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14.01

LE-TEC launch search for champion technicians

LE-TEC is looking for its next champion technicians to be the voice of land-based engineering for 2021. The Land-Based Engineering Training and Education Committee (LE-TEC) has launched its Technicians of the Year competition for 2021. With two categories this year, one for someone who just embarking on their career and one for someone who has […]

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14.01

Further details of T Level funding announced

Further details on the provision and funding of the new T Level qualifications has been published. In a letter to potential T Level providers, Susan Chambers of the T Level Delivery Division, draws attention to the £135 million capital fund which will support the building/facilities works and equipment needed to deliver the new qualifications. Delivery […]

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13.01

Former Honda dealers angered further by ‘threatening’ letter

Article by Chris Biddle Following the decision by Honda to suddenly axe 50 dealers from their UK Lawn and Garden network without warning or consultation on 30 September 2020, those dealers affected have been angered by the company’s threatening instructions delivered in a letter sent by First Class Recorded Delivery, (but dated 5 January 2020 […]

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13.01

Brexit: What next for dealers?

The UK left the European Union as planned on December 31, 2021, following the agreement of a deal. And while the Government provided a wealth of resources for businesses to prepare for the transition, we now must look at the next steps required. Here, we signpost dealers to some of the most up-to-date advice on […]

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12.01

Training: Government guidance following lockdown

On January 4, 2021, Boris Johnson announced a third national lockdown in England to curb the spread of coronavirus. Here, we look at the implications of the Government’s latest guidance on training in the sector. This is an extract from Government guidance: Following the Prime Minister’s announcement confirming a new national lockdown, training providers, employers […]

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12.01

Doe Show goes virtual for first time

The annual Doe Show, a firm fixture in the agricultural, construction and groundcare industries since the 60s, will be going ‘virtual’ for the first time. Held during the first week of February every year, the Doe Show attracts huge crowds to our head office at Ulting, Essex and is by far the largest agricultural, construction […]

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12.01

Join BAGMA’s Four Counties Regional Meeting

Since returning to work in September after a period on furlough, Richard Jenkins, BAGMA’S Business Development Manager, has contacted as many members and non members as possible. Not in the usual way at shows, events or site visits but by email and phone calls. Covid has meant that Zoom and Teams has become the new […]

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12.01

Tributes paid to Fiona Bruce of Action Lawn & Leisure, Scotland

It is with much sadness that we have to report that Fiona Bruce of Action Lawn and Leisure in Stirling passed away on the January 8, 2021, after a long and brave struggle with cancer. Fiona was a great supporter of BAGMA and often took the minutes for the BAGMA Scottish Regional meetings, she carried […]

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08.01

Latest lockdown guidance for dealers

BAGMA is advising machinery dealers can be open as they offer a necessary service as has been the case in previous lockdowns. Dealers are advised there should be restricted access to showrooms, operating safely under Covid restrictions for both their staff and customers. Use an appointment system for customers and operate Covid safe collection and […]

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08.01

Welsh lockdown to remain in place until at least January 29

The Welsh Government has extended current lockdown measures until at least January 29, 2020, it has been announced. A statement from Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Following a formal review of the alert level four lockdown restrictions, which were introduced at midnight on December 19, all the measures will remain in place.” The measures […]

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07.01

Death of industry titan ‘a shock’

Helmut Claas, long-time Managing Director, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Chairman of the Shareholders’ Committee of the CLAAS group, has died aged 94. His death, on January 5, 2021, has come as a great shock to his family, the more than 11,000 CLAAS employees around the world, and an entire industry. Helmut Claas was […]

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05.01

Treasury announces £4.6 billion in lockdown grants

The Treasury has announced a new package of funding worth £4.6 billion to help businesses through the new national lockdown measures. Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000, the Chancellor announced today (Tuesday, January 5). This follows the Prime Minister’s announcement last night that these business will […]

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05.01

New national lockdown in England

Non-essential retail across England must now shut as part of a new national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. Boris Johnson announced the measures last night (Monday, January 4), urging people to stay at home and only leave their houses for essential purposes. As part of the wide reaching measures the following businesses must […]

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14.12

Keith Hawken and wife retire from AEA

Keith Hawken and his wife Lesley have retired from the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA). Keith served 20 years, and Lesley 11 years. Both have worked in the AEA on standards for the industry and many projects relating to health and safety of equipment. Keith has also represented both the AEA and the UK standards authorities […]

