Normally as we go to print with the winter edition of Rural Matters we are nearing the end of our show and event season.
This year, however, we ﬁnd ourselves with a calendar that is full all year round so we still have many more events to come. We have had a very busy and successful 2019 so far, having already attended well over 35 shows and events from the Royal Highland Show and The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust Scottish Game Fair to Moy Highland Field Sports Fair, Fife Show and Stewartry Show.
Our busiest show of the season is the Royal Highland, and this year was another roaring success. We met many new and existing clients, strengthening our relationships and hopefully building some new ones.
As sponsors of Edinburgh Rugby, we were once again to be joined by players on our marquee and this led to appearances from Jack Stanley, David Cherry, Lewis Carmichael and Murray McCallum.
The Edinburgh Rugby Community Team was also on hand to pull in the crowds with reaction tests and a sled-pull challenge. These games were extremely popular with clients, visitors and staﬀ alike, with competition extending to United Auctions staﬀ members and even Police Scotland joined in to try to top the leader board.
As well as being a very successful business networking event, this year’s Royal Highland Show also provided a convivial atmosphere for colleagues from our recently merged oﬃces in Northern England to meet, mingle and get to know our clients and staﬀ members.
Another successful event was The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Scottish Game Fair. This year the fair was important for us not only for client interaction but also because it gave us a large platform to celebrate the re-launch of our travel experience company, Ossian. We were also lucky enough to welcome Keith Brockie to our stand to launch his new book about wildlife on Glenquaich Estate, Glen of the Lapwing, and to showcase his phenomenal paintings from the Perthshire estate.
Galbraith has grown this year and so has our event oﬀering. Our recent merger with Land Factor has allowed us to broaden our market and expand into events south of the border. So far this year we have attended a number of shows in England such as Northumberland County Show, the Penrith Show and the Glendale Show and we won’t be stopping there.
Agricultural shows are not the only events that we have attended as a ﬁrm. We like to have a well-rounded schedule so we attend a range of seminars and conferences such as the SLE Spring Conference in Edinburgh and more active events like the Chariots of Fire Beach Race and the Belsay Horse Trials.
As well as attending events Galbraith are not shy when it comes to hosting our own. Once again we successfully hosted our annual seminar in Ayr at the start of the year on the topic of rural house building and we are very much looking forward to our upcoming seminar with NFU Mutual on the subject of protecting your assets. We also celebrated the success of our Elgin oﬃce by throwing a 10th birthday party for clients and staﬀ.
The show season may be coming to an end but we certainly are not slowing down. We still have the Northern Farming Conference and Agriscot to look forward to as well as another round of Galbraith Stirling Bull sales in October, where we are proud to continue as sole sponsor, as well as a number of events in London before the end of the year.
It has been an exciting year for Galbraith and we owe the success of these events to the enthusiasm and energy of our staﬀ members who volunteer each day. We are already planning and looking forward to a packed 2020 show season. Keep an eye on the events page of our website, where you will ﬁnd a full list of all our events.