Becketts Farm expands with acquisition

Becketts Farm expands with acquisition

Birmingham-based Becketts Farm has expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of a new farm.

The acquisition increases the third-generation family businesses total acreage by 12% to in excess of 1,200 acres. 

Becketts, which employs 114 people, has diversified its offering to include cereal farming, conferencing, commercial renting of farm buildings, a shop, restaurant and cookery school. 

The family opened the Orange Kitchen cookery school in 2008 as they felt the value of learning home-cooking had been lost and wanted to revive it.  

The farm was established as a dairy farm in 1937 by Albert Beckett, the grandfather of current managing director, Simon Beckett. 

The business now supplies cereal to a number of major brands and focuses on forming connections with consumers, enabling them to buy produce directly from a farm.

Albert, the farm’s founder, ensured the business actively contributed to the community and that ethos is still maintained today. 

Simon is highly involved in the local business community and has worked with the University of Birmingham to deliver talks to SMEs. 

Simon said: “We’ve really enjoyed working with Yorkshire Bank and the team’s support has let us expand our land and grow the commercial renting arm of the business. 

“As the size of the company increases so does the amount of opportunities coming our way, of which we are always keen to take advantage.”

Becketts has won numerous awards including the Family Business Awards’ ‘Family Business of the Year’ and BBC Good Food’s ‘Midlands’ Best Farm Shop’.

BQ interviewed Simon in 2014 for the BQ West Midlands Magazine. Read the full article here.