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GreenBest appoint Connor Burford

GreenBest appoint Connor Burford: The Somerset-based fertiliser company GreenBest team has expanded with the appointment of Connor Burford as Product Technologist. 

Connor joins GreenBest having worked in Devon after finishing his degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Plymouth. Whilst at university Connor worked in a variety of different scientific settings as a research assistant, including ecotoxicology.

GreenBest appoint Connor Burford

GreenBest appoint Connor Burford

With this new appointment GreenBest is strengthening their Quality Control process and introducing new systems to ensure optimum productivity across all ranges. Connor joins GreenBest at a stage of rapid growth in the company, having recently installed an onsite coating plant, and opened a new, secondary, site.

Connor explained “I’ve really enjoyed working at Greenbest thus far; the company has an impeccably heritage and reputation that it’s been an enjoyable challenge to find ways to refine and build on this.”

James Whittick, Sales & Marketing Director at GreenBest added “This is a really exciting time for GreenBest as we expand our product ranges and bring on new people to help with this. Connor has already proved himself an asset to the company, with a wealth of new ideas and practises to help take GreenBest further. We look forward to the future and the development that will bring.”

GreenBest also owns the Velvit and SmartLawn ranges for professional turf care and lawncare respectively.

For more information on GreenBest or any of its subsidiaries please email sales@greenbest.co.uk

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Rigby Taylor appoint Richard Jones

Rigby Taylor appoint Richard Jones: Rigby Taylor Ltd. introduces Richard Jones to the RT Irrigation department team. Due to the huge growth in the company’s irrigation product business, strengthening its customer support was a high priority.

Richard’s irrigation knowledge and engineering background will assist in helping customers gain maximum benefit from their irrigation systems. For advice or information, Richard can be contacted direct on 07741 040098 or by email, richard.jones@rigbytaylor.com.

Rigby Taylor appoint Richard Jones

Rigby Taylor appoint Richard Jones

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GA Groundcare appoint Matt Textor

GA Groundcare appoint Matt Textor: Following the recent news of expansion in their coverage area, GreenMech main dealers GA Groundcare Ltd have announced the appointment of Matt Textor as Sales Manager.

A well-known industry name, Matt joins the Wiltshire dealership to spearhead sales of the GreenMech woodchipper range across their increased nine-county territory.

GA Groundcare appoint Matt Textor

GA Groundcare appoint Matt Textor

Having initially joined T H White Groundcare on a Service Engineering apprenticeship, Matt spent a total of 13 years in the workshop where he developed a thorough understanding of the mechanics behind a vast selection of groundcare and arboricultural equipment. This foundation went on to set Matt up for a successful 7 years in sales, pairing his technical know-how with an appreciation of the requirements of a wide customer base. During this time, he also headed up sales of the GreenMech range of pedestrian, road-tow, PTO and tracked woochippers from T H White’s Reading depot during their tenure as a dealer.

In his new position as Sales Manager for GA Groundcare Ltd, Matt will be in charge of business development across their new larger territory and is ideally placed to serve the South Eastern counties from his Berkshire location. On his appointment, Matt said, “I’m excited about the new challenge ahead and being able to target and focus all of my efforts solely on one fantastic product line. GreenMech are great ambassadors for British manufacturing and I am very much looking forward to working closely alongside them again, and the whole GA Groundcare Ltd team, to support customers old and new.”

Commenting on the exciting growth of GA Groundcare Ltd, Director Ashley Stevens added, “I’m very pleased to finally be able to get Matt on board, having worked alongside him a number of years ago. His mechanical knowledge and honest sales approach is a great fit for our business model.”

Operating from their purpose-built depot in Poulshot, Wiltshire, GA Groundcare Ltd are exclusive to the GreenMech franchise, offering supply, servicing and support, together with stocking a comprehensive range of GreenMech replacement parts. The success of the partnership saw an extension of GA Groundcare Ltd’s territory in January 2021 to serve the counties of Berkshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire.

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Campey appoint AESCo.SEA

Campey appoint AESCo.SEA: PT. Adam Elis Servis, operating as AESCo.SEA has recently been appointed as the sole dealer of Campey Turf Care Systems products for Indonesia.

Air 2G2, Imants, KORO by Imants and Campey Turf Care Systems products will all be available from the Jakarta based company who want to give customers access to machinery that can help them enhance the standards of natural turf pitches and golf courses.

Campey appoint AESCo.SEA

Campey appoint AESCo.SEA

Football is one of the most popular sports in Indonesia with large participation professionally and recreationally, and FIFA has recognised the love of football in the country with the award of the Men’s Under-20 World Cup which is currently due to be played throughout May and June 2021.

Away from football, the country has just under 150 golf courses, with renowned golf course architects such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Robert Trent Jones Jr, and Gary Player designing courses in the region.

Campey Turf Care export sales manager, Nick Brown, has worked closely with AESCo.SEA and is looking forward to working with the company across the 18,000 islands that make up Indonesia.

“We are looking forward to developing our relationship with Adam and the team at AESCo.SEA and providing the turf professionals of Indonesia with Campey products,” Nick begins. “Sport is a massive part of Indonesian culture, as it is here in the United Kingdom, and the infrastructure to provide it is improving all the time, and that is where we want to be involved.

“For us, and all of our dealers, that involvement is more than just selling machines. The aftercare service and consultations before purchasing are essential to us because we want to contribute to the education of the customers we work with, and that applies at all levels.”

Adam Lenfield of AESCo.SEA added: “Having been a customer and worked on the sales side with Campey in the past, we are thrilled to be nominated as the Indonesian Distributor and look forward to spreading the benefits of all that Campey, and its associated partners, can provide.

“Indonesia is a great market with huge potential for growth given the right tools and advice, which we are able to supply with the backing and support afforded by the team at Campey.”

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Consolidate Turf Appoint Anthony Asquith

Consolidate Turf Appoint Anthony Asquith: Consolidate Turf (Growing Solutions Ltd) are pleased to announce Anthony Asquith’s appointment as Technical Manager with immediate effect.

Anthony was educated at Askham Bryan College and has been in the turf industry for over 20 years with experience in multiple sports in both a practical and advisory capacity. For the last 12 years, Anthony has worked as an Independent Turf Agronomist advising golf courses, sports grounds, schools and other sports turf facilities.

Consolidate Turf Appoint Anthony Asquith

Consolidate Turf Appoint Anthony Asquith

Speaking on the appointment, Paul Benson, Managing Director of Growing Solutions Ltd, said: “Anthony joins Consolidate Turf as a well connected and respected individual with a good history and a vast technical knowledge. His mantra of an all-round holistic approach to turf management fits well with our company ethos and principles, and we look forward to him applying this with our customers.”

Anthony joins current Technical Sales Manager Rob Welford in covering the UK and Ireland providing advice to all turf facilities on their range of products as well as good agronomic practice to aid them in achieving better quality surfaces.

For more information on the Consolidate Turf range, visit www.consolidateturf.com  

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Soil Scout appoint Richie Stephens

Soil Scout appoint Richie Stephens: Richie Stephens has been appointed to the position of Sales Executive for Soil Scout, effective from 4 January 2021. In his new role Richie will be responsible for identifying new business opportunities and generating sales, whilst also developing existing customer and reseller relationships.

Richie will be working alongside Soil Scout’s VP of International Sales, Adam Sedgwick.

Soil Scout appoint Richie Stephens

Soil Scout appoint Richie Stephens

Prior to his new position, Richie was Course Manager at Ringway Golf Club in Cheshire and previously Head Greenkeeper at Flixton Golf Club. Richie has spent much of his career in management roles building fantastic relationships with fellow greenkeepers, groundsmen and contractors from across all sports. He has also been commended for demonstrating a forward thinking approach to his work and embracing new technologies and better working practices.

Richie commented: “I am delighted to be joining Soil Scout at a really exciting time for the company. I’m looking forward to working with a great team promoting the huge benefits of such an innovative product. It’s a change of direction for me, but I hope to bring my 20-years experience in the sports turf industry to help Soil Scout’s customers achieve their soil monitoring goals.”

Commenting upon the appointment, Soil Scout CEO Jalmari Talola said: “We are delighted to welcome Richie to the Soil Scout team. He joins us with a wealth of industry knowledge and will be a huge asset to our relatively small but fast-growing operation.”

Adam Sedgwick commented: “We are really pleased to be able to appoint someone with Richie’s understanding and enthusiasm for the industry. He demonstrated a real passion for our remote real-time soil monitoring products and he’s a highly driven individual who will bring a new dynamic to the sales team.”

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GreenMech appoint Phoenix Hire & Sales

GreenMech appoint Phoenix Hire & Sales: Strengthening their representation in Wales, GreenMech Ltd have announced the appointment of leading plant and tool dealers, Phoenix Hire & Sales Ltd.

Operating out of five depots across South Wales, the GreenMech range of pedestrian, road-tow and tracked chippers becomes the latest franchise in their specialist Arb and Grounds division.

GreenMech appoint Phoenix Hire & Sales

GreenMech appoint Phoenix Hire & Sales

With a client base spanning hire firms, engineering, utilities, railway contractors and more, Phoenix have the largest fleet of tool, plant and access equipment for hire and sale in Wales. Their team of 85 highly trained staff ensure they have both the product, and knowledge, to meet the variety of customer demands. In addition, their dedicated service department offer exceptional after-sales support, responding to most customer callouts within just four hours.

Phoenix Sales Director Jason Derraven said, “We are delighted with our latest appointment as GreenMech dealers. Since becoming a Stihl main dealer, we have had no end of enquiries for these impressive and robust machines and it is great that we can now finally fulfil customer demand. The GreenMech range complements our plant hire fleet which also means we can now fully support our customers including those in the rail sector, with a complete range of de-veg equipment and woodchippers for hire or sale.”

