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13.02

CLIMMAR Report 2019

‘Farmers and dealers face a lot of challenges’ Highlights from the 66th CLIMMAR Congress in Switzerland At the 66th annual CLIMMAR Congress, held in Thun, Switzerland, BAGMA and nine other national dealer associations discussed the future of agricultural and garden machinery dealer organisations. This is a heavyweight meeting as CLIMMAR member nations sell 130,000 new […]

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11.02

New CEO to lead the Contractors

Jill Hewitt has been appointed to CEO of the National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC), following the retirement of Duncan Russell. Jill has a wealth of previous experience having previously run the NAAC from 2000-2013, before a family crisis forced her to step down. However, she remained active in the organisation, being retained as a […]

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10.02

Thomas Sherriff continues northeast expansion

John Deere Agricultural and turf dealer Thomas Sherriff, whose headquarters are based at Haddington in East Lothian, has bought the professional turf business of Greenlay in Cramlington, south Northumberland. This development extends the dealership’s trading area and takes to seven the total number of Sherriff outlets serving customers from the River Forth in Scotland, down […]

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06.02

An irritating problem that is common and costly

Workers at a company premises in Bristol were exposed to hazardous substances over a four-year period, leading to the onset of a disease called ‘contact dermatitis’. One employee suffered four years of skin blistering, cracking, splitting and weeping because of this rash. The company was fined a total of £100,000 and ordered to pay £30,000 […]

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05.02

Innovations at LAMMA 2020

The event was packed with exciting new products. Here are some of the best LAMMA innovations… McCormick Precision farming applications, GPS guidance, ISOBUS and data telematics were among the digital technologies highlighted by McCormick manufacturer Argo Tractors at LAMMA. Not least on the new 230/240hp McCormick X7.624 VT-Drive that launched a four-model range of more […]

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03.02

Companies advised to check paperwork on used forklifts

CFTS explains why employers should demand to see a Thorough Examination Report Companies purchasing or hiring used forklift trucks are being urged to make sure that they see a valid Thorough Examination Report for every machine they bring on site. “Any piece of materials handling equipment must be fit for purpose and not pose a […]

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03.02

UK Agricultural Tractor Registrations – 2019 registrations by power and region

As previously reported, overall 2019 registrations of agricultural tractors (over 50hp) were up 2%, compared with 2018. However, there were mixed trends for different power bands. In contrast to most recent years, the number of registrations of high-powered machines, over 240hp, was lower than the previous years. There was also declines in the middle of […]

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03.02

Agricultural dealership celebrates success of apprentices

South-west England based agricultural and garden machinery dealer, CR Willcocks, say they have long been a champion of apprenticeships, currently employing five. On the eve of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, the dealership is celebrating their success. Andrew Joll, service director at CR Willcocks, said, “We have always employed apprentices. It’s an ongoing process with […]

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13.01

Dealership targeted in December 2019 theft

During the evening of December 29, Culverwells’ branch in Tenterden, Kent, was broken into with thieves getting away with a haul of chainsaws, strimmers and hedgecutters. BAGMA Members, Culverwells posted the following statement on their Facebook page the day after the theft: “Last night at 22.45pm our Tenterden branch was broken into by four masked […]

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13.01

SALTEX is the industry’s flagship event

Findings from the SALTEX 2019 post-show survey have revealed that attendees are continuing to embrace SALTEX as the groundscare industry’s flagship event. From 30 to 31 October a record-breaking 9,104 visitors streamed into the NEC, Birmingham to explore the latest trends and products in groundscare. The growth in visitor numbers at SALTEX 2019 was supported […]

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09.01

The new £20 note – February 2020

The Bank of England will introduce the new polymer £20 note as legal tender into circulation on 20 February 2020. From the 20th February 2020, a new polymer £20 note (below) will be put into circulation as legal tender. It will run concurrently with the paper £20 note until it is withdrawn from circulation. The […]

