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Who are we?

A national farming group with a goal to keep you farming sustainably into the future by supporting a network of likeminded farmers and suppliers that you can rely on.

We believe that as an industry, we farmers and suppliers need to stand together, because together we are stronger, and pride ourselves on utilising the true benefits of the wealth of expertise, knowledge and ingenuity of our network.

Join us to start benefitting today:

  • Expertise
  • Knowledge
  • Support
  • Advice
  • Service
  • Co-operation
  • Reliability
  • Convenience
  • Expertise
  • Knowledge
  • Support
  • Advice
  • Service
  • Co-operation
  • Reliability
  • Convenience

Latest News

3/6

Log in to the Woldmarsh Member Portal to download the May issue of the Bulletin. Click here and go to the ‘Member Forms and Promotions’ button...

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20/9

Dear Members,

Further to the revised Control of Poisons and Explosives Precursors Regulations 2023, as of the 1st of October 2023, any member that wishes to purchase any form of Ammonium Nitrate fertiliser, including NPK blends, MUST have on record with us a form of...

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Upcoming Events

19/6

Come and visit us at our stand on Avenue 4.

The Lincolnshire Show is a true celebration of all that's great about Lincolnshire. Now in its 139th year, The Lincolnshire Show is one of our county's flagship events and truly has something for each of our 58,000 visitors to...

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20/6

Continuing into the second day, the packed schedule included favourites such as:

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17/7

Celebrating its 148th Show – The Driffield Show.

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Expert Articles

APA Agri Procurement Alliance
The Agri Procurement Alliance (APA)

Revolutionising Fertiliser Procurement

In a groundbreaking move set to reshape the agricultural landscape, Woldmarsh, Fram Farmers, and the AF Group declared an unprecedented alliance in March 2023. This monumental collaboration heralded a visionary...

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Heather Claridge
Agrichem update sprayer
Agchem Update

Glyphosate was granted an extension to its current approval in Europe at the end of last year. The UK is still to grant an extension, but it is unlikely to be very different to Europe. Glyphosate 360 pricing since October has been stable at the £3.50/litre level with...

James Allis
James Allis
Oil rape seed
Your Seed Update

Spring Broadacre Crops

The availability of spring seed is extremely limited. Many suppliers are all ‘sold out subject to outturn’. This is due to many factors that have come together to result in the difficult position the industry finds itself in...

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Tom Watson
Protect yourself from vehicle theft

According to data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the number of vehicles stolen in England and Wales rose from 104,435 in 2021 to 130,389 in 2022, an increase of just under 25%.

Having recently been a victim of car crime, Phae Bryant talks about the importance...

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Paul Massey
My electricity saving alone is around £2,000 a year. With the excellent service and range of farming inputs covered Woldmarsh offers the full package.
Richard W, Lincolnshire
I’m a very happy Woldmarsh member, it saves me a lot of time and effort, and everything happens efficiently.
Mark K, Lincolnshire
Having been a member for over 25 years, I am fully satisfied and like the convenience of membership. I’ve never had any invoicing problems and always had excellent communication from the staff. Joining Woldmarsh is the best thing I ever did!
Tim R, North East Lincolnshire
We purchase all our major inputs through the group. It’s our local one stop shop.
Matthew G, Lincolnshire
Joining Woldmarsh has cut down paperwork immensely and the staff are always very quick at getting back to me.
Fiona F, Nottinghamshire
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James Allis
We’re here for each and every one of you across your farming careers, through the good and the bad. Together we are stronger!

Our Process

Your Benefits

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Our team is what sets us apart. This is the value that we can offer, to you and each member - plus the wealth of knowledge you all have that you can all share. Together, we are stronger!

Our highly-experienced and dedicated team

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Heather Claridge

Chief Executive Officer

I lead the strategic direction, decision-making, and overall management of Woldmarsh. My role is to drive growth, ensure financial health, foster culture, and represent the organisation to stakeholders, embodying its vision and core values.

