BTME 2015 preview: Anticipation is building

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim November 30, 2014 17:15

The industry countdown to BTME 2015 is continuing as anticipation builds ahead of the turf show of the year – packed with over 100 exhibitors, first-class education and much more.


Exhibitors from across every area of the turfcare industry will be packing four halls of the Harrogate International Centre, with several new names joining the party including Perrot, Engo Group, Gianni Ferrari and GGM Groundscare. There are also a host of long standing companies returning – the Baroness stand in particular has grown (B78), close to BIGGA’s own stand (B23). Hall M sees Ransomes Jacobsen, Toro and John Deere exhibit too.

Keep up to date with all the exhibitor news by visiting – which features regular updates on new products, innovations, giveaways and attractions on the stands.

BIGGA’s largest ever Continue to Learn education programme is thriving with some seminars already sold out. Don’t forget there are a series of free seminars for BIGGA members on a wide range of subjects from staging the Open Championship to guidelines for fertiliser use, bentgrass, disease control, fairway renovation, fairy rings, employment rights…the list is endless! Remember that you still need to pre-book for these free seminars at

Also, the increasingly popular Turf Managers’ Conference returns to Harrogate’s Crown Hotel on Monday 19 January with five more internationally renowned speakers providing ‘bitesize’ learning on a range of topics including customer service, water conservation and precision organic matter management. This event is ideal for greenkeepers of all levels – not just course managers and head greenkeepers – as is all of the Continue to Learn schedule. Again, to book please visit or contact the team at BIGGA.

Another highlight of a busy week is the ‘Welcome Celebration’ which takes place in the Royal Hall of the HIC from 5.30pm – 7.30pm on Tuesday 20 January. This is a hugely enjoyable evening celebrating the various greenkeeping achievements of BIGGA members over the last 12 months. Following on from the success of Peter Alliss last year, it will again feature a special guest speaker. Entry to the Welcome Celebration is free.

BIGGA CEO Jim Croxton said: “Our focus is now firmly on ensuring BTME 2015 builds on the excellent foundations of recent BTMEs which have been overwhelming successes.

“We’re constantly communicating with exhibitors to ensure BTME remains the ‘must visit’ turf industry exhibition and provides the best delegate experience. We’re extremely confident in providing this in January.

“For 2015 we’re particularly proud of our Continue to Learn programme which is the largest and most comprehensive ever. I urge anyone thinking of booking a place on the Turf Managers’ Conference, or any of our seminars, workshops and presentations to act now as places are disappearing fast.

“The whole BIGGA team is very much looking forward to welcoming delegates, exhibitors and Continue to Learn presenters from across the UK, Europe and the world and from every corner of the industry to our flagship show.”

BTME runs from 20-22 January 2015, with Continue to Learn covering 18-21 January and the Turf Managers’ Conference taking place on 19 January.

For updates on BTME 2015 follow BIGGA on Twitter @BIGGALtd, use the hashtag #BTME2015 and visit the BIGGA website For even more BTME coverage, and to pre-register for the exhibition visit


Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim November 30, 2014 17:15
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