BTME & Continue to Learn 2021
With the health and wellbeing of members, staff and other attendees of our annual exhibition the ultimate priority, BIGGA has cancelled BTME for January 2021.
The exhibition is one of the highlights of the year for BIGGA members and our team of dedicated staff would usually welcome thousands of turf industry professionals to the North Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate for a week of education, networking and innovation.
Sadly, current understanding of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis makes it clear that hosting the event as usual in January would create serious risk of disease transmission among attendees and we are not prepared to endanger the health and wellbeing of members, staff, exhibitors and anyone else associated with the event.
This decision was taken following consultation with members of the association and regular dialogue with representatives of the Harrogate Convention Centre and other major stakeholders.
BIGGA’s world-leading education programme, Continue to Learn, is held alongside BTME each year and will still take place during January 2021, albeit as an online event and with an altered timetable designed to reflect the new digital platform. A full programme of speakers will enable BIGGA members to access the world class education they have come to expect from the comfort of home or at their place of employment.
To provide BIGGA members with an opportunity to network, BIGGA has also revealed that we intend to host a ‘festival of turf’ during summer 2021. An outdoor event, this will allow many of the great features of BTME to take place, such as the interaction between innovative exhibitors and prospective clients, but in a safe and socially-distanced setting.
Further details of this event and the Continue to Learn education programme will be released in the near future so stay tuned to BIGGA social media, our website and Greenkeeper International for more details.
For more information please contact:
Gavin Rees, Business Development Executive, firstname.lastname@example.org
Elaine Jones, Membership Administration Manager, email@example.com
Karl Hansell, Communications Executive, firstname.lastname@example.org