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 & Renewables


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 980 Full, Labour and Private members. Turnover is around £7 million.  There are now 9 rings in Scotland and 8 in England and Wales.



BMR is looking to appoint a full time Member Services Co-ordinator to work in our Earlston office.

We are looking for a confident and motivated individual with good communication, organisational and I.T. skills who can work on their own initiative and also part of a team. Knowledge of agriculture and the rural sector is required.

The successful candidate will be responsible for arranging member requests and help to promote and develop the range of services on offer to the wider membership.

If you are interested please e-mail your c.v with a covering letter to




PRE - APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME - Is there an Industry Demand in the South of Scotland?

Our fellow machinery ring Ringlink up in North East Scotland has over the last 5 years pioneered a Land-Based Internship Programme to address the difficulties of recruiting young people into the rural sector. The work-based scheme is run in collaboration with SRUC over 26 weeks including a 3 week residential 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. There is now an ambition to role the scheme out nationally through local machinery rings if demand can be demonstrated to Scottish Government.

Pre-Apprenticeship Format:

DEVELOPMENT: Programme starts in June with a 3 week induction

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)

If you are interested in finding out more about the scheme either as a candidate or a farmer mentor please let us know at the BMR office on 01896 758091



Make BMR your first call for any farm or rural business service!

FARM SAFETY WEEK 16th to 22nd July 2018.

To support the campaign and raise awareness of health & safety at work, BMR is offering Lantra online elearning 'Health & Safety on Farm' at a discounted rate. This course has excellent reference material for general farm health & safety and can form part of your staff induction or refresher training.

Buy now for extra seasonal harvest workers! Discounted rates applying for the week;

For those booking online the charge through the week for Health & Safety on Farm is £19.95+VAT (normally £29.95+VAT)

For BMR members booking through the office, we will offer this course for £10.00 +VAT 

Read our news item for further information about Lantra elearning 


Book your Seasonal Tractor Drivers, Wild Oat Roguing Squads with the BMR office.

HARVEST POSITIONS NOW AVAILABLE - Combine Drivers, Tractor Operators - Scottish Borders and East Lothian - Click on our Situations page for further info




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

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

TOYOTA FLEET DEAL -  Discounts on Toyota Hilux, Landcruiser, Rav 4 and many other cars across the range.
Discounts also available on Mitsubishi, Nissan and other makes.  Phone Sarah for further details.

LIVESTOCK POSITIONS - Please see 'Situations Vacant' for posts or call BMR to register your availability for stock work.

TELECOMS-Data Monitoring Guide -Avoid Billshock-exceeding your monthly data allowance will result in unwanted extra charges-learn how to monitor usage here


Pesticide courses will be running in mid July-please get in touch for information and to book;

16th July Safe Use of Pesticides-at Earlston

17th July Boom Sprayer-venue to be confirmed

23rd July Slug pellet applicator

24th July Hand held applicator

Please visit the training page for the full list of courses.



The BMR office is now at Leader House, Mill Road, Earlston, TD4 6DG.

Office Space  - All units now let

Meeting rooms for Hire

High Speed Broadband, Good Parking, Meeting Room Facilities


For our training schedule through Summer, please visit the training page.

Offering City & Guilds Certificate of Competence in Transport of Animals for short & long journeys-Call to book.

BMR App now available! Please download from Apple or Google Play. Follow the instructions to set up for quick links. Let us know what you think.

Labour Wanted - Casual & Skilled Tractor Operators.  Full & Part-time positions available

!! HARVEST POSITIONS NOW AVAILABLE !! Man & tractor, grain drier assistants, tractor drivers, combine & baler drivers.

If you are looking for work at present then please give us a call or upload you details and cv on our "Situations" page. 

Telehandler & Excavator Hire  - Exclusive rates for BMR Members with Nixon Hire

Nixon Hire is offering great hire deals exclusively through BMR on Telehandlers in sizes 5-17meters. Excavators also available 1.5t to 22t   Call us for more info!



Tractor Self-Hire for Harvest

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

Competitive fertiliser prices now available on UK Nitrogen.  Delayed Payment also available - Call Sarah with your requirements


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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