Since establishment in 1987, ESG has developed into one of the leading suppliers of fresh and frozen Brassicas in the UK. Operating collectively has created scale and diversity, pushed innovation and efficiencies that has allowed each members’ farming businesses to reach markets and customers not easily accessible as individual businesses. This is achieved through allowing members to concentrate on the growing aspect of the business in the knowledge that they will be supported by ESG staff in all other areas of production including planning, logistics, research and development, as well as agronomy, technical and marketing advice. Going forward, the ESG team continue to seek new opportunities for its members.
Fraser returned to the family farming business in 2010 having spent 12 years working in finance. The farm specialises in fruit and vegetable production, focusing on broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, potatoes, strawberries and blueberries. Fraser enjoys the fast-pace nature of the fresh produce sector and takes pride in seeing the Groups produce on leading retailers’ shelves.
Andrew started with ESG during a summer work placement in 2003. It couldn’t have been all that bad, as following completion of his degree full time employment begun. Andrew has worked up from a trainee graduate, fieldsman, crop manager, harvest manger, operations manager and then managing director. In 2011 Andrew returned to part time education where he successfully completed his MBA at Robert Gordon University.
Richard moved from Lincolnshire in 1996 to join ESG as a fieldsman after completing a HND at Riseholme Agricultural College, over the next 16 years he focused on the agronomy side of the business gaining both BASIS and FACTS qualifications. In 2012 he left for a new challenge, however in late 2017 the lure of the vegetable industry proved too much and he returned as Production Director, overseeing all operations from sowing through to harvest. In his spare time if he is not spending time with his family he can be found either socialising, watching/trying to play football or golf or climbing a Munro.
Shirley returned to ESG in 2012 following a 11 year period working as a property manager, previously Shirley had been with ESG from 1987– 2001. As office manager Shirley is responsible making sure all administration runs smoothly. When not chasing up lorry drivers, Shirley has been known to enjoy a good day out at the races enjoying some of the hospitality on offer.
James joined ESG in 2018 having previously worked for 5 years on the south coast of Hampshire where his main crops were asparagus, green beans and Tenderstem Broccoli. He enjoys the fast moving nature of the job and is looking forward to gaining experience with new varieties of crops and facing new challenges. When not in the field he can be found enjoying time with his young family and either playing or watching sport.
Duncan originates from a small farm on the West Coast of Scotland. On completion of an honours degree in Environmental Science, he decided to pursue a career in agronomy and gained FACTS qualified status in 2016. A short time after that, he moved to Fife and began advising on crops such as wheat, barley, oats, oilseed rape and potatoes. Duncan is always looking to expand his knowledge and explore different sectors of agriculture, so he was delighted to take on the role with ESG in early 2019. When not at work he enjoys watching football or rugby, hillwalking and socialising.