Speaking on the third day of IOG SALTEX 2012, he commented: “Well over 100 stands had been optioned for 2013, which reflects great support for the show.
“There’s no doubt that this year’s show faced a number of obstacles – not least the austere economic climate that is headlined by the fact that local authority budgets continue to be put under tremendous pressure.
“But it is clear that decision-makers from across the open space spectrum, including local government departments as well as our other core visitor markets that include sports turf, did turn out in their thousands – over 6,000, in fact – to not only keep abreast of the latest developments and technologies but also to buy, order and request demonstrations of kit that will make them even more effective and efficient.”
The Children’s Playground Company said it saw representatives from around 40 local councils – and signed “a substantial order” at the show – while Broadwood International’s Peter Farndell reported that, as a result of the show, the company had over 100 leads and bookings for more than 30 demos for products from its SnowEx and Wessex ranges.
Jon Gibson again: “IOG SALTEX continues to be the only annual event where open space professionals can see everything they need at the same time – and we are determined that next year’s show will provide visitors and exhibitors with even more value for the time and money they commit to the show.
“We will be working closely with exhibitors and partners to develop initiatives that will deliver highly relevant content and features for each of the show’s key market sectors that include machinery, turf, play and landscaping.”
IOG SALTEX 2013 (www.iogsaltex.co.uk) will be held on September 3-5 at Windsor Racecourse, Berks, and will embrace fine turf and sports surfaces, turf maintenance equipment, children’s outdoor play and safety surfacing, landscaping, contractors, commercial vehicles, outdoor leisure and facilities management, as well as software and security equipment.