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Germany votes to dissolve trade body

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Members of the BVA, organiser of the ANSPO show in Germany, have voted to wind up the trade body.

Germany’s tackle trade association is set to be dissolved.

Members of the BVA – the Federation of Fishing Equipment Wholesalers and Manufacturers – agreed at its last meeting to put into motion measures to end the trade body – a process that under German law takes a year.

For the last three decades the BVA has successfully organised the country’s trade show, ANSPO, and the ANSPOMEILE consumer event.

However, in recent years the future of the show – the main money earner for the trade organisation – has been under a cloud following the dwindling number of exhibitors and visitors which resulted in its conversion from an annual event to one that was held every two years.

This culminated in last year’s show being cancelled altogether amid reports of disagreements among representatives from member companies.

In a press release, the BVA said that members spoke out strongly on the future of the association at its annual meeting, but no common ground could be agreed upon. It added: “Our sincere thanks go to all the exhibitors, trade partners, publishers and associations for their loyalty, support and cooperation.”

The BVA office remain open until April 30th to deal with any enquiries.

• BVA President Jan Willenbruch: ‘Dissolving BVA is a disaster for the trade’. Don’t miss our exclusive interview in the May issue of Angling International.

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