Ripon Farm Services expands with RBM acquisition

Agricultural machinery specialist Ripon Farm Services is set for significant expansion following the acquisition of neighbouring John Deere dealer RBM Agricultural Ltd.

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.

Based in North Yorkshire, Ripon Farm Services is a long-established agricultural machinery dealer, serving customers across Yorkshire and the Humber and Teesside. It also supplies parts, provides support and servicing and sells used equipment. The company employs 190 people at its nine depots and has a turnover of £70 million.

The acquisition of RBM Agricultural will enable Ripon Farm Services to expand its geographical presence into Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. RBM is a £45m turnover business, employing 84 staff at its five branches in Market Weighton, Malton, Retford, Brigg and Louth.

Both companies celebrated 50 years as John Deere dealerships in 2017.

Geoff Brown, managing director of Ripon Farm Services, said: “This acquisition represents considerable investment in our business and our skilled workforce and fits perfectly with our growth ambitions. It provides us with a great opportunity to expand our reputation for delivering high quality products and services to a much wider customer base.”

Adrian Denner, managing director of RBM Agricultural, said: “Ripon Farm Services shares our values for providing premium brands backed by expertise and excellent standards of service, a combination which delivers best value to customers.”

 

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.