Top manufacturers to launch 'Motor Show' of angling and need your input.
Some of the biggest and best known names in the UK tackle industry have joined forced to launch what is set to be one the largest angling shows the country has ever seen.
The likes of Daiwa, Shakespeare, Preston Innovations, Leeda, Masterline, Hardy/Greys, Shimano, Marukyu and Rapala, along with many more, have combined to put together a proposal for an event designed to ‘showcase the very best in angling’ in the country. And if plans go to schedule, anglers could be attending the first in a long line of annual events in under 12months time.
“The UK is the biggest angling market in Europe but for some reason we do not have a quality event celebrating that,” Robin Morley, Director of Sales and Marketing at Daiwa and a key driver of the plan, told Match Fishing. “What we’re looking to create is the Motor Show of angling. The top tackle manufacturers in the UK spend a vast amount of time and money on research and design to create the very best products in the world. This event would be a pure showcase for that.
“As with other high-profile shows such as those across Europe and in Japan, that would mean there would be no retail at the event, just a show that would give anglers the opportunity to see what goes into tackle first hand and learn from the manufacturers and the stars of the sport,” Robin added.
Birmingham’s NEC – a venue already famous with anglers from the heydays of the Go Fishing Show – is being mooted as the location of the event which could be up and running as early as March 2013. However, not everyone is convinced by the idea, believing a non-retailing show might not be as successful as many would hope.
“Experience and research demonstrates that angling shows that don’t allow anglers to buy tackle and products don’t do very well at all,” said David Hall, owner of one of largest independent publishers of angling magazines in Europe. “I don’t disagree that the UK industry needs a showcase, but to have one that doesn’t give anglers the chance to come away with purchases would be unwise.”
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