New Name at BIGGA

In a major industry development BIGGA has successfully brought together the two principal trade shows in the fields of fine turf and golf club management and will host them in Harrogate as from January 2003.

The Clubhouse Exhibition will move to Harrogate next January after the rights were acquired by BIGGA, who will run the Show alongside BTME.

The Clubhouse Exhibition, which was previously owned and staged by the NEC, Birmingham, will have its own identity within Hall D of the Harrogate International Centre while BTME, which is now entering its 15th year, continues to expand into the other Halls. Routing will allow visitors to take in both exhibitions making it the major event of its type in Europe.

Commenting on this important development BIGGA's Executive Director, Neil Thomas said: "I am excited that the Clubhouse Exhibition will be moving to Harrogate where it will merge with our existing Golf Club Show under the Clubhouse banner and complement our extremely successful BTME. It gives visitors a genuine one stop shop for their clubhouse and golf course needs at a time of year which is ideal for visitors."

"I am delighted that this exhibition will have the backing of both the Association of Golf Club Secretaries (AGCS) and the Association of Golf Course Owners and I look forward to welcoming many new companies and visitors to Harrogate."

"We have monitored the progress of Clubhouse since its early days based at the National Agricultural Centre in Stoneleigh, through its move to the NEC in Birmngham. We have always considered that the ideal location for this exhibition would be the Harrogate International Centre alongside BTME and we have worked hard to achieve this end."

"No longer will golf clubs have to justify the expense of sending their personnel to shows at seperate locations on different dates. Now the focus of the industry and the game will be on one place at one time with the additional benefit of less expense for golf clubs. Key personnel with responsibility for the club's budget, whether it be on the course or in the clubhouse, can target one or both shows as well as take in our 'Continue to Learn' education programme which will be broadened to ensure that we cater for specific Clubhouse visitors."

"We believe that BIGGA's acquisition of this exhibition will prove to be a significant development for golf clubs and the game in general while being widely welcomed within the industry at large where the need for the two shows to come together has long been recognised."
Neil Thomas
Executive Director, BIGGA

Commenting on the move to Harrogate, Andrew Gibb, Divisional Director of Centre Exhibitions at the NEC, said: "This decision has been made in the best interests of the industry and we fully support the move to Harrogate."

Keith Lloyd, Secretary of the AGCS, said: "We, at the AGCS are very pleased that Clubhouse is moving to such a venue. It is clearly in the best interests of our members enabling them to visit both exhibitions at the one location and to resource all requirements for their golf clubs."

The ClubHouse Exhibition and the BTME will be held at the Harrogate International Centre, January 21-23, 2003.