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11.12

Changes to UK borders after Brexit

When the UK leaves the EU on December 31, 2020, there will be changes to procedures at the country’s borders. Here, we provide the latest news from the Government relating to those changes: EU Transition Trader and Industry Forum As part of our preparations to support business and industry to get ready for the end […]

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11.12

John Deere announces retirement of Howard Storey

John Deere has announced the retirement of Howard Storey manager, market development for John Deere Golf after 35 years of service with John Deere and 45 years in the industry. Manny Gan director, global golf and sports turf, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Howard for his loyalty and dedication to the […]

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10.12

Apply for third Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

BAGMA members who are classed as self-employed have until January 29, 2021, to claim from a government grant scheme. To make a claim for the third Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, your business must have been impacted by coronavirus on or after November 1, 2020. You can make a claim for the third grant if you’re […]

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10.12

Will health and safety change after Brexit?

The UK is due to complete its divorce from the EU when the transition period ends on December 31 2020. New rules for business with the EU will begin in January 2021. Here, BAGMA’s legal team Ellis Whittam look at what Brexit will mean for health and safety legislation. Brexit negotiators are under severe time […]

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10.12

The show will go on! Royal Highland Show launch tickets for 2021

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), organisers of Scotland’s biggest outdoor event, The Royal Highland Show, have launched tickets for the 2021 four-day event.  Taking place from 17-20 June, the show, which celebrates the best in food, farming and rural life, will make a welcome return to Ingliston showground following the cancellation […]

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08.12

Reesink Turfcare appoints new sales manager for the Midlands

Reesink Turfcare has appointed a new sales manager for the Midlands, it has been announced. Daniel Tomberry is relocating to the Midlands from south west Scotland to take on the role of sales manager for for the area. Daniel has almost 15 years’ experience in sports turf management in various roles including head groundsman at […]

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08.12

100 new zero emission buses announced for Northern Ireland

The decarbonisation of public transport in Northern Ireland has taken a significant leap forward with a new contract for 145 zero and low emission buses. Representing an investment of around £66 million by the Department for Infrastructure, the programme will include the buses supplied by Wrightbus – owned by JCB heir Jo Bamford – and […]

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08.12

AEA releases tractor registrations for November 2020

The Agricultural Engineering Association (AEA) has released its tractor registration figures for November 2020. UK registrations of agricultural tractors moved back above last year’s level and close to the seasonal average in November. At 638 machines, the monthly total was up by 22%, with more than 100 extra tractors registered this year. This means that […]

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08.12

BAGMA Director talks Brexit on podcast

BAGMA’s Director Keith Christian reflects on how 2020 has impacted the Agri-Turf industry and the challenges of Brexit in a new podcast. Keith is joined by leading agricultural journalist Martin Rickatson to talk about the last year and provide some thoughts on the months ahead on the Inside Agri-Turf recording. The episode, hosted by Chris […]

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03.12

Are you eligible for a grant to help your business through Brexit?

The Government has made £50 million available to enhance its Customs Grant Scheme. Businesses still have time to apply for funding to reimburse costs associated with increasing their capacity and enhancing their ability to complete customs declarations, ahead of the new rules from January. Eligible organisations can apply for funding for recruitment, employee training and […]

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03.12

Brexit: What you need to know now

As December 31, 2020 – the date when Great Britain is to officially leave the European Union – looms, Keith Christian, Director of BAGMA, looks at what businesses need to do to prepare Well, we waited for something more to happen. But, as I was writing this, someone was quietly sneaking over from the EU […]

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18.11

Major deal for BAGMA Council member

Mark Weatherhead Ltd, run by BAGMA Council member Mark Weatherhead, has been appointed by McCormick Tractors UK & Ireland to fill one of the few remaining gaps in its UK dealer network. It will cover the Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire area from the dealership’s Hardwick premises near Cambridge. The appointment brings together one of the […]

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18.11

Tractor-trailer brake guide is updated for modern machinery

The Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) has published an updated edition of the Look Behind You guide to tractor-trailer braking. The guide – published on November 13 – is aimed at farmers, tractor drivers, mechanics and technicians; anyone using, purchasing or maintaining tractors and trailers. It seeks to raise user awareness of what is needed from […]

