spruecutter96 Posted November 14, 2022 Share Posted November 14, 2022 14 hours ago, John Tapsell said: Ultimately We are working on some possible options to encourage some of those traders to return and/or find new ones, but we don't know how successful that will be. Some of the overseas traders were unable to come because of To be frank, John., there's only one genuine way of encouraging a higher number of traders - lower the table-rates. I have talked to many traders and it obvious that they just "grin-and-bear" the Telford table-rates, but IPMS should never make the assumption that traders are happy about the fees they are paying. Of course, when IPMS management talk to the traders, they'll get the impression that everything's fine, but that's more about "not rocking the boat" and building relationships than being completely truthful. Yes, Telford is a huge show, but being a trader there costs so much more than any other show. Traders always have to balance operating-costs against their turn-over, it goes without saying. If the promised deep recession happens next year - as is looking extremely likely - traders are going to have a dreadful 2023. I hate to say it, but I would predict that next year's Telford will see lower trader-numbers than this year, as many sellers will simply not be able to afford attending, after having been to many shows during the year with very low returns. Having a show with hundreds of punters who are simply window-shopping, with no real cash to spare, will have a serious adverse effect on SMW traders. I hope I'm wrong in these predictions - I really do. Having said all that, next year I will be very happy to see the return of the Kit Swap (if, indeed, it does come back). I have really missed it in the last few years. Cheers. Chris. 1 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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