South West Scotland Dairy Show

Southwest Scotland Dairy ShowFarmers & Mercantile will be attending the South West Scotland Dairy Show on Thursday 30th October 2014.

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Machinery Inspection Engineer – Vacancy, location flexible

Engineering InspectionsDue to the expansion of our engineering division we are looking to recruit a Machinery Inspection Engineer.

Position: Machinery Inspection Engineer
Department: Engineering Division.
Location: Due to the fact that we are National there is flexibility as to where the engineer is based.

Skills required

  • In-depth mechanical knowledge of a wide range of agricultural equipment.
  • Competent operator of a wide range of agricultural lifting equipment ranging from telescopic handlers and forklift trucks to excavators.
  • Ideally from a farming background with a genuine interest in agriculture.
  • Focused on delivering a professional service to farming businesses.

Main task of job

  • Perform on-farm machinery inspections.
  • Liaise with F&M account executives within the insurance division.
  • Add value to Health and Safety practices on farm.
  • Ensure farms comply with the HSE’s requirements with regard to machinery certification.
  • We cover England, Scotland and Wales, consequently travelling long distances is unavoidable, at times requiring overnight stays.

Who would this position suit?

  • A qualified agricultural or plant engineer or a competent tractor driver/machinery operator with good mechanical knowledge.
  • A capable person who has the ability to work on own and use own initiative, but also able to work as part of a team.
  • Methodical approach with general IT skills to operate engineering inspection system.

Training provided
We are prepared to consider many differing skill sets from applicants and we appreciate that our induction and training process must cover gaps in knowledge. Therefore we are prepared to tailor our training to suit all levels ranging from a trainee engineer to a highly skilled engineer.

Salary – negotiable dependent upon experience.
Farmers & Mercantile Insurance Brokers Ltd was established in 1996 and has a proven record of success. We are part of the Lycetts Group employing approx 250 staff looking after premium income circa £100 million.

Our company has experienced steady growth over the last 18 years; therefore we are well practised at managing a sustainable pace of expansion. These tools have proven very effective and today we find ourselves in a position to recruit again. The most important factor for F&M is – THE RIGHT PERSON, SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO DELIVER OUR COMPANY ETHOS.

The day-to-day life of a Farmers & Mercantile employee is busy; we look after clients throughout England, Scotland and Wales from our 4 branches in Northamptonshire, Shropshire, Yorkshire and Ayrshire. Customer service is paramount; we make sure that our clients are provided with excellent service – relationships must be strong.

Interested in applying for this position? Please send a covering letter and CV to: Mrs A Wellings, Farmers & Mercantile Insurance Brokers Ltd, Thistledown Barn, 204 Holcot Lane, Sywell, Northamptonshire. NN6 0BG or email alexandra@fandmgroup.co.uk. Should you wish to speak to someone please call Alex on 01604 782782.

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Trainee Insurance Administrator – Vacancy, Northamptonshire

Farmers & Mercantile are looking to recruit a trainee insurance administrator for its telephone division. This is a full-time position.

Position: Trainee Insurance Administrator
Department: Telephone Sales.
Location: Sywell, Northampton . 01604 782782.

The successful candidate will be based at our Head Office, Sywell, Northamptonshire, providing support for the insurance team that service our smallholding, motor and small farm accounts.

Key Requirements;

  • Experience with computers.
  • Excellent communicator.
  • Emphasis on attention to detail.
  • Customer Service focused.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Agricultural or rural background.

Main purpose of job;

  1. To offer a professional service dealing with inbound and outbound telephone calls.
  2. Assist with the division hitting sales targets.
  3. To be able to carry out prospecting campaigns.
  4. To be good at multitasking and prioritising, in order to deal efficiently and effectively with the urgency, number and varying nature of telephone enquiries that are likely to be received
  5. To have a reliable vetting process whereby all enquiries are;
    1. Google Earthed to cast an eye over the property.
    2. Followed up effectively to ensure receipt of schedules and other documents as required.
  6. Take ownership of the leads.
  7. Make an important contribution to growing the telephone division.
  8. Ensure documentation is accurate prior to sending to client.

