What to Expect...BTME & ClubHouse expands year on year to reflect the immense diversity of machinery, products and services required by the professional greenkeeper and golf course secretary to stay ahead of the game. As the exhibition grows in stature so does the audience. Visitors from local authorities, parks and gardens, football, rugby, and cricket clubs wander through the exhibition halls alongside the groundsmen from castles, theme parks and racecourses.
This yearâ€™s exhibition will be the biggest yet. It will occupy 9000 square metres of floor space at Harrogate International Centre with around 250 exhibitors spread across the full range of interests. BTME has steadily grown and become established as the largest indoor turf exhibition in Europe and with the addition of ClubHouse a â€œone stop shopâ€ has been created for sports clubs from turf management to locker rooms.
The second exhibition in 1990 attracted 4062 visitors, more than doubling the 1989 attendance. Out of the 80 companies who exhibited in 1990 many have continued to show their support and are still exhibiting in 2004 These include:
AFT Trenchers, Better Methods, British Seed Houses, Cooper Clarke, Farmura, Hayter, Hunter Grinders, Inturf, John Deere, Kubota, Lely/Toro, Lindum Seeded Turf, New Holland, Ransomes, Scotts (ICI); STRI, Supaturf, Tacit, Trelleborg and Vitax.
BTME & ClubHouse grows and develops each year. New companies are coming on-board all the time to join established exhibitors.
New exhibitors for 2004 include;
Air-Seal Products, Border Signs, Cannons Turf, Countax, CSC Amenity Products, Golf Finance, The Green Approach, Irrigation Supplies, Proturf, Rogers Sprayers, SGM Hire, Terra-Vac.
Lindsey Teak, Locker Solution, Logocloth, Prism Graphic Resources, Range Servant, Zero Gravity Products.
Another new feature for BTME & ClubHouse 2004 is the introduction of an 18 hole competition. Each visitor will receive a score card at all the main entrances and the challenge is to complete the score card by visiting the participating stands which represent each hole and have the card stamped. Having completed every hole, the visitor should go to the BIGGA stand in Hall Q where the card can be posted thus ensuring entry into the draw for a luxury holiday.
Located in Hall B will be an Internet Cafe, supported by pitchcare.com. An ideal location to relax and have a coffee while waiting to check e-mails and contact the office.
This yearâ€™s Education Conference, â€œContinue to Learnâ€, is presented by BIGGA in association with The Greenkeepers Training Committee and supported by The John Deere Team Championship. The National Education Conference theme, â€œGolf - Sport and Businessâ€, recognises that the playing of golf and the business of golf are inseparable. The keynote speaker, Alvin Law, will be presenting â€œNo Such Word as Canâ€™tâ€ - supported by Ransomes Jacobsen.
BIGGA is committed to the continual growth of BTME & ClubHouse, enhancing the whole experience for visitors and exhibitors alike. Part of that commitment is to draw many new visitors to both exhibitions and exceed the 10359 visitors in 2003.
BTME & ClubHouse promises to be the Greatest Show on Turf.
Highlights of the Week
The National Education Conference supported by The John Deere Team Championship.
Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 January, Hall D,
Harrogate International Centre.
Supported by The John Deere Team Championship
Monday 19 January, The Moat House Hotel.
Monday 19 January, The Majestic Hotel.
Supported by Ransomes Jacobsen.
Wednesday 21 January, Hall D, BTME & ClubHouse.
Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 January, Hall D, BTME & ClubHouse.
Supported by Toro.
Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 January, Hall Q,
BTME & ClubHouse.
Supported by pitchcare.com
Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 January, Hall B,
BTME & ClubHouse.
The Exhibition Banquet
Thursday 22 January, The Majestic Hotel.