  • Member of the Institute of Agricultural Management
  • Chartered Member of the Institute of Procurement & Supply
  • Member of the BASIS Professional Register for Agchem & Fertiliser
  • Fertiliser Director for the Agri Procurement Alliance
  • Managing Director of Woldlink Ltd (2014-2022)
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Hazel Copeland

Chief Financial Officer

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    Helena Holmes

    Member Accounts & Facilities Sector Head

    I oversee the day-to-day running of the accounts team, balancing the sales and purchase ledgers to reconcile the Woldmarsh monthly accounts. I also support members and suppliers with any account enquiries and manage the office and building facilities.

    • AAT Level 3 Qualified
    • Over 25 years’ experience in the industry
    • Woldmarsh Company Secretary
    • Previous experience at a local accountancy firm
    • Currently the longest standing Woldmarsh employee
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    Debbie Carlin

    Fuel & Utilities Sector Head

    I work with and oversee an astounding team of four. Together the products and services we procure contribute to an annual turnover through Woldmarsh of over £55million. I manage contracts and an extensive list of reliable suppliers, ensuring members continue to receive the best possible service from Woldmarsh.

    • Over 18 years of industry experience in utilities
    • Member of Vistage Emerging Leaders
    • Studying Management Development at Lincoln International Business School
    • Negotiating NPower renewal contracts for the past 15 years
    • Sector Head of the Utilities Department for the past four years
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    Francesca Billings

    Utilities Administrator

    I am involved in the administration and purchasing of contracts for electricity, mains gas, telecommunications and water for Woldmarsh members.

    • Over twenty years experience in the energy industry, fifteen of these within Woldmarsh
    • Comprehensive knowledge of electricity and mains gas industry
    • Background in accounts and insolvency in UK top 10 Accountancy firm
    • City & Guilds Certificate in Energy Awareness
    • Extensive experience in query resolution
    James Allis

    James Allis

    Crop & Animal Inputs Sector Head

    I am responsible for planning and delivering the correct inputs for the members' farming season, ensuring they can use Woldmarsh in a way that suits their business with good service and terms.

    • BASIS qualified
    • FACTS qualified
    • 25+ experience at Woldmarsh on crop inputs
    • Previous employment in the seed and chemical industry
    • Local farmer's son with understanding and empathy with practical agriculture
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    Ian Dawson

    Membership Services Manager

    My main role is to visit and sign-up new members for Woldmarsh, as well as help existing members maximise the benefits available to them. I regularly attend shows and events to attract new prospects, and also visit existing members to carry out spend reviews and make sure that they are getting the best value out of their memberships.

    • 47 years agricultural experience
    • OND in Agriculture
    • BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection
    • PA1 and PA2 Sprayer Operator’s Certificates
    • NROSO Member
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    Paul Massey

    Farm Business & Machinery Sector Head

    My role is to ensure the team provide a first-class, relevant, consistent procurement service for the benefit of members as well as supporting and developing relationships with suppliers. I enjoy putting into practice a variety of life and work experience skills gained.

    • Lincolnshire born and bred with a long family history in the corn and livestock feed market
    • Business Diploma with Distinction and 1st Class Honours
    • Early career in Agriculture Machine Finance
    • Former UK Agriculture Development Manager Bank of Scotland Group based in Cheshire.
    • 12 years experience with Woldmarsh
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    Rachel Sykes

    Livestock Co-ordinator

    I have worked for Woldmarsh for almost five years, having transferred from Woldlink. I now work within the crop inputs team, assisting with taking orders and keeping up with general admin, and liaising with suppliers daily.

    • Using my communication skills when liaising with members and suppliers
    • 3 years of customer service experience at Woldlink
    • Five years experience with Woldmarsh
    • Liaising with ag-chem, seed and fertiliser suppliers
    • I have my own small flock of sheep
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    Ian Smith

    Farm Business, Machinery & Sundries Trading Assistant

    I regularly liaise with approximately 300 sundries suppliers to achieve the best possible prices and levels of service for our members. Understanding our members' requirements to find a solution and liaising to ensure they receive products on time.

