Borders Machinery Ring Limited

Leader House
Mill Road

BMR acts as an agent only and not as principal

T: 01896 758091
F: 01896 757036
Registered in Scotland
Reg No. SP02303R



BMR is a Co-op owned by its members and run for their advantage - To improve member profitability by providing services which reduce costs, improve efficiency, asset utilisation and manage risk.  Our main areas of business are Machinery Hire & Contracting, Labour Supply, Training, Farm Supplies & Utilities Procurement


Borders Machinery Ring (BMR), the first Ring to be formed in the UK in February 1987 by 23 farmers and contractors.  Currently, there are over 1020 Full, Labour and Private members. Turnover is around £7 million.  There are now 8 rings in Scotland and 8 in England and Wales.




The following office protocols are in place:

All staff are on hand, for business as usual, on the BMR office number 01896 758091.

The BMR office in Earlston is staffed in person on a limited basis. 

Please submit timesheets via the website (button to right), alternatively email or post timesheets to the office. 

If you have timesheets to hand into the office itself please follow the guidelines: Use hand sanitiser before coming into the entrance hall and wear a face covering. Call the BMR number on the phone in the hall, this will be answered by a member of staff. 

Alternatively please post envelopes through the letterbox.

Thank you for your continued support.



STRAW AVAILABLE - Barley & Wheat.  (4x4 Rounds & Big Square)  - Delivery also available

GRAIN STORAGE AND DRYING - If you are short of grain storage & drying capacity this year we have some BMR members who may be able to help out.  Contact the BMR office for further details.


  Aluminium Phospide training taking place at BMR, with another course planned for 1st November - please call to book a place.

     Join our Photography Workshop on 5th November near Melrose-call to book.


MACHINE HIRE-We have many local hire companies supplying BMR members with exceptional rates-so give the Ring a call for any machine or equipment hire.  TELEHANDLERS AVAILABLE FOR SELF HIRE OVER HARVEST

GOOD SHEEP HAY WANTED - Contact Sarah or Michael at BMR Office

BUILDING MATERIALS - Many local building supply companies are members of BMR. You can arrange deliveries or collect goods with a BMR booking number. Call the BMR office for advice.

FERTILISER - Requirements -New Season Nitrogen -   Contact BMR for a competitive quote.   Delayed payment terms available.

FORD VEHICLE DEAL- great deals available on all Ford vehicles including commercial vans.

TELECOMS - Our telecoms tariffs provide excellent rates for busy businesses and the less frequent user. Advice on handset purchase is available. All through the AF Group. 

ELECTRICITY CONTRACTS- Important reminder for BMR members with electricity contracts through the Ring: please SUBMIT monthly meter readings as near 20th of month as possible. This helps to manage your electricity billing. If your billing contains estimated reads, please get in touch with the office and send a smart phone photo of your meter reading. Notification of termination of contract should be advised to the office by 30 December in the year prior to contract end. 


BMR provides training throughout the Scottish Borders, Lothians, Lanarkshire & Northumberland.

We have a full training programme scheduled for the autumn/winter. 

Pesticides courses - training and assessments are scheduled for November 2021. Candidates must have their own equipment to take the relevant City & Guilds assessments.

Forklift, ATV, Argo, tractor, chainsaw, woodchipper, garden & estate maintenance machine & equipment training is planned on a regular basis.

Training can be provided through Lantra Awards, NPORS, British Off Road Driving Association (BORDA), BRITTOP or as 'inhouse' training with industry experts and highly skilled instructors.

City & Guilds assessments are arranged for Animal Transport tests, Pesticides Awards and Chainsaw Awards.

Emergency First Aid at Work courses are provided by ITC registered trainers.

Please click on the tab 'upcoming training courses' in Shortcuts to view the current Programme and call the office to register interest and for further details. 

Online training is available from Lantra Elearning and includes Rodent Control & Health & Safety on Farms. Please call the office to book your online course.



