The UK’s leading farming and land management business
“IT Lab continues to be a valued partner to Farmcare, delivering an exceptional support service that helps us to remain the leading agricultural business in the UK. We look forward to embracing new technologies that will further set us apart from the competition in the future.”
With a strapline of ‘farming for the future’, Farmcare is the UK’s leading farming and land management business, growing high-quality arable, fruit and vegetable crops for retailers, food service and trade sectors.
The business previously traded as The Co-operative Farms as a subsidiary of The Co-operative Group before it became a subsidiary of the Wellcome Trust in 2014.
This was a landmark move for Farmcare with The Co-operative bidding farewell to 118 years of farming and a move to the Wellcome Trust securing a new level of investment for the business.
Farmcare production takes place on more than 50,000 acres on sites throughout England and Scotland with a central head office located in Manchester. The business continues to grow and is passionate about its people, of which there are nearly 200 employed on a permanent basis.
More than 50,000 acres
Nearly 200 permanent employees
As part of a three-year contract, IT Lab began work by implementing a completely new and fully outsourced IT platform, telephony and support solution. Working around the clock, IT Lab connected 10 farms, spanning over 50,000 acres, one packhouse and the Manchester-based head office. This ensured all areas of the business could communicate effectively, with minimal disruption to day-to-day processes.
As outlined in the tender process, Farmcare identified the significant challenges that come with a network delivered across fragmented and rural business structure and worked closely with IT Lab to overcome this and ensure productivity of staff regardless of location.
Staying ahead of the curve was absolutely key for Farmcare and the very latest hardware and software systems were implemented by IT Lab throughout the estate. Specifically, this saw the team deliver an access strategy via Citrix and a unified communications platform facilitated by Microsoft Skype for Business, ensuring complete remote user access and live video conferencing through Dell PCs, hybrid laptops and tablets.
The work did not stop there; a core IT platform located in a Manchester data centre, a wide area network WAN delivered by IT Lab’s partner, Metronet UK, and private 3G access for roaming users, of which there are a high number throughout the business were also delivered.
One of the most important factors to apply throughout the project was that Farmcare was entering an exciting new phase with additional investment, so growth was inevitable. As IT Lab solutions are always made with scalability in mind, a flexible system was developed that will support Farmcare and its nearly 200 current employees for years to come, easily scaling with its ambitious growth plans.
“We look forward to further cementing our close relationship with Farmcare and help them to continue to build on their success, through its journey of transformation.”
Published on 5th January 2017Read More