Steve Gibbs
STRIKING A BALANCE
A place for modern and traditional products
by Service Dealer Editor, Steve Gibbs

With the undeniable buzz surrounding robotic mowing solutions just recently, it might be possible to lose sight of the great developments being made in petrol products too.

 

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NEWS
RIPON FARM SERVICES ACQUIRES RBM AGRICULTURAL
Neighbouring John Deere dealer bought

It has been announced that the enlarged company will trade as Ripon Farm Services, with all existing Ripon Farm Services and RBM branches, as well as all branch staff, being retained.

 

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L-R: Geoff Brown, managing director of Ripon Farm Services with Adrian Denner, managing director of RBM Agricultural
STIHL PRESENT NEW PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS
To the trade press

Event held at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum this week allowed company to stress the transition from green to orange on a host of new products - plus preview some developments coming later in the year.

 

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Paul Hicks, STIHL GB's marketing and product manager introduced new products to the trade press this week
KUBOTA ACCELERATE LARGE TRACTOR BUSINESS
OEM agreement with Buhler Industries

This week's WEB ONLY story is that reports from the States say that the agreement with the manufacturer of machinery distributed under the Versatile and Farm King brands, indicates another step for Kubota to move into the "big ag" sector.

 

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Buhler Industries manufactures machinery distributed under the Versatile brand
HUSQVARNA APPOINTS
New area business manager

Husqvarna has expanded its UK team this month with the appointment of Graeme Simpson as area business manager – North East and East.

 

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Graeme Simpson
CUB CADET SIGN WITH LA LIGA
Sponsorship campaign launched

Cub Cadet has launched a two-month sponsorship campaign with the most prestigious football league in Spain, La Liga to tie in with their Infinicut lawnmower range.

 

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Cub Cadet's La Liga campaign
KUBOTA RETURN AS GOLD SPONSOR
Of 2019's Service Dealer Conference & Awards

Service Dealer are pleased to announce Kubota as a Gold Sponsor of the 2019 Service Dealer Conference & Awards which returns to the DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry this November.

 

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Martin Tyler, field service manager of Kubota UK, presenting the Apprentice of the Year award to William Dart of Hayes Garden Machinery & ATVs, with Service Dealer owner Duncan Murray-Clarke (l) and comedian Charlie Baker (r) at 2018's ceremony
OLLIE ATV TAKE ON NEW FRANCHISE
Appointed Polaris agents

Ollie ATV were appointed Polaris agents at the Royal Northern Spring Agricultural Show at Thainstone Mart, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire recently.

 

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Ollie White of Ollie ATV and Richard Coleby (district sales manager) Polaris Britain Ltd
SALTEX REPORT STRONG 2019 SALES
70% of floorplan allocated

More than 180 SALTEX 2018 exhibitors are returning, with over 40 of these increasing the size of their stand plus a further influx of debut exhibitors.

 

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SALTEX
EGO AWARDED BEST BUY
From BBC Gardeners' World

The EGO Power+ LM1903E-SP 47cm Self-Propelled Mower has been awarded one of the magazine's best mid-price mowers, scoring it 19/20 and reporting on the ease of use.

 

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LM1903E-SP 47cm Self-Propelled Mower
DIG DAY RETURNS
For Vincent Tractors & Plant

West Country Kubota dealership, Vincent Tractors & Plant has announced that its popular event will return for a fourth year in April.

 

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Dig Day
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GODFREYS
A fantastic opportunity to join the Service Team at Godfreys

We are recruiting for an experienced Service Technician who is dedicated, self-motivated and a highly skilled engineer with a passion for grass machinery equipment.

 

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Steadily and surely Swift cordless garden machinery is flying into dealers throughout the UK.


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PUTTING DEALERS FIRST
Challenging Zero Value Online Retailers in 2019

 

It is important that the public understand the true value of product knowledge and customer service provided by our dealer network.  That is why we have been introducing video clips of real dealers in the UK to humanise decision making online and physically direct customers to dealers.  Thanks to all of you who have helped us with filming and we will be adding more soon.  We would also like to thank those who re-subscribed for 2019 and indeed those new dealers who have joined the online success of Garden Trader.  By doing so, you have joined a truly national network of skilled independent dealers offering excellent customer service. All subscribed dealers can easily check their listing's analytics just by logging in to see for themselves just how Garden Trader is helping their business. In the launch phase Garden Trader delivered on average 550 users who were actively looking to make a purchase (product or service)  to individual dealer's pages. At £1.84 per week, we don't believe any other form of highly targeted digital promotion can get anywhere close to this value.  Better still, it is promoting our highly skilled dealer network in the UK and helping fight discount based zero value online retailers and DIY stores. If you do wish to re-subscribe or indeed register you are still well in time to catch the season. 

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Service Dealer March / April 2019
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