SALTEX moved from this autumn to March 2021

Alistair
By Alistair May 24, 2020 17:07

SALTEX is now scheduled to take place in March 2021, and not this autumn, as was originally planned, due to Covid-19.

A statement from the Grounds Management Association (GMA), which runs the grounds management event, says: “In light of continued restrictions surrounding mass gatherings, combined with the unprecedented impact on all of us from Covid-19, the GMA board of directors has taken the unanimous decision to move SALTEX to early spring 2021. This outcome has been guided by discussions with key industry bodies, as well as exhibitors.

“Like everyone else, the GMA has continued to follow government guidance, and the science involved, to guide its business during this unprecedented time. Despite early optimism, a decision has been made to move the exhibition to March 2021 – taking into account the best interests of all parties involved.

“By acting now, it gives the sector an opportunity to re-group and recover ahead of the next trade show. SALTEX will be now held on 3 and 4 March 2021, and the GMA is also realigning the following year so that SALTEX runs in spring 2022.

“The GMA’s decision is based on ensuring the safety of everyone connected with such an event. The association believes this is the most responsible course of action, given current circumstances.”

Geoff Webb, CEO at the GMA said: “This has been a difficult decision to make, and I hope all our exhibitors join forces with us to mark a return to more ordinary working conditions in the not too distant future. Professional and personal lives have been placed on hold, and that in turn will have a knock-on effect. We want to help ease that load at the moment.

“Next year, the event will provide a huge opportunity for our sector to regroup, reunite and celebrate. After this difficult period, the show will help to rekindle the economic activity of the industry. Until then, all our thoughts and support are with those facing the challenges posed by the spread of coronavirus.”

David Carpenter, independent chair of the GMA stated: “I am hugely optimistic because I believe that the rescheduling of SALTEX in November 2020 will result in a much stronger show in spring 2021. The new date will enable even more people to visit.”

The GMA has said it will honour all existing bookings and has secured the same halls at the NEC.

Alistair
By Alistair May 24, 2020 17:07

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