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AgriScot plans to expand

ON THE eve of this year's AgriScot, organisers have revealed that they are in talks with its landlord, the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, towards expanding the event.

Martin Dare, of event organiser Rural Projects, confirmed that the talks with RHASS covered a whole range of issues and expansion was on the agenda.

"We have been under pressure for space for the past couple of years with more and more exhibitors wanting to come," said Mr Dare. "I have no doubt word has got around that those exhibitors who attend AgriScot get very positive business results.

"Matters came to a head early this Autumn with all the trade stand space taken up and we had to disappoint a significant number of 'would be' exhibitors telling them we could not accommodate them."

This year, in addition to having more than two hundred trade stands under cover in the Highland and Lowland halls at Ingliston's Royal Highland Centre, AgriScot will host a top dairy competition and a series of industry seminars

"It is a possibly a problem of our own making," said Mr Dare. "In recent years, the AgriScot board have been keen to increase the range of attraction for visitors. Last year we had in excess of 9000 visitors and our trade stand holders were telling us they did good business. Word gets around and we are now under pressure for space.

"Our talks with the Highland Society covered a range of options for future expansion including existing covered accommodation, temporary and semi-permanent structures. Discussions were very positive and we have agreed to meet again to take matters forward after next week's AgriScot."

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