Episode 85

SHOWDOWN? with Chris Bassett and Peter Driver

The launch of a new show, Groundsfest, to be held at Stonleigh Park in September 2023 has once again opened up the debate about amount of turf management shows in the UK.

As things stand there will be four shows (at least) in 12 months focussing on turf management products and services.

In this episode,Chris Bassett, the md of Fusion Media, organisers of Groundsfest talks about the rationale behind the new event, whilst Peter Driver, who has managed trade stands for manufacturers over the years, will argue that the turfcare industry ideally needs one major event.

02:50 Chris Bassett on Groundsfest

24:15 Peter Driver on the dilemma for exhibitors

Turf shows scheduled for 2023

January BTME Harrogate

June Sports and Grounds Expo, Malvern

September: Groundsfest, Stoneleigh Park

December: SALTEX, NEC Birmingham

About the Podcast

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Chris Biddle

Chris is an experienced journalist specialising in the farm and grass machinery market. He has worked for a major tractor manufacturer and been a managing director of a farm and grass machinery dealership in the West Country.
In 1988, he launched trade magazine, Service Dealer followed by TurfPro in 1998, selling both titles to Land Power Publications in 2015.
He was editor of Landwards, the professional journal of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) from 2008 until 2019 and is the recipient of the 2020 IAgrE Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Land-Based industry.
Chris lives in Salisbury with his wife Trish, and is an avid cricket fan and member of the MCC for over 55 years.