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We understand farming, and have done so for over four decades.

Ripon Farm Services was established in 1982 to supply agricultural machinery, equipment and support throughout Yorkshire, Teesside, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. Over those 40 years, we've developed a proud reputation within our farming communities for customer service that goes above and beyond.

Technology – farming that's ahead of the game

We’re at the forefront of delivering agricultural technology with a team who understand what it means to our customers, and the potential drive efficiencies in their businesses.

We attract highly skilled employees, offering industry-leading training and development, to ensure we always deliver the innovative agricultural solutions needed by the farming communities we partner.


We aim to give you and every customer, the level of service that reflects the quality of machinery we supply.

In business for you - growing with you

Farming is in our blood, we set up in business to serve the agricultural community we know and uniquely understand - our farming family. We never forget that we’re in business for you, growing with you: ensuring our brands, products and technological expertise supports your growth.

We do what we say - when we say we're going to

We are always here for you because we’re part of your farming family. A dependable team of straight-talking individuals who do what we say we’re going to do, when we say we’re going to do it. We know time is money, and the speed we turn things around is really important to you. The sooner we do it, the happier you are – and the happier we are too. 

The Ripon story. Since 1930

  • 1930s

    Glovers of Ripon were selling Morris Cars in Ripon

  • 1940s

    Glovers of Ripon took on the Massey Ferguson franchise and also the BMC brand

  • 1961

    Geoff Brown, now Chairman of RFS, started as an apprentice with Glovers

  • 1965

    The loss of the second generation of the Glover family, left a very young son and his Grandfather, neither who were able to develop the business. So the business was taken over by Appleyards who were predominantly Nuffield Tractors and BMC Cars.

  • 1966

    Appleyards lost the Massey Ferguson franchise and took on one of the first John Deere dealerships, selling the brand alongside Nuffield.

  • 1966-69

    Geoff Brown was promoted to John Deere Demonstrator for Appleyards - a position that previously had been unheard of.

  • 1969

    Ripon agricultural depot ceased trading

  • 1970

    Nuffield and BMC became Leyland - and were sold alongside John Deere

  • 1973

    Geoff Brown was approached by Appleyards to manage the Ripon branch on Borrage Lane, Ripon alongside another branch at Wetherby

  • 1978

    Appleyards added another branch at Darrington

  • 1981

    Appleyards pulled out of car sales - Land Rover

  • 1982

    Appleyards sold the Agricultural business.

    Geoff Brown was approached to run the Ripon branch but wanted to start his own business.

    Geoff, together with Maurice Hymas, Bill Houseman and two other directors, set-up their own agricultural machinery business called Ripon Farm Services and took on both the John Deere and Land Rover franchises. In their first year, they started with 19 members of staff and doubled their initial business plan target.

  • 1985-86

    Invited by John Deere to open the Tadcaster branch on a brown field site

  • 1987

    Invited by John Deere to take on Tom & Jim Calvert - a John Deere dealer in Ottringham

  • 1991

    Moved the John Deere agricultural business in Ripon to Dallamires Lane, leaving the Land Rover franchise at Borrage Lane.

  • 1992

    Invited by John Deere to take on the Darrington John Deere dealership of Yorkshire Farm Machinery

  • 1996

    The closure of Chesters of Ripon, a car dealership next to the Dallamires Lane site, enabled Ripon Farm Services to double their premises in Ripon

  • 1999

    Invited by John Deere to take on the dealership of Smith Bros (Keighley) Ltd at Crosshills

  • 2000

    Built new Land Rover premises on a green field site Hutton Bank, Ripon

  • 2012

    Invited by John Deere to take on the dealership of EA Clayton Ltd. Carlton, Stockton-on-Tees

  • 2016

    Land Rover was sold to concentrate on the development and expansion of the agricultural and associated business

    The purchase of an additional Accident Repair centre from Batchelors of Ripon in order to double the size of our existing facility - Ripon Paint & Body

  • 2017

    Acquisition of Kevin Walker on site Plant Services Kramer franchise

  • 2019

    Purchase of RBM Agricultural Ltd and their 5 branches at Market Weighton, Malton, Retford, Brigg and Louth.

  • 2023

    In March 2023, Ripon Farm Services took over F G Adamson & Son, a commercial turf and ground care business with two branches in Swanland and Langworth. 

  • Today

    Today, the thriving company has some 350 employees - one of the biggest employers in the area and has a turnover of over £150 million.

Ripon Paint & Body

Specified by major insurance companies as the preferred paint and body repair centre for all kinds of vehicles. Ripon Paint & Body is proud of it’s reputation in providing the highest quality repair, restoration and paint services to customers throughout the North of England.

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