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15.07

Farmers to spread the word about child safety on farm

Farmers across the country are working to reduce farm accidents and with a specific focus this summer to keep children safe on farm. Over the next few months, farmers are joining with the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) to implement and share practical measures that help keep their children safe on farm, as well as members […]

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15.07

Farming employers to benefit from new toolkit

A new resource for agriculture businesses was launched at the Royal Highland Show by Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills. The employers’ toolkit, developed by Lantra Scotland on behalf of the Skills for Farming Group with support from Skills Development Scotland, will support employers in making informed decisions on different types […]

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15.07

Extending dealer coverage for ISEKI

ISEKI UK & Ireland have recently appointed four new dealers ISEKI UK & Ireland, distributors of ISEKI compact mowers and tractors is looking to expand its dealer network over the next few years to further increase the customer service and support to end users across the UK and Ireland following an extremely successful 2018. David […]

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15.07

Handing over the BAGMA Presidency at the Royal Highland Show

With the summer show scene in full swing BAGMA was seen in its usual position at a very busy Royal Highland Show in June. A new record on attendance saw over 190,000 people enjoying an excellent show and all that Scotland has to offer. The weather was kind albeit a bit blustery which helped fill […]

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12.06

David Dixons confirmed as Etesia dealer

David Dixon Garden Machinery has been appointed as a new Etesia dealer and will be distributing Etesia’s complete product range throughout the North East of England. Based in Hexham, Northumberland, BAGMA member and new Etesia dealer, David Dixon Garden Machinery have been suppliers, service engineers and advisers to the arboriculture and horticulture industries in the […]

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11.06

OPEI Issues Statement on Full Expansion of E15 Sales to Year-Round

The US Ethanol story continues Consumers advised to ‘Protect Your Power’ by using only E10 or less in lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, generators, chainsaws, UTVs and other small engine products (OPEI) The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing small engine, utility vehicle, and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, issues the following […]

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11.06

Lone working – Reducing the risks for your business

Whilst employees working alone is not unlawful, employers have a duty to assess the risks of lone working and implement appropriate risk control measures to deal with them. Employers who don’t take steps to reduce the risks associated with their employees working alone will be breaking the law. UK legislation doesn’t define Lone Workers. It is, however, […]

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13.05

STIHL change the rules and dealer contracts – Updated (May 2019)

An update on your legal responsibilities In our last BAGMA Briefing newsletter, we ran a short item concerning the above headline and have inadvertently provided some misleading information concerning a dealer’s legal responsibilities, and how STIHL’s new policy may impact the installation and handover of products sold and delivered in boxes. Our intention is only […]

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09.05

IAgrE appoint new CEO

IAgrE have appointed Edward Hansom as its new CEO The Institution of Agricultural Engineers have announced the appointment of Edward Hansom, BEng CEng MIMechE, as the next CEO of the Institution, with effect from September 2019. He succeeds retiring CEO Alastair Taylor on 1st September 2019. Edward is a Chartered Engineer, with a background in […]

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08.05

AEA appoint new president

Newly elected president of the AEA, Mr Adrian Winnett, speaks of the need to retain and attract young talent into agriculture and engineering The UK agricultural engineering industry needs to continue finding ways to retain and attract young talent, not just from within but also from outside the industry, according to the newly-elected President of […]

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09.04

Graham Stannard Retires from the AEA after 31 years

In 1988 Margaret Thatcher was still in power; Cliff Richard and Kyle were top of the pops; the BEANO headed into its 50th year and Graham Stannard joined the AEA. Many of you will know Graham. He joined forces with Chris Evans to complement the Economics team in the Association’s collection of statistics and based […]

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08.04

STIHL change the rules and dealer contracts

Be aware of your legal responsibilities In a recent announcement to its dealer network, STIHL has informed dealers of a need for a contract change due to the merging of the STIHL and Viking brands, and the increasing use of internet purchases. One of the changes will allow dealers to ship products direct to an […]

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03.04

Increases in minimum pension contributions – April 2019

Research published recently by The Pensions Regulator shows that the vast majority of staff are continuing to save more into their pension following the increases in pensions contributions in April last year. The on-going duties survey of employers showed less than 2% of staff in medium, small and micro businesses asked to leave their workplace […]

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02.04

New payslip rules explained

From 6 April 2019, new government legislation will require employers to provide payslips to all workers, as well as provide itemised payslips to those whose pay varies depending on the number of hours worked. To help you implement the changes, it’s important to understand what the new payslip legislation requires and the cases in which it applies. […]

