Handy Garden Machinery to shut retail operation
BAGMA member Handy Garden Machinery of Swindon is to close its retail operation, it has been announced.
However, the 82-year-old firm will continue to expand its wholesale side of the business.
Handy’s chairman Simon Belcher told Service Dealer magazine: ” In recent years the wholesale side of the company has provided 97% of our business.
“In these strange times we are living through, it is vital that we focus all our efforts on this element of our company. Our brands such as Webb, GreenWorks and Handy have seen tremendous growth and we feel we must not be distracted from ensuring the continuation of that.
“These next few years will prove challenging for our industry and it’s important to us that we support our dealers and customers on the trade side just as much as we can.”
Simon says he hopes to mitigate as many redundancies as possible by moving some staff to the wholesale side of the business, through offering voluntary redundancy to those that it suits and by offering some other positions.
- Picture courtesy of the Handy Garden Machinery website