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Dutch delight as East Lancashire firm strikes new partnership

L to R: Andrew Melville (commercial director, GGM), Maarten Ponne (sales area manager, Roberine), Ian Burden (group vice president vegetation control Alamo Group Inc) and Chris Gibson (managing director, GGM)

An Lancashire commercial tractor supplier has gone international with the announcement of a new partnership. GGM Groundscare, a specialist supplier of tractors and high-quality professional land-based equipment, says it is delighted to confirm the link-up with Roberine, the world class Dutch manufacturer of self-propelling mowing machines.

Bosses at GGM said the company has a rich heritage in the ride on commercial mower sector and as the business prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary at its headquarters in Colne, the move sees it return to its roots.

Managing director Chris Gibson said: "When the business was relocated to Colne back in 2000, we were suppliers of Kubota and Hayter Professional, which was subsequently bought out by Toro. We described the brands as the right and left legs of the business – the absolute cornerstones of everything we did.

"Over time, we’ve explored and been extremely successful in other sectors. Now, through Roberine, we have found the perfect partner, at the forefront of the development of commercial mowing machines for local authorities and commercial landscapers."

GGM took on the franchise from the start of this month (MAY) and became the North-West, West and South Yorkshire supplier, for Roberine products.

Maarten Ponne, sales area manager at Roberine, said: "We are delighted to have GGM Groundscare on board to represent the Roberine brand. Changing dealership representation is never an easy decision but we believe that, in GGM, we have a partner with a clear shared vision of how best to support our brand throughout the region. They have a proven track record for working closely with commercial customers and are keen to continue to invest and develop their business even in these challenging times."