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13.03

Gas pump confusion could be costing Americans on outdoor power equipment

News from across the pond – Confusion At The Gas Pump Could Be Costing Americans Dearly When It Comes to Outdoor Power Equipment A new study commissioned by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and conducted online by The Harris Poll among over 2,000 U.S. adults, shows that for the sixth year in a row consumer […]

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12.03

Ripon Farm Services expands with RBM acquisition

Ripon Farm Services expands with the acquisition of RBM Agricultural  machinery specialist Ripon Farm Services is set for significant expansion following the acquisition of  the neighbouring John Deere dealer RBM Agricultural Ltd. The enlarged company will trade as Ripon Farm Services, with all existing Ripon Farm Services and RBM branches as well as all branch […]

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06.03

April 2019 | Pay changes you need to know

Are you one of the many employers confused by the terminology used for minimum pay rates? With the National Minimum Wage, National Living Wage and Living Wage, employers can be left scratching their head wondering how much they are legally required to pay their workers and who is entitled to receive it. Employers have been […]

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18.02

IAgrE CEO to retire

IAgrE CEO, Alastair Taylor, to step down after almost 6 years The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) is seeking a new chief executive, after the current CEO Chief Executive, Alastair Taylor (below), announced that he is to retire in September in order to spend more time with his wife at home in Shropshire. “I have […]

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15.02

UK Agricultural Tractor Registrations – 2018 registrations by power and region

As previously reported by the AEA, overall 2018 registrations of agricultural tractors (over 50hp) were up by less than 1%, compared with 2017. Growth in registrations was primarily at the top end of the power range. Over 600 more tractors over 180hp were registered in 2018 than in the previous year, an increase of 18%. […]

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06.02

CLAAS UK Recognise Dealer Excellence

The high level of sales, service and support offered by CLAAS dealers in the UK and Ireland has been recognised by CLAAS UK in their Annual Dealer Awards. Announced at the recent Dealer Council meeting held at the CLAAS Tractor factory in Le Mans, France, the awards recognise overall dealer performance for both CLAAS products […]

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14.01

Campey to Attend GIS 2019 with Dakota and Air2G2

BAGMA member, Campey Turf Care Systems will be attending the Golf Industry Show (GIS) 2019 in San Diego with Dakota and Air 2G2 GT Air Inject. The GIS is one of golf’s premier learning and networking events and representatives from Campey, Richard Campey, Ben Taylor and Dave Harrison, will be joining colleagues from Air 2G2, […]

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14.01

Visitors vote SALTEX 2018 the best yet

The SALTEX 2018 post-show visitor survey has revealed that an overwhelming amount of attendees felt that SALTEX 2018 was the best and most vibrant show to date. SALTEX 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham has again proved to be the annual meeting place for the UK and European groundscare industries. Only at SALTEX does the industry […]

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14.01

Smart Farming Solutions at LAMMA

There was plenty of innovative technology solutions on show at LAMMA 2019’s new home, the NEC Birmingham Martin Lishman An impact and temperature logging device – to help minimise damage losses in harvested fruit and vegetables – was one of the star products at LAMMA, the UK’s largest farm machinery show. The new ImpacTrack data […]

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08.01

Important HR and Employment Law changes for 2019

With 2018, employers had to grapple many changes to HR and Employment Law. This included the introduction of the GDPR and gender pay reporting, changes to taxation of termination payments and increases to the national minimum wage. It is set to be another busy year for HR and Employment Law. So what can employers expect […]

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19.12

Technical Qualifications, New for 2022

Action required by 7 January 2019 Industry needs to respond to the few questions below by January 7th 2019. Your input is critical to developing suitable Technical Qualifications for the Landbased Engineering Sector. As you are probably aware, following Lord Sainsbury’s report on Technical Education, the Government published a Skills Strategy which included a commitment […]

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19.12

STIHL to make BTME Debut in January 2019

STIHL have announced that they will be attending the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association’s BTME exhibition for the first time in 2019. Taking place at the Harrogate International Centre from January 22-24, STIHL will be using BIGGA’s show to showcase its full range of grounds care products, including its new range of professional lawn mowers. The company’s full range will be […]

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19.12

BAGMA Connect Meeting 2019

BAGMA Connect is a new working group within the British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association reporting to the BAGMA Council of Representatives. The first meeting of 2019 will be held on 15 January 2019 at STIHL’s Head Office, Surrey. BAGMA Connect has a core group of members with a Chairman, Vice Chairman and secretary dealing […]

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19.12

SIMA 2019 – An All Round Perspective on Farming Issues

The 78th edition of SIMA, the international agri-business show, will be held from 24 to 28 February 2019 at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre. Providing confirmation of its vitality and reach, world leaders in the sector have already booked their space. More than ever in tune with the current concerns of the farming world, the […]

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14.11

Find a Professional Agricultural Contractor

The National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) has launched a new, revitalised website at www.naac.co.uk, featuring an improved, easy to navigate ‘Find a Contractor’ area. Finding a professional contractor has never been simpler, with all NAAC members on the website having appropriate insurance cover and agreeing to comply with an NAAC Code of Conduct. The […]

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14.11

Record graduation for CLAAS apprentices

The success of the CLAAS Apprenticeship scheme was evident at the recent graduation where a record number of apprentices received their Graduation certificates A total of 25 young technicians received their certificates at the Graduation Ceremony held at the CLAAS Training Academy at Saxham. Of these, 21 students were studying for the CLAAS Agricultural Technician […]

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14.11

BAGMA at SALTEX 2018

Well-established at the NEC now after the trauma surrounding the move from its traditional Windsor Racecourse venue, the IOG’s SALTEX-2018 show this year had a good feel about it with a steady stream of visitors on both days and exhibitors reporting good inquiries. One BAGMA member, Guy Overton, even said he was “very busy”. As […]

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13.11

The CLIMMAR-Index: the business cycle of European Ag machinery dealers at a glance

During their annual congress in October 2018 in Prague, 15 national members associations experienced a world premiere, when the new “CLIMMAR-Index” was shown for the first time. The index describes the current dealers and service situation in nearly 19.000 companies in 16 members-countries at a glance in just one single number. The new CLIMMAR-Index is […]

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13.11

Making Tax Digital – How will it affect your business?

With less than a year to go, bira approved service partners, TaxAssist Accountants highlight what you need to know about Making Tax Digital for Business, and guide you through what steps to take to prepare for the change. HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) ambition is for the UK to become one of the most digitally […]

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17.10

CLIMMAR Congress Overview

At the CLIMMAR congress, a new project group dedicated to the garden machinery branch premiered. Another premiere, a world premiere even, was the launch of the CLIMMAR branch index. The new garden machinery branch project group will focus on creating branch reports that reflect the economic situation and trends for garden machinery dealer’s business and […]

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17.10

OPEI Issues Statement on Expansion of E15 Sales to Year-Round announcement by President Trump

Bio Ethanol Fuel On 9 October 2018, President Donald Trump moved to make it easier to sell more ethanol in vehicle fuel, delivering a victory to corn farmers and biofuel producers in the USA that could translate to long-term market gains. Trump said he had signed a memo telling the Environmental Protection Agency to lift […]

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16.10

Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) 2018 conference to focus on knowledge exchange in agricultural engineering

Conference at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Prince Carlton House, London SW1Y 5DG on Tuesday 6 November 2018 Successful collaboration between industry and research institutions is crucial to bring new technologies and innovations into the agricultural supply chain. This conference will explore positive engineering partnerships between industry, research and academia. The conference is for everyone […]

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16.10

SALTEX 2018: Pre-registrations up & outdoor demos a sell out

Event organisers have reported a significant increase in pre-show visitor registration ahead of SALTEX 2018, which takes place at The NEC, Birmingham on 31 October – 01 November. It certainly is encouraging times for the show which will be celebrating its 73rd anniversary. Since moving to the NEC, the show has grown steadily in terms […]

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15.10

BREXIT | What happens to employee rights if there is no deal?