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17.11

Join consultation on Making Tax Digital

BAGMA members are invited to take part in a consultation ahead of the Government’s efforts into Making Tax Digital (MTD). In July, the Government published ‘Building a trusted, modern tax administration system’, which set out a vision for the future of tax administration in the United Kingdom, designed to improve its resilience, effectiveness and support […]

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17.11

Bira CEO is latest guest on Service Dealer podcast

The CEO of BAGMA’s parent company Bira is the latest guest on Service Dealer’s regular podcast series Inside Agri-Turf. Andrew Goodacre talks to host Chris Biddle in an episode recorded on the day that England entered a second national lockdown of 2020, a decision which Andrew describes as his ‘greatest disappointment of the year to-date’. […]

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17.11

Job Retention Bonus Scheme withdrawn

The Government’s Job Retention Bonus Scheme has been withdrawn after other support measures were announced. The Job Retention Bonus was a £1,000 one-off taxable payment to the employer, for each eligible employee that was furloughed and kept continuously employed until January 31, 2021. However, the scheme was withdrawn after the enhanced furlough package was announced […]

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17.11

Robin Lennie retires as Managing Director of STIHL Great Britain

STIHL Great Britain has announced the retirement of long-standing Managing Director Robin Lennie at the end of the year. Robin joined the company in 1990 as Finance Director and Company Secretary and was promoted to Managing Director in 2008. Having studied Accountancy, Law & Economics at The University of Glasgow, Robin qualified as a Chartered […]

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05.11

Chancellor extends furlough scheme until March 2021

The Government has announced it will extend its furlough scheme in England until the end of March 2021, in an effort to protect businesses through the winter. Chancellor Rishi Sunak also said that the self-employed income support grant will also increase from 55% to 80% of average profits – up to £7,500 The Coronavirus Job […]

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05.11

All change for Kubota and AGCO

At a time in the world where we need collaboration and unity more than ever, it’s great to see two dealerships working together to create a clear pathway for both of their businesses.  Chandlers (Farm Equipment) Ltd and Lister Wilder Ltd, have both steadily expanded over the past half century, developing their businesses independently whilst […]

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31.10

Furlough and grant schemes extended through second lockdown

The Government has tonight (Saturday, October 31) announced it will extend its furlough scheme through the second national lockdown. The Prime Minister said the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – also known as the furlough scheme – will remain open until December, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, […]

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31.10

Non-essential retail and hospitality to shut in new lockdown in England

Non-essential retail and hospitality venues will be required to shut for a month under a new nationwide lockdown in England, it has been announced.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the lockdown would come into force from one minute past midnight (00.01) on Thursday (November 5) and end on Wednesday, December 2. It is part of […]

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22.10

Spring SALTEX postponed until November 2021

The Grounds Management Association (GMA) has decided to move SALTEX from March next year to November, it has been announced. The event, held at Birmingham’s NEC, will be moved from March 3-4, 2021, to November 3-4, 2021, following ongoing uncertainty over the viability of large scale events in the time of Covid-19. The GMA has […]

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20.10

Welsh lockdown: More details announced

Details of the circuit breaker in Wales – and the support available to businesses forced to shut – has been made available. Yesterday (Monday, October 19), the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford announced there would be a two-week circuit breaker lockdown from 6pm this Friday (October 23). The measures are to curb the rising cases […]

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13.10

Why did Briggs & Stratton go bankrupt?

Briggs and Stratton have a varied history in the outdoor power equipment industry spanning a very long period of time, writes Keith Christian, Director of BAGMA. They have undergone many changes over the years from their roots making locks for the automotive industry to the largest manufacturer of small-powered petrol engines in the world making […]

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13.10

Honda announces sacking of 50 dealers

Honda has announced the sacking of 50 dealers.  In a bid to streamline the business, Honda has announced the sacking of 50 dealers of the 200 or so they had. An anonymous Honda dealer, who has been one of those sacked, said: “I had an idea it was coming and to be honest much that […]

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13.10

New Holland Agriculture announces dealership expansion in the UK

New Holland has announced it will expand its dealership network in the UK. The expansion follows an acquisition agreement between Russell’s of Malton, North Yorkshire, and Platts Harris Ltd of Darley Dale, Derbyshire. Russell’s has reached an agreement in principle to acquire neighbouring New Holland dealership, Platts Harris Ltd. Heads of Terms are agreed, and […]

