About Us


Our history

McCreath Simpson & Prentice is the agricultural trading division of Simpsons Malt Limited, a world leader in the malting industry for over 150 years.

Based in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, the company has been led by the expertise of five generations of the Simpson family. The Simpsons have worked alongside the region’s farming families to produce consistently high-quality products.

In 1984, McCreath Simpson & Prentice was established to serve the ever-changing needs of our farmer customers. This proved to be a shrewd decision, and it led to the acquisition of agricultural merchants John Guthrie Ltd in 2011. This purchase not only extended our close links to our farming partners, but also expanded the areas we could serve.

We continue to go from strength to strength, expanding our markets and agricultural product range with first-class products and services always in mind.

Expertise and innovation

McCreath Simpson & Prentice prides itself on the professionalism of its staff and the integrated product range we supply to farms, including animal feed, fertiliser, grass, cereal seeds, and agrochemicals. We deliver to farms from Caithness down to North Yorkshire, and we offer all our customers unlimited access to FACTS and BASIS qualified staff who are always on hand to offer advice and information.

We pride ourselves on our staff loyalty, and we have many long-standing team members that pass on their invaluable knowledge and experience onto our customers. We truly believe sharing information makes us stronger together. It is this team approach to our working relationship with customers that adds value to our business and results in a better and more sustainable future.

McCreath Simpson & Prentice is also the only grain trading company in the UK to operate its own farm. Our hands-on experience on our 400-acre farm near Bamburgh not only helps us fully understand the challenges our customers face, but also trial innovative new products.

Working partnerships with our customers

McCreath Simpson & Prentice is built on the relationships it has with its customers. Our traditional values, which are based on establishing relationships that will last generations, are the backbone of our business. Like-minded farmers that recognise how in-tune we are with the challenges and opportunities within the agricultural supply chain have grown their business alongside ours.

Through innovation, McCreath Simpson & Prentice is where it is today. We look forward to growing with our customers and are excited to embrace the challenges ahead for a better future.