Concerns have been mounting as we head towards March 2019 without clear signs that a Brexit deal with the EU can be reached. The government has taken the step of publishing a series of guidance in the event that a deal cannot be struck.  In its ‘Workplace rights if there’s no Brexit deal’ document, the […]

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18.09

Royal Honour for R T Machinery

BAGMA member R T Machinery has been awarded a Royal Warrant for supplying and servicing groundcare equipment Family-run R T Machinery Ltd began serving the Royal Household and the Queen in 2001 – when it started trading. The Buckinghamshire dealer held an open day on the 5th September for their customers and suppliers. The day […]

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18.09

David Kirschner and Peter Arrand to help shape new T-level qualifications

9 employer-led panels have been announced this week which will shape the new T-level programmes in Animal Care and Management; Agriculture, Land Management and Production; Human Resources; Management and Administration; Catering; Craft and Design; Cultural Heritage and Visitor Attractions; Media, Broadcast and Production; and Hair, Beauty and Aesthetics which will be first taught from 2022. […]

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18.09

Tool Sharpening Scam Returns, Dealers be Aware

The tool sharpening thugs seem to be back in action, this time in the Plymouth area. As we’ve previously done, members are advised not to engage with this gang and to report any approaches to their local police. Sadly, and despite the number of reported incidents it seems very difficult to get the police involved […]

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17.09

New Forest Farm Machinery and R Hunt merger

ANNOUNCEMENT – New Forest Farm Machinery and R Hunt merger The Hunt and Smales families are very pleased to announce that as of this week an agreement has been reached whereby R Hunt Ltd and New Forest Farm Machinery Ltd will merge to form a new company, Hunt Forest Group. New Forest Farm Machinery is […]

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13.08

An update on the Vnuk issue…

BAGMA have been reporting on the Vnuk case for well over a year now. The main issue relates to the insurance of vehicles that are used off the public highway and the outcome could have a dramatic effect on all highway activities and insurance premiums. In recent years, we have reported on the threat posed […]

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13.08

AL-KO Gardentech Strengthens International Market Position

In order to strengthen its international market position, the German AL-KO Gardentech will acquire the English garden machinery supplier and BAGMA member Rochford as on 1 August 2018, subject to completion. The parties agreed on confidentiality regarding the financial terms. Rochford, based in Wincanton, England, is one of UK´s leading Garden Machinery suppliers in the […]

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10.08

Adam Wyatt, Product Technical Manager, Valtra UK and EIRE

We are pleased to announce that as of June 18, 2018, Adam Wyatt has assumed the role of Product Technical Manager, Valtra UK and EIRE reporting to Jaakko Liukko, Manager, Field Service, Valtra EME. Adam Wyatt is responsible for managing, directing and coordinating the activities of the Field Service and Technical Helpdesk team. Work in […]

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10.08

New Innovation Hub at SALTEX 2018

We’ll be attending SALTEX on October 31 and November 1 New for 2018, SALTEX visitors can expect to see and experience the very latest groundscare ingenuity in a new area on the show floor which is purely dedicated to innovation and new concepts in grounds management through its new Innovation Hub. SALTEX plays host to […]

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17.07

Fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Great Britain 2017/18

Being injured by cattle is the biggest killer in agriculture Figures published in the Health and Safety Executive’s report ‘Fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Great Britain 2017/18’ show 33 people were killed as a result of farming and other agriculture-related activities during the year. Being injured by an animal – work with […]

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16.07

New CEMA President

Anthony van der Ley (LEMKEN) elected new President of CEMA “It will be important to showcase how innovative the agricultural machinery industry is” Brussels, 21 June 2018 – Anthony van der Ley, CEO of LEMKEN GmbH, was elected new President of CEMA (www.cema-agri.org), the trade association representing the producers of agricultural machinery in Europe. Commenting […]

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16.07

Trailblazer Apprenticeships – July 2018

Industry standards explained at special workshop Over 50 dealers and industry representatives attended a full day workshop outlining the new Trailblazer Apprenticeship standards at Pershore College on Tuesday 10 July 2018. The meeting, chaired by Alastair Taylor, (CEO IAgrE) was organised by LE-TEC (Landbased Engineering Training and Education Committee Ltd), the umbrella organisation set up by the Agricultural Engineers […]

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13.07

CLIMMAR 2018 magazine on the internet

CLIMMAR, the international dealers network of 16 National European dealer trade associations, proudly presents its 2018 magazine. It gives a detailed overview of the activities of our members from all over Europe representing a total of 19.185 dealers and 157.299 employees. They all ‘fuel’ the success of CLIMMAR as an umbrella association. They all ‘fuel’ the […]

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12.06

David Dixons confirmed as Etesia dealer

David Dixon Garden Machinery has been appointed as a new Etesia dealer and will be distributing Etesia’s complete product range throughout the North East of England. Based in Hexham, Northumberland, BAGMA member and new Etesia dealer, David Dixon Garden Machinery have been suppliers, service engineers and advisers to the arboriculture and horticulture industries in the […]

