Slide, the annual snow-sport trade show, due to take place in January 2021, is the latest event to fall prey to the uncertainty surrounding the current pandemic and has been cancelled.
SIGB, (Snow Sport Industries of Great Britain) with cooperation from the venue, Telford International Centre, took the decision at an SIGB Committee meeting on Wednesday 21st October.
Lesley Beck of show organiser, Rare Management, explained: “With three months until the show dates, there was no clarification as to when the venue may be able to re-open and to bring their staff back to work. Without venue staff in place to support us, we were unable to progress any further with the show organisation”.
The SIGB had promised all exhibitors that, should the show be cancelled for any reason, 75% of space costs would be reimbursed. The SIGB has confirmed that 100% of deposits paid will be returned to exhibitors with immediate effect, and there will be no further financial implications for exhibitors.
The new joint presidents of SIGB, David Sawyer-Parker (MDV Sports) and Sonia Prior (Bradshaw Taylor) said in a staement: “The SIGB is committed to supporting its members and the wider snow-sport trade. During these most challenging of times, returning exhibitor deposits for Slide is the best way of doing this”.
Planning for Slide 22 will start with immediate effect and there are no plans to attempt a ‘virtual’ Slide trade show, as suppliers and retailers have indicated that they prefer to make their own arrangements for the coming season.