Welcome to The Thames & Kennet Machinery Ring

The Ring is a co-operative society of farmers together with agricultural and rural business who have the aim of reducing machinery and labour costs. The supplier benefits by spreading his machinery costs over a larger area and the Demander is able to reduce his capital investment in labour and machinery, while at the same time having up to date equipment when he needs it. The idea of Machinery Rings is far from new, they have been operating in Europe since the early 1950’s.

Thames and Kennet Machinery Ring Ltd (TKMR) was formed in 1991 by a group of farmers and contractors, with the aim of rationalising labour, machinery and input costs. TKMR is a farmer/member owned co-operative and is an industrial Provident Society and as such is not motivated by profit. It exists only to bring benefits to its members. A Board of elected Directors oversee the management of the business which is run on a day to day basis by Managers. The Directors serve on a voluntary basis and do not draw any salary.

TKMR caters for all areas of farming and rural businesses regardless of acreage, crop types or other parameters. The Ring does a large amount of work throughout the year for arable and livestock farmers together with work for other rural business, e.g, amenity work, estate work, deliveries, etc. It is hoped that the Ring can cover pretty much whatever it is asked with at least one Member offering the required service. We can cover most areas with the aid of the network of Machinery Rings around the Country, known as the Machinery Ring Association.

The Ring works on a simple structure. Work is required to be carried out by the demander, the ring will contact the nearest and most appropriate supplier. The price is then negotiated often a guide price is set by the Ring; a list is produced every 2 years. Once the work is complete the Ring will raise an invoice and charge 2% commission either side.

TKMR Services

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Crop Establishment/Harvesting

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Commodities/Supplies & Crop Inputs

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Forage Services

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Trailers/Haulage

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Property & Landscape Management

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Plant & Tractor Hire

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Spreading & Spraying

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Training

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Snow Clearing & Gritting

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Business Administration & Home

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Energy & Telecoms & Vehicles

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Building & General Supplies

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European Machinery Conference 17th – 19th October. If you would like to go to the Conference please call Sandi to book your place.

I have been a Member of the Ring for 16 years and our partnership works really well – as a demander initially I used the Ring for hiring various machinery mainly Plant Hire and their bespoke system tells them exactly where to look for the exact machine required. I purchase all my fuel via Steve and Sandi and it’s always supplied competitively, having access to several suppliers allows extra delivery options when I require fuel urgently. The phones/emails are monitored or answered 7 days a week and when required weekend assistance is always given. I use the Ring as source of income and very often receive enquiries for harvest work, spraying, grass clearance, baling and wrapping, tree clearance, ploughing and many other jobs I never know quite what I will be asked when they call! If I get a client through the Ring I always ensure I support it to ensure its continuation and success and therefore my invoicing continues to go through them, even if the Client contacts me direct on future occasions, as I never know when I have a breakdown or the weather lets me down I can always rely on Steve and Sandi to help find backup.

Steve Thompson
Director / D & S Thompson Contracting Ltd

We have used the Ring since 1996 for the majority of our arable operations and have always been very happy with the service over the years. The Ring has allowed the flexibility of using different types of equipment on challenging ground and adverse weather conditions. We currently use the Ring for ordering fuel which allows us to receive a competitive price and prompt delivery. The office number is always available and they are very helpful.

Stephen Goddard
Albedale Farms Ltd

Whitlow Agricultural Contractors has been a member of The Thames and Kennet Machinery Ring for 20 years now. We have been more of a supplier to the Ring than a demander. Jobs can be very varied at times. We spent four months working at Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport when it was being built. Moving trailers and building equipment around the site. We run a Muck Spreader Hire business and the Ring do hire our spreaders for demanders. The Fuel ordering service offered by the Ring is excellent. One phone call to the office and the job is done. The Machinery holds a Farming Conference once a year with complimentary place for each Member including a supper. This is very well organised and they have good knowledgeable speakers on things that are relevant and topical with regards to farming practices.

Brian White
Whitlow Agricultural Contractors

Hampshire Training Providers has been an Associate Member of Thames and Kennet Machinery Ring for 15 years. We work in co-operation with each other to offer all TKMR Members our training courses at our Members rates without the need for sign up to our particular group. The Machinery Ring helps advertise our courses free of charge and Ring Members can book any course by simply calling into the Ring office Steve, Sandi and Camilla then liaise with us. Benefiting our training group through access to a large coverage of potential course candidates, invoicing is carried out through the ring and the funds arrive directly into our account, TKMR benefit through having another service to offer its members.

Hampshire Training Providers

I have been a Member of the Ring since it first started 25 years ago, with a number of businesses. We currently use the Ring from as a Demander for fuel and occasional plant hire. Using the Machinery Ring for the Fuel orders saves me time ringing around for quotes every time, as well as having accounts with a number of suppliers they receive daily group buying prices for Kerosene, Gas Oil, Derv to the office, one simple email stating how much I require and preferred delivery days is all it takes, and Steve and Sandi are on hand to oversee the order from start to finish and always help iron out any delivery issues. From a Supplier prospective I have a number of customers who are also Ring Members, they contact me to arrange their requirements, we do the work and simply invoice through the ring. We are also on hand to quote for occasional TKMR customer requirements, anything from removing Tyres, or Hazardous Waste such as Waste Oil or Pesticide Disposal, even free advice for a Member’s particular requirement. All invoicing is simply done by email and payments are collected and paid to me via by Direct Debit.

Ian Kitson
Kitson Recycling Ltd

The Thames and Kennet Machinery Ring opens us up to a huge potential market place which would otherwise be unattainable to us as a supplier. As a demander the TKMR have at the end of the phone an infinite source of machinery, materials and specialist subcontractors to fill any gap on large projects or just fire fighting for those unseen events.

Joe Hayes N.D.A.H.
Managing Director / J H Landscapes Ltd

When I started DRC contracting 21 years ago it was a bit daunting as I had always been employed from the age of fifteen one of the first people I talked to was Michael who quickly convinced me to join The Thames and Kennet Machinery Ring, at first it was just the odd job but as the years went by I found more and more work even some whole farm work but I still enjoy the odd phone call from the ring asking can you just?. We nearly always find a way to do some of the oddball jobs like ten miles of pipeline bund spraying or together with Johnny Cantlay a thousand miles of pavement spraying! That one request made us scratch our heads. However we coped, I wouldn’t want to work without the supportive staff at the Ring behind me now as it is an important part of my spraying business now.

Derek Cheriton
DRC Contracting