Farmers & Mercantile Insurance Brokers Ltd was established in 1996 and has a proven record of success. We are part of the Lycetts Group employing approx 250 staff looking after premium income circa £100 million.

Our company has experienced steady growth over the last 18 years; therefore we are well practised at managing a sustainable pace of expansion.

The day-to-day life of a Farmers & Mercantile employee is busy; we look after clients throughout England, Scotland and Wales from our 4 branches in Northamptonshire, Shropshire, Yorkshire and Ayrshire. Customer service is paramount; we make sure that our clients are provided with excellent service – relationships must be strong.

It is our company aim to provide

AN INDEPENDENT FARM INSURANCE SERVICE
- backed up with expert advice –
- and competitive premiums –
.
Interested in applying for this position? Please send a covering letter and CV to: Ms R Walton, Farmers & Mercantile Insurance Brokers Ltd, Thistledown Barn, 204 Holcot Lane, Sywell, Northamptonshire. NN6 0BG or email roz@fandmgroup.co.uk.

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Cereals 2014 – 2 dry days

F&M Team at Cereals 2014
I can’t remember the last time that we had 2 dry days at a show (and for set-up!).

We had an unprecedented number of clients visit the stand from our Shropshire branch due to their land being wet during show time. It was nice to meet some new faces as well as have a chat with our valued clients.

As always it’s wonderful when people travel so far to the big shows, and our Scottish clients were particularly gracious about our hospitality. We chatted with many clients who sang the praises of our offices in Scotland, Yorkshire, Shropshire and Northamptonshire.

Cereals 2104

 

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Internal Account Handler Vacancy – North Yorkshire

F&M Group, The Old Smithy, Heaton House, BOROUGHBRIDGE, North Yorkshire. Y051 9HE 01423 326363

Selection process to be based on candidates that;

  • Are looking for Full time hours 8:30am -5:30pm.
  • Have experience in a broad spectrum of classes of business which must include farm and motor insurance.
  • Experience within the insurance sector – suitable candidates most likely will have a broking background.
  • Provide a high level of administrative skills.
  • Possess a clear and confident telephone manner.

Farmer & Dog imageLinks to agriculture are beneficial. Initial training (length of time dependent on experience) will be conducted at our head office in Northamptonshire; this requires that some weeknights are spent away; the company covers the expense in these instances.

Position: Internal Account Handler

Department: Underwriting

Reporting to: Office manager, Branch Manager

Location: Boroughbridge, North Yorks

Start date: May/June 2014

Main purpose of job
  • Point of contact for clients
  • Customer service
  • Insurance documentation delivery as per clients demands and needs
  • Full support to account executive
  • Liaise with Insurers
  • Liaise with colleagues
  • Provide high quality advice to clients
  • Process and underwrite renewals and MTAs
  • Be a team player contributing to other office duties
  • Work to a high standard with attention to accuracy and detail.

Farmers & Mercantile Insurance Brokers Ltd was established in 1996 and has a proven record for success. We are part of the Lycetts Group employing approx 250 staff looking after premium income circa £100 million.

Our company has experienced steady growth over the last 18 years; therefore we are well practiced at managing a sustainable pace of expansion.

The day-to-day life of a Farmers & Mercantile employee is busy; we look after clients throughout England, Scotland and Wales from our 4 branches in Northamptonshire, Shropshire, Yorkshire and Ayrshire. Customer service is paramount; we make sure that our clients are provided with excellent service – relationships must be strong.

If you are interested in applying for this position please send a CV along with a covering letter to: Mrs A Wellings, F&M Group Head Office, Thistledown Barn, 204 Holcot Lane, Sywell, Northamptonshire. NN6 0BG. Alternatively, applications will be accepted via email to alexandra@fandmgroup.co.uk.

Should you require more information please telephone 01604 782782 asking to speak to Alexandra Wellings or 01423 326363 asking to speak to Tony Allanson, Branch Manager.

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Worcester Team Chase

F&M Sponsors Worcester Team ChaseCaroline Startin attended The Worcester Team Chase held on the 23rd March 2014.

