Ordinarily at this time of year, with a diary jam-packed with various local and agricultural shows, you’ll find us buzzing around in the sunshine enthusiastically catching up with friends and customers at the Royal Cornwall Show to the Great Yorkshire Show and everything in between. But not this year.
County shows bring rural communities together. Not just a fun day out, they play a huge role in the lives of local farmers, producers and rural professionals. A place for people to meet in person, to discuss, strengthen binds, breed plans, and grow hopes – and as such, play an essential role in the sustainability and prosperity of local and rural communities. But not this year.
Local shows give businesses a valuable boost to kick start what is usually the busy summer season. For businesses selling farm machinery, food and drink products, clothing and other goods they present a valuable outdoor showroom in which to display their wares to a huge audience. The Royal Cornwall Show, which would have occurred this week, pulled in over 110,000 visitors to their three-day show last year, giving a vital boost to exhibiting businesses as well as supply chains. But not this year.
In our experience, most good things start with a good old-fashioned face to face conversation! And that is why we’ll be back at these shows in 2021; supporting them, talking to people, finding out what’s happening at the very heart of the rural economies we’re here to help. So, we’re saying a loud, resounding YES to next year!
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By Veryan Skinner, Head of Brand, Marketing & Communications.
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