A Fife firm that supplies ground care machinery to golf courses has teed up a takeover deal.
All the existing staff and assets of Nairn Brown business transferred to Double A on September 30. Both companies are John Deere turf dealerships.
Double A dealer principal Sandy Armit and his wife Aileen started their business working from home in 1996 before joining the John Deere dealer network three years later.
They initially sold to customers in Fife, Tayside and Clackmannanshire before being appointed to take over the Aberdeenshire area in October 2011.
Customers include golf courses, local authorities, caravan parks, tree surgeons, landscapers, health boards, hire companies and homeowners.
Double A, which has a second outlet at Kintore in Aberdeenshire, employs 25 staff across both branches.
Mr Armit said: “We are delighted to be given this opportunity to extend our sales territory into western Scotland, and look forward to continuing to build on the very successful business established by Nairn Brown, his family and experienced staff.”
Nairn Brown Ltd was founded in 1964 and became the first John Deere golf and turf dealership to be established in the west of Scotland in 1996.
The company has a long track record of supplying machinery to golf courses, local authorities, contractors and private customers across a large area extending from Argyll to Dumfries & Galloway, containing well over 200 golf courses.
Mr Brown said: “Although sad for me to be leaving the industry, I have to say how lucky we have been to have held the John Deere turf dealership in the west of Scotland for 25 years.
“I would like to thank John Deere for their staunch support and help over this time – it has been a pleasure dealing with them.
“Most of all, I am extremely proud of all the staff that have helped to make Nairn Brown (Glasgow) the dealership it is today and wish everyone continued success in the Double A team.”
John Deere Limited golf & turf division sales manager Brian D’Arcy congratulated Double A on its west coast expansion.
He said: “Double A is a highly professional operation that has developed over the last 20-plus years to become one of the largest John Deere turf dealerships in the UK, providing outstanding customer service and total commitment to after-sales support.
“We are very pleased that Sandy, Aileen and their team have agreed to this expansion into the west of Scotland, and look forward to their continued business growth.”