Trading results deemed satisfactory at Westland

Westland Horticulture's most recent results show profit of £4.094m for the eight months to 30 August 2015, with turnover at £96.645m. Turnover for the previous full year was £106.424m, with profits of £4.903m. Staff numbers were 426, down from 475.

"The trading results and period-end financial position were considered to be satisfactory," said Westland. "The directors believe there are still opportunities for growth as new lines are introduced to the growing-media and fertiliser markets. The directors have plans in place to ensure the group is strongly placed to retain its market position and continued profitability."

During the period the group acquired the trade and assets of William Sinclair, sold out of administration in July 2015, and the share capital of Westland SP ZOO.

Westland brand Unwins has linked with earthenware designer Emma Bridgewater so customers can get a limited-edition Unwins sweet pea vase. The company has revamped its sweet pea range to include new varieties, packaging and point-of-sale material. Unwins has also launched a "Bursting with Flavour" range of 39 vegetables and herbs with a link to Delicious magazine for a bespoke Unwins edition.

Meanwhile, Seeds from Italy has said it may have to raise wholesale prices because of Brexit-induced changes in exchange rates.

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