A late 2018 open day at Claas main dealer Manns Market Harborough depot provided an opportunity for new and existing customers to meet the team and find out about all the latest machinery on offer. David Williams was there.
The Manns sales team has had several new additions and role changes during 2018, including a new branch manager at Market Harborough with Stephen Hiller now in charge. Field sales manager for Northants and part of east Warwickshire, Colin Hynard, joined in August and field sales manager for Leicestershire and Rutland, Matt McIver started his new role in September following his move from the dealer’s workshops as an engineer having originally joined as an apprentice six years before. Manns used machinery manager Alastair McCallum was also at the open day, having changed roles from Claas UK product manager for tractors during the autumn.
“Our open day was well supported,” said Stephen. “Visitors attended from at least 27 farms and agricultural businesses across our trading area and it was a great opportunity for us to chat and find out their plans for the future and identify ways we can help their businesses.
“Most interest was in Claas tractors as many specification updates and improvements have been made in recent years and they have become a common sight on farms in the area. Customers were keen to meet dealer team members in their new roles and our sales managers, Colin Hynard and Matthew McIver were busy all day discussing features and benefits of the Horsch range including sprayers, cultivators and drills. We have at least 10 demonstrations booked already for the spring as a direct result of the open day and are expecting a busy year.”
“We have a bigger than ever tractor range with a wide choice of specification, and the brand’s growing reputation is reflected in demand for used machines just as much as the latest models,” explained Alastair. “Our used machinery trade is buoyant generally, including for second-hand combines from the largest Lexion to smaller Tucanos. Taking on the Horsch franchise has proved very successful and availability of used cultivation equipment, drills and sprayers is improving and, with green harvest products to offer too, our range is more appealing with something for all sizes of farms and times of the year.
“Prices are holding up well so it’s an ideal time for those considering buying new equipment to take advantage of good trade in values and with Manns now operating from seven branches including Kent, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambs, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, this larger trading area has resulted in a wider range of products to choose from.”