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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Job Retention Bonus Scheme withdrawn

The Government’s Job Retention Bonus Scheme has been withdrawn after other support measures were announced.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 However, the scheme was withdrawn after the enhanced furlough package was announced […]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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01.10

New dates for LAMMA 2021

The next LAMMA show will now be held in May 2021, it has been announced. It was scheduled to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, in January 2021 however, due to the continuing uncertainty about whether large scale events can go ahead, it has been postponed. Elisabeth Mork-Eidem, group events director at AgriBriefing, said: “The […]

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29.09

Staff in self-isolation? Here’s what you need to know

BAGMA Legal is advising members of new legislation regarding employees required to self-isolate. Yesterday, it became law that anyone testing positive for Covid-19 must self-isolate – and could face fines or other penalties if they do not. Guidelines for employers come under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020,and set out mandatory periods […]

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25.09

Do you have to wear a face covering if you have screens installed in your retail space?

The Government made it compulsory for retail and showroom staff to wear a face covering from yesterday (Thursday, September 24). However, if you have already installed physical screens at points of sale, is it still necessary to wear a face mask? A number of members of our parent company Bira contacted our team to ask […]

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24.09

Chancellor’s statement – What it could mean for BAGMA members

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced new measures to support businesses and protect jobs this afternoon (Thursday, September 24).  Here, we look at the main points of his statement and what it could mean for BAGMA members. Job Support Scheme Six-month scheme will start on November 1, 2020, following the end of the furlough scheme. To be […]

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22.09

Compulsory for retail staff to wear face masks

It will be compulsory for all retail workers in England to wear face masks, it has been announced today. Waiters, bar staff and taxi drivers will also have to wear face coverings – and there will be fines for those who do not do so. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson today […]

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14.09

Catalyst Computer Systems aquired by Canadian firm

Catalyst Computer Systems, a leading business management software supplier to specialised trades and dealers, announced today that it has been acquired by the Perseus operating group of Constellation Software Inc. (TXS: CSU), based in Toronto, Canada. The company will retain its headquarters in Mountsorrel, Loughborough. Catalyst’s acquisition further expands Perseus’s presence in the United Kingdom’s […]

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11.09

Rugby club upgrade its groundscare machinery

Dartfordians Rubgy Football Club has upgraded their maintenance operation with a Trimax Striker and New Holland Boomer 40 from Campey Turf Care Systems. Time waits for no machine, and at London based Dartfordians RFC, that meant their old Massey Ferguson tractor and gang mowers needed to be replaced so they could continue to maintain the […]

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11.09

Toro appoint new sales manager

Matthew Coleman has been appointed Sales Manager, LCE & Siteworks UK Direct Business, for Toro. Joining the business as a Sales Manager, Matthew will be responsible for growing the LCE and Siteworks side of the business for the UK, reporting into Craig Hoare, Sales and Marketing Manager – UK Direct Markets. Matthew joins the Toro […]

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10.09

Danish firm continues UK expansion plan

Danish GPS line marking company, Turf Tank, has continued its expansion in the UK with the appointment of two regional sales managers. Matt Murray and Alex Robinson will cover the north and south of the UK respectively and play a major role in fulfilling Turf Tank’s commitment to providing a more in-depth service to customers […]

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10.09

Your industry needs your help!

Do you want to be part of shaping your industry’s future? The Landbased Engineering Training and Education Committee (LE-TEC) needs volunteers from various organisations in the industry to make up a working group to review the current LBE sector apprenticeships. With the need to review the apprenticeship standards approaching it is necessary to compile a […]

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10.09

AEA release tractor registration data 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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10.09

US giant brings all turf production to Ipswich factory

A US multinational is relocating all its professional mower manufacturing to Ipswich. Textron has announced it will be bringing all its Jacobsen production to its UK facility at Ransomes Jacobsen, which is based in Ransomes Europark and employs more than 240 people, according to the Ipswich Star. The town has a strong mower manufacturing heritage […]

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09.09

Kickstart Scheme – more details released

The Government has released further details of its Kickstart Scheme which will provides employers with funding to  create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds. The scheme allows employers to create new six-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. This is part of […]

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09.09

Arrangements for vocational and technical assessments in 2021 confirmed

Ofqual, the watchdog responsible for regulating qualifications, has confirmed its decision on arrangements for vocational and technical assessments in 2021. The decisions have been made following considerable consultation with training providers and take into account the disruption to learning due to coronavirus outbreak. The statement said: “We consulted on proposals to permit awarding organisations to […]

