A regular comment from visitors to the National Garden Railway Show is that there are insufficient engineering tool suppliers present. Trader Co-ordinator Carol Regan invites tool suppliers each year, including those who attend other shows and those suggested by members, but all declined this year’s show for a variety of reasons, some plausible, others less so.
These are commercial enterprises who you’d expect would weigh the cost of attending against likely profit. Not attending what is the biggest show of its type in the UK suggests that they don’t think they’d make a profit. It might change their views if Carol could provide them with the potential level of interest in what they supply. If she could supplement this with information about the types of products that visitors might be interested in, this might strengthen the argument to participate.
Please can you take a moment to complete this survey. Responses are anonymous. Results will be summarised to tool suppliers when Carol sends out invitations to the 2019 National Garden Railway Show in August. Thanks for your time and support.
Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary