A Royal Farewell at the Royal Highland Show

Last month BAGMA attended the Royal Highland Show 2018. A fantastic day, we met with members and guests who were able to take advantage of our hospitality, expert advice and stand guests.

bira’s outgoing CEO Alan Hawkins and his wife, Madeline, visited Scotland’s iconic celebration of farming, food and rural life, the Royal Highland Show, to bid a fond farewell to bira and BAGMA members and Scottish friends at a party on the BAGMA stand.

A variety of guests turned out to wish Alan well in his forthcoming retirement, after 15 years at the helm of the trade association. These well-wishers included bira president Surinder Josan and wife Kiran, BAGMA president Brian Sangster, and Scottish past president of the BHF Brian Smellie.

BAGMA and bira staff, along with service providers and members, ensured that guests were treated to a very pleasant evening and had an opportunity to talk to Alan. A special cake (below) was organised with a message in Gaelic which translated to: “Wishing you a long retirement, with good health and happiness for the rest of your life!”. Alan and Madeline were invited to the RHASS Presidents luncheon at the show as well as a dinner with the BAGMA stand staff and guests. Alan’s treat for his first visit to Scotland’s largest event was a brand new country jacket so that he looked the part at the evening reception.

New associate member Catalyst Computer Systems was the other major guest on the BAGMA stand. They were there to demonstrate dealer software packages to members. Marc Nolan, sales manager, commented that they had a great time at the show and were very pleased to have been able to attend Alan’s retirement party.