Neame Lea is one of the largest Ornamental Plant Producers in the UK across a range of crops including Bedding, Perennials, Shrubs, Herbs and Vegetables. It operates from 42 acres of glasshouse production in the Lincolnshire area, and employs over 500 people at peak times.
Bridge Farm, another family run horticultural business set up in 1988, was run by David Ball, an Economics Graduate from Sheffield University, who took over as Managing Director of Neame Lea in late 2012. Neame Lea, at the time, was going through a challenging time in the industry, with rising costs, a consolidating market and inefficient supply chain. David’s vision was to establish the lowest cost of production in the UK, as well as streamlining the supply chain and developing sustainable routes to market. Over the next couple of years he established this through lots of hard work and investment – allowing Neame Lea to establish itself as one of the UK’s leading Ornamental Plant producers across a range of categories. The business now boasts 42 acres of production, with over £10m being invested at its new head office and production site on Horseshoe Road to give some of the best facilities in the UK.
This continued investment has helped put Neame Lea at the forefront of the UK market, and has established a number of key partnerships with its suppliers and customers in order to ensure long-term sustainability within the industry, with a huge amount of exciting opportunities within the industry.