Media Release: Rural insurance HQ to open at United Auctions’ Stirling Agricultural Centre

AN expanding insurance broking business, specialising in farming and estate policies will be opening a new office at United Auctions (UA’s) Stirling Agricultural Centre in January 2013.

BCS Hendricks’ Farms & Estates Division has taken the last remaining 3,000 sq ft at Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers’ Stirling Agricultural Centre, as their new headquarters.

And the business, which has a long-established office in St Andrews, has a strategy in place to become Scotland’s premier rural insurance broker.

It is already planning a recruitment drive for an initial core staff of five employees – rising to 20 by 2014.

Key appointments will be announced in January 2013 when the Stirling office will be officially open for business.

Said Neil McLean, group joint MD of UA: “This is great news for Stirling and for our customers. We’re delighted that this ambitious firm is opening its new HQ at the Centre.

“The addition of a rural insurance brokers perfectly complements the exceptional cluster of professional, agri-related services the Centre offers, which includes CKD Galbraith, Ledingham Chalmers, Johnston Carmichael and Carrs Billington Agriculture.”

Added Mr McLean: “This was our vision for the facility right from the start so it’s really satisfying to see it develop with such success.”

Commented Ritchie Sherret, director of BCS Hendricks: “This is such a huge opportunity for us. There is a real sense of community at the Centre and I can’t think of any other business location in Scotland that offers such great potential with a footfall of over 22,000 on your doorstep every year.

“The opportunity is also recognised by two of the country’s largest agricultural underwriters with whom we are finalising arrangements that will see us launching perhaps the best all-round policy on the market with very competitive premiums. We are expecting to make a real impact.”

BCS Hendricks’ Insurance will take over the bespoke insurance service for the Stirling Bull Sales from February next year.


Issued by JK Consultancy Ltd on behalf of United Auctions. For further information, please contact Jenny Kumar of JK Consultancy on 07989 557198 or

Notes to editors:

About United Auctions –

United Auctions (UA) are recognised as Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban.

The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree livestock, including the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales (previously known as the Perth Bull Sales) and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services.

BCS Hendricks –

BCS Hendricks is an independent, niche insurance brokers who provide an unparalleled personal service for their corporate, agricultural and private clients. As independents, we can call on our extensive range of industry contacts, gained over 30 years, throughout the country to meet and cover any risk presented at competitive premiums.

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