Buying groups respond to trade calls

The UK and Ireland’s two leading professional buying groups, Foremost/Alliance and TGI Golf, will stage their annual trade shows back-to-back at the Harrogate International Centre later this year, it has been announced. In a move that has been welcomed by the trade, Foremost/Alliance’s GTEC Show, from November 7-8, November 5-6, will follow the TGI Golf Show, on consecutive dates.
Paul Hedges of Foremost/Alliance and Ian Johnston of TGI Golf said the move to the same venue in the same week was designed to benefit the golf industry as a whole.

In a joint statement, Hedges and Johnston said: “We believe that by moving our respective shows to the same venue on consecutive dates there will be significant combined benefits for both our members and suppliers.

“Retailers will have access to all the major golf manufacturers and service providers in one place – and suppliers will benefit by being able to optimize sales opportunities, while also reducing logistical costs.”

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