Richard Simpson sat on a sofa

Simpsons Malt climbs five places in the North East Top 200

Simpsons Malt has climbed five places to number 45 in The Journal’s Top 200 North East.

Amongst the top 50 in the coveted list Simpsons Malt, that includes agricultural trading divisions McCreath, Simpson & Prentice (MSP) & John Guthrie in Forfar, employs over 230 people year and produces in excess of 300,000 tonnes of malt a year from the raw barley material sourced from surrounding farms.

The league table ranks the North East’s best financially performing businesses and in 2015 the Berwick-upon-Tweed maltster reported a turnover of £160.7 million.

Increasing sales into the global brewing industry and continuing strong demand from distilling customers has contributed to a positive year for the independent company as it now represents the North East in over 25 countries around the world.

Commenting on the ranking Richard Simpson, vice-chairman of Simpsons Malt, said: “The success of Simpsons Malt’s can be attributed to the continued hard work of our employees, our farming partners and suppliers and our amazing customers, who recognise our continued investment in both our maltings, in Berwick-upon Tweed and Tivetshall St Margaret, and in the company’s supply chain infrastructure.

“We will continue our strategy for growth by continuing to invest in our malting facilities to further secure home markets while developing opportunities all over the globe. Our people are essential to this success and we will continue to invest in training and development in order to service our customers at the highest level.

“As a North East business, being featured on The Journal Top 200 list is a privileged position that we’re very proud to be in, and would like to congratulate all the other businesses in our region that have also made the list.”