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13.10

New CEO appointed at IAgrE

The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) has appointed a new CEO, it has been announced. Charlie Nicklin joins IAgrE after 24 years with JCB in design and manufacture. A Chartered Engineer, Charlie has held various senior leadership roles at JCB which included Chief Engineer for backhoe loaders and the Fastrac tractor range and Engineering Lead […]

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09.10

Why eBay’s Pay As You Grow Scheme is great for independent dealers

eBay have launched a new scheme to give a helping hand to first-time business sellers on the platform, at little or no cost. Inspired by the new UK Government policy of “Pay As You Grow” loan repayments for small businesses, eBay has launched the campaign to give entrepreneurs including independent dealers a helping hand to […]

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08.10

AEA releases tractor registration date for September 2020

The Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) has released its tractor registration data for September 2020. Registrations of agricultural tractors (over 50hp) returned to year-on-year growth in September, for the first time since February and only the second time in 12 months. The monthly total of 1,187 machines, was 18% up on the same month last year. […]

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07.10

Crucial for businesses to remain Covid-secure, says BAGMA

The Government’s guidance for businesses trying to navigate the Covid-19 world is regularly changing. However, it is crucial for businesses to keep up-to-date on the regulations, and to ensure they remain Covid-secure. The Government has warned of fines and other penalties for business which do not adhere to current regulations. In order to keep updated, […]

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07.10

Create your own QR code for NHS Track and Trace app

BAGMA members can now create a QR code to display in their premises to support the NHS’s Track and Trace app. The Government is offering businesses the opportunity to easily generate a QR code which can be scanned by visitors and customers, as part of the country’s efforts to curb cases of Covid-19. The latest […]

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06.10

Find out if you are eligible for Job Retention Bonus Scheme

BAGMA members can now find out if they are eligible to claim the Government’s Job Retention Bonus Scheme. The initiative which pays employers £1,000 for every employee they return from furlough and keep in their job until the end of January 2021, is designed to continue to support jobs through the UK’s economic recovery from […]

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02.10

BAGMA President talks training on podcast

BAGMA’s President Peter Arrand talked about training within the sector on an Inside Agri-Turf podcast. Peter chatted to host Chris Biddle about the opportunities and challenges facing the sector as part of a series of podcasts with industry experts. You can listen again to the podcast here In July, BAGMA Director Keith Christian spoke to […]

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02.10

End of the furlough scheme – What next?

The Government’s furlough scheme, which helped support businesses and protect jobs through the coronavirus pandemic, closes at the end of this month (October, 2020). The scheme helped prevent mass lay-offs by paying a proportion of employees’ wages and other contributions while they were not required in their jobs due to reduced business. Last week Chancellor […]

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02.10

Have your say on the future of SALTEX

BAGMA members are urged to fill in a short online survey which will help shape the future of SALTEX. The Grounds Management Association (GMA) has launched the survey to gauge the views of visitors to the major industry event. It is now four months since the GMA announced that SALTEX will be taking place in […]

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01.10

Expansion of Etesia dealer network

The Etesia UK dealer network continues to grow and the company is delighted to strengthen its relationship with current dealer Sharrocks and welcome Powercut to the family. Sharrocks is a specialist machinery supplier of tractors, professional and domestic turf machinery and both agricultural and arboricultural kit. For 55 years the family-owned business, which is now […]

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12.01

Doe Show goes virtual for first time

The annual Doe Show, a firm fixture in the agricultural, construction and groundcare industries since the 60s, will be going ‘virtual’ for the first time. Held during the first week of February every year, the Doe Show attracts huge crowds to our head office at Ulting, Essex and is by far the largest agricultural, construction […]

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07.01

Death of industry titan ‘a shock’

Helmut Claas, long-time Managing Director, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Chairman of the Shareholders’ Committee of the CLAAS group, has died aged 94. His death, on January 5, 2021, has come as a great shock to his family, the more than 11,000 CLAAS employees around the world, and an entire industry. Helmut Claas was […]

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10.12

The show will go on! Royal Highland Show launch tickets for 2021

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), organisers of Scotland’s biggest outdoor event, The Royal Highland Show, have launched tickets for the 2021 four-day event.  Taking place from 17-20 June, the show, which celebrates the best in food, farming and rural life, will make a welcome return to Ingliston showground following the cancellation […]

