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Vitax grows organically with 6x

Vitax are pleased to announce that we have extended our organic product range by purchasing Organico Limited.  Based in Somerset, Organico is best-known for manufacturing the popular 6x,  100% natural fibrous fertiliser and chicken pellets, as well as the Groworganic brand widely used on allotments and by growers.

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A favourite amongst gardeners who prefer sustainable and organic gardening methods, the acquisition of Organico forms part of Vitax’s strategy to introduce more natural products into its existing portfolio.

Produced in the UK for over 40 years, 6x is a traditional chicken fertiliser and billed as ‘The best thing on earth’.  It contains no peat or chemicals, and is oven-heated to over 200o resulting in a weed and pathogen free fertiliser.  Once composted, one bag of 6x is equivalent to six sacks of farm manure.

6X bags and tub

Although Vitax purchased the complete share capital of the business it will continue to work with Roger Cumisky and his team as it grows the business.

Paul Gooding, Managing Director at Vitax, says: “6x is the premier natural fertiliser brand in the UK and it will play a large part in our plans for 2015 and beyond. It is very rare that an opportunity arises to purchase such an established and well-regarded brand which has such growth potential.  The 6x brand is already a market-leader so we have no plans to re-brand it or bring it into one of our existing ranges.  We will however be utilising the reach of our sales team to make it more universally available at Garden Centres throughout the UK and overseas.

“Following the purchase of Slug Gone in 2012 we have been on the lookout for complementary organic products whilst also developing our own.  The launch of the biodegradable range in 2013 further consolidated our commitment to developing more sustainable and organic products.  Although it is a very simple concept, 6x has been imitated but never been equalled.  We are delighted it is now part of Vitax’s portfolio.”

6x will continue to be manufactured in Somerset where it purchases the bulk of its chicken waste, sourced from farms within a 50 mile radius.  This commitment to the local economy was just one consideration in its sale to Vitax as Roger Cumisky, Managing Director at Organico explains: “For the past 40 years we have been developing a range of products which are not only sustainable and organic but utilise waste from local farmers, so it was important we kept that continuity and investment in the surrounding communities.

“Over the years we have been approached by many buyers but Vitax echoed our values and has a great heritage behind it.  It is well-known for its range of products and we wanted to ensure the business continued to grow with a manufacturer which understood our vision.

“As a family-owned business, we know the 6x brand and Groworganic name will continue to flourish under Vitax and we are excited to be still part of it.”

The 6x range will still be available through garden centres and mail order.

Numbers stencil kit


Win a Vitax Numbers or Car Park Stencil Kit, along with a case of Supamark aerosols, in our Big Draw.  Vitax Stencils are indispensable for marking out car parks and sportsturf permanently, or for special events.  They’re robust and convenient – providing a fast and professional solution.

To celebrate their launch, we’re giving away a stencil pack of your choice, and 12 x 750ml SupaturfCar park stencil kit aerosols in our special Big Draw.

Complete your details on the Contact Us page  to receive our free newsletter, and you will then be entered into the competition.

In the “Your message” section, answer the following question: What material helps make Vitax stencils robust – Plastic, Bitumen or Cardboard?

We’ll email the winner and announce the result on our website on 12th January 2015, and then present the winner with their prize on our stand (A2) on 22nd January, the first day of the BTME 2015 Exhibition in Harrogate.


Kearsney College, Durban with Supaturf machines

On the road in South Africa

Supaturf took to the road recently in South Africa to stage a series of national one day events to launch its new TXE 353 line marking machine. The TXE 353, with its wider tank aperture, unique anti-flip tank features and improved chassis design upgrades offers a number of improvements to the popular evergreen TXE 252.


Kempton Park Cricket ClubFirst stop was Kempton Park Cricket Club in Johannesburg whereKempton Park CC with Supaturf line marking machines some 25 customers were given a demonstration of the new 353 machine by Russell Gibbens, Managing Director of Supaturf South Africa.  Also on display was the 606, the improved version of the TXE 505 with its larger battery.  Customers had the opportunity to try out the new machines and to see the full range of Supaturf South Africa line marking equipment and liquid on show.  Following the demonstrations, visitors could enjoy light drinks and a buffet lunch in the cricket pavilion which also was an opportunity for social networking.  “I was delighted with the event and we have received good feedback” reported Pieter Visagie Managing Director of Reapers Johannesburg, Supaturf distributor in Gauteng province.


Next stop was Edgemead Cricket Club, Cape Town to meet with Kevin Gramoney, Supaturf rep forEdgemead Cricket Club Supaturf machine demo the Western Cape and former groundsman at the World Cup Moses Mabhida Stadium, with a wealth of international turf care experience.  There was much interest from visitors in the TXE 353 and the complete range of Supaturf line marking equipment including the Athletics attachment, a labour saving accessory which when fitted to the TXE puts down three athletic lines in one pass.  “Supaturf are making good advances in the Cape, driven also by our all-round turf care approach. We adopt particularly the importance of proper cutting, irrigation and professional grass management” commented Kevin.


Kearsney College with Supaturf stencilsLast stop was Kearsney College, Durban where, in the fabulous surroundings, visitors also had the opportunity to see the new Supaturf grass stencil kits on display.  These biodegradable stencils include car park and number signs at a low cost option.  Russell Gibbens, Managing Director of Supaturf South Africa, was on hand to give users some expert tips in the correct maintenance of line marking equipment and in marking lines for the first time.