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10.12

Connecting with the North West

BAGMA Connect held its second meeting of the year at the Bury Transport Museum near Manchester. Members and guests from the area surrounding Manchester and into the north of England were invited to a business morning, lunch and an opportunity to tour the museum and meet with other members. The Bury Transport Museum is a […]

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09.12

High usage of diesel fuel filters

The buzz around the machinery displays and farmers at the Agriscot show recently in Edinburgh concerned an unusually high demand for diesel fuel filters in Scotland and parts of the UK. This was being put down to the higher Bio Ethanol content in diesel fuel being affected by the cold weather. Two recent articles published […]

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29.11

CLAAS graduates complete their apprenticeship

Sixteen apprentices have commenced their careers with CLAAS dealerships throughout the UK and Ireland having graduated this autumn from the CLAAS Apprenticeship Scheme. Of these, 15 have spent the last four years studying for the CLAAS Agricultural Technician apprenticeship. During that time they have split their time between formal training blocks at either Reaseheath College […]

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29.11

New apprentices commence their training

Twenty one students recently made their first step towards a career in agricultural machinery service and support, at Induction Days held at Reaseheath College in Cheshire and SRUC Barony near Dumfries having been offered the opportunity to join the CLAAS Agricultural Apprenticeship scheme. The new intake of students come from CLAAS dealerships throughout the UK […]

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28.11

Dealer of the Year Winners 2019 announced

In a prestigious ceremony at the Double Tree by Hilton Oxford Belfry, presided over by comedian and actor Charlie Baker, the Service Dealer Awards were were presented to award-winning dealers from around the UK. We’re happy to announce that many winners on the night were BAGMA members and that long time BAGMA man Brian Sangster was […]

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28.11

BAGMA Direct Launches

Products tailored to your business BAGMA has launched its own buying group, BAGMA Direct. The launch will give BAGMA members direct access to product discounts and savings from over 70 suppliers. Keith Christian, BAGMA director, said: “This is an exciting move that will help make our members more aware of what they have access to […]

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25.11

Counting the cost of slips, trips and falls

Network Rail says it has paid out almost £1 million in compensation for slips, trips and falls at its stations across the UK in just five years. What can be done to limit similar risks in your own business? Costly mishaps Network Rail says it has processed 290 successful claims for compensation over the last […]

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14.11

ISEKI makes a lasting impression at Cosgrove Park

Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty near Buckinghamshire you will find the multi-million pound Cosgrove Caravan Park, spanning over 190 acres. Park Foreman, Trevor Bird with the help of his team of three gardeners, carefully manicure the site all year round supported by their trusted ISEKI SF235. When Trevor started at the park […]

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13.11

Jason Moody joins Campey as Product Specialist

Campey Turf Care Systems has brought in new product specialist, Jason Moody, to cover Wales, the Midlands and West Cheshire. Jason brings almost three decades worth of greenkeeping experience to the Campey team having started in the industry at 16-years-old as an apprentice at Royal St. David’s Golf Club, where he stayed for seven years. […]

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13.11

BAGMA at SALTEX 2019

A review of SALTEX 2019 and the issues we continue to face in the land-based engineering sector The show was busy both mornings but as usual petered out early in the afternoon, but exhibitors reported good interest and those I spoke to were happy about the show and levels of interest. Also a good show […]

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31.10

Be prepared, whatever the weather

With winter fast approaching, now’s the time to be prepared for ‘slip and trip’ accidents. There are effective actions that you can take to reduce the risk. Regardless of the size of your site, always ensure that regularly used walkways are promptly tackled. Rainwater When fitting external paved areas ensure that the material used will […]

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31.10

Preventing agricultural vehicle theft

Cars, 4x4s, quad bikes, horseboxes and tractors are all targets for thieves operating in rural locations Here’s an outline of the major security threats to the various agricultural vehicles you and your customers might have – and solutions for theft prevention. Such solutions offer opportunities for dealers to sell add-on products and to help their […]

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16.10

BAGMA’s newsletter is officially award-winning!

