JANUARY 2018 NEWS – Rallies in 2018
After much thought we have decided that the November rally will not take place at least for this year.
Moving forward, we want to stage one strong event a year rather than two second rate rallies a year. This no doubt will please some of the sellers and not others. One thing for sure is that the visitors will come in the same numbers as always.
As a seller if, for example, you hired two tables at each rally (four per year) in the past, you may have wished to have hired three at the one event to accommodate extra stock build up, and clearly this will save you money over the year.
You will have noticed that whilst the number of sellers attending the rally has not really changed, we are aware that an increasing percentage only attend one of the two events each year. This is due to a number of factors which include the costs associated with staffing and fuel, in addition other events may have clashed with our dates.
When we started fifteen years ago we launched at Epsom and Kempton. We very quickly found that Epsom was not viable so we moved the Epsom event to Kempton, hence the bi-annual rally was borne.
As the years go by we are sad to see that some of our well-known sellers are not attending mainly due to ill-health, silent keys, retirement and business closures. Happily new businesses are attending to fill the void.
Gone are the days when visitors came along to see and purchase new equipment. Much of this is done on-line now. However, visitors still come along to see, touch and seek advice on the latest radios on offer. That is why the OEMs and larger dealers are pivotal to the rally success. We are happy to report that they are still supporting us in every possible way.
There is an emerging business in selling small components and accessories, and that is what the event is leaning towards, but the returns are smaller and the cost of attending these events are increasing. We have been playing our part in keeping the costs to the seller virtually the same over the years in spite of increasing overheads levied upon us.
With your continuing support we will continue to stage a buoyant happy event for all.
Chairman, Radio Fairs