IOG SCOTSTURF (Royal Highland Showground, 9-10 November) welcomes back old favourites to this year’s show, as the new management team gets the ball rolling. With a history exceeding 25 years, IOG SCOTSTURF remains the only show in Scotland for the grounds management industry. Despite having faced a number of challenges over recent years, the new team are determined to make 2005 the “biggest and best IOG SCOTSTURF ever”.
Campey Turfcare, Great Dane, Rigby Taylor, the SGM Group, SISIS, Stewartsturf and Terrafirma are all aiming to give the new-look show their vote of confidence. “Renewed confidence is reflected in fresh interest from exhibitors,” said show secretary Roy Daniels. “We have an enthusiastic new team, which as well as the senior IOG committee members located in Scotland, now includes the IOG’s national marketing and finance managers.”
Plans currently include revised computerised registration for quicker visitor entry, a new layout making the show easier to navigate, and a comprehensive seminar programme which is being developed in liaison with leading industry figures to cover the most up-to-date industry issues. There will also be live debates.
“The new Scottish team are totally committed to progressing the show for the benefit of the grounds care industry in Scotland,” said show chairman John White. “We want to ensure that it develops even further beyond the newly-invigorated and dynamic event that we are planning for this November.”
The seminar programme include risk assessment, fertilisers, pesticides, choosing fuels, operator safety, bio-diversity, waste control, equipment testing and using recycled materials and there will a special feature about “Vibration White Finger” – the most common reason for occupational ill health claims made against employers, according to the Health and Safety Executive. Successful claimants have been awarded damages ranging from £5,000 to £242,000. The new Control of Vibration at Work Regulations came into force on 6th July.
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