Whipley Manor Farm in Bramley, Surre,y was established in 1957 by the Elliott family, who still run the company today. It has grown from modest beginnings into a £1m business, employing nine members of staff.
The family has farmed in the area for more than 200 years, and puts their success down to diverse business interests. They have supplied farm animal, horse and pet feed for more than 30 years, and recently approached Simon Suter, Senior Agriculture Manager at NatWest, for assistance when they decided to expand this part of the business.
Father and son, Adrian and Will Elliott, were successful in obtaining a loan of £600,000 to enable them to improve buildings, extend the animal feed store’s opening hours, produce branding and increase the range of pet food.
They will also be able to boost their product range to include non-perishable items such as head collars, lead ropes, grooming kit and medical supplies for the equine industry. There will also be a wider selection of backyard poultry products to complement the sale of young laying hens which they have supplied for many years.
The loan has also enabled the family to revisit plans from 2000 for the development of redundant traditional farm buildings which are well-suited to small rural businesses, as well as the addition of a campsite.
Simon Suter from NatWest said: “Whipley Manor Farm has announced inspiring plans to deliver a secure future, new jobs and a boost for the local economy. We knew the family had a long-term vision and an exciting future planned for the business and were delighted to support them.”
Unbeatable offer from NatWest
Will Elliott, the farm’s co-director, said: “A £600,000 long term loan has given us the financial stability to plan ahead with more certainty. We moved to NatWest as their offer was unbeatable and the proactive relationship with Simon grew quickly and effortlessly. We would recommend NatWest as their approachability and understanding made the whole process much less daunting. They were personable to the point that we’ve encouraged neighbouring farmers to move to the bank – one of them already has.”
His father Adrian added: “Expanding the business means we can bring more jobs to the local community. As a farming family, we are keen to improve and foster the link between the general public and the countryside, so the public can enjoy and understand what goes on, on the other side of the hedge.”