Neame Lea-Zyon move creates £35m grower group

Neame Lea has become a partner and shareholder in Zyon UK Flowers and Plants.

Neame Lea MD David Ball
Neame Lea MD David Ball

Zyon UK are a leading supplier and packer of plants and flowers to UK supermarkets, DIY chains and garden centre groups.

Spalding-based nursery Neame Lea are one of the UK’s largest ornamental plant producers growing a range of indoor and outdoor products supplied to UK customers.

Both companies are pleased to announce a deal that will enable Zyon UK  to exclusively market Neame Lea’s ornamental plant production., enabling customers to "efficiently source both UK and European plants, flowers and added value from one point of contact".

The move will give a combined UK turnover of £35m in addition to the Zyon Group's €50m turnover in Europe. This move will produce the largest grower-packer operation in the UK and will ensure that Zyon UK is strategically placed to manage the current changing economic and political environment within the industry while being supported by one of the largest UK ornamental plant producers.

Zyon UK will relocate its office and packing facilities adjacent to the Neame Lea Nursery site on Horseshoe Road, Spalding, in a move that will consolidate both businesses on to a single site location.

The partnership will officially launch at Four Oaks trade show in Cheshire on 6-7 September.

Managing director David Ball said after buying the share in the business, the launch would be at Four Oaks and the aim would be to "build other ranges around the business".

Neame Lea recently was involved in the British Protected Ornamentals Association and the Home Grown Users Group Home Grown Retail award for promotion and support of UK-grown plants and flowers to Grace Hurrell of Tesco, for the chain's consistent support and promotion of British-grown bedding.

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