Phillips Brothers


Founded in South East London by Harry Phillips


Handed down to JF Phillips. (Second generation).


Phillips Brothers Wood Shavings balance sheet after the second world war.


Phillips became Phillips Brothers with S.J. and A.P Phillips with the third generation taking over. The main business focuses deliveries to shops (butchers and pets).


Business emphasis changes as Phillips buy a baling machine and the transport changes to articulated lorries to cope with new business direction in the equestrian sector.


The fourth generation joins Phillips Brothers. Paul Phillips (1983), followed by Jane Phillips (1986) & Ian Phillips (1995)


Acquire another Company Jack Smith in Essex in 1991 and plan expansion.

The woodshavings market collapses the industry and many businesses are left with stock at less than the retail price.


1994 Relocate to Maldon, Essex


Gain ISO 9001 in 1998


Phillips Brothers introduce spreading of initial lays into poultry farms.

November 2012

Installation of New Automated Baler – Introducing Environmental Enrichment Play Bale

January 2013

Relocation of Business to Raydon, Ipswich

April 2014

Launch of SoftShred – Phillips brand for wood fibre – 100% Clean recycled wood

June 2015

Awarded by Family Business United – ‘Family Business of the Year (East Anglia) 2015

July 2015

Rhys Knapp joined team – Phillips Brothers now in its 5th generation

September 2015

The official retirement of third generation.

March 2016

Major investment in Willems automated baler & robotic arm, Aetna Wrapper. Improvements in output & product quality.

February 2017

Additional investment Cormall Bale Breaker & dust filter system for processing chopped straw. Major improvements to quality, & increased production output

June 2019

Phillips Brothers are proud to be celebrating 125 years of providing high quality horse and poultry bedding across the Southeast of England

July 2019

Double Award Winners

Trade Supplier of The Year at The National Egg & Poultry Awards

Family Business of The Year at The Suffolk Business Awards

Free Van Delivery for orders above 25 bales