Agricultural machinery goes worldwide
On a farm overlooking the Derbyshire Dales market town of Bakewell, with its weekly livestock sales and market, brothers Richard and Jamie Corbridge run an agricultural business that looks much further afield for its suppliers and customers.
Launched in 2012, the brothers spotted a gap in the market when they had to fly to Finland for a piece of agricultural machinery. Their company Shutts Farm Machinery now sources and supplies imported high specification specialised farm machinery and parts, mainly from Finland and Italy.
Initially forming a partnership with Finnish machinery manufacturer ELHO, importing and selling their products such as mower conditioners, bale wrappers and mulchers, they later became the sole UK importers for the Italian brand ROC.
Their customers are based in countries as diverse as Sweden, Egypt and Russia and they have supplied to the biggest farm in the world located in the Sahara desert.
Support from by the Derbyshire Dales Advice Service* proved invaluable and the brothers were helped by grant funding towards their steel-framed building premises, enabling them to store and transport their machinery.
*Derbyshire Dales Business Advice, delivered as part of the D2N2 Growth Hub, is funded by Derbyshire Dales District Council and the European Regional Development Fund. Find out about Derbyshire Dales Business Advice Service online at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/businessadvice