Sutton St James father and son set up in business

George and Kevin Groves on the farm at Sutton St James. SG171114-103TW
George and Kevin Groves on the farm at Sutton St James. SG171114-103TW

A son just out of agricultural college and a wise older head should make for a perfect new partnership for Kevin and George Groves.

The father and son team have set up in business as K A Groves & Son, based in Sutton St James, combining Kevin’s experience over more than 20 years in partnership with his brother and 18-year-old George’s newly acquired knowledge of modern agricultural technology.

The pair are agricultural contractors, providing a whole raft of services, or a “stubble to stubble” service as Kevin puts it, with an emphasis on customer satisfaction.

Kevin says: “We are always looking to keep customers happy and we have had excellent back-up from John Deere dealership Doubledays.”

The new business’s capabilities should be good as Kevin says the pair of them are able to combine and drill around 600 acres a day because of the advanced equipment at their disposal.

Kevin has invested in new, expensive kit equipped with all the latest technology but says they have strict security measures in place, including alarms fitted on lorries to tackle historic diesel thefts.

Kevin and George will be busy all year round, with the contracting taking up most of their time in the spring and harvest, and their haulage business taking up spare capacity.

They also have a 200 acre farm, growing wheat and oilseed rape, and Kevin’s plan is to let George concentrate on the agricultural side once he’s established while dad looks after the haulage.

Kevin, whose daughter Lucy occasionally helps in the office, said: “It’s nice to bring my son in and carry on a family business because my father was in it as well. We are both keen to push the business forward.”