    • Over 35 years of supply chain experience
    • Previous experience in general customer service & handling complaints and invoice queries.
    • HND in Agricultural Studies, Science & Business Management
    • Strong supplier relationships within the building trade, with aggregate suppliers & machinery dealers
    • Extensive experience of logistics and transport
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    Joe Frisby

    Farm Business & Machinery Trading Assistant

    I cover a wide range of areas including Red Tractor Scheme memberships as well as dealing with member enquiries on varied product areas covering the machinery and sundries department.

    • Studied engineering at college
    • Studying for Level 6 CIPS
    • Strong supplier relationships within the machinery, parts and sundries department
    • Experience liaising with a range of suppliers to obtain quotes for members
    • Woldmarsh First Aider
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    Tracy Fenner

    Fuel & Utilities Administrator

    I work as part of a team speaking to our members and liaising with our suppliers to resolve queries for electricity, telecommunications, mains gas, water and labour. I also take and place fuel orders on behalf of members.

    • Over 20 years’ of customer service experience
    • Advanced Diploma in Business Administration with distinction
    • Assisting the Fuel team with orders when required
    • Woldmarsh Fire Marshal which I take very seriously
    • Woldmarsh First Aider
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    Ben Cutsforth

    Fertiliser Manager

    I draw on my previous experience as a farm manager and connections in the farming community, to help me to work with our members to procure fertiliser, delivering quality, at a competitive price, as efficiently as possible aided by strong relationships with my suppliers.

    • 10+ years of agricultural experience
    • FACTS qualified
    • Specialist in fertilisers of all grades
    • Foundation BASIS qualified
    • Lead for the Woldmarsh Youth Engagement Project
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    Louise Jeffery

    Accounts Administrator

    I am proud to work as part of the dedicated accounts team, processing invoices, checking statements, and helping members with enquiries. This position enables me to utlise and strengthen my customer service skills as well as to learn new ones and develop myself further.

    • Customer service skills working within the retail industry for 30 years
    • Reviewing and capturing member invoices, employing great attention to detail
    • Using my communication skills when liaising with members and suppliers
    • This is my first role in finance, and I am enjoying learning new skills
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    Tom Watson

    Crop Inputs Specialist

    Having completed six years of studies within agriculture, I now help farmers with all aspects of crop production, and I have a passion for regenerative farming and the SFI mixes. I deal with order enquiries and queries.

    • BSc Hons Rural Enterprise and Land Management
    • Over six years practical arable farm experience
    • Knowledge within the SFI schemes
    • Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture from Bishop Burton College
    • Club Secretary at Lincolnshire Young Farmers
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    Jessica Brown

    Accounts Administrator

    Having spent five years with Woldmarsh, I have experience across all departments. Now within the accounts team, I enjoy being able to demonstrate my customer service skills to the members and being able to help where is needed within the business. My job role currently is capturing invoices and allocating statements as well as dealing with admin queries within the team.

    • Reviewing & capturing member invoices, employing great attention to detail
    • Three years Customer Service experience at Woldlink
    • Communicating with Woldmarsh members and suppliers
    • Liaising with ag-chem, seed & fert suppliers in my role as Fert assistant
    • Mrs Christmas – official Woldmarsh social secretary
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    Olivia Vine

    Fuel & Utilities Administrator

    I am the voice (and person) behind the phone taking your orders and arranging urgent run-outs. My skills do not stop here as in the background I assist the utilities team as and when required.

    • Working towards Business Administration Level 3
    • Newly appointed to Woldmarsh, I am enjoying the continuous training and gaining farming knowledge
    • Customer service experience developed in the hospitality industry
    • Eight years experience in hospitality, progressing to Supervisor
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    Sarah Wood

    Finance Assistant

    • AAT Level 3 qualified and studying for Level 4
    • BA Accounting & Finance
    • Experience within the poultry industry
    • A passion for numbers
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    Lynne Woodthorpe

    Accounts Assistant

    My role involves capturing invoices and placing them onto members' accounts as well as dealing with supplier and member queries.

    • Over 14 years experience in the Woldmarsh accounts department
    • Reviewing and capturing member invoices, employing great attention to detail
    • Using my communication skills when liaising with members and suppliers
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    Erica Grigs

    Marketing and Events Coordinator

    I am passionate about helping people and providing excellent Customer Service. I am now responsible for Marketing and Events to ensure our Woldmarsh members are represented both in-person and online.

