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2018 T&G Show cancelled because of UK trade’s ‘apathy and lack of urgency’

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Nick Marlow has blamed ‘apathy and a lack of urgency’ in the trade for the cancellation of this year’s Tackle & Guns Show.

The Tackle & Guns Trade Show planned for this year has been cancelled. An email officially informing the trade was sent out today.

Organiser Nick Marlow, owner of UK trade magazine Tackle & Guns, says that “it is with regret that I am putting the 2018 T&G Show on hold.”

Marlow blames the decision on ‘apathy and lack of urgency’ that left him with no option but to cancel the October event.

However, he revealed that he is currently in talks with an interested partner about the possibility of running a similar and stronger event in 2019.

“While the show was 80% sold this year, only a third of exhibitors had paid their deposits and signed contracts,” he said. “I was at the point where I had to commit a lot of money to the project and it became a risk I was not prepared to take.

“I also just lost two big exhibitors covering some 300 square metres of space, so it wasn’t a difficult decision to reach in the end.

“I am not prepared to bankroll the show for the trade when exhibitors showed little or no sign of helping me with what is essentially a one-man operation.

“Interestingly, I have had nothing but empathy from the trade. Everybody has said I have done the right thing. I don’t feel I have let anyone down. It was the only sensible business decision to make.”

Marlow announced the relaunch of the show earlier this year after it had been discontinued by previous owners, DHP, in 2017. The event had struggled to attract exhibitors and retailers for a number of years.

But he decided to resurrect the event and return it to Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, its home for 15 years before it moved to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry in 2016.

Marlow reported that initial response was encouraging, but exhibitors were slow in making a financial commitment. The response from the fishing market was worse than the shooting market, he added.

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