The BAGMA Briefing, our membership newsletter, came away with bronze at the annual Association Excellence Awards, held at the Kia Oval in Kennington, London on Friday 11 October. Some of the team behind the newsletter attended the event and were delighted to celebrate the honour after picking up the bronze award in the category of: Best […]

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16.10

Chesham Council bowled over by the ISEKI SXG326

Throughout the Chesham Town Council district there are a large number of highly manicured grassed areas that need dedicated upkeep.  Having previously used pedestrian mowers with collector boxes, Paul Isom the Parks and Premises Manager, decided they needed to become more efficient.  After speaking with their local dealer and BAGMA member,  P A Turney and […]

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16.10

CLIMMAR Report 2018-2019

CLIMMAR, the international distributors network of currently 16 national European associations, proudly presents its Report of Activities 2018-2019. The report gives a detailed overview of the activities of our members from all over Europe representing a total of 19.185 dealers and 158.799 employees. They all ‘fuel’ the success of CLIMMAR as an umbrella association. Are […]

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20.09

Robotic Lawn Mower Market Expected to Grow By 22%

The global robotic lawn mower market is expected to grow by nearly 22% over the next six years, reaching $1,400.62 million by 2025, according to a recent study conducted by Grand View Research, Inc. Specifically, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.9% from 2019 to 2025 is predicted based on several driving factors over […]

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19.09

Väderstad joins RVW Pugh

RVW Pugh is pleased to announce Väderstad as their newest cultivation franchise This new partnership will distribute the Väderstad line of farm machinery which includes tillage, drilling and planting equipment for Mid Wales and Shropshire farmers. Väderstad is a company that produce modern, high performing machinery designed to help save fuel costs, reduce work hours […]

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19.09

Finalists announced for IOG industry awards 2019

The finalists have been announced for this year’s prestigious Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards which acknowledge the passion, dedication and challenges faced by grounds staff, volunteers and professionals across all levels of sport. This year’s finalists, including some international entries, for the awards are: IOG Toro Most Promising Sports Turf Student  Callum Allsop, Leicester […]

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13.08

Stuart McClimont joins the AEA as Technical and Standards Engineer

The Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) are pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart McClimont who has joined the organisation as a Technical and Standards Engineer. Stuart’s vast wealth of knowledge and experience in both the agricultural and outdoor power engineering sectors will enable him to get involved in the AEA’s critical work on technical standards […]

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13.08

Campey appoint Grastec ehf as their new distributor for Iceland

Grastec ehf has been appointed as the new Campey Turf Care Systems distributor for Iceland. The Icelandic company has strong relationships throughout Iceland and will be offering the full range of Campey products, including Imants, Vredo, Air2G2, Dakota and the Campey™ own brand lines. Sport plays a significant part in Icelandic culture, and despite the […]

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13.08

Alamo Group announces acquisition of Dixie Chopper Business

Alamo Group announces acquisition of Dixie Chopper In the United States Alamo Group Inc. has announced this month that it has acquired the assets of the Dixie Chopper business from Textron Outdoor Power Equipment Inc., a subsidiary of Textron Inc. Dixie Chopper manufactures a wide range of commercial and high end residential mowing equipment. The business, […]

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06.08

Tooling up for the fight against disease

With changes in pesticide legislation having an ever-deepening effect, we are starting to see turf managers shift their nutritional and mechanical maintenance programmes. One such example is golf course manager Graham Wallace, who says: “I made the decision last year to not spray any fungicides, with mixed results. I was hugely thankful that the members […]

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06.08

Recruitment is essential: why there should be a concerted effort for dealerships to recruit apprentices

I CANNOT EMPHASISE enough how essential it is for the landbased engineering sector (LBE) to wake up to the fact that the industry is not recruiting enough people to replace what is an ageing population of technicians (their average age is 55). Estimates suggest that only around 350 people a year are entering into apprenticeships […]

