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 1030 Full, Labour and Private members. Turnover is around £7 million.  There are now 8 rings in Scotland and 8 in England and Wales.




Visits to BMR Office by appointment only or if you are attending a training course.

Please do not attend if you have Covid symptoms or have tested positive in the last 10 days.

We appreciate you co-operation.


SUBMITTING TIMESHEETS - Our online timesheets are now working again.  This is a quick and easy way to submit your invoices and you will receive an email confirmation for your records.  


Please get in touch if you would like to discuss any contract requirements for the coming season.  We have experienced members with modern reliable machinery and spare capacity.

  • Ploughing & Cultivations
  • Drilling Operations
  • Silage Operations
  • Combining
  • Fertiliser Application
  • Muck Spreading
  • Tractor & Skilled Operators
  • Labour Only





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

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.

GRASS SEED LISTING 2022 - please see the news feed above right.

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. 



Your electricity billing with BMR/AF

Please always read your bill. If there is reference to an estimated reading, be sure to provide a reading.

If you can, please send us a photograph of the meter reading. 
Your photo should clearly show:

the read on each register
the meter serial number.

Where should I send my meter read?
By email to

By Whatsapp to 07788 369072 marked with member number and MPAN/meter serial number for identification.

What if I have a smart meter?
Even if you have a site with Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) or a smart meter, you still need to provide us with a meter read.  

Need help?
If you have any difficulty reading your meter then please consult this helpful guide from Citizens Advice or call your AF Energy Team on 01603 881910.  We are here to help.

 What can you tell me about my new energy contract?

You new one-year energy contract will begin on 1st April. In this brief video, your AF Supply Management Specialist Natalie Gomez explains how your new contract will work. 

AF Energy Supply Management Specialist Natalie Gomez explains your new AF energy contract


We are here to help.  Please contact us if you have any questions,

Your AF Energy Team

Please check your AF Electricity invoices carefully. If you are paying with 'Estimated readings' please supply up-to-date readings as below.

- 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 Summer 2022. Please visit the link.

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

Pesticides courses - training and assessments are arranged throughout the year according to demand. Candidates must have their own equipment to take the relevant City & Guilds assessments.

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 Summer Intake of the 2022 Pre-Apprenticeship Programme -  Download application form 

(BMR are hoping to offer up to 15 places in South East Scotland subject to Scottish Government Funding being made available)

The pre-apprenticeship provides a meaningful introduction into practical working environments, giving young people an insight into the range of vocational opportunities that the sector can offer through a structured programme of work-based learning.   By following this pathway of progression, the Pre-Apprentice gains a Land-based Pre-Apprenticeship award (SCQF Level 4) and gives the candidates scope for moving into Modern Apprenticeships or full-time employment.

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 in Mid-June with a 2 week induction at Borders College followed by 6 month work placement.

TRAINING COURSES: Up to £1500 of training including Tractor Driving, Telehandler, ATV, Emergency First Aid,  Health & Safety on Farms, Manual Handling Awareness

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:

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

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