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 the aisles.

BAGMA found another reason for a stand party on the Thursday evening with the official handover of the BAGMA Presidency from Brian Sangster to Vice President Peter Arrand of Rippon Farm Services. Guests were invited to join the celebrations along with our very own BAGMA piper. A special cake was provided for Brian and the Chain of Office was duly passed over.

Brian has been BAGMA President for four years extending his normal two years to continue with a number of projects. He will continue to support Peter on the Bira Board of Management and as LE-TEC Chairman and BAGMA’s representative in Scotland for training and education working with Lantra and RHET (Royal Highland Educational Trust) amongst other activities.

Brian and Peter were presented with a special pair of BAGMA 100th anniversary cuff links by Bob Chapman a past BAGMA and Bira president. Peter thanked Brian for his many years of service during his presidency. Keith Christian, BAGMA Director, presented Brian with a gift from both BAGMA and its parent group Bira. Keith thanked Brian for being part of the BAGMA team and steering a steady ship over the last four years.

Peter Arrand, formerly RBM and now with Rippon Farm Services following a merger, will develop his own portfolio as BAGMA President with his presidency including a major focus on training and education and developing the BAGMA Council with a view to encouraging dealers to be more aware of the importance of apprenticeships and recruitment into the landbased engineering sector.

Two BAGMA members received awards at the show Pollock Engineering received a Silver Technical Innovation award and T H Whites exhibiting for the first time with their Imports Division with Jenssen chippers, Ferris and Wrights equipment received a Certificate of Commendation for the Ferris ISX™800.

Bill Johnstone from T H Whites said, “As a first-time exhibitor we were very impressed with the Royal Highland Show this year, from the pre-event communication through to the organisation and delivery of the show, and the quantity and quality of enquiries received from visitors to the stand.”

He went on to say, “We were also delighted to receive a Certificate of Commendation for our Ferris ISX™800 professional mower as part of the RHASS Innovation Awards.

It is safe to say that we found the show to be a great success for us at Machinery Imports, and we are very much looking forward to returning as an exhibitor in 2020.”