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29.07

National Association Awards shortlist BAGMA for newsletter accolade

A panel of judges have voted The British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association (BAGMA) as a finalist in a category for the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2019. The BAGMA Briefing has been shortlisted for Best Association Newsletter. The awards recognise and reward the hard-won achievements of UK trade bodies, professionals membership organisations and associations. Representing […]

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15.07

Farmers to spread the word about child safety on farm

Farmers across the country are working to reduce farm accidents and with a specific focus this summer to keep children safe on farm. Over the next few months, farmers are joining with the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) to implement and share practical measures that help keep their children safe on farm, as well as members […]

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15.07

Farming employers to benefit from new toolkit

A new resource for agriculture businesses was launched at the Royal Highland Show by Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills. The employers’ toolkit, developed by Lantra Scotland on behalf of the Skills for Farming Group with support from Skills Development Scotland, will support employers in making informed decisions on different types […]

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15.07

Extending dealer coverage for ISEKI

ISEKI UK & Ireland have recently appointed four new dealers ISEKI UK & Ireland, distributors of ISEKI compact mowers and tractors is looking to expand its dealer network over the next few years to further increase the customer service and support to end users across the UK and Ireland following an extremely successful 2018. David […]

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15.07

Handing over the BAGMA Presidency at the Royal Highland Show

With the summer show scene in full swing BAGMA was seen in its usual position at a very busy Royal Highland Show in June. A new record on attendance saw over 190,000 people enjoying an excellent show and all that Scotland has to offer. The weather was kind albeit a bit blustery which helped fill […]

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12.06

David Dixons confirmed as Etesia dealer

David Dixon Garden Machinery has been appointed as a new Etesia dealer and will be distributing Etesia’s complete product range throughout the North East of England. Based in Hexham, Northumberland, BAGMA member and new Etesia dealer, David Dixon Garden Machinery have been suppliers, service engineers and advisers to the arboriculture and horticulture industries in the […]

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11.06

OPEI Issues Statement on Full Expansion of E15 Sales to Year-Round

The US Ethanol story continues Consumers advised to ‘Protect Your Power’ by using only E10 or less in lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, generators, chainsaws, UTVs and other small engine products (OPEI) The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing small engine, utility vehicle, and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, issues the following […]

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11.06

Lone working – Reducing the risks for your business

Whilst employees working alone is not unlawful, employers have a duty to assess the risks of lone working and implement appropriate risk control measures to deal with them. Employers who don’t take steps to reduce the risks associated with their employees working alone will be breaking the law. UK legislation doesn’t define Lone Workers. It is, however, […]

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13.05

STIHL change the rules and dealer contracts – Updated (May 2019)

An update on your legal responsibilities In our last BAGMA Briefing newsletter, we ran a short item concerning the above headline and have inadvertently provided some misleading information concerning a dealer’s legal responsibilities, and how STIHL’s new policy may impact the installation and handover of products sold and delivered in boxes. Our intention is only […]

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09.05

IAgrE appoint new CEO

IAgrE have appointed Edward Hansom as its new CEO The Institution of Agricultural Engineers have announced the appointment of Edward Hansom, BEng CEng MIMechE, as the next CEO of the Institution, with effect from September 2019. He succeeds retiring CEO Alastair Taylor on 1st September 2019. Edward is a Chartered Engineer, with a background in […]

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08.05

AEA appoint new president

Newly elected president of the AEA, Mr Adrian Winnett, speaks of the need to retain and attract young talent into agriculture and engineering The UK agricultural engineering industry needs to continue finding ways to retain and attract young talent, not just from within but also from outside the industry, according to the newly-elected President of […]

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09.04

Graham Stannard Retires from the AEA after 31 years

In 1988 Margaret Thatcher was still in power; Cliff Richard and Kyle were top of the pops; the BEANO headed into its 50th year and Graham Stannard joined the AEA. Many of you will know Graham. He joined forces with Chris Evans to complement the Economics team in the Association’s collection of statistics and based […]

