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Countrywide Farmers plc
Company Name:Countrywide Farmers plc Minimum fundraise:£0.00* High Share Price Bid:£0.30
Business Sector:Retail Total Funds Bid to Date:- Low Share Price Bid:£0.10
Auction period:28 Aug 2017 - N/A Indicative Share Price:0.00 Average Share Price Bid:£0.20**
*The company will accept oversubscription.
**In the event of significant oversubscription, shares will be allocated to bids at the average price and above.

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Countrywide Farmers plc

No shares traded in the auction that closed on Friday, 29th September 2017 and the lowest offer was 7 pence per share.

Trading in the shares of Countrywide Farmers Plc is currently suspended as outlined in this press release.

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Company info

Countrywide Farmers Plc is committed to its agricultural roots but now includes a broader customer base from equine to pet owners, smallholders to farmers, equestrian businesses and those who simply enjoy country life.  The business has three specialist areas, Retail, Rural Energy and Turf and Amenity.

From its network of Country Stores, website, catalogues, sales managers and customer service team, the business offers a seamless one stop shop multichannel experience.  It offers a comprehensive range of products, expert knowledge and advice and exemplary customer service to make country life better for all its customers.

Rural Energy – LPG
Countrywide has been supplying energy products since the early 1950s and is the largest independent LPG supplier in the UK. The business has a qualified team of specialist engineers, installers and customer service advisors who supply its customers with an extensive range of energy related products and services. From bulk LPG, bottled gas and autogas to wood burning and multi fuel stoves, wood fuel, coal and space heaters.

Turf & Amenity
Countrywide supply the golf course and sports ground industry, along with schools, community grounds, large gardens and estates with a comprehensive specialist range of fertilisers, chemicals, seeds, top dressings and root zones. Its sales specialists have industry leading experience and knowledge of the turf and amenity sector and are members of the BASIS professional register offering both technical and practical support.

Auction details

Auctions are held monthly and close at 2pm on the last Friday of each month (unless stated otherwise).

Participants can send orders via their existing broker or directly to The Share Centre. Further details can be found by clicking on the "Auction instructions" section below.

Auction Price History

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Auction instructions

To buy and sell shares in this company via Asset Match Private Market, you will need to use a stockbroker.

           -  shareDeal active

If you are a UK resident, our main broker and settlement agent for all CREST eligible companies on the AM Private Market is shareDeal active.

shareDeal active provide a competitively priced service for both certified and non-certified transactions. You can open an account online or by post using the form provided.

Alternatively, if you already have an account with shareDeal active and wish to place an order please contact the Dealing desk directly on 01892 510515 or deal online.

To sell a share certificate, the easiest way to trade is to set up a shareDeal active account online and once open post your share certificate with a completed CREST transfer form. Alternatively, you can open an account by post using the Asset Match Certificated Sale Pack which includes everything you will need.

It generally takes 5-7 days for your account to be open and shares available for trading.

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Over 60 UK brokers regularly trade and are set up to deal on our platform. These brokers can submit your instructions to shareDeal active on your behalf*.

Please note that not all brokers are able to deal in unquoted shares so contact us to confirm whether your broker is able to trade.

           -  Overseas

If you are based overseas and are interested in participating then please contact us directly by emailing or by calling 020 7248 2788.

​​When buying and selling shares, please note that the Asset Match levy of 3% applies, with a minimum charge of £20 per trade (*additional fees may apply).

For more information on how the auction works then please click here.



Key People


John Hardman Chief Executive Officer

Joined West of England Farmers in 1985 and subsequently became Agri Director of WMF Limited in 1997. Holds a degree in Agriculture and an MBA. Following the formation of Countrywide Farmers in 1999 became Director of Agri Sales before becoming Deputy Managing Director in 2003 and Managing Director in June 2004. Serves as a Non-Executive Director of United Farmers, a cooperative organisation which combines the purchasing power of its members.


Gareth Thomas Non-Executive Chairman

Gareth began his career with John Lewis as a graduate trainee in 1979. In 2000 he was appointed to the main board of John Lewis as Director, Retail Operations, retiring from the role of Retail Director in 2010. Latterly, Gareth had responsibility for £3 billion turnover and over 30,000 Partner employees, as well as property, design and new formats. Since 2010, Gareth has held a number of non-executive positions including directorships on the Boards of Share plc Group, and Shoppers Stop, India. He was also until recently Deputy Chairman of Save the Children; and is currently Trustee of TATE, Chairman of Tate Enterprises Ltd., and Trustee of the American Museum in Britain.


Stuart Crebo Non-Executive Director

Stuart has held a number of senior positions in Corporate Banking, both in the UK and USA. From 1996 to 2009 he was Director of Ernst & Young specialising in advising on corporate finance mergers and acquisitions as well as assisting various enterprises develop their commercial strategy and generate value for shareholders. Currently Chairman of Isca Ventures LLP, Managing Director of White Eagle Consulting Ltd and Non-Executive Director of Devon Waste Management Ltd. Chairman of the Remuneration and the Audit Committee.


Paul Freeston Non-Executive Director

Chairman and CEO of Apetito UK and Canada and a Director of Apetito AG, the international holding group. Apetito is an award winning organisation providing frozen food and catering solutions to care homes, local authorities and hospitals as well as providing a frozen meal delivery service to the public via Wiltshire Farm Foods. Has over 30 years’ experience in the food and food manufacturing industry and is Deputy President and Treasurer of the Food and Drink Federation. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.


Julie Wirth Chief Financial Officer

Julie joined Countrywide as Chief Financial Officer in April 2015. Julie is a qualified accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She has spent the majority of her career working within the retail sector, including a number of senior roles within Home Retail Group, Finance Director for Musgrave Retail Partners GB and CFO for Conviviality plc.