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09.05

IAgrE appoint new CEO

IAgrE have appointed Edward Hansom as its new CEO The Institution of Agricultural Engineers have announced the appointment of Edward Hansom, BEng CEng MIMechE, as the next CEO of the Institution, with effect from September 2019. He succeeds retiring CEO Alastair Taylor on 1st September 2019. Edward is a Chartered Engineer, with a background in […]

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08.05

AEA appoint new president

Newly elected president of the AEA, Mr Adrian Winnett, speaks of the need to retain and attract young talent into agriculture and engineering The UK agricultural engineering industry needs to continue finding ways to retain and attract young talent, not just from within but also from outside the industry, according to the newly-elected President of […]

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12.03

Ripon Farm Services expands with RBM acquisition

Ripon Farm Services expands with the acquisition of RBM Agricultural  machinery specialist Ripon Farm Services is set for significant expansion following the acquisition of  the neighbouring John Deere dealer RBM Agricultural Ltd. The enlarged company will trade as Ripon Farm Services, with all existing Ripon Farm Services and RBM branches as well as all branch […]

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06.02

CLAAS UK Recognise Dealer Excellence

The high level of sales, service and support offered by CLAAS dealers in the UK and Ireland has been recognised by CLAAS UK in their Annual Dealer Awards. Announced at the recent Dealer Council meeting held at the CLAAS Tractor factory in Le Mans, France, the awards recognise overall dealer performance for both CLAAS products […]

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14.01

Campey to Attend GIS 2019 with Dakota and Air2G2

BAGMA member, Campey Turf Care Systems will be attending the Golf Industry Show (GIS) 2019 in San Diego with Dakota and Air 2G2 GT Air Inject. The GIS is one of golf’s premier learning and networking events and representatives from Campey, Richard Campey, Ben Taylor and Dave Harrison, will be joining colleagues from Air 2G2, […]

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Visitors vote SALTEX 2018 the best yet

The SALTEX 2018 post-show visitor survey has revealed that an overwhelming amount of attendees felt that SALTEX 2018 was the best and most vibrant show to date. SALTEX 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham has again proved to be the annual meeting place for the UK and European groundscare industries. Only at SALTEX does the industry […]

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19.12

Technical Qualifications, New for 2022

Action required by 7 January 2019 Industry needs to respond to the few questions below by January 7th 2019. Your input is critical to developing suitable Technical Qualifications for the Landbased Engineering Sector. As you are probably aware, following Lord Sainsbury’s report on Technical Education, the Government published a Skills Strategy which included a commitment […]

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STIHL to make BTME Debut in January 2019

STIHL have announced that they will be attending the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association’s BTME exhibition for the first time in 2019. Taking place at the Harrogate International Centre from January 22-24, STIHL will be using BIGGA’s show to showcase its full range of grounds care products, including its new range of professional lawn mowers. The company’s full range will be […]

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SIMA 2019 – An All Round Perspective on Farming Issues

The 78th edition of SIMA, the international agri-business show, will be held from 24 to 28 February 2019 at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre. Providing confirmation of its vitality and reach, world leaders in the sector have already booked their space. More than ever in tune with the current concerns of the farming world, the […]

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11.06

Lone working – Reducing the risks for your business

Whilst employees working alone is not unlawful, employers have a duty to assess the risks of lone working and implement appropriate risk control measures to deal with them. Employers who don’t take steps to reduce the risks associated with their employees working alone will be breaking the law. UK legislation doesn’t define Lone Workers. It is, however, […]

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13.05

STIHL change the rules and dealer contracts – Updated (May 2019)

An update on your legal responsibilities In our last BAGMA Briefing newsletter, we ran a short item concerning the above headline and have inadvertently provided some misleading information concerning a dealer’s legal responsibilities, and how STIHL’s new policy may impact the installation and handover of products sold and delivered in boxes. Our intention is only […]

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08.04

STIHL change the rules and dealer contracts

Be aware of your legal responsibilities In a recent announcement to its dealer network, STIHL has informed dealers of a need for a contract change due to the merging of the STIHL and Viking brands, and the increasing use of internet purchases. One of the changes will allow dealers to ship products direct to an […]

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03.04

Increases in minimum pension contributions – April 2019

Research published recently by The Pensions Regulator shows that the vast majority of staff are continuing to save more into their pension following the increases in pensions contributions in April last year. The on-going duties survey of employers showed less than 2% of staff in medium, small and micro businesses asked to leave their workplace […]

