Faccenda Group is a privately owned UK business established in 1962 by
Robin Faccenda, which supplies fresh chicken products. It is the
second-largest chicken processing company in the UK, capable of
processing 2 million chickens per week.
1 Ownership and losses
2 Purchase and closure
3 Court cases
5 External links
Ownership and losses
The group is owned by Hillesden Investments Ltd., growing the
business through acquisitions of Hinton Poultry, Perry Poultry and
Webbs Country Foods, with an annual turnover of around £300m with
2,500 employees in 2005, growing to a turnover of £365 million
with a profit of £5 million in 2013. In 2007-2008 the Faccenda
Group had suffered a loss of £5 million.
Robin Faccenda, Chairman of the Faccenda Group, has invested £300,000
in a new student centre at Harper Adams, which will bear his name when
it opens in 2010. A further £200,000 will fund a long-term programme
of student financial support.,
Robin Faccenda and his family were listed by Farmers Weekly
as the richest within the UK poultry industry.
Purchase and closure
The Faccenda poultry processing plant in Sutton Benger, closed in 2008
The purchase of the loss making Webbs Country Foods in December 2000,
required the closure of the most underinvested site at the Lymington,
Hampshire factory with a loss of 500 jobs. However, 850 jobs
were saved across the remaining 3 production facilities.[citation
As part of a major business consolidation exercise, Faccenda closed
the factory in Sutton Benger,
Wiltshire in 2008, with the loss of 450
jobs, moving all production to the
Brackley site. This
exercise also included the investment of £3 million in its factory in
Brackley, and £2 million to its factories in Hortonwood (north
Dudley and the creation of 100 new jobs - some
transferring from the
Sutton Benger site.
In 2012 Faccenda bought Cranberry Foods, a turkey business.
In 2002, the company was fined £75,000 for polluting the River Avon
Sutton Benger plant. It was also fined a further
£14,000 after 17-year-old Martin Major lost his little finger and
ring finger after he reached into a machine without first turning it
In 2003, police arrested 20 Brazilians working illegally at the plant
Environment Agency found in 2006 that the smell from the Brackley
plant fell outside limits under the Pollution Prevention and Control
In 2009, the company was fined £5000 under the Environmental
Protection Act for incorrectly disposing of waste at Lyneham Farm,
near Chippenham. The court heard that, in April 2008, a routine
visit to the poultry unit by
Environment Agency inspectors found that
hazardous waste was being bought from other sites and incorrectly
stored. A further inspection in October showed that the hazardous
waste, including fluorescent light tubes, was still being stored,
mixed with other waste and then taken to a waste transfer site. The
Environment Agency prosecuter told the court: "The defendant company
consistently failed to comply with the advice given to it by the
Environment Agency and tried to dispose of hazardous waste, despite
being warned on previous occasions about the illegal mixing, storing
and transportation of hazardous wastes."
A case brought by Faccenda against a former sales manager, Faccenda
Chicken v Fowler , is a key legal case in confidentiality and
Robin Faccenda and family". Sunday Times. London. 26 April 2009.
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Robin Faccenda donates £0.5million to support students". Harper
Adams University. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
^ Jake Davies (14 July 2014). "Faccenda named poultry industry's
richest". Farmers Weekly. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
^ "500 jobs go in chicken plant". Guardian. London. 11 January 2001.
^ "Food firm to axe 500 jobs". The Independent. 10 January 2001.
^ McPherson, Scott (11 June 2008). "Calls to save Faccenda". Wiltshire
Gazette & Herald. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
^ Adams, Katie (12 June 2008). "Union urges factory closure rethink".
Wiltshire Times &
Chippenham News. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
^ "£3m to be invested in factory". Buckingham Today. 28 April 2008.
Archived from the original on February 12, 2010. Retrieved
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^ "Chicken firm promises investment". BBC News. 11 June 2008.
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Farmers Weekly Interactive. Retrieved
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Farmers Weekly Interactive. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
^ a b c Lorraine Mullaney (12 November 2012). "Chicken processor sued
over 'sickening smells'". FOODmanufacture.co.uk. Retrieved 21
^ "Poultry firm is fined £75,000 for pollution". Swindon Advertiser.
15 August 2002. Retrieved 2009-09-06. [permanent dead link]
^ "Raid nets 20 immigrants". Swindon Advertiser. 11 September 2003.
Retrieved 2009-09-06. [permanent dead link]
^ "Factory chimney will rid town of 'fowl' smell". Banbury Guardian.
10 August 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
^ "Faccenda fined over waste disposal". meatinfo.co.uk. 23 November
2009. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
^ Holland, James; Stuart Burnett (2007). "Protecting business
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^ David Swarbrick (21 May 2014). "Faccenda Chicken Ltd -v- Fowler; CA
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