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Grahame began his full time growing career in 1975 joining the Family company. However within two years he left to start his own company as he wanted to forge a name for high quality salads grown for Flavour. Trading under the name of DUNLING's he quickly gained a reputation for quality and reliability this led to his produce been on several TV cookery shows from Food and Drink to the then top cooking program Ready steady Cook. This led to top supermarkets contacting him to supply them direct with his own branded produce . In 2004 the company was taken over and Grahame moved into trouble shooting helping companies turn around from marketing to branding to staffing work patterns. One task was to help start a Micro herb company FDM Herbs (Fresh, Dried,Micro) this gained such growth and prestigious clients such as Glynn Purnel, Sat Bains, Anton Mossiman, Spencer House among the customer list.
He was then asked to help turn the Largest Vertical Grow company Valcent PLC around and this became the world leader in Vertical growing installing systems in the UK and Vancouver as well as having a client list world wide. From here he went to Hong Kong , America, Ireland , Mexico helping to start companies and turn them around.
Then he faced the hardest challenge of his life and this was in The Kingdom of Bahrain in the middle east. Peninsula Farm, and once again Grahame excelled at the challenge and within two years had turned the company around from a $115,000 turnover to one of $1,060,000 this was using the same staffing levels and the same area of m2 growing facilities . He introduced staff training including management. This led to the ministry of Agriculture in Bahrain inviting him to talk to the GCC Ministers on hydroponic growing and sustainable growing.
After Bahrain he moved to Dubai.
Sh Rashid Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa
Grahame Dunling has been working at peninsula farms since January 2014. During this time Mr. Dunling has shown exceptional work ethic, knowledge determination to turn peninsula farms from a barely there business to an internationally know farm, known for quality above all else.
Mr. Dunling is innovative. He can work with the facilities you have, he understands that "buying new" is not always the solution. He will start with hands on training and review all aspects of any business to determine what parts need modernizing. He works excellently with local mechanics and tradesmen to supply simple solution to modernize different aspects of a nursery. In the short time working together his has maids tired many items to reduce costs and increase yields. This is really one of his best skills.
Mr. Dunling works with staff of all nationalities and levels. He has excellent communication skills and years of on field experience in sales, manufacturing, Maintence, logistics, and all horticultural sectors. His passion for work in infectious and is the perfect candidate to lead any team to success What he doesn't know he is quick to learn and work with any one to better his organization. He is a treasure chest of knowledge that is an asset to any company.
Thank you for your inquiry. It pleases me that there are more investment opportunities and start ups happening in the gcc. This region needs more horticultural businesses so that we can all stand together and serve all the food needs together.
Yes you are correct, Grahame has joined our company January 2014. Peninsula farms had already been operational for almost two years at that time, but it wasn't until Grahame joined that we really took off. His experience and work ethic were exactly what was needed. He not only understands the latest technology in horticulture but also has experience with real hands on old school growing methods. This served us tremendously in transitioning from what we were to what we are today. Also Grahame is the BEST Salesman. His negotiating skills are exactly what the supermarkets and hypermarkets needed to hear to support our business. Grahame also is an excellent comunicatior and is willing to work with all levels of a company. He proved how well he could train workers even though they don't speak the same language. Grahame is a no nonsense guy that is fair and really can build a horticultural business from the ground up. There really is so much that Grahame added to this company. It is really unfortunate for me that I cannot keep Grahame onboard with peninsula farms. The operational expenses at this farm are too high due to errors in set up from before Grahame arrived. Many regulations in Bahrain have not yet been developed to help the farm remain financially sustainable at our current size. So for this reason we will be downsizing and restructuring. We hope to continue operating but it will be at a smaller scale.
I wish Grahame all the success and I know if he is on board in a horticultural business it will succeed. If there is any extra information you need please don't hesitate to let me know.
Rashid bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa
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