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08.01

Important HR and Employment Law changes for 2019

With 2018, employers had to grapple many changes to HR and Employment Law. This included the introduction of the GDPR and gender pay reporting, changes to taxation of termination payments and increases to the national minimum wage. It is set to be another busy year for HR and Employment Law. So what can employers expect […]

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19.12

Technical Qualifications, New for 2022

Action required by 7 January 2019 Industry needs to respond to the few questions below by January 7th 2019. Your input is critical to developing suitable Technical Qualifications for the Landbased Engineering Sector. As you are probably aware, following Lord Sainsbury’s report on Technical Education, the Government published a Skills Strategy which included a commitment […]

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13.11

Making Tax Digital – How will it affect your business?

With less than a year to go, bira approved service partners, TaxAssist Accountants highlight what you need to know about Making Tax Digital for Business, and guide you through what steps to take to prepare for the change. HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) ambition is for the UK to become one of the most digitally […]

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17.10

CLIMMAR Congress Overview

At the CLIMMAR congress, a new project group dedicated to the garden machinery branch premiered. Another premiere, a world premiere even, was the launch of the CLIMMAR branch index. The new garden machinery branch project group will focus on creating branch reports that reflect the economic situation and trends for garden machinery dealer’s business and […]

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15.10

BREXIT | What happens to employee rights if there is no deal?

Concerns have been mounting as we head towards March 2019 without clear signs that a Brexit deal with the EU can be reached. The government has taken the step of publishing a series of guidance in the event that a deal cannot be struck.  In its ‘Workplace rights if there’s no Brexit deal’ document, the […]

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17.04

The new TANGO E5 Series II from John Deere

John Deere’s TANGO E5 Series II robotic mower is designed to make life easier by maintaining your lawn automatically, in sunshine or rain and at any time you choose. You’ll never have to mow the grass yourself again. This next generation mower features a new operator interface and smarter navigation technology, so it’s even simpler […]

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15.07

Farmers to spread the word about child safety on farm

Farmers across the country are working to reduce farm accidents and with a specific focus this summer to keep children safe on farm. Over the next few months, farmers are joining with the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) to implement and share practical measures that help keep their children safe on farm, as well as members […]

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Farming employers to benefit from new toolkit

A new resource for agriculture businesses was launched at the Royal Highland Show by Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills. The employers’ toolkit, developed by Lantra Scotland on behalf of the Skills for Farming Group with support from Skills Development Scotland, will support employers in making informed decisions on different types […]

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Extending dealer coverage for ISEKI

ISEKI UK & Ireland have recently appointed four new dealers ISEKI UK & Ireland, distributors of ISEKI compact mowers and tractors is looking to expand its dealer network over the next few years to further increase the customer service and support to end users across the UK and Ireland following an extremely successful 2018. David […]

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Handing over the BAGMA Presidency at the Royal Highland Show

With the summer show scene in full swing BAGMA was seen in its usual position at a very busy Royal Highland Show in June. A new record on attendance saw over 190,000 people enjoying an excellent show and all that Scotland has to offer. The weather was kind albeit a bit blustery which helped fill […]

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11.06

OPEI Issues Statement on Full Expansion of E15 Sales to Year-Round

The US Ethanol story continues Consumers advised to ‘Protect Your Power’ by using only E10 or less in lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, generators, chainsaws, UTVs and other small engine products (OPEI) The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing small engine, utility vehicle, and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, issues the following […]

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Lone working – Reducing the risks for your business

Whilst employees working alone is not unlawful, employers have a duty to assess the risks of lone working and implement appropriate risk control measures to deal with them. Employers who don’t take steps to reduce the risks associated with their employees working alone will be breaking the law. UK legislation doesn’t define Lone Workers. It is, however, […]

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13.05

STIHL change the rules and dealer contracts – Updated (May 2019)

An update on your legal responsibilities In our last BAGMA Briefing newsletter, we ran a short item concerning the above headline and have inadvertently provided some misleading information concerning a dealer’s legal responsibilities, and how STIHL’s new policy may impact the installation and handover of products sold and delivered in boxes. Our intention is only […]

