Annual Autumn Conference
The ASAO holds its Annual Conference in the autumn. It is hosted by one of its members and the venue therefore moves to a different location each year.
Delegates come from right across the country to take part in an exciting programme of presentations, panel discussions with keynote speakers and group sessions focusing on current industry issues.
The Conference is an excellent opportunity for show organisers to share experiences, exchange ideas and tackle ongoing challenges with a view to keeping Britain’s shows dynamic. The opportunity of sharing problems and best practice with colleagues is found to be of great benefit and the chance to chat to other show practitioners at the evening functions make it a wonderful social occasion too!
In 2017, the Conference is being hosted by the Driffield Agricultural Society and is being held in York. The dates are Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November.
The ASAO is keen for as many of its members as possible to benefit from the Annual Conference and it offers a bursary to help with travel and accommodation costs. Members with a new Secretary or sending a Show Secretary delegate for the first time should apply to the ASAO before 20th September.
ASAO members who are unable to attend the annual Conference can attend one-day regional meetings held in Devon & Cornwall, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Central England, Wessex, the South East, the North East, the North West and Yorkshire. It is a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and discuss issues and challenges of a more local, as well as a national nature.
The Learning Day is an annual one-day event which is held in late-February/early-March. Each Learning Day focuses on just one or two key subjects and so delegates know that the subject matter is targeted at a specific topic. The topic is chosen by the membership and focuses on subjects such as livestock and equine matters, marketing and promotion, membership, sponsorship, trade stands and education.
The 2017 Learning Day was held on Saturday 25th February and was hosted by the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society. The topic for discussion was “Education – on Show day and the rest of the year”.