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Rural insurance HQ to open at UA’s Stirling Agri Centre

An expanding insurance broking business, specialising in farming and estate policies will be opening a new office at United Auctions’ (UA’s) Stirling Agricultural Centre in January 2013.

BCS Hendricks’ Farms & Estates Division has taken the last remaining 3,000 sq ft at Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers’ Agricultural Centre, as their new headquarters.

And the business, which has a long-established office in St Andrews, has a strategy in place to become Scotland’s premier rural insurance broker.

It is already planning a recruitment drive for an initial core staff of five employees – rising to 20 by 2014.

Key appointments will be announced in January 2013 when the Stirling office will be officially open for business.

Neil McLean, Group Joint MD of UA, said: “This is great news for Stirling and for our customers. We’re delighted that this ambitious firm is opening its new HQ at the Centre.

“The addition of a rural insurance brokers perfectly complements the exceptional cluster of professional, agri-related services the Centre offers, which includes CKD Galbraith, Ledingham Chalmers, Johnston Carmichael and Carrs Billington Agriculture.

“This was our vision for the facility right from the start so it’s really satisfying to see it develop with such success.”

Ritchie Sherret, director of BCS Hendricks said: “This is such a huge opportunity for us. There is a real sense of community at the Centre and I can’t think of any other business location in Scotland that offers such great potential with a footfall of over 22,000 on your doorstep every year.

“The opportunity is also recognised by two of the country’s largest agricultural underwriters with whom we are finalising arrangements that will see us launching perhaps the best all-round policy on the market with very competitive premiums. We are expecting to make a real impact.”

BCS Hendricks’ Insurance will take over the bespoke insurance service for the Stirling Bull Sales from February next year.


Issued by JK Consultancy Ltd on behalf of United Auctions. For further information please contact Jenny Kumar of JK Consultancy on 07989 557198 or jenny@jkconsultancy.com



About United Auctions – www.uagroup.co.uk

United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban. The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree livestock, including the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales (previously known as the Perth Bull Sales) and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services.

BCS Hendricks – www.bcshendricks.co.uk

BCS Hendricks is an independent, niche insurance brokers who provide an unparalleled personal service for their corporate, agricultural and private clients. As independents we can call on our extensive range of industry contacts, gained over 30 years, throughout the country to meet and cover any risk presented at competitive premiums.

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Multi-Million Pound Redevelopment Offers Retail Appeal in Kinross

A major redevelopment of Moto’s Kinross motorway service station is set to offer real appeal to retailers and tourism operators alike.

As part of the improvements, eight new retail letting units, each extending to 3,000 sq ft are being marketed by joint agents CKD Galbraith and Thursz Property Consulting on behalf of Moto Hospitality Ltd.

Located at J6 of the M90 motorway, the multi-million pound redevelopment of the 12-acre service station will comprise the new retail letting units, a new petrol station and amenity building with anchor tenants Moto, BP, M&S Simply Food, WH Smith, Burger King and Costa.

This gateway location with its proximity to St Andrews, the home of golf, provides an ideal opportunity for tourism and field sports retailers to cater for the passing golf trade as well as the hunting, shooting, fishing markets en route to the Highlands.

Only 40 minutes from Edinburgh and Glasgow, the service area, which is adjacent to Dobbies Garden Centre and on the same site as budget hotel company Travelodge, is already a busy stopping point for more than 650,000 commuter vehicles each year.

And its location on the doorstep of Scotland’s most successful music festival, T in the Park, sees a welcome summer boost of around 80,000 visitors.

Richard Higgins, Partner at CKD Galbraith, said: “This is an exciting retail opportunity in an ideal location. Situated in the heart of Scotland, it forms an important, strategic stop on the main motorway network between Perth and Edinburgh. The benefit from peak summer trade for T in the Park will no doubt appeal to retailers wishing to take advantage of this significant passing footfall.”

David Thursz of Thursz Property Consulting added: “Moto’s substantial investment in the travel infrastructure demonstrates confidence in their offer, the local market and their ability to attract big brands to the area. The new, fit-for-purpose facility will meet the needs of the modern day traveler and the local market, benefitting everyone.”

For further information and to express your interest, contact Richard Higgins on 0131 240 6960 or David Thursz on 01620 810726. Prices available on application.



Notes to Editor

  • Picture caption: Aerial view of the planned redevelopment at Kinross
  • The site is the furthest north of the Moto offerings, which became the newest name on Britain’s motorway network in 2001.

For further information please contact Jenny Kumar of JK Consultancy on 07989 5571989 or email jenny@jkconsultancy.com

CKD Galbraith – www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 180 people in offices in Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso and Peebles.

The firm provides the full range of property consulting services across the commercial, residential and rural sectors throughout Scotland. The company enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

CKD Galbraith’s commercial arm delivers partner-led commercial property intelligence across a range of services, including property and asset management, professional services, investment consultancy, sales, lettings and acquisitions, project co-ordination, facilities management and building surveying.