D & R step into the ring at Cally Mart
There was a positive buzz at Caledonian Marts on 1st August, when, rural surveyors and consultants – Davidson & Robertson (D&R), stepped into the ring for the first time.
Officially launching our new partnership, the two businesses invited farmers and professionals along to their launch day to learn more.
Davidson & Robertson’s Linlithgow team now has a meeting room at the mart and staff on the ground each week and for special sale days.
Director of D&R George Hipwell heads sales and valuations and is excited about the new opportunities the partnership brings, he said “Cally Mart is a great opportunity because it has a loyal farming base that extends beyond the geographical boundaries of Stirling. Farmers travel miles to sell stock and equipment or engage with property services because, in addition to selling well, they appreciate the friendly, personal service Cally Mart provides. Relationships with clients are very important to us too.
“At today’s launch, we spent the morning in the mart, chatting to buyers and sellers and had a very encouraging response. Whilst everyone had heard of us, many didn’t realise the breadth of services we offer, and we’ve already had some interesting conversations.”
After the morning sale, staff from both businesses gathered together to share ideas, with the D & R team sharing practical examples of case studies that demonstrate how they help clients across the breadth of services they offer.
John Kyle, Managing Director at Caledonian Marts said “We always believed that both businesses have a down to earth, practical approach, putting customers at the heart of what we do, but that became even more evident today.
“The feedback from the farmers has been very encouraging. This afternoon, when we sat down with D&R for our first full team briefing, it was great to hear case studies of how D&R have added real value to the businesses they support.
“One of the key messages that came out of the meeting was the benefit of getting D&R involved at an early stage. They highlighted several examples that demonstrated how they made a bigger difference by getting involved at the very start of projects. Hearing these examples really helped our team understand what D&R has to offer and we’re excited to see how this new relationship develops.”
Commenting on the success of the day, Martin Hall, Managing Director at D&R said “from the outset, in terms of customers and skill sets, this partnership looked a good fit from inside and out. Cally Mart is a livestock business, but ultimately, like us, they are also in the people business.
“Life and rural matters are increasingly complicated. The day where one person could do everything is gone and today you need to work with specialists – that’s also where this partnership works too.”
Appointments can be made to meet the D&R team at the Cally Mart’s Monday and Thursday sale days by calling George Hipwell and the D&R team direct on 01506 811 812 or contacting John Kyle and Alastair Logan at the mart on 01786 450922
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