Kearsney College, Durban with Supaturf machines

Paul Gooding, Managing Director of Vitax Supaturf UK, presented the winner of the prize draw, the Roseway Waldorf School, with a free Supaturf SSR100 fertiliser spreader.  “It has been an excellent opportunity to interact with our customers at these events and I am very pleased with the positive reaction we have received to our new generation TXE 353 machine” commented Russell Gibbens.

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Technical Sales Representative vacancy

Vitax Amenity logoVitax Amenity has a range of turf care products that has been developed specifically to help turf professionals achieve optimum results with nutrients by combining the latest developments in turf technology with high efficacy and real value for money.



Supaturf logoThe Supaturf brand has for more than 25 years been a world leader in the development and production of line marking machinery and liquids for use in every type of sports venue, from international stadiums, including football and rugby world cup venues and Wimbledon, to local municipal and school sports fields.


We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious person to take over an established end-user customer portfolio in East Midlands, South West and Wales selling the Vitax and Supaturf full range of products:

TECHNICAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE East Midlands, South West and Wales

Main responsibilities:

  • Manage the existing customer base with our portfolio of products in East Midlands, South West and Wales.
  • Seek new customers and opportunities to expand the business.
  • Give technical support, such as training, field trial and machinery maintenance as well as demonstrations to our end-users and occasionally to our distributors.
  • Attend trade shows and network with institutes and trade associations in your area.
  • Gather and report market information and data in your area.

We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious person with:

  • Some sales background experience.
  • The ability to demonstrate sprayers, spreader and line marking machinery.
  • Good mechanical knowledge (ideal but not essential as full training will be given).
  • An understanding of the contractor and local authority industry.
  • Some knowledge of sports ground maintenance.
  • An aptitude to communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office.
  • A geographical knowledge of area.

This position is supported by a competitive salary, including Healthcare and Death-in-Service benefits.


If you feel you have the necessary skills, experience and enthusiasm to succeed in this role please send your CV to:-


Post:    Mike King, Sales & Marketing Manager, Vitax Limited, Owen Street, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 3DE

Closing date for applications is 5th December 2014.

Numbers stencil kit

Newly available is a range of Stencil Kits from Vitax Supaturf. These environmentally friendly kits,Car park stencil kit available in either a series of numbers or as symbols for use in car parks, allow you to simply mark out a range of playgrounds, sports fields and car bays etc. The kits can be recycled by composting when they are no longer required.
The stencils are made from organic wood pulp, recycled paper, textile fibres and pure bitumen. This makes them environmentally friendly and they can be composted after use.


Further details of sizes and uses can be found in the Supaturf section of this website.

Deane DLO with Vitax Amenity staff

Deane DLO marks out Vitax for sports sites

Vitax Amenity are pleased to have signed an agreement with Taunton Deane Borough Council toDeane DLO with Vitax Amenity staff supply line marking paints and machines for three years. We will be supplying RTU paint and twelve TXE 606 line marking machines to the Council’s direct labour organisation.

In a six month trial by Deane DLO, Vitax Supaturf paints came out ahead of the competition, with the paint producing a strong, clean line that lasted longer than others tested.

Further information can be found on the Landscape & Amenity news site:

Russell and Beryl Supaturf

World Class Sports Facilities

During their recent annual vacation in the UK, Russell and Beryl Gibbens of Supaturf South AfricaRussell and Beryl Supaturf took time out to have a guided tour around the world class sports university at Loughborough, Leicestershire, with the Chief Groundsman.

Base of the English Cricket Board, home to world class athletic and gym facilities par excellence, Loughborough University is the UK’s leading sports university.  Russell Gibbens, Managing Director of Supaturf South Africa, said “We were highly impressed with the facilities at the university and at the sheer level of investment into increasing sports performance and standards.” Loughborough University uses Supaturf line marking machines and liquids, including top-of-the-range Excel line marking machines.

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Supaturf UK gains prestigious ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Certification

The Supaturf UK factory and manufacturing base in Coalville was recently awarded ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) certification.  Andy Gurney, Supaturf UK Production and Site Manager, said “We are delighted to have gained these standards which reflect our commitment to product quality systems and to managing the impact of our operations on the environment.”  Supaturf UK has seen a noticeable increase in worldwide sales of its linemarking machines and liquids during 2014, particularly in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.BSI-Assurance-Mark 14001 Red

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Sandringham Flower Show Cricket Match

A smiling Conor Welsh of Vitax proudly holds the cup won by the Sandringham Royal Warrant HoldersSAMSUNG CSC Association Team this year in their annual match between the Sandringham Royal Warrant Holders XI and Sandringham Cricket Club, played in the grounds of Sandringham.  Conor, who plays his cricket in Lancashire, bowled exceptionally well taking 2 wickets for 18 overs, helping the Royal Warrant Holders to secure their 12th victory in this annual contest.  Sandringham CC have won 14 times.

SAMSUNG CSCStanding next to Conor is ECB accredited umpire Colin Wetherley-Mein, Retail Sales Manager of Vitax, who umpired the match.  “The clubhouse, pitch and surroundings were magnificent, the refreshments and catering throughout the day were first-class, and the weather was wall-to-wall sunshine.”  Neil Williams, Captain of the Royal Warrant Holders XI commented after the match “It was great to have Conor and Colin here today in what was a close match.”