Saxon Agriculture, the UK arable marketing business owned by GrainCorp, has completed its office move from Kings Lynn to Swaffham within the county of Norfolk in time for harvest 2017. The new premises were officially opened at the end of June by GrainCorp chief executive Mark Palmquist.

At the same time, the company has moved its Saxon Organic business, located in Bury St Edmunds for historical reasons, to the new site. Saxon managing director Nigel Gossett says the imminent expiry of leases at its “tired” Kings Lynn site, where the business had been based for 25 years, and at Suffolk, prompted the relocation into a new, purpose built single site office.

With more space and better telecommunications, the new office is both more efficient and pleasant to work in, notes Mr Gossett, while remaining close to its East Anglian customer base. “Our strong association with quality crops and the high level of personal service provided to our farmer customers drives this business. We enjoy a high level of forward contracting, can supply market information and strength through our global parent to support our growers, plus we have the local trading experience to take advantage of market opportunities.”

Saxon was established in 1993 to procure malting barley for Moray Firth Maltings, now part of Baird’s Malt which was acquired by Australian multinational GrainCorp in 2010. Saxon specialises in marketing higher value and specialist crops including malting barley, milling wheat, pulses, linseed and High Erucic rapeseed.

 Left to right Carsten Hojland, GrainCorp global head oilseed rape trading; Nigel Gossett, Saxon Agriculture  managing director and Mark Palmquist, GrainCorp managing director and CEO.

Left to right Carsten Hojland, GrainCorp global head oilseed rape trading; Nigel Gossett, Saxon Agriculture  managing director and Mark Palmquist, GrainCorp managing director and CEO.