GreenMech Sales Director, Martin Lucas added, “We are fortunate to work with a fantastic network of dealers – renowned for providing second-to-none service and support – and Phoenix Hire & Sales becomes the latest addition to that ever-growing list. We look forward to working together with them to share our extensive woodchipper range with the Arb specialists in their area.”

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Precision Microbes appoint Gary Robertson

Precision Microbes appoint Gary Robertson: Precision Microbes has appointed Gary Robertson as their new technical sales director for the United Kingdom.

Gary has held various positions during his 25-years in the turf industry including golf course manager, groundsman at a Premier League club, working in Bulgaria as a construction and grow-in manager and more recently as technical sales manager at Consolidate Turf.

In his new role, he will be overseeing the expansion and development of Precision Microbes products in the UK amenity sector. The range of products is already popular in Europe with football teams in Spain’s La Liga and Germany’s Bundesliga, and expanding on this success within the English winter sports and golf market is a target for Gary.

Precision Microbes produce blends of up to 60 different microorganisms that can benefit the plant in different ways. These blends focus on the behaviour and benefits of microorganisms on the plant and the growing medium which it lives in.

Gary’s arrival at the company has unfortunately coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic, with this in mind, a greater level of sensitivity has been adopted regarding a lower key introduction.  He feels that the products Precision Microbes offer can assist turf managers who may be disrupted or feel short of renovation time as a result of the uncertainty over the re-opening of golf facilities or the resumption of this season and beginning of the 2020/21 season.

Gary explained: “I’m confident Precision Microbes are set up to have a beneficial impact on the UK turf market because they offer a diverse and evolving product range, particularly with the growing demand for alternatives to chemical products.

“Regardless of the green space that you manage, turf issues are generally the same across the board to a lesser or greater extent. The golf establishment continues to adjust with changing landscapes and environments in order to strive for their own individual perfect playing surfaces. Spring and Autumn renovations often take place under less than ideal climatic conditions. This can result in prolonged surface disruption and slow recovery leading to frustrations. It is certainly well documented that oxygen within the profile is a necessity, and incorporating Precision Microbes as part of your primary maintenance programme will supplement this process.

“Our products have been successful at football clubs in Europe, and we’ve seen excellent results not only during renovations but as part of a continued maintenance programme.  Given the current circumstances, these products could be used on pitches to naturally reduce the organic matter without putting them out of action for any length of time.

“Modern pitch surfaces such as Hybrid stitched, carpet systems or even the older stabilised systems have quite specific renovation and maintenance requirements.  Our organic range will complement existing practices and potentially alleviate some of the issues resulting through the inability to turn the surface over.”

Strong Grass Hybrid is a blend of beneficial microorganisms that colonise the leaves, plant crown, rootzone and rhizosphere. Their main objective is to promote strong, healthy root growth and to breakdown organic matter and fertilisers so that they can be easily taken in by the plant. It contains extra beneficial microorganisms that eliminate black layer, and pathogens that infect plants, help keep the plant healthy, thereby helping it fight off pests and infections. It can be applied by spraying directly onto the surface or through the irrigation during a normal cycle.

For further information contact: gary@precisionmicrobes.com

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Symbio appoint Biological Science Specialist

Symbio appoint Biological Science Specialist: Symbio has appointed biological science specialist Dr Deidre Charleston, Ph.D. as Research and Technical Manager, bringing over 20 years’ extensive experience of field trials, data collection, new product development, testing of compounds and mixtures and fulfilment of UK and EU pesticide regulatory and labelling requirements.

Growing up in South Africa, the daughter of a game ranger, Deidre’s early experience of wide-open spaces and respect for the natural world later developed into a life-long passion for biological science. After graduating from university, her early career was spent working as a research scientist in Africa investigating ways to improve integrated pest management (IPM) in agriculture.

Symbio appoint Biological Science Specialist

Symbio appoint Biological Science Specialist

Her career path has included managing trials programmes at Microspore and Arysta Life Science as well as laboratory trials in plant pathology and entomology. At Scotts Miracle-Gro, she was responsible for managing the Levington Research station in the UK, running 100-200 field trials a year and leading international biocide projects.

Prior to joining Symbio, in her role as Curriculum and Quality Manager at Easton and Otley College, her responsibilities included academic and subject leadership for land-based studies, and delivery of plant and soil science, pest control and PA01 training for NPTC qualifications.

She comments, “I’m very excited about joining Symbio which really takes me back to my roots in scientific research but combines that with a focus on the value of education. My role has three key aspects to it. Firstly, to review our current product portfolio and run new, rigorous trials so that we are continually updating and adding to our knowledge with scientific data. Secondly to focus on education; making the science more accessible by running seminars and events, talking about soil biology and helping users understand how our products work best. The restrictions on pesticide use will only keep increasing so we need to be looking at equivalent, sustainable alternatives. Lastly, I’m going to be improving and developing new products, with science-based innovation that will make a difference to the way we manage sportsturf in the future”.

Dr Deidre Charleston can be contacted on Tel: 07968 344029 and by email at deidre@symbio.co.uk.

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