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Our Production Teams

Much of the success of the TOPSOIL business can be credited to the dedication of the production teams at each of our four factories.

Although each of these teams is autonomous and self-sufficient in their daily work, together they form an integral unit who continually share best practice and ideas in order to improve efficiency and quality. The following gives some interesting background of the people who make up these teams:

1. Bury St Edmunds

Bury TeamPaddy Barraclough (Agricultural Operations Manager) has now enjoyed 16 years with the British Sugar Agricultural Department. Starting in LimeX sales he has progressed through Area Management to his current role which he previously held at Cantley Factory.  Three teenage children and three dogs occupy most of his leisure time, with the rest taken up with the usual round of cycling, gardening and DIY. 

The Bury Topsoil operation is managed on a day to day basis by Billy Hollands who is now in his 29th year at Bury Factory. A keen follower of Formula One he is also an enthusiastic fisherman, when time allows.

The Topsoil screening and loading operation is run by James Hope and David Daniels who pride themselves on keeping the sheds full and ensuring loading times are kept to a minimum.

2. Newark

James Edwards, Dave Fletcher and Paul Lawton are responsable for TOPSOIL at Newark.,

James manages the production, storage and despatch of TOPSOIL and has been with British Sugar since 1998, starting as an apprentice. Outside of work, his interests centre on rugby and golf being a member of Newark golf club.

Dave, in his role as plant manager, directly supports James by ensuring the process is always operating at maximum efficiency. A former regional heavyweight boxing champion in the early 80s, Dave is now a keen follower of horse racing.

Paul has been a chargehand at Newark since 2004.  Paul is in charge of the daily running of the topsoil screening and out loading. Outside of work Paul enjoys rugby and mountain biking.

3. Wissington

Wissington Production Team

The Wissington team comprises of Darren Thorpe, Steve Mort, Mickey Evans, Jamie Loveridge, Chris Hill and Nikki Downs.

Darren has been at Wissington from 1998, working in the Central Tarehouse and Beet Reception before his current role of Agricultural Operations Manager.

Starting at York in 1996, Steve moved to Wissington in 1997 and is now Buckingham Plant Hire Foreman.

Mickey has been Topsoil Foreman since starting at Wissington in 2004.

Jamie became Plant Operator with the team in 2006.

Chris joined the team on a seasonal basis in 2012, however full time from 2015

As a qualified farm secretary, Nikki has looked after the administration needs of the TOPSOIL operation since 2008.

4. Cantley

The TOPSOIL business at Cantley factory is managed by a team of four; Justin Fletcher, Steven Whales, Eirrin Thompson and Ben Cushion.

 Justin is the Agricultural Operations Manager at Cantley Factory . He started with British Sugar in 2002 as a graduate and has worked in various roles within the business. He has recently completed a six month international exchange programme in Spain with Azucarera, one of our sister sugar businesses within AB Sugar.

 Steven is the Site Manager for Buckingham Plant who is responsible for managing all of the plant and its operators on site. Steven has been involved with the plant operations at Cantley since 2001.

 Eirrin is Foreman for Buckingham Plant. Eirrin started at Cantley in 1999. Away from work, Eirrin is a keen triathlete and a member of a local cycling club.

 Ben is the newest member of the team, joining in 2013. He is responsible for the day to day operation of the screening and loading activities.

Benefits of using Topsoil

Quality product

All TOPSOIL products are developed from the soil that adheres to the sugar beet delivered to British Sugar’s factories and as such comes from the best agricultural soils in the country. After separation, the soil undergoes a gravity settlement stage prior to a lengthy conditioning process and careful storage ready for delivery to you.