AS OF the start of this month, Caledonian Marts has established a new strategic link with Davidson and Robertson – rural surveyors and consultants.

D and R will be providing a comprehensive range of property services for Cally clients and will have a weekly presence at their auction events.

In the last three years, D and R has seen 60% growth in the number of property sales and an increasing list of active buyers.

With existing clients in the Stirling region, D and R director, George Hipwell, said he was looking to formalise strategic links with a local partner and approached Caledonian Marts to collaborate on valuations and sales opportunities.

Managing director at Caledonian Marts, John Kyle, said: “It’s an exciting collaboration and good news for our clients. Davidson and Robertson is Scotland’s oldest firm of land agents with a strong history of property valuations and sales.

“They already operate in our area and are very proactive. We have mutual clients and can see real synergies between D and R and the Cally Mart.

“We have very loyal farming base and provide a down to earth, practical approach to business – so do D and R. We believe they have the expertise, energy and enthusiasm to provide the wider range of services our clients are looking for.”

D and R director and branch manager in Linlithgow, Mr Hipwell, added: “D and R has offices across Scotland and Northern England and a growing presence in the Stirling area. Working more closely with the Cally Mart is a natural progression for both businesses and it’s a fantastic opportunity to have a Stirling base from which to support Cally clients and to open up new opportunities in the area.

“We will be in the auction on a weekly basis with meeting room facilities on hand so clients can book private appointments through the Mart or directly with D and R.

“Through our existing clients, we already have connections with the Cally team, so we’re looking forward to working with them more closely.

“We will have our D and R team at the Mart on August 1, for an event, so we can meet clients, farmers and professionals in the area,” he said.