Are you looking to work in Agriculture or the Land Based Sector?   
Applications are now open for the Winter Intake of the 2021 Pre-Apprenticeship Programme -  Download application form

The 2021 Pre-Apprenticeship Scheme has now commenced.  Candidates started on their 6 month work placements in early July.  Training courses were provided in Tractor Driving, Telehandler, ATV, Emergency First Aid at Work & Health & Safety on Farms.  With candidates making use of chainsaw training, welding & fencing as required on the mentor farm. Candidates will move onto further education including the Modern Apprenticeship or full-time employment.  

BMR still have 5 funded places for students to start on work placement in December 21/January 22

The work-based scheme is run in collaboration with Borders College  2 week induction which involves a range of activities and certified training. Farmer mentors play a crucial but rewarding role on the placement with a huge responsibility not only providing the young person with practical knowledge but providing an environment to encourage a good work ethic as well as social and communication skills.

Pre-Apprenticeship Format:

DEVELOPMENT: Programme starts with a 2 week induction at Borders College

TRAINING COURSES: Up to £1500 of training, an element tailored to individual needs

MENTORING: 26 weeks full-time employment, typically working 40hrs per week on a suitable rural business

HANDS ON APPROACH: Earn while you learn in the rural sector. Payment in accordance with Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB)

Ringlink Scotland:

Please find link to Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs, Hub, Jobs and Careers in the Rural Sector

Lantra Podcast - An Interview with a Past Mentor  

If you are interested in finding out more about the scheme as a candidate or mentor please contact Michael at BMR for more information on 01896 758091

Candidate Application Form

The Scottish Machinery Ring Association Retrospective Rebate Scheme provides a rebate over and above any agreement between the purchaser and their dealer. Farmers continue to negotiate with their supplier and come to their own agreement when they buy a tractor or any other Case IH machinery from a recognised CaseIH dealer. Then send a copy of all appropriate paper work to the BMR office. This paperwork must depict the relevant serial number for CaseIH auditing purposes. These copies must be dated for the year in which the claim is made. Details of what exactly is required are available from the BMR Office This annual scheme runs from the 1st December to the 30th November inclusive

Competition deadline now extended to Agriscot Event at Ingliston in November. 

Scheme Details - Click Here

Case IH Workwear - Available at your local dealer - Click Here




Telehandler & Excavator Hire  - Group rates for BMR Members with many companies

We will find what you are looking for at the best hire rate & transport costs. 

Plant and equipment can be supplied throughout our area.  

Tractor Self-Hire

100hp - 300 hp Available 
Short & Long Term Hire
Grain Trailers also available to suit your requirements  10 - 18t (with Full Road Kit)

Invoicing your timesheets - this is done every week, so do send these in as soon as completed. Please address any invoice related query to

Automated payments through the Ring

Improve your Cash Flow - BMR carries out a weekly invoice run on behalf of members.  Invoices are collected by Direct Debit and paid into your account by credit transfer on 28 days providing funds have been received from the demander.

If you would like to discuss BMR helping out with your invoicing just give us a call at the office on 01896 758091


Keep calling with your requests, updated services and your availability for work

Always let us know any new contact details

  • BMR Training 2021 BMR Training 2021
    Take a look at our scheduled training courses and call to book
  • BMR Grass Seed Mixtures 2021
    BMR has a bespoke list of grass seed mixes for different uses, including Amenity, Forage, Species Rich, Sward Repair & Equine
  • First Aid at Work for Outdoor & Lone Workers First Aid at Work for Outdoor & Lone Workers
    First Aid at Work for lone & remote workers means looking after the casualty for longer & getting help asap to save lives
    The majority of farm businesses are aware of PUWER & LOLER regulations, but are unaware of their legal responsibilities
  • Hire plant & equipment through the Ring
    BMR supply members can cover our entire area with plant & equipment hire at exceptional rates
  • LOLER testing still taking place
    Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) -to meet these requirements LOLER testing is still going ahead


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