Ian Small, the head of sales and marketing for Briggs & Stratton UK, takes over the annual presidency of the Agricultural Engineers Association and plans to focus on training and communication during his year.
Ian has been with Briggs & Stratton, the world’s largest manufacturer of air-cooled petrol engines for horticultural and outdoor power equipment, for more than 20 years and has spent his entire working life associated with lawns and grassland. Because of the range of sectors in which these engines are used, Ian has a unique view of the AEA markets.
“I am taking over this presidency from James Woolway at a time of unprecedented challenges in our industry but despite this, there has never been a more exciting time to work in both the outdoor power and agricultural sectors,” says Ian.
“We all face difficulties and challenges but I believe that knowledge is the one core ingredient that will help business weather these uncertain times and we must as an industry ensure that we place appropriate emphasis on skills training at all levels. I shall be encouraging all members to utilise the AEA Training and Business development courses.”
“If knowledge is our key to success than clear and effective communications is a central pillar of good business practice. I hope that my year will see a streamlining of communication channel between the AEA membership and the executive.”
Ian lives in Edinburgh and travels extensively throughout the UK.
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