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The Bennie story goes back to 1939; originally a contract ploughing company started by Peter Bennie. The company invested heavily in a wide range of machinery at its conception, diversifying the approach to work and modernising the industry. With the Second World War raging between 1939 and 1945 much of the business’ early work was in aiding the war effort through the construction of air fields.

Since its early days the business has grown extensively into a family of companies which operate in a variety of industries. The Bennie Group is still a family run business today. Now in its third generation we are an organisation with of our foundations and heritage laid in the last century but with our vision and approach very much in the 21st.


1939 – Peter Bennie founded an agricultural contracting business in Barton Seagrave

1960 – Roger Toseland (son in law of Peter Bennie) joined the business as an Oxford graduate

1965 – Roger Toseland succeed Peter Bennie as Chairman, on Peter’s early retirement from the business

1965 – Ken Hall Ltd. was founded by Ken Hall

1967 – Midland Fork Lifts Ltd. was established

1969 – Boughton Loam & Turf Management Ltd. originated at Boughton quarry Northampton

1969 – Barton Plant Ltd. was incorporated as an earthmoving & plant hire company as Peter Bennie Ltd. diverged              into stone quarrying and heavy haulage

2005 – Bennie Historic Conservation was founded 

2006 – Emma Ayres (granddaughter of Peter Bennie) became the third Managing Director of The Bennie Group

2011 – Premier Groundworks Ltd. joined the Group and relocated to Burton Latimer

2012 – Premier Groundworks Ltd. was rebranded Barton Civils

2013 – Paramount Fork Trucks Ltd. joined the Group  

2014 – We celebrate 75 years in business 

2017 – Midland Fork Lifts & Paramount Fork Trucks merge to create Bennie Equipment

2018 – Barton Plant Ltd and Barton Civils Ltd merge to create Barton




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