Caroline said

We had a really good day – the usual thrills and spills you would expect when horses are jumping a cross country course, but no major dramas, thank goodness.

Entries were a record at approaching 100 teams and the weather was fairly kind, apart from a storm just as the first team were about to set off – and another just as the main class of the day, The Open was setting off.

The Worcestershire Awesome Foursome, our local team, were one of the two teams that qualified for the National Championships to be held in April at the Heythrop Team Chase.

Farmers & Mercantile sponsor THE WORCESTERSHIRE HUNT TEAM CHASE, held at Abbeylands, Berry Lane, Upton Warren, Bromsgrove, Worcs (By kind permission of the Shaw Family)

Caroline Startin - Ludlow BranchCaroline works in the Ludlow branch of F&M.

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Spring Barley – Royston, Herts

Out and about in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire today (Friday 14 March) it was interesting to see that a lot of the lighter land has started to dry out well and indeed drilling of Spring cereals had commenced. I did note however that there was still plenty of water lying on heavier land.

It was interesting to talk to the client in the photographs who had just had a new Horsch Pronto Disc Drill delivered and was sewing Spring Barley along with applying fertiliser down the drill at the same time.

The client was impressed with the drill’s performance and had been drilling fertiliser into the seed bed for a number of years which he strongly felt aided rapid emergence.

Soils in this field had been mapped and the client was looking to increase seed rates on the chalkier areas.

This is the first time I have seen a cloud of dust behind a machine for a little while.

Nigel

Spring Drilling - Horsch Pronto DCHorsch Pronto DCHorsch Pronro DC - Spring drilling

Spring barley being drilled at Barley, nr Royston, Hertfordshire. The drill is a new Horsch Pronto DC which is also applying granular fertiliser.

Farmers & Mercantile – always on the move, keeping an eye on our farmland.
Photo taken by: Nigel Wellings

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Environmental pollution fines are on the increase for farmers

Watercourse Pollution

The Polluter Pays. Negligent or not, you will be held responsible for damage to the environment.

After a 2 year prosecution the courts found 2 farmers in Madeley, Staffordshire guilty for allowing effluent to leak into a nearby pool. The pollution travelled more than 3 miles from their farm downriver and killed 3000 fish, consequently enraging locals.

The farmers were ordered to pay £20,198 (a fine of £10,000 and costs of £10,198).

The Environment Agency also presented the farmers with another bill for just under £15,000. The farmers had environmental insurance in place and so were insured for the environment clean-up costs.

The cause of the environmental damage was traced back to a contractor’s inability to attend and empty a silage tank on June 4th 2012. However, it appears that the farmers took insufficient steps to address the issue as a subsequent EA inspection in December 2012 found that, despite some improvements, effluent was still flowing onto a field.

Andrew Jobson, the Environment Agency’s investigating officer said: “This result is a message to those who could be putting the environment at risk through their farming activities, that we will investigate, and where appropriate prosecute those responsible.”

The law states that The Polluter Pays. Negligent or not, you will be held responsible for damage to the environment.

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Senior Underwriter / Office Manager Vacancy

Position: Senior Underwriter/Office Manager

Department: Underwriting/Administration

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire.

Reason for Position: Current member of staff is moving to France.

Main purpose of job

  • Point of contact for clients
  • Deliver excellent customer service
  • Insurance documentation delivery as per clients demands and needs
  • Full support to account executives
  • Liaise with Insurers
  • Liaise with colleagues
  • Provide high quality advice to clients
  • Process renewals and MTAs
  • Work to a high standard with attention to accuracy and detail.

This is a senior internal position at our Ludlow branch. Insurance experience is essential along with practical knowledge of broking and farming. You will report directly to the branch manager

Farmers & Mercantile Insurance Brokers Ltd was established in 1996 with the aim of providing independent insurance advice and products to the farming community. This aim still remains our steadfast focus today. Our team of 58 staff are passionate about delivering a top quality service.

The day-to-day life at Farmers & Mercantile is busy; we look after clients throughout England, Scotland and Wales. All of our staff are based from one of our 4 branches in Northamptonshire, Shropshire, Yorkshire and Ayrshire. Customer service is of paramount importance; we make sure that our clients are provided with excellent service – relationships must be strong.

