About Us

Ask anyone about the biggest asset that exists within the Ripon Farm Services organisation and they will tell you it's our people. People with the right, 'make it happen' attitude are the reason why our company has the reputation of being at the forefront of excellence in customer service. It's reflected both in the certified and qualified professionals who have worked with us for many years and have become part of farming life in our region. It even stems down to the new, enthusiastic apprentices who are just starting out on their careers, for they are the long term future.

 

At Ripon Farm Services, our qualified service engineers and technicians are recognised in the industry with LTA-based accreditation that is a measure of their technical capabilities. They are amongst the best agricultural technicians in the country and they are focussed totally on providing our customers with servicing, maintenance and repairs to ensure their machine is kept in tip-top condition for maximum performance. Optimised performance means better customer value, which in turn reflects in better customer profitability.

 

Our company constantly invests in training to ensure that our technicians are kept up to date with new products, new technologies and improved efficiencies. We stand behind every franchise and every product that we sell from our branches. We provide a full and comprehensive programme of maintenance schedules because we are committed to our product and committed to our customer. We realise that everyone has a preferred choice and even customers who have previously purchased a competitive brand will come back to us for service because they prefer what we have on offer. Our extensive Parts departments throughout our area of responsibility employs manufacturer trained Parts Advisors, whose responsibility it is to manage and provide sufficient replacement components and consumables to meet customer demand. This demand varies by season and by machine population, but be sure to be confident of the fact if for some reason we do not have an obscure part or item in our £10m worth of stock on our shelves, we can normally access it overnight for delivery to our stores before breakfast next morning. So, in the event of a machine breakdown or component failure, in most cases we can get you going straight away or at the latest, next morning.

 

This is the basis on which we have established our company reputation. We aim to give every customer, the level of service that reflects the quality of machinery in which they have invested. At Ripon Farm Services, we stand for quality, after-sales service.


Our History

1930s

Glovers of Ripon were selling Morris Cars in Ripon


1940s

Glovers of Ripon took on the Massey Ferguson franchise and also the BMC brand


1961

Geoff Brown, now RFS Managing Director, started as an apprentice with Glovers


1965

The loss of the second generation of the Glover family, left a very young son and his Grandfather, neither who were able to develop the business. So the business was taken over by Appleyards who were predominantly Nuffield Tractors and BMC Cars.


1966

Appleyards lost the Massey Ferguson franchise and took on one of the first John Deere dealerships, selling the brand alongside Nuffield.


1966-69

Geoff Brown was promoted to John Deere demonstrator for Appleyards - a position that previously had been unheard of.


1969

Ripon agricultural depot ceased trading


1970

Nuffield and BMC became Leyland - and were sold alongside John Deere


1973

Geoff Brown was approached by Appleyards to manage the Ripon branch on Borrage Lane, Ripon alongside another branch at Wetherby


1978

Appleyards added another branch at Darrington


1981

Appleyards pulled out of car sales - Land Rover


1982

Appleyards, sold the Agricultural business. Geoff Brown was approached to run the Ripon branch but wanted to start his own business.


1982

October - Geoff, together with Maurice Hymas, Bill Houseman and two other directors, set-up their own agricultural machinery business called Ripon Farm Services and took on both the John Deere and Land Rover franchises. In their first year, they started with 19 members of staff and doubled their initial business plan target.


1985/86

Invited by John Deere to open the Tadcaster branch on a brown field site


1987

Invited by John Deere to take on Tom & Jim Calvert - a John Deere dealer in Ottringham


1991

Moved the John Deere agricultural business in Ripon to Dallamires Lane, leaving the Land Rover franchise at Borrage Lane.


1992

Invited by John Deere to take on the Darrington John Deere dealership of Yorkshire Farm Machinery


1996

The closure of Chesters of Ripon, a car dealership next to the Dallamires Lane site, enabled Ripon Farm Services to double their premises in Ripon


1999

Invited by John Deere to take on the dealership of Smith Bros (Keighley) Ltd at Crosshills


2000

Built new Land Rover premises on a green field site Hutton Bank, Ripon


2012

Invited by John Deere to take on the dealership of EA Clayton Ltd. Carlton, Stockton-on-Tees


2016

Land Rover was sold to concentrate of the development and expansion of the Agricultural and associated business'


2016

The purchase of an additional Accident Repair centre from Batchelors of Ripon in order to double the size of our existing facility


2017

Acquisition of Kevin Walker on site Plant Services Kramer franchise


2019

Purchase of RBM Agricultural Ltd. and their 5 branches at Market Weighton, Malton, Retford, Brigg and Louth.


Present day

Today, the thriving company has some 280 employees - one of the biggest employers in the area.