The Co-operative Farms announces its award winners

04 March 2009

A farm in Leicestershire and a potato packing plant in Scotland were the winners when The Co-operative Farms handed out its awards during its annual conference.

The Co-operative farm at Stoughton, near Oadby, was named “Business of the Year” and Bill Longair, Operations Manager at the potato packing plant at Carnoustie, near Dundee, won “Employee of the Year”.

The Co-operative Farms is the UK’s largest farming business, farming around 60,000 acres at sites from northern Scotland to the south of England. The awards, presented during its conference held near Gloucester, recognised the work of its staff during 2008.

Stoughton, a 4,500 acre arable farm, earned the award in recognition of its overall performance, its teamwork, environmental innovations and the continuing success of its programme of school visits.

Bill Longair’s award followed a year in which the Carnoustie potato packing plant, which employs around 55 people, expanded to nearly double its original size. It also achieved the top grade in an audit by the British Retail Consortium, which looked at all aspects of food safety, manufacturing and production.

Christine Tacon, Managing Director of The Co-operative Farms, said: “Standards throughout The Co-operative Farms are very high. I am delighted to recognise the achievements of members of our team who have performed exceptionally well during 2008.”

( l to r) John Farrington, Chris Charlesworth, Liz Palmer, Chris Leighton and Nick Padwick, all from Stoughton farm, receiving their award from Lynda Shillaw, Managing Director of The Co-operative Estates, and Malcolm Burns, Rural Portfolio Manager for The Co-operative Estates.