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26.08

LAMMA 2021 gets go ahead

LAMMA is set to go ahead in January 2021 as planned, it has been announced. The decision has been made after the Government stated that exhibitions can go ahead from October 1, 2020. LAMMA will take place on January 12 and 13, 2021, at the Birmingham NEC. Organisers have said a full and thorough COVID-19 […]

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25.08

Industry backing for SALTEX 2021

There has been overwhelming industry support for next year’s 75th SALTEX, according to the show’s organisers. SALTEX, which is taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, on March 3 and 4, 2021, has been given the official go ahead following news that exhibitions and events will be able to resume from the start of October 2020. […]

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21.08

Briggs & Stratton’s largest unsecured creditors call for reorganisation

The largest unsecured creditors of Briggs & Stratton, believe a business reorganisation rather than an assets auction could result in a better financial outcome for the company’s trade creditors, retiree health plan and pensioners, according to a report in Service Dealer Magazine. The report quotes the Milwaukee Business Journal, which says these creditors wish to delay […]

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18.08

Second Self-Employment Income Support Scheme launched

The Government has launched its second stage of its Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). Yesterday (August 17), it was announced that millions of self-employed people whose livelihoods have been affected by coronavirus will be able to claim a second payment of up to £6,570 – as the Government continues to help drive the UK’s recovery. […]

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14.08

More events cancelled – full round-up

With the many implications of Covid-19 impacting across the world we are seeing some of the last shows and events of the year being cancelled. Undoubtedly, it was initially hoped these would be able to go ahead. Unfortunately, the complexities of any show or event and the financial implications for the organisers and those taking […]

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14.08

NFU Mutual release latest rural crime report

Rural Crime cost the UK £54m in 2019, an increase of almost 9% on the previous year, it has been reported. NFU Mutual has released its latest rural crime report – A Challenging Time for the Countryside – which includes the figures. Alongside our Rural Crime Report 2020, crime in the countryside is the topic […]

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14.08

Guidance for importing/exporting after Brexit

New guidance has been published for firms looking to import and/or export goods from the European Union (EU) after Brexit. The Government has released two new documents to guide businesses on preparing for the new regulations, which start on January 1, 2021 – when the UK leaves the EU. To prepare to import goods from […]

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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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14.08

What will rural life look like in 2050?

Lantra Scotland has set a challenge to imagine the rural future with its ‘Visions of 2050’ competition. While 2050 may seem a long way off at the moment, it is clear that the changes we make now are important in shaping our future and what life will ‘look like’ for the next generation, and the […]

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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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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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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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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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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 […]

By bira | Read more

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 […]

By bira | Read more

New dates for LAMMA 2021

The next LAMMA show will now be held in May 2021, it has been announced. It was scheduled to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, in January 2021 however, due to the continuing uncertainty about whether large scale events can go ahead, it has been postponed. Elisabeth Mork-Eidem, group events director at AgriBriefing, said: “The […]

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14.09

Catalyst Computer Systems aquired by Canadian firm

Catalyst Computer Systems, a leading business management software supplier to specialised trades and dealers, announced today that it has been acquired by the Perseus operating group of Constellation Software Inc. (TXS: CSU), based in Toronto, Canada. The company will retain its headquarters in Mountsorrel, Loughborough. Catalyst’s acquisition further expands Perseus’s presence in the United Kingdom’s […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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New OPICO dealer for Maschio Gaspardo

OPICO Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Truro Tractors to their Maschio Gaspardo dealer network. BAGMA members Truro Tractors has been selling and servicing agricultural and horticultural machinery to Devon and Cornish farmers for almost 40 years and has three depots Chacewater, near Truro, Wadebridge, and Treburley. The addition of the full Maschio […]

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14.05

BAGMA member prepares to reopen

BAGMA member Campey Turf Care Systems is putting plans in place to safely reintroduce the team over the next few weeks that will still strictly adhere to government social distancing guidelines. As an industry that contains essential workers, meeting the needs of customers has been vital. At Campey this has been carried out with the safety […]

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30.04

Team of virtual engineers now available

BAGMA member Lister Wilder is offering a team of ‘virtual engineers’ – an online advice service to help customers following the UK-wide lockdown. The service has been launched following the success of ‘Our Virtual Engineer’ whereby Lister Wilder Service Director Neil Davis was offering an online advice service for any issues concerning lawn mowers and […]

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BAGMA members asked to support sky lantern ban

BAGMA members are being urged to support a campaign to ban the release of sky lanterns. The National Farmers Union (NFU) has launched the campaign; sky lanterns are often the cause of large scale fires on farmland, agricultural buildings and animal food supplies. They can also injure or kill farm animals and wildlife. BAGMA members […]

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