New head for Hubbards Seeds

Independent farmers’ co-operative United Oilseeds has announced the appointment of Nick Birkinshaw as Commercial Manager at its specialist small seeds group company, Hubbard Seeds.

Mr Birkinshaw will be responsible for the strategic leadership of Hubbards Seeds within the United Oilseeds group and developing its overall growth strategy throughout the UK.

Mr Birkinshaw has extensive experience in the agricultural sector and joins Hubbards Seeds from the Wynnstay Group where he was Arable Inputs Director and then its seed manager.

During his time at Wynnstay, Mr Birkinshaw’s role included strategic, production and logistics planning, plus the creation and management of the company’s arable sales team. He was also responsible for developing a highly successful new amenity grass and wildflower seed product brand.

Commenting on the appointment, Chris Baldwin, group managing director of United Oilseeds, said: “Nick brings a wealth of agronomic and business experience to Hubbards Seeds and to the United Oilseeds group as a whole.
“We have ambitious expansion plans for Hubbard Seeds and his highly valuable commercial and agronomic knowledge will play a key role in driving the growth and development of the company and its team.”

Mr Birkinshaw added: “I have joined an ambitious and successful company that has been building its brand and business and I’m particularly excited by the prospect of increasing Hubbards Seeds market share and presence within the market.”

Hubbards Seeds is the small seed division of the national independent United Oilseeds co-operative and supplies grass, game cover, forage and cover crops to farmers throughout the UK.

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.