Hutchinsons, the national agricultural and horticultural agronomy services business, has increased its strength in the midlands through an acquisition.
The company has purchased Norman and Spicer Agriculture, the Northamptonshire-based family business established in 1983, for an undisclosed sum. It provides agronomy advice and inputs alongside an equestrian, livestock and companion animal supplies operation that includes specialist feed, animal health products and accessories. The business trades in a roughly 30 mile radius of its Drayton Lodge, Daventry premises, with customers across Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.
This footprint is a very good fit with the existing Hutchinsons coverage in neighbouring areas. Norman and Spicer managing director Mark Spicer will continue as managing director and agronomist, with his wife Ann managing the sales of animal health products alongside business administration. The other two staff will also transfer across to the new owner.
Hutchinsons, with annual revenues in excess of £200 million, has a staff of more than 350, more than half of which are directly involved with customer service and agronomic relationships.