August 08, 2013
Cotswold Farm Machinery, based near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, is joining the Great Plains dealer network to cover East Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds and parts of Wiltshire.
The company was set up some eight years ago by Simon and Janet Carrington, when they bought the business that was previously part of Ross Farm Machinery.
It operates from its headquarters at Fosse Cross Industrial Estate, just North of Cirencester, and is a main dealer for Case and JCB, as well as Kuhn, Dalbo and Bomford. It has some 20 employees and offers a complete range of sales, service and parts support.
Simon expects some of the bigger models Great Plains offers to prove popular on the larger farms in the area:
“The smaller and 3m machines which go behind 150hp tractors will be the life-blood of the business because so many people operate that size of tractor.
“But we can see demand for bigger machines like the SL and SLD to run behind the bigger QuadTrac and Magnum models that we offer, and are excited about the potential of the Centurion drill.
“Gaining the Great Plains franchise is a huge boost to the company as it means we now offer a full range of cultivation equipment to suit all farmers and cultivation systems in our region.
“We already have a lot of people using six metre drills in the region, and expect many of them to move to eight metre models as they move to using wider tramlines in search of greater cost efficiencies.
“The Centurion drill has several unique selling points and we are keen to get some working in the region so our farmers can see how well they perform”.
He said company staff were impressed with the level of investment they saw when they visited Great Plains’ UK factory at Sleaford, and happy to see a British manufacturer so busy: “It is an impressive place and has clearly benefited from a lot of money being invested in technology. It is important to have this kind of manufacturing in the UK, as we don’t have enough of it”.
James Kissock, Great Plains Territory Manager, says: “Cotswold Farm Machinery is ideally placed to cover this important region for us. The fact that we have such a complete range of models to offer them – including the new market entry range of cultivators - means our equipment should be of interest to all arable farmers in the area.
“Their drive to succeed is already apparent from the way all the company’s departments are talking to existing and potential customers to promote the Great Plains brand in the area”.