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Blacks of Bacton, a leading player in the East Anglian agricultural sector, has today announced its acquisition of Aurelia Limited, a respected plant operator training company.

This acquisition represents a union of two well-established, family-owned and complementary entities. Blacks of Bacton brings over a century of agricultural experience and Aurelia Limited, renowned for its expertise in plant operator training for over 25 years, adds a wealth of specialist knowledge and a loyal customer following. Together, these companies aim to enhance their collective capabilities and offer an even broader range of services and solutions to their clients.

Key benefits of this acquisition include:

  1. Enhanced Expertise: By combining the strengths of both companies, clients can expect an even higher level of expertise and continued outstanding quality.
  2. New Services: Blacks of Bacton will be able to offer a new range of services that will cater to a wider range of clients.
  3. Geographical Reach: This acquisition extends Blacks of Bacton’s presence into new markets, strengthening their position as a regional business leader in the Heart of Suffolk.

Blacks of Bacton Managing Director, James Black, expressed enthusiasm about the acquisition, stating, “We are excited to welcome the talented team at Aurelia into the Blacks of Bacton family. This acquisition aligns with our long-term growth strategy and allows us to offer a new range of services to a wider audience. We are confident that, together, we will achieve new heights of success.”

Trevor Anderson, Managing Director of Aurelia Limited, added “I’m delighted to have found a like-minded company to take Aurelia to the next stage of growth. I’m happy to say that I will continue to be a part of the business for the immediate future and look forward to passing on my knowledge to a new generation of trainers.

Under the terms of the agreement, Aurelia will continue to operate under its existing brand and from its current site in Kentford. However, clients can expect to see expanded service offerings and synergies resulting from this partnership.

About Blacks of Bacton:

The Black family began farming in Suffolk in 1898, when David Black Snr moved to Red House Farm in Bacton from Scotland and established an arable and dairy farm.

David Black & Son Limited was formed in 1956 taking on the farming operations of a partnership previously operated between the founders David Black Snr & his son, Thomas Black.

Over the years the family business has seen various diversifications and operated a number of different enterprises.  Bacton Pigs Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of David Black and Son Ltd, was formed in 1976 and continues to manage the pig business interests.  Alongside its 3,500ac arable operations managing its own and rented land, part of which is contract farmed for a number of clients, the company maintains both a residential and commercial property portfolio and is involved in joint venture developments.

Reappraisal of the main farm site at the turn of the century, led to planning permission being given for light industrial use of under-utilised farm buildings and the successful development of Bacton Business Park, a diversification into commercial space.  As a result, the site is now home to a number of non-related rural businesses, involved in cabin hire, bespoke container conversions, engineering, carpentry and leisure.

David Black & Son Ltd the holding company, for all the Blacks of Bacton operations, remains a committed family business owned by descendants of David Black Snr.  Members of the 3rd, 4th & 5th generations of the family currently serve as its directors.

The Group employs over 30 dedicated staff who contribute to its ongoing success and will now be joined by 8 employees who will now fall under the Blacks of Bacton umbrella.