FGS Agri Ltd was originally established 30 years ago as Farm & General Services, a small family run agricultural contracting company based in Egerton.
Due to our continued on-going development and the growing needs of the business we have moved to a much larger site at Pluckley in Kent with a second depot based in Andover, Hampshire to service the requirements in the western reaches of our business.
The company has been built on the ethos of providing a one stop shop for all outsourced agricultural services required by the livestock and arable farmer. Through the utilisation of these services, our clients benefit from reduced overheads, flexibility through a choice of equipment, and a wealth of knowledge from our experienced staff.
Our progress in a market that is constantly shifting has allowed FGS Agri to diversify into new sectors. In addition to specialising in agricultural services we now offer a wide range of utility contracting services and organics recycling through sister company FGS Organics. Land drainage, earthworks, groundworks and construction is offered by FGS Pilcher, a joint venture which combines the skills and experience of IG Pilcher Ltd and FGS Agri into one operation.
Business Development Strategy
FGS Agri have established steady and progressive growth over the last five years or so and are looking to continue this steady upward trend. To achieve this, we will be actively looking at retaining core business whilst taking a commercial and practical view of any allied opportunities as they present themselves to the business. This strategy will provide stability for the business whilst keeping a watching brief over diversification opportunities.
Our Farming Division
FGS Agri’s farming division covers some 1900 hectares from our base at Stanford Bridge Farm, Pluckley. The home farm consists of arable and beef production. In addition we farm land under various contractual agreements with bases in Kent and Sussex.
We work with our landlords to ensure that full advantage is taken of ELS and HLS environmental schemes to enhance the landscape and environment as well as maximising returns from the individual holdings.
Changes in technology have allowed us to acquire modern high powered machines that are not only efficient but are environmentally friendly and can operate to the most exacting standards. Our fleet of modern machines are inspected and serviced at regular intervals to ensure that they are reliable and operating at their maximum capacity. The knowledge, diversity of skills, continual training and capabilities of our employees means we can carry out all agricultural operations in-house, therefore enabling us to maintain the high standards expected by our valued customers.
Training is an important and vital aspect of our business and all staff are trained to CPCS Standards, many with blue competence cards in operating Agricultural Tractors, Telescopic Loaders, Excavators, and Loading Shovels. In addition to the CPCS Scheme, our employees regularly undergo Health & Safety Training, First Aid Courses, ATV Training and NPTC Training.
FGS Agri’s Quality and Environmental Management Systems have achieved UKAS accreditation through our partner, NQA. Achieving the UKAS accreditation to the internationally recognised standards ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14001:2015 for Quality and Environmental Management assures our clients and other interested parties that customer satisfaction and environmental sustainability are integral to the delivery of our services, at all levels of the organisation.
FGS Agri Ltd aims to build on this success further by integrating its current Occupational Health and Safety Management System once transition to the new ISO 45001 standard has been achieved and verified by NQA as meeting UKAS standards.
In 2016 FGS Agri renewed our contract to handle all of the 350,000 tonnes per annum of Sewage Cake for Thames Water across the South East of England, operated from our bases in Pluckley and Andover.
In October 2011 Countrystyle and FGS Agri were awarded the Total Waste Management contract by DS Smith Recycling, to recycle the various waste streams produced at Kemsley Paper Mill at Sittingbourne.