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08.12

Reesink Turfcare appoints new sales manager for the Midlands

Reesink Turfcare has appointed a new sales manager for the Midlands, it has been announced. Daniel Tomberry is relocating to the Midlands from south west Scotland to take on the role of sales manager for for the area. Daniel has almost 15 years’ experience in sports turf management in various roles including head groundsman at […]

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100 new zero emission buses announced for Northern Ireland

The decarbonisation of public transport in Northern Ireland has taken a significant leap forward with a new contract for 145 zero and low emission buses. Representing an investment of around £66 million by the Department for Infrastructure, the programme will include the buses supplied by Wrightbus – owned by JCB heir Jo Bamford – and […]

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18.11

Major deal for BAGMA Council member

Mark Weatherhead Ltd, run by BAGMA Council member Mark Weatherhead, has been appointed by McCormick Tractors UK & Ireland to fill one of the few remaining gaps in its UK dealer network. It will cover the Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire area from the dealership’s Hardwick premises near Cambridge. The appointment brings together one of the […]

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Tractor-trailer brake guide is updated for modern machinery

The Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) has published an updated edition of the Look Behind You guide to tractor-trailer braking. The guide – published on November 13 – is aimed at farmers, tractor drivers, mechanics and technicians; anyone using, purchasing or maintaining tractors and trailers. It seeks to raise user awareness of what is needed from […]

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17.11

Robin Lennie retires as Managing Director of STIHL Great Britain

STIHL Great Britain has announced the retirement of long-standing Managing Director Robin Lennie at the end of the year. Robin joined the company in 1990 as Finance Director and Company Secretary and was promoted to Managing Director in 2008. Having studied Accountancy, Law & Economics at The University of Glasgow, Robin qualified as a Chartered […]

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05.11

All change for Kubota and AGCO

At a time in the world where we need collaboration and unity more than ever, it’s great to see two dealerships working together to create a clear pathway for both of their businesses.  Chandlers (Farm Equipment) Ltd and Lister Wilder Ltd, have both steadily expanded over the past half century, developing their businesses independently whilst […]

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22.10

Spring SALTEX postponed until November 2021

The Grounds Management Association (GMA) has decided to move SALTEX from March next year to November, it has been announced. The event, held at Birmingham’s NEC, will be moved from March 3-4, 2021, to November 3-4, 2021, following ongoing uncertainty over the viability of large scale events in the time of Covid-19. The GMA has […]

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08.12

AEA releases tractor registrations for November 2020

The Agricultural Engineering Association (AEA) has released its tractor registration figures for November 2020. UK registrations of agricultural tractors moved back above last year’s level and close to the seasonal average in November. At 638 machines, the monthly total was up by 22%, with more than 100 extra tractors registered this year. This means that […]

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08.10

AEA releases tractor registration date for September 2020

The Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) has released its tractor registration data for September 2020. Registrations of agricultural tractors (over 50hp) returned to year-on-year growth in September, for the first time since February and only the second time in 12 months. The monthly total of 1,187 machines, was 18% up on the same month last year. […]

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14.08

AEA release UK agricultural tractor registrations for July

The Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) has released its tractor registration figures for July, 2020. UK agricultural tractor registrations were once again well below last year’s level in July, according to the AEA. At 868 machines, the total was 44% lower than in July 2019. However, the total a year ago was somewhat inflated by pre-registrations […]

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14.05

AEA release tractor registration figures for April

The Agricultural Engineering Association (AEA) has released its tractor registration figures for April 2020. The AEA says there were ‘very high registrations in April 2019 (associated with the original planned date for the UK to leave the EU) meant that it was always likely that the number of agricultural tractors (over 50hp) registered 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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14.01

LE-TEC launch search for champion technicians

LE-TEC is looking for its next champion technicians to be the voice of land-based engineering for 2021. The Land-Based Engineering Training and Education Committee (LE-TEC) has launched its Technicians of the Year competition for 2021. With two categories this year, one for someone who just embarking on their career and one for someone who has […]

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Further details of T Level funding announced

Further details on the provision and funding of the new T Level qualifications has been published. In a letter to potential T Level providers, Susan Chambers of the T Level Delivery Division, draws attention to the £135 million capital fund which will support the building/facilities works and equipment needed to deliver the new qualifications. Delivery […]

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13.01

Former Honda dealers angered further by ‘threatening’ letter

Article by Chris Biddle Following the decision by Honda to suddenly axe 50 dealers from their UK Lawn and Garden network without warning or consultation on 30 September 2020, those dealers affected have been angered by the company’s threatening instructions delivered in a letter sent by First Class Recorded Delivery, (but dated 5 January 2020 […]

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Brexit: What next for dealers?

