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Bell opens first depot in Scotland

Booming sales tempt manufacturer north of the border

South African-owned dump truck manufacturer Bell Equipment UK has opened its first depot in Scotland.

The new branch, in Falkirk, will operate as a satellite to the company’s Staffordshire headquarters. It is staffed by Scottish regional sales manager George Graham aided by two service engineers and a parts store manager.

Bell says the new depot is a major step towards its goal of increasing its customer support capability and says it has plans to further strengthen its presence in Scotland.

“Bell’s presence in Scotland is still a fairly recent thing, but it’s all falling into place now. I can only see this new depot as a big benefit to Bell UK,” said Mr Graham.

The new depot, the first regional office set up by the company, will also serve customers in Northern Ireland, said Mr Graham.

Managing director Neville Paynter said: “The decision to open in Scotland demonstrates how important the Scottish market is to Bell.

“We’ve had a sales presence in Scotland for three years, but this is the first time we’ve had an exclusive parts depot outside England. It will certainly help improve response times.”

Bell’s UK sales have grown by 40 per cent in the past three years, while its Scottish sales have risen by 50 per cent in the same period, said Mr Paynter.

The new depot will provide sales and service support and will include a parts depot.