The original ledger from 1906.
A separate entity, Granta Processors, was created to manage the processing division, and this business still operates today from the original site at Whittlesford. Although there are no formal links between Frederic Smart and Granta Processors, strong trading links are maintained.

In 1999, a site at Foxton was acquired, and following a period of renovation and development, the business moved there in April 2000. The larger site, along with improved facilities, enabled the warehousing side of the business to be expanded following the move, and this now forms a significant part of the overall operation, having a number of synergies with the ongoing agricultural trading business.

Continued growth of the warehousing division led to a search for a larger, more suitable site, and in early 2013, a five acre development site in Papworth Everard was acquired. Following a period of design, planning and construction, the business was relocated to the new, purpose built distribution facility in June 2014.

As a small, owner controlled business, we pride ourselves on the level of service and integrity we are able to offer, which sets us apart from the competition.

We are able to adapt quickly to meet customer requirements, and believe in establishing partnerships with both customers and suppliers in order to build long term stability in our business relationships.

The business was established in Cambridge by Frederic Smart in April 1906 who had been working for a local grain merchant – E Bell & Co. In 1919 the mill at Whittlesford was purchased, and this provided an adequate location for the growing business for many years. In 1924, Frederic Smart’s son Thomas joined the business, and in 1950 a partnership was formed, and the business became Frederic Smart and Son. Frederic Smart retired in 1958, after more than 50 years of trading.

In 1965, a limited company was created, Frederic Smart and Son Ltd. The business continued to develop its trading activities, and at the same time, offer contract seed and pulse processing, together with warehousing services. The business divisions, agricultural trading and contract processing continued to grow, and in 1996, the decision was taken to formally separate these activities.

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