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In 1830, a young George Brown moved 8 miles from Houghton Regis to start a business as a blacksmith in Leighton Buzzard. Nobody knew why George made the move, but his decision led to the foundation of a business that has been an important part of Leighton Buzzard’s commercial scene for the last 193 years, and now the UK’s largest Kubota Groundcare & Agricultural Dealer.
In 1841 George purchased the forge in which he carried out his trade, along with an adjoining building in Lake Street.
In 1850 he was joined by his son William who was taught the art of manufacturing edge tools like scythes, chisels, hay knives and forks, an area George had begun to specialise in.
By the end of the 19th century, they had installed steam driven machinery, father and son then turned to making farm implements such as ploughs, drills and horse hoes.
In 1903, Ernest Brown became the third generation when he joined the business. He developed the farm implement business into semi-mass production, selling over the entire southern half of the country. He invented the parallel expanding horse-hoe, which sold in its thousands, he also expanded the range to include Cambridge rollers, push hoes, grain lifters, hay weeps and hay stackers.
In due course, Ernest was joined in the business by the fourth generation; his three sons Bernard, Alan and Bob who concentrated on developing our dealerships. In 1944 they sold their first self-propelled combine harvester and in 1957, Massey Ferguson offered them a main distributorship.
The brothers decided to expand the manufacturing side and in 1959 they invented an automatic bale sledge, which sold over 10,000. It was also in the 1950s that they opened branches in Aylesbury (relocated to Haddenham in 1982), Buckingham (closed in 2022) and Chesham.
In the early 80’s, the fifth generation, led by then managing director Christopher, directors Andrew, Richard and Jim, carried on the traditions first adopted by the founder George. Jim is responsible for the Brown’s Agricultural Machinery our manufacturing side, Richard runs a 700 acre farm in Winslow. While Chris and Andrew are further developing the dealerships. The business expanded in 1994 by purchasing Essex based Chelmsford Grass Machinery, which then relocated to Dunmow, Essex in 2014 to a full-line Kubota branch. In 1999, the business grew further again by setting up another full-line Kubota branch in Daventry, Northamptonshire. From these locations we now serve Essex, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, North-East London, Rutland, Suffolk, Warwickshire & West Midlands.
In 2021, their respective sons Steve & Jack are now tasked with taking the business forward, with a sixth generation of Browns at the fore. We’ve already seen Groundcare only depot Haddenham relocate to Witney, Oxfordshire in 2022 to allow the branch to become a full-line Kubota Dealership supporting Garden, Groundcare & Agricultural product.
George Browns vision is to be The UK’s Premier Kubota Dealer and currently meets the highest service standards in the Kubota Dealer Service Excellence Awards programme with Gold or Gold Plus for its five branches covering Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, London, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Suffolk, Warwickshire & West Midlands
Our vision is to be The UK’s Premier Kubota Dealer