This is us
Bedfordia is a trusted developer of outstanding businesses that deliver the highest quality and are admired for their commercial success and values they adhere to.
From its beginnings as a family firm in the 1930’s, Bedfordia Group has had a tradition of strong family and Christian values with business interests that have evolved from a love of the land. Today Bedfordia operates in 2 main sectors: Agriculture and Property.
Bedfordia is founded upon the principle of responsibility. This principle guides the actions and activities of the company and is reflected in all of our dealings with our employees and the communities in which we operate.
Our aspiration is for Bedfordia to continue to make a positive contribution to society through its businesses and by the way it does business - in a sustainable, environmentally sound and responsible manner.
Our values capture everything we believe in and the way we do things. All four values are of equal importance; they apply to everyone in the
company irrespective of their role or position.
Acting responsibly and with integrity
We seek to demonstrate integrity in everything we do and to be professional at all times. We're accountable for our actions, treating others with respect and recognising our responsibilities to both the community and the environment.
Striving for excellence
We aim to be the best at whatever we do and are single-minded in our pursuit of excellence. This aids us when seeking out innovative solutions and ensures we maintain the consistently high standards we have set ourselves.
Developing people and teams
We recognise the success of our business depends on our people. They sit at the heart of our business. Valuing and respecting their contributions, helping one another and encouraging everyone to grow allows them to realise their potential.
Building strong business relationships
We believe in developing sustainable relationships with our customers and suppliers. We recognise the benefits of
long-term partnerships and do our best to provide exceptional experiences and service to our customers.
The businesses we are in
We are committed to building businesses that are among the best in their class. We are passionate about the quality of our products and services – if we can’t do something well, we won’t do it.
Bedfordia Farms is an integrated farming and land management business, forming the Agricultural division of parent company, Bedfordia Group. We are involved in livestock, arable, grain laboratory, grain storage and estate management today. Bedfordia today farms more than 2,400 hectares (almost 6,000 acres) of predominantly arable farmland in North Bedfordshire
and South Northamptonshire. The farm has 27,000 tonnes of grain storage and processing capacity and it breeds and rears 28,000 pigs per annum for supply to UK supermarkets from 1100 breeding pigs. Our aim is to take a very modern and professional approach to farming and we are recognised in the top 10% of UK farms.
Property ownership, investment and development have been central to Bedfordia Group since the company’s foundation in the 1930s.
Today Bedfordia Property owns and manages a diverse portfolio including business park, office, industrial and residential property as well as the strategic promotion and development of land for itself and related Group entities.
Bedfordia Property specialise in enhancing value through active asset management, stakeholder and market engagement and with a track record of high standards of environmental awareness and delivery.
Meet the team
Our people are our greatest asset and at the heart of all we do.
Chairman and CEO
A graduate in Agricultural Marketing and Business Administration Harper Adams Agricultural College, John represents the third generation of the Ibbett family’s ownership and management of the Bedfordia Group.
Property & Development Director
Prior to joining Bedfordia in 2007, Nick was Head of Group Property at Mowlem Plc a FTSE 250 Company.
Nick is responsible for all of the Group’s property interests from investment through to development activity.
Ian's farming background began on the family farm in East Yorkshire and over the next 20 years Ian worked for a range of large farming businesses with diverse interests such as dairy, pigs, potatoes and sugar beet.
Ian joined Bedfordia Farms as Managing Director in 2006
Originally from a farming background, Yolanda’s early career was in banking where she specialised in corporate finance, tutoring in the bank’s Management Training School specialising in personal and management development. Yolanda was key in helping to develop the strategic direction of Bedfordia Group and upholding and maintaining its Vision and Values.
Group Financial Controller
Terry joined Bedfordia Automotive in 2004 as Assistant Accountant before taking on the role of Group Management Accountant for Bedfordia Group in 2015. Terry works closely with the management team and holds responsibility for managing the Group finance function, reporting, internal controls, budgets and all IT & telephony.
Director of Business Support
Jane first joined Bedfordia Group in 2013 as Head of Human Resources. In her current role, she provides business support to the Property and Agriculture operating businesses, Chairman and Directors by co-ordinating the deployment of resources and managing projects in order to increase value and achieve the Group’s set objectives.