MP praises Hargreaves for award win

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HARGREAVES Plants has won the Lincolnshire and Rutland Skills Award for medium sized businesses.

The award recognises the company’s ongoing commitment to staff training and involvement in apprenticeships.

South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes, minister of state for further education, skills and lifelong learning, congratulated the company on its success.

Mr Hayes said: “It’s great to see companies like Hargreaves Plants investing in their people and adding skills to their business.

“I remain convinced that by taking advantage of government initiatives offered by various training organisations companies like Hargreaves will be in stronger positions to take advantage of their growth opportunities. We applaud their initiative.”

Hargreaves managing director Rupert Hargreaves said his company is the UK’s leading player in soft fruit and asparagus plant propagation and has significant involvement in research and development, intellectual property management and tissue culture.

He said: “Hargreaves Plants is enjoying significant growth at the moment both in the UK market and exports. Clearly this growth is only achievable by continued investment in people.”

The company has bases in Long Sutton and in Norfolk.