Why Lincolnshire company is gearing up for egg-citing times

New deal: Dan Fairburn, Sarah-Louise Fairburn, Kevin Peart (Barclays), Caroline Fairburn-Wright and Sarah Hall
New deal: Dan Fairburn, Sarah-Louise Fairburn, Kevin Peart (Barclays), Caroline Fairburn-Wright and Sarah Hall
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A local egg producing company - which employs more than 100 people - is gearing up for expansion after securing all-important funding.

L&J Fairburn and Son Limited has farms in several locations, including Belchford and Woodhall Spa.

It produces over eight million eggs a week, including organic, free range, barn and colony.

It also rears in excess of 1,750,000 birds every year for their own use and re-sale and produces and mills over 78,000 tonnes of feed every year.

Now, thanks to backing from Barclays Corporate, the company says it is gearing up for a vibrant and exciting future.

Louise Fairburn, a director of the company, said: “Following the recent downturn - and with Barclays help - we’ve had a complete economic review to see how we can operate more effectively and free up cash flow.

“With some additional funding - and Barclays support - we’re on track for record sales this year and are totally EU compliant.”

The family owned company was started in 1951 by Leslie Fairburn with £150 which he used to buy 150 chickens.

The business is now in the third generation and employs over 100 staff.

It is one of the biggest egg producers in the county. Turnover is expected to reach over £45m this year - making it one of the region’s major success stories.

Kevin Peart, Relationship Director at Barclays, said: “It has been a challenging environment for many businesses and to operate successfully for over 60 years is a fantastic achievement. The new funding will provide the flexibility for growth going forward and the future looks bright.”