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08.04

STIHL change the rules and dealer contracts

Be aware of your legal responsibilities In a recent announcement to its dealer network, STIHL has informed dealers of a need for a contract change due to the merging of the STIHL and Viking brands, and the increasing use of internet purchases. One of the changes will allow dealers to ship products direct to an […]

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03.04

Increases in minimum pension contributions – April 2019

Research published recently by The Pensions Regulator shows that the vast majority of staff are continuing to save more into their pension following the increases in pensions contributions in April last year. The on-going duties survey of employers showed less than 2% of staff in medium, small and micro businesses asked to leave their workplace […]

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02.04

New payslip rules explained

From 6 April 2019, new government legislation will require employers to provide payslips to all workers, as well as provide itemised payslips to those whose pay varies depending on the number of hours worked. To help you implement the changes, it’s important to understand what the new payslip legislation requires and the cases in which it applies. […]

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13.03

Gas pump confusion could be costing Americans on outdoor power equipment

News from across the pond – Confusion At The Gas Pump Could Be Costing Americans Dearly When It Comes to Outdoor Power Equipment A new study commissioned by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and conducted online by The Harris Poll among over 2,000 U.S. adults, shows that for the sixth year in a row consumer […]

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11.02

New CEO to lead the Contractors

Jill Hewitt has been appointed to CEO of the National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC), following the retirement of Duncan Russell. Jill has a wealth of previous experience having previously run the NAAC from 2000-2013, before a family crisis forced her to step down. However, she remained active in the organisation, being retained as a […]

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03.02

Companies advised to check paperwork on used forklifts

CFTS explains why employers should demand to see a Thorough Examination Report Companies purchasing or hiring used forklift trucks are being urged to make sure that they see a valid Thorough Examination Report for every machine they bring on site. “Any piece of materials handling equipment must be fit for purpose and not pose a […]

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UK Agricultural Tractor Registrations – 2019 registrations by power and region

As previously reported, overall 2019 registrations of agricultural tractors (over 50hp) were up 2%, compared with 2018. However, there were mixed trends for different power bands. In contrast to most recent years, the number of registrations of high-powered machines, over 240hp, was lower than the previous years. There was also declines in the middle of […]

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Agricultural dealership celebrates success of apprentices

South-west England based agricultural and garden machinery dealer, CR Willcocks, say they have long been a champion of apprenticeships, currently employing five. On the eve of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, the dealership is celebrating their success. Andrew Joll, service director at CR Willcocks, said, “We have always employed apprentices. It’s an ongoing process with […]

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13.01

SALTEX is the industry’s flagship event

Findings from the SALTEX 2019 post-show survey have revealed that attendees are continuing to embrace SALTEX as the groundscare industry’s flagship event. From 30 to 31 October a record-breaking 9,104 visitors streamed into the NEC, Birmingham to explore the latest trends and products in groundscare. The growth in visitor numbers at SALTEX 2019 was supported […]

By Bira | Read more

28.11

BAGMA Direct Launches

Products tailored to your business BAGMA has launched its own buying group, BAGMA Direct. The launch will give BAGMA members direct access to product discounts and savings from over 70 suppliers. Keith Christian, BAGMA director, said: “This is an exciting move that will help make our members more aware of what they have access to […]

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16.10

BAGMA’s newsletter is officially award-winning!

