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 very old building in Bury with some great transport exhibits and a useful meeting room used normally as a class room for school groups and other training groups. The Connect group had the museum to itself for the day and were able to make use of all of the exhibits and facilities.

There were 34 delegates representing 24 companies including speakers and guests. The morning agenda was very varied with a welcome from The Connect Chairman, Andrew Walker of B&B Tractors, a presentation from BAGMA Director, Keith Christian on the activities and services of provided by BAGMA.

Peter Arrand, BAGMA President, from Rippon Farm Services provided a presentation on the current situation of apprentice training, proposed T Level Qualifications and the need for recruitment and retention in the Landbased engineering sector. This was followed by an update and facts and figures on current Health and Safety Prosecutions by Dean Lowe of Safety Aide providing a wakeup call on how prosecutions and fines are changing in this area.

John Halliday, Bira’s marketing director provided an insight into digital marketing and analysing information through Google Analytics and how to optimise this area of marketing. Paul Bennet from Towergate, BAGMA’s insurance partner, presented on the BAGMA Insurance offering and the issues with insurance surrounding cybercrime and what companies can do to protect themselves with insurance.

After lunch delegates were invited to stay and chat and tour the museum. BAGMA would like to thank all those that attended for taking part and taking the time to attend. The next BAGMA Connect meeting will be advised in the New Year.

BAGMA Connect is intended to connect members to each other, to industry and to BAGMA by way of meetings, social media, the internet and the BAGMA member magazine, the BAGMA Briefing, as well as to European dealers through BAGMA’s membership of CLIMMAR, the European umbrella group for our industries’ trade associations.

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BAGMA Director Keith Christian kicking off the meeting

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Attendees were able to break out in the museum to network with each other

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Members were treated to a tour of the museum at the end of the meeting