The UK left the European Union as planned on December 31, 2021, following the agreement of a deal. And while the Government provided a wealth of resources for businesses to prepare for the transition, we now must look at the next steps required. Here, we signpost dealers to some of the most up-to-date advice on […]

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12.01

Training: Government guidance following lockdown

On January 4, 2021, Boris Johnson announced a third national lockdown in England to curb the spread of coronavirus. Here, we look at the implications of the Government’s latest guidance on training in the sector. This is an extract from Government guidance: Following the Prime Minister’s announcement confirming a new national lockdown, training providers, employers […]

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08.01

Latest lockdown guidance for dealers

BAGMA is advising machinery dealers can be open as they offer a necessary service as has been the case in previous lockdowns. Dealers are advised there should be restricted access to showrooms, operating safely under Covid restrictions for both their staff and customers. Use an appointment system for customers and operate Covid safe collection and […]

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Welsh lockdown to remain in place until at least January 29

The Welsh Government has extended current lockdown measures until at least January 29, 2020, it has been announced. A statement from Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Following a formal review of the alert level four lockdown restrictions, which were introduced at midnight on December 19, all the measures will remain in place.” The measures […]

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05.01

Treasury announces £4.6 billion in lockdown grants

The Treasury has announced a new package of funding worth £4.6 billion to help businesses through the new national lockdown measures. Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000, the Chancellor announced today (Tuesday, January 5). This follows the Prime Minister’s announcement last night that these business will […]

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New national lockdown in England

Non-essential retail across England must now shut as part of a new national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. Boris Johnson announced the measures last night (Monday, January 4), urging people to stay at home and only leave their houses for essential purposes. As part of the wide reaching measures the following businesses must […]

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14.12

Keith Hawken and wife retire from AEA

Keith Hawken and his wife Lesley have retired from the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA). Keith served 20 years, and Lesley 11 years. Both have worked in the AEA on standards for the industry and many projects relating to health and safety of equipment. Keith has also represented both the AEA and the UK standards authorities […]

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14.01

LE-TEC launch search for champion technicians

LE-TEC is looking for its next champion technicians to be the voice of land-based engineering for 2021. The Land-Based Engineering Training and Education Committee (LE-TEC) has launched its Technicians of the Year competition for 2021. With two categories this year, one for someone who just embarking on their career and one for someone who has […]

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Further details of T Level funding announced

Further details on the provision and funding of the new T Level qualifications has been published. In a letter to potential T Level providers, Susan Chambers of the T Level Delivery Division, draws attention to the £135 million capital fund which will support the building/facilities works and equipment needed to deliver the new qualifications. Delivery […]

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13.01

Former Honda dealers angered further by ‘threatening’ letter

Article by Chris Biddle Following the decision by Honda to suddenly axe 50 dealers from their UK Lawn and Garden network without warning or consultation on 30 September 2020, those dealers affected have been angered by the company’s threatening instructions delivered in a letter sent by First Class Recorded Delivery, (but dated 5 January 2020 […]

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Brexit: What next for dealers?

The UK left the European Union as planned on December 31, 2021, following the agreement of a deal. And while the Government provided a wealth of resources for businesses to prepare for the transition, we now must look at the next steps required. Here, we signpost dealers to some of the most up-to-date advice on […]

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12.01

Training: Government guidance following lockdown

On January 4, 2021, Boris Johnson announced a third national lockdown in England to curb the spread of coronavirus. Here, we look at the implications of the Government’s latest guidance on training in the sector. This is an extract from Government guidance: Following the Prime Minister’s announcement confirming a new national lockdown, training providers, employers […]

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Doe Show goes virtual for first time

The annual Doe Show, a firm fixture in the agricultural, construction and groundcare industries since the 60s, will be going ‘virtual’ for the first time. Held during the first week of February every year, the Doe Show attracts huge crowds to our head office at Ulting, Essex and is by far the largest agricultural, construction […]

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08.01

Latest lockdown guidance for dealers

BAGMA is advising machinery dealers can be open as they offer a necessary service as has been the case in previous lockdowns. Dealers are advised there should be restricted access to showrooms, operating safely under Covid restrictions for both their staff and customers. Use an appointment system for customers and operate Covid safe collection and […]

