Growing returns for members - a message from Grant Rogerson, Chief Executive of ANM Group

Recent months have been a clear demonstration of the sheer unstoppability of the Scottish rural economy. When we needed to pull together and ‘keep food on the table’ - metaphorically and literally - we did just that. And at ANM, this year has been a magnificent team effort that has enabled us to continue to provide a quality service to clients and deliver for you, our members. The whole team has demonstrated ability and agility responding to ever-changing rules and COVID-19 challenges as have our customers and members. I'm grateful to the whole team for the part they have played. 
Our passionate belief is that both traditional and digital auctioneering services are central to the effective working of a successful local economy. It is at times of uncertainty that easy access to the flexibility and fair value provided by the auction ring is even more crucial than ever before. No surprise, then, that our proud values of independence and transparency have set us apart and meant that we are able to navigate a difficult period alongside our loyal members and clients.
As a result, we are delighted to have seen growing support from those we are here to serve - but we want more! We are ambitious to serve existing clients better than ever before and to share the benefits of doing business at ANM with more and more of the local, regional and national economy.
We’re ambitious for our TSA division as we look to develop opportunities as prospective clients look for professional support to assess and realise equipment value as it becomes surplus to changing business requirements. Increasingly, our valuation services are in demand on a nationwide basis, and our online auctions are reaching new buyers worldwide.
We’re ambitious for the Estates business as we seek to unlock value for clients across the north east and beyond, given that the team have been able to respond to a very active market in recent months. Ambition too, for Thainstone Events and Porterhouse when they are released from the constraints imposed by COVID-19. That we have been able to support the divisions most affected demonstrates the strength in diversity of our Group. We are determined to emerge stronger than ever in those divisions, given that the light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel looks to be becoming more evident for 2021.
There remain plenty of opportunities for the Group to develop. We are proud to be the leaders in our sector in online sales both for livestock and machinery and the first to provide real time bidding into livestock sales as soon as the pandemic broke.  This year has brought opportunity out of necessity, and whilst we've been selling online for over a decade, digital is now a real asset for the Group. 
As a co-operative, the more business we do, the more we can share the proceeds of our success with our members. We are not here to make a profit, we are here to deliver for the members of our co-operative, and I’m delighted that our membership has grown significantly since the start of 2020. Our co-operative model is what makes us different, and why our model delivers an ever improving service for clients.
We have continued to innovate. I’m proud of how our business has broken new ground, developed new routes to market and brought new services forward. From digital platforms like Thainstone Online to traditional sales, we have options to meet the needs of all current and future customers. We have led rather than followed others, and expect for more of that next year. 
Change is, of course, an ever-present, but we relish and embrace it to achieve more for our membership, whilst retaining the same co-operative values. Building future success for our Group is based on the support of our member community. 
As we come to the end of a momentous year, we look forward to 2021, and the further great strides forward we can make, together.

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