Fitting send-off suits NFU business partners in Spalding

NFU SEND-OFFS: Retiring partners Steve Barber and Diane Hunt with NFU President Meurig Raymond at Springfields Events and Conference Centre, Spalding. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG141116-123TW.
  • Distinguished voice of British farming in South Holland

Two NFU staff members with a total of nearly 60 years’ service in Spalding have received a fitting send-off from the South Holland farming community.

Steve Barber and Diane Hunt, business partners at NFU Mutual, Camel Gate, were recognised for their long careers during an evening reception in Spalding.

It was fantastic and we honestly didn’t expect the number of people who turned out to see us off

Steve Barber senior partner, NFU Mutual, Spalding

The pair, who joined the NFU in 1981 and 1988 respectively, were each presented with gifts by NFU president Meurig Raymond ahead of their official retirement at the end of this year,

Colleague Andrew Cross, another NFU Mutual partner, said: “Steve has overseen the growth of both the NFU branch and NFU Mutual Insurance agency from an initial staff of four to what is currently the largest NFU branch in the East Midlands.

“Like Steve, Diane has thoroughly enjoyed her time with both the NFU and NFU Mutual but is now looking forward to concentrating on her new pottery studio.”

Steve and Diane both became business partners of NFU Mutual in 1992 and it now represents 70 per cent of all farmers and growers in South Holland.

Speaking about the reception evening, Steve said: “It was fantastic because even though we’d sent formal invitations out to members and guests, we honestly didn’t expect the number of people who turned out to see us off.

“Having been used to the landscapes of Cheshire and West Yorkshire, I’ve grown to appreciate Lincolnshire’s landscape.”

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