The BAGMA Briefing, our membership newsletter, came away with bronze at the annual Association Excellence Awards, held at the Kia Oval in Kennington, London on Friday 11 October. Some of the team behind the newsletter attended the event and were delighted to celebrate the honour after picking up the bronze award in the category of: Best […]

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13.08

Stuart McClimont joins the AEA as Technical and Standards Engineer

The Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) are pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart McClimont who has joined the organisation as a Technical and Standards Engineer. Stuart’s vast wealth of knowledge and experience in both the agricultural and outdoor power engineering sectors will enable him to get involved in the AEA’s critical work on technical standards […]

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Alamo Group announces acquisition of Dixie Chopper Business

Alamo Group announces acquisition of Dixie Chopper In the United States Alamo Group Inc. has announced this month that it has acquired the assets of the Dixie Chopper business from Textron Outdoor Power Equipment Inc., a subsidiary of Textron Inc. Dixie Chopper manufactures a wide range of commercial and high end residential mowing equipment. The business, […]

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12.06

David Dixons confirmed as Etesia dealer

David Dixon Garden Machinery has been appointed as a new Etesia dealer and will be distributing Etesia’s complete product range throughout the North East of England. Based in Hexham, Northumberland, BAGMA member and new Etesia dealer, David Dixon Garden Machinery have been suppliers, service engineers and advisers to the arboriculture and horticulture industries in the […]

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03.02

UK Agricultural Tractor Registrations – 2019 registrations by power and region

As previously reported, overall 2019 registrations of agricultural tractors (over 50hp) were up 2%, compared with 2018. However, there were mixed trends for different power bands. In contrast to most recent years, the number of registrations of high-powered machines, over 240hp, was lower than the previous years. There was also declines in the middle of […]

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13.02

CLIMMAR Report 2019

‘Farmers and dealers face a lot of challenges’ Highlights from the 66th CLIMMAR Congress in Switzerland At the 66th annual CLIMMAR Congress, held in Thun, Switzerland, BAGMA and nine other national dealer associations discussed the future of agricultural and garden machinery dealer organisations. This is a heavyweight meeting as CLIMMAR member nations sell 130,000 new […]

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06.02

An irritating problem that is common and costly

Workers at a company premises in Bristol were exposed to hazardous substances over a four-year period, leading to the onset of a disease called ‘contact dermatitis’. One employee suffered four years of skin blistering, cracking, splitting and weeping because of this rash. The company was fined a total of £100,000 and ordered to pay £30,000 […]

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09.01

The new £20 note – February 2020

The Bank of England will introduce the new polymer £20 note as legal tender into circulation on 20 February 2020. From the 20th February 2020, a new polymer £20 note (below) will be put into circulation as legal tender. It will run concurrently with the paper £20 note until it is withdrawn from circulation. The […]

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13.11

BAGMA at SALTEX 2019

A review of SALTEX 2019 and the issues we continue to face in the land-based engineering sector The show was busy both mornings but as usual petered out early in the afternoon, but exhibitors reported good interest and those I spoke to were happy about the show and levels of interest. Also a good show […]

By Bira | Read more

16.10

Chesham Council bowled over by the ISEKI SXG326

Throughout the Chesham Town Council district there are a large number of highly manicured grassed areas that need dedicated upkeep.  Having previously used pedestrian mowers with collector boxes, Paul Isom the Parks and Premises Manager, decided they needed to become more efficient.  After speaking with their local dealer and BAGMA member,  P A Turney and […]

By Bira | Read more

CLIMMAR Report 2018-2019

CLIMMAR, the international distributors network of currently 16 national European associations, proudly presents its Report of Activities 2018-2019. The report gives a detailed overview of the activities of our members from all over Europe representing a total of 19.185 dealers and 158.799 employees. They all ‘fuel’ the success of CLIMMAR as an umbrella association. Are […]

By Bira | Read more

20.09

Robotic Lawn Mower Market Expected to Grow By 22%

The global robotic lawn mower market is expected to grow by nearly 22% over the next six years, reaching $1,400.62 million by 2025, according to a recent study conducted by Grand View Research, Inc. Specifically, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.9% from 2019 to 2025 is predicted based on several driving factors over […]

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06.08

Recruitment is essential: why there should be a concerted effort for dealerships to recruit apprentices

I CANNOT EMPHASISE enough how essential it is for the landbased engineering sector (LBE) to wake up to the fact that the industry is not recruiting enough people to replace what is an ageing population of technicians (their average age is 55). Estimates suggest that only around 350 people a year are entering into apprenticeships […]

