The team at Scarab Sweepers enjoyed a successful outing at the APSE Scotland Fleet, Waste and Grounds Seminar in Aviemore

Kent-based road sweeper manufacturer Scarab Sweepers travelled all the way up to Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands to attend this year’s Scotland Fleet, Waste and Grounds Seminar, run by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE).

The event, which is the largest Scottish trade exhibition of its kind, did not disappoint, according to Gordon Henderson, Scarab’s Area Sales and Service Manager for Scotland, who described the event as “a must-visit”.

“I love the event,” Gordon told FACTS. “It is one of the trade shows that I look forward to most every year. It is organised superbly well each and every time we visit.”

Andy Farley, Branch Manager (Domestic Sales & After Sales), Simon Stringer, UK Sales Manager and Gordon were three of the four representatives for Scarab at this year’s show.

“Between suppliers and delegates, the show is always well participated in, the setting in the Highlands is second to none, and you have most of the delegates and exhibitors staying in the same location for the duration of the show. That means that not only do you have the opportunity to network and build relationships during the day, you get a chance to socialise in the evenings too. It is always nice to be able to reconnect with existing customers or introduce yourself to potential new clients in a relaxed but professional environment.

“And the Scottish hospitality – you will never beat that anywhere!”

Certainly, the event is highly regarded by those at Scarab, who, from their manufacturing headquarters in Marden, cater for all aspects of municipal, urban and heavy-duty contracting work by designing, manufacturing and supplying a diverse range of road sweeper models. Making its Scottish debut on the Scarab stand this year was the modern and agile MC110 sub-compact sweeper. The new model offers a high level of manoeuvrability and driver comfort, and generated a lot of interest from representatives from local authorities from all across the country, said Gordon.

“We were very proud to debut the MC110 on the stand this year. Its ultra-compact build makes it an ideal solution for collecting waste in the narrowest parts of public areas, such as pavements, pedestrian areas, or car parks, for example.”

Scarab’s presence at the show extended beyond their stand with three 4.5-15 tonne truck mounted sweepers also making the journey up to Aviemore. One of these vehicles took pride of place on the DAF stand for the duration of the event.

Gordon commented: “One of our Scarab Magnum truck-mounted road sweepers was centre stage on the DAF stand; this was a major boost for us as DAF were the main sponsors of the event and are one of our most popular chassis suppliers.”

But not only did Scarab partner with one the event’s main sponsors to raise the company’s profile, they also sponsored an evening event for show visitors. This took the form of a gin-tasting networking evening that, by all accounts, was extremely well received by all who attended.

Looking back on the evening, Gordon said: “Our event went down a storm. We offered a selection of flavoured gins, as well as some local varieties from a distillery up in the Highlands. To top it all off, one of the staff members made up some sorbet to accompany everyone’s drinks. The whole thing went down a treat and people thanked us for what was a great evening,” he continued. “We are always looking for that little edge, and we thought that our event was a twist on your standard beer and whisky tasting networking event.”

When exhibiting at trade shows, it is important that companies enjoy a return on their investment, whether that be by building new relationships or reaffirming old ones. According to Gordon, this has never been an issue for Scarab at the
Aviemore-based show.

“We always benefit from plenty of positive leads from the APSE Scotland event, and this year was no different,” he said. “Gordon, who has attended the event for several years, believes the show is only getting bigger.

“I find that there are more and more suppliers coming and it is starting to get really busy,” said Gordon. “So much so, that I think they might overrun the venue if the organisers are not careful!”

“We know first-hand how big of a financial commitment it is for manufacturers to bring equipment all the way up to the Highlands for three days so it shows just how important the event is.”

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