Who We Are
Offering a comprehensive seed service
Quantil Seed Services is a long-established, family-run business providing certified seed (including cereals, pulses, forage, and oil seeds), essential services, and logistics to farmers. Based in Lancashire, we offer a comprehensive service tailored to the individual needs of the farmer, ensuring high quality seed and excellent customer support.
As well as farming 1000 acres ourselves, we partner with other farmers, giving them the opportunity to collect a premium for growing for us, and helping us realise our ambitious growth plans.
Certified Seed is a fully traceable, guaranteed seed product that protects farmers and their customers by meeting rigorous specifications. It meets prescribed standards for varietal identity, purity, germination, and contains minimal foreign materials. It is superior in quality to non-certified seed and is part of a world-wide quality assurance system.
Supply of stock seed
1st generation seed is supplied to our grower partners to produce a high-quality seed crop.
We enter the field details into the national seed certification scheme
Throughout the growing cycle our own licensed seed inspectors carry out detailed field assessments ensuring quality standards are met
Post-harvest seed samples are taken and sent to the laboratory for germination and purity testing
Seed Cleaning & Treatment
Following arrival at our processing plant, seed is cleaned using our modern cleaning equipment, ensuring the best possible samples are obtained. Treatments are applied as required
Storage or Haulage
Bagged seed is stored in one of our three 400 tonne finished goods stores, awaiting despatch. Our logistics team schedule haulage using a range of haulage options, including our own vehicles that have the capacity to deliver up to 50 tonnes of stock daily.
Our founder, Warwick Symondson, purchased our farm site and land in the early 1950s. Whilst our farming activities have varied over the years, processing seed in our onsite mill has been at the heart of operations from the start.
Over the past few decades, Warwick's son, David, and Barry Pape have nurtured and refined the business, investing in modern equipment and supporting the development of our expert team, many of whom have been working with us since the early days. Barry's son, John, has since joined, bolstering the family culture of our business, and helping us to grow for the next generation.
Through the years
Warwick Symondson takes over Robinson's Farm, a mixed livestock and arable farm in Lathom, and the site that our business still stands on today.
Warwick's son, David, joins the farm, learning the business from the ground up. They shift the focus away from livestock farming, developing the arable cropping and becoming one of the largest sprout growers in the UK, earning Warwick the affectionate nickname 'The King of the Sprouts' in the farming community. Barry joins the business in the late 1980's as Seed Sales manager.
We split the company's activities into two businesses Quantil Ltd & Quantil Agriculture Ltd (QAL). The wallflower business is moved into Quantil Ltd as part of Quantil's expanding horticultural operations, based around glasshouse production, & QAL concentrates on farming and seed processing activities. In 2007, we increased our farming activities with the acquisition of the 1400 acre Croston estate. This allowed for a significant increase of own-produced seed quality crops.
Barry's son, John, joins the team as assistant seeds manager. We acquire Beech Grove Farm, and commit to significantly investing in the seed processing facet of our business.
A new seed mill extension is erected and a modern processing line is installed, tripling our processing capabilities. At Beech Grove, we built a 2000 tonne seed storage facility featuring grain drying and compartmentalised bulk seed storage.
We sell part of the vegetable growing land of the Croston Estate, retaining our cereal growing land, leaving us with 1100 acres for our own seed production. We add a purpose designed 2000 tonne seed storage facility adjacent to our Lathom site, featuring grain drying, compartmentalised bulk seed storage and underfloor crop conditioning system.
Bolstered by significant investment and an exceptional team, Quantil Agriculture rebrands as Quantil Seed Services, recognising the comprehensive service they provide for farmers in and beyond the North-West of England.
We continue to be bold and ambitious in our development. We plan to refocus our farming activities around Lathom; increase our finished goods storage; and add more vehicles to our transportation fleet.
We're proud to have a team of dedicated, hard-working staff, who are passionate about the industry.
David joined his father, Warwick Symondson, in the running of the farm in the mid-80’s. David has been the driving-force behind refining and evolving farming activities, including the move into glasshouse production and the concentration of arable activities on cereal growing and seed services. Throughout, David has been chairman of the company whilst developing his other interests in the private equity world.
Outside of work, David enjoys country pursuits, skiing, culture and relaxing with his family.
Barry joined the Quantil family in 1988 as Manager of (then) Quantil Seeds Limited. Now Managing Director of Quantil Seed Services and our sister business, Barry heads up the team of Directors, providing essential support, and managing projects and acquisitions. He spearheads long-term strategy for both businesses, and has been the driving force behind some of our most significant developments.
Outside of work, Barry likes to garden, watch sports, and spend time with his family.
Jeanette joined the company in 2021 as Financial Director for both Quantil businesses. She takes the lead on our accounting strategy and financial planning, and takes an overview of the business, streamlining processes and ensuring that we respond to the new challenges of the industry in a positive, efficient way.
Jeanette loves being in the great outdoors and is a keen horse rider, hiker and dog lover. She has two flat-coated retrievers and a Dutch Warmblood called Mr Bo.
John joined Quantil in 2016 as assistant sales manager. Today, his main responsibilities include driving sales, managing growing contracts, crop inspecting, production planning & organising haulage.
When not working, John enjoys spending time with his family, socialising with friends, and watching or participating in a wide variety of sports.
Roger joined the team in 1990 as an assistant farm manager. Today, he is responsible for the production of all crops and the management of the land holdings.
Outside of work, Roger is a keen road cyclist, owner of 5 dogs, and enjoys taking and watching his girls in their sporting events.
Mill Production Manager
Phil joined Quantil in 1985 as a tractor driver, and moved onto the seeds side of operations in 1988. Today, he is responsible for the running of the seed cleaning plant, crop inspections of seed crops grown for us, and certification of processed seed lots.
Outside of work, Phil enjoys country pursuits, watching his team play at Anfield, DIY, and socialising with friends and family.
Mandy joined the team in September 2005 to assist with the wallflower season on a part-time basis. She joined Quantil Agriculture full-time in 2006, initially assisting in the cereal sales and then taking on the responsibility for credit control for both companies. She also completes the seed sales royalty payment preparation and the subsequent external audits.
When not taking care of her own dairy and arable farm outside of Quantil, Mandy enjoys riding her horse and reading.
Stuart joined the company in 1985 as a general farm worker. After three or so years, he moved into the seed side of the company, and qualified as an HGV driver. Stuart delivers all company products to all parts of the UK.
Outside of work, Stuart enjoys watching a large variety of sports, spending time with his family and walking his dog.