TGI Golf, Europe’s leading buying group for golf professionals, is staging its fourth annual trade show at the Harrogate International Conference Centre, 5-6 November.
Around 600 delegates, including more than 300 TGI Golf members and more than 60 exhibitors will attend the two-day show, which – in a move welcomed by the golf trade – runs back-to-back with Foremost/Alliance’s GTEC Show, 7-8 November.
Eddie Reid, managing director of TGI Golf, said, “The TGI Golf Show is the focal point of our members’ calendars and is the best point of contact for professionals and suppliers to meet and do business. By cooperating with Foremost to host back-to-back shows, both groups have been able to act in the best interests of the UK golf industry as a whole.”
The benefits to the golf trade of both groups hosting back-to-back shows include reductions in the costs and logistical difficulties faced by suppliers, who previously took sales teams off the road for two weeks per year to exhibit at two different venues.
TGI has welcomed new accredited suppliers for 2008, many of whom will be exhibiting. Callaway Golf, Ram & Stuburt, Peter Millar apparel, Diamond Golf and Under Armour, will join existing accredited suppliers including TaylorMade Adidas Golf, Nike, Srixon and FootJoy in showcasing the latest golf hardware, apparel and soft goods.
The PGA is exhibiting at this year’s show with several PGA partners, including BMW and Peugeot, Bank of Scotland and Perkins Slade, and will offer training, education, membership, banking and insurance services to PGA professionals, including the latest special rates and exclusive offers from its partners.
Sandy Jones, chief executive of the PGA, said, “The TGI and Foremost Shows are an ideal opportunity for the PGA to support both UK buying groups and individual PGA members who attend. The importance of these trade shows cannot be underestimated. It provides buying opportunities, brings the trade together and enables the Association to meet with its members and present the excellent benefits that are available exclusively to PGA Professionals.”
TGI Golf will also exhibit its own innovative range of members’ services at its bespoke stand, including a new hardware range from Nemesis Golf – exclusive to TGI members – featuring woods, irons, wedges, putters and bags.
The group will also showcase TGI Direct, its efficient on-line ordering system, which allows members to order accessories, products, fittings and marketing materials – at the click of a mouse.
Gregor Munro, retail development manager for TGI Golf, said, “New suppliers and a strong showing from existing suppliers, combined with the very best services available to UK PGA professionals, promises to make this year’s TGI Golf Show the ultimate business proposition for the UK golf trade.”
PGA professionals who are not members of either buying group, can attend either the TGI or Foremost Shows if invited by a member of either group as their guest.
TGI Golf www.tgigolf.com