National agronomy services business Agrovista has divested its ornamental horticulture division to Fargro, following a strategic decision to focus on its horticultural crops and amenity businesses.
Based in West Sussex, Fargro wholesales and distributes commercial horticultural supplies including agrochemicals, fertilisers, growing media, plant containers and machinery. It services East Anglia from a depot in Essex. The business was established as a grower co-operative in 1947, before going private in 2007. Originally located in Littlehampton, the £20 million turnover business relocated to a new 4.6 hectare warehouse and office site near Arundel.
Fargro says the deal will allow it to expand its market-leading presence in the South East, particularly into Kent. Two former Agrovista area sales managers, Malcolm Tickner and Debbie Atkinson, will transfer to Fargro to maintain customer continuity.
“We are very happy that Fargro has decided to acquire this division of our business,” comments Chris Clayton, managing director of Agrovista UK. “We can think of no one better to support our customers in this area and provide them with the specialist expertise they need.
“We have taken the strategic decision to focus our horticultural business in the south on the glasshouse, protected salads and amenity market. Fargro’s purchase of the ornamental horticulture division means that we are now perfectly positioned to do just that.”
Fargro managing director Richard Hopkins adds: “We are delighted to have brought the acquisition of the southern Ornamental Horticulture division of Agrovista to completion and are looking forward to building a relationship with Agrovista’s customers. Fargro has a reputation for providing market leading products and expert advice on Ornamental Horticulture. We are excited about bringing this expertise to a new audience.”