Clare Nicholson at the Nicholson Machinery headquarters.

A West Norfolk business which manufacturers farming equipment is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Nicholson Machinery, based in Southery, was founded in June 1972 by David Nicholson and remains a family-run business while exporting around 65 per cent of products.

The company designs and manufacturers a range of harvesting and processing equipment, including its best-selling onion top tailer.

Mr Nicholson founded the business with a former colleague after identifying an opportunity with local farmers who lacked the technical engineering support required to repair farming equipment.

As the farming industry grew, the repairs side of Nicholson developed into manufacturing machinery.

Mr Nicholson said: “I started the company from nothing and not knowing what the future held.

“I am very proud that we now export worldwide and that we are renowned specialists in the equipment we have developed over the years.”

The business now employs 21 people, including staff who have been with the company for more than 25 years.

Clare Nicholson, head of finance, added: “The past two years have been tough for everyone, so as Nicholson Machinery turns 50, I couldn’t be prouder of each and every member of the team.”