By Bira | Read more

11.06

Lone working – Reducing the risks for your business

Whilst employees working alone is not unlawful, employers have a duty to assess the risks of lone working and implement appropriate risk control measures to deal with them. Employers who don’t take steps to reduce the risks associated with their employees working alone will be breaking the law. UK legislation doesn’t define Lone Workers. It is, however, […]

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13.05

STIHL change the rules and dealer contracts – Updated (May 2019)

An update on your legal responsibilities In our last BAGMA Briefing newsletter, we ran a short item concerning the above headline and have inadvertently provided some misleading information concerning a dealer’s legal responsibilities, and how STIHL’s new policy may impact the installation and handover of products sold and delivered in boxes. Our intention is only […]

By Bira | Read more

13.02

CLIMMAR Report 2019

‘Farmers and dealers face a lot of challenges’ Highlights from the 66th CLIMMAR Congress in Switzerland At the 66th annual CLIMMAR Congress, held in Thun, Switzerland, BAGMA and nine other national dealer associations discussed the future of agricultural and garden machinery dealer organisations. This is a heavyweight meeting as CLIMMAR member nations sell 130,000 new […]

By Bira | Read more

11.02

New CEO to lead the Contractors

Jill Hewitt has been appointed to CEO of the National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC), following the retirement of Duncan Russell. Jill has a wealth of previous experience having previously run the NAAC from 2000-2013, before a family crisis forced her to step down. However, she remained active in the organisation, being retained as a […]

By Bira | Read more

05.02

Innovations at LAMMA 2020

The event was packed with exciting new products. Here are some of the best LAMMA innovations… McCormick Precision farming applications, GPS guidance, ISOBUS and data telematics were among the digital technologies highlighted by McCormick manufacturer Argo Tractors at LAMMA. Not least on the new 230/240hp McCormick X7.624 VT-Drive that launched a four-model range of more […]

By Bira | Read more

03.02

Companies advised to check paperwork on used forklifts

CFTS explains why employers should demand to see a Thorough Examination Report Companies purchasing or hiring used forklift trucks are being urged to make sure that they see a valid Thorough Examination Report for every machine they bring on site. “Any piece of materials handling equipment must be fit for purpose and not pose a […]

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UK Agricultural Tractor Registrations – 2019 registrations by power and region

As previously reported, overall 2019 registrations of agricultural tractors (over 50hp) were up 2%, compared with 2018. However, there were mixed trends for different power bands. In contrast to most recent years, the number of registrations of high-powered machines, over 240hp, was lower than the previous years. There was also declines in the middle of […]

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Agricultural dealership celebrates success of apprentices

South-west England based agricultural and garden machinery dealer, CR Willcocks, say they have long been a champion of apprenticeships, currently employing five. On the eve of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, the dealership is celebrating their success. Andrew Joll, service director at CR Willcocks, said, “We have always employed apprentices. It’s an ongoing process with […]

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13.01

Dealership targeted in December 2019 theft

During the evening of December 29, Culverwells’ branch in Tenterden, Kent, was broken into with thieves getting away with a haul of chainsaws, strimmers and hedgecutters. BAGMA Members, Culverwells posted the following statement on their Facebook page the day after the theft: “Last night at 22.45pm our Tenterden branch was broken into by four masked […]

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SALTEX is the industry’s flagship event

Findings from the SALTEX 2019 post-show survey have revealed that attendees are continuing to embrace SALTEX as the groundscare industry’s flagship event. From 30 to 31 October a record-breaking 9,104 visitors streamed into the NEC, Birmingham to explore the latest trends and products in groundscare. The growth in visitor numbers at SALTEX 2019 was supported […]

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10.12

Connecting with the North West

BAGMA Connect held its second meeting of the year at the Bury Transport Museum near Manchester. Members and guests from the area surrounding Manchester and into the north of England were invited to a business morning, lunch and an opportunity to tour the museum and meet with other members. The Bury Transport Museum is a […]