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09.05

IAgrE appoint new CEO

IAgrE have appointed Edward Hansom as its new CEO The Institution of Agricultural Engineers have announced the appointment of Edward Hansom, BEng CEng MIMechE, as the next CEO of the Institution, with effect from September 2019. He succeeds retiring CEO Alastair Taylor on 1st September 2019. Edward is a Chartered Engineer, with a background in […]

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08.05

AEA appoint new president

Newly elected president of the AEA, Mr Adrian Winnett, speaks of the need to retain and attract young talent into agriculture and engineering The UK agricultural engineering industry needs to continue finding ways to retain and attract young talent, not just from within but also from outside the industry, according to the newly-elected President of […]

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09.04

Graham Stannard Retires from the AEA after 31 years

In 1988 Margaret Thatcher was still in power; Cliff Richard and Kyle were top of the pops; the BEANO headed into its 50th year and Graham Stannard joined the AEA. Many of you will know Graham. He joined forces with Chris Evans to complement the Economics team in the Association’s collection of statistics and based […]

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15.07

Extending dealer coverage for ISEKI

ISEKI UK & Ireland have recently appointed four new dealers ISEKI UK & Ireland, distributors of ISEKI compact mowers and tractors is looking to expand its dealer network over the next few years to further increase the customer service and support to end users across the UK and Ireland following an extremely successful 2018. David […]

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Handing over the BAGMA Presidency at the Royal Highland Show

With the summer show scene in full swing BAGMA was seen in its usual position at a very busy Royal Highland Show in June. A new record on attendance saw over 190,000 people enjoying an excellent show and all that Scotland has to offer. The weather was kind albeit a bit blustery which helped fill […]

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12.06

David Dixons confirmed as Etesia dealer

David Dixon Garden Machinery has been appointed as a new Etesia dealer and will be distributing Etesia’s complete product range throughout the North East of England. Based in Hexham, Northumberland, BAGMA member and new Etesia dealer, David Dixon Garden Machinery have been suppliers, service engineers and advisers to the arboriculture and horticulture industries in the […]

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14.01

Campey to Attend GIS 2019 with Dakota and Air2G2

BAGMA member, Campey Turf Care Systems will be attending the Golf Industry Show (GIS) 2019 in San Diego with Dakota and Air 2G2 GT Air Inject. The GIS is one of golf’s premier learning and networking events and representatives from Campey, Richard Campey, Ben Taylor and Dave Harrison, will be joining colleagues from Air 2G2, […]

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14.11

BAGMA at SALTEX 2018

Well-established at the NEC now after the trauma surrounding the move from its traditional Windsor Racecourse venue, the IOG’s SALTEX-2018 show this year had a good feel about it with a steady stream of visitors on both days and exhibitors reporting good inquiries. One BAGMA member, Guy Overton, even said he was “very busy”. As […]

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16.10

Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) 2018 conference to focus on knowledge exchange in agricultural engineering

Conference at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Prince Carlton House, London SW1Y 5DG on Tuesday 6 November 2018 Successful collaboration between industry and research institutions is crucial to bring new technologies and innovations into the agricultural supply chain. This conference will explore positive engineering partnerships between industry, research and academia. The conference is for everyone […]

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SALTEX 2018: Pre-registrations up & outdoor demos a sell out

Event organisers have reported a significant increase in pre-show visitor registration ahead of SALTEX 2018, which takes place at The NEC, Birmingham on 31 October – 01 November. It certainly is encouraging times for the show which will be celebrating its 73rd anniversary. Since moving to the NEC, the show has grown steadily in terms […]

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18.09

Royal Honour for R T Machinery

BAGMA member R T Machinery has been awarded a Royal Warrant for supplying and servicing groundcare equipment Family-run R T Machinery Ltd began serving the Royal Household and the Queen in 2001 – when it started trading. The Buckinghamshire dealer held an open day on the 5th September for their customers and suppliers. The day […]

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Tool Sharpening Scam Returns, Dealers be Aware

The tool sharpening thugs seem to be back in action, this time in the Plymouth area. As we’ve previously done, members are advised not to engage with this gang and to report any approaches to their local police. Sadly, and despite the number of reported incidents it seems very difficult to get the police involved […]

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17.09

New Forest Farm Machinery and R Hunt merger

ANNOUNCEMENT – New Forest Farm Machinery and R Hunt merger The Hunt and Smales families are very pleased to announce that as of this week an agreement has been reached whereby R Hunt Ltd and New Forest Farm Machinery Ltd will merge to form a new company, Hunt Forest Group. New Forest Farm Machinery is […]

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