    • 10+ Years of Business Development experience
    • Varied Sales & Marketing Career in a variety of Sectors
    • Nicknamed 'Miss Efficient' for my knack of getting things done promptly and effectively
    • Successfully created growth by forming valuable partnerships and nurturing client connections
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    Andrew Price

    Chair

    Andrew runs the family farm near Horncastle. Main crops grown are wheat, barley and OSR. More recently the farm has introduced additional environmental projects such as tree planting and SFI without reducing total crop output. Andrew brings a financial background with experience in developing farmer based business.

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      Mark Richardson

      Director

      Mark is the farms manager for the Warter Priory Estate which is a 12,000 acre farming Estate in Yorkshire with a world renowned shoot.

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        Andrew Teanby

        Director

        Andrew runs an arable farm near Louth with his family. They grow wheat, beans, malting barley and OSR. He also works as a rural researcher for Savills, where he focuses on the impact of policy change on rural businesses. .

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          James Walgate

          Director

          James farms both arable crops and sheep in the Lincolnshire Wolds. He has a strong interest in soil management, biodiversity and crop production and has taken a lead in regenerative farming. .

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            Kate Ward

            Director

            Kate works in the family farming business located near Welton. It is an arable farm and consists of wheat, OSR, potatoes, maize, sugar beet and miscanthus. As well as farming they also diversify the business into other areas, such as holiday lets and poultry units. Previously Kate worked for Syngenta Seeds after studying agriculture at Newcastle University.

            For Woldmarsh, Kate brings experience in a wide range of diversification projects whilst operating a large-scale farming business as well as invaluable experience in root crop production.

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              Guy Douglas

              Director

              Based on the North Northumberland coast, Guy runs a family farming business involving sheep, cattle and arable crops. He is a fan of mixed farming, healthy soils and connecting people, food and farming. .

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                Our team is what sets us apart. This is the value that we can offer, to you and each member - plus the wealth of knowledge you all have that you can all share. Together, we are stronger!

                We’re here for you, whatever your farming enterprise.

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                Charles Dobson

                Charles Dobson

                Charles’s grandfather moved from the fishing industry to farming in the 1930s when he bought what was at the time land farmed by tenants. As tenants moved out he started to buy more land and run the farm himself.
                As the third generation owner, Charles runs a 2960-acre predominantly arable farm, including 840 acres of grassland, 50 Lincolnshire Reds, and 200 cows.

                The business encompasses a farm shop, a caravan site, caravan storage facilities, and a respected green waste operation.

                7 people are employed, with daughter Amy actively managing the shop and the Lincolnshire Red herd.
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                Ian Scaman

                Ian Scaman

                The first generations of Scaman’s, Sam and Anne moved into Galley Hill Farm in the early 60s, diversified into PYO soft fruit in 1979, and expanded into PYO Orchards in 1987. In 1995 the caravan site was opened. Since then, son Ian and his wife Sandra have taken over the reins and run this thriving family business, which now includes glamping pods, livestock, liveries, and more.
                Granddaughters Emily and Molly are the third generation of the family to live at Galley Hill.


                Each year Galley Hill Farm hosts an annual Strawberry Fayre at the beginning of July raising money for the Lincolnshire Marie Curie hospice charity.
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                Tom Platt

                Tom Platt

                Tom runs his 2000-acre farm with support from a good team of 6 employees and his dad William, who still does the spraying.
                It is a mixed farming enterprise growing cereals, peas, and potatoes with 150 head of cattle.

                Tom wanted to expand the potato side of the business. Hence, he diversified into making crisps and has successfully grown the Listers brand into a seperate business with a team of 6 managed by Amy Stone, who has been involved since inception. Laura Platt continues the family participation by guiding the Listers operation with Tom and developing all sales.


                As well as crisps there is a potato bagging line to accommodate the chipping market.
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                How we help you

                With over 60 years of working with farmers of all sizes across the UK, primary we know you and your business. We are a national farming group with a goal to keep you farming sustainably into the future.

