BTME 2016 broke education attendance record

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim January 27, 2016 15:40

BTME 2016 has been hailed as an unprecedented success after what has been described as ‘a superb few days’ in picturesque Harrogate for BIGGA’s annual turf care festival.

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The comprehensive Continue to Learn education programme broke attendance records, smashing through the 3,000 barrier. Over the five day programme 3,034 seats were occupied as greenkeepers, groundsmen, golf club officials and golf club owners took in topics from basic agronomics to the vagaries of Generation Y.

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BTME 2016

The three day exhibition, with over 150 companies occupying five halls of the Harrogate International Centre, drew 4,046 unique visitors who made a total of 5,890 visits between them, an average of 1.46 days attendance by each visitor. “Strong evidence of just how seriously the turf care industry takes the exhibition,” said a spokesman.

“The undoubted highlight of the week was the ‘BIGGA Welcome Celebration’, expertly hosted by Naga Munchetty in Harrogate’s historic Royal Hall.”

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An outstanding achievement in greenkeeping was celebrated and BIGGA crowned three award winners:

  • The St Andrews Links Trust team won the ‘Championship Greenkeeping Performance of the Year’ sponsored by GBR Technology.
  • 20 year old Jack Groves of Broadway Golf Club won the Jacobsen sponsored ‘Young Greenkeeper of the Year’.
  • Minchinhampton Golf Club’s team was awarded ‘Greenkeeping Achievement of the Year’, an award sponsored by Pitchcare.
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BTME 2016

The Golf Business and Industry Convention (GolfBIC) was a welcome addition to BTME, popular with exhibitors and delegates alike.

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BTME 2016

BIGGA CEO Jim Croxton said: “Another hugely successful event, every day busy and further confirmation of how important BTME is in both the turfcare and golf industry calendars. Over 4,000 individuals have taken the opportunity to network, learn and get up to date with products and services. The positive impact on golf courses and sports facilities will be clear to see.”

 

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim January 27, 2016 15:40
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