JCB’s newest dealership has opened its Somerset headquarters and will now run as the first UK dealer to exclusively supply and support the complete range of JCB agricultural equipment.
RECO JCB will operate from Gurney Slade, near Radstock, where the new premises feature offices, a parts department, spacious workshop facilities and a large forecourt area.
Louis Heal of RECO JCB said: “It’s taken a lot of intensive hard work to get the premises purchased for this new venture prepared and ready for business, and to bring in the new team members needed for everything from sales and administration to parts and workshop services.
“But we’ve done it, and I think anyone passing or visiting us at Gurney Slade will quickly realise this is a unique business focused purely on JCB agricultural equipment.”
The company’s territory extends throughout Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire and is a joint venture between two established independent machinery dealerships: Redlynch Agricultural Engineering and Compass Tractors.
Due to this, JCB parts, servicing, repairs, machine sales and dedicated JCB technicians are available at the Compass Tractors location in North Petherton near Bridgwater, Somerset, and Redlynch branches at Bruton, Somerset; Milborne St Andrew, near Dorchester, Dorset; and Middle Woodford near Salisbury, Wiltshire.
Louis Heal said: “This gives us five accessible locations serving JCB customers, with knowledgeable JCB-trained technicians working solely on JCB equipment operating out of each location.
“We’re delighted that so many people from previous JCB franchised dealers have come across to us; they’re excited about being in at the beginning of our new business and the experience, knowledge and enthusiasm for JCB products they bring will be invaluable to us and our new customers.”
Service manager Ian Hasell coordinates servicing and repair work; parts manager Darren Boulton, with 35 years experience in his field, has Alice Tucker working alongside; Claire Uphill is handling administration, and her brother and former dealer principal Rob Uphill is contributing his long-term sales and support experience to the new operation.
Matt Holloway is RECO JCB’s brand manager, coordinating sales and machine stocking, while Chris Barnes is on territory sales for all JCB agricultural equipment, as well as JCB mini diggers and other compact equipment for farm use.
“We were able to build a very comprehensive team quickly to minimise disruption to JCB users as the franchise transferred,” said Louis Heal. “Now we want to recruit further technicians and also sales and administration staff as the business continues to create new jobs in the area.”
John Smith, JCB Agriculture managing director, said: “We’re very impressed with the speed, enthusiasm and thoroughness of the people involved in setting up RECO JCB within a very short timescale and with many hurdles to overcome.
“They’ve worked really hard to make the franchise change-over as smooth as possible with the least possible disruption to JCB users, and now they are focused on delivering the high standards of parts, workshop services and other support JCB users expect throughout their sales territory.”