Well-established at the NEC now after the trauma surrounding the move from its traditional Windsor Racecourse venue, the IOG’s SALTEX-2018 show this year had a good feel about it with a steady stream of visitors on both days and exhibitors reporting good inquiries. One BAGMA member, Guy Overton, even said he was “very busy”.

As in previous years, visitors do arrive early but cannot get into the show until the official opening time. As they spread out to the further corners of the halls, the aisles become busy but provide a good atmosphere for the show.

Most of the criticism – there is always something – centred on the NEC’s “extortionate” car park charge of £16 for those who are not IOG members or exhibitors. Show organisers can opt to cover or reduce car parking charges at the NEC but this is at the expense of the show itself. Nothing is free but this is getting to the point of putting people off attending.

Whilst visitor numbers seemed good (no official figures were available at the time of going to press), there did not seem to be the usual number of dealers walking the aisles. It will be interesting to see what the visitor breakdown is compared to previous years.

BAGMA bank arranged a display of two Toyota vehicles in the atrium to promote its offering of member discounts on Toyota vehicles when financed through BAGMA bank. This represents an excellent benefit for members and applies across Toyota’s range of vehicles and is available to member companies, their staff and the families of staff. Contact BAGMA bank for more information on this fantastic offering.

President Brian Sangster, Toyota dealers Mel Hicken & David Mackenzie and BAGMA bank Business Development manager Dave Baker

Whilst a cup of coffee is more expensive than at Windsor, the relative comfort of the NEC does have advantages. The agricultural machinery sector will no doubt have its say on the NEC after the LAMMA show in January.

To find out more on the different Toyota offerings available to BAGMA members, click here.