Machinery firm to close in Berwick

The Berwick branch of agricultural machinery firm Thomas and Sherriff & Co is to close after almost half a century in the town.

Thursday, 15th September 2016, 8:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 1:02 pm
The Berwick branch of Thoma Sherriff & Co.

The company is likely to move out of its premises on the Tweedmouth Trading Estate by the end of January.

However, there will be no redundancies as staff are being transferred to other sites.

The Dunbar branch, where the firm was established in 1816, will also close as part of a restructuring of the business.

The company will retain its branches in Coldstream, Haddington, Stow and Alnwick. It is also taking on new premises in Jedburgh and Hexham.

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The change is part of John Deere’s Dealer of Tomorrow strategy, designed to provide long-term stability for both dealers and customers.

It has been prompted by changes in agricultural practices in recent years.

Director Colin Weatherhead said: “We’re moving out of premises in Berwick and Dunbar due to a restructuring of the business. We’re a main John Deere dealer and we’re being encouraged to expand and bring in more customers.”

“In the Borders there are probably about 12 farmers farming 100,000 acres today. Going back 10 years at least 50 farmers would have been working that acreage. There is a massive wave of change in the industry and we have to adapt the business to meet those needs.”