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Our managing director

Meet Simon Earley

Managing Director, Simon formed Earley Ornamentals in 2009 after a successful management buy-out. Find out more about his passion for the young plant industry and his commitment to innovation. 

How did you get started in the industry?

I started out selling flower and vegetable seeds to commercial growers at Nutting and Speed Ltd - one of the first in the UK to produce young plants - and it was this experience that inspired me to develop my career in this innovative sector.

Where did you work and what did you do before joining Earley Ornamentals?

I launched a new business venture in the UK for Hamer Bloomzaden

BV - a young plant producer based in the Netherlands - with full responsibility for recruiting its sales team and developing and implementing a successful UK sales strategy. Moving on to Florensis UK I developed my career as a Key Account Manager before becoming managing director for Sakata.

How long have you been at Earley Ornamentals? 

I was here from the start. Earley Ornamentals Ltd was formed when I conducted a management buy-out of Sakata Ornamentals Ltd in 2009; we’re now one of the largest independent UK producers of young plants in the UK.

 What does your typical day involve?

Every day is different in truth. But mainly it involves developing business opportunities with some of our bigger clients, making sure the site is running smoothly and engaging with the Earley team.

What is the best aspect of your job?

Plants are my passion and leading and developing a team of experts that are committed to successful young plant growing is something I am very proud of. 

What has been your biggest achievement at work?

It has to be taking over Earley, I knew it had greater potential as a business but it has way outstripped my expectations. 

What is the best thing about working at Earley?

Working with my customers to provide a quality young plant and being part of the hard-working Earley team

How do you unwind after a hard day at work?

I love to work in the garden and try our new varieties to see how they perform in North Yorkshire. I also have three boys aged 15,13 & 11 who require a taxi service most weekends so that keeps me very busy as well.

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