Wickhambrook: Farm machinery firm forges agreements with UK dealers

Jeff Claydon of Claydon Drills Jeff Claydon of Claydon Drills

Saturday, August 2, 2014
4:00 PM

Agricultural machinery manufacturer Claydon Drills has announced its first dealer appointments in the UK as part of an ongoing programme of expansion.

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The family-owned business, based at Wickhambrook, near Newmarket, which makes direct seed drilling machines for farmers which are designed in-house, now sells its equipment in 26 countries.

The first dealer to sign up, Buglers, is a family business based at Beaminster in Dorset which has served the agricultural industry in the South West since 1851 and continues to do so from its four branches, in Axminster, Beaminster, Charminster and Yeovil. Covering most of Dorset, East Devon and South Somerset, the business holds a number of key agricultural franchises. The main New Holland dealer for West Dorset, East Devon and South Somerset, Buglers is a past recipient of the prestigious New Holland ‘Mark of Excellence’ award.

H. Curtis & Sons operates two depots at Stanton Wick Pensford near Bristol and Wellington near Taunton. In addition to farming 2500 acres, the company supplies new and used quality agricultural and groundscare equipment.

Andrew Symons Ltd, which employs 30 staff, operates from premises at Holsworthy and South Molton in Devon. Over the last 15 years the company has received the prestigious New Holland ‘Mark of Excellence’.

Ross Agri Services, a family business run by Martin, Bill and Ethel Ross, has been operating since 1972 and is now one of the leading suppliers of new and used tractors in Scotland and the UK, holding franchises for Challenger, Fendt and Valtra. In addition to its original depot in Montrose the company also now operates from Turriff. The business has expanded and grown in a manageable, sustainable way and its owners are proud of their reputation for excellent service and reliability.

Claydon Drills sales manager Charlie Eaton said: “Over the last few years the Claydon business has grown very strongly and the brand is now highly respected all over the world. We have traditionally sold directly to farmers throughout the UK but as a result of rapidly-expanding demand for the Claydon range we have been investigating the options for taking the business forward, both in the UK and overseas. He added: “We are delighted to be working with these professional dealers who have a long track record in the agricultural sector and like ourselves are highly-regarded family-owned businesses with a strong brand.”

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