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Martin Donnelly joins ICL

With forty years practical growing and technical sales experience, Martin Donnelly has joined the ICL team as Sales Development Manager.

In this new role he will be advising ornamental growers in the NE Midlands on growing media and nutrition, while working alongside Andrew Wilson to provide UK-wide IPM technical advice encompassing ICL’s growing range of plant protection products. With extensive experience of specialty crops, Martin will also be playing a key role in ICL’s specialty agriculture division.

BASIS qualified

BASIS qualified, Martin joins ICL from Certis Europe where he advised growers and distributors on crop protection programmes in ornamental, forestry and specialty agriculture sectors.

“Martin’s qualifications, skills set and practical growing experience are a excellent fit with our Levington Advances Solution package - encompassing growing media, precision nutrition and plant protection products,” says ICL Sales Manager Adrian Thirtle-Watts. As well as advising ornamental growers, Martin will be helping to drive forward our specialty agriculture division covering forestry, soft fruit, protected salads and field-vegetables.”

Earley Ornamentals Grows Sales Team

Due to growing demand and increasing customer base, leading independent UK producer and supplier of young plants, Earley Ornamentals, has expanded its sales team with the appointment of Rob Swift as Area Sales Executive.

Rob will be responsible for managing customers throughout the North West of England, the Midlands and Scotland. The role will involve supporting existing customers and developing new relationships with potential clients.


With extensive sales experienced in the horticulture sector having managed his own plant growing business, Rob has also worked for Syngenta, spent two years in fertilizers sales and four years selling horticultural plastics such as packs, pots, containers and trays for Desch-Plantpak.

Commenting on the new appointment Earley Ornamentals’ Managing Director Simon Earley said: “We are delighted to welcome Rob to the Earley team. His vast sector experience and in-depth horticultural knowledge will help to develop our sales strategy here at Earley and will also be invaluable in supporting all our customers.”

Committed to producing quality young plants for the UK market, Earley Ornamentals is a leading, independent business that is proud to be the selected partner for many of the UK's leading commercial and retail growers.