Connecting with the South West

The first of this year’s new BAGMA Connect regional meetings was held at the Haynes Motor Museum in Somerset, last month.

The venue provided a great backdrop to a very full morning meeting for members and guests from all over the West Country and South West. Despite the threat of severe weather the meeting was attended by 25 people from 18 companies.

Connect Chairman, Peter Arrand from RBM Agriculture Machinery, welcomed everyone with an explanation of the purpose of the Connect group to support Regional Areas and to bring businesses together to discuss industry issues and local issues.

Agenda items covered included; Training and Education, Health and Safety and the creation of a new Young Managers Group that would be spearheaded by Elliot Prior of Mason’s Kings, who recruited his first member at the meeting.

Other topics of interest to the group, which created a lot of debate, were the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulations from May and what dealers need to do to be compliant and avoid potential heavy fines. The implementation, again in May, of MOT’s for Fast Tractors was also debated. The issues surrounding the release of Repair and Maintenance Information by Manufacturers also raised some discussion with another legislation change also due in May this year.

Keith Christian, BAGMA Director, talked through the National Dealer Survey carried out each year and showcased the CLIMMAR website to those present, demonstrating where information can be found as well as the results of the overall European Dealer Survey.

After lunch the group were invited to tour the motor museum which was a first visit for most and a genuinely pleasant surprise. Our thanks to Haynes for providing a very professional venue and keeping our automotive history intact and not a tractor in sight!

Vicki - Connect meeting

Vicki Burden, BAGMA’s new Connect secretary on a Speedway bike at the museum.

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