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[lead]The Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) has joined forces with leading groundcare machinery company Lister Wilder to help clubs improve their facilities for less.[/lead]

The partnership – which is one the first of its kind in the country – means that GCB affiliated clubs will receive an 18% discount on all machinery purchases and hired items from Lister Wilder, as well as substantial savings on spare parts and labour costs.

The Board will receive a rebate from sales which will be used to fund a small grants scheme to support clubs with small-scale projects and ground-improvements.

The partnership is similar to the preferred supplier agreements the GCB has with other companies including Dennis and SISIS, St Austell Brewery, Utilitrack, Jelf Insurance and Pegler Yorkshire.

Lister Wilder, who have dealerships in Cirencester and Bristol offer a wide range of products and services including machinery sales and hire, spare parts and servicing.

GCB chief executive Steve Silk said: “We are really pleased to have secured this agreement with Lister Wilder. Their comprehensive range of products and expertise within the industry mean that they are able to support our clubs across the whole spectrum of groundcare needs.

“Good pitches and playing facilities are crucial in ensuring clubs attract and retain players but maintaining them can be an expensive business. This new partnership will help our clubs be able to do this at a lower cost, thereby helping to make them more sustainable.”

Established in 1947, Lister Wilder is a family-owned business renowned that provides products for sale and hire across groundcare, construction, arboriculture and agricultural industries. These include a wide range of machinery including mowers, scarifiers and seeders from a host of top brands. Last year the firm was named Professional Turfcare Dealer of the Year at the annual Service Dealer Awards and has built up a reputation for combining expertise with excellent customer care.

Lister Wilder divisional sales director Phill Hughes said:  “We are delighted to be working with GCB as the official supplier for groundcare machinery. Not only will this partnership provide a preferred pricing structure to the local cricket clubs, it will also enable them to enjoy a discounted rate on the extensive range of machinery that we have for hire. We will be working very closely with the clubs in the foreseeable future to ensure that the best possible deal is available to them when it comes to their machinery needs.”

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