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09.12

High usage of diesel fuel filters

The buzz around the machinery displays and farmers at the Agriscot show recently in Edinburgh concerned an unusually high demand for diesel fuel filters in Scotland and parts of the UK. This was being put down to the higher Bio Ethanol content in diesel fuel being affected by the cold weather. Two recent articles published […]

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10.02

Thomas Sherriff continues northeast expansion

John Deere Agricultural and turf dealer Thomas Sherriff, whose headquarters are based at Haddington in East Lothian, has bought the professional turf business of Greenlay in Cramlington, south Northumberland. This development extends the dealership’s trading area and takes to seven the total number of Sherriff outlets serving customers from the River Forth in Scotland, down […]

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13.01

Dealership targeted in December 2019 theft

During the evening of December 29, Culverwells’ branch in Tenterden, Kent, was broken into with thieves getting away with a haul of chainsaws, strimmers and hedgecutters. BAGMA Members, Culverwells posted the following statement on their Facebook page the day after the theft: “Last night at 22.45pm our Tenterden branch was broken into by four masked […]

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28.11

Dealer of the Year Winners 2019 announced

In a prestigious ceremony at the Double Tree by Hilton Oxford Belfry, presided over by comedian and actor Charlie Baker, the Service Dealer Awards were were presented to award-winning dealers from around the UK. We’re happy to announce that many winners on the night were BAGMA members and that long time BAGMA man Brian Sangster was […]

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BAGMA Direct Launches

Products tailored to your business BAGMA has launched its own buying group, BAGMA Direct. The launch will give BAGMA members direct access to product discounts and savings from over 70 suppliers. Keith Christian, BAGMA director, said: “This is an exciting move that will help make our members more aware of what they have access to […]

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14.11

ISEKI makes a lasting impression at Cosgrove Park

Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty near Buckinghamshire you will find the multi-million pound Cosgrove Caravan Park, spanning over 190 acres. Park Foreman, Trevor Bird with the help of his team of three gardeners, carefully manicure the site all year round supported by their trusted ISEKI SF235. When Trevor started at the park […]

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13.11

Jason Moody joins Campey as Product Specialist

Campey Turf Care Systems has brought in new product specialist, Jason Moody, to cover Wales, the Midlands and West Cheshire. Jason brings almost three decades worth of greenkeeping experience to the Campey team having started in the industry at 16-years-old as an apprentice at Royal St. David’s Golf Club, where he stayed for seven years. […]

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31.10

Be prepared, whatever the weather

With winter fast approaching, now’s the time to be prepared for ‘slip and trip’ accidents. There are effective actions that you can take to reduce the risk. Regardless of the size of your site, always ensure that regularly used walkways are promptly tackled. Rainwater When fitting external paved areas ensure that the material used will […]

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Preventing agricultural vehicle theft

Cars, 4x4s, quad bikes, horseboxes and tractors are all targets for thieves operating in rural locations Here’s an outline of the major security threats to the various agricultural vehicles you and your customers might have – and solutions for theft prevention. Such solutions offer opportunities for dealers to sell add-on products and to help their […]

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16.10

BAGMA’s newsletter is officially award-winning!

The BAGMA Briefing, our membership newsletter, came away with bronze at the annual Association Excellence Awards, held at the Kia Oval in Kennington, London on Friday 11 October. Some of the team behind the newsletter attended the event and were delighted to celebrate the honour after picking up the bronze award in the category of: Best […]

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19.09

Väderstad joins RVW Pugh

RVW Pugh is pleased to announce Väderstad as their newest cultivation franchise This new partnership will distribute the Väderstad line of farm machinery which includes tillage, drilling and planting equipment for Mid Wales and Shropshire farmers. Väderstad is a company that produce modern, high performing machinery designed to help save fuel costs, reduce work hours […]

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