Retirement for director of Berwick firm MSP

Berwick man Andy Richardson has retired after 33 years' service with the agricultural trading division of Simpsons Malt.

Tuesday, 27th September 2016, 11:38 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 13:46 pm
David McCreath and Andy Richardson

Andy was operations director at McCreath Simpson & Prentice, based at its headquarters on the Tweedmouth Trading Estate.

He joined McCreath Simpson & Prentice in 1983 as agricultural salesman before moving up the ranks in the expanding business to sales director in 1989 and managing director in 2003.

When McCreath Simpson & Prentice officially became a major department of Simpsons Malt in 2009, Andy moved to his current role as MS&P operations director.

Most recently, Andy has been responsible for the fertiliser, agri-chemicals, feed and grass seed operations of the company and during his time he has seen impressive growth of the once small business that has now doubled its employees.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Andy explains: “When I was first employed at McCreath Simpson & Prentice it was a small successful agricultural merchant with 22 employees and I have had the pleasure of seeing it grow and become a major part of the Simpsons Malt operation.

“I will continue my role as chairman of the Berwick Harbour Commission, that I have worked closely with during my time at MS&P, however I am also looking forward to having more time to spend on the golf course. I also have plans for more travelling with my wife Tina.”

Simpsons Malt managing director Tim McCreath said: “Andy has been a much valued employee and has been a pleasure to work alongside.

“He will be missed by all at MS&P and Simpsons Malt and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Simpsons Malt is a family-owned independent maltster providing premium malt to the brewing, distilling and food industries worldwide. The company has invested in excess of £80m over the last 25 years. McCreath Simpson & Prentice and John Guthrie, procures in excess of 300,000 tonnes of barley a year.