Feed manufacturer ForFarmers has completed the centralisation of its UK administration into a new central office at Bury St Edmunds. The new facility was officially opened by ForFarmers group chief executive Yoram Knoop this month, during a visit by the company’s executive board.
The central office is named Horizon House, after ForFarmers’ Horizon 2020 business strategy aiming to make it the leading livestock nutrition company in Europe. It brings together back office staff from three legacy BOCM Pauls sites across East Anglia – the former head office at Wherstead near Ipswich; Tucks Mill at Burston near Diss and the feedmill at Rougham just outside Bury St Edmunds. The new central office is close to the Rougham plant with easy access to the A14 trunk road.
Manufacturing operations at the Burston and Rougham sites will continue as before, while there are no changes to ForFarmers’ UK regional offices.
The investment means that financial, technical, formulations IT and customer support functions are now under one roof. The new building is thermally efficient and sustainable, with PV solar panels providing 25% of the building’s energy, electric car charging points and air source heat pumps. Recycling is actively encouraged throughout the office, which has a culture of paperless and digital working.
“The new Horizon House is a reflection of our ambition in the UK,” states ForFarmers’ chief operating officer Iain Gardner. “By bringing together our support departments we can serve our customers even better. In addition to the advice and support that we offer our customers at the farm itself, we now have all the facilities to further give substance to our aim to work side by side with our farmer customers to help them generate better and sustainable returns on their farm for generations to come. This is what we stand for.”