The Wynnstay Group of agricultural supply and marketing businesses, based in Llansantffraid on the Welsh border, marks the centenary of its foundation this year.
“Wynnstay was established as a farmer co-operative on January 17th 1918, and one century on, the business remains farmer-focused and true to its roots,” says Wynnstay Group chief executive Ken Greetham. “The firm foundations established in Llansantffraid by the founding farmer members have enabled Wynnstay to grow into a national business that now spans from Scotland through to Lancashire and Yorkshire, into the Midlands, Wales, and down as far as the South West coast.”
Mr Greetham adds that the business’ ability to adapt to the changes in farming over the past 100 years is an important part of its success. “From post-war Britain, through the agricultural policy changes in the 1970’s to the focus on technology that we are now seeing in the 21st century, we’ve always observed the needs of farmers.”
The Group will mark the anniversary with a full year of celebrations involving staff and customers across all the Wynnstay divisions. “These will include staff charity challenges, local fundraisers and the production of a limited edition centenary grassland mix,” says Mr Greetham.” We’re also excited to announce the launch of the Wynnstay Innovation and Excellence Awards – celebrating success and innovation across all sectors of the UK farming industry, from arable through to dairy, beef, sheep and poultry.”
Mr Greetham concludes: “Our centenary year is a celebration of Wynnstay’s achievements to date, but it also allows us to look forward to how the business will continue to evolve. In the last 100 years, we’ve become a significant supplier to the agricultural industry in the UK, and we have plans to continue expansion of the business in the coming years.