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Animal feed producer acquired by BATA

Animal feed producer William Thompson (York) has become part of a £110m turnover business following a major corporate deal. The acquisition will strengthen the group to further help its customers.

William Thompson (York) has been bought by agricultural supplies business Brandsby Agricultural Trading Association (BATA) for an undisclosed sum.  The acquisition by Malton-based BATA is one of the biggest deals completed in North Yorkshire this year.

Andrew Richardson, William Thompson (York) managing director, said "The sale of our business to BATA is good news for both companies, our customers and, importantly, for the Yorkshire agriculture sector.

William Thompson, which provides a wide range of dairy, pig, beef, sheep, game and fish feed compounds to farmers throughout Yorkshire and the North East, was founded as grocery shop in Goodramgate, in York, by William Thompson 88 years ago.

In recent years, William Thompson has established a research and development department to ensure that its products meet the stringent safety standards demanded by consumers and regulators.

BATA was established in 1894 as a farmers' co-operative in Brandsby, which is 10 miles north of York.  It now has a network of 10 BATA country stores, two petrol stations and a specialist equestrian supply business. Today, it is still a cooperative with 4,000 share members.

A team at North Yorkshire accountants and business advisers JWPCreers, together with commercial lawyer, Philip Lewis Ogden, from Harrowells Solicitors, in York, advised the management team at William Thompson in connection with the sale.

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