                We believe that as an industry, we farmers and suppliers need to stand together, because together we are stronger, and pride ourselves on utilising the true benefits of the wealth of expertise, knowledge and ingenuity of our network.

                Join us to start benefitting today:

                • Expertise
                • Service
                • Knowledge
                • Co-operation
                • Support
                • Reliability
                • Advice
                • Convenience
                • Expertise
                • Service
                • Knowledge
                • Co-operation
                • Support
                • Reliability
                • Advice
                • Convenience
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                Ask us anything. One of the team will get back to you as quickly as we can.

                Ask us a question

                  Our Specialist Services

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                  I'm ready to speak with you.

                  The Farmer's Buying Group

                  Working with farmers, for farmers.
                  We help each other, we advise each other, we buy together.
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                  Passionate about service

                  If you’ve got any questions about our processes, services or support or want to provide us with some feedback, we would love to hear from you.

                    Frequently asked questions

                    With 60+ years of working with farmers of all sizes across the UK, primary we know you and your business. A national farming group with a goal to keep you farming sustainably into the future by.
                    I'm interested in joining - what do I do next?

                    Our friendly team in Membership Services is ready and waiting to come and see you.

                    Getting to know you and your business is always the first step for us, so let us visit you to talk about how you can join the 1000s of Woldmarsh members already saving time and money.

                    Call 01507 602396, option 4 or email membership@woldmarsh.com to take the first step in becoming a stakeholder.

                    How long does the application process take?

                    As soon as we receive your documents, applications are processed This, on average, takes 2-3 weeks.

                    What do I need to provide?

                    Three is the magic number as they say, and that’s all we need from you - three things:

                    1. Your completed application pack - including your signed membership agreement
                    2. Your audited accounts for the last two years
                    3. Your basic farm data
                    Who will see my accounts?

                    As soon as your audited accounts have been received, they are sent - unread - to our accountants, strictly for their eyes only, nobody else will see your books. If you prefer, you can send them directly to our accountants.

                    Do I have to be nominated by an existing Woldmarsh member to join?

                    Absolutely not. Anyone can join Woldmarsh as long as they can provide the required information.

                    Can I speak to an existing member?

                    Of course. We have a number of members who would be happy to talk to you about their experience with us. Just ask and we can put you in touch with somebody

                    Do I have to buy everything I need through Woldmarsh?

                    No, there is no upfront commitment to purchase when you choose to work with Woldmarsh. The higher the spend through your account, the lower the levy rate you are charged, the cost of being a member is therefore based on your turnover through the group.

                    Can you offer payment terms?

                    Working with a multitude of suppliers means we are often able to work collaboratively with them to offer payment options to members. If you are looking to manage your input payments, just ask. Our friendly team of experts is always here to help.

                    Do you offer rebates on machinery and equipment?

                    Of course. We have schemes in place with a number of suppliers who offer rebates to Woldmarsh members, with all rebates returned directly to you.

                    What geographical area do you cover?

                    We have members throughout the UK, although predominantly based in the east of England. Our office is based in Louth, Lincolnshire and from here we service all our members.

                    How much does it cost to join?

                    Woldmarsh doesn’t charge an annual acreage fee. There is a one-off joining fee of £250 + VAT and thereafter a minimum quarterly charge for the extensive service we offer which is outlined in our membership pack. This is, on average less than 1% of a member’s annual spend.

                    Do members have responsibility for each others' bad debts?

                    No. All our members contribute to the Woldmarsh Contingency Fund (£8/month for the first five years of membership, reducing to £4/month thereafter), in the event of a bad debt this fund would be used.

                    How do I buy products and services through Woldmarsh?

                    There are many ways you can buy products and services through Woldmarsh.

                    • You can speak to a supplier directly and ask for an invoice to be booked to your Woldmarsh account.
                    • Ask the office to arrange quotes for a product or service, you confirm which one you would like to proceed with and we place the order with the supplier.
                    • Ask your agronomist to liaise directly with our Crop Inputs team and order chemicals, seed and fertiliser on your behalf.

                    Our specialist teams will review product quality, supply availability and price to get the right deal for you. Every time.