us as a company, the move to the NEC has encouraged visitors to the exhibition from a wider geographical area and has brought in new, additional customers who view the location as a place to do business. Front yard landscaping ideas central florida Bring on 2017!”

SALTEX’s educational programme – Learning LIVE – was bigger and better than ever before as visitors took the opportunity to listen to and discuss topical issues, learn from the industry’s leading experts and engage with high profile radio and TV personalities from Sky Sports, talkSPORT and the BBC such as Mark Saggers, Darren Gough, Barrie McDermott and Mark Clemmit.

Lee Metcalfe, head groundsman at the Manchester City Football Academy, was particularly upbeat with the Learning LIVE seminars: “We all found that the seminars were very good and took something out of each one we attended. Rock garden ideas for hillside Education is the way forward and when free education is put on to help people better themselves, then I believe you would be silly not to attend and learn. Small yard landscaping ideas front yard We all really enjoyed the event and are looking forward to next year already.”

New SALTEX continues to go from strength to strength and after the second year at the NEC the SALTEX team are delighted with both visitor and exhibitor reaction – firmly establishing this new look exhibition and the associated IOG industry awards as the key profile raising events in the calendar.

IOG CEO Geoff Webb was delighted with the success of SALTEX 2016 and signalled the institute’s ambitions to continue to grow the show: “We are really pleased with the reaction to SALTEX 2016 – both days of the show were busy, and with the IOG Awards as well, we feel we have consolidated the exhibition at its new home at the NEC. Garden landscaping quotes With Learning Live, the SALTEX College Cup, Soil & Pathology Live all adding to the mix, we are already working on new features for 2017.

“Overwhelmingly our feedback from both visitor and exhibitor was one of satisfaction and confidence in SALTEX. Garden landscaping coventry Set against a backdrop of economic and political uncertainty we are determined that SALTEX listens, learn from each year and evolves. Garden landscaping bradford We always look at what worked well and where there is room for improvement and that work has already started in preparation for SALTEX 2017.”

The Hardware Show 2017, Ireland’s premier trade event for hardware/DIY retailers and builders merchants takes place on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th March at the new larger venue of RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin. Garden landscaping surrey Off the back of increased confidence in the industry, the show is set to be the biggest event of its kind next year.

Kieran Burke, Commercial Director of Grafton Merchanting ROI and Vice-President of Hardware Association Ireland, comments: ‘The 2017 Hardware Show will build on the success of the 2015 Show by enhancing both the visitor and exhibitor experience. Front yard landscaping ideas budget The Show will be larger with clear emphasis on attracting greater visitor numbers. Front garden landscape design ideas To facilitate the ‘bigger and better’ Show, we are delighted that the Show will take place in Ireland’s premier conference facility, RDS Simmonscourt. Garden design landscaping ideas I would encourage all stakeholders in the industry to participate, it’s your Trade Show!

Organized by Hardware Association Ireland (HAI), the industry’s trade association, the biennial show is already 66% sold with over 2,400sqm taken and has the capacity to go to 3,600sqm. Garden bed landscaping ideas New features of the show include a Demonstration Zone, involving best practice and handling for tools and products from four key areas – Building Materials, Paint/Décor, DIY/Hardware and Plumbing/Bathrooms; a Skills Zone where apprentices will show off their skills in the areas of Electrical and Plumbing and HAI have joined forces with Google who will bring the latest innovation and technology to the show.

The Hardware Show is recognized for bringing together leading brands across the retail and merchant sector and the extra capacity at the RDS means more opportunities for suppliers and visitors alike.

Companies who have already booked space include ABC Abrasives, Amalgamated Hardware, Ames True Temper, Aquasource Distributors, Arc Building Products, B&G, Birkdale Sales, Bostik Industries, Brett Martin, Calor Gas, Canadia Distributors, Classic Hardware, Contech, Core Software, CPL Fuels, Crown Paints, CQFD Profiles, Curust , John Dargan & Sons, Deanta Doors, DFE Ltd, Donal Lynch Hardware, Dosco , Draper Tools, DS Supplies, Dulux, Eastern Agencies, Ecological Building, Fleetwood, Frisco, Gorilla Glue, Henkel, Herbst Software, Homeline, IITC, IKO Ltd, Intact Siftware , Irish Cement, Jefferson Professional Tools & Equipment, John Murphy Castlerea, Keypoint Abrasives, Kilsaran, Larsen Building Products, Locks & Hardware, McLoughlins RS, N and C Enterprises, OHRA Regalanlagen GmBH, Olympics Fixings Ireland, Pipelife , Portwest, Rawlplug, Regatta Professional, Retail Distribution Systems, Rhino Distribution, Ronseal, Shop4choice, Sika Everbuild, Snickers Workwear, Solus Bulbs, St. Garden landscaping cape town Gobain, Stafford Fuels, Tegral, Timco, Tucks Fasteners, Tucks O’Brien, United Hardware, Uppercross Enterprises, Varian IS & Co, Waterford Stanley, WEEE Ireland, Westaro Hosing, Whiteriver Group and Wood Concepts.

Annemarie Harte, CEO of HAI said: “We are delighted that having made the move to the RDS the industry has responded well and with just under six months to go we are in excess of 50% exhibitor space sold. Small yard landscaping ideas pictures We are responding by introducing new features to attract more visitors and to ensure this will be the biggest and best show yet.”

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is the national representative body for hardware/DIY retailers and builders merchants, as well as manufacturers/distributors to the trade. Garden design landscape management We uniquely represent all levels of the supply chain and include within our membership ranks national and international companies, multi-branch chains and smaller independent hardware businesses. Garden landscaping kilmarnock HAI speaks with one consolidated voice and fulfills a unique and vital role in connecting merchants with their suppliers in a non-commercial environment. Front yard landscaping blueprints HAI members play a key role in the construction supply chain, providing an efficient and effective route to market for building material products and a vital source of credit to customers.