Organiser’s success leads to increased licensing numbers at Harrogate-based event - with more forces to join in 2018

Organisers of the Northern Shooting Show are looking to ramp up the number of firearms applications made at their 2018 event – after critical success this year. The team wanted to push the boundaries for their visitors at the Harrogate-based shooting extravaganza, and managed to set a new benchmark with three police forces attending the event in May. The police met with shooters and discussed their services. Not only that, the local force, North Yorkshire Police, whose Firearms Licensing Department are credited in surveys as being one of the most efficient nationally, agreed to set up their computer system on site. This allowed them to process certificates on site and the result was an unqualified success with 77 variations, 7 grants, 53 grant interviews and a host of other work completed. Durham Police, also regarded highly in national reports, managed to complete all of their variations on the Monday following the show. They hope to return to the 2018 show with their IT system in place to be able to do the work over the weekend as the North Yorkshire team does. And at the 2018 event they will also be joined by Lincolnshire Police who expect to be able to offer full services including variations and interviews, as their new state of the art computerised licensing system should be online by then. Paul Whitelam of the Northern Shooting Show, said: “When we approached Dave Coutts, head of the North Yorkshire Police Firearms Licensing Department, with the original concept for the 2016 show, he jumped at the chance to be proactive and do something not done before, and it’s great Durham, Lincolnshire and West Yorkshire also want to do the same thing for 2018.” The organisers will be speaking to more forces throughout the year to encourage them to provide their users with the same level of service. “There is no reason not to do it,” continued Paul. “We provide them with the stand area free of charge so they just have to supply staff. The number of meetings they can have without having to travel around can be so high it’s hugely cost effective for them and shows shooters they are serious about working with them.” The next Northern Shooting Show takes place in Harrogate, 12-13th May 2018.

Daiwa will be launching a host of 2018 products at its trade shows. Dates and venues are as follows:

  • DONCASTER Mon 2nd - Thur 5th October Holiday inn, Doncaster, DN4 9UX, 0870 4428761 2nd 5pm - 9pm 3rd 9am - 9pm 4th 9am - 9pm 5th 9am - 12 noon

  • BROMSGROVE Mon 9th - Wed 11th October Holiday inn, Kidderminster Road, B61 9AB, 01527 576600 9th 5pm - 9pm 10th 9am - 9pm 11th 9am - 3pm

  • ORSETT Mon 16th - Wed 18th October Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett Essex, RM16 3HS, 01375 891402 16th 6pm - 9pm 17th 9am - 9pm 18th 9am - 3pm

  • SOMERSET Tue 24th - Wed 25th October Webbington Hotel & Spa, Somerset, BS26 2HU, 01934 750100 24th 9am - 9pm 25th 9am - 5pm

  • BASINGSTOKE Mon 30th - Tue 31st October Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke, RG24 9NU, 01256 796700 30th 5pm - 9pm 31st 9am - 5pm

Sonik Sports has announced the dates for three trade shows in November to launch its new product range for 2018. The firm will co-host the shows with Urban Baits and Fortis Eyewear. Following on from the huge success of the VaderX Carp range launched in June 2017, Sonik is looking to build on this for 2018 with a series of category winning new product launches including the DominatorX carp rods, reel and nets, plus a whole new range of SK-TEK shelters, chairs, luggage and accessories. This exciting new range features a new custom camo material together with a host of clever and highly functional designs which aim to make life easier and more comfortable on the bank. All luggage items will be packaged in full colour boxes and be competitively priced. In addition will be a new SKSC Commercial Carp range designed to offer anglers top quality products at affordable prices. The line-up includes feeder and waggler rods, reels, keepnets, landing nets and luggage, all of which set a new standard for looks, performance and value for money. A new range of Magna lure rods and reels will cover a wide variety of predator fishing and are destined to become staple choices for fresh and saltwater anglers at home and abroad. New additions to the Sonik sea range include rods, reels, luggage and accessories. “The new team has worked hard over the past twelve months to deliver our best ever range of new products, with the focus on supplying top quality, high performance fishing tackle that can be sold at key price points to suit the average angler,” commented Ian McCormack, commercial director for Sonik. “Our aim is to provide dealers with a whole new commercial proposition that makes sense to stock and will provide a fast turnaround on their investment.”