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Acquisition Of B Tickle & Sons Ltd

29 AUGUST 2017

B Dugdale & Son Ltd, Dugdale Nutrition Ltd and B Tickle & Sons Ltd are pleased to announce that B Dugdale & Son Ltd has acquired 100% of the share capital of B Tickle and Sons Ltd.

This brings together two family businesses with a combined 330 years’ of trading history supplying the farmers of Northern England and beyond. Matthew Tickle will join the board of Dugdale Nutrition Ltd as Operations Director alongside Matthew Dugdale, Managing Director and Michael Townend, Finance Director, on the board.

Matthew Dugdale and Michael Townend will join the board of B Tickle & Sons Ltd, alongside Matthew Tickle as Operations Director. B Tickle & Sons Ltd will continue to manufacture ruminant feed in broadly the same manner as it has previously done, and will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of B Dugdale & Son Ltd.

Adam Tickle will remain with the company as Production Manager at the Speke mill, and Alison Tickle becomes Operations & Logistics Manager, responsible for the administration of the Speke site and liaise closely with Dugdale Nutrition administration and transport teams.

The blending operation at Speke will cease, with the production absorbed into Dugdale Nutrition’s new purpose built Blend Plant. This expands the warehousing capacity at Speke to enable stockpiling of bagged products ahead of peak demand periods.

With the manufacture of compound feeds at the Clitheroe site at 100% capacity, the acquisition of B Tickle & Sons Ltd allows extra manufacturing capacity, enabling the long term aim of both companies to deliver outstanding customer service. The unification of two long established family businesses, represents job security and opportunities for the employees of both companies. It also ensures that a strong independent ruminant feed manufacturer continues to serve the industry in the northern market place.

On behalf of the Shareholders of B Dugdale & Son Ltd, I would like to welcome the Tickle family - Adam, Alison and Matthew - and all their team at Speke, to the Dugdale family business.

Matthew Dugdale Managing Director

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