On the opening day of the 1st event (24th April at Stoneleigh Park, Warks) in the MAP Live series, news of still more participants and speakers for the series pours in. The latest pioneering organisations to come on board include Ernest Doe and JSM, with more news pending.
All on the theme of how to achieve excellent results on sports and amenity open spaces when headcount and budget have been slashed, the 6 free events touring the land from April - July fit the requirements of hard-pressed buyers from local authorities, parish councils, contractors and sports venues. Limited time, decreasing budgets and manpower are now the norm for buyers in our sector.
Matthew Hoggard, ex-England cricketer, was talking about the importance of sports surfaces. Another notable speaker was Piers Corbyn, the owner of Weather Action. The company makes weather forecasts up to a year in advance, and which Piers also used to bet on before being barred for making too much money. Sally Drury, Editor of What Kit was also testing products.
Picture :- right Matthew Hoggard trying is hand at tractor driving
The 6 free one-day events provide the growing list of delegates with a unique opportunity to keep abreast of latest advice on cost effective best practice relevant to the current market. Visitors can claim CPD points and also have the chance to win an iPad and the most reliable weather forecasts on the planet from Weather Action by registering free at www.mapliveltd.co.uk
JSM (John Shaw Machinery) and Ernest Doe have confirmed their participation in the second event at the South of England Showground, Ardingly on 15th May. At the time of writing, this makes the number of machinery brands alone leap from 12 at the first event on 24th April to 26 on 15th May at Ardingly.
JSM, who have recently formed a Groundcare and Landscapes department, said: "We are pleased to be involved with MAP Live, as it will provide an introduction to a wider market. We are a very progressive company, and feel that the opportunity to be part of a series of UK wide 'Demonstration Days' will enable us, and our suppliers, to take our business forward."
Ernest Doe is known for its innovation; and the views of Andy Turbin, General Sales Manager are unambiguous: "We are delighted to support MAP Live which we view as an essential development reflecting current market conditions and clearly addressing the problems of today's buyers; we congratulate the MAP Live team on its clear vision."
Machinery at Stoneleigh on 24th April included Imants, Vredo, Koro, Dakota, Raycam, Votex, and Campey on the Campey Turfcare demo; BLEC, Avant and Rampco all showing own brands, and The Compact Tractor Centre demo'ing New Holland kit. At Ardingly, Campey Turfcare again show their wide range of exclusive brands, with Rampco again participating. Ernest Doe bring E-Z-GO; Ransomes Jacobsen; Case IH; Iseki; New Holland; Kawasaki; Yamaha; Wiedenmann; Hyundai; and BOMAG. JSM demonstrate kit from Toro; Hayter; Amazone; Echo Power Tools; TYM Tractors; and JSM.
Picture :- left Pichcare Loz talking cricket with Matthew Hoggard
A taste of the event can also be seen on YouTube - Visit http://youtu.be/Ens_BNwBEwk
Just some of those planning their involvement across the series include Avant Tecno, BAGMA, Blec Global, Bryson Tractors, Campey Turfcare, The Compact Tractor Company, Complete Weed Control, Digacrusher, Ernest Doe, Horticulture Week, JCB Utility Vehicles, JSM, Mark Harrod, Muthing, New Holland, Rampco, Reform, Remu, Rotar, Simon Richard, What Kit, and Worsley Plant....
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