Agricultural machinery firm Gregoire Besson moves its headquarters to Bourne

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A FARM equipment firm has given Bourne’s economy a boost by moving its UK headquarters to the town, creating two jobs.

French company Gregoire Besson has moved from its previous home in Carlby to a purpose-designed 13 acre site in Spalding Road.

The company held an official opening on Wednesday, which also marked the 20th anniversary of the UK branch and the retirement of branch founder Bill Immink.

The move to Bourne has created an eastern area sales manager position, filled by Harvey Sherwin, and store manager, taken by Jason Levin.

Bill’s son and managing director of Gregoire Besson Robin Immink said: “It has been a fantastic event, not only to officially open our new premises, but also to recognise my father’s amazing career and the company’s 20th anniversary.

“I would like to thank everyone for making a special day, especially those who have travelled from further afield.

“Bill has created an extremely solid base on which to build Gregoire Besson UK and we are all excited about what the future holds.”

Gregoire Besson came to the UK after Bill met owner and chairman Patrick Besson in 1985.

The pair began working together and Gregoire Besson UK started in Bill’s garden shed in 1991, before moving to rented premises in Carlby and now to Bourne.

Patrick attributed the worldwide success of the company, which now has six manufacturing sites and subsidiaries in 75 countries, to the quality of both the product and its employees.

He also praised Bill and his son in particular for their hard work, dedication, and the continued success of Gregoire Besson UK.

Bill said: “The last 25 years have flown by and it has been a great honour to have been part of the Gregoire Besson family.

“I would like to say thank Patrick, who is now a family friend as well as business colleague, for his support over the years.”