NEF implements survival strategy

09 March 1998

NEF implements survival strategy

SCOTLANDS largest agricultural supplies co-operative North Eastern Farmers is aiming to restore its beleaguered fortunes with a new strategy for survival.

The strategy revolves around the definition and expansion of the core business, reduction of the cost base, greater involvement with other co-ops and improvements in management and administration.

The co-op first hit crisis in 1995 when it lost £683,000. It has continued to sustain losses. Last year it turned in a pre-tax loss of £964,000.

The new strategy, designed by Brian Hutchison, managing director, seeks to treat each business as a separate entity to make sure there is no cross-subsidisation. He says the nub of running a co-operative is of balance between service and commercial imperatives.

  • The Scotsman 09/03/98 page 18

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