South-West open evenings attract customers The official opening of Hamblys’ extended Launceston depot was enjoyed by manufacturers and suppliers. A highlight for potential users was the opportunity to inspect the new Torion loading shovel.
brand in the latest Claas corporate colours. We are offering premium ranges and this is all part of what is expected by professional users. “Lack of suitable storage meant larger trade in machines and demonstrators were stored without weather protection but the new machinery shed provides longerterm storage while extra concreted yard area helps weather-proof our operation. The sales and service teams are very pleased with the new facilities and customers have been complimentary about the level of investment put in by the owners.”
Late March saw a series of four open days at four branches during one week prove extremely successful for Cornwall, Devon and Somerset Claas dealer Hamblys. David Williams was there.
The depot has benefitted from considerable investment improving facilities and providing additional space to accommodate more staff and larger machinery
p Cutting the ribbon to declare the Launceston depot officially open are (l-r) John Barrett, Jeanne Barrett, Luke Barrett, Steve Barrett and Claas UK CEO Trevor Tyrell. t Investment has allowed a new showroom and parts store.
The Claas dealer has five branches; Redruth and Launceston, Cornwall, Torrington and Honiton, Devon and Bishops Lydeard, Somerset. The event at Launceston, the head office, included the official opening of a new, larger workshop and showroom following considerable investment. All the open days were well supported by customers from across the South-West along with representatives from the many suppliers.
Major investment Improvements at Launceston included the addition of two 8m x 20m bays, increasing the workshop size from three bays to four and accommodating a brand new showroom and parts store, new staff rest area, and improved offices. Outside, the yard has been developed with a larger concreted area and an 18m x 31m machinery store with capacity for several of the largest combines or forage harvesters. “We moved to the site almost 20 years ago, to cope with increasing levels of business and accommodate more staff,” explained sales director Steve Perryman. “But we have outgrown the buildings twice and reconfigured the layout several times to meet our needs. We are here for the long-term and this recent investment makes it easier to cope with even greater levels of business in the future. It has also been an excellent opportunity to re-
Hamblys started trading in 1892 and has a superb reputation for customer care. Franchises include Lemken, Claydon, KRM, Tramspread, HiSpec, Richard Western and Schaffer loaders, all quality brands complementing the main Claas range. “The open days were a big success, attracting over 700 people and most interest was in Claas tractors,” explained Steve. “We offered test drives and our sales teams were busy explaining features and benefits throughout the event. Arion 600 models are our best sellers so naturally most interest was in the latest versions added to this series. Several customers came specially to see the Torion loading shovel and we have enquiries to follow up from large dairy farms and contractors including requests for demonstrations. It’s a natural fit with our forage harvester and combine ranges. “Jaguar forage harvesters have many loyal users in our trading area and we also have an excellent range of combines offering performance and reliability which is valued by farms of all sizes.” Confirmed sales from the events included two Scorpion handlers, two Schaffer loaders and three tractors and the sales teams have many enquiries to follow up and demonstrations to arrange when the weather allows. Lemken’s new Azurit maize drill attracted considerable interest and there were enquiries regarding Claydon drills for direct-drilling and quote requests for Richard Western continued over...
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