The Groundsman

September 2015

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COMMENT 3 the Groundsman September 2015 Visit for more information and digital editions e enter the autumn with a great sense of momentum. Firstly, the IOG website has had a facelift. The new site is compatible with handheld devices, it's got a clean and fresh look and is simple to navigate - check it out now at We're also leading up to the 70th SALTEX event and like our website, this event has been transformed. This year's event presents the UK's biggest exhibition of groundsmanship products, services and education under one roof. More than 242 exhibitors have now signed up and visitor registration is at an all-time high with two months still remaining until the show. The SALTEX heart campaign is well underway and the IOG is encouraging everyone to show their support by sharing photos of themselves forming the heart shape. Two FREE tickets to the I6. Industry Awards, which will be hosted on the evening of the first day of SALTEX (4 November), at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham will be awarded for the best photo. The prize also includes a three course dinner, complimentary drinks and accommodation for the night. The seventh annual Awards event, made possible by generous sponsorship of industry awards by a range of industry suppliers and headline sponsorship by Rigby Taylor and Top Green, has become the UK's biggest celebration in groundsmanship; with 19 awards, Alistair McGowan providing the after dinner entertainment and talkSPORT's Mark Saggers hosting the event. Go to to book your place. The LEARNING LIVE education programme at SALTEX can now be viewed on www.iogsaltex. com. Other show highlights include expert turf advice from the regional advisors attached to the Grounds & Natural Turf Improvement Programme, and young people who are looking to begin or extend their career in groundsmanship are encouraged to attend the Young Groundsmen's Conference, sponsored by Rigby Taylor and Top Green, in Gallery Suites 17 and 18 next to the SALTEX halls. This event has been organised by the IOG's Young Board of Directors, which has just secured three years of sponsorship from Toro and Lely Turfcare. As the SALTEX show goes from strength to strength as the 'must attend event of the year' we are pleased to announce the wide industry support from a range of organisations including the Agricultural Equipment 6rganisation (AEA), the Amenity Forum, the Arboriculture Association, the Associated Play Industries, the British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association, the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association, the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, the Crop Protection Association, the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the Sport and Play Construction Association and The Parks' Alliance. Meanwhile, the IOG has been asked for its views within the Government's consultation on its new cross-departmental strategy for sport (via the Department of Culture, Media and Sport). It's vital that our members have a say so please 'tell us your needs' so we can make the case for groundsmanship and ensure a higher profile for the profession and wider industry going forwards. Please view the strategy document – paying particular attention the Theme Seven: Infrastructure – by downloading the document from this link: Your feedback by email is appreciated so send your comments by 14 September to Geoff Webb, Chief Executive, The Institute of Groundsmanship Get ready to love New SALTEX, check out our new website and 'tell us your needs' W As the SALTEX show goes from strength to strength as the 'must attend event of the year' we are pleased to announce the wide industry support from a range of organisations Contributors Chris Medley Operations director, County Turf Fiona Gebbett Director, Pan Publicity Colin Wooster IOG Branch secretary Gerard Evans Communications manager, SIS Group Charmian Robson Director, ABR Publicity

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