A brief company history
David Balmer started his career in grounds-care in 1970 as a Greenkeeper at Nelson golf course, where his duties included maintaining the course machinery.
At the time, David was continually being asked to repair and service lawnmowers belonging to people who lived locally, which resulted in the founding of Burnley Garden Machinery in 1979.
Only a few weeks after the business was formed, Simon Phillips became the company’s first employee, and to this present day is General Manager of Balmers GM Ltd.
In 1982, Burnley Garden Machinery took its first five-year lease on a commercial property in Burnley. In addition to repairs and servicing, the business started to sell walk-behind and ride-on lawn mowers from the new premises.
By 1987, David bought his first commercial property on Trafalgar Street in Burnley and renamed the company Balmers Garden Machinery. By this time, he employed six members of staff and started to get more involved in commercial grounds-care equipment. Balmers Garden Machinery was then appointed as a John Deere main dealer in the summer of 1992.
Renamed Balmers GM Ltd in 2014, the business is still family run and David & Ann Balmer’s children; Joanne Balmer-Smith, Mark Balmer and Thomas Balmer – all work full-time for the company.