If you are interested in applying for this position please send applications to:

Mrs A Wellings,
Farmers & Mercantile Head Office,
Thistledown Barn, 204 Holcot Lane,
Sywell, Northamptonshire.
NN6 0BG

or alternatively email alexandra@fandmgroup.co.uk

Please note that no recruitment agency assistance is required for this position.

Interviews will be held during the week of 17th March 2014

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Rural Crime – Protecting your Farm

When thinking of farm insurance most farmers and smallholders consider risks other than crime first. However, sad as it may be, crime is a factor which affects farmers – possibly more than the general population as farms may provide a bigger and more vulnerable target than domestic properties.

The police provide advice to Farmers around the country with Farmwatch schemes and email based crime news services which farmers can subscribe to.

  • For an example of the type of advice published by police forces for rural areas please see leaflet Protecting your Farm – Keep it Safe, Hidden & Locked published by Cumbria Farmwatch
  • An extract from a recent email update for the Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway district is shown below. It details the current trends and threats affecting the area and provides some useful guidance about how to minimise the threat of crime and how to maximise the chance of catching the culprits.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could stop or reduce crime considerably, catch more criminals more quickly and only need to fall back on insurance very occasionally.

Extract from email circulated to subscribed farmers by Maybole Police Office, Police Scotland:

It has been a busy 6 weeks with a variety of rural crime being committed throughout Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

The word of the month is METAL..

£21,000 of metal has been stolen this month from electricity sub stations and telephone sub stations, all based on farming land. This kind of crime is pretty well spread all over Ayrshire. If you guys have a place like this on your land, can you please give it a check now and again to make sure nothing untoward has happened. We all suffer because of crimes like this; hospitals suffer if power has to be cut so let’s give these places a bit of extra attention.

Arnshean Farm, Barrhill had 600litres of fuel stolen from the fuel tank; Auchensoul Farm, Pinmore had the fuel cap forced of their motor vehicle and an amount of fuel taken and 1000 litres of heating oil was stolen from a fuel tank at Crawfordston Farm, Maybole.  Try and gauge what fuel you have either in your tanks or the vehicles. Check the levels on a regular basis and if you find that something has been taken then think about evidence. If the criminals have used something to force their way into the tank or your vehicle they may have left this instrument lying about. Do not touch it but cover it up protecting it from the weather. Fingerprints and DNA eventually will wash off.

These kinds of practices apply with most crimes that have been committed. Stop; think what may have been touched by the bad person. Does it have a nice shiny surface and is it in danger of getting wet. Cover it.

I emailed you last night about the red Landrover that was taken from Dumfries House Estates. To give you a reminder the registration number is OE62 HNL .  Again from Dumfries House Estates an Ifor Williams Trailer, silver in colour  with the same registration number as the aforementioned Landrover was stolen between the 1st and 2nd February. Any information let me know.

3 sets of Walsh Horse Driving harnesses and 5 18 inch Drawing Cart Wheels were stolen from Cloverhill Farm, Ayr.  Persons unknown at this time had forced their way into a secure building and stolen the items. If any of you are offered items like these, take not of registration numbers of vehicles involved and get back to me.

Few, you had that comfort break yet. Nearly done.

A selection of hand tools and a pressure washer were taken from South Auchenmade Farm Kilwinning and a 12ft metal gate has been removed from Routendurn Farm, Dalry. As I have said in the past this type of crime can bring other problems to the table so inspect your perimeter fences on a regular basis.

An all terrain red Honda quad was stolen from Larach House, Waterside, Kilmarnock. If you should be offered it the chassis number is 1HFTE31P914500105. This was removed from a secure building along with an orange chainsaw. Let me know if either of these turns up.

Metal fencing and 3 further metal gates have been stolen from Netherwood Farm, Muirkirk and Windshields Farm, Darvel.

Wire fencing has again been cut at Fulshaw farm , Ayr. I believe the area is used by dog walkers, please if anyone knows anything about wire fencing getting cut on Fulshaw Wood Farm, let me know.

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