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Welsh lockdown to remain in place until at least January 29

The Welsh Government has extended current lockdown measures until at least January 29, 2020, it has been announced. A statement from Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Following a formal review of the alert level four lockdown restrictions, which were introduced at midnight on December 19, all the measures will remain in place.” The measures […]

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07.01

Death of industry titan ‘a shock’

Helmut Claas, long-time Managing Director, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Chairman of the Shareholders’ Committee of the CLAAS group, has died aged 94. His death, on January 5, 2021, has come as a great shock to his family, the more than 11,000 CLAAS employees around the world, and an entire industry. Helmut Claas was […]

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05.01

Treasury announces £4.6 billion in lockdown grants

The Treasury has announced a new package of funding worth £4.6 billion to help businesses through the new national lockdown measures. Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000, the Chancellor announced today (Tuesday, January 5). This follows the Prime Minister’s announcement last night that these business will […]

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13.01

Former Honda dealers angered further by ‘threatening’ letter

Article by Chris Biddle Following the decision by Honda to suddenly axe 50 dealers from their UK Lawn and Garden network without warning or consultation on 30 September 2020, those dealers affected have been angered by the company’s threatening instructions delivered in a letter sent by First Class Recorded Delivery, (but dated 5 January 2020 […]

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12.01

Doe Show goes virtual for first time

The annual Doe Show, a firm fixture in the agricultural, construction and groundcare industries since the 60s, will be going ‘virtual’ for the first time. Held during the first week of February every year, the Doe Show attracts huge crowds to our head office at Ulting, Essex and is by far the largest agricultural, construction […]

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Join BAGMA’s Four Counties Regional Meeting

Since returning to work in September after a period on furlough, Richard Jenkins, BAGMA’S Business Development Manager, has contacted as many members and non members as possible. Not in the usual way at shows, events or site visits but by email and phone calls. Covid has meant that Zoom and Teams has become the new […]

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08.01

Latest lockdown guidance for dealers

BAGMA is advising machinery dealers can be open as they offer a necessary service as has been the case in previous lockdowns. Dealers are advised there should be restricted access to showrooms, operating safely under Covid restrictions for both their staff and customers. Use an appointment system for customers and operate Covid safe collection and […]

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18.11

Major deal for BAGMA Council member

Mark Weatherhead Ltd, run by BAGMA Council member Mark Weatherhead, has been appointed by McCormick Tractors UK & Ireland to fill one of the few remaining gaps in its UK dealer network. It will cover the Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire area from the dealership’s Hardwick premises near Cambridge. The appointment brings together one of the […]

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05.11

All change for Kubota and AGCO

At a time in the world where we need collaboration and unity more than ever, it’s great to see two dealerships working together to create a clear pathway for both of their businesses.  Chandlers (Farm Equipment) Ltd and Lister Wilder Ltd, have both steadily expanded over the past half century, developing their businesses independently whilst […]

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02.10

BAGMA President talks training on podcast

BAGMA’s President Peter Arrand talked about training within the sector on an Inside Agri-Turf podcast. Peter chatted to host Chris Biddle about the opportunities and challenges facing the sector as part of a series of podcasts with industry experts. You can listen again to the podcast here In July, BAGMA Director Keith Christian spoke to […]

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14.08

Showcase your firm on new LE-TEC website

Do you have your details on the newly-launched LE-TEC website? Organisations are invited to showcase the potential and opportunity for jobs and skills development via the new portal. Are you running an apprenticeship programme, or do you have vibrant technicians who capture how great it is to work in our sector? If you do, send […]

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13.08

Handy Garden Machinery to shut retail operation

BAGMA member Handy Garden Machinery of Swindon is to close its retail operation, it has been announced. However, the 82-year-old firm will continue to expand its wholesale side of the business. Handy’s chairman Simon Belcher told Service Dealer magazine: ” In recent years the wholesale side of the company has provided 97% of our business. […]

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24.07

UK Agricultural Tractor Registrations – January to June 2020 registrations by power and region

As previously reported, the total number of agricultural tractors (power over 50hp) registered for road use in the first half of 2020 was 5,195, almost a quarter lower than in the equivalent period last year. The Agricultural Engineering Association (AEA) is now releasing figures showing how registrations have changed in terms of power bands and […]

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