One of the world's largest JCB machinery dealers is investing for growth with a £1.5 million expansion of its headquarters.
Greenshields JCB has extended and completely refurbished its premises in Farnham, Surrey, creating additional open-plan offices, warehousing for parts and an additional acre of yard storage for customer machines.
The move comes as the UK market for construction equipment booms with total sales up by more than 50 % compared to last year - making the market the fastest growing in the world.
The new premises were officially opened by JCB Group Chief Executive Graeme Macdonald. He said: "JCB has ambitious global growth plans and it's important that our dealers around the world invest to support those ambitions. Greenshields JCB's investment is exactly what is needed to ensure we win more business in the competitive UK market."
Greenshields JCB Managing Director George Greenshields added: "I am proud to have been associated with JCB for over 35 years both as an employee and as a JCB dealer. This business has succeeded by establishing excellent relationships with international, national, regional and owner operators, providing them with top-level service and support at all times.
"We are confident as a business, having doubled our turnover in the last 5 years, and wth this investment, we plan to do the same again in the next 5 years."
Built to exacting JCB corporate dealer standards, the new complex stands on a 2.8 acre site. Greenshields JCB was established in 1996 and, with seven depots in Surrey, Essex, West Sussex, Hertfordshire, Hampshire and Kent, is now recognised as one of the world's largest JCB dealers.
With 135 employees and rising, 55 staff are based at Farnham and there are 51 engineers including apprentices across the depot network. The company provides sales, service and support for the full JCB product range.