Savages is an established family business situated in the pretty downland village of Blewbury in Oxfordshire, where the Savage Family have lived for several generations. The business was started in the late 1950's by Anthony (Tony) and Pamela Savage. Tony started as a horticulturist, growing small crops for local firms, leading to an increasing interest from the local community; and with that, Savages developed.
Tony and his father built a small greenhouse to increase the supply of crops and meet the demand of the locals. As demand continued to rapidly increase, he then built a small wooden building, 10x20ft. However with his small but growing family of 2 children, he lived in a small caravan due to a lack of finance, so there was a huge risk in spending his money on the development of the business, in an attempt to improve the life of his family. He started doing outside work to receive the finance needed for his family and new business. With this, he and his father built a larger brick building in the effort to improve and increase stock size to provide customers with a wider range of products. As finance increased from the business, Tony was able to build more greenhouses, and add new blocks to the existing brick building.
Over the years, Tony's family increased to 4 children, and his two sons and eldest daughter joined the business, further developing and expanding it from a farm shop to a garden centre and florist. Savages continued to expand and improve, building car parks and expanding storage.
Although it was a slow process, Tony successfully built and created his business from starting with only small crops and little finance. Today it is run by the next two generations - Richard and Emily Savage. Through steady growth, we have managed to develop Savages throughout the years, expanding into new avenues and employing more staff within the local area, with a total today of 38 employees.
We are now looking into growing the family business further with a new generation, expanding steadily into the future as finances allow, keeping our aim and values strong, supporting our local community as they support us. Our aim is, and has always been to provide an excellent customer service and an excellent product at a competitive price.