Business News

  • Written by: Farmers Guide
  • Posted:

Cope Seeds expands

Due rapid expansion, agricultural seed merchant Cope Seeds has moved into larger premises after a year of record sales.


Cope Seeds, which reports a 22% increase in turnover, has moved to contemporary offices in an impressive Lincolnshire rural location and is currently taking on more staff.


The company multiplies and produces a wide range of conventional and organic cereals and pulse seed as well as supplying oilseed rape and agricultural and amenity grass seed.


Its work with various plant breeders from the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and France has meant that Cope Seeds now has exclusivity agreements in varieties such as Atego and Rozmar spring oats and Dafne a new a high-yielding, bread-making spring wheat which has topped HGCA UK official trials.


Company chairman Trevor Cope said: We have experienced dramatic growth at Cope Seeds so we outgrew our previous premises. Weve seen strong sales across the conventional and organic farming sectors.


As a business, weve worked hard over the years to build good relationships with suppliers and customers and we are increasingly working with organisations throughout Europe. Overseas trade is a big growth area for Cope Seeds.


Now that weve moved, we can hire new sales agents and grain traders to help us boost sales further.


Trevor set up the company 10 years ago and his experience in the seed industry spans four decades.


A successful and respected seed merchant in the industry, Trevor says that growth has been driven by forging strong international relationships with reputable European suppliers, which has meant Cope has been able to deliver to customers at a time when UK-produced seed stock has been low due to poor weather conditions.


Cope Seeds move will allow the company to continue to grow by boosting the quality and range of its conventional seeds and investing further in its operations abroad.


Already a successful importer, Cope Seeds hopes to grow its export base and it has recently joined forces with UK Trade and Investment to build relationships with overseas suppliers and customers through trade delegations.


Cope Seeds has strong links with UK and European plant breeders and undertakes extensive research and developments of new varieties in official and private trials.


Cope Seeds is a family-run business. Trevor Cope runs the business with his daughter, Gemma Clarke, who is the companys managing director.


  • Written by: Farmers Guide
  • Posted:
Prev Story:Reducing post-harvest energy costsNext Story:GrowHow launches prices