Interesting reading this discussion - good one to start Martin!
There are always lots of negatives and positives from over 119 traders which give us feedback for organising the International Living History Fair, as well as the many other shows that Pike And Shot Events organises and runs during the year.
From the Commercial perspective, we only make our money on those visitors who pay to come into the Event, so yes, we were hit slightly moving to Bruntingthorpe this year, however, we needed to move due to several different reasons, the biggest being that our show is popular with traders for both the October & February Indoor Markets and we were over subscribed with a large waiting list of new traders wanting to come to the show.
The move to this new larger venue, which is still being developed by the site, enabled us to tap into this extra interest, and make the ILHF more attractive to visitors by enlarging the choice at the Market.
Our policy of inclusive, rather than exclusive choice for Traders who attend other shows means we get some people who come and go, and a loyal trading base that continues to support our Market, despite financial as well as other pressures.
As Martin suggests, we value ALL our customer's feedback, especially our Traders, for without them we have no Market.
In the next couple of weeks we will be sending an E-Mail Marketing newsletter to all traders, past and present, as well as those new ones who have expressed an interest in attending the next ILHF in February to update everyone on the new sites continuing improvements, and within 5 years we hope that the Fair will expand to include new attractions and traders to boost everyone's trading possibilities.
Please send us all your feedback, negative and positive, in response to this mail.
The AA signs are already being tweeked to overcome the directional problems we currently know about, and the Site is busy working on various local aspects to ensure a better visitor experience once you have arrived. We have tried to get a positional marker sorted out on Google Maps for the show, but it is a slow process, and it doesn't help when the signs we have paid for are then removed by some unhelpful souls who have nothing better to do with their lives!
Keep the flow of information coming back to Pike And Shot Events, and we will strive to correct/amend the organisational aspects to smooth out the problems.
Having completed a wash up meeting with the site, I can now report the floor has been completely sorted!
A second outlet for hot/cold drinks and a bar, together with a cake/snack outlet will be placed inside the Exhibition Hall to alleviate the queues for food, especially those who just want a quick drink, instead of a full meal.
The local area is now being thouroughly investigated on behalf of some of you who are looking for accomodation and pubs or restaraunts that have meeting rooms or large customer areas to host small groups, and we have just renewed a booking at the 18th Century Greyhound Inn at Lutterworth for the February show for a 50 seat Regency style meal! This will be along the lines of the trial dinner this October, on Saturday February 25th from 19:00hrs. Cost is £20 per head for 3 course dinner with Coffee & Mints, and a complimentary Mulled Wine on arrival. There is also a discount rate available to all those wanting accomodation in the Inn - just mention the show at time of booking.
Hope those of you that trade at the TORM had a good show selling your wares, and hope to see most, if not all, of you back in February 2012.
Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!